Agata Siniarska

Agata Siniarska works in the field of extended choreography. She places her practice between how we think about the world and how we move in it. It is a place where somatics and politics intersect – a place where body perception meets social engagement – between somatic and environmental landscapes, between human and non-human bodies. Agata’s present research explores the idea of an Anthropocene museum, multi-species archives in the time of extinction and various human and non-human alliances.


Photo: Małgorzata Siniarska

Alice Chauchat

Alice Chauchat ponders in practice on politics and ethics of togetherness by dancing, choreographing, teaching and writing, in and outside dance studios. 2010-12 she co-directed les laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, 2017-20 she was a guest professor at HZT Berlin, 2017-18 guest professor at JLU Giessen. Since 2018 seminar mentor for DASchoreography Amsterdam. Since 2014 her work “Togethering” takes the form of dance scores whose practice and performance process the knowledge and complexity of collaborative practices, or simply being in the world with other people, into choreographic forms.


Photo: Yves Mettler

Angela Alves

Angela Alves lives as a choreographer in Berlin and identifies as a crip artist. Her artistic practice focuses on political dimensions of the unavailable body and explores its transformative potency in classist and ableist pre-structured spaces. Alves translates access into performative formats and questions perceptions of “healthy” and “sick”. She studied dance at ArtEZ (NL) and dance theory at Freie Universität Berlin. | Instagram

Dramaturgy: Agnieszka Habraschka

Photo: Marlene Pfau


Anna Natt

Anna Natt received their training in traditional flamenco dance in Seville, Spain. Their stage performances, video works and interactive pieces have been shown internationally in theaters as well as galleries and alternative spaces. Beyond their dance training, they draw inspiration from various somatic and contemporary practices. In this way, they seeks to develop a deeper understanding of the body and its nuances. A connection to trance and dream states is also a central theme in their work.


Photo: Alex Forge

Anna Nowicka

Anna Nowicka is a choreographer and dancer working with dreams and embodied imagination. She aims at unfolding the body into a resourceful, alive, ever flowing entity, able to be responsive and present. Anna wrote her practice-based PhD on the topic of embodied awareness as the foundation for being present at the Polish Film School in Łódź. Her most recent performance: “This Is The Real Thing (VR)” premiered on the 8th of January 2023 in DOCK11 Berlin. Currently, she is developing “The opening”, a series of works engaging real time with dreams of the audience. | Instagram

Music composer: Jasmine Guffond

Photo: Marta Ankiersztejn


We are energy
That constantly moves

Within stillness
Hiding happiness

I feel it flow
It is beautiful

We are eternal
Outside the body
My soul is dancing

Photo: Mizzi

Camilla Malenchini

Camilla is an Argentinian choreographer and artist based in Berlin. Her artistic practice crosses diverse media; from choreography and sculpture to digital media and curating. Her work starts at the body and questions imagination as danger and possibility today. She completed her studies in Choreography at HZT. Her work has been presented at HAU, DOCK 11, Centro Cultural Konex, Arqueologias del Futuro among others. She’s currently working in collaboration with artists Marga Alfeiráo, Layton Lachman and the T.E.N.T. collective.


Photo: Personal

Candas Bas/Dorky Park

Candas Bas is a choreographer and performance artist originally from Istanbul who lives and creates in Berlin. Her work consists of an investigation of human psychology through a socio-cultural perspective. Her choreographic research is based on the boundaries of human anatomy, creation of raw movement and the exploration of its transformation through time and space. | Instagram

Candas Bas/Dorky Park’s music is composed by Magna Pia

Photo: Claude Hofer

Chartreuse Coleman

Chartreuse is a dancer/performer/artist based in Berlin. She is originally from Texas but spent much time on the West Coast in the US (San Francisco and Seattle) studying and making dance. She relocated to Berlin five years ago, and in doing so radically shifted her process as an artist. As she navigates transitioning, her artistic work has focused towards care, mutual aid, and sisterhood* for queers and trans femmes. The strongest influences on her practice come from Radical Faerie ritual/culture and Ballroom (in which she is an active part of the Berlin kiki scene).


Photo: J_XIYA.ZH

Christina Ciupke

Christina Ciupke lives and works as a choreographer/performer in Berlin. She develops projects in cross-media collaborations with, among others, the choreographers Nik Haffner, Mart Kangro, Jasna L. Vinovrški and Ayşe Orhon, the dramaturge Igor Dobričić, the composer Boris Hauf and the sociologist Anke Strauß. Specific situations arise in which proximity and distance, intimacy, time and the relationship between audience and performer are constantly negotiated. Since 2020 she has been working with the performance/visual artist Darko Dragičević on the projects Silent Trio and Take me somewhere nice.

Artist: Christina Ciupke
Concept: Christina Ciupke & Darko Dragičević 
Photo: Leandra Hardt

Christoph Winkler

Christoph Winkler is known as one of Germany’s most diverse choreographers. His work spans a broad spectrum of formats and topics, ranging from the deeply personal to the highly political. In his work, he consistently finds topics that are entirely congruous with his artform while also addressing the controversial issues affecting society today. | Instagram

Photo: Cayo Vieria

Claire Vivianne Sobottke

Claire Vivianne Sobottke (*1982 D/F) is a choreographer and performer. Her work explores the body as turbulent accumulation of concepts, histories, trauma, memories, projections, identities and magic. The voice is therein political tool and poetic phenomenon. Her work includes “strange songs” (2016), “Velvet” (2019), “à mort” (2023), “Full Body Frontal” (2022), “WE BODIES’” (2019). She curated “Songs for Love and Rage” (2018) “Amazonas” (2017) and “Softscores” (2021). Claire develops strategies to subvert objectification and hierarchy through a playful sexuality, sensuality and collectivity.


