Since his teenage years Niels Lanz has worked as an actor, technician and best boy for a large number of theater productions in Frankfurt. In 1992 he joined the Sound Department of Ballett Frankfurt as a company member, and had the opportunity to further develop his skills under William Forsythe in several productions, including Eidos:Telos, Endless House, Kammer/Kammer and Decreation. In the late nineties he also began to create electronic music for dance, producing the music for David Dawson's The Grey Area and 00:00 for Dutch National Ballet. The Grey Area won the Prix Benois de la Danse 2003 in Moscow. Since 2004 he has worked as sound and video designer for The Forsythe Company and in 2007 won the renowned New York Bessie Award for the composition of Three Atmospheric Studies.