Dorothee Altgeld is a stage dancer who enjoys dancing for several companies for years. She is teaching ballet and dance for kids, as well Contemporary Dance, Ballet and CI for beginners as a dance pedagogue in different dance schools and other facilities.
Born in Belgium, Antoni Androulakis started dancing at the age of eleven in a private school. Starting off with hip hop and later on discovering contemporary dance, he graduated from the Conservatory of Antwerp - Artesis( Belgium) in 2015 . Being an eager learner made him start another Bachelor in La Manufacture (Switzerland) directed by Thomas Hauert, where he focused on choreographic research as well as creating his own teaching material. Throughout his education, he has created several pieces, and has been a performer for David Zambrano, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Wim Vandekeybus, Agostina d’Alessandro ... These last years, Antoni has worked with Rakesh Sukesh for the creation of the piece «Kurukshetra»( Belgium) and «Marked» from Adam Benjamin (England). He performed in various pieces of contemporary dance, as well as acrobatic circus with Alexander Vantournhout, Jordi L. Vidal, Michelle Cheung & Julie Pecard amongst others. Besides being a performer, he has also been teaching in different countries across Europe and has been the choreographic assistant of the company Cocoon during the creation of «Attaque» .
Blenard Azizaj was born in Albania. He studied at the National State School of Dance in Greece, where he graduated as a dancer, dance pedagogue and choreographer. He has worked and collaborated with various companies around Europe such as Sasha Waltz & Guests in Berlin, the Akram Khan Company in London and Cie Linga in Lausanne. His career has taken him around the globe, touring and performing in international dance festivals. In addition, he works as a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher, teaching his dance dialect in dance companies, dance & theatre academies and several studios around the world. His choreographic pieces are »NoBody's Land«, »Fleeting Feathers«, »Walls«, »In the Beginning«, »Sacred Scars«, »Human«. www.blenardazizaj.com
Silke Bake lives in Berlin, and works as curator, dramaturge and mentor. She has worked for diverse institutions (including TAT Frankfurt, Hebbel-Theater Berlin, Tanzquartier Wien) and realised programs for the House of World Cultures, the Academy of the Arts Berlin, Kanuti Gildi Saal Tallinn and Theaterformen Hannover/ Braunschweig. She worked as the dramaturg and project manager for the performing arts festival IN TRANIST at House of World Cultures in 2008 & 2009, she was the co-curator of the biennial NU Performance Festival On Hospitality on the occasion of the cultural capital program of Tallinn 2011 (with P. Stamer), and of performance platform. body affects at Sophiensaele Berlin 2012 (with B. Knaup). Together with collegues she is continuously working on formats for discussion and discourse as a.o. „from dusk till dawn and further“ - a 12 hours talkshow with 24 international guests at ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna in 2010 (with P. Stamer), „Visionärer Widerstreit“- a seven hours event, or the talk & practice formats „Let’s talk about work (and life)“ (with J. Lanteri), and „Ecologies of practice“ (with A. Chauchat, B. Knaup, S. Zacharias) at Tanzfabrik Berlin. She has been the artistic director of the biennial programm Tanznacht Berlin in 2016 + 2018, and was guest professor at the MA program SODA / HZT Berlin in 2018.
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Eva Blaschke, dancer, dance pedagogue, trained in Laban/Bartenieff movement studies, Modern Dance/New Dance, Aerialdance, Gyrokinesis; teaches Laban/Bartenieff movement studies, dynamic dance techniques, improvisation and performance. Performances with the group "Dynamic Improvisation" and Performancebühne Berlin.
David Bloom was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a family from New York, NY. He has been playing the piano professionally since he was 16 years old, including a brief stint at the bar Marie's Crisis in New York. He received his dance training mainly at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany and also studied with William Forsythe, Kirstie Simson and Benoît Lachambre. He was a member of the dance ensemble at Staatstheater Darmstadt, and has collaborated on projects by Marco Santi, Michaël d'Auzon, Nir de Volff/Total Brutal, Micha Purucker, Ingo Reulecke, Canan Erek, Friederike Plafki, Felix Ruckert & Tino Sehgal. He has taught contemporary dance in a variety of contexts, and is also a graduate of Barbara Carellas’ Urban Tantra Professional Training Program. He has also studied BDSM and Tantra with teachers such as Joseph Kramer, Felix Ruckert, Osada Steve & Midori. Since graduating from the M.A. Choreography at the Inter-University Center for Dance (HZT) Berlin - where he has also taught since 2017 - he has been focusing mainly on his own choreographic work, including "Die Heilige und die Hure", a solo for Felix Ruckert, and "enemy", an interactive sauna dance piece. He also regularly curated the Berlin play party/choreographic installation "Friends & Lovers", which inspired a trilogy of short films, that each premiered at the Berlin Porn Film Festival since October 2013. David is a recipient of a 2012 danceWEB Scholarship, and returned to the ImPulsTanz Festival to teach in 2015 and 2016. More info at: https://davidbloom.info davidbloom.info
Johanne Castillo Bro – studied teaching in Denmark following her dance education at the Iwanson Schule für zeitgenössischen Tanz. Since then she has danced in several dance productions and companies in Paris, Munich and Berlin, amongst others MHK, Moebius, ACC/encorps, InSenso and Choreographers such as Katja Wachter, Willy Dorner, Jess Curtis, Gill Clarke, Rosalind Crisp, Eric Lecomte, Olga Cobos and Peter Mika. She has worked several years as a dramatic adviser and choreographer for the theater company C.O.C and with the director Yann Gonzales in Paris. Since 2009 she lives and works as an independent dance teacher, dancer and choreographer in Berlin, working amongst others for the Staats Oper Berlin, AbenteuerKultur dm-drogeriemarkt and for the artist collective possible.movement.
Jan Burkhardt is a freelance dancer/choreographer, Laban-Bartenieff Movement Analyst, musician and physiotherapist. The focus of his artistic and pedagogic work is the resonance between somatic exploration and its communication into space. Jan cooperates internationally with a variety of institutions and artists. He is currently guest lecturer at the dance universities of Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Cologne. His most recent artistic research involved a.o. projects with Laurent Chetouane, Sebastian Matthias, Martin Nachbar and Cecilia Roos.
Tchivett has been a performer, dance maker and improviser since 2011 and completed the Choreography Masters degree at HZT in 2018. In his performance and choreographic practice he works with fine qualities of relationship between bodies, spaces and audiences ; creating social situations and sensitive atmospheres and exploring at the border with visual arts and sculpture. As an interpreter, among others, he has danced for re-enactments by Hanna Halprin and Marina Abramovic, the choreographic pieces by Atsushi Takenouchi and Annabel Guérédrat, and in Berlin with Shannon Cooney, Jolika Südermann and Josep Caballero. He regularly teaches butoh, contact improvisation and somatic practice in workshops and classes. He also contributed to various dance research and performance collectives (Danses bizarres, CORPOL, Collective matters, etc.) with a focus on queer culture, feminist politics and self-organization.