Photo:Dajana Lothert

Claudia Feest

Claudia Feest is a qualified biologist, breathing and movement trainer, dancer, and choreographer. She was a co-founder of Tanzfabrik Berlin, where she was artistic director until 2003, and an initiator of TanzNacht Berlin, of which she was artistic director until 2004. As well as giving freelance elementary breathing and movement instruction, she teaches body perception in Germany and abroad and at various colleges. She was co-founder of Dachverband Tanz Deutschland and a board member until late 2021.

Thanks to Rolf Lieberknecht

Photo: Rolf Lieberknecht

Clément Layes

Clément Layes’ work focuses on the agency of things in the Capitaloscene. Lately, moving outside of the theater with Aimé C. Songe, he created River 1, a performance on a rowing boat, shown daily in the summers of 2022 and 2023. Since 2010, his works, combining dance, philosophy, and visual art, were presented in numerous venues across Europe and North America. A critical reflection on theater led him to co-create the PIP studio at the Flutgraben in Berlin, where he has co-hosted events and residencies since 2014. Layes regularly teaches at art colleges and gives workshops. | Instagram

Photo: Mayra Wallraff

Colette Sadler

Colette Sadler is a Scottish/German choreographer and multi-disciplinary artist based in Berlin. Since 2007, Sadler’s work has been shown in numerous international dance contexts and in the visual arts, including Tanz im August, Internationales festival Berlin, Impulstanz Vienna, South Bank Centre London, KaaiTheatre Brussels, British Art Show, Latitudes Contemporaines France, OGR Turin, Goethe*Morph Iceland/Nordic House Reykjavik and Tokyo Festival. Her latest work “ORACLE LEAVES- Portraits of Daphne”, co-produced by Tramway Glasgow, was shown at EBENSPERGER Berlin supported by HAU Berlin. | Instagram

Photo: Elena Rieser

David Bloom

David Bloom is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, father, filmmaker, pianist, bodyworker, and fermenting Jewish mystic. He has danced at Staatstheater Darmstadt, and has collaborated on projects by Tino Sehgal, Nir de Volff/Total Brutal, Micha Purucker, Ingo Reulecke & Lukas Matthaei, Felix Ruckert, Akemi Nagao, Martin Nachbar, and Michael Turinsky.
David was a 2012 danceWEB scholar. His dance film trilogy Sex & Space was screened internationally. His choreography has also been shown at Tanzfabrik Berlin, Dock11 Berlin, La Fête du Slip in Lausanne, and at the Stockholm Dance Film Festival.


Photo: Dieter Hartwig

Dieter Heitkamp

Dieter Heitkamp became Professor of Contemporary Dance at HfMDK in Frankfurt am Main in 2001, where he was dance department head until 2023, and a director of Tanzlabor_21, 2006-15. 1978-98 he was a dancer, choreographer, educator, organizer, and author of 18 full-length pieces at Tanzfabrik. He also created choreographies for Ballett Frankfurt and Le Disperazioni del Signor Pulcinella by H.W. Henze (Staatsoper Berlin) as well as for theatre projects. His works have been shown across Germany and in 14 European countries, Canada, the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Vietnam and Russia.


Photo: Maciej Rusinek

Djibril Sall

Djibril Sall is a Berlin-based choreographer who received his BA in Dance from Wesleyan University. His most recent work, evening.haiku, premiered at Sophiensaele as a part of the 31st Tanztage Festival and was chosen for inclusion into the 2022 [8:Tension] Young Choreographers Series at ImPulsTanz International Vienna Dance Festival. He will present a short performance for Tanz im August. | Instagram

Photo: Djibril Sall

Dominique Tegho

Dominique Tegho is a choreographer and dancer from Lebanon based in Berlin. She is interested in the body as a site for representation and reference, as a physical intervention, and dance as its tool for transformation. Her research currently focuses on unearthing new ecologies through choreographic practices. Blurring the border between fiction and reality, she questions geologies and geographies of power. She often perceives the performative space as an uncharted territory that provides possibilities of recomposing life together, making new sorts of kin in hard times. She recently completed her MA in Choreography at HZT Berlin.


Photo: Joana Lucas

Elisabete Finger

Brazilian choreographer and performer. Her creations investigate the materiality and anatomy of bodies and things, exposing textures, densities, forms, and fluids in situations that explore the borders between delight and disturbance. Through the contact-collision of different materials, she experiments logics guided by sensations and eroticisms, which often rub against meanings and social or cultural expectations. She took part in the Essais Program at CNDC Angers/FR and was in the MA SODA at UdK/HZT. Finger is currently a fellow of Weltoffenes Berlin in a partnership Radialsystem/Tanzfabrik. | Instagram

Photo: Debby Gram

Emmilou Roessling

Emmilou Roessling works with choreography and sculpture. Her practice evolves around questions concerning representation and perception often striving towards different forms of camouflage. Recent performance pieces include Copernicus Drift (2022) The Fraternity (2020) and Fluff (2019), presented in different contexts like WIELS Brussels, Judson Church New York, Kunstverein Moabit, Sophiensaele Berlin, Impulstanz Vienna, Arsenic Lausanne, Beursschouwburg Brussels, Mousonturm FFM and Frankfurter Kunstverein. She studied dance and choreography in Gießen and Amsterdam, and fine arts at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. | Instagram

