choreographer, artist (DE)
Kat Válastur, choreographer and artist, lives and works in Berlin. In 2013 she began working on her series 'The marginal sculptures of NewTopia', with which she investigates the encounter between bodies and fictional topology. The first two works of the series, 'Gland' (2014) and 'Ah! Oh! A contemporary ritual' (2014), are currently touring Europe. The third part, 'Oilinity', will premiere in April 2016 at HAU Berlin. She was also invited as one of four international choreographers to develop a work for the pilot project 'DANCE ON' in 2016, an initiative by Diehl+Ritter on the value of seniority for dance art and in society.
van Eecloo, Armelle
visited the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris and completed her studies at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers. She was a dancer with Karin Saporta at the Centre Chorégraphique National in Caen and worked with numerous companies in France and abroad. In 2000 she began collaborating with Susanne Linke and started her career as a choreographer.
van Zwoll, Annette
dance dramaturge (NL)
Annette van Zwoll is an independent dance dramaturge, text writer, moderator and project developer in the cultural field, currently living in Berlin. After graduation at the Utrecht University she has, among others, collaborated with dance dramaturge Peggy Olislaegers, choreographers Anouk van Dijk, Koen De Preter, André Gingras, Arno Schuitemaker, Giulio D'Anna, Liat Waysbort and Alexis Vassiliou and for organizations like Springdance / SPRING Utrecht, Dutch Dance Festival, Theatre Frascati, Festival Oerol, ITs Festival Amsterdam, NONcompany Norway, Dansateliers Rotterdam and Dansmakers Amsterdam. Her interest lies in the intersectional relationship between theory and practice and she is engaged in enlarging diversity on stage, especially related to age and gender. This engagement is visible in European projects like 'Act Your Age' and performances like 'J o u r n e y' (Koen De Preter), 'Please me Please: the solo' and 'Please me Please: the duet' (Liat Waysbort) and 'Noon' (Alexis Vassiliou).
choreographer, performer (DE)
Antje Velsinger works as a freelance choreographer and performer in Frankfurt, Cologne and Hamburg. In her choreographic work, she examines different intersections between movement, sound installations and fine art. She studied theatre studies and contemporary dance in Berlin and choreography in Frankfurt/ Gießen. From August 2014 to April 2015, she was choreographer in residence at K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie|Tanzplan Hamburg. Her works have been shown at, among others, Mousonturm Frankfurt, Tanzhaus NRW, Kampnagel Hamburg, C60 Bochum, Sophiensaele Berlin.
dance curator (DE)
Since her studies in Berlin and Paris Anna Wagner has investigated transcultural exchange processes and postcolonial questions in dance in theory and practice. She has curated numerous festivals, amongst others in Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, Freiburg, Colombo and Frankfurt. Since August 2014 she is dramaturge at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, where she is amongst others in charge of the Tanzplattform 2016 Frankfurt/Rhein-Main.
dancer, choreographer, set designer (DE)
Louise Wagner studied set design and fine art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg. She simultaneously completed her dance training at the Contemporary Dance School in Hamburg. In 2010 she completed her studies in choreography at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst 'Ernst Busch'. Her main interests in choreography lie in the collaboration between fine art, dance, music and science. Her works have been shown at the ZKM in Karlsruhe, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Radialsystem V, the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, and at national and international festivals. Louise Wagner lives and works as a freelance choreographer in Berlin.
head dramaturge Bayerisches Staatsballett (DE)
studied German studies, Romance studies, dance, film and theatre studies in Cologne and Berlin (MA); from 1981 curator and dramaturge for dance and crossover productions at the Theater am Turm, Frankfurt a. M.; 1985-90 deputy director of the dance, theatre and music section of the culture department of Munich. Since 1990 she has been working as head dramaturge for modernism and deputy ballet director of the Bayerisches Staatsballett, and as artistic director of the CAMPUS Staatsballett – Education Programme. She is co-founder of 'Access to dance', member of the board of BLZT, member of the board of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, member of BBTK, and is active in various juries, artistic advisory boards and consulting committees. Lectures and publications. Awards: Irène Lejeune Tanzpreis 2014, Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, 2015.
performer, actress (PS)
Samaa Wakim graduated from acting department in Haifa University. She has performed in various local and international plays such as 'I am Yusuf and This is My Brother' a co-production of the Shebir Hur -a Palestinian theatre group- and the Young Vic theater in London 2009; 'The Beloved', a co-production of Shebir Hur and the Bush Theater in London, 2012; and 'Exit', Khashabi ensemble Palestine, 2011-2012. Samaa is assistant directing min tala. She is currently touring 'Badke', a co-production between KVS, le ballets C de la B and A.M. Qattan Foundation and 'bound', with Yaa! Samar Dance Theatre.
