Participants H-Q

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Nik Haffner

Nik Haffner has been the artistic director of HZT Berlin since 2012. As a dancer and choreographer, Nik Haffner realised projects that mostly emerged from collaborations with other artists (including Christina Ciupke and Mart Kangro). His interest in collaboration and interdisciplinary exchange lead him to mediation and education projects. He worked as a guest teacher at schools including P.A.R.T.S. Brussels and Trinity Laban, and also as a Mentor in the K3 Hamburg residence program and as part of the project ensemble of Tanzlabor_21 in Frankfurt/Main. After finishing his dance education at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt and at the Australian Ballet School, Melbourne, Nik Haffner joined Ballett Frankfurt under William Forsythe in 1994. Between 1994-1999 he developed the digital publication “Improvisation Technologies, and went on to work on the online score “Seven Duets” for the platform with Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion from 2012-13. Nik Haffner is a member of the advisory board for Dance Congress Germany and the head speaker of the AK|T Dance Training Conference Germany.

Yvonne Hardt

Yvonne Hardt is professor for dance studies and choreography at the University of Music and Dance Cologne, Germany. After receiving her doctorate with a thesis on “Political Bodies” she was Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. In her research she is interested in developing dance studies on methodological grounds, focusing on the relationship between praxis and theory, especially on performative elements of »doing history«. She also specializes in gender- and pedagogical theories. Her newest research investigates dance techniques and cultural education. More so, she worked as a dancer and choreographer; and in this work has increasingly questioned the borders between dance, performance and science.

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Dieter Heitkamp

Dieter Heitkamp is a professor of contemporary dance at the HfMDK Frankfurt am Main and director of the education department at the ZuKT (Zeitgenössischer und Klassischer Tanz). He was a speaker for the AK|T from 2007 – 2014 and worked as part of the management team of Tanzlabor_21 from 2006-2015. He is a founder and former collective member of Tanzfabrik Berlin, and was one of their artistic directors until 1995. His choreographies have been shown in Germany, Europe, the USA Japan, Hong Kong and Brazil. For the last 40 years he has been working intensively on the study, teaching, documentation and performance of contact improvisation.

Rosemary Helliwell

Trained at Doreen Bird College, and then at the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart. She was a dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet under director Marica Haydee and perfomed with the company in the whole world. From 1977 she was House Choreographer of the Stuttgart Ballet, and also worked as a guest Choerographer with various companies including London City Ballet, Northern Ballet, National Ballet of Finland, National Ballet of Peru, Irish Ballet etc. Since 1998 she is Professor and assistent director of the Akademie des Tanzes der Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim.

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Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main

The department of contemporary and classical dance (ZuKT) of the HfMDK Frankfurt am Main is one of three departments for performing arts and includes the degree courses BA Dance, MA CoDE (Masters in Contemporary Dance Education) and MA CuP (Masters in Choreography and Performance). The promotion  of contemporary art is one of the key messages in the mission statement of the HfMDK Frankfurt am Main, and is reflected in the outline of the BA Dance degree course. Our goal is the education and individual advancement of creative and expressive dance personalities who have a strong command over a wide range of dance styles, from classical to contemporary, and who can apply their skills effortlessly. In this course , they will develop the ability to creatively design artistic work processes and will become capable of reflecting on themselves and on the art form of dance in an interdisciplinary context, as well as in social and historical contexts. Over the course of their studies, students will be supported and encouraged to develop social and political commitments, confidently and responsibly engage with groups and positively shape group processes. > MORE

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Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

The close connection between academic education and professional artistic practice characterizes the three study courses “Dance, Context, Choreography“ (Bachelor of Arts), “Solo/Dance/Authorship“ (Master of Arts) and “Choreography“ (Master of Arts) at the HZT Berlin. The study courses offer an experimental approach to study, combine practice-led artistic and research driven education, and practical career guidance. It provides a practice led and research driven education in contemporary dance, choreography and performance. Nurturing individual artistic development, the contextualisation and critical reflexion of art and art practice are integral components of the curricula. Focus is placed on creatively and critically addressing what dance, performance and choreography are and can be as art forms, in today’s diverse social and cultural environments. The HZT is primarily located at the Uferstudios in Berlin Wedding. Thus providing an umbrella for education, professional artistic production and dissemination, which facilitates the exchange between artists, students and the public, at one location. THE HZT Berlin is the joint responsibility of the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch“ (HfS) in cooperation with TanzRaumBerlin, a network of the professional dance scene. > MORE

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Olaf Höfer

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.

