dance researcher, journalist (UK)
has studied journalism as well as dance theory and history. Currently, she is a PhD researcher at the University of Roehampton looking at contemporary dance in Greece during the socio-political crisis, focusing on emerging artistic practices and collective working modes within a neoliberal context. Her Ph.D research is supported by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. She collaborates with festivals and artists in research and production, and works as journalist with international media. Her research interests are artistic production modes, dance ethnography, politics and history, and animation in performance.
Chrysa Parkinson is a dancer living in Brussels and Berkeley, California. She lived in New York for many years and performed with Tere O'Connor Dance, Irene Hultman, Mia Lawrence, Jennifer Monson and Mark Dendy, among others. She began traveling to Belgium in 2000 to work on improvisational performance with Zoo/Thomas Hauert and David Zambrano. Since then she has also performed with: Adrian Heathfield, Veli Lehtovaara, Remy Heritier, Boris Charmatz, Andros ZinsBrowne, Rosas/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jonathan Burrows, Mette Ingvartsen, Phillip Gehmacher, Eszter Salomon, John Jasperse, Deborah Hay, Alix Euynadi, Meg Stuart and Joaquim Koester. She has taught in the US, Europe and Australia, and yearly at PARTS (be) since 1998. Chrysa's writing and films have been published and distributed internationally. Her most recent project, The Dancer as Agent Collection, is available at Oralsite.be. She is the Director of the New Performative Practices MFA program at DOCH/Uniarts in Stockholm.
theatre scholar, dramaturge (D)
studied at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies of the Universität Giessen. He then received a research grant to the Tokyo Gaikokugo University and the Senshú University Kanagawa. From 2002 to 2005 he worked as a freelance dramaturge, production manager and director in Düsseldorf, from 2005 to 2007 as a dramaturge at Kampnagel, Hamburg, and 2007/2008 as a freelance production manager and dramaturge. Since 2007 he has been a dramaturge and production manager at K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie|Tanzplan Hamburg, where he is responsible for the residence programme, among other things. In 2011 and 2014 he was a jury member of the promotion of excellence of Tanz NRW, and in 2014 jury member of the Körber Studio Junge Regie. In 2013/14 he was the artistic project head of the Tanzfonds Erbe project 'HEUTE: volkstanzen', which he developed based on his ongoing interest in joint movement in work and art.
director Kunstverein Hannover (DE)
Kathleen Rahn has been working as a curator and author since 2000 after she had finished studying art history in Kassel. She has been active as a curator for the Neuer Aachener Kunstverein and the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf. From 2007 to 2012 she has directed the Kunstverein Nuremberg – Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft. Besides first solo exhibitions of artists such as Thea Djordjadze, Phyllida Barlow, Nairy Baghramian or Guillaume Leblon she has regularly presented artists who are working with performance. Since June 2014 she has been the director of the Kunstverein Hannover whose programme includes thematic exhibitions as well as a wide educational programme.
composer, sound designer, performer (SI)
Although he has a classical harp education, Raon has always been unsatisfied with standing with both feet on the same recognizable ground. Contemporary, experimental, ethnic, noise, pop, retro, rock and electronic music are all part of a kaleidoscopic baggage brought by Eduardo Raon onstage and in his compositions. Either improvising, composing or interpreting, and with a mixed attitude that oscillates between the visceral and the delicate/minute, his harp is squelched, stretched, melted, lit, consumed, blossomed, caressed.
Raon's work is traversal in both genres and artistic areas approached. He has composed and performed for Theater, Dance, Performance and Cinema since the 90s. He has frequently toured and recorded with I-Wolf, POWERTRIO, Maria João & Mário Laginha, Bypass, Ela Não É Francesa Ele Não É Espanhol, Hipnótica, O Espectáculo d'Ontem as well as solo. He has performed in Portugal, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Macau (China), Slovenia, Serbia, Spain and Russia.
author, choreographer, dancer (SI)
is a choreographer, performer and dancer that grew up between Yugoslavia and France and is currently living with her family in Slovenia. She studied Art History at the Sorbonne University in Paris and spend some years as an exchange student of Performing Arts at universities in India and Japan as in other contemporary dance educational programs. Her practice takes root in the intersections of experiences with art theory, visual arts, contemporary theatre, performance art and contemporary dance. Since 2005 she has collaborated and toured extensively with theatre director Janez Janša. Lately she worked with Forced Entertainment and Tim Etchells. Since 2007 she began to develop her own work in collaboration with Leja Jurisić. Out of this union were born performances, dance pieces, experimental pieces, durational and interventional works, installations that gained prizes, big critical acclaim nationwide and are touring around Europe. Since 2010 she is working closely with Loup Abramovici. In 2011 and in 2014, their work was critically nominated (major Slovenian newspapers) as the best independent performances of the year in Slovenia. Since 2013 she is the president of The Association for Slovenian contemporary dance, since 2014 she is the member of The Prešeren Foundation.Her work is produced by Bunker, Exodos, Maska, Mesto Žensk and Pekinpah. She is part of European networks and coproduced by Space for Live art, Imagine 2020, Identity.Move.
dancer, student MA CoDE (US/DE)
Ilana Reynolds's influences are based in Afro-Brazilian dance/Capoeira, Release Technique, somatic practices, and dance improvisation. She studied at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst/USA and at Escola da Fundaçao de Dança in Salvador, Brazil. She performed nationally and internationally with Brazilian choreographer Augusto Soledade in Miami, FL from 2004-2012. In 2012 she co-founded Lake Studios Berlin, an artist initiated rehearsal/performance/production space, where she has produced and curated works of her own and others. In 2015 she joined MA CoDE to connect her artistic work within the diverse field of contemporary dance.
fully qualified lawyer, managing director of DIEHL+RITTER, artistic director of DANCE ON (DE)
was the artistic director of 'tanz performance köln', an international production and presentation platform for contemporary dance and new media, from 1989 to 2004. In 2004, she was called to the German Federal Cultural Foundation as a project manager for her concept Tanzplan Deutschland. Since 2011 she has been the director of the Tanzfonds of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and since 2014 of DANCE ON, an initiative of DIEHL+RITTER gUG for dancer over 40. She a certified Facilitator in Transformational Leadership, teaches cultural management and is deputy chairwoman of the Pina Bausch Foundation, among others.
