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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.

Sophie Brunner, Foto: Ruth Walz
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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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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.

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.

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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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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.

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Ingo Reulecke

Ingo Reulecke is Professor at HZT Berlin. After an education in contemporary dance, Prof. Ingo Reulecke studied choreography at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch” in Berlin. His choreographies were awarded numerous prizes and invited to many festivals within and outside Germany, among others, the production “EKLIPSE” to the German Dance Platform in 1998 in Munich and to the international choreography competition in Bagnolet, France. He went to New York City in 1998 on a DAAD year-long grant. The piece “diminuendo 2” received the first prize of the VorOrt Festival in Münster in 2006. For the piece “unsere tage wie schatten”, he worked with Lukas Matthaei for the FFT Düsseldorf. In 2008 he took on the artistic directorship of the TMA in the framework of the Kunstfest Weimar. In 2009 he worked with Lukas Matthaei again for “2109” and with Ayat Nafaji für “Lady Tehran”. Since 2006 Ingo Reulecke has been the director of the dance department at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst ´Ernst Busch´/ Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin.


David Russo

David N. Russo teaches ballet and contemporary dance at the Ballet Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, and has been a member of the collective ‘Sattelit Produktion’ since 2013. After completing his training at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, he danced as a soloist at the Saarländischen Staatstheater and at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz under the direction of Philip Taylor. Russo choreographs his own pieces for the Brigit Keil Foundation, Ballet Phillippines and the Ulmer Ballett Ensemble, organises events in Munich’s freelance scene and collaborates with artists such as Jasmine Morand from Prototype Status and Nina Radelfahr.

Vera Sander

Vera Sander

Vera Sander is the head of the Centre for Contemporary Dance (ZZT) and a professor of contemporary dance at the University of Music and Dance Cologne. She teaches contemporary dance, choreography and performance skills, among other subjects. Alongside her academic work she also works as a choreographer. She is a former dancer for Tanzforum Köln, Dansgroep Kristina de Chatel, Itzik Galili and the Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden, among others. In 1997 Vera Sander founded the contemporary dance ensemble VeraSanderArtConnects. Vera has received several awards for her work, including at the choreographic competition `dialoog cultuur / NL-NRW`and the Dt. Videotanzpreis. She was a part of the research project “Tanztechniken 2010” initiated by Tanzplan Deutschland, and works on the establishment and development of degrees and event formats in the field of dance.

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Alesandra Seutin

International performer, choreographer, teacher Alesandra Seutin was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, grew up in Brussels and now lives in London. She studied dance in different parts of the world including Europe, Africa and the United States. Alesandra has been running Vocab Dance Company (VDC) since 2007. She combines African traditional dance with contemporary dance and Hip Hop to create distinctly Afro-European dance theatre. In addition to the body of work she has build for Alesandra Seutin I Vocab Dance since its inception in 2007, she has created work for Phoenix Dance Theatre, 12º North Dance, State of Emergency, 3rd Edge and a commission for Studio Wayne McGregor.In 2011, Alesandra was selected by Germaine Acogny (‘mother of African contemporary dance’), to be part of the transmission of her technique.

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Sheena McGrandles and Diego Agulló

Throughout the Biennale Tanzausbildung 2018, Sheena and Diego conduct a series of formats that conclude in an online video documentary. These formats intend to stimulate promiscuous encounters among participants, open reflections on the topic of politics and dance while researching on how we do politics in our everyday life.

Sheena McGrandles (Northern Irealnd, 1984), is a dancer, choreographer and curator. She trained at the Laban Center London (BA) and completed her MA in Solo Dance Authorship at HZT Berlin. Sheena was Artistic Research Associate at HZT from 2013-2017. She is now Artistic Director at Agora Collective Berlin, running the dance and performance platform MOVE.
Diego Agulló (Madrid 1980) is an independent researcher and a dilettante artist intervening mainly in the field of contemporary dance and performance investigating the affinity between Body and Event.

Diana Shepherd

Diana Shepherd is a movement artist from Illinois, USA. She studied and received her BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There, Diana worked with choreographers Kirstie Simson, Tere O’Conner and performed her senior thesis entitled “Selfs”. Diana has participated twice in the International University Global Theater Experience’s Art Oasis program in Italy and in Austria, where she was an assistant to the program. Diana has been a dance teacher for 8 years and has recently started her own children’s dance classes in Berlin at the K77 Studio. For her Berlin premiere, Diana performed the self-choreographed solo “Bodies (2nd Part)” in the ada Studio performance showcase 10 Times 6. Diana is currently living and working in Berlin, pursuing her choreographic ideas on international bodies and how they interact with the society that exists, and restricts, around them.
During the Biennale 2018, she is Kirstie Simson’s “assisting participant”.

