Eckhard Thiemann is a curator, producer, manager and consultant. He currently works at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) as one of six producers of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival.
He was a guest curator at the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival 2011 and is currently advising them on their 2012 programme. He was also programme director for the international conference Digital Futures in Dance (Sept 2011), a collaboration between Bournemouth University, Dance South West, South East Dance and Dance Digital.
He programmed the opening season (2010/11) for the new dance centre Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth, which included new commissioned work by Jonah Bokaer (US), Charles Linehan (UK) and Avant Garde Dance Theatre (UK), and UK premieres from Silke Z (Germany), Hemabarathi Palani (India), Herve Robbe (France) and Delphine Caron (France) and Sylvan Groud (France) amongst others. He also conceptualised and programmed the Summer by the Sea dance festival programme for Bournemouth.
In 2010 he curated OUTSPOKEN – NEW PERFORMANCE FROM ARAB ARTISTS for the International Dance Festival Birmingham, the first season dedicated to Arab dance artists in the UK. Eckhard also co-ordinated the British Dance Edition 2010 Research Project and produced for National Dance Network the BDE 2010 debate A New Diversity.
Eckhard produced the season African Crossroads for Dance Umbrella in October 2009, the largest season of African dance artists in the UK. He devised the UK promoters' visit to South Africa for Visiting Arts in February/March 2009 and produced the UK premiere and residency Border Border Express by Kenyan artist Opiyo Okach for the opening of the BASS Festival in Birmingham in June 2009.
Previously, he was director of Woking Dance Festival (2002 – 2007), presenting major international artists in UK-premieres and commissions.
Eckhard worked as Year of The Artist officer at South East Arts and was the first director of Hampshire Dance. He has also worked as Performing Arts Officer for London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, where he conceived and directed the literature festival Word-Wide. Internationally, he has worked with the Cape Craft and Design Institute in Cape Town on a feasibility study for a new collection of contemporary craft, and also with the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Lagos in developing a business plan.