• Sahlin, Tove

    Tove Sahlin

    performer, choreographer (SE)

    is a Stockholm based performance maker. She has operated within the fields of theatre and dance since 2001 both as a performer in institutions, companies, and independent choreographers and increasingly making her own pieces. In 2007 she initiated W.I.S.P. - Women in Swedish Performing arts with three friends. A feministic oriented exchange platform that questioned the notion of Women, Swedish and Performing arts. Tove is now the artistic leader of the company Shake it Collaborations. The pieces 'Miss U - a melancholic family fairytale', 'My own Bodies – a shaking solo for many' and 'Roses & Beans - the heterosexual project', has all toured national and international between 2010-2015.


  • Salecl, Prof. Dr. Renata

    Prof. Dr. Renata Salecl

    philosopher, sociologist (SI)

    is a philosopher and sociologist. She is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia, professor at the School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London and Recurring Visiting Professor at Cardozo School of Law in New York. Salecl is the author of 'The Spoils of Freedom' (Routledge, 1994), '(Per)versions of Love and Hate' (Verso, 1998), 'On Anxiety' (Routledge, 2004), 'Tyranny of Choice' (Profile Books, 2010). Her books have been translated into more than 10 languages. She also writes commentaries for the leading daily newspaper Delo in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In the last years, she has been named Slovenian Woman Scientist of the Year as well as Woman of the Year.

  • Sandroni, Simone

    Simone Sandroni© Philipp Ottendörfer

    artistic director TANZ Bielefeld (DE)
    The choreographer Simone Sandroni co-founded 'Ultima Vez' in 1987 and worked with the company until 1992. In 1993 he founded his own group Ernesto, and in 1996 together with Lenka Flory the dance company 'Déjà Donné' (Prague/Perugia). For the latter, he created ten pieces that were shown throughout the world. He also created premieres for the National Theatre Prague, the Festival de Beweeging Antwerp, the Four Chambers Dance Project in Toronto and on a regular basis for the Bayerische Staatsballett München. Since the summer of 2016 Simone Sandroni has been the artistic director of TANZ Bielefeld.

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  • Schaffer, Kareth

    Kareth Schaffer© André Lewski

    freelance artist, pedagogue, graduate at HZT (DE)

    works as a choreographer and performer in Berlin; graduated from the BA study programme at the HZT Berlin in 2013. Her works have been shown on various stages; premieres in 2016: trio 'An Animal Went Out' (Tanztage Berlin), group piece 'Unheard Of' (Uferstudios Berlin), 2015 'Dirty Money Mudwrestling' - a conceptual mud wrestling tournament. Kareth Schaffer is a founding member of the collective temporary archipelago, and with Julek Kreutzer initiator of The Artist's Pledge. She regularly works for and with Tino Sehgal, Christian Falsnaes, deufert&plischke, Stefanie Wenner, Alexandre Achour, Kyla Kegler and others.

  • Schaffman, Prof. Dr. Karen

    Prof. Dr. Karen Schaffman

    dance artist, curator (DE/US)

    Karen Schaffman (dance artist, educator, curator, Feldenkrais™ practitioner) first came to Germany in 1990, touring as a student of the European Dance Development Center (EDDC), Arnhem. Upon graduation from EDDC, she joined the faculty at TuT in Hanover. She earned a Ph.D. from UC Riverside under the mentorship of Susan Foster, with her research focusing on the transgressive nature of Contact Improvisation and ways the form resists and conforms to codification. Over the last decade, Karen has collaborated on choreography with Anya Cloud, Kristine Diekman, Eric Geiger, Peter Pleyer, and Mary Reich, (among others), and performed in works by BodyCartography Project, Sara Shelton Mann, and Deborah Hay (FIRE). Currently, she lives in San Diego, California, works as Professor at CSU San Marcos, and co-directs PADL West.