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Kirstie Simson

Kirstie Simson (UK) is a professor at the University of Illinois, and continues to teach and perform all over the world. She has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Called “a force of nature” by the New York Times, she is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has “immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance” according to Time Out Magazine, London. Kirstie is renowned today as an excellent teacher, a captivating performer and a leading light in the field of Dance Improvisation.

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Martin Sonderkamp

Martin Sonderkamp, is an artist based in Berlin and Stockholm. His choreographic work expands across disciplinary and aesthetic boundaries between dance, visual art and music and features forms of participatory choreography, mixed media installations and scores for extemporary performances. His latest works include Sonic Extensions (2017) Approximations (2015), Task 14 (2014), Rewired (2013) and Social Movement (2012). He currently works as Professor at Stockholm University of the Arts /Doch – School for Dance and Circus, from 2011-2015 he was employed as Professor at ZZT/HfMT Cologne where he co-lead the MA program Dance Dissemination.

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Dino Spiri

Dino Spiri studied Jazz & Pop with a focus on Drumming, in the Netherlands. After his studies he moved to Berlin to complete his training as a teacher of The Alexander Technique and he has taught as a certified teacher in this wonderful work since 2013. In addition, he has worked in production management for the the freelance dance and theatre scene since 2012, including engagements with Sasha Waltz & Guests, Martin Nachbar, Shakespeare Company Berlin, and Tanzkongress Hannover.

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Robert Ssempijja

Robert Ssempijja is a diverse emerging Ugandan contemporary dance artist and dance researcher who is having a career both through formal and informal dance setting experiences, He has been working on three different continents and with over fifty different companies, projects and choreographers. In his art, he uses a combination of Ugandan traditional dance, breakdance and techniques of contemporary dance to get those interesting creations of art. He is trained in techniques from Burkina Faso and has recently completed his diploma in dance at Ecolé des Sables in Senegal. He is also the founder of Dance Revolution East Africa.

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Andrea Tallis

Andrea Tallis is a professor for classical dance at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main (HfMDK). She was born in Los Angeles and studied many styles of dance with specific early influences from Irina Kosmovska, John Clifford and Melissa Hayden. She continued her education with the Pennsylvania Ballet School and the School of American Ballet in New York. She worked as soloist with Makarova and Company and danced principle roles with the Los Angeles Ballet. Andrea joined Ballet Frankfurt in 1983 under the direction of Egon Madsen and from 1984-1999 under William Forsythe with whom she worked extensively on the development of creations and concepts. Andrea is a teacher of classical ballet technique, composition and improvisation as well as a choreographic assistant, ballet master and reconstructor.

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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.

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Thomas Thorausch

Thomas Thorausch is the deputy head of the German Dance Archive Cologne. After studying dramatics, general and comparative literature and American studies at the Free University Berlin, he worked as a directors assistant and as a dramaturge in Essen, Cologne and Regensburg, as well as for different theatre productions in Nordrhein-Westfalia. Alongside those jobs, he also worked as a research assistant for the German Academy of Dance, the German Dance Archive Cologne and the Historical Archive of the City of Cologne. He has been the deputy head of the German Dance Archive Cologne since 1996.

Susanne Triebel

Susanne Triebel has been an assistant in the education department for contemporary and classical dance at the ZuKT and the coordinator of the internationally oriented Masters Degree in Contemporary Dance Education (MA CoDE) since 2011. She received her formal dance training at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart and the Rheinischen Musikhochschule in Cologne. In 2009 she graduated from the MA program in Contemporary Dance Education at the University for Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main. Between finishing her diploma and her masters degree, she danced for several years at Städtischen Bühnen Münster, Staatstheater Mainz, Staatstheater Darmstadt and Tanztheater Gießen. She has been teaching for the BA in Dance Management and supervising projects and demonstration lessons for the MA CoDE since 2012. Susanne Triebel is a current spokesperson for the AK|T.

Julian Warner

Julian Warner studied Theatre Studies, American Literature and ethnology at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. His first artistic research took place in the are of futuroligy for the “Brand Fiction Project” of Audi AG. He curated workshops, performances and urban district projects for Lothringer13 Kunstareal of the city of Munich as well as lecture series in Favorit Bar. Since October 2015 he works as research associate at the institute of cultural anthropology of the University of Göttingen. His research focusses on Black Diaspora Studies, Racism and Pop Culture. As ‘Fehler Kuti’ he is part of the experimental band 1115 (Alien Transistor). Since 2015 he works together with Hannah Saar and Oliver Zahn in the association for artistic research HAUPTAKTION.

