Stuart Lynch is a theatre director, choreographer, butoh dancer, performance artist, and teacher. Living in Copenhagen, he is currently the head of KFTS – Københavns Film & Teaterskole.
Originally trained as a draughtsman, sculptor, and martial artist, he has a BA from the University of Norwich in Fine Arts, and has since been educated in dance, theatre, and psychology.
As a performer, he began his career as a butoh dancer from 1990 to 1992, with Min Tanaka’s Japanese Butoh dance company, Mai-Juku.
From 1993 until 2000 he was co-director of the DeQuincey/Lynch performance company, based in Sydney, Australia, alongside performance artist Tess DeQuincey. It was in this time that he focused on developing Min Tanaka’s teaching system Bodyweather.
He developed a solo performance series called Paradance, which included collaborations with double bass player Peter Kowald (1944-2002).
Stuart Lynch also became the only artist ever permitted by French philosopher Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) to use his philosophical writings in a performance – specifically, Metamorphosis, Meta maerte. This became ???
From 2000, Lynch formed his own Copenhagen based company, called Paradance Theatre, which produced performances and classes, until 2009.The successor, Lynch Company, opened in April 2009 with The Artaud Engine, a play about Antonin Artaud.
“Lynch is a god given choreographer, director & performer”
City Calling (DK)
Lynch Company is regularly funded by the Danish Arts Council and has created intimate solo works as well as large-scale theatre plays and long-durational performance events, such as the 24 Hour Performance.
“unique, extraordinary, unprecedented; compulsive to watch”
Performance Research Journal (UK)
Parallel to his Directed work, much of which has been written by Lynch himself, he has toured his solo and duo performances, most notably with Lynch Concert and Dialogues.
“a breathtaking work – a virtuoso piece”
Lynch has also toured as a teacher, and lead workshops in ??? , ??? , ???, focusing on Bodyweather, Voice and Acting for dancers, and a process of his own creation, Theatre Switch Training (TST).
In Denmark he has taught at Statens Teaterskole, Dansehallerne, KFTS, and Cantabile 2.
“A dancer on stage changing from the classical, magical and provocative. A male dancer with stiletto on one foot and army boot on the other stripped naked and pissed on the stage. He has the exceptional feeling for the provocative and the beautiful which can be found all the way through this performance.”
Janus Kodal – Extra Bladet: Denmark