Maya M. Carroll is an independent choreographer, performer, mentor and teacher, based in Berlin since 2004. In the past fourteen years Maya has created over 30 works from solo to extended group pieces. She has collaborated with artists and performers from diverse backgrounds; dancers, visual artists, poets, musicians, actors, opera singers, stage and light designers. Maya has been making dance independently as well as being commissioned to create pieces for state theaters, independent companies and dance academies. Her work is anchored in the meeting point between the tangible and imagined; reality and myth, drawn from and towards the limitless expression of the dancing body. In 2011 Maya formed The Instrument with her partner, composer and musician Roy Carroll. Dance background: Between 1997-2000 Maya danced in Muza dance company, Tel-Aviv, Israel. She collaborated with choreographer Lara Barsacq over five years (Tel-Aviv - Paris). Between 2000-2003 Maya danced in Batsheva Ensemble company, directed by Ohad Naharin. She also danced works choreographed by Anat Danieli, Sharon Eyal and Arkadi Zaides to name a few. In 2005 Maya joined Research Project with Sasha Waltz & Guests in Berlin. Since 2013 she collaborates with choreographer and director Julyen Hamilton. She joined his company Allen's Line in three pieces; Goat Ocean, Mud Like Gold and The Light from Beneath Reaches. theinstrument.org
Maya M. Carroll
Yael holds a bachelor’s degree in dance from the Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2007-2011), and is a former member of the Vertigo Dance Company In Israel (2011-2015). Currently works as a freelance dancer, teacher and independent dancemaker. Additionally, Yael is a certified Feldenkrais® practitioner. Teaching classes and workshops around the world, Yael has developed a movement vocabulary and approach that incorporates principles and images from Yael’s background of release-based techniques, classical ballet, partnering, the Feldenkrais Method and more primal forms of human intuitive and impulsive movement.
Alvin is a certified Gaga teacher, photographer and dance artist based in Toronto, Canada. He completed the Gaga Teacher’s Training Course in 2018 under the artistic direction of Bosmat Nossan with the generous support from the Ontario Arts Council’s Skills & Careers Development Grant for Artists of Colour and Canada Council for the Arts’ Career Development Grant. During the course, he participated in Gaga intensives and took company classes at Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic mentorship of Ohad Naharin. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management & Organizational Studies specializing in Finance and Administration at Western University, Canada. His work has been featured in numerous shows including International Dance Day, Toronto’s Original Choreographer’s Ball, Toronto Fringe Festival, Nuit Blanche Toronto. Alvin also produces dance events including “Short Dances”, Night Swim, The Workshop Room and Special Gaga/People & Gaga/Dancers classes in Ontario. He is a guest faculty member of Western University, Centennial College, H.B Beal Secondary School and Toes for Dance. Alvin has photographed numerous dance artists, companies and events including Batsheva Dance Company (TLV), Sidra Bell Dance New York (NY) and Evelyn Hart for The Dance Current (TO). http://alvincollantes.com
Mo.Ré, a collective for movement research. Mo.Ré is a network for movement research by dancers who are based in Berlin and share a personal experience with Gaga, Ohad Naharin’s dance practice with Batsheva Dance Company. Through teaching and mutual exchange, we further explore our understanding of dance and movement, as well as investigate and get feedback over our new findings.The classes will be taught by: Steph Amurao, Juan Corres Benito, Tamar Grosz, Einav Katan-Schmid, Nitsan Margaliot, Olivia Tarrish Ancona, Kerem Shemi.
Profesional experience: The Batsheva Ensemble Dance Company (Ohad Naharin). Worked as a freelance dancer with choreographers: Anat Danieli, Inbal Pinto, Barak Marshall and with ‘Matanicola’, The dance/theatre director Sebastian Blasius, Görlitz Opera House- as a dancer and choreorgapher. Choreography for a film by director Amit Epstein. Participation in duet creations by choreographers: Rami Levi (Culberg Ballet, Nacho Duato - Compañía Nacional de Danza de España, Batsheva dance company), Yossi Tmim, Michael Getman. Since 2000 - DeDe Dance Company as co-founder- artistic director, choreographer and dancer. Co-founder of the Tel Aviv Dance Company, of the 'Maslul' advanced dance training program in 2008 of the BIKUREI HAITIM CENTER. Co-founder of the `HaSadna`, advanced dance training program. Creating and teaching in `Danceworks`Academy- Berlin, in `Die Etage` Academy- Berlin. Certified 'GAGA' teacher. The 'MSIDC' (Multy Style International Dance Conference) – As head of the contemporary department. Prizes and awards: Best performing artist, 1998 Adami prize at the Bagnolet International Dance Competition/France, Ministry of Culture Prize for Young Choreographers - Israel 2007, The Tel Aviv Rosenblum Arts Award 2010.
Alma graduated from the Anton Bruckner University (IDA) in Linz, Austria. Previously, in her hometown Buenos Aires, she studied at the National Ballet School and at the Contemporary Dance School of the National Theater San Martin. Joining Norrdans in 2006 as an understudy, she continued her professional career at the Choreographic Centre Linz, Landestheater Linz, Landestheater Coburg, Stadttheater Hildesheim, Landestheater Flensburg and Theater Hagen. Some choreographers Alma worked with are Carlos Matos, Gerda Köning, Ramon Oller, Alfonso Palencia, Teresa Ranieri, Milli Bitterly, Rose Breuss, Katja Erdmann-Rajski and Adriana Barenstein, among others. Alma also worked with DIN-A13 Dance Company and currently she is performing with TanzSpeicher in Würzburg. Choreographic residencies at the C.C.Borges (ARG), guest teacher at the National University of the Arts of Buenos Aires and guest speaker at the University of Oslo (Young Creators Symposium). Awarded with several grants for creations and studies by the Cultural Affairs Office of Bs As, Air France and Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation of Switzerland. Several int. Ballet competitions awards winning on her earlier years. Alma is the Artistic director of ST VITO - a multimedia project that fuses interactive technology and dance. ST VITO has been commissioned by several international institutions since 2015. Alma has taught workshops in Australia, Canary Islands, Argentina, Peru and recently she became a guest teacher for the profi training in Marameo and Dock 11 Berlin. Since August 2017 Alma is a Master of Arts student of the work-study program in dance pedagogy at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, specializing in professional dance education.
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Iyar El-Ezra was born in Tel Aviv on 1987 and studied in the Academy of Dance and Music in Jerusalem. Joined Batsheva Ensemble in 2005 and worked at the Batsheva dance company from 2008 until 2016. During her work period in Batsheva, aside of working regularly with Ohad Naharin, has also worked with Yasmeen Godder, Sharon Eyal and Roy Assaf. Iyar is a recipient of the 2002-2004 Israel-America cultural foundation education scholarship. She choreographed and participated in "curtain up 2015" - a centerpiece of Israel's contemporary dance calendar for young choreographers. Has won the "Yair Shapira award" in 2016.
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.
Christa Flaig-Isaacs, dancer, pedagogue, project manager. Studied african dance in Europe , west-african african, countries mainly west and south, South Africa and Martinique. Focus of her (artistic) work is the research on source and quality of movement in african dance and the possible meaning, adaptation and transformation for non-african dancers. For over 25 years organisation and management of festivals for dance and cross-cultural exchange in Europe and Africa. Actually she is board member and curator of the workshop festivals of Tanzfabrik Berlin.
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.
Eva was born in Greece. In 2013 she graduated from the National School of Dance in Athens while studying Law at the same time. Later on, she took part in the long term session of the DanceWorkshop Gaaton in Israel where she was trained in Gaga technique. Within this session she has worked for projects of Noa Zuk, Shlomi Bitton and Rami Beer. Afterwards she completed the five months understudy program of Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company as being an Apprentice for the company based in Israel. As a performer she has, also, collaborated with Oktana Dance Theatre and Hellenic Dance Company for creations of Anton Lachky, Pascal Rioult among others. Lately she collaborated with cia Sonia Rodriguez, Inside The Body performing arts, JSR dance company and Edivaldo Ernesto. She is a member of Frantics Dance Company based in Berlin and she is currently working as a performer of Aerites Dance Company / Patricia Apergi. Her own creations have been performing since 2015 in Greece & Germany. She is currently based between Berlin and Athens.
Lisanne Goodhue is a Canadian dancer based in Berlin since 2011. Graduated in contemporary and classical dance, as well as in visual art in Montreal, Canada (2010), she has been working in various cities around Europe and Canada as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She is active in the Berlin improvisation scene, being a guest artist in various events and festivals. Her choreographic work investigates the influence of visual art on the experience of the viewer and has been presented in Europe and Québec, Canada. Lisanne is a close collaborator of German choreographer Sebastian Matthias since 2009. Their work toured around America, Europe, and Asia. She has been collaborating/is collaborating with artists such as Sebastian Matthias, Ingo Reulecke, Louise Wagner, Julian Webber, Jenny Haack, Joanna Roggan, Antoine Effroy and Anne Rudelbach, BundesJugendBallet Hamburg - John Neumeier (dance-choreography), Ulrike Sowodniok, Biliana Voutchkova, Alexander Frangenheim, Zafraan Ensemble Berlin, Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg, (music-composition), Louise Viger, Eva Berendes, Sebastian Kite (visual art).
«Tanz ist hier unverstellt, ohne Theatralik oder demonstrative Virtuosität zu erfahren: in einer ungeschminkten Klarheit und unverstellten Schönheit, die den Betrachter zunehmend in den Bann zieht. Lisanne Goodhue fasziniert durch ihre pure, losgelöst in der Bewegung aufgehende Körperlichkeit.» - Leon Hard from Die Sehnsucht des Nacktmenschen nach dem verlorenen Fell, Hamburger Abenblatt 2012
«Dance become a sensory machine that guides dancer such as Lisanne Goodhue to a subtle and sophisticated presence in his [Sebastian Matthias] choreographies.» - Irmela Kästner Tanzplatform Deutschland 2014
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Alicia Grant is a choreographer and dancer based in Berlin. She received a BFA in Dance from York University in Toronto, Canada. Her work in performance, video and installation has been presented in North America and Europe from stages to swimming pools to abandoned factories to galleries. She is one part of WITCHTITS, with Zinzi Buchanan and works in various constellations with other makers in Toronto, Berlin and Zagreb. As a dancer and collaborator, she has worked with Zoja Smutny, Isabelle Schad, Shannon Cooney, Irena Čurik and Andrea Spaziani. She shares why-am-i-alive dance practices at Studio 303 in Montreal, Love-In in Toronto, Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen and TanzFabrik in Berlin. She is interested in power dynamics, transformation, fear and intimacy and is currently developing a moody towel practice in Wedding.
Miriam Rose Gronwald (DE/USA)is a multi-disciplinary artist working in between dance, video art, textiles and the fine arts. Trained as a professional dancer, she completed her dance training at the Academy of Dance, Mannheim and the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. During her studies she received the EHF 2010 scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. In 2012 she joined the 'Gauthier Dance Company' at Theaterhaus Stuttgart where she danced in pieces by Ohad Naharin, Jirí Kylián, Mauro Bigonzetti, Stephan Thoss and Nanine Linning among others. Later on, she continued dancing in France with the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine while working closely with choreographers such as Marie Chouinard, Jan Martens, Deborah Hay and Rashid Ouramdane. In April 2018 she moved to Berlin working as a freelance dancer and choreographer as well as expanding her work in the fields of video installations and textile art. Her most recent video installation ‘The Occupation of Time’ showed during the Berlin Gallery Weekend 2019. For more information, www.miriamrosegronwald.com
Miriam Rose Gronwald
Tamar Grosz was born 1990 in Santiago de Chile, she grew up in Jerusalem, Israel. She joined the Bathsheba ensemble 2008 and since 2010 she has been working as a freelancer. She danced with choreographers: Ronit Ziv, Idan Cohen, Maya Levi, Sofia Krantz, Sharon Ayal, Ohad Naharin, Iris Marco, Kiani Del Valle, Aoife McAtmney, Christoph Winkler. In 2013, she moved to Berlin where she founded together with her college Francesca Penzo the artistic platform FEM – for feminine*feminist art. Under FEM she created the pieces "Why are we so f***ing dramatic?" (2013), "577 ovules in the right place" (2016), " i am not a Jew Israeli vegan lesbian woman. I am Tamar" (2014) and "The future" (2017). Tamar is a Physics and chemistry bachelor student in the open university of Israel and researches how experience life in a serious humor.
After her university degree in sports from University Tübingen, Eva Günther started her dance education in Modern Dance in Cologne (Graham Technique) and in Berlin (Cunningham, Limon). She danced in several companies, e.g. Janine Schneider (Berlin). In between 1993 and 2007 she ran the Dance- & Movementstudio „Mobile“ in Berlin-Wedding and choreographed the amateur dance-theatre „Mobile“. Regardless of who you are: a kid, male, headragged, pregnant, suffering from rheumatism or youths: since 25 years Eva is bringing dance into all sorts of different lifes. Since 2005 she is also working as a Yoga teacher and actress.
Billie Hanne is a Belgian dance maker. She reimagines tradition and pushes boundaries in visceral works at the nexus of dance, choreography, visual art, composition and a new form of poetry. Billie runs a dance company, performs solo and collaborates with others. In her company, Billie & Wheelgod (since 2012), she directs dancers to make pieces that fulfil poetic directives. So far she has presented eight solo works (Hollyhocks, Deep Brown Sea, Daisy …. ) that were shown all over Europe. She also creates commissioned works and happily lends her services to other artists in various set ups. Currently her career spans ten years. She was a trained gymnast from the age of 4. She studied ancient poetry and literature in Belgium and Greece before entering the dance scene in 2008. Her work in dance & speech is singular and has her occupy a unique place in the European artistic landscape.
Choreographer, dancer, performer, dance curator. Studied Dance in her homecountry Colombia and finished her Dancetheatre and SoloDance Postgraduate studies at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen, under the guidance of Pina Bausch. As a dancer she worked for the Wuppertal Dance Theatre, the Münster State Theatre, the Schauspielhaus Bochum, the Aachen Theatre and performed in several independent productions. As choreographer she worked at Stadttheater Basel, Switzerland and her own creations has been invited to Festivals in France, Croatia, Italy, Holland, Ecuador, Brasil and México. Martha got the Tanzstipendium and the Einstiegsförderung of the Berliner Senate. "Transparente" her first full-length film celebrated premiere at the American Dance Festival / International Screendance Festival in U.S.A. and toured in Europe and South America. She worked lately with artists like Alexandra Pirici, Jochen Sandig, the Rundfunkchor, Teodor Currentzis and the CEPRODAC at México City. For her new creation she has the support of the Spanish institution Iberescena and the Goethe Institut. She is since 2014 curator for the Bienal de Danza de Cali, Colombia, since 2015 mentee of the Performing Arts Program Berlin, and since 2011 artistic director of Plataforma/SurReal Berlin: Ibero-American Festival for Dance, Performance, Installation and Screendance. www.facebook.com/MarthaHincapieCharry
Martha Hincapié Charry
Chandana teaches classical ballet with a contemporary slant. Her experiences as a modern dancer and yoga teacher have influenced her teaching and she puts a focus on working with the breath, mental flexibility and body awareness. Born in Munich, she studied dance and dance education at the Staatliche Musikhochschule Heidelberg/ Mannheim and completed her studies with a diploma in stage dance and dance pedagogic. As a dancer she successfully gained experience both on a domestic and an international level.Since 1992 she has taught classical ballet for professionals, dance students, adults, personal trainer and intense-workshops. Since 1999 she has been living and working in Berlin as a freelance dancer, performer, dance educator, vinyasa yoga teacher (OM Yoga) and certified Gyrotonic®trainer.She has been a member of the Freyer Ensemble since 2001. www.chandanamhoermann.wixsite.com/meinewebsite
Tarren Johnson is a choreographer and artist from Southern California. Her original performance works use multiple media and systems thinking to address collective dysfunction and the cultural subconscious. Her recent works include Dripfeed (2018) and Shade (2017). She has performed across Europe including at Art Basel (2017, 2018), Munich Public Art Festival (2018) and Manifesta 11 (2016); and choreographed at The Volksbühne (2017–2018), Martin Gropius Bau (2018), and Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2016). She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2013 from California Institute of the Arts. She is based in Berlin.
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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Mu-Yi Kuo (Taiwan/D) trained in contemporary, classical and Chinese dance in Taiwan and Germany. Since 1995 she has been working as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. As a dancer, she worked with choreographers including Stephanie Thiersch, Anna Konjetzky, Rodolpho Leoni, Philipp van der Heijden, Pina Bausch, Yaron Shamir, Henrietta Horn, Michele Anne de Mey and Thierry de Mey. As a creator, her debut creation “Cycle C” (2011) was nominated by the Aerowaves European Network as the most outstanding interdisciplinary production of Germany. In 2012, she choreographed the solo theater work “Dance Play” for playwright Ana Mendes, winning the Prize of the Jury Sophiensaele at the 100° Berlin Festival. In 2013 she created an intermedia concert performance “Prisma” together with musicians Ensemble Ruhr during a residency at Pact Zollverein. She has taught in companies and institutions such as Pact Zollverein, Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, ZAIK Köln, Mouvoir Dance Company, Akram Khan Company, Cie Toula, Folkwang Tanzstudio and Ben J. Ripe Company, Neuer Tanz Company. Since 2014, Mu-Yi Kuo has been faculty member of the Folkwang University of the Arts where she teaches dance, movement composition, improvisation and coaches student creations. Mu-Yi Kuo is currently in the education program of Feldenkrais.
RILABEN is a performer, author, researcher. Studied Architecture, PAP in Bilbao/Amsterdam, and A. Nikolais pedagogy certificate Technique, also studing some Release, Laban and M. Feldenkrais inside S. Bucci Company as well as different approaches to the body in the performing arts. He is working through intuition and stratification of improvisation, to set an alive installation of bodies related with philosophical approach to art, audience perception of the event , experimental or pop music and site specific frame. He collaborates with several companies as dancer, mime, even in many Opera Theaters, like with Abbado, Martone, Fura dels Baus, R. Andò etc..He creates his first ‘CONT’ piece inspired by plastic, daily pollution and resistence, through ‘A Man Without Qualities’ by R. Musil. He develops a first version in 2012 , with the music of JD Zazie, in Florence, Poznan, and at the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao in a duo version with C. Abati, that will travel through Italy and Portugal.‘DUO’with C. Abati,in 2014/15 is RILABEN second work/collaboration, residency at Vivaio del Malcantone, SPAM Lucca, Limonaia /Company Blu, Spazio K Prato, and première at Ada studio Berlin. BOWO, third ongoing project from 2013/2017, is inspired by Cso group, who invited LABEN to teach in a workshop session at San Sebastiàn, on Deleuze-Guattari, A. Artaud theory, ‘A body without organs’, with live music by JD Zazie. In Florence, Berlin and Bologna. New performance projects in 2017, IN-EXtension from Beckett’s “All strange away”, first studio in Tatwerk Berlin, second step at Bologna ERT in January 2018. “SAI, a thing that feels” inspired by M. Perniola ‘The sex appeal of the inorganic’ , dance voice bodies live in an audio visual relation with objects and inorganic reality, in progress at Uferstudios, Tanzfabrik with A. Zoe, P. Stodieck, Noir Fidelity records di errikos Stamatakis, A. Cojaniz. Also part of MOR 2017, month of research at Ufers studios ,and of 'The Cleaners' performing for M. Abramovic.
Enrico L'Abbate aka Rilaben
Lisa Leopold is part of the workshop planning team at Tanzfabrik Berlin. She works in the field of dance and performance as dramaturge and curator in Berlin and Hamburg. She completed her M.A. in Performance Studies and BA in Theater, Film and Media Studies in Hamburg as well as a contemporary dance education in Vienna. From 2015-1017 she worked as a research assistant at the University of Hamburg and has already collaborated in several dance and performance projects. Since 2009, she enthusiastically has been practicing yoga and 2014 decided to do a Hatha Yoga teacher training with the World Yoga Alliance (India). Since then she has taught in Hamburg in a solidary yoga project (Soli Yoga), in Yogasense Berlin and is currently completing an advanced teachers training at Spirit Yoga Berlin.
