Participants

Antonia Baehr
Alex Bailey
Silke Bake
Gabriele Brandstetter
Emese Csornai
Sigrid Gareis
Sunniva Vikør Egenes
Claire Filmon
Simone Forti
Maximilian Haas
Arianne Hoffmann
Miriam Jakob
Hilary Jeffery
Krõõt Juurak
Andrea Keiz
Sulgi Lie
Ana Laura Lozza
Martin Nachbar
Peter Pleyer
Benjamin Pohlig
Cord Riechelmann
Jochen Roller
Maria F. Scaroni
Jessica Ullrich
David Weber-Krebs

Antonia Baehr

is a choreographer, performer , film maker and visual artist based in Berlin. She studied film and media arts with VALIE EXPORT at Berlin University of the Arts and received her Master in Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was artiste associée at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers between 2006 and 2008. A large part of her work is concerned with the human-animal-relation. Baehr is the producer of the horse whisperer and dancer Werner Hirsch, the musician and choreographer Henri Fleur, the composer Henry Wilt and the husband Henry Wilde, a.o.. She is considered to be one of the most original and distinct German choreographers. Her works have been shown at many international festivals and important dance and theatre institutions. www.make-up-productions.net

 

Alex Bailey

is originally from Birmingham, United Kingdom now living in Vienna, Austria. He completed a photography degree before working at Eastside Projects, in Birmingham and later moving to Amsterdam to study an MFA at the Sandberg Institute. Here he met Krõõt Juurak and together they conceived the project Performances for Pets in 2014. Alongside Krõõt they have performed for over 100 pets in cities and homes across europe in both visual art & dance festivals. From 2016 he has also appeared & performed in contemporary ballet productions. He is the author of the practice Humourology, a study into humour related cosmic to comic communications. Both Performances for Pets and Humourology are represented by Galerie international, an immaterial gallery dealing exclusively with immaterial artworks run Adriano Wilfert Jensen and Simon Asencio.

Silke Bake

lives in Berlin and works as curator, dramaturge and mentor. She worked as dramaturge at Tanzquartier Wien, and as a full-time member of the board of curators for independent theater and dance of the city of Vienna (2002–06), as dramaturge and managing director for the IN TRANSIT Performing Arts Festival at the House of World Cultures in 2008 and 2009. She co-curated programmes such as the biennial NU Performance Festival On Hospitality in the framework of the European cultural capital Tallinn 2011, performance platform. body affects at Sophiensaele Berlin in 2012. She conceives discoursive formats as from dusk till dawn and further, a 12 hours talkshow at ImpulsTanz Festival Vienna, and  A piece you remember to tell – A piece you tell to remember, a dance-history-telling-project (with P. Stamer); Visionärer Widerstreit, a seven hours event, and Let’s talk about work and life (with J. Lanteri) and Ecologies of practice (with A. Chauchat, B. Knaup, S. Zacharias), talk & practice formats at Tanzfabrik Berlin. She is the artistic director of the biennial programm Tanznacht Berlin (2016 and 2018).

Gabriele Brandstetter

Professor of Theater and Dance Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Her research focus is on: History and aesthetics of dance from the 18th century until today, theatre and dance of the avant-garde; contemporary theatre and dance, performance, theatricality and gender differences; concepts of body, movement and image, synchronisation of movement and somatic practices. Since 2008 co-director of the International Centre Interweaving performance studies.

Emese Csornai

studied architecture at the Technical University of Budapest and fine arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (BA 2009). Her research in fine arts lead her to lighting design, which two principles keep combining in her work. She has an extensive practice in instant composition and has directed the pieces On being ill (2013), Doos (2014), and Stranger (2017). She worked together intensively with Katie Duck and the Magpie group, Julyen Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Silvia Bennett, Lily Kiara, Khouloud Yassine, Sabine Molenaar, Makiko Ito, Miri Lee, Bruno Pocheron and Alexandra Bachzetsis among others.
Emese is working as a light technician and light designer, producing her own work on the border of performance and visual arts, and giving workshops about staging movement in relation to light and sound.

Sigrid Gareis

After completing her studies in ethnology, Sigrid Gareis established the fields of theatre/dance and international cultural work as part of the Siemens Art Program. She is co-founder of dance and theatre festivals in Moscow, Munich, Nuremberg and Greifswald. Between 2000 and 2009, she was founding director of Tanzquartier Wien, between 2005 and 2007 founding president of the European Dancehouse Network (EDN). Between 2011 and 2014, she was founding general secretary of the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne. She is currently active as a curator in dance and theatre, teaching and lecturing at various universities and art schools. She has collaborated with Simone Forti in the framework of two exhibitions (Moments, ZKM, and soundmove, Kunstmuseum Bonn). Frequent activities as juror, adviser, consultant. Various book publications.