Photo: Personal

Felix Mathias Ott

Choreographer and set designer Felix M. Ott creates works that not only shift the spectator’s sensory perception of objects and entities but also take entire systems of thought to absurd extremes. The metamorphic movement element has become an unmistakeable feature of his work: Using simple stage devices and interleaving various fields of experience, he creates impressive images while avoiding secrecy. This transparency generates a resonance chamber which encourages audiences to look inward and raises universal questions but never gives simple answers. | Instagram

Photo: Dieter Hartwig

Gabriele Reuter

Gabriele Reuter is a freelance artist, dancer and urbanist, working at the interface of choreography, dance communication and urban research. She realizes and shows her art, audio tours and participatory interventions in the context of many international co-productions. She has been a performer and teacher of movement, improvisation and spatial theory in a diverse range of contexts in and beyond dance for over 20 years. She has run the Tanzfabrik’s workshops with Christa Flaig-Isaacs for 10 years and been a board member of Tanzfabrik Berlin e.V. since January 2022. | Instagram

Sound: Doob
Hair & Make-up: Joyce Zuijdwegt (J.z.Artistry)

Photo: Steffen Rüttinger

Gisela Müller

Gisela Müller studied contemporary dance in Paris, Amsterdam (SNDO) and New York. She was a member of various dance companies and founded The Move Company in 1992. Since 2004 she has been a board member, artistic director, and head of education at Tanzfabrik Berlin. 2006-2020 she was associate professor at HZT Berlin, in charge of the BA programme. She has been an active member of the Eastern European network Nomad Dance Academy since 2012. Since 2017 she has collaborated with musicians Gebrüder Teichmann, with whom she was artist in residence on the EU project Life Long Burning 2021/22.

Photo: Valerie Lanciaux

Hana Lee Erdman

Hana Lee Erdman is an artist, teacher and researcher working within the field of dance and choreography. Her work is presented internationally in a variety of contexts and spans a wide range of disciplines; namely dance, performance, social choreography, installation, video sound and music. She studied Art History at UCLA and has a Masters Diploma in Dance and Authorship from HZT, Universität der Künste Berlin. | Instagram

Photo: Louise Dahl

Hermann Heisig

Hermann Heisig was born in 1981 in Leipzig, where he became interested in contemporary dance in the late 1990s. His works display an idiosyncratic movement language that defies efficiency and creates sparks from moments of losing control.
In cooperation with the artist, author and filmmaker Anna Zett, Hermann devised the game format Resonanz – Postsozialistische Gruppenimprovisation in 2020-21 and in 2021 initiated FORTUNA, a self-organized space at the interface of choreographic research and community work. | Instagram

Photo: Thomas Porksch

Ingo Reulecke

After training in contemporary dance, Reulecke studied choreography at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts (HFS) in Berlin.  He has received several awards for his choreographies and shown them at numerous festivals in Germany and abroad. From 2006-2013 Reulecke was head of the dance department at HFS. From 2006-2012 he sat on the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT) board of directors in Berlin. For many years, Reulecke’s art has focussed primarily on real-time compositions with live music.

Photo: Roberto Duarte

Ixchel Mendoza Hernández

Ixchel Mendoza Hernández is a Mexican freelance choreographer, performer/dancer based in Berlin. She completed her choreography and dance studies at Artez Arnheim in 2007. From 2013 till 2015 she had been engaged at the MA SoDA, HZT in Berlin. Her research is based on a phenomenon she calls “Visual Ghost”, an awareness of perception that continuously transforms or evolves: Living in a world in which the materialised and visible is intertwined with the immaterial and the invisible, “Visual Ghost” explores how the invisible and immaterial can come into presence through senses; experiencing them. | Instagram

Concept and performance: Ixchel Mendoza Hernández
Text extracts: “Áqua Viva” by Clarice Lispector
Sound composition: Hyewon Suk
Photo: Christian Knörr

Jasna L. Vinovrški

Jasna L. Vinovrški is a performer and choreographer. Raised in Zagreb, since the collapse of Yugoslavia she has lived and worked abroad. After completing her training, she worked for twelve years as a performer with various choreographers. In 2008 she moved to Berlin, where she and her partner Clément Layes set up the company Public in Private; in this context, they closely cooperate to create works in each of their respective, idiosyncratic styles. Alongside her artistic work, she is active in organizing alternative performance platforms such as 3AM, Montag Modus and Flutgraben Performances. | Instagram

Photo: Dieter Hartwig

jee chan

jee chan is an artist and choreographer whose practices often examine the potential of the displaced body and what it can perform, driven by their research concerning ancestral epistemologies and oral histories. Their artistic language is defined by a rigorous transdisciplinary style. As a leitmotif in their work, the sea has evoked themes of migration, memory, grief and transformation to address deep historical violence, particularly through the lens of island Southeast Asia. | Instagram

Photo: Personal

Jen Rosenblit

Jen Rosenblit (1983. USA) makes performances based in Berlin after many years in New York City, surrounding architectures, bodies, text, and ideas concerned with problems that arise inside of agendas for togetherness. Rosenblit is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, a recipient of a 2014 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award and has collaborated with artists including Simone Aughterlony, Miguel Gutierrez, A.K.Burns and Philipp Gehmacher. | Instagram

