photographer, video artist(BR)
was born in Brazil where she graduated in the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Communication and Media Studies. After a vast experience working as a photographer, film editor and director in Campinas, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, she moved to Germany in 2013 and is currently studying Kunst und Medien at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
dan Droste, Gabi
choreographer, dance scholar (IL)
Maayan Danoch, born in Tel Aviv, studied contemporary dance and choreography at SEAD and received her MA from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. Since 2008, Maayan has created dance, site specific and transdisciplinary works and presented at venues/festivals such as Tel Aviv Museum of Art, tanz.tausch festival, Kibla Multimedia Center, Gödör Klub Budapest, Diver Festival, to name a few. She was the danceWEB Scholarship 2014 recipient and artist in residence at Kelim Choreography Center in 2015. She teaches movement research and writing related seminars at the HfMT Köln.
In the 1980s, ‘Miss Davis’ was a member of a punk band in Los Angeles, shot films, performed in films by others and above all played herself as a ‘queer icon’. The works of Vaginal Davis, who paints with make-up, shoots films, teaches, offers workshops and curates film programmes, inextricably merge art and life.
de Groot, Kristin
artistic director of Dansatelier Rotterdam (NL)
Kristin de Groot started her career as a freelance dance artist in 1987. She worked with amongst others Michèle Anne De Mey, Michael Laub, Beppie Blankert, Ping Chong and Piet Rogie and toured nationally and internationally. In 1996, she started a position at the ArtEZ School of Dance, became leader of the Makers program in 2005 and head of the entire BA Programme in 2010. In that same year she started advising for The Performing Arts Funds NL. In 2011 she took on the position of director of Dansateliers, a dance house for research and development in Rotterdam. She cofounded the network Moving Futures in 2013, which supports choreographers in their growth and promotes visibility of their work. As a director she has been involved in the development of various EU projects, to generate opportunities for artists to further develop themselves, their practice and their network.
dramaturge, director, curator (DE)
Jan Deck is a political scientist living in Frankfurt/Main and working as a freelance dramaturge, director and curator mainly with his group Profi Kollektion and with theaterperipherie, but also with other artists. He is the managing director of the Hessian state association laPROF and a member of various juries and advisory boards. He curates conferences, festivals and labs. As an editor and author, he is engaged with various aspects of art and society, among others, with ‘Politisch Theater machen’ (ed. with Angelika Sieburg) and ‘Stop teaching!’ (ed. with Patrick Primavesi)
dancer, choreographer (DE)
born in 1980 in Munich; training in contemporary dance and ballet from the age of 6; from 1995 training in the classical Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam in Germany, India and Canada, which she completed in November 2006 in Berlin under Rajyashree Ramesh. Additional training in modern dance in Berlin and New York City.
Alongside her training in dance, she was profoundly educated in classical music in Munich, Graz and Berlin. Since 2007 she has been working as a dancer and choreographer with international guest performances in Europe, North America, the Middle East, India and Cuba. In 2012 she founded the Johanna Devi Dance Company in Berlin.
dance scholar (DE)
Mariama Diagne, M.A., is a dance scholar. She was trained in dance at, among others, the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City. After gaining experience on stage, she studied theatre, media and dance studies as well as musicology in Bayreuth and Berlin. Since 2012 she has been research assistant at the Institut für Theaterwissenschaft of the Freie Universität Berlin. In the frame of her dissertation, she is engaging with the works of Pina Bausch and (German) dance theatre based on the Orpheus myth, drawing connections from the 19th century via the avant-garde to current trends.
Diehl, Prof. Ingo
Director of the Masters study programme MA CoDE (Contemporary Dance Education) and Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts of the HfMDK (DE)
From 2008 to 2011, the dancer, mediator and curator was in charge of all educational issues of Tanzplan Deutschland, an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. In this capacity, he developed the Biennale Tanzausbildung and the research project Tanztechniken 2010. He is co-founder of Diehl + Ritter gUG and Tanzfonds, and since April 2012 has been heading the internationally oriented Master study programme MA CoDE (Contemporary Dance Education) at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. Since April 2015 he has been faculty director of Department 3 – Performing Arts. In addition to his teaching activities, Ingo Diehl is regularly active as a board member, consultant and expert at dance venues, various festivals and panels, as well as in the context of dance policies.
do Paço, Anne
studied musicology, German studies and history of art at the Freie Universität Berlin. From 1995 to 2009 she was engaged as a music dramaturge at the Staatstheater Mainz, since 2009 she has been working at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and is responsible for, among other things, the dramaturgical work and the publications of the Ballett am Rhein. In addition, she closely cooperates with the Rheingau Musik Festival, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Wiener Konzerthaus and The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. She has published a number of academic and journalistic texts on the history of opera and dance and the ballets of Martin Schläpfer.