Claire Filmon

is a dancer, improviser, dance pedagogue and artistic director of the Asphodèle Dankes Envol in Paris. She has studied Horton technique with Bella Lewitzky, improvisation with Anna Halprin and has collaborated with the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Filmon has developed her own improvisations since 1995, and has been involved in collaborations with Barre Philips, Julien Hamilton, Nancy Stark Smith and Lisa Nelson, among others. She has worked in close collaboration with Simone Forti on many occasions. She teaches internationally at dance institutions and festivals in France, Switzerland, Korea, Japan and the United States.

Sunniva Vikør Egenes

is a dancer based in Berlin, who has collaborated with choreographers such as Martin Nachbar, Anne-Mareike Hess and Rosalind Crisp. Improvisation is one of her main interests, and she takes pleasure in things such as: quiet moments under pressure, attention falling onto unexpected bits of the body and portions of flesh pressing its way into movement. Sunniva also dabbles in writing and has been involved in the award- winning Norwegian shortfilm Retract (2017).

Simone Forti

Born in Italy in 1935 and living in Los Angeles, choreographer, dancer, visual artist and writer Simone Forti began her dance studies under Anna Halprin. At the end of the 1950s, she moved to New York, where she took part in Robert Ellis Dunn’s composition class. Her Dance Constructions, developed from 1960 onwards, proved to be a work cycle that would have significant impact on American Postmodern Dance and the Judson Dance Theater. In 1968, she started an intense engagement with studies on the animal world; her piece Sleep Walkers (aka Zoo Mantras) would become a touchstone production for the genre of animal choreography. She is an internationally respected dance pedagogue and has developed her own improvisation technique under the term of Logomotion. She has worked with renowned personalities in the artworld, among others Robert Morris, Steve Paxton, Nam June Paik, Yoko Ono and Yvonne Rainer. Her works have been exhibited at important museums, among them the Louvre, MoMA, Museum der Moderne Salzburg and the Tate Modern.

Maximilian Haas

is a performance and media theorist and a dramaturge, based in Berlin. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the DFG research program Knowledge in the Arts at the Berlin Academy of the Arts. Haas worked as a dramaturge with dance and performance makers such as David Weber-Krebs, Hannah Hurtzig, Jeremy Wade, and Martin Nachbar, and organised transdisciplinary workshops and conferences. He studied at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen. His practice-based PhD Animals on Stage. An Aesthetic Ecology of Performance was affiliated with the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM). Haas has taught at art academies and universities in Giessen, Cologne, Berlin, Bochum, Hamburg, Dresden, and Vienna. Recent academic lectures and articles have been centred around the aesthetics of dance, performance, and artistic research, as well as problems of science and technology studies, and the philosophy of post-structuralism, new materialism, and pragmatism.


Arianne Hoffmann

is a German born choreographer, who just advanced to candidacy in the M.F.A. program at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, where she has had the pleasure to study with Simone Forti, Susan Foster, and Victoria Marks. She creates scored improvisations that function as socio-political metaphors and are based on the physical body as a means and focus of expression.
Her work has been shown around Los Angeles, most recently at Highways Performance Space, the Unknown Theater, and at Anatomy Riot. She has performed in and produced events with the performance art group Rent-a-friend and at TanzTangente in Berlin/Germany. As a performer, she recently worked with Rachael Lincoln, Krenly Guzman, and Kristen Smiarowski.
She is the producer of An Eearful of Dance, a series of podcast conversations on dance, partially funded by the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), and co-producer of Anatomy Riot. She has received the Forti Family Scholarship for Artistic Achievement twice.

 

Miriam Jakob

The work of Berlin-based ethnographer and choreographer Miriam Jakob is situated at the interface of research (social science) and fiction, in which she transforms anthropological subjects into performative poetic material. Her solo Friday 1.23.15 [sic] “as usual, sorry that I do not always…” (2012) received the jury prize at HAU and Sophiensaele’s 100° Berlin Festival and was shown on various other occasions. In 2014, she realized the ensemble piece Travelling to the Four Corners of the Earth, which was funded by the Senate of Berlin. She has also been involved in various collaborations, amongst others with the duo deufert&plischke. In 2016, she received the Berlin Senate’s research stipend, and is currently conducting research in the field of animal representation and inter-species performative exchange.

