Dance Intensive Teachers

Jan Burkhardt is a dancer/choreographer and musician, trained also in physiotherapy and Laban-movement-analysis. The main focus of his practice is the application and spatialization of physiological information in the communicative - mostly choreographic - context.

As a dancer Jan recently worked with Laurent Chetouane and Sebastian Matthias, created independent work and is a mentor and facilitator in numerous institutions (Tanzfabrik Berlin, HZT/Berlin, DOCH und Cullberg Ballet/Stockholm, K3/Hamburg, Independent Dance/London a.o.).

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Jan Burkhardt

Alessio Castellacci is a teacher, performer and sound composer based in Berlin. Following his graduation in experimental choreography at the DanceMaker/ArteZ (NL), Alessio has developed a pedagogical approach to voice & movement exploration throughout the last ten years, where his previous studies in developmental psychology converge with the ongoing practices of sound composition, movement improvisation and breath work. Next to this, he cultivates his interest for sound working as a composer in different choreographic projects (Dani Brown, Hyoung Min Kim, Peter Pleyer, Sasha Waltz Kindertanz Co, Maria Francesca Scaroni a.o.) He is part of the Fingersix collective, and the artistic director of SMASH Berlin, a program for intensive training in experimental physical performance.

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Alessio Castellacci

  • Dance Intensive

Shai Faran is an Israeli dancer, teacher and choreographer, based in Europe. After studying in Israel and dancing for the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company II, the Sigma Ensemble, the Dafi Altabab Dance Group, she moved to Europe, where she has worked with different choreographers such as Matej Kejzer, Maya M.Caroll, Zoe Knights, Yuval Pick, Shumpei Nemoto, Maura Morales Alessandro Sciarroni, David Hernandez andmore. In the last few years she has been teaching contemporary dance and improvisation classes and workshops around Europe while developing her own work and working as a free lance dancer, teacher and choreographer.

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Shai Faran

  • Profitraining
  • Performance-Projekt
  • Dance Intensive
  • Contemporary
Katrin Geller has worked as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher in Berlin scine 1994. She went through an early classical ballet training at the Schleswig-Holstein-Ballet-Boarding-school (scholarship), in the USA and at the Ballet-Academie Hans Vogl in Berlin. 1993 she completed her final stage examination at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Since 1994, she has become more interested in dance theater and performance. She has worked with various international artists, including Robert Poole, Sommer Ulrikson, Christine De Smedt, Ami Garmon, Marco Berrettini, Yuko Kaseki and the Achim Freyer ensemble. In recent years, she has worked more intensely on improvisation and has taken part and organized various improvisation evenings. Together with Britta Pudelko she founded the dance company Pathfinders in 1997, which showed dance productions at the Tanztage in Berlin and on several dance festivals. Katrin Geller´s approach is based on classical ballet, modern and improvisational techniques, as well as experiences in partnering and release technique. With the Fool, Daniela Schlemm, she researches and develops the combination of “dance, sound and word“ (in the sense of Laban-Today). She completed training as a CLMA (Certified Laban Movement Analyst in Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies) and has been teaching dance in Berlin dance schools for years. The deliberate inclusion of LBBS into the respective style of dance – she teaches ballet, childrens dance, contemporary and body works – gives her teaching a deeper foundation.
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Katrin Geller

  • Dance Intensive

Marcela holds a BFA/Diplom in dance and choreography from the Rotterdamse Dansacademie and Ohio State University. She has danced professionally for Bianca Van Dillen and Beppie Blankert in the Netherlands, with Neuer Tanz / VA Wölfl, Thomas Ostermeier/Mikel Aristegui, and Veronika Riz in Germany, and with the Italian company Deja Donne (Simone Sandroni/Lenka Flory). She has taught and presented her own work in the USA, Canada, Brazil, and across Europe. Marcela has also been Artist-in-Residence at numerous universities, including Alfred University, Ohio State University, Middlebury College, and guest lecturer at the HZT Berlin. She has created works in residence at Danswerkplaats Amsterdam, Dansateliers Rotterdam, OMI International Artist Collective – NYC, Mayday Dance festival – Antwerp, DOCK 11 Berlin, and at Schloss Broellin, Germany. Marcela also founded and currently runs the artist residency venue Lake Studios in Berlin. For more information: www.marcelagiesche.com and www.lakestudiosberlin.com

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Marcela Giesche

  • Profitraining
  • Performance-Projekt
  • Dance Intensive

Jörg Hassmann, Berlin, over 20 years of research work in dance, improvisation and performance, have brought CI into the centre of his profession and movement practice. Anatomically based studies, contemporary dance, Body Mind Centering (BMC), Capoeira, a deep sense of play and the joy of discovery became his main influences. For the past eight years he has been offering CI training programmes together with Daniel Werner at Tanzfabrik Berlin, where they developed their systematic approach to CI-specific technique. Since 2009 he is artistic director of the Contact Festival ‚contact meets contemporary’ in Göttingen. Jörg teaches at festivals and dance organisations across Germany and Europe.  www.contact-meets-contemporary.de   www.dancecontact.de

