Born 1969 in Vienna/Austria, Jörg Mannes started studying classical dance from the age of eight at the ballet school of the Vienna State Opera and the Academie Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo.
1985 he joined the ballet company of Vienna State Opera.
1988 a scholarship by Rudolf Nurejew won him a six months internship at Paris Opera Ballet.
1991 he joined Ballett der Deutschen Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf/Germany under the artistic direction of Heinz Spoerli as a principal dancer.
1994 he created his first choreography at Deutsche Oper am Rhein.
From there he has been invited as freelance choreographer to Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow/Russia, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre/USA, Aalto Ballett Theater Essen/Germany, Donetsk Ballet/Ucraine, Badisches Staatsballett Karlsruhe/Germany and Bayerische Staatsoper München/Germany.
His choreographies have collected numerous prizes in competitions - 1999 first prize at the Concours International de Chorégraphie Classique Paris/France, Finalist at Prix Dom Perignon Hamburg/Germany, 1st prize for a Solo for Thiago Bordin at Helsinki Ballet Competition 2001. For the german theatre prize „Faust“, Jörg Mannes has been nominated in several categories: 2008 with Lucia Lacarra for her role in Jörg Mannes’ ballet „The Tempest“ at Bayerisches Staatsballett Munich, 2010 double nomination as best choreographer with „Dangerous Liaisons“ and Denis Piza for his role as Valmont in the same ballet at Staatsoper Hannover. 2012 Catherine Franco was nominated for her role of Romy in „Sissi“ by Jörg Mannes at Staatsoper Hannover. 2014 Bruna Andrade won the „Faust“ for her interpretation in the evening „Mythos“ at Badisches Staatsballett Karlsruhe in the choreography „Spiegelgleichnis“ from Jörg Mannes.
2000 Jörg Mannes started leading a ballet company as ballet director at Stadttheater Bremerhaven/Germany.
2004 he became ballet director at Landestheater Linz/Austria.
From 2006 he is ballet director at Staatsoper Hannover/Germany where he has created more than 30 ballets, most of them full length evenings including: Dangerous Liaisons, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sissi, Alice in Wonderland, Romeo and Juliet, Schubert, Madame Bovary, The Visit, Paradiso, Transfigured Night, Sleeping Beauty, Inferno and Heroes.