Stephen Brinkmann is a professor of contemporary dance at the Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen. He is a dancer, choreographer, dance pedagogue and dance scholar. He studied dance and dance pedagogy at the Folkwang University, as well as theatre, film and television studies, German and sociology at the University of Cologne. He was a dancer at Folkwang-Tanzstudio and for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. He also developed his own choreographies and taught contemporary dance internationally. He gained his doctorate in kinesiology at the University of Hamburg on “Remembering movement. Forms of memory in dance.” in 2013.