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Jörg Hassmann

  • Dance Intensive
Frauke Havemann is a director and choreographer and the artistic director for the performance and film group ON AIR. Since 1995 she is teaching at Tanzfabrik Berlin. Frauke studied classical ballet in Cologne. After a working contract at the State-theater in Bonn she moved to New York and continued her studies with Merce Cunningham, the Nikolais/Louis Lab, Movement Research Studio and was a guest student at the Film Department of New York University. Returning to Germany in the mid ‘80s she worked as a performer in dance and theater projects and taught workshops, professional classes, and training programs in dance. In the late ‘80s Frauke began creating her own performance projects and video installations. Her productions examine the filmic process and the atmosphere and aesthetic of diverse film genres, translating film editing techniques into the live performance situation. Together with director and author Mark Johnson, in 1992 she co-founded DETEKTOR an inter media performance group which combined dance, theater and video. DETEKTOR’s work was shown in Germany and international theaters and festivals. In 2002 she joined forces with video artist Eric Schefter and created ON AIR. ON AIR’s productions straddle the border between radio plays and installations, performance and theater, theater and film. Frauke has received numerous grants and scholarships, and her work has been shown in festivals and events throughout Germany and abroad.
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Frauke Havemann

  • Dance Intensive
Sabine Kinschewski lives in Berlin and works as an employed physiotherapist in a private practice. Her interest to work with dancers is the result of a long period of dancing herself. Starting at the age of 7 she regularly trained and performed on stage. After an enshortened time of study at the Leipzig Ballet School she returned to school to graduate on secondary school. She qualified as a physiotherapist in 1996 and started working. In the same year she decided to follow dancing and joined a free dance company. An injury made her think about the further way in life: physiotherapy or dance? She continued working as a therapist  but never gave up dancing. Regular training (ballet, contemporary) and workshops take place in her sparetime. She focusses her interest on the question, how to diminish and avoid injuries in dance.
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Sabine Kinschewski

  • Dance Intensive

Zoë Knights is an Australian choreographer, dancer, and vocalist, based in Berlin. She completed studies in performing arts, contemporary dance and choreography, in Australia and Austria. Zoë's recent work has dealt with the choreographic abstraction of non-dance movement. Currently she is exploring voice and language in relation to the body. Her choreographic work has been supported and shown internationally. She has received prizes for her choreographic and vocal work. As a performer she has worked with Brice Leroux, Mia Lawrence, Martin Nachbar, Cabula6, LawineTorrèn and Jana Unmüssig. Zoë regularly teaches classes in contemporary dance, choreography and composition, and mentors/advises BA and MA level students, in Berlin and abroad. Zoë is an accredited yoga teacher (BWY) with over 14 years of teaching experience.

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Zoë Knights

  • Dance Intensive

Amelie Mallmann studied dramaturgy in Munich. From 2002 until 2005 she was a dramaturge at the Landestheater Linz (Austria), in 2005 she moved to Berlin to work as a dramaturge and theatre pedagogue at the THEATER AN DER PARKAUE. Since 2011 she is a freelance dramaturge, theatre and dance pedagogue and teacher, she works for example at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, at the Kunstfest Weimar and at the University in Braunschweig. Since 2006 she is a board member of the dramaturgic society.

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Amelie Mallmann

  • Dance Intensive

Gisela Müller studied dance in Paris, Amsterdam (SNDO) and New York. She was a member of several dance companies before founding, in 1992, The Move Company for which she choreographed numerous pieces. She was granted scholarships for artistic work both in Germany and abroad. Since 1988 she is teaching regularly in various institutions and studios. Since 2004 she is member of the board of Tanzfabrik Berlin and responsible for the artistic and educational programme of Berlin’s Tanzfabrik School and the director of the Dance Intensive programme. From 2006 until 2010, Gisela Müller was visiting professor at the Inter-University Dance Department / HZT in Berlin (Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz) where she invented and co-directed the BA course in Contemporary Dance, Context, Choreography. Beside she is a member of the decision making board of the east European network for performing art Nomad Dance Academy since 2012.