Hilary Jeffery

is a self-proclaimed ‘desert trombonist’ and composer, born in Surbiton, England in 1971. A central and sustaining influence on his music is a sense of ‘silent space’, which he first experienced in the Sahara Desert in the 1990s. Hilary aims to share this experience, creating inner-spaces for listeners and fellow musicians to explore via the medium of his ensemble LYSN. He studied at Dartington College of Arts, University of York, European Dance Development Centre Arnhem and Royal Conservatory Den Haag, and has worked for more than twenty years as a musician playing in many different styles and areas of music including rock, techno, electronica, jazz, pop, afrobeat, contemporary classical and free improvisation. Groups he has played with between 1994 and 2016 include: zeitkratzer, CC Hennix and The Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage, Zinc & Copper, Tonaliens, The Barton Workshop, Mir8, Jimi Tenor Big Band, Paul Dunmall Octet, Sand and Germ. Hilary’s principal teacher and mentor for trombone playing is James Fulkerson, with whom he studied between 1998 and 2000. In 2013 he started a study of Dhrupad with Amelia Cuni, aiming to apply techniques of this Indian classical music tradition to the trombone. He has received composition commissions for Slagwerk Den Haag, GRM Acousmonium, David Kweksilber Big Band, Apa Ini and Lysn. He has been invited for artistic residences such as at Recollets in Paris (2012), won composition prizes such as the Henriette Bosmans Prize (Netherlands, 2009) and appears in many different recordings on various labels including Aquarellist, Col Legno, FMR, Dilemma, Important Records, Mikroton, New World Records, Soul Jazz, Sloow Tapes, Sub Rosa, Zeitkratzer Records and Karl Records.

Krõõt Juurak

is an Estonian artist living in Vienna, and has developed idiosyncratic projects at the interface of choreography and performance. She has presented her works at international institutions and festivals, among them the Contemporary Art Center (CAC) Villnius, ImPulsTanz Vienna, de Appel Amsterdam, CIAP Hasselt, Kunsthalle Vienna, Tallinn Art Hall and deSingel Antwerpen. She has for a number of years been artistically concerned with the pet, and together with Alex Bailey has developed Performances for Pets – performances created especially for pets and shown in people’s flats.

Andrea Keiz

works as a freelance artist in the field of video documentation of performing arts. Besides documenting dance for research projects like Tanztechniken 2010 or TANZFONDS ERBE she works closely with several artists and is part of the artistic research group AREAL, based in Berlin. Besides filming and editing, she is advising students in documentation, camera work and archiving in several dance programs in germany as well as offering workshops in video//dance and perception.

Sulgi Lie

is a Research Fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna and teaches at the Department of Media Studies at the University of Basel. In 2016 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. From 2005 until 2015 he was a research associate in the Division of Film Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is author of The Outside of Film. On Political Film Aesthetics (published in German in 2012; an English translation is forthcoming from Amsterdam University Press in 2018) and co-editor of Jacques Rancière’s film critical writings. One of his latest publications is From Shame to Drive. The Waning of Affect; or, The Rising of the Drive Image in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema, in: Social Text 127, Vol. 34, Nr. 2, June 2016, 45-70. Currently he is working on a book on Slapstick Comedy.

Ana Laura Lozza

is an Argetinian Berlin-based choreographer, dancer and dance dramaturge. Her practice addresses questions about the possibilities of art practices to generate alternative realities of co-existence within present society. www.acanohaydelivery.com

Martin Nachbar

is a choreographer in the fields of contemporary dance and performance. He is one of the 50 dance artists active in Germany listed by the Goethe Institut. Since graduating from the SNDO in Amsterdam in 1996, he has worked for various companies and choreographers as a dancer and performer. Among others, he was a founding member of the collective B.D.C, with whom he developed the piece affects/rework – a reconstruction of Dore Hoyer’s Affectos Humanos (1962). Nachbar has choreographed more than 20 pieces since 2004. In his piece Repeater, for instance, together with his 70-year-old father he rendered visible his family ties in and through movement on stage. His Animal Dances (2013) examine the relationality between human and animal. Martin regularly writes and publishes on his works. He also regularly teaches at institutions such as PARTS Brussels, SNDO Amsterdam, SEAD Salzburg, HZT Berlin, TRINITY LABAN London or FU Berlin.

Peter Pleyer

studied dance at the European Dance Development Centre in Arnhem. He worked as dancer and choreographic assistant with Yoshiko Chuma (New York) and Mark Tompkins (Paris). In Holland, Peter choreographed his own dances (i.e. participant at the choreography competition Groningen) In 2000 Peter moved to Berlin and worked with a.o. Martin Nachbar, Alex B. and Felix Ruckert. With a big interest in the theoretical studies of dance and dance making, he developed choreographing books (2005) a lecture/installation, with his view on the development of dance studies in the US and Europe.
He taught his workshop History in Practice at P.O.R.C.H. – Stolzenhagen, for the MA programm at ArtEZ in Arnhem, at the HZT Berlin and at Tanzquartier Vienna. In 2014 he resumed successfully his choreographic work with the solo Ponderosa Trilogy and the quartet/international improvisation format Visible Undercurrent (with a.o. Meg Stuart and Sasha Waltz). In November 2017 his group choreography cranky bodies dance reset was performed at Sophiensaele Berlin. He is a regular guest teacher for Anatomical Release and Contact Improvisation for Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods and was guest lecturer at the UdK/HZT in Berlin in 2015/2016.