  • Scharpff, Heike

    Heike Scharpff© iKlick Fotostudio

    certified psychologist, project head of Stiftung TANZ – Transition Zentrum Deutschland (DE)

    After studying psychology in Marburg, she co-founded the theatre venue Waggonhalle Marburg and worked as assistant director at various municipal theatres and in the independent scene. Specialisation as trainer/coach and as theatre and drama therapist. Since August 2010 she has been working as project head in the administration of Stiftung TANZ – Transition Zentrum Deutschland and accompanies dancers in their transition process. More than 700 dancers have made use of this offer to date. In addition to her activities for Stiftung TANZ, Heike Scharpff continues working as a theatre director.


  • Scheidl, Sylvia

    Sylvia Scheidl

    performer, teacher (AT)

    completed her MA in Contemporary Dance Education at the HfMDK Frankfurt/Main in 2012. Her master's thesis deals with processes taking place below the threshold of consciousness as a productive terrain for learning processes in dance. She was a member of the Research Team Frankfurt of Gabriele Wittmann and co-author of the book 'Tanztechniken 2010 - Tanzplan Deutschland'. In 2011-2013 she was involved in developing the IDOCDE platform. Her focus is currently a hybrid between Hamilton Floor Bar and Experiential Anatomy.


  • Schellow, Dr. Prof. Constanze

    Dr. Prof. Constanze Schellow

    dance scholar (DE)
    Constanze Schellow is a guest professor for Applied Dance Studies and Performance Theory at HZT Berlin. She was a guest teacher among others at the Institute for Media and Theatre Hildesheim, FU Berlin, Tanzquartier Wien. Constanze Schellow has published in Performance Research, Frakcija, Theater der Zeit, Tanzjournal. As an editor she was responsible for the Goethe Institut website 'tanzconnexions' on contemporary dance in the Asia-Pacific region between 2009 and 2011. Her thesis 'Diskurs-Choreographien' (epodium 2016) received the Fakultätspreis of the philosophical-historical faculty of the University of Berne. As a dramaturge she has collaborated with Sara Manente, Doris Uhlich and Simone Aughterlony.

  • Schönbrunn, Britta

    Britta Schönbrunn

    dancer, student MA CoDE (DE)

    Britta Schönbrunn is a freelance dancer, performer and teacher in yoga and dance. Coming from a ballett-education in Germany, she trained at the Merce Cunningham School and Movement Research, shifting towards Contact Improvisation, performance and body-mind practices.
    Exchanging between N.Y., Berlin and Japan has been a strong impact on her artistic approach. She collaborates in improvisation works related to sound and movement. Britta has a long teaching experience for professional dancers, adults and children. Since April 2015 she is enrolled in the MA CoDE program in Frankfurt.

  • Seydoux, Michèle Stéphanie

    Michèle Stéphanie Seydoux© Heather Bonker

    dancer, Yoga teacher (CH/DE)

    Michèle Stéphanie Seydoux was born in Switzerland and did her diploma on the classical female stage dancer in Zurich and Munich at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung. Her first engagements were at the Theater in Dortmund and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. Since 2009 she has been dancing with the ensemble of the Staatsoper Hannover. In 2011 she completed her training to become a yoga instructor RYT-200 at Yoga Arts in Bali, and in 2013 completed a further 100 hours of advanced training at Radiantly Alive. She has been teaching yoga for four years to the dancers of the Staatsoper Hannover and in the Yogawerkstatt Hannover.

  • Shephard, Adrian

    Adrian Shephard

    media artist, experimental radio-programme maker (UK)

    Adrian Shephard is a physical performance artist, noise composer and digital artist operating under the name 'Testcard'. In England he was co-manager of Cinematheque an independent cinema for 8 years, worked in Pirate radio for 5 years (Radio 4A) and was a student of the Japanese Butoh teacher Masaki Iwana. In 2006 Radio On was born in 'factory berlin' a former Stasi listening post in east Berlin. The first broadcast was recorded in Adrian Shephard's studio together with Rinus van Alebeek, Dutch tape artist and writer. The program got transmitted by Resonance FM in London as a part of the Framework-afield series. Radio On continued to play strange music and having even stranger interview dialogues with international artists. Programmes got scheduled and transmitted irregular through a server in the heart of Amsterdam. "We had been granted access to the server thanks to a nightly operation that went unwittnessed. For years to come we were the only pirate station on the internet, funded by the Dutch Crown." Radio On continued to make programs for other stations such as those that can be found on the radia network, but also for the oldest internet station dfm.nu, H.A.K., cannibal caniche and radio zero's radiophonic festival. An quantum leap in Radio On's existence was possible thanks to the help by sourcefabric, offering a 24 hour broadcast server. Radio On offers interviews, live coverages of concerts, music, sounds, narrations. Radio On broadcasts from a world beyond the box.


  • Shibli, Adania

    author (PS/DE)

    Adania Shibli is born in 1974 in Palestine and currently lives between Jerusalem and Berlin. Widely recognized as an innovative writer who is breaking literary tradition in her native Arabic she has written two novels, several plays, and many short stories and narrative essays, which were published in various anthologies, art books, and literary magazines worldwide in different languages. She has twice been awarded with the Qattan Young Writer's Award-Palestine in 2001 on her novel ‚Masaas' (translated into English as ‚Touch'. Northampton: Clockroot, 2009), and in 2003 on her novel ‚Kulluna Ba'id bethat al Miqdar aan el-Hub' (translated into English as ‚We Are All Equally Far from Love' Northampton: Clockroot, 2012). Her latest is ‚Dispositions' (Ramallah: Qattan, 2012), an art book about contemporary Palestinian artists. Shibli is also engaged in academic research and teaching. Since 2012 she is a visiting professor at Birzeit University, Palestine.

  • Sieben, Irene

    Irene Sieben

    dancer, dance pedagogue (DE)

    was trained to become a dancer by Mary Wigman and Manja Chmièl. She danced with the first independent avant-garde groups in the 1960s: Gruppe Neuer Tanz Berlin and Motion. From 1969 onwards, she studied somatic methods. Co-founder of the Tanz Tangente Berlin (1981). Feldenkrais teacher since 1990. She taught applied anatomy and Feldenkrais at the Udk. Author for Tanz aktuell, ballettanz, Tanzjournal, Tanz; 'Das große Feldenkrais-Buch'/Hugendubel, 'Gesundheit, Lernen, Kreativität' /Huber et. al. Coaching for reconstructions of Wigman dances by Fabián Barba. Contemporary witness at 'undo, redo and repeat'.

  • Siegal, Richard

    choreographer, dancer (DE/FR)

    The dancer and choreographer Richard Siegal is the artistic director of The Bakery, an organisation that he founded in 2002 as a platform and association of artists from various disciplines, from music to media art, and with which he has since then realised numerous interdisciplinary projects. From 1997-2004 he danced with the Frankfurter Ballett in the ensemble of William Forsythe, where several of his choreographies were performed.
    He received the New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award, the German theatre prize DER FAUST, the S.A.C.D. Prize (Beaumarchais) and the Mouson Award, and in 2012 the Dance Prize of the State Capital of Munich. Richard Siegal's pieces are strongly characterised by his interdisciplinary working method and his preference for collaborations with architects such as Didier Faustino, designers such as Konstantin Grcic or composers including Arto Lindsay and Lorenzo Bianchi. Siegal is a MacDowell Fellow and honorary member of Benoit de la Danse of the Bolshoi Ballet.

  • Smeets, Gabriel

    Gabriel Smeets© Jochen Jurgens

    artistic director Cullbergbaletten, moderation (NL)
    Gabriel SMEETS studied visual arts and arts journalism in the Netherlands. From 2007 until 2014 he was the artistic director of the School for New Dance Development (SNDO), the choreography department of the University for the Arts, Amsterdam. He was the dance editor for the Dutch monthly magazine TM (Theatermaker) from 2002-2006. Smeets is also the co-author of 'Why all these questions?' published in 2003 (Theatre Institute of the Netherlands) and initiated 2004 the conference 'How much body does dance need' in Amsterdam. He received the Dutch Foundation for the Performing Arts Award and became a fellow with the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University in New York in 2005. As a curator he developed in 2006 a series of panels on the state of contemporary dance called Dance Unwrapped at The Dance Theater Workshop (DTW) in New York and was mentoring at Dasarts Amsterdam (2006) and at Ecole des Sables of Germaine Acogny in Dakar, Senegal (2009 and 2011). In April 2008 Smeets was the interim artistic director of the Springdance festival Utrecht. Together with Danjel Anderson and Andre Lepecki he organized the conference 'Postdance' at MDT Stockholm in 2015. Gabriel Smeets has been the artistic director of Cullbergbaletten, the national contemporary dance company of Sweden, since 2014.

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  • Smith, Joy Mariama

    Joy Mariama Smith

    artist, activist, curator (US/NL)

    A native Philadelphian currently based in The Hague, NL, Smith's work primarily addresses the conundrum of projected identities in various contexts. A sub-theme, or ongoing question in their work is: What is the interplay between the body and it's physical environment?
    Rooted in socially engaged art practice, Smith is a performance/installation/movement artist, activist, curator and architectural designer. They are actively working on creating creative spaces for artist of color in 'color block' at Ponderosa Movement and Discovery.


  • Sonderkamp, Prof. Martin

    Prof. Martin Sonderkamp© Martin Mallon

    dance researcher, dancer, choreographer (DE)

    Martin Sonderkamp is professor and co-director of the MA Dance Dissemination (Tanzvermittlung) at the Zentrum für Zeitgenössischen Tanz/Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne. As a guest teacher he has worked among others at: SNDO, EDDC Arnhem, SEAD, HZT Berlin, DOCH, Tanzquartier Wien, Cullberg Ballet, Movement Research/NY, Mimar-Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul. Since 2011 Martin Sonderkamp is professor at ZZT/HfMT Köln. As a dancer in the field of improvisation and as choreographer, he has collaborated with performers, choreographers, musicians and visual artists and showed his work throughout Europe, Asia and the US. His current artistic works are 'Task 14' and 'Approximations', created in collaboration with visual artist Darko Dragicevic.

  • Staab, Tobias

    dramaturge (DE)

    Tobias Staab studied theatre studies, philosophy and modern German literature at the LMU Munich and then taught at the Institute of Theatre Studies of the Ludwig Maximilian Universität Munich. He also worked at the Theaterwissenschaftliches Forschungszentrum Sound and Movement (SaM) für Gegenwartstheater und Neue Medien. He was simultaneously active as a concert promoter, DJ and music journalist for Groove Magazine, among others, and as editor-in-chief of the Munich-based art magazine Super Paper. With 'Ritournelle' he established a festival for advanced electronic music at the Münchner Kammerspielen in 2012. From 2013 to 2015 he worked as a dramaturge at the Münchner Kammerspielen with the directors Johan Simons, Stefan Pucher and René Pollesch and the choreographer Richard Siegal, among others. Since 2015 Tobias Staab has been working as a dramaturge for the Ruhrtriennale, where he curates the music programme in the area of pop music.

  • Stamer, Peter

    Peter Stamer© Peter Stamer

    director, performer, author, mentor (DE)

    works as a director, dramaturge and mentor in the field of contemporary performing and installation arts. In his projects he is mostly interested in the tensional relationship between body empowerment and embracing speech in performative, social and narrative dispositifs. In addition to theatre pieces and teaching activities throughout Europe, his performance and theatre projects have brought him to China, the United States and Israel in the past years. Recent works include the Nietzsche adaptation 'On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense', for which he was the director and stage designer.


  • Starr, Andreas

    Andreas Starr

    dance pedagogue, dancer (AT)

    is Deputy Head of the Institute of Dance Arts at Anton Bruckner University, Linz. A graduate of the State Ballet School Berlin, he danced in various theatres. He received his teacher training in Dresden and studied Dance Science in London. He worked as rehearsal director in St. Gallen as well as a guest teacher with companies such as Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Hessisches Staatsballett and Theater Münster. He presents his research at conferences of IADMS and tamed and teaches in further education programmes.

  • Stöß, Bettina

    Bettina Stöß© Bettina Stöß

    photographer (DE)

    has been working as a freelance photographer with a main emphasis on dance and theatre photography since 1993. As a dance chronicler, she has accompanied choreographers such as Pina Bausch, Birgit Scherzer, Susanne Linke, Christian Spuck, Stefan Thoss, Marco Goecke, Marguerite Donlon, Gregor Zöllig, Stijn Celis and many others since the early 1990s. For the exhibition 'TanzPortraits', Bettina Stöß has been taking photos of people in front of and behind the stages since 2005, commissioned by the Deutsches Tanzarchiv.



  • The Blob

     The Blob© Cissi Efraimsson

    Efraimsson, Anna producer, curator, dramaturge (SE)

    The Blob is an elastic boneless organizational body/alter ego/artist initiating, curating and producing art and culture with a special interest in dance and choreography. It creates forms and projects that stand alone or have the ability to 'blobbing on' to different structures through collaboration/partnerships. The core basis of The Blob is to create spaces for working together and to elaborate around ways of organizing and presenting art.


  • Till, Anna

    Anna Till© Stefan Haehnel

    choreographer, dancer (DE)

    (*1983), choreographer and dancer, studied 'Dance, Context, Choreography' (Berlin) and 'Applied Cultural Studies' (Lüneburg). In co-operation with alternating artists from various genres, she develops stage projects presented in Germany and abroad. In 2013/14 she and C. Ciupke realised the Tanzfonds Erbe project 'undo, redo and repeat'. In 2015 she was 'choreographer in residence' in Kosice (SK), upon the invitation of the Goethe-Institut. From 2016 she will take part in the TURN project 'Shifting Realities'. In addition to her choreographic work, she directs pedagogical formats and contributes to shaping the TanzNetzDresden.


  • Tlalim, Tom

    Tom Tlalim

    artist, musician, writer (IL/NL)

    is an artist, musician and writer based in London. His work explores politics and technologies of the senses, and their use for both assertion and diffusion of power in contemporary political processes. His artistic output includes sound, installation, performance, films and text. Tlalim lectures at London South Bank and at Goldsmiths, where he is currently completing his PhD with a full grant from the Dutch Mondriaan Foundation.
    Tlalim's work has been exhibited internationally and won grants and awards. Recent exhibitions include "Art in the Age of Asymmetrical Warfare" at the Witte de With, Tiger awards at the IFFR (official selection), The Venice Architecture Biennale, TodaysArt Japan, "Hlysnan" at Casino Luxembourg, Transmediale, The 90 years Bauhaus in Weimar and DEAF. His collaborations with the choreographer Arkadi Zaides have been exhibited worldwide.


  • Triebel, Susanne

    Susanne Triebel

    coordinator of MA CoDE, dancer, teacher (DE)

    Susanne Triebel was trained at the John Cranko-Schule in Stuttgart and the Rheinische Musikhochschule in Cologne. In 2009 she completed her MA in contemporary dance pedagogy. She had previously danced at the Stadttheater Gießen, the Städtischen Bühnen Münster, the Staatstheater Mainz, and from 1988 -1994 at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, as well as in the independent scene of the Rhine-Main region. She is currently the coordinator of the internationally oriented masters study programme MA CoDE (Contemporary Dance Education) at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, where she also teaches in the frame of BAtanz.


  • Trincão, Ana

    Ana Trincão

    multidisciplinary artist (PT)

    Ana Trincão is a Portuguese multidisciplinary artist based in between Lisbon and Berlin since 2010. She completed her Master's, SODA at UDK/HZT in 2012. During her studies she conducted a research on body and sound relationships – 'Making Visible the Invisible'. Trincão holds a BA in Visual Arts by ESAD.CR (PT - 2005). Since 2007, Trincão develops projects that cross dance and visual arts: 'Untitled until today' (2007), 'Flight of a territory' (2008) 'Untitled with paper' (2010) 'Aletheia' (2010), 'Crystal' (2011), 'Pink-Room' (2013) and 'Homage' (2013). Her works have been presented in Portugal, Spain, Germany, India, Mexico, Brazil and Romania. Trincão is currently working with the Lisbon-based collective 'SAS Radio Orkestra', collaborating with the Berlin-based 'Choreographic Radio' and creating a new performance work 'Unbearable eloquence'.


  • Tsintziloni, Dr. Steriani

    Dr. Steriani Tsintziloni

    dance historian (GR/UK)

    a former dancer and ballet teacher, is a dance history scholar and researcher. She is a graduate of the Greek State School of Dance and the Department of Education (University of Crete), holds an MA in Dance Studies (University of Surrey), supported by 'Alex. Onassis Public Benefit Organisation', and a PhD from University of Roehampton.
    Steriani lectures on dance history and she was Research Associate for the Kalamata International Dance Festival, the 'I. & R. Duncan' Dance Research Centre and independent projects. She co-curated the Performance Studies International Regional Research Cluster held in Athens and she is member of the Editorial Board of the PSi Manifesto Lexicon.


  • Tsitsopoulos, Filippos

    Filippos Tsitsopoulos© Filippos, Tsitsopoulos

    artist (GR)

    is a painter, installation, video theatre and performance media artist who has worked in the field of interactive theatre installation art exploring the limits of performance as well as in painting since 1990.
    His practice engages the spectator in a new theatre or rather a system of including theatre as a catalyst of our daily life concepts. He is applying these concepts to visual arts and observing the effects they can produce in the 'image' as plasticity behaviour. His video installations have been exhibited in a numerous exhibitions, art fairs and events.


  • Türk-Chlapek, Ingrid

    Ingrid Türk-Chlapek© Gerhard Maurer

    curator, dance journalist, theatre and dance scholar (AT)

    born 1963 in Vienna, theatre and dance scholar, has been living in Kärnten/Austria since 1992. In 2008 she participated in the EU project 'Critical Endeavour' for young dance criticism at the Viennese ImPulsTanz-Festival and was a member of the jury of the 1st Prix Jardin d'Europe/European Dance Prize for Young Choreography. Since then she has been working as a freelance dance journalist for the Kleine Zeitung, tanz.at and tanznetz.de. She is the editor of the monthly Tanzamtklagenfurt_Celovec, co-initiator of the Klagenfurter Tanzkultur-Labor, member of the advisory board of TanzRaumK and curator of the contemporary dance series of the City of Klagenfurt.



  • Uhl, Mareike

    Mareike Uhl© Jörg Baumann

    project head, dramaturge (DE)

    studied applied theatre studies in Gießen and Rennes (France). After working for the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, the Nationaltheater Mannheim, TAT and Schauspiel Frankfurt, she worked as a production manager and dramaturge for dance, performance and film productions. Since the end of 2008 she has been a permanent team member of Tanzlabor 21 at the Frankfurt artists' house Mousonturm, of which she became the project head at the end of 2012. Mareike Uhl is a member of several advisory boards and juries, as well as deputy chairperson of the Bundesverband Tanz in Schulen e.V.


  • Ustowska, Katarzyna

    Katarzyna Ustowska

    dancer, student MA CoDE (PL)
    Katarzyna Ustowska is a Polish dancer and performer. She graduated from the State Ballet School in Gdańsk (2008) and obtained her BA (Hons) at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance/UK (2012), after she enrolled in Verve (a postgraduate company of NSCD/UK). Since then she worked nationally and internationally with artists and choreographers: Roberto Zappalà, Ivgi&Greben, Roberto Olivan, among others. Since 2013 she collaborates with Dada von Bzdülöw Theater based in Gdańsk. To further her professional and personal development, redefine learning patterns and the ability to communicate movement, she enrolled in the MA CoDE program in April 2015.