Herman Diephuis was born in Amsterdam in 1962 and lives in Paris.
He has worked as a performer with numerous choreographers: Régine Chopinot, Mathilde Monnier, Jean-François Duroure, Philippe Decouflé, François Verret, Jérôme Bel, Eszther Salamon, Xavier Le Roy, Alain Buffard and Stéphanie Aubain.
In 2002, he choreographs « La C et la F de la F » as part of the « Fables à la Fontaine » project.
In 2004 he launches his dance company, l’association ONNO-Herman Diephuis. With l’association ONNO he creates the following performances : D'après J.-C. (duo-2004), Dalila et Samson, par exemple (duo-2005), Julie, entre autres (sextet-2007), Paul est mort ? (trio-2008), Ciao Bella (quintet-2009), All of Me and Let It Be Me (solos-2012 and 2013), Objet Principal du Voyage (quartet-2012), Let it Be All of Me, At Last (duo-2013), Impressions (solo-2013), Bang ! (duo-2014), CLAN (sextuor-2015), preMIX (duo-2016), MIX (trio-2017), Tremor and more (solo-2017), The Love Project (duo-2019), Et maintenant quelque chose de complètement différent (duo-2019), Impressions, nouvel accrochage (duo-2019, une commande du CCN de Caen en Normandie).
In 2017 he co-choreographed the trio Goin’ Down with Naomi Fall and created the choreographic parts of the opera Le Timbre d'argent – artistic direction by François-Xavier Roth, stage direction by Guillaume Vincent.
In 2018, invited by the Institut Français of Congo Brazzaville, he creates, in collaboration with the dance company Cap Congo, the performance Jazz et Vin de Palme, freely inspired by the book of the Congolese writer Emmanuel Dongala.
In the same year, in the frame of an artistic residency for the Vivadança international festival 2018, he choregraphs And More for 12 Brazilian dancers.
He simultaneously developed creative projects with amateur dancers, such as It's my party (2018), Plus ou moins 20 pour commencer (doucement) (2018), Brainstorming (2012), La Liberté guidant Romain Rolland (2011), Hors Pair (2008) and La Cène manquante (2006) and in situ propositions (particularly in museums), such as Au travail ! in november 2020, A Vista in October 2019, Attention au reel in June 2017, Vue sur Parc in September 2014 and Impressions in May 2013.
The association Onno has been involved in numerous pedagogical projects and cultural actions in primary schools, colleges, high schools, universities, dance schools, psychiatric hospitals and prison. Since 2018 he intervenes like guest teacher for the Paris based dance school ACTS.
In 2018, in the frame of his artistic residency in Lognes (in partnership with La Ferme du Buisson - scène nationale) Herman leads the project CHARIVARI-portrait de groupe: 200 hours of workshops with 400 students of five elementary schools with a restitution on the main stage of the Ferme du Buisson theatre.
In 2020 Herman is companion artist of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie.