is a dancer and a performer. He grew up in Portugal and France, currently he lives with his family in Slovenia. Trained in classical dance since the age of 11, he later had his contemporary dance education at CNDC d’Angers and CCN de Montpellier in France, where he worked with teachers and choreographers such as Gilbert Canova, Loic Touzé, Mathilde Monnier, Emmanuelle Huyn, Boris Charmatz, Jennifer Lacey, Simone Forti, Benoit Lachambre. Since 2000 he has been collaborating as a dancer and performer in projects with Meg Stuart, Vera Mantero, Loic Touzé, Mustafa Kaplan & Filiz Sizanli, Antonija Livingstone, Heather Kravas, Yves-Noel Genod, Remy Heritier, Catherine Contour. Since 2010 he is developing his work in Slovenia, collaborating with choreographers Maja Delak, Leja Jurisic, Teja Reba, Bara Kolenc, with the theatre collective Via Negativa, Bojan Jablanovec and the musician Tomaz Grom. In 2013 he received the Slovenian national prize Ksenija Hribar for best dancer in Slovenia.
Johanna Ackva first studied theatre studies and anthropology before starting her dance and choreography studies in the BA Dance, Context, Choreography at the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin. As the daughter of a shepherd’s daughter, who was the first in her family to go to university, she grew up with the firm belief in emancipation through education and (theoretical) knowledge. She has long been asking herself how body or movement and language confront, inform and flow into each other, depending on how one views their relationship.
choreographer, dancer (SN)
born in 1944 in Benin, West Africa. Her grandmother was an animistic Yoruba priestess who introduced her to ritualistic dance. She was then trained in dance in France and Belgium by, among other, Maurice Béjart, with whom she founded the Mudra Afrique school in Senegal in 1977, a dance academy subsidised by the first independent president Senghor (among other things, the co-founder of Négritude).
After years spent learning and travelling between Senegal and Europe, she founded the École des Sables near Dakar in 1997. Today, the site is an international centre for traditional andcontemporary dances of Africa and one of the continent’s most important, professionally oriented dance academies. Germaine Acogny counts as a co-founder of contemporary African dance. She has been awarded numerous renowned prizes in France and various African countries.
Almeida Pees, Dr. Adriana
is a Body-Mind Centering® teacher, practitioner, infant-developmental movement educator (IDME), an ISMETA registered movement therapist and educator in different BMC programs. Since 2008 she has been director of the Brazilian Body-Mind Centering training program. She received her PhD at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) specializing in dance. She has been working as a dancer, choreographer and guest teacher in various productions at the Volksbühne/Berlin, Berliner Ensemble, Tanzquartier Wien, ImPulzTanz International Festival, Konservatorium Wien, Universidade do Chile, K3/Hamburg and Tanzlabor 21/Frankfurt am Main.
Apostolou-Hölscher, Dr. Stefan
studied applied theatre studies in Gießen from 2001-2008. From 2009-2013 he was a research assistant in the frame of the MA Choreography and Performance at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, where he was also a member of the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC). His dissertation ‚Vermögende Körper: Zeitgenössischer Tanz zwischen Ästhetik und Biopolitik‘ was published by transcript in April 2015. He is currently working on a project in the frame of the subproject Mindere Mimesis of the DFG-Forschergruppe Medien und Mimesis (heads: Prof. Dr. Muhle and Prof. Dr. Balke).
dancer, choreographer (IN)
A Chennai-based contemporary dancer, Preethi Athreya trained in Bharatanatyam and later went on to do a postgraduate degree in Dance Studies (Laban Centre, London, 2001). Working within the Indian contemporary dance scene as a performer, choreographer and facilitator, Preethi’s approach is marked by a constant dialogue with form and possibilities of reframing content. Preethi is one of the co-founders of ‘Basement 21’, a practice-based performance collective in Chennai.
Her creations are ‘Kamakshi’ (2003) ‘Inhabit’ (2006), ,Porcelain’ (2007) ‘Pillar to Post’ (2007), ‘Sweet Sorrow’ (2010), ‘Light Doesn’t Have Arms To carry Us’ (2013), ‘Anki Bunki Kata’ (2013), ‘Across, Not Over’ (2014). Her work has been seen in Europe, at the Szene Salzburg festival in 2008 and in 2009, as well as the 8tension series of the Impulstanz festival in Vienna, 2009. Preethi’s review of Belgian choreographer, Michel Laub’s work, ‘Total Masala Slammer’ was published in the Dance Research Journal, New York, in 2004.
artist, choreographer, dramaturge, Feldenkrais teacher, curator (DE)
Sonja Augart, works as a freelance artist, choreographer, dramaturg, Feldenkrais practitioner and curator (Incubate Festival Tilburg and Theater Frascati Amsterdam). She studied at codarts Rotterdam and the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg (NL). After graduating in 1998, she created the most various pieces including site-specific works (e.g. on the roof of a carpark or in a shopping mall), as well as choreographies for the stage and time-related performances. She also performed in pieces by Jerôme Bel, Forced Entertainment, Fréderic Flamand, Vivienne Newport and many others. In 2003 Sonja Augart established FRAGMENTA, a foundation for promoting and producing all kinds of ‘modern’ dance projects. In Berlin she is engaged in the discussion and action platforms ‘Haben und Brauchen’ (fine art) and ‘How Do We Work It’ (choreographers in Berlin), which have led to projects such as the ‘Choreographic Radio’ and the initiative ‘Shared Office’. In the frame of ‘Feedback Lab Goes Public’, she is currently examining to what extent artistic art mediation can create a connection between shared being and one’s own individual point of view. Since 2015 she has been on the board of ZTB zeitgenössischertanzberlin e.V.
artist, choreographer (CH)
Alexandra Bachzetsis is a choreographer and visual artist, based in Basel and Zurich. Her practice unfolds at the intersection of dance, performance, the visual arts and theater, generating a conflation of the spaces in which the body, as an artistic and critical apparatus, can manifest. This fundamentally interdisciplinary approach is reflected in her educational background. She studied and graduated at the Zürcher Kunstgymnasium, the Dimitrischule in Verscio (CH), the Performance Education Program at the STUK arts centre in Leuven (BE), and then continued to post-graduate level at Das Arts in Amsterdam (NL). During these years of training, Bachzetsis began to work as a dancer in the contemporary dance and performance context, collaborating with Sasha Waltz & Guests and Les Ballets C. de la B. et al. Collaboration, transference and a plurality of voices and bodies have informed Bachzetsis’ work ever since and is often thematized as a method of developing new work in her practice. Since 2001 Bachzetsis works independently and has created over 24 pieces which have been shown in theaters, festivals and public space venues worldwide as well as in a variety of contemporary art spaces and museums (Kunsthalle Basel, Stedelijk Museum, Tate Modern (d)OCUMENTA 13 et al.). Bachzetsis is a laureate of the Migros Kulturprozent Jubilee Award (2007), the Swiss Art Award (2011) and Swiss Performance Prize (2012).
dramaturge, curator, mentor (DE)
lives and works in Berlin as a dramaturge, curator and mentor. Together with colleagues, artists and institutions, she develops thematic programmes, discussion and research formats in the field of contemporary performing arts. Her focus is on the artistic, structural and geographic conditions of contemporary art production.
Battis-Reese, Dr. Vera
Director Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company (DE)
born in Berlin, studied law in Cologne, where she did her doctorate on stage employment law. Following her second state examination, she worked as personal assistant and deputy director of William Forsythe with the Ballett Frankfurt at the Städtischen Bühnen Frankfurt am Main from 2000 to 2004. In 2005 she became commercial manager of the newly founded The Forsythe Company GmbH under the artistic direction of William Forsythe. She has been holding this post since 2015 with the new artistic director Jacopo Godani at the DresdenFrankfurtDanceCompany and also works as a lecturer in cultural management.
filmmaker, artist (DE/EG)
born in 1978 in Berlin, lives and works in Cairo, where he teaches as a visiting professor at the Institute of Visual Cultures of the American University Cairo. Behkalam is co-founder of the artists' group Reloading Images, his works have been shown at, among others, the Museum Folkwang Essen (2013), the Heidelberger Kunstverein (2012) and the House of World Cultures, Berlin (2010).
independent dance dramaturge, artistic director ada Studio & Bühne (DE)
studied theatre studies, German studies and Slavic studies from 1991 – 1995. From 1996 – 1999 and 2002 – 2006 she worked as a ballet dramaturge at various theatres in Germany and from 1999 – 2002 as a youth dance manager at the Berliner Pfefferberg. In 2002 she founded the production office tanzbaustelle, and has since then been working as a freelance dramaturge and manager (with, among others, Britta Pudelko, Petra Sabisch, Milla Koistinen). In 2006 she co-founded the ada Studio & Bühne für zeitgenössischen Tanz in Berlin, a production and performance venue for young, professionally working choreographers. She has been its sole artistic director since 2008. She supervises and teaches young choreographers in Germany and abroad.
Chairwoman Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste (DE)
is co-founder and partner of ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro, a production collective for the independent performing arts. ehrliche arbeit combines concept and project development, production management as well as press and public relations work with dramaturgy and strategic consultation. For ehrliche arbeit she supervises the communication strategy of She She Pop and has been advising the performance collective since 2014 in building up an archive, among other things. As a member of the music theatre company Oper Dynamo West, Janina Benduski has been developing art projects in urban space since 2006 and was co-editor of the publication 'Stadt als Bühne' (Hatje Cantz). In 2013/15 she accompanied 'Wunder Opus 5', the Doppelpass project of Oper Dynamo West and LOFFT Leipzig. From 2009 to 2012 Janina Benduski was a member of the board of the LAFT - Landesverband freie darstellenden Künste Berlin; since the end of 2012 she has been co-opted member of the board. For the LAFT Berlin, Janina Benduski supervised the presentation platform Berlin Diagonale and since 2013 she has been a member of the project direction of the Performing Arts Programme, an initiative of the LAFT Berlin dedicated to structurally strengthening, professionalising and networking the independent performing arts in Berlin. She is project head of the Performing Arts Festival of the LAFT Berlin, which for the first time in May 2016 presents works and artistic positions of the independent scene in Berlin at different venues. Since October 2015 she has been the chairwoman of the BFDK - Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste.
dancer, choreographer (DE)
Jenny Beyer studied at the ballet schools of the Hamburg Ballett and the Rotterdamse Dansacademie. In 2007 she was choreographer in residence at K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie|Tanzplan Hamburg. Her works tour internationally and have been shown at the Spring Dance Festival/Utrecht and the Impulstanz Festival/Vienna, among others. She is co-founder of the artists’ initiative Sweet&Tender Collaborations. Her current piece GLAS is the second part of a trilogy testing the experienceability of dance with the audience. It is supported by the three-year concept funding of the City of Hamburg.
Böhler, Dr. habil. Arno
Arno Böhler is a university lecturer at the philosophical institute of the University of Vienna and founder of the philosophy-performance festival 'Philosophy On Stage'. He is currently head of the research project (AR275-G21): 'Künstler-philosoph_innen. Philosophie ALS künstlerische Forschung' (2014-2017) at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, funded by the Österreichische Wissenschaftsfonds. Research stays abroad: University of Bangalore, University of Heidelberg, New York University, University of Princeton. Visiting professorships: University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna; University of Vienna; University of the Arts Bremen; University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Book publications: Wissen wir, was ein Körper vermag? Rhizomatische Körper in Religion, Kunst, Philosophie, Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2014. Scores N04 On Addressing, Tanzzeitschrift Wien, Tanzquartier Wien Publication: Vienna, 2014. Korporale Performanz. Zur bedeutungsgenerierenden Dimension des Leibes, Transcript Verlag: Bielefeld, 2013.
Books on the move
traveling bookstore specialized in contemporary dance, performance studies, and somatic practices (FR)
Agnès Benoit received her MFA in dance from Bennington College, Vermont, and taught at the University of Rochester, NY. She moved to Berlin in 2006 where she founded Books on the Move. She’s now based in Bordeaux and is currently developing a multidisciplinary course based on language learning and movement exploration.
Stéphanie Pichon is a freelance journalist, specialised in the field of culture. She crossed path with Books on the Move in Berlin where she lived for four years (2007-2011). Currently based in Bordeaux, she collaborates with the cultural press, advices cultural institutions and develops different mediation activities within Books on the Move.
filmmaker, video artist (IN/AU)
After completing his diploma in Film & Media (Directing) from the University of Technology Sydney, he wrote and directed short films. The last of those films ‘The Traveller’screened at a number of festivals in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Besides, he has assisted in various capacities in documentary films, corporate videos, commercials, feature and short films in Australia. He has completed a professional course in Film Production, from Metro Screen Sydney, which is a premier institute and film funding organization that sources and encourages film talent across Australia.
In India Vijay has worked on video installations for contemporary dance, scripted a film which got selected in the first round of the Mumbai Mantra screenwriters lab (Script in progress), also travelled and filmed stories in Sunderbans and Varanasi last year as pre-production work for a documentary project on the Ganges.
Most recently Vijay has worked on an Indian (Tamil/ Hindi) bilingual feature film as an associate director. The film deals with women’s boxing in India and is currently in post- production.
artistic director of theatercombinat (AT)
is a choreographer, artist and the artistic director of theatercombinat. After studying theatre directing at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch Berlin, she worked in the field of experimental theatre between (spatial) choreography, (choral) theatre and urban intervention. She generates ‘political hybrids’ as site-specific settings and different media. Claudia Bosse develops international installations and works for museums, architectures, theatres, and urban spaces. She teaches, delivers lectures, publishes, initiates and participates in research projects and continuously collaborates with artists and theorists of different genres. In 2014 she initiated LET'S TALK ABOUT WORK, HONEY!
Botelho , Guilherme / Alias
Guilherme Botelho (CH), choreographer
Guilherme Botelho lives and works in Geneva since 1980. He initially came to dance in the Ballet du Grand Théâtre of Geneva and then founded his company in 1994.
The choreographer surveyed for a long time the impasses of life. For example, those of the office in 'L’odeur du voisin', of domestic violence in 'Contrecoup' and of the bedroom in 'Le poids des éponges'.
His pieces were fantastic and heartbreaking all at once. Son of a psychoanalyst, the choreographer has turned into a specialist of quirks in his contemporaries. About his dancing, it was said that it is theatrical: it circled around the pathologies of everyday life; magnifying also the personalities of the actors. The company Alias has created more than twenty pieces, received numerous awards, and has not only in Geneva established a loyal audience. In twenty years, the company has made a name for itself in Switzerland as well as abroad.
With 'Sideways rain' (2010), it is as if Guilherme Botelho has changed vein. Rather than the glamour of a novel, he prefers the sweat of abstraction. As a result of twenty years of matured work, the style is more concise and radical. He explains: 'At the moment I am very drawn to the graphics that my dance shows can create. Transforming the performance space into a drawing paper adds another dimension of understanding to the action, a second level of interpretation. A bridge is created between the action of the dancers and the drawing on this page that is the stage. This allows to create a succession of images, movements and lines. This continuous flow of information presents itself as a screen, on which the public can project ‘their’ film. The story - told and given to see - rubs and mixes with the lived experience in the room by those who are watching.'
