Marco Goecke was born in Wuppertal, Germany. He trained as a dancer at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung in Munich as well as the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and worked at the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater Berlin and Theatre Hagen. After choreographing works in Hagen and for Stuttgart Ballet’s Noverre-Society, Marco Goecke created ballets for New York City Ballet (Mopey, 2004) and Stuttgart Ballet (Sweet Sweet Sweet, 2005). Marco Goecke became Choreographer in Residence at Stuttgart Ballet in 2005.
His interpretation of the ballet classic The Nutcracker (2006) was met with high acclaim as were his works Alben (2008), Fancy Goods (2009), Orlando (2010), in sensu (2011), Black Breath (2012), Dancer in the Dark (2012) and On Velvet (2013).
His solo works, Äffi and Mopey entered the repertory of Stuttgart Ballet and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and have been performed at galas around the world. He has also created works for The Hamburg Ballet, Leipziger Ballett, Nederlands Dans Theater, Norwegian National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, The Berlin State Ballet, Sao Paulo Companhia de Dança and Ballet Zurich.
After having worked with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam for more than seven years as Choreographer in Residence, Marco Goecke accepted the position of Associate Choreographer with Nederlands Dans Theater in 2013. In his most recent creation for Nederlands Dans Theater, Hello Earth, his dancers performed on popcorn.