Photo: Ink Agop

Jess Curtis

Jess Curtis is an award-winning choreographer, director and performer committed to making performances informed by experimentation, innovation and social relevance. Based in Berlin and San Francisco since 2000. His trans-continental performance company, Gravity has premiered 13 full-length productions and numerous shorter works with co-producers in the U.S. and Europe, performing in over 70 cities in 15 countries. Curtis is active internationally as a writer, advocate and community organizer in the fields of contemporary dance, performance and accessibility. | Instagram

Photo: Sven Hagolani

Julie Carrere

Julie Carrere (she/they) is a dancer living in Berlin, originally from France. Julie’s early artistic education focused on Ballet, and she graduated from the Paris Regional Conservatory in 2017. After two years working with the Contemporary Dance Company Elephant in the Black Box in Madrid and some first experiences in the performance field, she moved to Berlin to work as an independent artist. Recently, Julie focused on solo and collaborative processes and research. Their current themes of investigation are gender performances, internet and pop culture, and cyberpunk fiction. | Instagram

Photo: Sara Lovering Scott

Kadir Memiş

Kadir [ amigo ] Memiş – is a dancer, choreographer. He grew up in a small village in Anatolia and moved to Berlin in 1984. He found his way into hip-hop culture and breakdance and has since become well-known for combining hip-hop with other elements, such as traditional Turkish folk dance. In addition to dance productions, Memiş has participated in several exhibitions exploring interfaces of street art, aerosol culture, and hip hop. He has been producing calligraphy for over 32 years, and the precision he learned as a technical draftsman is reflected in both his movements and his art. | Instagram

Photo: Linda Rosa

Kalil Bat

Born in France, with an Afro-Creole background, Kalil Bat is a freelance dancer and performer currently based in Berlin.
He is a trained Contemporary dancer and pole-dancer, and is also currently enrolled in a full-time Dance education while still pursuing his artistic career.


Photo: Fabio

Kareth Schaffer

Kareth Schaffer practices an extended concept of choreography: among other things she has scrutinized prophecies, mudwrestling, thrillers, the Stations of the Cross, synchronized swimming, foley, Angela Merkel, emojis, ancient monastic practices, and birdwatching in her dance pieces. She’s a graduate of HZT and University Utrecht, Pina Bausch Fellow, former ztb board member, artistic director of Construction Company ( and current member of CRUSH (


Photo: John Senter

Karol Tyminski

Karol Tyminski is a Polish, Berlin-based choreographer and performer. His work stems from explorations of materiality of human body and its surrounding. Seeing the potential in equilibrating the statuses of both, he dissolves the human into agglomerate of things. In that way he questions not only the culturally imposed idea of self but also opens up possibilities of relating to the world. His cross-matter sexual acts and music compositions (experienced via touch) speak of altered ways of relating to things, such as urban environment (Heavy Weight holding Body) or Ocean (Water Sports). | Instagram

Photo: Joana Lucas

Kasia Wolinska

Kasia Wolinska is a dancer, choreographer and writer. In her dance practice she is interested in studying techniques, forms, rhythms and grooves, stories and flows; working with visual and affective dimensions of dancing. Within the realm of work across performing, choreographing and writing she understands dance as autonomous art, a phenomenon of cultural and political relevance to the world(s). As a choreographer she is interested in creation of the multidisciplinary spaces for performance and close collaboration with musical performers and material. | Instagram

Photo: Sven Gutjahr

Katja Münker

Dance | Choreography | Feldenkrais | Artistic Research | Walking Art  Performance projects, performative walks, somatic-artistic research, as well as publications on the connection between choreographic and somatic practices, on walking as artistic practice, and on embodied cognition & agency. Teaching at the Somatic Academy Berlin. Artistic research & projects with AREAL_artistic research lab, Gabriele Brandstetter, Hamish Fulton, Ludger Orlok & Ingo Reulecke among others. Co-curation of Take Us for a Walk Symposium 2014 & BODY IQ Festival 2015-2017. |

Funded by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.

Photo: Andrea Keiz

Kevin Bonono

Kevin B, performer artist and choreographer based in Berlin. He started his artistic formation by investigating the field of dance and performing art. Through his anthropological work, he aims to create a vocabulary unfolding in natural expression and flaws of the human body in which context plays a major role. Topics such as Femininity in a »man’s body«, social pressure, stereotype, post-colonialism, mental triggers related to Trauma, and instinctive real-time response are often questioned in his work.


Photo: Personal

Layton Lachman

Layton Lachman is a USAmerican artist based in Berlin. They create performances rooted in somatics, channelling experiential practices into immersive, sensorially complex worlds. Layton is committed to practice centered on group study and collective authorship — with the understanding that we are always collaborating with those who come before, after, and with us. Their practice includes staged works, films, one-on-one encounters, installations, and audio/performative tours. Additionally, Layton is an independent curator / host, most recently working in the context of Lotto Royale NYC. | Instagram

Composition: Samuel Hertz

Photo: Alexa Vachon

Lea Moro

Lea is active in the arts field as a choreographer, curator, and project manager. She has realized choreographic projects for a national and international – often young – audience since 2013, and established the platform Work ist Out. Alongside completing her studies at the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT), in 2018/19 she trained in Systemic Organization Consulting at artop – Humboldt University Berlin and in 2019/20 took part in the Curating in the Scenic Arts programme at the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg. Since 2019 she has worked as a production dramaturge at Tanzhaus Zürich. |

