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Sabine Trautwein

Sabine Trautwein studied German literature, art history and political science in Trier and at the Freie Universität Berlin. She freelanced as a research assistant and event organiser in the field “information society/ new technologies” for the Lucent-Alcatel-Stiftung, the Berlin Stiftungsverbundkolleg (1989-2004) and various conferences on smartcard technology (1994-1998). Since 1996 she has been working in the administration and organisation of numerous projects in the area of culture and cultural education; since 1998 as the project director of  ESF-supported projects. Since 2006 Sabine Trautwein has been responsible for the administration of the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin, since June 2013 she is the administration manager of the Centre.

Foto: Hikaru Suzuki

Judith Brückmann

Judith Brückmann is the editor-in-chief of Berlin Bühnen, the online portal for the schedules of the Berlins theatres and opera houses. She studied Theatre Studies and General and Comparative Literature Studies at the Free University Berlin. She works in the field of cultural communications for festivals and cultural and educational institutions, as well as a dance history teacher. She has been a lecturer in applied communications at HZT Berlin since 2016. She is the head of communications and public relations for the 6th Dance Education Biennial.

Training – Classical Dance with Olaf Höfer

Wednesday, 28.2. I 10h15 – 11h45 I Studio 6

This ballet class will be orientated according to the previous experience and technical level of the students.

Olaf Höfer is teaching at the Stattliche Ballettschule Berlin since 1986. He has been the dance master of the Ballett des Friedrichstadtpalast and of the Deutsche Fernsehballett since 1990. Olaf Höfer began his training at the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin in 1964. After completing his studies in 1971, he danced at the Theater Stralsund. He danced for the Erich-Weiner-Ensemble as a soloist and also worked as a soloist for the Komische Oper Berlin under Tom Schilling. He has led the exchange program between the Ballet West Academy of the University of Utah and the Staatliche Ballettschule since 1992.

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Stephanie Thiersch

Stephanie Thierisch studied dance, liberal arts (MA) and later media art with the performance artist Valie Export at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. With her company MOUVOIR, which she founded in 2000, she has developed more than 50 theatre pieces, films and installations which have won numerous prizes and been shown nationally and internationally at leading festivals and theatres. Thierisch was a guest professor at the Insititute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen as well as at other institutions and taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. Together with the ensemble network Freihandelszone, she has been the artistic director of the festival GLOBALIZE:COLOGNE since 2006. With the Kölner Philharmonie, she co-produced the City Dance in 2016, based on Anna Halprin involving over 600 performers nd 10,000 participating citizens in Cologne’s urban areas.

Steven De Belder

Steven De Belder is general coordinator at the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (PARTS) in Brussels, the school for contemporary dance funded and directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. He studied philosophy, history and theatre studies in Antwerp and Ghent, and worked as Research assistant at the Department of Theatre Studies at the University of Antwerp before joining PARTS in 2003. He was member and president ad interim of the Dance Council of the Flemish Community (2001-2003) and is member of the board of several Flemish dance companies.

Donna Faye Burchfield

Donna Faye Burchfield has been a professor and director of the School of Dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia since 2010. Beginning in 2012, she formed a working relationship with the artistic staff at the Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia as an artistic advisor. In this role, she helped to guide the Bride’s 2016 re-Place-ing Philadelphia Project with support from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Upon her relocation to Philadelphia, she served on the Dance/USA Philadelphia’s Advisory Committee and as a co-chair for the national conference for Dance/USA (June 2013). She also co-chaired and hosted at UArts the Society for Dance History Scholars conference: Dance and the Social City (June, 2012).

Foto: Miles Yeung

Niall Jones

Niall Jones is an artist continuously working and moving between Brooklyn, New York and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Niall is Assistant Director and Creative Producer in the School of Dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. As a 2017 Bessie nominee for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer, Niall slips between dance and other ephemerally situated practices to explore time and impermanence with an unruly fascination in affective environments, disorientation, seriality, and labor. Sis Minor, In Fall, Niall’s newest work, will premiere at Abrons Art Center in New York City in late-May 2018.

Simone Geiger

Simone Geiger teaches at the ballet academy at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich since 2010. Here she also studied classical ballet for 8 years. She worked as a demi soloist at the ballet at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf and at the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich. From 2000 till 2006 she was a member of the Nederlands Dans Theater in the Hague. Simone teaches classical ballet, pointework, repertoire and works as well as a choreographic assistant and balletmaster.

Foto: Hikaru Suzuki

Katharina Deparade

Katharina Deparade studied Political Science and Applied Linguistics at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg as well as Cultural Journalism at the Berlin University of the Arts. In addition, she completed internships at the Goethe-Institute Hanoi, the German Embassy, the Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg and the German Bundestag. Since April 2016 she has been student assistant for public relations at the Inter-University Center for Dance Berlin and is communication assistent during the 6th. Dance Education Biennial.

Kojiro Imada

Kojiiro Imada was born in Tokyo. He completed his studies in Tokyo and London. After graduating from theWest Street School of Ballet, London, he became a member of the Performing Arts Council Transvaal (PACT) Ballet in Pretoria, South Africa. Since then he has danced e.g. with the Ballet Schindowski of Schillertheater NRW, Tanzcompagnie of Stadttheater Gießen and with the Dance Theatre of the Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück. He worked with choreographers such as Gregor Zöllig, Guy Weizmann/ Roni Haver, Roberto Galván, Vera Sander, Jean Renshaw, David Bintley and Ronald Hynd. He is a regular guest teacher for the dance ensambles in Bielefeld, Kassel among others. From April 2009 to August 2011, he worked at the Japan Women’s College of Physical Education (Japan) as a lecturer for Contemporary Dance Technique and Choreography as well as Classical Dance Technique. In September 2011, he began as a lecturer for Contemporary Dance at the University for Music and Dance Cologne. Kojiro is GYROKINESIS® certified master trainer and GYROTONIC® certified pre-trainer and trainer.