Isaac Spencer is a dancer, teacher, rehearsal director and choreographer. He danced with Cullberg Ballet, Gothenburg Opera Dance Company, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Juilliard School. Since 2011, he has been active in independent dance scenes throughout Germany and Sweden as dancer, choreographer, and mentor. He teaches dance and leads workshops for professional dance companies and universities throughout Europe and was rehearsal director at Norrdans in Sweden for two seasons. He is currently acting professor for dance at the HfMDK in Frankfurt.
Parvathi Ramanathan is a dancer, researcher and writer who has early morning affairs with poetry. In her sensed and written work, she is curious about the body’s relationship with manifested and layered identities. She holds an MPhil in Theatre and Performance Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Parvathi was a core member of Gati Dance Forum where she led the creation and publication of Tilt Pause Shift: Dance Ecologies in India
Nicola van Straaten is a South African artist, writer and performer who works across multiple mediums with a background in Western classical and contemporary dance. She completed an MA in Solo/Dance/Authorship in 2019 and currently works as a freelance artist in Berlin. She is concerned with the ways in which belief shapes practice and approaches the body/bodies as sites for confronting and transforming inherited imperial contracts.
Prof. Jens Weber was born in Berlin, where he completed his dance studies at the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin. After graduation, he joined the ballet company of the State Opera Berlin. In 1998, he was appointed principal dancer by director Michaël Denard. Weber has performed with numerous international ballet companies, including Ballet Zurich, Queensland Ballet (Australia), Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and Morphoses in NYC. Additionally, he studied acting in NYC, Los Angeles and Berlin. During and after his active dance career, Weber taught ballet classes at the Architanz Studio in Tokyo, the Peridance Capezio Center in New York and the Center of Dance in Berlin. In recent years he has been engaged as ballet master at the Staatstheater Augsburg and the Theater Plauen Zwickau. He is a constant guest teacher with Theater Koblenz and the Friedrichstadtpalast Berlin. Weber completed his studies as a dance pedagogue at the Centre National de Danse in Paris and the Palucca Hochschule in Dresden. In Sept. 2021 Jens Weber was appointed Professor for Classical Dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts.
Zuzana Žabková is doing art, dance, and choreography in the frame of performance, video, and installation. She pokes failing utopias and really likes to move as a reptile. She works alone and together with friends on platform bjornsonova. Zuzana holds M.A. in Academy of Fine Arts and Dance Academy in Bratislava, Slovakia, M.A. program Choreography in Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen, Germany and postmaster in Collective Research program in Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm.
Anne Juren (b. 1978, Grenoble) is a choreographer, dancer, and Feldenkrais practitioner. She lives and works in Vienna. In 2003, she co-founded the Wiener Tanz- und Kunstbewegung association. Juren’s choreographic works and artistic research have been shown worldwide in theatres, festivals, museums, and art venues. Since 2013, Juren is a Feldenkrais® practitioner. Between 2014 and 2018, she was a member of the Artistic Committee of the Master Programme in Choreography at DOCH in Stockholm. Recently, she finished her PhD at the Stockholm University of the Arts under the supervision of André Lepecki and Sandra Noeth.
Rémy Héritier was born in France in 1977. He lives in Paris. Since 2005 he has created successively Arnold versus Pablo (duet), Archives (sextet) domestiqué coyote (solo), Atteindre la fin du western (quintet), Dispositions (solo), Chevreuil (quintet), Facing the sculpture (quartet), une étendue (quartet), Percée Persée (duo), Another version and Here, then (with Marcelline Delbecq).In these different pieces, Rémy Héritier involves in his choreographic writing the reoccurrence of temporal, spatial strata in places, developing the depth of the past to reach the present. This archaeological excavation in a given context, his personal history of dance as well as that of his collaborators, enables him to shift towards notions linked to other disciplines such as intertextuality, re-enactment or the Third landscape, and thereby to convoke a new poetics of gesture.
Laurent Pichaud is a choreographer and dance performer, artistic director of x-sud art/site (www.x-sud.info), and guest artist-researcher in the Dance department of Paris 8 University. Laurent’s process, both as a creator and researcher, centers around the use of choreographic gesture outside of traditional artistic or stage-oriented contexts. His work has two premier focal points. The first largely comprises site-specific practices and community projects created with non-dancer inhabitants. The second is his multifaceted collaboration with Deborah Hay, and by extension his interest in Dance history as a material and tool to study how composition functions for both documentation and transmission in the choreographic process. He has created the Choreographic Games with Rémy Héritier in 2013 as a platform to extend this two focal points.
Jasmine Ellis is a Canadian choreographer and film director based in Munich. A graduate of the Etobicoke School of the Arts, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the Codarts Rotterdam Conservatory, she has been a professional performer and choreographer since 2006. Ellis does commissioned work at a national and international level, and her free productions regularly receive funding. Her artistic approach is founded on a multidisciplinary combination of movement, body language, text and music, weaving together humour, vulnerability and familiarity to create unexpected worlds. Ellis is a prizewinning film director and artistic director at the Bad Posture Productions film company. As an active member of Munich’s freelance dance scene, she runs the Bad Lemons Project, which aims to foster a vibrant, collaborative community of dancers in Munich through professional training, exchange, and research projects.
Matteo Carvone is an Italian choreographer and dancer based in Munich. He graduated from Milan’s DanceHaus in 2007 and has danced in and collaborated on creations by choreographers including: Alexander Ekman/Orionteatern, Jo Strømgren Kompani Oslo, Karl Alfred Schreiner/State Theatre on Gärtnerplatz, Marco Goeke, Robin Olryn, Michael Keegan-Dolan, William Forsythe, Emanuel Gat, Benoît Lachambre, Wayne McGregor, Ismael Ivo and many others. Carvone is in search of the kind of performance that brings together dance, voice and audiovisual installations in equal measure. His pieces have been performed at a number of places, including the Philharmonie in the Gasteig and the State Theatre on Gärtnerplatz in Munich as well as at the Venice Biennale.