Egert, Dr. Gerko
theatre scholar (DE)
studied theatre studies and sociology in Berlin and Potsdam. He is a post-doc stipend recipient at the research centre ‘Studies in Performing Arts & Media’ of the University of Gent. His research interest lies in human and non-human choreographies, process philosophies as well as theories of ecology and weather. His dissertation (‚Berührungen. Bewegung, Relation und Affekt im zeitgenössischen Tanz‘) will be published by Transcript in 2016. Along with Gabriele Brandstetter and Sabine Zubarik he is the editor of ‘Touching and Being Touched’ (De Gruyter 2013).
freelance office for culture (DE)
Polzer, Elena (DE) production manager, translator
Rümke, Ilka (DE) director, choreographer, production manager, dance pedagogue
ehrliche arbeit – the name means ‘honest work’ in German – is a platform for performing arts.
Founded in 2006 and based in Berlin, we provide infrastructure for independent projects. We work with individual artists, temporary group structures, permanent ensembles, collectives, institutions, festivals and programs in Berlin and beyond. ehrliche arbeit is a collective–no hierarchies, same salary for all. Current members: Anka Belz, Janina Benduski, Anna Mareike Holtz, Nina Klöckner, Sandra Klöss, Andrea Oberfeld, Elena Polzer and Ilka Rümke. Junior Partners are Theresa Pommerenke and Anna Wille
Ertem, Dr. Gurur
cultural sociologist and artistic co-director (TR)
is an Istanbul-based cultural sociologist and the artistic co-director of iDANS (Istanbul) where she is responsible for curatorial research, theory, and publications. Ertem is a specialist in contemporary dance culture, and assumes multiple roles as academic, critic, dancer, curator, dramaturge and editor. She recently completed her sociology PhD at the New School for Social Research (New York) with the thesis ‘EUropean Dance: The Emergence and Transformation of a Contemporary Dance Art World’ (1989). She is the editor of ‘Solo? in Contemporary Dance’ (2008) and ‘Dance on Time’ (2010) as well as other Turkish language publications on dance. She coordinates the ‘iDANSblog’, an online platform of dance scholarship and criticism.
coordinator theatercombinat (AT)
studied theater studies and comparative literature and is working as a scenography assistant in the areas of festival organisation, dramaturgy and production at, among others, the Staatstheater Mainz, the festival Neue Stücke aus Europa, the Volkstheater Vienna and with theatercombinat as well as Akemi Takeya and Schaufenster. With VERSATORIUM – Verein für Übersetzen und Übersetzen, she realises projects at the intersection of art and science. Since 2012 in charge of communication for theatercombinat.
Evert, Dr. Kerstin
director of K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie|Tanzplan Hamburg, lecturer, dramaturge (DE)
Kerstin Evert studied Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen, where she did her doctorate on the theme of ‘DanceLab – Contemporary Dance and New Technologies’. From 1997 to 2000, she was a doctoral candidate in the post-graduate program ‘Körper-Inszenierungen’ at the Freie Universität Berlin and with Oliver Behnecke founded the production label ,Stadt Raum Inszenierung‘ (Festival ZeitenWende, Gießen 2000). From 2002 to 2006, Kerstin Evert worked as dramaturge at Kampnagel. She founded the choreographic center K3 in Hamburg in August 2006, and has been the artistic director of K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie|Tanzplan Hamburg since then. She works as a lecturer at universities in Berlin, Bern, Gießen, Hamburg, Frankfurt/Main and Salzburg, among other places, and she is member of several juries and advisory boards.
choreographer, curator (SI)
(1965, Slovenia), choreographer, director, artistic director of Flota, created more than forty works and contributed choreography for theatre and opera. He trained at the Ballet School in Maribor and at the Palucca School in Dresden. He has received numerous awards, among others Prix d’auteur 1998 at Recontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis. For years, he has systematically developed the activities promoting the cutting edge contemporary dance at the periphery, especially in the context of the international dance network Beyond Front@, encouraging the inclusion and communication with the audience and attempting to reach the widest possible audience.
author, scholar (EG)
is an author and scientist living in Cairo. Since 2007 he has been researching and writing about contemporary art practices. His texts have been published in ArteEast, Mada Masr, Ma3azef, amca and other publications. He is currently a member of a team editing and translating the online encyclopaedia of modern Arabic art, ‘Arab Museum of Modern Art’, ed. by Mathaf.
jurywoman, dancepedagogue, choreographer (DE)
has a degree in biology, is a dancer, choreographer, co-founder and until 2003 artistic director of the Tanzfabrik Berlin. She is a dance networker and, among others, the co-founder and since 2006 member of the board of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (DTD). In 2006/07 co-ordinator of the Inter-University Centre for Dance – Pilot Projevt Tanzplan Berlin (HZT). Since 2007 jury member for dance and performing arts in Berlin and nationally. Teaching and research with a main emphasis on breathing techniques, kinematics and body perception at, among others, the HZT Berlin, as well as breathing, voice and movement pedagogue and therapist with her own practice as well as in Germany and abroad.