Andrea Božić is a choreographer from Croatia, living and working in Amsterdam. Her work is interdisciplinary and takes form of live performance, installation and collaborations with the weather and night sky. The work reorganizes perception combining conceptual with sensorial and physical, creates paradoxical situations and asks questions about the effects of attention and imagination, perception of presence, the politics of viewing, presentation of reality and distribution of authorship. All individual projects are part of larger constellations.
choreographer, dancer, shifts – art in movement (DE)
David Brandstätter came to dance as a juggler and unicycle artist when he started studying choreography at EDDC in Arnhem in 2001. Together with Malgven Gerbes he founded shifts – art in movement. The name of the artists' group which the two founded in 2007 is characteristic of their working method. Behind shifts stands the conviction that a constant change in perspective, shifting one's balance and switching between different approaches are the preconditions for any serious and permanent artistic engagement. He is Artist in Residence at the fabrik Potsdam and Triangle de Rennes, and teaches dance and choreography at various universities.
Braz Batista, Luiza
is a graduate of the Folkwang Universität der Künste, she danced with the Brazilian dance company Grupo de Dança Primeiro Ato and the Folkwang Tanzstudio Essen. From 2008 she worked as a guest dancer of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. She was a solo dancer in Susanne Linke‘s ‘women’s ballet’, appeared in Pina Bausch’s ‘Wind von West’ and ‘Zweiter Frühling’ and danced for choreographers such as Suely Machado, Urs Dietrich, David Hernandez and Emanuel Gat. She works as a choreographer, dancer and singer on her own works and is regularly invited to international festivals. Since 2010 she has been collaborating with Susanne Linke, and since 2015 dancing in the Company Susanne Linke at the Theater Trier.
Director Ballett im Revier Gelsenkirchen (DE)
The American Bridget Breiner danced with the Bayerisches Staatsballett, the Semperoper Ballett Dresden and for many years as the principle soloist of the Stuttgarter Ballett, where she also started her career as a choreographer. Since 2012/13 she has been the director of the Ballett im Revier Gelsenkirchen. Two of her choreographies, 'Ruß – eine Geschichte von Aschenputtel' and 'Charlotte Salomon: Der Tod und die Malerin', were awarded the German theatre prize DER FAUST in 2013 and 2015. In June 2016 she and her company are invited for the first time to the Ruhrfestspiele for the premiere of 'Prosperos Insel' after Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'.
Brown, Dr. Carol
choreographer, performer (NZ)
Carol Brown is a choreographer, performer, writer, researcher and inter-disciplinary artist regularly collaborating with architects, media and sound designers through work that activates space, place and body memories. Trained in expressive dance with Shona Dunlop-MacTavish, she was a former dancer with Gertrud Bodenwieser. She subsequently trained in contemporary dance in London and New York before being invited to become Choreographer in Residence at the Place Theatre London. Her dance theatre and performance installation works have toured internationally through her company Carol Brown DancesCarol Brownhas published writings on dance, space, technology and sexuality. Recent choreographic works include choreography to un-settle a colonial heritage house, ‘Pah’ (Auckland Arts Festival 2015) and ‘Flood’ an ambulatory performance alongside the Vlatva River (Prague Quadrenniale 2015). She is the New Zealand curator of the Choreogaphic Coding Lab and convener of the international symposium, ‘Undisciplining Dance’. As an Associate Professor of practice-led research and choreography at the University of Auckland and director of Choreographic Research Aotearoa, she supports young and emerging dancers and choreographers whose work draws on Pacific thought. Carol Brown completed one of the first PhD’s with creative practice in Dance Studies from the University of Surrey in 1994. She has been awarded a Jerwood Award for Choreography, a NESTA Dreamtime and in Germany, the Ludwig Forum Prize for Innovation.
graduated in 1993 from the Accademia Napoletana di Danza LYCEUM of Mara Fusco in Naples, Italy. In 2002 Rossella was a grant recipient at the Laban Centre in London and in 2003 participant of the Impuls Tanz Wien Pro Series under the direction of Susanne Linke. Since then she has been collaborating with Susanne Linke, among others, as a dancer of the Versiliadanza company, for which Susanne Linke also created choreographies. Rossella works as a dancer, choreographer and teacher in Berlin and internationally.