Photo: Dorothea Tuch

Lee Méir

Lee Méir is a Jerusalem born, Berlin based freelance choreographer, performer and costume designer. Her works vary from solos to collective formats, always based on her understanding of art primarily as a meeting point between ideas, people and craft. Her pieces are presented internationally in platforms such as: Tanz im August Berlin, Brighton Festival, Diver Festival Tel-Aviv, Heidelberg Tanzbiennale, Tanzquartier Vienna a.o. Méir is a recipient of the Pina Bausch Fellowship 2019 in cooperation with L’Ecole des Sables in Senegal. | Instagram

Photo: Gretchen Blegen

Lina Gómez

Lina Gómez is a Colombian choreographer, dancer and teacher based in Berlin. She received a MA in Choreography at the HZT-Berlin and a BA in Dance and Theatre from the Catholic University of São Paulo. Lina worked as a dancer with Yoshiko Chuma, Tino Sehgal, Edson Fernandes and Jorge Garcia, among others. She develops her choreographic work since 2009, recently was awarded the Einzelprojektförderung 2023, the Tanzpraxis 2020-21 by The Senate Department for Culture and Europe, the Resonancias Residency Programm (GI – IF) in Chile and the Villa Kamogawa Residency Programm (GI) in Japan, among others.


Photo: Ruppert Bohle

Litó Walkey

Litó Walkey (GR/CAN) is a Berlin-based artist whose work operates collaboratively through writing and choreography. Performance and publishing projects have been developed with The Reading Edge Library, Weld Company and Fylkingen (Stockholm); BCN and MEZANNINE (Porto); Tanzfabrik and Labor Sonor (Berlin). She performed and taught internationally with Chicago-based performance group Goat Island and held a long-standing teaching position at HZT (Inter-University Center for Dance) Berlin. She is currently a PhD candidate in Performance Practices at Gothenburg University.

Photo: Ingeborg Zackariassen

Liz Rosenfeld

Liz Rosenfeld is an interdisciplinary artist who works in film/video, performance, and experimental writing practice. Liz addresses the sustainability of emotional and political ecologies in regard to the ways in which memory is queered. Liz’s work deals with flesh as a non-binary collaborative material, specifically focussing on the potentiality of physical abundance and excess, approaching questions regarding the responsibility and privilege of taking up space. Embracing an auto- theoretical style, Liz’s writing is rooted in questions that contend with how queer ontologies are rooted in variant hypocritical desire(s). | Instagram

Original sound: Shara Heshiimu

Photo: Christa Holka

Lois Alexander

Lois Alexander (United States) is a choreographer and dancer living in Berlin. She graduated from The Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2014 and since then has worked in companies and in the independent scene. Her choreography, Neptune is a part of the Aerowaves Twenty21 network and is a co-production of Sophiensaele and ICK Amsterdam. In 2021, she continued her collaboration with Sophiensaele with Yeye. The two-year process of Yeye culminated in a dance film, exchange, and live performance with funding from Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe. | Instagram

Photo: Chanel Kah Yin Liang

Makisig Akin

Choreographer. Dance Artist. Facilitator. Activist.
I am a queer, transgender Filipino born and raised in the Philippines. My artistic work focuses on strengthening the recognition of intersectional identities, reconnecting with my ancestry, and decentralizing Western ideologies in dance making. Since graduating from University of California Los Angeles with a Masters of Fine Arts in Choreography in June 2019, I use the platform of dance choreography to empower and engage with socio-political topics in the perspective of queer and BIPoC individuals. | Instagram

Photo: Tony Stewart

Manon Parent

Manon is a classically trained violinist, composer, dancer, and choreographer, living in Berlin. She has created her own pieces since 2013. She is a member of the Berlin collective BAG and plays music with Jean P’ark as the duo Machines for Calm Living. A multi-disciplinary artist, she has worked for K. Schaffer, R. Katz, S. Matis, J. van Dinther, S. Thiersch and M. Dorléans. She has toured internationally with several productions by I. Mandafounis, including the pieces “Sing the positions” and “Scarbo”, which she co-authored. Manon has worked as an associate at DFDC since September 2023. | Instagram

Songs written by PJ Harvey:
« A Child’s Question, August », « The Desperate Kingdom of Love », « When Under Ether – Demo », « Bitter Branches », « The Nightingale »
Performance developed with and supported by:
Alma Palacios, Alberica Bazzoni, Lauren Victoria Steel, Gyung Moo Kim.
Photo: Moo Kim

Marga Alfeirão

Marga Alfeirão uses media to carve safe spaces for the exploration of intimacy and sexuality through dance and performance. Heavily influenced by dance genres and sound textures from the African diaspora disseminated through Lisbon’s social tissue, she attempts an active claim of womanhood, making room for lesbian sensualities.
Her debut piece LOUNGE premiered in Tanztage 2023, a duet for two female bodies on sensuality and togetherness, co-created with Myriam Lucas, Mariana Benenge and Shaka Lion.
She has worked with choreographer Tamara Alegre (CI/CH) and is collaborating with Camila Malenchini (ARG/DE).


Photo: Can Toepffer

Maria F. Scaroni

Maria F. Scaroni is a dance artist and facilitator. She creates and interprets choreographic works rooted in improvisational practices and altered states of consciousness. Maria hosts workshops re-purposing post-modern dance legacies towards technologies for mutual empowerment, crossbreeding somatic practices and anti-oppression frameworks, storytelling and queer cosmologies, to bring somatic literacy in support of a culture of connection. Maria performs in Meg Stuart’s works, with whom she collaborates since 2009.