 

Benjamin Pohlig

lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He danced for, amongst others, Martin Nachbar, Isabelle Schad, Zoe Knights and internationally for Pierre Droulers and Renan Martins. His work 5 seasons with Katie Vickers and Gasper Piano premiered 2016 at Bouge B in Antwerp.  In 2017 A Farewell to Flesh in collaboration with Sunniva Vikør Egenes premiered at Dock 11 in Berlin.

 

 

Cord Riechelmann

studied biology and philosophy at Free University of Berlin where he taught classes on the social behavior of primates and the history of biological research. As writer and editor for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, he contributed a regular column. His articles have appeared in various newspapers and journals including Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Merkur, taz die tageszeitung, and Jungle World. In 2013, he published the monograph Krähen (Matthes und Seitz) for the series Naturkunden. His forthcoming article Wald will be published by Merve Verlag. Riechelmann has also published a novel called Wilde Tiere in der Großstadt (Nicolaische Verlagsbuchhandlung). He has already been a guest at HAU Hebbel am Ufer: for the series Fearless Speech, he participated in the event Linke Ästhetik heute?. Riechelmann currently holds a position as lecturer of Studium Generale at Berlin’s University of the Arts.

 

 

Jochen Roller

born 1971 in West-Berlin, studied Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen and Choreography at the Laban Centre in London. He has choreographed over 50 works so far for dance and theatre. His regional work focus is besides Europe the regions of South-East Asia and Oceania. His three-hour solo-trilogy perform performing (2002-2004) was performed 147 times and was sold in 2009 by the auction house Christie’s in Hamburg.

Jochen works as choreographer, teacher and curator. In his works, workshops and curatorial programs he looks at intercultural, social and political themes that are put into motion. Movement is hereby defined as a medium of communication of intelligent bodies which enter a confrontative dialog in an empathetic and intellectual manner. Choreography is thus understood as an act of aesthetic and social design.

Maria F. Scaroni

is a dance artist. She interprets choreographic works, creates dances and hosts dance workshops. Trained independently, moved to Berlin in 2004, where she works as a freelance dancer performing/creating with Jess Curtis, Jeremy Wade, Frank Willens, Tino Sehgal, Vania Rovisco, Hannah Hegenscheidt, Wilhelm Groener, (a.o.). Since  2011 Maria collaborates with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, (Until Our Hearts Stop, Sketches/Notebook, with its following initiative Supernova, and Built To Last), sharing with her and part of the Berlin dance community, the commitment to improvisation as a performance event (City Lights, Auf den Tisch!, Politics of Ecstasy). Scaroni’s choreographic works focus on the process of collaboration, play with durational experiences and are featured by a crossbreeding between performance, choreography and installation. Maria teaches in Berlin’s University HZT and is involved in developing independent training programs (in Berlin, P.O.R.C.H. and ROAR) researching the body as material. She holds a Masters degree in Italian Modern Literature, with a thesis on education and dance.

Jessica Ullrich

studied art history, fine arts and German literature in Frankfurt as well as Arts Administration in Berlin. She holds a PhD in art history and has been assistant professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Arts in Berlin and head of the education department at Kunstpalais in Erlangen. She also works as a curator and published exhibition catalogues and collection of essays mainly on modern and contemporary art. Her research interest lies in human-animal relationships, in art and aesthetics. Currently she teaches Human-Animal Studies at the Friedrich-Alexander University Nuremberg-Erlangen. She is the editor of Tierstudien, the first academic journal on animal studies and founding member of the resaerch groups Animals and Aesthetics, FITT (Forschungsinitiative Tiertheorie) as well as member of CLAS (Cultural and Literal Animal Studies), Bündnis Mensch Tier, Forum Animals and History, Stiftung der Mensch-Tier-Beziehungen and IFCEAS (Interfakultäres Forum für Cultural Enviromental und Animal Studies). Jessica is the representative of Minding Animals Germany.

David Weber-Krebs

Born in Liège in 1974, performer, curator, theatre and film director David Weber-Krebs currently lives in Brussels. He studied at the Université de Fribourg (CH) and the Amsterdam School of the Arts (NL). His works are situated between (lecture) performance, film and installation and are often developed in interdisciplinary collaboration with other artists and theorists. In developing his creative work, he is especially interested in experimental approaches that explore and question the traditional relation between work and audience. Together with Maximilian Haas, in 2013 he developed the piece “Balthazar”, in which a donkey is present on stage as an equal alongside five performers. The piece has been touring internationally with great success. Weber-Krebs teaches at various art and performance schools. David is member of THIRD!, the third cycle research group of Das Graduate school (Amsterdam). He is affiliated as a doctoral artistic researcher to KASK & Conservatory / School of Arts (Gent).