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.

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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.

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Kira Maria Kirsch

Kira Kirsch is a german movement artist, community organizer, mother and curator. She now works and lives with her family in Berlin as resident of Lake Studios. She is deeply invested into creating and shaping spaces for people to experience, learn about and sensitize their mind-body-movement continuum. She is a pioneer, techer and researcher of the Axis Syllabus (AS) method, a co-organiser of the Nomadic College at Earthdance, teacher of laboratories and has built a community for AS research. In 2014 she started co-curating the dance festival “SENSING IN” and is establishing a regular educational program under the name of Movement Artisans together with Antoine Ragot at Lake Studios/Berlin. She currently has a guest lectureship at the HZT Berlin and is invited to festivals and institutions and private initiatives.

Oliver Marchart

Dr. Oliver Marchart is a professor at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Vienna. His research focusses on political philosophy, social theory, post-Marxism, post-structuralism, social movement research, precarity research and political discourse analysis. He studied philosophy at the University of Vienna and political theory and discourse analysis at the University of Essex under Ernesto Laclau. He gained his doctorate in philosophy in 1999 from the University of Vienna, and another one in 2003 on “Politics and the Political. An Inquiry into Post-Foundational Political Thought” under Ernesto Laclau.

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Florian Malzacher

Florian Malzacher is a freelance curator, author and dramaturge. He was head dramaturge/curator at the Festival Steirischer Herbst (Graz, Austria) from 2006 – 2012 and the artistic director of the Impulse Theatre Festival (Cologne, Dusseldorf, Mülheim/Ruhr) from 2013 – 2017. He curates many projects both in Germany and abroad, and is the author and publisher of books on contemporary theatre and on the question of curation in performing arts. Florian Malzacher lives in Berlin.

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Jennifer Mann

Jennifer Mann has taught modern/contemporary dance, improvisation and yoga at studios, festivals and companies throughout Europe and in Asia. She is a faculty member of DANCEWORKS berlin and offers dancer training regularly at Marameo, where she is also active organisationally as a board member. She is becoming certified to lead the Group Motion Workshop, an improvisational evening focused on the universal language of movement and collective healing. Jennifer studied yoga in the USA with Iyengar yoga teacher James Bryan and in Germany at the Yoga Akademie Berlin with Yogacharya Ananda Leone. She is now a certified member of the BDY and the European Yoga Union (EYU). Jennifer Mann studied dance and received a BFA at the the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Since then she has worked as a dancer, choreographer, modern/contemporary dance, improvisation and yoga teacher. She has performed with the Group Motion Company, Beppie Blankert, Johannes Boenig, Jean Marc Le Bon, Howard Katz Fireheart, the Wee Dance Co. and Norman Douglas. With Heidi Weiss she co- founded the “Zen in the Basement Co.” with whom she performed and co-choreographed many projects presented throughout Germany and abroad.

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Karima Mansour

Karima Mansour is the founder and artistic director of the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center and works as a choreographer, performer, and teacher nationally and internationally. In addition to running her institutions, Karima also continues to create, perform, and develop her own choreographic work and language as an artist. She graduated with both a B.A. and a M.A. in Contemporary Dance from the London Contemporary Dance School after having completed her B.A. in Film from the High Institute of Cinema at the Academy of Arts in Cairo. Upon Karima’s return to Egypt in 1999, she founded MAAT for Contemporary Dance, the first independent dance company in the country. Karima is also the founder of MAAT Dance M.E.C.A (MAAT Movement for Egyptian Contemporary Art).

