Maria (Marysia) Stoklosa – Choreographer and dancer. Studied at the School of New Dance Development in Amsterdam and at the London Contemporary Dance School. She combines choreographic work with her lifetime practice in dance improvisation. She also plays an active role in the development of the Polish experimental dance scene – as a teacher and an initiator of various educational projects, as a leader of the Burdag Foundation, and as a co-creator of Warsaw-based collective of choreographers – Centrum w Ruchu. In 2021 she was awarded a research scholarship by Grażyna Kulczyk and received a master’s degree in cultural studies from Warsaw University.
Tamás Bakó has finished his dance education in the Budapest Dance School in 1995. Since then he was a member in Company Ismael Ivo, Marco Santí Danse Ensemble, Off Dance Company and Artus – Company of Gábor Goda.
He has also worked and collaborated with choreographers such as Iván Angelus, Rui Horta, Zsuzsa Rózsavölgyi, Eszter Gál, Vicky Shick, Scott Wells, Laura Vera Esperanza, Patrik Kelemen, Zoltán Nagy, Peter Pleyer.
Currently he is working at the Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy, giving contemporary dance technique and Contact Improvisation classes. Occasionally he’s a guest teacher in other schools and festivals like the SEAD, La Manufacture or the Kontakt Budapest International Improvisation Festival.
Oliver Connew is a choreographer, dancer, occasional writer and sound enthusiast, among other things. He is a classical ballet graduate from the New Zealand School of Dance, and has a contemporary dance degree from Unitec Auckland.
Since 2013 Oliver has worked as a performer in Europe with Peter Pleyer, Body Cartography, Wilhelm Groener and Julian Weber among others. 2021 he completed the two-year programme “Master Exerce” at the ICI-CCN Montpellier, France.
Oliver’s own choreographic work sets out to construct open playgrounds of attention where species, performers and entities of all kinds are drawn into intimate encounters with each other and their environments.
Márcio Kerber Canabarro, is a dancer with a Communication BA (UNIJUI – BR) and a Performing Major (SEAD – AT) who loves poetry.
With Aleks Borys, created the intervention TRACKING: Visual Cues for Hope; and the installation COSMIC DEBRIS. With DEEPER F. Collective (HU) and A Bela Associação (PT), launched the digital publication CARE WHERE? Zine and CARE – Activism, Art and Electronic Music gatherings, focus on how we build and transform our large community through the chain of our immediate affections, and our ability to care. Márcio also works with Hodworks, Peter Pleyer and Meg Stuart.
Caroline Neill Alexander received her BA degree in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She has performed and worked with Fog Beast Dance, Kathleen Hermesdorf’s Alternativa, and the Joe Goode Performance Group. For the past five years she has been living and working in Berlin, developing her own work as well as collaborating with other Berlin choreographers, such as Peter Pleyer, Alexandra Pirrici, the T.E.N.T. series developed by Ivan Ekemark, and Shiaz Legs in the renowned Gaga Show at Schwuz. In her own work, she deals with the space between person and persona and the blurred reality of reality.
STELLA HORTA is a filmmaker who develops her own experimental films and video installations. The “more-than-human” and feminist perspective is important to her. In collaboration with choreographers and performers, she experiments with the video-performance format with Judith Förster, Andre Uerba, Cranky Bodies a/company, and currently with Renae Shadler. Currently, Stella is studying in the experimental film class at the Berlin University of the Arts. Here she develops projects at the interface between performing arts, new media, and film. At the European Film College in Denmark, she studied sound, light, and representation.
Kirsten Maar is a theatre and dance scholar. She worked as a dramaturge and assistant director in Heidelberg, Frankfurt a.M. and in Berlin, as well as in the exhibition sector for the Hygiene Museum Dresden, among others. From 2007-2014, she was a research assistant in the Collaborative Research Centre “Aesthetic Experience in the Sign of the Dissolution of Artistic Boundaries”. Since 2018, she has been an assistant professor of dance studies at the FU Berlin. Her work focuses on choreographic design concepts in the 20th century – notation, composition and improvisation between technique and practice, demarcations between art, architecture and choreography and choreographies of the public.
Anna Nowicka is a Berlin based choreographer working with dreams and embodied imagination. She aims at unfolding the body into a resourceful, alive, ever flowing entity. She graduated from Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), earned an MA Choreography at the HZT in Berlin and MA Psychology at the Warsaw University. She wrote her practice based PhD on embodied awareness at the Polish Film School in Łódź. She is a certified Sapphire® teacher. Anna’s physical practice is supported by the Tanzpraxis Scholarship from the city of Berlin.
Björn Ivan Ekemark / IVANKA TRAMP studied circus, textile art, choreography and spent a life entrenched in a campy lifestyle. Through this practice she aims to look at gathering of materials, people and fabrics as a quilt for non homogenic choreography.
