Brunner, Gerhard, b. Villach (Carinthia), March 23, 1939. Studied law. political science and drama studies in Vienna, then worked as a journalist and writer. Lecturer at the Vienna Academy of Music and the Performing Arts (History of Dance and Culture) from 1968-70 and at the University of Vienna (Theory and Practice of Dance Theatre) from 1981-87; from 1976-90 Director of Ballet at the Vienna State Opera, since 1990 intendant of Vereinigte Bühnen Graz. Has founded and managed various dance festivals; designated to become head of ballet for the three major opera houses in Berlin from 2001.