choreographer, tanzmainz (DE/NL)
Since 2002 artistic director at Club Guy & Roni (in co-directorship with Roni Haver). From 2017 General director at Noord Nederlands Tonnel (Theatre). Studied at the High School of Arts in Tel Aviv. Worked as a dancer for Bat-Sheva ensemble (1991-1993), Tolada dance company, Berlin (1993-1994), Lanonima Imperial Barcelonaen (1995) and Galili Dance, Amsterdam /Groningen (1996-2001)
Created work for: Schauspiel Köln, Carte Blanche, Gothenborg Opera, Galili Dance, Ballet du Noord, Oldenburg Staatstheater, Scapino Rotterdam, Ballet Moscow, Ballet Maniz, Noord Nederlands Toneel e.a.
- Russian Golden Mask National Theatre Award in the category Best Ballet Master/Best Choreographer for the in Russia produced version of 'L'Histoire du Soldat'
- De Zwaan for best dance production in the Netherlands
- The Wessel Gansfort Cultuurprijs (Weizman)
editor tanz (DE)
Arnd Wesemann studied applied theatre studies in Gießen and has been the editor of the magazine 'tanz' published in Berlin since 1997. He recently published the polemic 'Made in Bangladesh' on a few connections between the poverty of dance and state-funded art, published by leesmagazijn.nl.
Wilcke, Katharina von
Director Dance Congress 2016 (DE)
completed her studies of German studies (main focus theatre and media) and Romance studies (Spanish) at the University of Hamburg in 1991. In 1995 she founded the production office DepArtment at Kampnagel. In addition to her activities as manager of various dance and theatre companies, she has regularly worked as project head of diverse events, including Theater der Welt 1996, Expo 2000 Hannover, Tanzplattform Deutschland 2000, ErsatzStadt at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Festival Politik im Freien Theater 2002, Heimspiel 2011. She and Sabine Gehm directed the Dance Congresses 2006, 2009 and 2013.
In 2014 she and the cultural managers Katja Sonnemann, Peter Boragno and Harriet Lesch founded the flexible structure 'Wilson*Borles – arts management' to realise events of the German Federal Cultural Foundation as one of three umbrella agencies.
Katharina von Wilcke has been active in the mentoring programme of the 'Performing Arts Programm Berlin (PAP)' since 2013, and in the consultation programme of the PAP, she regularly advises cultural producers in submitting applications.
Frank Willens was born in California and studied dance at UC Berkeley. Since then he has collaborated in a number of productions, among others, in Berlin with Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods, Laurent Chétouane, Willhelm Groener, Nico and the Navigators, and two world tours with Paul McCartney. In summer of 2012 he directed the piece 'This Variation' by Tino Sehgal at the documenta (13) and also participated in 'Yet Untitled' at the Venice Biennale. Frank Willens simultaneously realises his own pieces. In 2008 he was awarded the prize for the best performer at the Dortmunder Favoriten Festival for the solo 'Bildbeschreibung' by Heiner Müller.
choreographer, dancer (DE)
After her diploma in Dance at the Palucca Schule Dresden she studied from 2006 to 2008 in the MA course 'Performance Studies' at the University of Hamburg. Since then she has worked in different collaborations a. o. with Lilo Nein, deufert&plischke, Angelika Thiele and Maria Walser. Together with Petra Zanki she developed the choreographic guided city tour 'The Silent Walk' (2010) and several stage works under the title 'Antibodies' (2009-2013), that explore the physicality of bodies lacking social visibility. Since autumn 2011 she has been a guest artistic research associate at the HZT – Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin. In April 2015 she received a full-time position for artistic research and teaching at the HZT. In this capacity she investigates the transformation, adaptation and appropriation of movement in choreographic and other artistic practices, and how one can develop training formats that react to the changing practices in contemporary dance.
dance scholar, dance historian, curator (DE)
Eike Wittrock is dance historian and curator, currently working as a research assistant at the University of Hildeseheim. In 2014 he co-founded with Anna Wagner the Julius-Hans-Spiegel-Center, an itinerant choreographic research center for global modernities in dance, at Theater Freiburg. His dissertation 'Arabesques. The Ornamental in Ballet in early 19th century' will be published by transcript Verlag, Bielefeld.