Photo: Dorothea Tuch

Martha Hincapié Charry

BIPoC Colombian artist, decolonial curator.
MA at the University of the Arts, UdK Berlin. Dance studies at the Folkwang-University Essen & HZT. Pina Bausch Fellow.
Her creations have been invited to Europe, Asia and the so-called Americas. She is director of Plataforma/SurReal Berlin Festival.
In her curatorial praxis she reflects on (de)coloniality processes. 2021/22 she was associate curator at Radialsystem Berlin.
She has created unlearning spaces for excluded BIPoC expressions, where the relationship between human/more-than-human & the visible with the invisible world, find a platform. | Instagram

Photo: Phil Dera

Martin Hansen

Martin Hansen is a Berlin-based choreographer working in theatre, gallery and screen contexts. Throughout their body of work, they seek to activate and unfold queer temporalities around the body and the economies that determine their (in)visibility.
In their practice, archives in the form of extant photography, film, video and GIF collections are used to critically explore memory and time, with ghosts recurring as generative figures and structures upon which individual works are built. Here, choreography acts as an organising principle between body, object, image, text, and place. | Instagram

Photo: Gretchen Blegen

Michael Kaddu

I am Ugandan dance Artivist, who uses dance to deal with issues that affect people socially, Politically and economically in the community. In my creative ideas and throughout the creative process curiosity and playfulness are guiding me. As an Artist from a traditional diverse background, I deconstruct movements to let the body create and transfer information, secrets and rhythms to build up the body’s own movement vocabulary. I have a decade and a half of experience in performing and teaching dance.

Photo: Catherin Kaddu

Michelle Moura

MICHELLE MOURA for several years she had explored strategies to generate psychological and physical changes in minimal pieces. Nowadays, she adds new layers to her work, interested in artificiality and dissociation of elements, she manipulates movement, expression, sound and speech. Her creations have been presented in international dance and performing arts festivals including Impulstanz (AU), Panorama (BR), La Biennale di Venezia (IT). As dancer, she has worked with Lea Moro (CH/DE), Wilhelm Groener (DE), Vincent Dupont (FR) among others. | Instagram

Photo: Dorothea Tuch

Milla Koistinen

Milla Koistinen has graduated from the Theatre Academy in Helsinki with MA in dance and from HZT Berlin with MA in choreography. Since 2008 she tours her own work internationally and teaches in various contexts. In 2020-2024, Milla Koistinen’s work is supported by apap – FEMINIST FUTURES – a project co-founded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.
Repetition, pedestrian elements, gestures, stillness and movement, order and chaos, shifting from real to imagined space, recognizable and everyday to the strange and poetic are central in her work. | Instagram

Music: Valikoski & Grégoire Simon

Photo: Tero Ahonen

Nir Vidan

Nir Vidan is a choreographer, performer and dramaturg, a graduate of HZT Berlin, moving between Berlin and Tel-Aviv-Jaffa. He perceives his projects and collaborations as social frames for encounters, critical thought and community building processes. His choreographic work deviates from the normative body, questions it, dismembers and re-members it into an ever-moving sculpture, a collision in slow-motion between a body and a gaze.


Photo: Dieter Hartwig

Olympia Bukkakis

Queen of the Heavens and of the Earth, Empress of Despair, and Architect of Your Eternal Suffering, Olympia Bukkakis is a drag queen, choreographer, moderator, and writer living and working in Berlin. She completed the SODA masters at the HZT in 2019. Since then, she has premiered a number of new works including, Gender Euphoria (2019), Work on Progress (2019), Under Pressures (2019), A Touch of the Other (2020), Too Much (2021), and replay (2023). Her practice is situated within, and inspired by, the tensions and intersections between queer nightlife and contemporary dance and performance. | Instagram

Photo: Ceren Saner


Perel (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work moves between dance, performance, and text, and explores issues of disability, care, sexuality, and historical trauma. Perel is a regular guest lecturer at HZT Berlin, as well as in many international universities. They received the prestigious Disability Futures Fellow award (2020-2022) from United States Artists, the Ford Foundation and the Mellon Foundation.


Photo: Michael Bause

Peter Pleyer

Peter Pleyer studied dance at the European Dance Development Center (EDDC) in Arnheim, Netherlands. A resident of Berlin since 2000, he has a strong interest in new methods of dance training and composition, placing a key emphasis on improvisation. In 2014 he resumed his choreographic work with the acclaimed solo “Ponderosa Trilogy” and group pieces “visible undercurrent” and “moving the mirror” (2015-21). With visual composer Michiel Keuper he co-founded “Cranky Bodies a/company” in 2020, showing the interdisciplinary dance/film/installation work “Terrestrial Transit” in 2022. | Instagram

Slow Rave Mix by marc lohr

Photo: Markéta Bendová

Raphael Moussa Hillebrand

Choreographer, dancer, curator and activist Raphael Moussa Hillebrand was born in 1982 in Hong Kong, has roots in Germany and West Africa, was raised in Berlin, and educated by hip hop. In June 2014 he completed a Master’s course in choreography at Universität der Künste – HZT Berlin. On the basis of this experience, he draws on his instinct for touching on socio-political issues and translating facets of cultures and identities and applies them to his choreographic works of hip hop dance-theatre. In 2020 he was awarded the German Dance Prize for his outstanding artistic development in dance. | Instagram