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Gisela Müller

  • Dance Intensive
Born in Singapore, Ming Poon is movement performer/artist, who currently lives in Berlin. He has worked in both Europe and Singapore since 1993, and began teaching and making his own works since 2005. Besides being an Associate Artist at The Substation (Singapore), he also holds a degree in sociology and psychology. His current research interest lies in linking movements and dance to social practice, with the aim of facilitating connection between people. The guiding principle is that to move is to relate. His idea of dance is one in which there are no ‘dancers’, only bodies in a constant process of relating as they reach out, converge, meet and separate.
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Ming Poon

  • Performance-Projekt
  • Dance Intensive
Britta Pudelko went throughout her dance career from a classical and technical movement base to a much more open and contemporary way of moving. She is strongly influenced by the work of Stephen Petronio, Jeremy Nelson, Luis Lara Malvacias, Susan Klein und Barbara Mahler. She has danced with Bernard Baumgarten, Robert Poole, Christoph Winkler, Michael Clark and others. In 1997  Britta founded together with Katrin Geller the company Pathfinders, for which she choreographed four pieces until 2000. Since 2001 Britta is a member of the theatre and opera company under the directorship of Achim Freyer and worked with him amongst others at Staatsoper, Berlin, Teatr Wielki, Warsaw and Los Angeles Opera. From 2004 to 2006 Britta worked with the choreographer Akram Khan as rehearsal director, choreographic assistant and dancer for his world touring production of "MA”. Britta is also a regular guest teacher for Sasha Waltz & Guests, Bolzano Danza and teaches at Tanzfabrik, Berlin.
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Britta Pudelko

Judith Sánchez Ruíz (USA/Cuba) is a Cuban born choreographer, improviser and teacher based in New York since 1999, and relocated to Berlin in 2011. She began her dance studies at the age of 11 at the National School of Arts Ciudad de la Habana. She has worked with Trisha Brown Dance Company; Sasha Waltz & Dancers ensemble; David Zambrano; DD Dorvillier; Jeremy Nelson, Deborah Hay and Edivaldo Ernesto among others. Judith Sanchez Ruiz’s has received numerous grants and commissions to support her career and has been commissioned choreographic works in the US and Europe. She teachs regularly in Europe and US.
www.judithsanchezruiz.com

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Judith Sanchez Ruiz

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  • Dance Intensive
Carolin Schmidt is a dancer, choreographer and teacher of dance and dance history. She trained as a movement teacher and studied biology and geography, contemporary dance in Freiburg (bewegungs-art), Amsterdam (SNDO) as well as in numerous workshops, including Erna Omarsdottir, Meg Stuart, Jonathan Burrows and Julyen Hamilton. Carolin worked as a dancer for Hideto Heshiki and the choreographer collective K2 in Freiburg. She choreographed and directed several dance pieces and solo performances at Stadttheater Hildesheim, at HAU Berlin and E-werk Freiburg. She worked as a choreographic assistant and dancer in the opera "Civil Wars" by Philip Glass and "Carmina Burana" at the Theater Basel. She received her theoretical knowledge by working closely with Dr. Maren Witte at Tanzscout Berlin and through cooperations with Jan Deck and cultural scientists from the University of Hildesheim.
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Carolin Schmidt

With a background in ballet and environmental sciences, Jolika Sudermann (Berlin) studied dance theatre in Hamburg and MIME in Amsterdam (AHK). In her work she explores the least common denominators of human life, diving into phenomenons like pulse, baby movement or spoken language. Her prizewinning duet „A Talk“ (2011, with A.Söderberg) has excessively traveled Europe and was shown in NYC in 2014. Like her most recent piece, „Infanten“ (Stuttgarter Tanz- und Theaterpreis 2015, to be seen at Sophiensaele in March 2016), „Pulse“ is based on an improvisation score and on close, transparent contact between performer and spectator. jolika.theaterblogs.de

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Jolika Sudermann

  • Performance-Projekt
  • Dance Intensive
Andrew Wass, a graduate of the SODA program at the HZT in Berlin, has been studying Contact Improvisation, Performance, and dance for the past 17 years, and shown his work in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Berlin, and Tijuana. He has taught at festivals and universities in Japan, the United States, and Germany. An avid performer, he has been fortunate to perform in work by Nancy Stark Smith, Jess Curtis, Nina Martin, Mary Overlie, among others.
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Andrew Wass

  • Performance-Projekt
  • Dance Intensive

Idan Yoav was trained at Patricia Needleman Dance Studio in Jerusalem, Graduated from the Academy High School for Music and Dance is Jerusalem and studied Multidisciplinary Arts at the Tel-Aviv University. Reworded as an Outstanding Dancer by the Israeli Ministry of Culture, amongst 2nd prize at the Mia Arbatova Ballet Competition, Scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for excellence in dance and was a member of DanceWeb program at the Impulstanz Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria. Danced at the Batsheva Ensamble, Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Polak Dance Company, Norrdans, Gallim Dance, Zuhkov Dance Theatre, De De Dance. A guest teacher at Tanzfabrik Berlin, Chung-Ang University Seoul and Korea National University of Arts Seoul. Since 2009 has been choreographing and presented in several festivals. Currently works as a freelance dancer with Sasha Waltz & Guests and choreographer Sebastian Mattias.

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Idan Yoav

  • Profitraining
  • Performance-Projekt
  • Dance Intensive