Although Marwik Schmitt got his start in dance at just 4 years old, it was only after he turned 16 that he decided to make it his career. While training at the Conservatoire national supérieur de danse de Lyon, he furthered his dance studies with private teachers like Pascale Michelet, Martin Schmitt and Alain Astié.
During these years of training, Schmitt took part in shows in Mongolia where his performance drew heavily on improvisation. That technique led him to develop a more personal voice as a choreographer and ultimately to create, in Lyon, a solo work entitled Racine as well as a pas de deux called Would You. A solo performed at Young Choreographers’ Night in Mulhouse, France, finally opened the doors to creating a first collaborative work with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, presented at the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur. His next creation was another pas de deux, this time set to music by Maurice Ohana and interpreted by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.
As a dancer with the Ballet de l'Opéra National du Rhin since 2014, he has appeared in works by Stephan Thoss, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Benjamin Millepied, Marcos Morau and Sébastien Pérrault, to name just a few.
Marwik Schmitt draws his inspiration from a wide range of sources. Some of these sources are highly unusual, with people who have experienced neurological damage as just one example. Exploring the concepts of standards and normality, he takes an insightful look at human relationships, specifically those between men and women.