Leipziger Ballett


Mario Schröder talks about creativity.

von Nele Winter Friday 15.01.2021
Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer Mario Schröder © Ida Zenna

To an artist like Mario Schröder who develops new ideas for choreographies constantly, inspiration is a very important topic. Where do his ideas come from? Is creative work easy for him? This is the subject of the third part of the series #marioschroeder10.

The inner voice

»Inspiration doesn't come at the touch of a button. Sometimes there are topics that don't seem accessable at first, but the intensive search for a key is the crucial power of inspiration. We all know that situation. Therey you should mind, that the first inspiring step that you take always triggers something in yourself. It has consequences for the content you create, therefore it is important to listen to you inner voice. The interaction between communication and reflection is an important process on the inside and outside to get inspired. When a topic, a music or a story finds me and inspires me, I must pick it up and let it in. Then the next step of the artistic process follows. Essentially inspiration to me is everything that surrounds us and with what we don't only confront ourselves but are also confronted with by the outside.«

© Ida Zenna
© Ida Zenna

A new planet

»If I was a movie director, I could make a scene out of this situation of us sitting here and talking for example. This thought leads to me starting to think cinematographically as a choreographer. Thereby a new door opens and I think about what actions we could show to the outside keeping in mind what that would mean contentwise. To me it is interesting to ask, in which room, in which rhythm and in which time matrix are we moving. To reflect on the socio-political and interpersonal processes means, that a new planet emerges. If a dance would be made out of this scene, you wouldn't notice anymore, that the initial trigger was this interview situation. From the original idea to what we see on stage it is a long way that contains a basic aspect of abtraction. Maybe this process is a form of freedom to me, too, because to me it means having a free choice of subjects.«

© Ida Zenna
© Ida Zenna

Creativity and exhaustion

»To me personally it is a huge luxury to be able to work creatively. I believe by the way, that everybody has a creative element in them. There a phases in which you can't find any rest. Creating a new choreography can be incredibly exhausting, because only you allone get to make the decisions. Sometimes you get in situations, when you feel like in seventh heaven and on the next day you feel like in a madhouse or in a dark place – of course I don't mean the opera house by that (laughs). But the resulting longing for rest can become inspiration, too. Even the deep nothing, in which you sometimes fall when you're feeling as empty as a dried-up sponge, can have an inspiring effect. We are very lucky to work in a place, that gives us the opportunity to create and communicate. But we can only create, if we are reflecting and are ready to let everything in.«