Brit Rodemund trained at the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin and became a soloist at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin in 1991. In 1995, she moved to Aalto Ballett Essen where she won the Aalto Stage Prize for her interpretation of Tatjana in John Cranko's 'Onegin', and in 1998 she went to Ballett Nürnberg. She has been working as a freelancer since 2000, including with Marco Santi, Nina Kurzeja, Efrat Stempler, Martin Stiefermann and Dansity Amsterdam. In the 2011 critics poll for the dance journal 'tanz', she was voted Dancer of the Year for her performance in Helena Waldmann's production 'revolver besorgen'. She is a dancer of the DANCE ON Ensemble.
dancer, student MA CoDE (BR)
Leonardo Rodrigues is a performer, choreographer and arts educator born in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. Originally he was educated in computer programming and classical ballet at the Ballet Baiano de Tênis. He started his international and professional career with the theatre company BTCA (Balé Teatro Castro Alves) and collaborated between 2004 and 2008 with Daniela Kurz in Nuremberg. Other choreographers he worked with are: Rui Horta, Stjin Celis, André Gingras, Jorma Elo, Lionel Roche, Jorge Silva, Luiz Arrieta. He is taking part in the MA CoDE program since April 2015 to further his skills in teaching, performing, and choreographing.
studied applied theatre studies in Giessen and choreography at the Laban Centre in London. Until today, he has choreographed more than 50 pieces for the stage, galleries, fashion and film. His stage productions have been on tour in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America and the Pacific region. Since 2014, the comprehensive online reconstruction of the last dance drama by Gertrude Bodenwieser 'Errand into the Maze' has been accessible for the public in the frame of the TANZFONDS Erbe.
artistic director DANCE ON, dancer (US/DE)
began his dance studies at the School of Cleveland Ballet and continued them at the School of American Ballet in New York City. He danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and was a solo dancer at Edward Villella's Miami City Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt and the Forsythe Company. In 2009 he was awarded the German theatre prize 'Der Faust'. Since 2012 he has been curating and co-ordinating the MFA European Studies Programme at Hollins University, Virginia. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Forsythe Foundation, and from 2013 to 2015 he was deputy artistic director of the Forsythe Company.
dance and media scholar, curator (CH)
Claudia Rosiny studied theatre, film and television studies in Cologne and Amsterdam and her received her doctorate at the University of Bern with a thesis on video dance. From 1991 to 2007 she was co-organizer of the Berner Tanztage, from 1998 to 2007 she established a forum for media and design at the Kornhaus Bern. After a grant sojourn in New York City in 2008-2009, she was project head at the Schweizer Tanzarchiv, and since 2012 head of dance and theatre at the Bundesamt für Kultur in Bern. She also teaches and publishes, among others: 'Tanz Film. Intermediale Beziehungen zwischen Mediengeschichte und moderner Tanzästhetik', Bielefeld: transcript, 2013; 'Zeitgenössischer Tanz. Körper, Konzepte, Kulturen', Bielefeld: transcript, 2007; 'Videotanz. Panorama einer intermedialen Kunstform', Zurich: Chronos, 1999.
danced for various companies in Italy, including the Ballet of the Arena in Verona, Ballet Naples, Versilia Danza Florene and the Compagnia Tocna. She worked with many Italian choreographers and performed in productions by Robert Wilson. Since 2004 she has been working with Susanne Linke and as a freelance choreographer and pedagogue.
trainer, coach (UK)
After studying dance in Berlin and Amsterdam in the 70's, she produced, performed, choreographed in the UK and Europe, and was director of Physical State International curating professional development for emerging artist. In 90's she studied in the arts of the mind, and since '97 delivers communication, coaching, conflict, divergent thinking training, facilitates organisational development, coaches and mediates conflicts in the Cultural, Education, Health and Humanitarian Sectors with NGO's worldwide. Rivca assists people to live the lives they want to live, artists to refine their practice, companies to create purpose and meaningful environments people enjoy to work with and within.
choreographer, performer, author (AT)
is a choreographer, performer and author. After completing her studies in Movement Studies & Performance (Linz) and theatre, film and media studies in Vienna, she worked in the theory section of the Tanzquartier Wien from October 2008 to March 2009. In 2011 her book 'Kollaborative Praxis: Choreogaphie' was published by Turia + Kant. Her artistic works and collaborations have been presented at various venues and festivals (among others, Wiener Festwochen, Tanzquartier Wien) in Europe. She is currently writing her dissertation at the Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft in Gießen.
sports scientist, sports scholar (DE)
With a background in Martial Arts competing for the German National Karate Team, Patrick has a particular interest in the application of Sports Science, Sports Medicine and Educational Science. His first involvement in dance started in 2007 when William Forsythe hired him as Director of Sports Science for the Forsythe Company. A year later, he was asked by ballerina Alina Cojocaru to come to London and help her recover from a serious injury. His collaboration with the Royal Ballet began soon after. In 2013 his involvement in the dance world continued to expand when Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of The English National Ballet, hired Patrick's team. In 2014 Patrick founded his own company: GJUUM, Movement Progressive.