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After graduating from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance, Shannon Leypoldt trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan. Her training includes ballet, modern, gaga, and countertechnique. Shannon has performed with Dorky Park, EYAS Dance Collective, wee dance company, burnsWORK, FACT/SF, Sharp & Fine, and Nine Shards Dance Theater Collective. As member of Wee Dance Company at the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater, Görlitz-Zittau she performed choreography by Dan Pelleg & Marko E. Weigert, Shlomi Bitton, Hillel Cogen, and Sommer Ulrickson. Shannon has perform in Taiwan, Israel, Russia, Germany, and the US.
Sofiya is a contemporary oriental dancer, teacher, choreographer, and performance director, based in Berlin. In her style, she merges oriental, tribal fusion, and contemporary moves, and places a special emphasis on body control. In her work, she focuses on human emotions and creates choreographies that are inspired by real personal stories and strong inner conflicts. See her works on www.sofiya.dance
Naomi has been in the world of dance and movement research from a young age. In 2013 she participated in the dance intensive program held in Tanzfabrik Berlin and before hand in several dance schools in Israel where she was born and raised. Along with dancing, Naomi entered the world of Yoga in 2005. At that time she worked for Physicians for Human Rights and was involved in a range of political struggles, mainly with prisoners and refugees' rights in Israel. “At that time, working under very stressful conditions, I discovered the practice of Yoga and the practice of cultivating a sense of well-being and health toward my body, towards myself. In different levels, I feel like yoga saved me. After moving to Berlin I have decided to try and give to others what I have gotten and am still getting from the yoga practice.” After ten years of practice Naomi had completed her yoga teacher's training. Today Naomi is teaching in several yoga studios in Berlin among them Yellow Yoga, FreiStil Yoga and Prostage.
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Matteo Marziano Graziano is a Berlin-based queer choreographer, whose work exists between the fields of contemporary performance, experimental music theatre and opera. His choreographic practice deals with questions of embodiment in relation to affects and consciousness. This practice leads to moving image making processes and explores the notion of subjectivity within spectatorship. Matteo has been danceWEB scholarship recipient in 2017 and since 2018 he is in-house choreographer at BTT Balletto Teatro di Torino. In 2018 he won the Young Direction Prize at Macerata Opera Festival. His choreographic work has been presented at a.o. PACT Zollverein, Schaubühne Berlin, KOW Gallery, Künstlerhaus Bethanien. He has recently performed for Doris Uhlich, Amanda Piña, Tino Sehgal. www.casamarziano.com
Matteo Marziano Graziano
Yuko Matsuyama aka Yuhki Kaoru is a freelance performance artist (vocal,dance, act) with over 20 years of experience performing in Musical, Revue, Dance show, Tanztheater, and Music project. She received her Pilates Mat Certification from Dolly Kelepecz (DK Body Balancing Method) in Tokyo. Teaching Experience: 2008 – 2010 Tokio Disney Resort (company training, Pilates, Ballet, Modern Dance), theater projects in Tokio (daily training for actors, choreography assistant). Since 2010 teaching at Dance Studios in Berlin (Pilates). www.yuhki.de
Giacomo Mattogno is an Italian composer, musician, and producer, in the field of contemporary/electronic music. Trained at the St. Louis Academy in Rome, he moved to Berlin where he founded his project, Junction to Humanity; due to its international characteristics, this project unites different cultures, influences and musical concepts from the US, Germany, and Italy. Giacomo is also the founder of Nordpathrecords: in his works he combines organic and electronic music, building an atmosphere of noises and sounds able to evoke non-linear elements, thus capturing different moods of the listener.
A native Californian, Victoria has always been moving. Earning a BFA in Dance from Belhaven University, she now explores wherever dance takes her. In Europe since 2015, Victoria has enjoyed performing with choreographers such as Tanz Company Gervasi, Sara Angius, and the Staatsoper Berlin as well as for films such as “Babylon Berlin” or “Suspiria”. Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as sign language, algebra and visual art, Victoria is developing her own choreography and often collaborates with Berlin-based musician, Joshua Tennent of the band TwoKites. In Seattle from 2009-2015 she worked with many artists including Catapult Dance, Ilvs Strauss, Alana O Rogers, Tara Dyberg, Coriolis Dance Collective, filmmaker Brad Curran, musician Noah Gundersen. Also a curator, Victoria has collaboratively produced arts events in Seattle and now in Berlin, an upcoming “Nah Dran” through Ada Studios.
Ixchel Mendoza Hernández is a Mexican freelance choreographer and dancer based in Berlin. She completed her Choreography and dance studies at Artez Arnheim (formel EDDC) in 2007. In summer 2007, she received a scholarship of DanceWebEurope,in the frame of ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna. In 2009 she took part at the Artistic Residency Program exchange for Iberoamerica and Haiti in Mexico city. Since 2011 she extended her practice in to video making in collaboration with the artist Anna Weißenfels. Her piece "Visual Ghost" was co-produced by the Tanztage Berlin 2012 and premiered at Sophiensaele. From 2013 till 2015 she had being engaged at the MA SoDA, HZT in Berlin investigating the phenomena "Visual Ghost". In 2016 she got chosen for the Einstiegsförderung for the research of her project: "Two Identical Mirrored". As a dancer she worked for Kat Válastur, shifts, Daniel Wittkopp, Elpida Orfanidou, Amit Jacobi and Laurie Young
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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Katja Münker, dancer, choreographer, Feldenkrais practitioner. After her training and practice as physiotherapist she studied Feldenkrais Method (1996-200), contemporary dance and instant composition. She was mentored through her choreographic processes by Ingo Reulecke und Martin Nachbar. Solo projects and artistic cooperations with Alex Arteaga, Bergrecherche, Amos Hetz, Ingo Reulecke et al. Artistic research and formats with AREAL_Artistic Research Lab Berlin et al. National and international teaching (Feldenkrais, Contemporary Dance, improvisation/instant composition and creative processes), publications and contributions for conferences. www.movement-muenker.de, www.kunst-im-gehen.de
Katja Mustonen (FIN/GER) is a Finnish dance maker and teacher, currently based in Berlin, working as a nomad. She graduated as dancer in Finland 2004, and holds a MA degree in "Contemporary Dance Education"(MA CoDE, HfMDK,Frankfurt 2010). Since 2008, she’s been teaching Contemporary Dance, Improvisation and Contact Improvisation internationally in institutions, festivals and other venues for dance. In her artistic work, she is curious about the states of presence and body’s ability to transform, embody, and transmit images into knowledge, emotions, language and atmosphere’s. Also, merging photography, video, sound and text together with materials or objects continues fascinating her in terms of finding more ways to express ideas and execute movement, creating the larger body of her artistic work.