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Christopher Matt

Christopher Matt has been working as a teacher for different companies and training schools in Europe and the USA since 1995. He leads the classical training of the DANCE ON Ensemble in Berlin and regularly teaches dancers of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Ballets de Trocadero and the Kompanie des Tiroler Landestheaters, among others. He received his formal dance training at the Académie Chaptal (Paris) under Nora Kiss, at the Académie d’art Chorégraphique (Paris) under Raymond Franchetti and at Stuttgarter Ballett. He worked for Pierre Lacotte, Rosella Hightower, Niro Yoshida und David Howard, among others. He danced for the Ballett der Komischen Oper, der Oper Bonn and at the Slovenian National Ballet. He also guested at many companies including at the Staatsoper Berlin, the Deutschen Oper Berlin, at Cirque d’Hiver (Paris) and at the Paris Opera.

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Aymeric Mosselmans

Aymeric Mosselmans was born in Lesquin , France. At the age of 12 he started dancing at the National Ballet School of Marseille under the direction of Roland Petit and continued his dance education at the l’École Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower. After his graduation he joined the JUNIOR BALLET CANNES followed by BALLET NATIONAL DE NANCY ( Pierre Lacotte ) ,CITY BALLET OF LONDON ( Harold King) , BALLETT DER DEUTSCHEN OPER AM RHEIN DÜSSELDORF ( Youri Vamos ). In the year 2004 Vladimir Malakhov took him to the ensemble of the STAATSBALLETT BERLIN where he is still dancing under the direction of Nacho Duato as a character soloist. His repertory includes choreographies of :
Pierre Lacotte , Roland Petit , Hans van Manen , Robert North , Youri Vamos , Uwe Scholz , John Neumeier , Jiri Kylian , Angelin Preljocaj , Vladimir Malakhov , Maurice Béjart , Patrice Bart , Alexei Ratmansky , Jerome Robbins , George Balanchine , Frederick Ashton , John Cranko , Kenneth Mcmillan , Mauro Bigonzetti , Giorgio Madia , Nacho Duato and many others .
Since 2017 Aymeric teaches frequently at the Opernballett der Deutschen Oper and the Staatsballett Berlin.

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Chrysa Parkinson

Chrysa Parkinson is the Director of the New Performative Practices MFA program at DOCH/Uniarts in Stockholm, and a Professor of Dance at Stockholm University of the Arts. Her artistic research is focused on the performer’s experiential authorship. She lived in New York for many years and performed with Tere O’Connor Dance, Irene Hultman, Mia Lawrence, Jennifer Monson and Mark Dendy, among others. She began traveling to Belgium in 2000 to work on improvisational performance with Zoo/Thomas Hauert and David Zambrano. She has taught in the US, Europe and Australia, and yearly at P.A.R.T.S. since 1998. She is the recipient of a Bessie Award for Performance. Chrysa’s writing and films have been published and distributed internationally.  In 2015 she created The Dancer as Agent Collection, available at


Peter Pleyer

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.

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Thomas Plischke

Thomas Plischke is Professor at HZT Berlin. He was born in Aschaffenburg and has been working as a choreographer since he graduated from the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) in Brussels in 1998. His works have received a number of awards and been shown internationally. Since 2001, he has been working continuously with Dr. Kattrin Deufert as the artistwin deufert&plischke.
Theatre as a social situation – from the rehearsal together all the way to the performance – is the motor for choreographic form and the artistic expression of deufert&plischke. Their works are written collectively: from their first cooperation in Europe Endless (2002), in which the fictional biography of the artist twin emerged, all the way to a cooperation with over 20 artists in 24h DURCHEINANDER (2015). In between these two poles there are work series (Anarchive I-III, the Entropischen Institute and Emergence Rooms); here deufert&plischke have been developing their model for a new epic theatre.