conflict specialist, author, performing artist (DE)
Dana Caspersen is a conflict specialist, author and performing artist. As a leading artist with the Ballet Frankfurt and the Forsythe Company, and a primary collaborator of choreographer William Forsythe, she created work ranging from the world’s largest bouncy castle for Artangel to internationally acclaimed stage works such as ‘Eidos : Telos and I Don’t Believe in Outer Space’. Caspersen’s work using choreographic thinking to create public dialogues on topics ranging from immigration to violence has brought together thousands of people from communities across the world. She is the author of ‘Changing the Conversation: The 17 Principles of Conflict Resolution’ (A Joost Elffers Book, Penguin 2015).
dancer, choreograph (FR)
The dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz was trained from 1986 to 1989 at the ballet school of the Paris Opera and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon. In 1992 he and the dancer Dimitri Chamblas founded the association edna that produced the duo ‘A bras le corps’ and the solo ‘Les Disparates’, among others. As a dancer, he worked with the choreographers Régine Chopinot, Odile Duboc, Olivia Grandville, Meg Stuart, Raimund Hoghe, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker et.al.
From ‘Aatt enen tionon’ (1996) to ‘manger’ (2014) her created a series of highly memorable pieces. While maintaining an extensive touring schedule, he also participates in improvisational events and continues to work as a performer. He co-signs the books ‘undertraining / On A Contemporary Dance’ with Isabelle Launay, ‘Emails 2009-2010’with Jérôme Bel, and signs ‘Je suis une école’, related to the project Bocal, a nomadic and ephemeral school.
Associated artist of the 2011 Festival d'Avignon, invited to MoMA (New York) in 2013, and Tate Modern (London) in 2012 and 2015, Boris Charmatz is the director of the Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne since 2009, which he proposes to transform into a Museum of Dance of a new kind.
In 2012 Boris Charmatz was voted Choreographer of the Year by the specialist magazine tanz.
Chatterjee, Dr. Sandra
choreographer, cultural scholar (AT)
born in Munich; choreographer and scholar in the field of cultural, performance and dance studies. She studied in Honolulu und Los Angeles (PhD in Culture and Performance, University of California, Los Angeles) and is currently working as a PostDoc in the projects 'Traversing the Contemporary (pl)' (until 1/2016) and 'Tanz und Migration' (Austrian Science Fund (FWF) P24190 and WKP 32) in the department of music and dance studies at the University of Salzburg. Sandra Chatterjee is a founding member of the Post Natyam Collective, a multinational, internet-based group of choreographers and scholars critically dealing with South Asian aesthetics.
choreographer, performer (DE)
works as a performer and choreographer in Berlin. She develops projects and performative situations in collaborative processes with partners from various disciplines. Continuous collaborations with the choreographers Nik Haffner and Mart Kangro, the filmmaker Lucy Cash, the fine artist Lars Ø Ramberg, the composer Boris Hauf and the dramaturg Igor Dobricic. In 2003/2004 Christina Ciupke was visiting artist at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) Karlsruhe. In 2013 she received her Master of Choreography at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. In 2013/14 she and Anna Till realised the Tanzfonds Erbe project ‘undo, redo and repeat’.
Cramer, Dr. Franz Anton
dance scholar, philologist, publicist (DE)
Franz Anton Cramer has been working on dance archives since 2003. He currently conducts the research project ‘Records and Representations. Media and constitutive systems in archiving performance-based art’ at the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT) Berlin where he also co-directed the BA course ‘Contemporary Dance, Context, Choreography’ from 2007 till 2010, together with Gisela Müller and Boris Charmatz. He has also been part of an initiative to federate several German dance documentation centres between 2008 and 2012 as part of ‘Tanzplan Deutschland’, resulting in the online tool ‘Digitaler Atlas tanz’. Together with Barbara Büscher, he is co-editor of the special-interest magazine ‘MAP Media—Archive—Performance’.