Photo: Dieter Hartwig

Ricardo de Paula

Afro-diasporic dancer and choreographer Ricardo de Paula has addressed issues of racism and decolonization for many years. Building on his knowledge of Brazilian folk dances, he started training in jazz and classical ballet at Harmonia Studio de Danças, Belo Horizonte, in 1987. He has performed as a dancer with groups including Grupo Corpo (Brazil), Zikzira Physical Theater (Brazil), DV8 Physical Theatre and at Staatstheater Kassel. In Berlin he has worked with Sasha Waltz and Felix Ruckert, among others. In 2006 he founded the intercultural dance collective Grupo Oito. | Instagram

Assistent: Martina Garbellis

Photo: Tito Casal

Rike Flämig

Rike Flämig is a performer and choreographer creating site specific and documentary works on feminist heritage and eastern futurism. Her works were shown at Sophiensaele Berlin, Goethe Institut Budapest, Loikka Dance Film Festival Helsinki and at Kyoto Dance Film Weeks. She danced for Saša Asentić and collaborated with Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, Anna Hentschel, Kareth Schaffer & Felipe Frozza among others. She mixes poetry & dance with In_an_instant and creates performative spaces for collective experiences with pio_near. Her projects were funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Chance Tanz & NPN-STEPPING OUT. | Instagram

Photo: Felipe Frozza

Riki von Falken

Riki von Falken  is a dancer/choreographer who has developed 17 productions in Berlin and Southeast Asia since 1990. Her work is based on a collective process of developing concepts and pieces with her team: e.g., 2019’s ‘Die Architektur einer Linie’. 2022‘s ‘Iamwatchingthelightchanging’. She is currently a senior artist scholarship holder from the Senate Department for Culture and European Affairs. Video artist Oscar Loeser designs concepts for visualizations in dance and drama and applies them on stage. | Instagram

Video: Oscar Loeser

Photo: Dorothea Tuch

Rita Mazza

Rita Mazza (rita/they/she) is a freelance artist working as a performance artist, artistic director and a sign language choreographer in visual sign performances. Rita currently collaborates with Theaterformen Festival as guest curator focused on Sign Language Art and Deaf Arts. Rita is a native signer – they ‘speak’ in Italian Sign Language, and they are fluent as well in German (DGS) and International Sign.


Photo: Mayra Wallraff

Roni Katz

Roni Katz’s choreographic work engages with the erotic, questions power, and moves through ecological forms. While consistently embodying personal-political matters, these elements shapeshift between formats of cabaret, film, performance, conversation and participation. Both collectively and solo, the work is driven by the necessity and desire to be in community, with and in relation to other human and other-than-human collaborators. The practice, slow and steady, brings into play exposure, subjectivities, sensuality, intimacy and pleasure.

Photo: Juan Saez

Rosalind Masson

Rosalind Masson has been producing her own work in the UK and Germany since 2010 under the title Anima(L)[us]. She is dedicated to investment in movement as a language inspired by her colleagues Laborgras. She directed and co-directed Tanztage Goerlitz from 2020 – 2022. In Berlin, she is connected to artists with whom she has been in a dialogue with around topics of Ecology and Post-colonialist discourse, developing a practice titled Inter-species awareness and influenced by decades of somatic research. She is a teacher, a video maker, writer and mother of two. | Instagram

Sound designer: Michael Tuttle 

Photo: Amy Sinead

Sergiu Matis

Sergiu Matis is a Romanian choreographer. He has been living and working in Berlin since 2008, creating his own works, such as Keep It Real (2013), Neverendings (2017), Hopeless. (2019), UNREST (2021), DRANG (2022) and Blazing Worlds (2023) presented at festivals across Europe. His dance practice could be considered a relentless search through corporeal and digitalised archives. His performances provoke intense experiences which fracture accepted ideas that point towards a new imagining of dance, and reflect the turmoil of our times. | Instagram

Photo: Owen Fiene

Shannon Cooney

Shannon Cooney; a Berlin-based Canadian choreographer, dance educator, creative facilitator and Craniosacral practitioner. She been creating and touring her choreographic work since 1992, which encompasses stage work, performance installations and landscape art. From 1994-2006 she danced with Toronto’s Dancemakers and has worked with several choreographers in Canada, Europe and the UK. She created teaching practices called Dynamic Expansion/Moveable Cinema; embodiment approaches to melding of contemporary dance, movement research, performance, Craniosacral bodywork and her work with Nature. | Instagram

Performing a score from Fluid Resilience: Shannon Cooney with Sigal Zouk, dramaturgaical support Igor Dobričić

Photo: Arya Dil

Shar Adams

Shar, a first-gen Canadian with Afro-Caribbean roots, epitomizes music, culture, and artistry through dance. With two decades in performing arts, she lays a strong foundation to ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, & Caribbean dance. Armed with a BA from George Brown College’s Commercial Dance program, Shar’s journey spans theater, TV, film, and music worldwide. Notable performances at prestigious venues like Volksbühne Theater, and Halle em Berghain. Berlin-based, she embraces new collaborations, pushing boundaries as a choreographer and multi-disciplinary artist. | Instagram

Photo: Shar Adams

Sheena McGrandles

Originally from Ireland, Sheena McGrandles, studied at the Laban Centre (London) and completed her MA as part of the SODA program at the HZT/UdK Berlin. Sheena presents her work nationally and internationally and has been invited twice to Tanzplattform Deutschland: with FIGURED in 2020 and with FLUSH in 2022. In the Tanz 2021 yearbook, she was mentioned in the critics’ poll as ‘most interesting choreographer’ for the piece FLUSH. Currently Sheena is working on, MINT – a folk-opera on money (premiere 2024 HAU Hebbel am Ufer) which explores the relationship between money and class.