Fehér , Camilla Milena
choreographer, performer, sound and visual artist (DE)
Camilla Milena Fehér is a choreographer, performer, sound & visual artist. She graduated at CODARTS, Rotterdam, where she studied modern dance and choreography. In 2010 she graduated with a Master degree in Theater at DASARTS in Amsterdam. She worked as a dancer/performer with groups like De Gasten Komen, RAZ, Hans Tuerlings ao. As a choreographer she showed performances such as ‘Kaspar’; ‘Lost & Found, Die Argonauten’ in Dansateliers Amsterdam, Danswerkplaats Amsterdam, PACT Zollverein and ITs Festival. She joined the performer, artist-collective poni.be.in Brussels, collaborated with Felix Kubin in ‘Ich will aufwärts, ich will abwärts’, Tanzquartier Wien and worked with Juan Felipe Waller in Reykjavik at ‘Fossils of the Future’. Camilla M. Fehér developed a method of animation coming from stop motion, which works with the idea of collage of image and sound. Together with Sylvi Kretzschmar she forms a duo since her times at poni. Since 2011 they gave the duo the name ‘Skills’. The work of Skills has been produced by the Hebbel am Ufer, HAU/ Berlin, Kampnagel/ Hamburg and others. Her focus shifted from dance more to what she calls ‘sonic choreography’, a way of choreographing and composing at the same time. The correlation between sounds, objects, movement and environments became the focus of her interest. Camilla M. Fehér works on a series of sound walks in urban space. In October 2015 she worked with children on a Kosmonauten Konzert, an itinerary performance in the urban space. With Skills she works within the choreographic field and with the tools of Electronics.
Feigl, Prof. Florian
Performance artist, lecturer at HZT (DE)
has been developing and presenting performance art in Germany and Europe since 1997. In addition to solo pieces, he organises the Wagner-Feigl-Forschung/Festspiele with Otmar Wagner and the monthly series Performer Stammtisch with Jörn J. Burmester. In 2011 Feigl was Mitbegründer des Monats der Performancekunst–Berlin (MPA–B) and editor of the Performance Kunst Report Berlin. His current artistic focus is on the 24-hour video film ‘300’. Since 2014 Florian Feigl has been visiting professor at the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT) in the Bachelors study programme Dance, Context, Choreography.
are a friendship based collective (Roni Katz, Agata Siniarska, Xenia Taniko Dwertmann) working in Berlin since 2013. They share a mutual process of artistic, intellectual, personal and political exchange revolving around identities, bodies, femininities and feminisms. They host the public platform ‘Vulva Club’, a monthly series for experimentation and discourse which works to amplify female/feminist/queer perspectives in temporary communities. On other occasions, they perform their practice of circulating scores that accumulates and reformulates three bodies reading, writing and dancing with one another through mutual affection in real time.
theatre scholar (DE)
Kristin Flade is a writer and a PhD student at Freie Universität Berlin. Her work is often concerned with the political and ethical implications of self and other in public spaces and in the visual and performing arts. Important to her academic practice is the continued reflection and development of a form of writing and academic thought that bears justice to its site-specific conditions of becoming. Currently, she investigates applied theatre and politically engaged artistic practices in the Palestinian and Israeli societies.
Foellmer, Dr. Susanne
dance scholar (DE)
is Reader of Dance at the Coventry University. Her research focuses are on contemporary dance and performance and their relationship to historicity, mediality and gender. Selected publications: ‘Valeska Gert. Fragmente einer Avantgardistin in Tanz und Schauspiel der 1920er Jahre‘ (2006), ‘Am Rand der Körper. Inventuren des Unabgeschlossenen im zeitgenössischen Tanz‘ (2009). Since spring of 2014 she has been heading the DFG research project ‘ÜberReste. Strategien des Bleibens in den darstellenden Künsten‘. She also works as a dramaturge with, among others, Tanzcompagnie Rubato, Jeremy Wade and Isabelle Schad.
was born in France in 1982. She studied dance and saxophone at the Conservatoire d’ Orléans and in 2002 began studying at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen, where her collaboration with Susanne Linke commenced in 2006. From 2007 she danced at the Tanztheater Bremen in choreographies by Urs Dietrich, Emanuel Gat, Tero Saarinen, Rami Beer, Henrietta Horn, Reinhild Hoffmann and Rosamund Gilmore. Since 2012 she has also been teaching, and since 2015 dancing with the Company Susanne Linke at the Theater Trier.
Studied dance at the Palucca School in Dresden and the Folkwang University Essen. Since then she has worked at the Tanztheater Wuppertal, the Folkwang Tanzstudio and in independent productions. She teaches dance and improvisation for professional dancers and laypersons, including senior citizens, children, refugees and people with disabilities.
She began collaborating with Susanne Linke in 2006. Since 2015 she has been dancing with the Company Susanne Linke at the Theater Trier.
Deputy director ITI (DE)
studied theatre studies, philosophy and dance studies. He worked as a freelance journalist and theatre critic and was engaged in directing independent dance and theatre projects in Leipzig, Münster and Berlin. Since 1997 he has been a staff member and in 2001/02 the artistic director of euro-scene Leipzig. In early 2003 he became deputy director on the executive board of the Internationales Theaterinstitut (ITI) – Zentrum Deutschland. Since 2004 Michael Freundt has been engaged in the Ständige Konferenz Tanz, today’s Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, and was appointed its managing director when it was founded in March 2006.