My name is Kai Brügge. I am a contemporary dancer...

I am a versatile performer having performed not only in dance pieces, but also street theatre (as a member of Compagnie Oniversum), performance arts (at Fondation Beyeler and Art Basel) and operas (at Theater Freiburg). As a dancer, an area I am especially interested in is partnering. Two schools of dance technique which have especially influenced me are Gaga and Axis Syllabus. You can see me move on Vimeo. I have a deeper experience than most dancers in instant composition, but almost no training in ballet.

As a professional performer I embrace and feel confident with the performance of taboo topics like violence, nakedness etc. As a creator it is important for me to create performances which non-dancers can relate to and which illuminate real life through meaningful movement. I take art and dance way too seriously and not seriously at all.

I organise the training for professional dancers in Freiburg. I am very glad to receive thoughts, ideas, concerns or feedback for the training, please don’t hesitate to contact me at profitraining@tanznetz-freiburg.de.

Upcoming performances

Pas de deux (Februar 2022), Choreographers: Claire Pastier and Daniel Rakovsky

In uns bewegt (November 2021), Choreographer: Rebecca Narum

12 Zimmer (November 2021), Choreographers: Claire Pastier and Daniel Rakovsky

Past performances (selection)

Akt 1, Co-created with Julia Klockow

Dido and Aeneas, Director: Tilman Knabe

Ce qu'il fallait dire, Choreographers: Claire Pastier and Daniel Rakovsky

Amour muet (R&J), Choreographer: Daniel Rakovsky

Don Giovanni, Director: Katarzyna Borkowska, Choreographer: Tomasz Wygoda

Hulda, Director: Tilman Knabe, Choreographer: Peter Pruchniewitz

Divine comedy, Director: Rirkrit Tiravanija

Aggregate, Director: Alexandra Pirici

Tuschekörper, Kai Brügge and Rebecca Narum

The players, Choreographer: Edan Gorlicki

...and an artificial intelligence researcher.

As a computer scientist and mathematician I concentrate on artificial intelligence or rather machine learning. I am researching the theoretical foundation of Markov chains and generative models. I am more interested in finding deeper understanding and mathematical beauty than in finding solutions, which just work. The programming languages I have the most experience with are Haskell and Python.


Kai Brügge, Asja Fischer, and Christian Igel. On the convergence of the Metropolis algorithm with fixed-order updates for multivariate binary probability distributions. International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (pp. 469-477), PMLR, 2021.

Kai Brügge, Asja Fischer, and Christian Igel. The flip-the-state transition operator for restricted Boltzmann machines. Machine Learning, 93(1):53–69, 2013.