Photo: Clementine Pohl

Siegmar Zacharias

SIEGMAR ZACHARIAS is a performance artist and trained death doula. At the intersection of, art, radical pedagogy and activism, her performances, immersive installations, discursive encounters address the ethical dynamics of transformation in ecologies of artistic and social practice through a queer feminist lense. She collaborates with humans and uncontrollable entities such as smoke, slime, saliva, the human nervous system, and grief. She explores the materiality of sound as an expanded choreography of metabolic entanglements in intimacy and alienation. She was born in Romania and lives in Berlin. | Instagram

Photo: Personal

Sigal Zouk

Sigal is a dancer, performer and mediator active in the field of contemporary dance. She has worked as a dancer with the Batsheva Dance Company ensemble (1994-1996), Sasha Waltz (1999-2004), Meg Stuart (2005-2007 and currently) and Laurent Chétouane (2007-2015), among others. Sigal teaches at various European dance departments and institutions, and conducts international cooperations with visual artists and musicians.

Performing a score from Fluid Resilience: Shannon Cooney with Sigal Zouk, dramaturgaical support Igor Dobričić

Photo: Oliver Fantitsch

Tatiana Mejía

Tatiana Mejía is a dancer, performer, choreographer, singer and mother based in Berlin since 2011. Her dance training began at The National Dance School in the Dominican Republic, where she was born and raised. Performing and choreographing, she founded the Contemporary Dance Company and Desdoblados. In Germany, her work has been shown in various theaters with the support of the Berlin Senate and Fond Daku. Among the artists she works with and for are Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, Jasmin Ihrac, Magda Korsinsky, Olivia Hyunsin Kim and Kareth Schaffer. | Instagram

Photo: Marco van Oel

Thiago Granato

Thiago Granato is a queer Latin American dance artist from Brazil engaged in creating choreographies with the potential of developing different ways to approach movement. His productions are the results of processes that insist on promoting experiences of political transformation through aesthetic innovation. Those works have been shown in South America, Europe, Middle East and Asia. He studied choreography at Ex.e.r.ce 08 Program at Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier/Occitanie (FR) and New Performative Practices MA Programme at Uniarts – Stockholm University of Arts (SE). | Instagram 

Photo: Sebastian Gasch

Tiran Willemse

Tiran Willemse is a dancer, choreographer, and researcher from South Africa based in Zurich and Berlin. Their performance practice is rooted in a careful attention to space, imagination, gesture, and sound, focusing on how they relate to the ways in which constructions of race and gender are performed, communicated, and challenged. They’re interested in creating experiences that communicate somatic and psychological landscapes beyond the human condition. Since 2022, he is house artists at Gessnerallee in Zurich, and their work continues to tour internationally.


Photo: Camille Spiller

Tümay Kılınçel

Tümay Kılınçel (she/her) is an artist working with movement and the body. Her works deal with power relations, most recently via Raks, otherwise known as oriental dance. Kılınçel studied contemporary dance, context, and choreography (HZT – Universität der Künste Berlin), choreography and performance (Justus Liebig Universität Gießen), and dance training and advanced training in Rishikesh, Istanbul, Kairo. Her works include “Dance Box” (2014), “Dansöz” (2019), “WE LOVE TO RAQS” (2021), “Identitti” (2021), “Raks à la Tümay” (2023), and “Melodrama Suits Her – A Revenge Evening” (2024). | Instagram

Photo: Cornelius Schaper


vAL is an adopted creative identity of performance artist Corey Scott-Gilbert. With an inherently Queer perspective and off-grid aesthetic, vAL uses each creative process as an opportunity to interrogate and rediscover truths that break through current conformities, making space for alternative realities of otherness.
vAL collages word-play and physical utterance to highlight the absurdities of a hopeless, limiting and globally omnipresent social dynamic. In these depictions, joys are not sought after but rather devoured as a means of replenishing a malnourished existence. | Instagram

Photo: Florian Hetz

Varinia Canto Vila / Damaged Goods

Varinia Canto Vila is a dancer, choreographer and movement researcher. Her work explores medium-based themes and the relation between extended choreography and the social body. Canto Vila studied dance at Universidad de Chile and at P.A.R.T.S and a.pass (Brussels), and holds an MA in Art & Politics at London’s Goldsmiths University. She lived in Brussels for 24 years and was deeply engaged in the city’s independent performance scene. She has collaborated with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods on Highway 101 (2000), Soft Wear (2000), VIOLET (2011) and confirm humanity (2022). Currently she lives in Chile. | Instagram

Photo: Hammer Museum


Visual artist Mariola Groener and dancer Günther Wilhelm have merged their names and artforms as WILHELM GROENER since 2001. This artistic alter ego is a kind of third space for the duo, in which they develop their complex work by means of continuation, friction and transformation. Blending spaces, bodies, sound, and visual means and material, they form choreographic-performative structures at the interface of performing and visual arts. Experimental, abstract, and poetic elements and receptive perspectival shifts are essential parts of their artistic strategy. | Instagram

Photo: Wilhelm Groener