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Mohamad Abbasi

Mohamad Abbasi is an actor, dancer, choreographer, filmmaker and festival director from Iran. He studied theatre in Tehran university. He acted in several productions of Mehr theater group. His first dance piece “Recall your birthday” was created in 2003. He left Iran in 2008 to study at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers. He is the founder of the Invisible Centre of Contemporary Dance in Teheran, a platform opened in 2010 for contemporary dance in Iran, where dance is still not accepted as an official art form. In 2011, he initiated the UNTIMELY dance festival. In the seven editions so far, he has presented works by dozens of young Iranian dancers and productions from Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam and Zurich as well. Five of those Iranian works were presented at the 2017 Tanztage Berlin.

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Jason Beechey

Jason Beechey has been the principal of the Palucca Hochschule for Tanz Dresden since 2006. He trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, the Vaganova Ballet Academy St. Petersburg and the School of American Ballet in New York. He was a soloist at London City Ballet before dancing for 15 years at Charleroi/Danses in Belgium. He was the pedagogical director of the National Choreographic Centre of the French Community of Belgium and directed his studio The Loft. He was an initiator and coordinator of the D.A.N.C.E. program which he developed alongside William Forsythe, Frédéric Flamand, Wayne McGregor and Angelin Preljocal. Jason Beechey has been a member of the artistic committee of the Prix de Lausanne and a member of the jury for the Youth America Grand Prix since 2009.

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.

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Bertha Bermudez

Bertha Bermúdez is a former dancer in some of Europe’s leading dance companies, Frankfurt Ballet, Compañia Nacional de Danza in Spain, Rui Horta, Paul Solving Norton and  Emio Greco | PC dance company.Having turned towards research in dance documentation and notation in 2005, Bermúdez has co-directed and coordinated the interdisciplinary research projects (Capturing) Intention and Inside Movement Knowledge and Pre-choreographic elements. Bermudez has initiated since 2014 her PhD at the Humanities department of the Amsterdam University. Since 2009 Bermudez develops her artistic path collaborating with other artists creating documentaries, dance films, interactive installations and publications.

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Marc Boermans

Marc Boermans is a professor of classical dance at the the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden. After training at the Koninklijke Balletschool van Antwerpen, he worked as a dancer at the Koninklijk Ballet van Vlaanderen, among others. He is the former ballet master at Dresden SemperOper Ballett and teaches all over the world.

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Peter Boragno

Peter Boragno has a degree in business and has been active in cultural management since 1995. His clients are included, inter alia, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Federal Ministry of Culture and Media and the Goethe-Institute. Since 2010 he has accompanied the Ausbildungskonferenz Tanz and managed the Dance Education Biennial Office.

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Stephen Brinkmann

Stephen Brinkmann is a professor of contemporary dance at the Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen. He is a dancer, choreographer, dance pedagogue and dance scholar. He studied dance and dance pedagogy at the Folkwang University, as well as theatre, film and television studies, German and sociology at the University of Cologne. He was a dancer at Folkwang-Tanzstudio and for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. He also developed his own choreographies and taught contemporary dance internationally. He gained his doctorate in kinesiology at the University of Hamburg on “Remembering movement. Forms of memory in dance.” in 2013.

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Jan Broeckx

Jan Broeckx (Ballet Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich) comes from Antwerp where he completed his formal dance training at the Stedelijk Instituut voor Ballet Antwerp. At 17 he won the Prix de Lausanne. This lead to engagements as a first soloist with the Ballet of Flanders, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at Bayerische Staatsballett München. Jan Broeckx ist head of the Ballet Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. Previously he has been “Danseur etoile” at Ballet National de Marseille. As a dancer and choreographer, he worked with Rudolf Nureyev, George Balanchine, John Cranko, Jiri Kylian and Ziti Jeanmaire, among others.

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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.

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Sophie Brunner

Sophie Camille Brunner lives and works as a freelance dancer and choreographer in Berlin and Basel. In 2016 she graduated with a bachelors degree in Dance, Context and Choreography from HZT Berlin. For the last few years, she has been working with TanzZeit Berlin and, together with Christina Wüstenhagen as Dup Duo AdHoc, making dance and culture projects in cooperation with schools, theatres and museums. Sophie works as a a dancer and choreographic assistant in community-dance projects under the artistic direction of Jo Parkes (Mobile Dance). In her own choreographic and performative projects she tries to break down the aesthetic boundaries between dance and film. Sophie uses the documentation and archiving of personal stories in bodies and in moving images as an opportunity for artistic expression.

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).