HAUPTAKTION is an association for artistic research formed around the producer Hannah Saar, the cultural anthropologist Julian Warner and the theatre maker Oliver Zahn. HAUPTAKTION studies theatrical practices using ethnography, archive-based-research and embodiment and has an output of texts, theatre, lectures. Theatre works include SITUATION WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARM (on the cultural history of the „Nazi salute“-gesture) and SITUATION WITH DOPPELGÄNGER (on minstrel dance, cultural appropriation and imitation). These pieces are theatrical essays, situated between choreography and historical study. They are being presented internationally. The name HAUPTAKTION is taken from the practice of German-speaking travelling theatres. > MORE

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Heidi Weiss

Heidi Weiss is a teacher at Tanz Akademie balance 1 and at KARI Dance in Kempten. She was a Professor at Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden from 2004-07. She also teaches training for professional dancers and companies such as Sasha Waltz and DV8. She has been a guest artist in residence in the USA, Prague, London, Salzburg and New Delhi. She choreographed and performed with Group Motion from 1992-96. In 1997 she moved to Germany and founded Zen in theBasement Co with Jennifer Mann with whom she also developed the weiss-mann technique*.

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Christoph Winkler

Christoph Winkler’s choreographies cover a broad spectrum of formats and range from the personal to the political in theme. Winkler was born in Torgau in the former GDR. He initially trained in weight-lifting, Judo, fight sports and breakdance before studying dance at the Staatlichen Ballettschule Berlin. He went on to study choreography at the University of Performing Arts “Ernst Buch” and later founded Klangkrieg Produktionen, a platform for experimental music. He has been freelancing in Berlin since 1998. In his work, he always manages to find themes that fit perfectly with his art form but, more importantly, also reflect current societal discourse.

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Britta Wirthmüller

Britta Wirthmüller is a choreographer and dancer. She holds a position for artistic research and teaching at Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz (HZT) Berlin. She studied dance at the Palucca Schule Dresden and holds an MA in “Performance Studies“ from the University of Hamburg. In her work she attends to that which usually remains invisible, e.g. bodies lacking social visibility in the cycle “Antibodies“ with Petra Zanki, the forgotten dances of Jean Weidt (“Physical Encounters”) or the hidden layers of a city’s history in “The Silent Walk“. Current projects are: “Obituary” – an invitation to different generations of dancers to revisit their personal body archive and “The Choreographic Village” – an exploration of choreography as an expanded and participatory practice in rural areas.

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Christina Wüstenhagen

Christina Wüstenhagen (born 1989) works as a freelance dancer in Berlin. She initiates and leads various dance and culture projects in cooperation with theatres, museums and schools. As a result of her combined interest in dance, media and the discovery of new, interactive presentation formats, she creates interdisciplinary artistic works in collaboration with the artist networks SuB Kultur e.V and Dreitausend e.V. She has realised contemporary dance productions and community dance projects as a part of the Berlin dance collective Tangente Company. The creative home of the collective is at TanzTangente in Berlin.

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Dana Yahalomi

Dana Yahalomi is the sole director since 2011 of Public Movement which has been founded in 2006 by her and Omer Krieger. Public Movement is a performative research body which investigates and stages political actions in public spaces. It studies and creates public choreographies, forms of social order, overt and covert rituals. In 2017 Public Movement performed Rescue in the European Capital of Culture, Aarhus. In 2016 Public Movement presented Debriefing Session II and Choreographies of Power in the Guggenheim Museum, New York. In 2015 the group’s solo exhibition, National Collection, took place at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and in the same year the book Solution 263: Double Agent was published by Sternberg Press. Public Movement was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize at the Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, where it performed Cross Section (2014). Together with Baltic Circle Festival and Checkpoint Helsinki, they created the large-scale project Make Arts Policy! in Helsinki (2014). The group performed in the Asian Art Biennial, Taipei; Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz, and Berlin Biennial; New Museum Triennial, New York; Performa, New York. Public Movement has exhibited at Gothenburg Biennial, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw; the Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon; and the Theater Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin.

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Oliver Zahn

Oliver Zahn is a theatre maker. He created a trilogy of “situations”, the parts of which are touring successfully. For SITUATION WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARM, he is nominated in 2015 as Best Emering Artist in Theater Heute’s critics poll. Other works include “Oh How Lovely is the Evening” (2016), a work about (post-)colonial cultures of remembrance, as well as the Lecture Performance MINSTRELSY with Julian Warner and several publications. 2015 he founded the association for artistic research HAUPTAKTION together with Hannah Saar and Julian Warner.

HAUPTAKTION is an association for artistic research formed around the producer Hannah Saar, the cultural anthropologist Julian Warner and the theatre maker Oliver Zahn. HAUPTAKTION studies theatrical practices using ethnography, archive-based-research and embodiment and has an output of texts, theatre, lectures. Theatre works include SITUATION WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARM (on the cultural history of the „Nazi salute“-gesture) and SITUATION WITH DOPPELGÄNGER (on minstrel dance, cultural appropriation and imitation). These pieces are theatrical essays, situated between choreography and historical study. They are being presented internationally. The name HAUPTAKTION is taken from the practice of German-speaking travelling theatres.