Originally trained as a gymnast and classical dancer Ka Rustler continued her education at the SNDO in Amsterdam. Over the course of 30 years she has been a leading member of Tanzfabrik Berlin. She studied Body-Mind Centering® with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and received her degree as a BMC® practitioner and Somatic Movement Educator in 1994. She has collaborated with numerous artists internationally. She is co-founder of the Berlin based Institute for Body, Dance and Therapy, member of the Authentic Movement Practice Unwinding the Body and Embodiment Research Group Emergence of Form.
Asaf Aharonson was born outside Jerusalem. Asaf is a choreographer, performer, dancer and interdisciplinary artist and graduated with a BA in Dance and Choreography at Hochschulzentrum Tanz (HZT) Berlin. Asaf has collaborated and performed with Ruairi Donovan, Peter Player, Mia Habib, Hana Erdman, Iris Erez, Tami Lebovits, Arkadie Zidas, Cecile Bally, and the collectives Breakfast Club and T.E.N.T. . Through his practice he aims to prioritise the spending of time with others as the primary site for generation of material for live performance.
Alistair Watts is a dancer and choreographer with experience as a set designer. He has a Masters in Architecture from the University of Sydney and is a graduate of BA Dance, Context and Choreography at HZT Berlin.
Joanna Leśnierowska is a choreography curator, visual dramaturge and performance-maker. From 2004-2020 she ran the first regular dance space/choreographic development center in Poznan, Poland, within Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk, intensively supporting the development of Polish dance artists. Since 2019 Joanna is curator of Acziun Susch – the Muzeum Susch program for choreographic reflection and research. Parallel to her curatorial work, Joanna pursues a practice as visual dramaturge and performance maker. She co-operates with choreographers, conceives own works and leads international collaboration projects in Europe and the Americas.
Eszter Gál is dancer, teacher and performer based in Budapest. She teaches at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, directs the Kontakt Budapest Studio and has organised the international improvisation festival Kontakt Budapest since 2002. Together with Peter Pleyer she has choreographed several pieces including “practice what you preach” (1998). She is a certified Skinner Releasing Technique teacher and a member of the mixed-ability dance company, Tánceánia in Budapest. Main focus of her interest is somatic based movement research (PhD level), improvisation in performance and community work for dance pedagogy.
Aleksandra Bory’s artistic practice moves between fields of choreography, cosmology and ecology. Her work addresses the human body, the environment, the earth and the universe, questioning what kind of choreography and dance takes place between them.
Aleksandra received a Master of Art and Science from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts in London in 2016; a BA in Contemporary Dance from CODARTS, University of the Arts in Rotterdam in 2009; she graduated from the National Ballet School in Lodz in 2003. Since fall 2021 she is graduating from a.pass Research program in Brussels.
Martin Sieweke works as a material researcher in Berlin and Brussels. Deconstructing and collaging given shapes, and researching on the overall ambiguity of materials, contexts and relational usage, is a main focus. The material’s basic features such as texture, weight or color have a strong impact on his artistic research. He is working collectively on set and costume projects in the field of performance and dance. Since autumn 2021 he joined the research cycle a.pass in Brussels. www.martinsieweke.com
Jette Büchsenschütz is a Berlin based dance-reseacher, writer and dramaturg interested in the notion of practice and the ambiguity of healing and care. After spending some years in China and a BA in Chinese studies from the Freie Universität Berlin, she worked as an intern and as a director’s assistant at the Berliner Ensemble and Deutsches Theater for Robert Wilson among others. She continued her studies with an MA in Dance Studies. Her texts have been published at Tanzschreiber, in PW-Magazine, Falter and transcript Verlag among others.
Magda Garlińska studied at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw at the Institute of Theatre Studies. In 2012 she graduated with a Master of Arts degree. She works as an accessibility manager for Jess Curtis Gravity and as a producer in the independent dance scene.
Michiel Keuper is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in fashion design. He values collaboration, sharing, interaction. He believes in the magic of improvisation when the sum becomes greater than its parts. More Info >
Mor Demer is a choreographer and dancer. She recently graduated from the ICI-CCN in Montpellier (F) with an MA in Choreography. Born and raised in Kibbutz Dvir, Israel, she started dancing at an early age and trained with Vertigo Dance Company from 2007 to 2010, and in 2010 with Ponderosa, P. O. R. C. H. Mor has collaborated with various choreographers including Meg Stuart, Tino Sehgal, Peter Pleyer and Anna Nowicka among many others. In 2021 her solo dance piece NEW REAR premiered in DOCK11. Mor’s current and long term research project, To Mend, is a choreographic field research in public space, which will also form the basis for her upcoming stage piece.
After some years as an actor in german theater, Peter Pleyer studied dance and choreography at the European Dance Development Center (EDDC) in the art academy in Arnhem/NL. More Info >
Marc Lohr is a weaver of sounds who plays and composes music for instruments, moving bodies and electronic machines. music with a strong focus on improvisation.