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Cairo Contemporary Dance Center (CCDC)

The Cairo Contemporary Dance Center (CCDC) is an independent space for Contemporary Dance situated in the heart of Egypt’s capital. The center hosts the first full-time Contemporary Dance school in all of Africa and the Arab world and in addition to this 3-year, full-time professional training program, CCDC also offers artistic residencies, open classes , and workshops in various dance and movement disciplines. CCDC also organizes and participates in public performances and festivals regionally and internationally.
CCDC was founded in 2012 by Egyptian choreographer, dancer, and teacher Karima Mansour . Both the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center (under the umbrella of MAAT for Contemporary Art) and Karima Mansour herself are recognized members of the UNESCO International Dance Council. > MORE

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Celine & Renana

Celine and Renana are professional hosts, working mainly in the field of television and art production. Their career involved hosting different events in 17 countries around the world, including The Emirates, China and Monaco where they enjoyed smoked fish. They became famous for their unique approach to hosting, i.e. creating nearness and proximity with the subjects they interview. They are keen and passionate about art and they see hosting as an encounter with new and captivating talents.

Growing up in different parts of the world, Celine and Renana knew from the very beginning that they were meant to live a life of fame and glory. At the age of fifteen, Renana discovered a tape cassette of old musicals in his house, to which he danced all alone in his room. Celine, although growing up in a small town and not a village, was never understood for her style of dressing and collected fashion magazines secretly. Both of them knew that they are going to leave this shithole and breakthrough living the life of an artist.

For 2018, they are very enthusiastic to host the Tanzausbildung Biennale.

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Camille Chapon

Camille Chapon also known as Jofe D’mahl, is an 26 year old artist based in Berlin.  In 2014 he graduated with a Master degree at the Art School of Grenoble (ESAD-GV). In 2017 he completed the “bachelor dance, context, choreography” at the HZT Berlin. Passionate collector of choreographic objects, gestures and events, he ends up with suitcases full of potential activations for performances, dances, exhibitions, classes, improvisations and choreographies. Among other things, he collaborates with the dancers and choreographers Emma Tricard, Lina Gomez and Julek Kreutzer. He is teaching dance and improvisation in workshops for children and adults.

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Alice Chauchat

After studying in Lyon’s Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse and at P.A.R.T.S., Brussels, Alice Chauchat co-founded the collective B.D.C. together with Thomas Plischke, Martin Nachbar and Hendrik Laevens (1999-01). Followed by solo and collaborative projects, a.o. with Anne Juren, Alix Eynaudi or Frédéric Gies, as well as artistic assistance, dancing (e.g. For Alix Eynaudi, Jennifer Lacey, Mårten Spångberg, Juan Dominguez, Xavier Le Roy), writing, teaching and mentoring. 2010-12 she co-directed “Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. From 2013-17, together with Jennifer Lacey she hosted “Teachback” at ImPulsTanz Vienna. Other choreographic projects and platforms for knowledge production and exchange in the performing arts are the open source internet platform, the collective Praticable or nobody’s business. Alice Chauchat is currently a guest professor at HZT Berlin (2017-19) and Giessen University (winter 2017-18), and is working on a doctoral research on relational subjectivities in dance.

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Vincent Colomes

Vincent Colomes was born in Paris, France. In 1995 he graduated in classical dance at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Until 2013 he danced in different companies as Ballet Victor Ullate, Ballet National de Marseille Roland Petit, Introdans, Ballet Gulbenkian, Metros Ramon Oller and Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten (EGPC/ICK Amsterdam). Since 2013 he studies and practices Flamenco Dance. He follows improvisation workshops and classes, teaches Double Skin Double Mind (DSDM) workshops as well as classical dance and also participates in collaborative projects.

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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.

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École des Sables, Toubab Dialaw

Ecole des Sables in Senegal, the International Center for Traditional and Contemporary Dance in Africa, is both a school of theoretical and practical education and a research laboratory, a place for meetings and exchanges, conferences and residences artistic. It was created in 1998 by Germaine Acogny, and her husband Helmut Vogt. Since then, Ecole des Sables regularly organizes professional training courses bringing together dancers and choreographers from Africa, its Diaspora and the world. The workspace consists of two large dance studios, one with a sand floor and the other with a professional western dance floor. The Center also has a modular conference room to host seminars, conferences and dance classes / creations. The school has 24 accommodation bungalows with a total capacity of 72 people divided into three “villages”. It is located in Senegal next to the coastal village of Toubab Dialaw, 50 km south of Dakar.  > MORE

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.

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Jara Serrano Gonzalez

Jara Serrano Gonzalez (born in 1983 in Madrid) studied classical ballet at the Ballet School Victor Ullate in Madrid from 1994-2002. Thereafter she completed her contemporary dance education at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (2002-06). For the last two years she has been concentrating on developing her dance methodology “I.S.B. Dance” and “Children’s Dance and Creative Movement”. She is currently studying in the MA “Choreography” programme at HZT Berlin.