Born in Lewiston, Idaho, USA.
Michael Schumacher has been a member of Ballet Frankfurt, Twyla Tharp Dance, the Feld Ballet, and the Pretty Ugly Dance Company. A key collaborative figure in several of Peter Sellars’ productions, Schumacher has appeared in Bijbelse Stukken, Peony Pavilion, El Niño, Bach Cantatas, and La Passion de Simone. He has been featured in productions of Cora Bos-Kroese, Dana Caspersen, Anouk van Dijk, Mark Haim, Chico Katsube, Ruth Meyer, and Paul Selwyn Norton.
As a choreographer Schumacher has twice collaborated with the dancers of Ballet Frankfurt, creating Splendor Shed (1990) and Blender Head (1994). With his brother Steven, he created Unwrapped (1995), a solo dance event that he performed in Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S. In collaboration with Daniela Graça, Marcelo Evelin, and Anat Geiger, he created ANDAMAMI (2000) and Glashuis (2001). For the dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater III, he conceived and directed The Moment (2001).
Over the last 10 years, Schumacher’s work has been featured regularly at the Holland Dance Festival, beginning with the duet Work # 1 (1997) with Sylvie Guilliem choreographed by Dana Caspersen; the solo Michael Schumacher (2001) as part of Richard Move’s MARTHA; and Piping Hot ‘Hutspot’(2003), a series of improvised duets with master Dutch musicians Han Bennink, Cor Fuhler and Wilbert de Joode.
A leading figure in the discipline of improvisation, Schumacher has collaborated with cellist and composer Alex Waterman on several occasions: Heaven Is A Radio (2003) at the Frascati Theater in Amsterdam; Dans le Jardin (2004) at the Biennale de la Danse in Lyon and at the STEPS Festival in Switzerland (2006);
and Six Suites (2005) at the Holland Dance Festival in Den Haag.
He continues to perform with Magpie Music Dance Company and conducts workshops in movement analysis and improvisation techniques worldwide.
Michael Schumacher began dancing in musical theatre productions in his hometown of Lewiston, Idaho. After moving to New York, he received a B.F.A. in Dance from the Juilliard School. He currently resides in Amsterdam.