Riki von Falken has worked as a dancer and choreographer in Berlin since 1981. She received decisive impulses for her dance-choreographic path during two study visits to New York, through the works of Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Jennifer Muller and Stephen Petronio.
From 1990, mainly choreographically active, she created the solo evenings “DIE HAARAUSBREITENDE NO.2” (Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie, Berlin 1990), “THE FOUR-CORNERED BULL” (Academy of Arts, Berlin 1991), “OHRELLA” (Hebbel-Theater, Berlin 1992), “LAVANDINA” (Theater am Halleschen Ufer, Berlin 1994), “BARRERES” (Hebbel-Theater, Berlin 1996), “WHITE LINEN” (Theater am Halleschen Ufer, Berlin 2000), “WACH” (Theater am Halleschen Ufer, Berlin 2001) and “ONE MORE THAN ONE” (Theater am Halleschen Ufer, Berlin 2003)
At the Berliner Festspiele she led the workshop “Die Reduzierung der Bewegung oder wie aus wenig viel wird.” In Italy/Salerno she showed the production “ONE MORE THAN ONE” at the Salerno Danza Festival 2003. She was invited to Israel for a collaboration with the choreographer Amos Hetz at the Room Dances Festival ‘Dance and Poem’ 2004. In Jerusalem and Tel Aviv she showed excerpts from “WHITE LINEN”, “WACH” and “ONE MORE THAN ONE” in 2004. Her trio “EINE BEGEGNUNG ZWISCHEN UNGLEICHEN” had its premiere at the Akademie der Künste Berlin in 2005. “The Geometry of Separation”, a collaboration with the filmmaker Mareike Engelhardt, was premiered in May 2009 at Radialsystem V in Berlin. Touring in recent years have led to Potsdam, Heilbronn and Yaoundé (Cameroon). In 2010 Riki von Falken taught choreography at the invitation of the Goethe Institute and the University of Performing Arts (Aswara) in Kuala Lumpur. In autumn 2011 she developed “ECHO I”, a choreography for the Southern Light Dance Company and the Body and Dance Festival in Christchurch New Zealand, which was also shown at the Tempo Festival in Auckland. December 2011 the performance of “ECHO II” in Kuala Lumpur premiered, a collaboration between Rimbun Dahan, Goethe Institut Malaysia and Aswara. In January 2012, she dealt with his SONGBOOKS as part of the John Cage tribute of the Academy of Arts. The duet “ECHO. IT’S JUST A TEMPORARY THING” with the dancer Naim Syahrazad from Kuala Lumpur was developed with the support of the Goethe Institut and the ITI and as a co-production of Dock 11 and Aswara (Malaysia) and premiered in October 2012 in Berlin. “ECHO. IT’S JUST A TEMPORARY THING” was performed in Brazil and Malaysia between 2012 and 2015 and was invited to the Philippines for autumn 2015. The piece “ONE MORE THAN ONE” was resumed in February 2015 and shown in the Uferstudios Berlin and invited to Romania.
In 2015, Riki von Falken received the first Willms Neuhaus Prize of the Chance and Design Foundation for her choreographic oeuvre.
Riki von Falken developed “Laundries in Hanoi” in 2016 in collaboration with the Vietnamese video artist Nguyen Trinh Thi. After the premiere in Berlin, the choreography, which was created in cooperation with the Goethe Institute in Hanoi, opened the Hanoi Dance Festival and travelled to Ho Chi Minh City.
In 2019 Riki von Falken created “The Architecture of a Line”. The premiere took place on September 19 at the Uferstudios Berlin.