Natascha Noack investigates the intersections of movement, music, language and film. She studied dance and movement in Berlin, Bielefeld (dansart) and Paris before deepening her knowledge of the traditional art forms in Guinee, Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso. She found particular inspiration in the work of Koffi Koko, Désiré Somé and Elsa Wolliaston for whom she worked as an assistant at the ‘Theatertreffen Berlin’ and in an educational project in France. She teaches Contemporary African Dance throughout Europe, collaborates in the creation of stage performances with artists of different backgrounds, translates dance and film theory and is a member of the selection commission of Generation, a section of the International Film Festival Berlin.
Anna Nowicka is a dance maker and a Saphire® practitioner, weaving her artistic research out of imagery work, dreaming principles, and attentive embodiment. She is expanding this kaleidoscopic approach during her PhD studies at the Polish Film School in Łódź. Anna’s work has been recognized with the DAAD Prize, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, and Tanzstipendium from the city of Berlin. This is only possible through the continuous production support from the Art Stations Foundation in Poznań. Anna taught a.o. for Meg Stuart, at Tanzfabrik, SMASH Berlin, HZT Berlin and at the Alternative Academy of Dance in the Art Stations Foundation in Poznań. www.annanowicka.com
Jenny Ocampo is a choreographer, dancer, dance teacher and mentor based in Berlin. She was born in Colombia and moved to Germany, where she received her dance degree from the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. She is currently completing Dance Science at the Freie Universität in Berlin (M.A.). She worked for several years as a solo dancer for the Dance Theatre Company at Theater Münster and was chosen by Pina Bausch to dance Le Sacre du Printemps and Tannhäuser. Since 2009 she has been working as a freelance dancer and, in addition to her work with Hidden Tracks, is realizing her own projects in collaboration with other artists* and theatres of the independent scene in Germany and South America. The works Mirage (2016), Damp Sheets (2017), The Canvas (2017) and S (2018), which premiered in Berlin, are among them. She understands choreography as a natural process in which everything takes its own and natural development, which is a kind of instability and unfolding of the extraordinary character of human actions and emotions. Her method, based on improvisation, links the perception of the inner and outer world to dance and performance. www.jennieocampo.com
Camilla Oebel studied "elementary music and dance education" with a focus on percussion at the Orff Institute of the Mozarteum University Salzburg. In addition to her master's degree, she completed a yoga teacher training course in Bangalore, India, as well as a contemporary dance education at the Tanzfabrik in Berlin. She participated in various transdisciplinary and international art projects and gained a wide variety of experiences both as a choreographer, composer, and as a dancer and musician. The enthusiasm for music, rhythm and dance and their connection drives Camilla Oebel to continue to research, to develop artistically and to share her own experiences in these areas. She directed various music and dance projects as well as body-percussion workshops for groups of different ages. Since 2017 she is part of the collective BodyMusic Berlin and teaches body percussion at the Tanzfabrik Berlin.
Enrico Paglialunga is a Berlin based freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer. Currently he is collaborating with Theater Strahl Berlin & DeDanser (NL) and the theater director/choreographer Helena Waldmann. He had his dance education between Rome and New York, he worked and collaborate with Enzo Celli (IT), Marko Weigert & Dan Pelleg (DE), Brice Mousset(USA), Eun Hwa Nary Shin (USA), Sonia Rodriguez (DE) and Sommer Ulrikson (DE). Before entering the freelance scene he worked for “Wee Dance Company” at the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater in Görlitz. As Choreographer, he created the piece “A New Beginning” for 6 dancers for the production “Kurzstrecke”| Wee dance company (DE) and " A step towards", a solo that recently won the 1st Prize at the Choreographic Competition Nowa Huta Kultury Center of Krakòw. In March 2017 Enrico has been invited as Guest Choreographer at the NATIONAL DANCE ACADEMY of ROME, to create his last dance piece “Pantarei”, for the students of the contemporary department. Enrico has been invited to teach his training at Tanzfabrik & Dock 11 Berlin, TanzKompanie des Landesbühnen Sachsen- Carlos Matos, WeeDance company Gh-Theater, Profitraining Leipzig LOFFT Theater and more… Currently he is attending a Bachelor in DanceMovement Theraphy at Arte.do/University of Salento(IT).
Satu Palokangas (FIN) has worked in the field of movement improvisation and somatic methods since 1994. Certified Teacher and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®, Dynamic Embodiment Practitioner and Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, Satu first studied contemporary dance in UK and Netherlands, before moving into the US to deepen her understanding of somatic methods. She holds an MfA in Live Art & Performance Studies and currently leads her own trainings in somatic movement therapy, ecosomatics and embodied developmental anatomy and movement, and works as a visiting lecturer at the Theatre Academy of Helsinki, Dance-Movement Therapy Training in Finland and within various BMC® and LMA/BF certification trainings internationally.
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Sasa Queliz is a Berlin-based dancer, choreographer, teacher, and awareness bodywork healer, born in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). She was a member of the Ballet Clásico Nacional and the Venezuelan dance companies Danzahoy and Neodanza (Caracas). She worked together with Labor GRAS and Angela Guerreiro developing choreographies at Tanzfabrik and Kampnagel Hamburg. Since 2000 she is a member of Sasha Waltz & Guests. Her dance trajectory includes collaborations with Sara Gebran, Angela Guerreiro, Rui Horta, Jan Pusch, Benoit Lachambre, Wim Vandekeybus, William Forsythe, Julyen Hamilton among others. Choreographically and pedagogically, Ms. Queliz was also involved in the dance project “MusicTANZ - Carmen” (Education project of the Berliner Philharmoniker) working with over 100 pupils. Together with Mata Sakka she created the duet "Interpretations" performed in Berlin and improvises dances regularly in Berlin through "Freistill" in Tanzfabrik Berlin and at other venues. Dance classes and workshops were given at Danzahoy (Caracas), Labor GRAS, Kampanagel, Tanzfabrik and Contemporary Dance Schule -CDSH (Hamburg), National School of Dance (Santo Domingo), Historical Project in LABAN (London), Sasha Waltz & Guests and Toula Limnaios (Berlin).
Dario Rigaglia studied dance in Giarre (Sicily, Italy). This included different dance styles such as classical ballet, modern dance, contemporary dance, Latin dance and hip hop. After he completed his high school studies, Dario decided to continue his dance journey in Rome at the DAF (Dance Arts Faculty), followed by a traineeship at the Agorà coaching Project in Reggio Emilia. Dario danced in several unique projects, including: Kitonb Project, Vibrazioni Dance Company, HI-dance-Robert Wechsler (improvisation with sound scape), Re project with 3D video mapping-artist director & choreographer Sanja Ristic (Animalize.Me Productions) Co-Choreography: Jorge Garcia Perez (Company Carta Blanca Dance), in the corps de ballets for some operas such as AIDA (Teatro Greco Siracusa) PAGLIACCI Teatro Greco Taormina, INcompany Emanuele Soavi, and from 2016 on with Les Ballets C de la B as a dancer in “Nicht Schlafen” by Alain Platel. In January 2017 he received the award for “the best Italian dancer abroad” from “Danza & Danza”.
