Photo: Ian Whalen
'The fact that Heise always gives his choreography and his dancers a lot of time is the basis for a large number of what can be described as “moving paintings”; as something that radiates a homogeneous liveliness from a dancing brush of language and the flow of colored tones that is rarely experienced in such sustained dynamics and emotionality.' Schwanengsang - Eveline Koberg, Tanz.At, May 2022
'Heise’s direction is simple and effective, and his choreography, rich and varied, expressing in movement the emotions that are beyond words....This is a tremendously impressive production' - Der Sandmann, Ballet Oper Graz, 2018 - Maggie Foyer, Critical Dance.
Best of all were the physically uplifting dance sequences, led by Celestin Boutin’s Tadzio and choreographed by Andreas Heise, which turned the Games of Apollo into the high point of the opera. Britten’s controversial decision to bring together opera and dance for once felt vindicated. - Death in Venice, Garsington Opera, 2015 - The Financial Times, Richard Fairman
'The dance is multifaceted. The opening processional dance in formal lines in the dress and style of the period gives way to livelier Baroque dance full of nimble skips and neat batterie. Later the dancers perform in neo-classical style in nude bodytights as exquisitely refined as Bernini’s sculpted shapes. The pairings continue to intrigue and excite: Baraula bearing the weight of Christensen as she carries her on her back, duets with a singer and a dancer and the space between and round filched by the Baroque Soloists.' ) Dido and Aeneas, Norwegian National Opera and Ballet - February, 2019 - Maggie Foyer, Critical Dance
Born in Germany, Andreas Heise studied dance at the Palucca
University for Dance in Dresden and in more recent years has
trained in Acting in New York, Norway and East 15 Acting School in
London where he also studied theatre direction.
His career as a dancer began under Uwe Scholz at the Leipziger Ballett in 1998. In 2003, Andreas joined the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo where he performed many leading roles, including Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Lenski in Onegin, Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire, Oswald in Ghosts, Albrecht in Giselle and Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream. He also created roles in ballets by Jirí Kylián, William Forsythe, Paul Lightfoot, Sol Leon, John Neumeier, Nacho Duato, Christopher Wheeldon, Liam Scarlett, David Dawson and Jorma Elo. He has also taught extensively for the Norwegian National Ballet School and for DV8’s touring productions of John and Can We Talk About This.
In 2006 Andreas started to choreograph regularly for the Norwegian National Ballet and his creations for the company include Liebestod, Nucleus, Souls' Complexion, Meditative Rose and Montverdi's Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda as a collaboration between the Norwegian Opera and Ballet. In 2013 he created How I would like to... for the Ballet Company in Ekaterinburg, Russia and later reproduced this work with dancers from Wiesb
In 2015, Andreas created the trio Me, Myself and I at the Palucca University for Dance in Dresden for the 90th anniversary celebrations of the school as well as a work for the Norwegian National Youth Company. Also in 2015 he made his UK debut as Associate Director/Choreographer of Paul Curran’s production of Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice at Garsington Opera. In 2016 he staged his creation How I would like to... for Koblenz Ballet in Germany where he also created his new work Orfeo in autumn 2017. In June 2017 Andreas had his choreographic debut at the Salzburg Festival in a production of Handel’s Ariodante next to Opera Director Christof Loy and Cecilia Bartoli in the leading role and in November 2017 his new work Air was created for 3rd year Bachelor Students at Kunsthøgskolen in Olso.
Further commissions as a choreographer include a new production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman at the Nederlandse Reisopera under the direction of Paul Carr in April 2018 and Nachtstück for the Noverre Young Choreographers at Stuttgart Ballet in July of the same year.
In autumn 2018 Andreas created his first full length ballet Sandmann for the Ballet Company in Graz, Austria. His debut as Director/Choreographer in a new production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in a collaboration between the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet premiered in March 2019, and a production of Strauss’ Capriccio under the direction of Christof Loy at Teatro Real in Madrid took place in May 2019. His version of Schubert’s Winterreise was premiered at the International Music Festival in Marvão, Portugal in July 2019 and had its German premiere on September 15th in 2019 at the Erholungshaus in Leverkusen under Bayer Kultur. It was also performed, organised by the Goethe Institut, in Lahore, Islamabad and in Karachi during the Festival of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in March 2020. The new creation Lamento was presented at the Stuttgart Ballett in November 2019, before Andreas joined Christof Loy for a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugen Onegin at the Norwegian National Opera in February 2020.
In 2020, Andreas created the solo Du bist die Ruh (created for principal dancer Yolanda Correa) which premiered at the Gala From Berlin with Love-Vol. I in August 2020, and was also presented digitally on Trey McIntyre’s online platform for dance film, http://fltpk.com/ . The duet Miss Julie (created for Yolanda Correa and Jason Reilly from Stuttgart Ballet had its premiere on the platform in October 2020.
Andreas' new choreographed version of Schubert’s Schwanengesang for the Ballet Company in Graz, Austria premiered in May 2022 to critical acclaim.