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ByMichaela Weinhauser

Colette Salder

Colette Sadler is a Scottish dancer, choreographer and multi-disciplinary artist.

Trained firstly in Classical Ballet she later graduated from the Laban Centre London. Sadler’s work has been shown in numerous International dance contexts and in the visual arts, including, Tanz Im August BerlinSouth Bank Centre LondonPerformatik Festival Kaai Theatre BrusselsLes Latitudes Contemporaines France & Tokyo Festival. In 2024 she will premiere a new work The Violet Hour at Hebbel Am Ufer theatre Berlin and in 2025 Sadler will collaborate with Alexander Schubert on a new work for Berlin Philharmoniker. 

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Gigi Hyatt
ByMichaela Weinhauser

Gigi Hyatt

Gigi Hyatt received her training in Berlin, with Tatiana Gsovsky and in Munich with Konstanze Vernon. In 1982, Gigi Hyatt won Gold in the Junior Division of The Jackson International Ballet Competition and in the same year joined The Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier. In 1984 she was honored with the Wilhelm Oberd√∂rffer Award and in 1985 was named ¬ĽBest Young Dancer¬ę by Ballett International. In Hamburg Gigi Hyatt was fortunate to dance in many ballets choreographed by John Neumeier and created numerous roles. In 1997, ending her career on stage, she moved to the USA, where she was teacher, ballet mistress and then Artistic Director at the Georgia Ballet. Gigi Hyatt returned to Hamburg in 2013 as Deputy Director of The School of The Hamburg Ballet.

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ByMichaela Weinhauser

Elisabeth Bell

From Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Elisabeth Bell began dance at an early age receiving scholarships at The Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York before completing her B.F.A. at Butler University in Indiana, USA Cum Laude. She went on to dance professionally at the Dayton Ballet and Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco!). Before completing a Masters of Law and Business at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, her engagements included Staatstheater Cottbus, The Lion King (Hamburg) and the international tour of CATS. Elisabeth has been working as Assistant to the Managing Coordinator of The School of the Hamburg Ballet since 2022 and coordinator of school outreach projects since 2023.

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ByMichaela Weinhauser

Stephan Brinkmann

Professor of Contemporary Dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts Essen. Dancer, choreographer, dance teacher and dance scholar. Studied dance at the Folkwang University, theatre, film and television studies, German studies and sociology at the University of Cologne and additional studies in dance pedagogy at the Folkwang University. Dancer at the Folkwang Dance Studio and the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. Own choreographies and international teaching activities for contemporary dance. Doctorate in movement studies at the University of Hamburg. Topic: Forms of memory in dance. Publication: Remembering movement. Forms of memory in dance (2013). Head of the Institute for Contemporary Dance at Folkwang University of the Arts since 2018.

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ByMichaela Weinhauser

Jakub Truszkowski

Jakub Truszkowski began his dance training in 1987 at the State Ballet School in Gdansk, where he graduated in 1996 and performed several pieces at the Gdansk Opera House. In 1996 he was accepted into Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s P.A.R.T.S. school. In 1999 he joined the Rosas company. Here he danced in Drumming, Mozart/Concert Arias, Mikrokosmos and participated in the creation of In Real Time, Rain, April Me, Repertory Evening, Bitches Brew, Kassandra and The six Brandenburg Concertos. In 2008, he joined the ensemble Les Ballets C de la B, danced in Import Export and participated in the creation of Ashes. Between 2013 and 2015, he was programme coordinator at P.A.R.T.S. As a teacher, he worked with P.A.R.T.S., De Theaterschool Amsterdam, the Folkwang University of the Arts and the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, among others, and Jakub Truszkowski rehearsed works for Rosas, the Op√©ra de Lyon, P.A.R.T.S., the Op√©ra de Paris and the Companhia Nacional de Bailado. In 2019, he choreographed the Broadway musical West Side Story by Ivo van Hove. His own creations include: Solo For The Projector, Bodyscapes, Memory Reset, White Noise, Dzisiaj Wszystko, TotoTo and Vibration of a Single String.

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ByMichaela Weinhauser

Anna Esser

Parallel to her high school graduation, Anna Esser completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the Ballet-Academy the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. After that she danced with Alberta Ballet II. She graduated from the Heinrich-Heine-University in D√ľsseldorf with a Master of Science in Psychology. She is currently completing her further training as a psychological psychotherapist and works as a psychologist at the LVR hospital in Essen. On a self-employed basis, she teaches the Gyrotonic¬ģ method at the Ballett am Rhein, among other places. Since 2021, she has been part of the¬†pedagogical concept¬†of the Munich Ballet Academy in psychological workshops for dance students. In 2013, she received a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation) through the artist promotion and has since been supported on her further educational path. From December 2022 she will be researching stress factors and psychological interventions in dance cohorts as a research associate at the University of Duisburg Essen.

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ByMichaela Weinhauser

Luca Giacomo Schulte

born in Wattenscheid, studied fine art at the D√ľsseldorf/M√ľnster Art Academy. As a visual artist, he has been an artistic collaborator, set designer and actor in Raimund Hoghe‚Äės plays since 1992.

After his sudden death in 2021, he and dancers from the Raimund Hoghe company developed the homage An Evening with Raimund, which was shown at DANCE Munich last year. Another production in the spirit of a living artistic archive is being prepared for 2025 together with Ornella Balestra, Emmanuel Eggermont and Takashi Ueno.

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ByMichaela Weinhauser

Katja Schneider

Prof. Dr. Katja Schneider teaches dance studies at HfMDK Frankfurt. She received her PhD for an interdisciplinary thesis on play wright Christian Kr√ľger in 1996 and habilitated in 2013 with her work Tanz und Text. Figurationen von Sprache und Bewegung at the department for theatre studies at LMU Munich at which she also was affiliated as research assistant. From 1992 to 2012 she worked as a critic for the S√ľddeutsche Zeitung as well as reporting for Deutschlandfunk radio. She was also editor at the journals tanzdramatanzjournal and tanz between 1992 and 2012, and has been working as a dramaturg for the Munich DANCE festival. She is a founding member of tanznetz.deAccess to Dance and Fokus Tanz/Tanz und Schule.

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ByMichaela Weinhauser

Martina Räther

 After studying to be a teacher at the Humbold University in Berlin and passing the 2nd state examination for the office of teacher in a professional subject, Martina Räther has been the acting headmaster of the Berlin State Ballet and Artistic School sinceAugust 1, 2020.

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ByMichaela Weinhauser

Jan Linkens

Royal Conservatoire The Hague

Jan Linkens, born in Maastricht/Netherlands, received his dance education at the Dance Department of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague/Netherlands. In 1977 he joined the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam to work there for almost 17 years as a dancer and later also as a choreographer and ballet master. He made his first choreography in 1979 und has created more than 60 ballets. From 1994 to 1999 Jan Linkens was Artistic Director and resident choreographer of the Tanztheater der Komischen Oper in Berlin/Germany, jointly together with Marc Jonkers. After 1999 he worked as a freelance guest choreographer and ballet teacher with many companies around the world. He became director of Royal Conservatoire Dance in 2014.

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