The Berlin-based director, choreographer, teacher, improviser, Judith Sánchez Ruíz (CU- GE), was 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. Cuba. She has worked with Sasha Waltz & Guest, (2011-2014); Deborah Hay, (2012); Trisha Brown Dance Company, (2006-2009); DD Dorvillier, (2002, 2019); David Zambrano, (1997), Mal Pelo Company, (1997-1999); and DanzAbierta Company, (1991-1996). She established the JSR Company in NYC in 2010. She’s created numerous choreographic stage works and Site Specific and has initiated several improvisation projects involving live music with innovative composers and visual artist. Ms. Sanchez Ruiz has been a teacher and choreographer at major institutions of higher education in dance throughout Europe, US, Latin America and Asia.
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Over the course of 30 years Ka has been a leading member of Tanzfabrik Berlin, a networker and co-organizer of ECITE and CI Festivals, a performer, choreographer, improviser, researcher and educator. Originally trained as a gymnast and classical dancer Ka continued her education at the SNDO in Amsterdam working with pioneers in the field of improvisation and dance. Supported by a Berlin fellowship grant she studies with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in the US, and received her degree as a Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and Teacher profoundly advocating explorative methods of dance making into dance education and how somatic practices inform creativity and movement research at the interface of performance-neuroscience-embodiment at Universities and Institutions internationally. She has collaborated with numerous artists inspired by her curiosity to explore and finding the joy, risk and freedom to go beyond limitation. Her work for film and stage has been featured at dance and theatre festivals in Europe, Mexico, Russia, Japan and USA. Her work experience includes somatic psychotherapy, international top management trainings and its effect on group frameworks, organizations and social contexts theoretically situated within feminist understandings of embodied subjectivity. She is co- founder of the Berlin based Institute for Body, Dance and Therapy, member of the Authentic Movement Practice Unwinding the Body and Embodiment Research Group Emergence of Form and mother of two children.
Born and raised in Switzerland, she graduated from SEAD training program in 2007. She is a recipient of the conveyor scholarship from the Tanzquartier in Vienna, where she started her career as a freelance dancer and teacher. She collaborates with choreographers and artists of other disciplines on projects as well as creating her own work in Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Israel and New York City. In 2008 she began to immerse herself into the practice and study of yoga with her teacher Sri Louise, under whose guidance she completed 400 hours of teacher training in Vienna and Rishikesh, India. She was invited to assist Sri Louise in workshops and a 50-hour yoga teacher training for dancers at Impulstanz Festival in 2011,2013 and 2018. After taking her first Gaga classes in 2011 in New York, she moved to Tel aviv one year later where Gaga became part of her daily practice. In 2018 she got certified to teach Gaga after completing the teachers course under the artistic direction of Bosmat Nossan.
Jasmin has been teaching yoga in Berlin since 2013. She teaches Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. In her classes, she likes to include the principles of Buddhist mindfulness meditation, focusing the practice on conscious physical alignment and on the awareness of mental and emotional processes. She completed her teacher training with Detlev Alexander and Nancy Jovanovic in Berlin (Vinyasa Yoga) and with Sarah Powers in the US (Yin Yoga). She has also completed a training in Body-Mind Centering® with Nina Wehnert.
Geraldo Si began his dance career in 1981 with Pantanaliadança, Brazil, after having been taking dance classes for three years. In São Paulo, he worked as dancer and actor with Antonio Abujamra, Geraldo Thomas, Penha de Souza, theTeatro Brasileiro de Dança, Marzipan Dance Cia amongst others as well as participated in a number of T.V. Series. In 1990 Geraldo came to Germany to join the Wuppertaler Tanztheater led by Pina Bausch, where he danced as a soloist for four years. Subsequently he collaborated with Raimund Hoghe (“Geraldos solo” in 1996 and “Tanzgeschichten” in 2003), Stephanie Thiersch, Healing Theatre Köln, Rodolpho Leoni Dance, Vera Sander Art Connect and Cocoondance. In 1996 Geraldo founded x.x.y. theater in Wuppertal for which he directed several productions. From 2003 till 2010 he had been the artistic director of Sommertanz Junge Talente, a dance theatre project for the youth, that was a pilotscheme from the Kunststiftung NRW. Inspired by the collaboration with Suprapto Suryodarmo, for the past twelve years Geraldo Si has focused most of his work on improvisation and the concept of “growing through movement”. In 2002 he initiated an ongoing series of events „SichtLaut“. On these performance evening dancers, actors and musicians experiment within the borders of improvisation.
Mélanie Sorin was born in Lisbon and is both Portuguese and French. Passionate about movement, she is a freelance dancer and teacher based in Berlin. She studied contemporary dance in Lisbon and London, received her BA and post-graduate diploma and has been working with choreographers with distinct movement approaches and improvisation. Mélanie was introduced to the Gaga movement language in 2010. She travelled to Tel Aviv, Israel, where she trained and became a qualified teacher of Gaga in 2012.
Sarah Stanley is a dance artist born and raised in Houston, TX where she trained at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts. She received her BFA from SUNY Purchase in New York, during which time, she spent five months studying at Taipei National University of the Arts. Sarah was based in New York for many years where she worked with NØA Dance, Brice Mousset, LoudHoundMovement, Gallim Dance, Dance Heginbotham and Punchdrunk's Sleep No More, among others. Sarah has been teaching for the past several years in New York, Houston, Germany, Indonesia, Laos and the Philippines and she has created her own work in Houston, Jackson Hole and New York. Sarah is currently working as an independent dancer, teacher and choreographer based in Berlin.
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
Harumi Terayama was born in Osaka, Japan. Currently, she lives in Berlin as a freelance artist. A passion for dance guided her childhood and brought her to the US in 2000. After graduating from Walnut Hill School and The Juilliard School, she danced with many choreographers as a freelance artist and as a member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York City. In 2012, she joined GöteborgsOperans Danskompani in Sweden. She moved her base to Berlin, Germany in 2014. Parallel to her dance career, video editing became another creative outlet. Her first dance film “Replaced Vision” (Premiered in 2013, Sweden) was selected for various international film festivals. She has collaborated with choreographers and dancers to create videos for visual installations, promotional videos, and documentation. She is also a certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis trainer.
Diana Thielen usually works in diverse functions within the sphere of movement. Her projects moving in and around dance/yoga/pedagogy, artistic exchange and collaborations, as well as organizing and administrating meetings. As a student of education and gender studies, Diana is particularly excited about the political aspect of her academic work and is sharing the intersectional inquiry of body politics, axis syllabus and yoga at her blog: http://www.movementactivism.com
After his Ballet School (Royal Academy of Dance, Oxford; London Contemporary Dance School; scholarship for the English National Ballet School) Matthew followed the English National Ballet - Company, until he worked for Dance Berlin, David Nixon, Susan Quin and Deutschen Oper. Finally he joined the Scapino Ballet.
Matthew has got the authority to teach looseness and musicality beside his taut and concentrated training.. He´s using a combination of classical and modern music for teaching classical technique. He teaches solid technique for all levels.
Ildikó studied dance in education at Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands. After graduating with a B.A., a scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service led her to New York City in 2005. She’s worked with Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Company, Susan Marshall & Company as well as Kota Yamazaki among others. From 2012 - 2015 she was a member of the Forsythe Company. Since fall 2015, she is a freelancer dancer and dance teacher, involved in projects with Thierry de Mey at Charleroi Danses in Brussels, Fabrice Mazliah (Frankfurt), Sebastian Matthias (Berlin) as well as Irina Pauls in Leipzig. She has taught at Tanzlabor 21 (Frankfurt), La Raffinerie (Brussels), K3 in Hamburg, Palucca Schule Dresden, the Hungarian Ballet Academy (Budapest) among others. www.ildiko-toth.com
ALESSIO TREVISANI Germanist, Choreographer, Director, Performer. Recently founded his international company: the Freies Tanz Ensemble. Former member of Tanzfabrik Company, co-initiated in 2000 the Sox36 in Berlin Kreuzberg. 2003 won the German dance prize for best solo. He gained important artistic experience with the composer K. Stockhausen at Leipzig Opera and working in NY in 2005. 2007 was resident choreographer at Palucca Schule/ Tanzplan Dresden. 2006-10 created 4 works for the mixed able Theater Thikwa. 2011-18 created 8 successful works directing Leipziger Tanztheater.
Robert John van den Dolder is a dancer, performer, choreographer and teacher, currently living in Berlin. He studied at the Dance Academy Brabant in Tilburg, Holland and took private classes with Mr. Felix White (former teacher with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) in Modern Jazz and the Katherine Dunham Technique, and with Norio Mamiya (former dancer with Béjart and Scapino). Worked amongst ohters with Pina Bausch / Tanztheater Wuppertal (Wuppertal, Germany), Folkwang Tanzstudio (Essen-Werden, Germany), Steptext Dance Company (Bremen, Germany), Onafhankelijk Toneel Rotterdam (Rotterdam, Netherlands), De Rotterdamse Dansgroep (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Cosmic Illusion Productions (A´dam, Netherlands) and Black Vibration Dance Theatre (A´dam, Netherlands).
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Iftach is a movement artist who's profound background in martial arts and his recent years research and experimentation within contemporary dance have allowed him to create a unique platform of integration between the disciplines. In recent years his research and experimentation within contemporary dance, dance acrobatics and performance art has allowed him to create his own unique style as well as to create his own training platform D_e_c_o_d_i_n_g_ _M_o_t_i_o_n_ _™ _for integration and interfacing between the disciplines. He has trained, studied and collaborated for long and short periods of time with many masters, teachers and artists around the world. In 2016 Iftach founded Decoding Motion - a movement research and development project that explores, researches and presents ideas, concepts and principles to allow movers from multiple disciplines to grow and expand in their own fields and movement abilities and trainings. Since then he has been teaching Decoding Motion movement research and development seminars, workshops and professional training around the world among the places that Decoding Motion was thought in are New York, Philladelphia, San Francisco, Berlin, Zurich, London, Amsterdam, Thailand and many other locations world wide. www.decodingmotion.com
By experimenting with aleatoric, improvisational, and indeterminate processes, Andrew Wass formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious processes of composition that are the generative source of much of his works. Influenced heavily by his undergraduate studies of Biochemistry at U.C. San Diego, Andrew works by creating a defined, almost crystalline palette in order to generate a myriad of possibilities. His initial exposure to improvisation was through the Lower Left Performance Collective’s summer workshops in San Diego in 1998. Since then he has performed and taught at festivals, theaters, and studios throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. A graduate of the MA SoDA program of the HZT, he is currently pursuing an MPhil/PhD through the University of Chichester. lowerleft.org wasswasswass.com
Nina Wehnert works a dancer and movement teacher. She graduated from SEAD (Salzburg), bewegungs-art (Freiburg) and studied Yoga at OM Yoga Center NY. She teaches BMC®, Contact Improvisation, Embodied Anatomy and Yoga in daily classes, workshops, retreats and festivals around Europe aswell as at HZT Berlin and SEAD. She has great joy to immerse deeply into the exploration of movement, sensing and perceiving, the development of the body and the quest for being human which led her to study intensly BMC® with moveus and Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen. She is certified as Practitioner and Teacher of Body-Mind Centering® and in Embodied Anatomy & Yoga.
Idan Yoav was trained at Patricia Needleman Dance Studio in Jerusalem, graduated from the Academy High School for Music and Dance in 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 and as a freelance dancer with Sasha Waltz & Guests and the choreographer Sebastian Mattias. 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.
Stella Zannou was born in Athens and has studied dance in London College of Dance, London Studio Centre, The American College of Greece and the Greek State School of Dance. She formed “Smack Dance Company” in Greece and currently is living in Berlin, working as a freelancer dancer, teacher and choreographer. As a choreographer she has created /presented work, among other places, for Vienna Opera house, Staatstheater Kassel, S.E.A.D. – “Bodji project”, “One small step festival”, Dock 11, Athens International Festival, Gnarl Festival, No ballet fest., Santorini Arts Festival, American College of Greece Arts Festival, etc. As a dancer she has worked amongst others with Johannes Wieland, Walter Bickmann, Maya Caroll-Lipsker, Clint Lutes, Xaris Mandafounis, Athina Vahla, Haris Andahopoulou, Yannis Antoniou, Ioanna Parali, etc. She is teaching dance in places such as Staatstheater Braunschweig/Kassel, S.E.A.D., cie Toula Limnaios, B12, Nachschub, Iwanson International Dance School, Zentrum für Zeitgenössischen Tanz - Köln, Proda – Oslo, Marameo, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Hollins University, American College of Greece, etc.
Sigal Zouk born in Israel. She studied dance in Emek Yizreeldance school. and was a member of the ‘Batsheva` ensemble (Artistic directors: Ohad Naharin, Naomi Perlov). 1997 she moved to Berlin and worked with Helge Musial, Joseph Timm, Luc Dunbery. 1999-2004 Sigal joined ‘Sasha Walts & guests‘. 2005-2008 she worked with Meg Stuart in ‘replacement‘, ‘maybe forever‘ (choreogaphic asistent), ‘all together now‘. Since 2007 she is working with theater director Laurent Chetouane and currently rehearsing in their sixth collaboration ‘publikumsbeschimpfung’.