Moritz Frischkorn works as a choreographer and researcher within the contemporary performing arts. In his work, he looks for artistic practices that enable careful and speculative negotiations with the environment and thus allow for more than individual human expression. Since 2015, he researches social choreography of things within the graduate school ‘Performing Citizenship’. His newest work, ‘The Great Report’ (presented at Kampnagel in January 2020) looks at the relations between choreography and logistics. He has worked a.o. with Maria F. Scaroni, Martin Nachbar, Manon Santkin, Vladimir Miller (a.pass) and geheimagentur. (www.moritzfrischkorn.de)
Kathrin Dworatzek is a performer, musician, and filmmaker. Since graduating from drama school, she has been working as a freelancer and joined arms with the cobratheater.cobra network. In her artistic work, she is researching forms of expression on stage/camera that reveal the synergistic circumstances which may aid in the creation of a sense of equality amongst performers, situation and audience members alike. Currently, she is an art student at the Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg, finishing her masters in film with P. Danquart, and gives theatre and film workshops for kids and young adults. (www.katydworatzek.com)
Martina Kessel studied dance and dance pedagogy at the academies in Rotterdam and Essen and subsequently completed studies in cultural anthropology, Islamic studies and pedagogy at the University of Cologne. This was followed by positions as research assistant at the universities of Göttingen and Cologne. From 2003 to 2013 she worked at the tanzhaus nrw, where she directed the project “Take-off: Young Dance” as part of Tanzplan Deutschland and established the “Dance for Young Audiences” department. Since 2013 she has been working in Berlin as project manager of “ChanceTanz” and supports dance artistic projects with children and young people with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. She also works as a freelance dramaturg and consultant and curates, among other things, the Forum of Choreographers and Dancers for the Berliner Festspiele in the context of the Dance Meeting of Young People.
Dr. Claudia Fleischle-Braun headed the domain of dance and aesthetic movement education at the Institute for Sports and Movement Sciences of the University of Stuttgart (1978-2006). As a member of the executive team of the Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung (gtf) she was involved in various projects in the field of modern dance heritage as well as dance education research.
Claudia Feest is a respiration-, voice- and movement pedagogue as well as breath and body therapist, biologist, dancer, choreographer, co-founder and artistic director of the Tanzfabrik Berlin until 2003, networker for dance and others, co-founder and since 2006 board member of Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (DTD) and board member of Aktion Tanz – Bundesverband für Tanz in Bildung und Gesellschaft. 2006/07 Coordinator for the Hochschulübergreifende Zentrum Tanz – Pilotprojekt Tanzplan Berlin (HZT). Since 2007 she is a juror for Dance and Performing Arts in Berlin and nationwide. Teaching with a focus on breathing, movement and body perception at the HZT Berlin and the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (HfMDK) Frankfurt am Main, among others, as well as freelance work in her own practice and in Germany and abroad, too.
Marianne Bäcker was academic director at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and was responsible for teaching and research in the areas of Dance, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Circus Skills within the field of sport sciences. She represents the Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung in the domain of Dance Education.
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.
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.
Jason Beechey has been the Rector of the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden since 2006. Having trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg and the School of American Ballet in New York, he danced as a Soloist for the London City Ballet and then fifteen years with Charleroi/Danses in Belgium. Parallel to this, he was the Pedagogical Director for the Choreographic Centre of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, founded and ran his own studio, The Loft, and was the creator/coordinator of the D.A.N.C.E. Program under the Artistic Direction of Frédéric Flamand, William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor and Angelin Preljocaj. Joining the Prix de Lausanne as a Member of the Artistic Committee in 2009, he continues his involvement there and is also a regular jury Member for the Youth America Grand Prix.
Rosemary Helliwell is presently Acting Director of the Academy of Dance of the state funded Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts, having been previously the Deputy Head of the dance department under Prof. Birgit Keil. She has also been an active jury member of the Choreographic Center Heidelberg for several years. After studying dance in England at the Doreen Bird College and at the John Cranko School Stuttgart, she began her career as a dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet. After her first choreographic works for the young choreographers’ Noverre Society in Stuttgart, she went on to choreograph for Márcia Haydée and became resident choreographer of the Stuttgart Ballet. Rosemary Helliwell has also choreographed ballets for the London City Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre (Manchester), National Ballet of Finland, National Ballet of Peru, Irish National Ballet, City Contemporary Dance Company Hong Kong, Ballet Philipines (Manila), Ballet St. Gallen (Switzerland), Ballet of the City of Koblenz, Ballet of the National Theatre Mannheim, Ballet of the Kiel Opera House, Dance Foundation Birgit Keil, and for the Ballet of the Landestheater Coburg.