Paweł Sakowicz is a choreographer and dancer. He graduated from the University of Warsaw with a degree in political studies and holds an MA in performance and choreography from the London Contemporary Dance School. His works Bernhard and TOTAL were invited to the Polish Dance Platform (2014 and 2017 editions, respectively). He has collaborated with choreographers and visual artists, and worked as a choreographer in a number of theatre productions. He is a recipient of an honorable mention at the 22nd National Competition for the Polish Contemporary Play Staging and the 2017 danceWEB scholarship. He received a nomination for the 2016 Paszport Polityki prize in the category Theatre.
Anna Nowicka is a choreographer and dancer, a SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance), MA Choreography / HZT and MA Psychology / Warsaw University graduate. In recent years, based on her long term interest in the work on dreams, imagination and physical actions, she started developing a methodology to be applied to an artistic creation. Her focus lies on questions of imagination and creativity, and the power of an image to expand the body into its full transformative potential. She has taught her individual dance practice over an extended time period in Tanzfabrik, Berlin and S.M.A.S.H. performative program. In 2011 Anna’s research has been recognized, and she was awarded with the DAAD Prize, followed by the choreographic scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. In 2012 her performance: fire is raging in your hair won the 100GRAD Festival in Berlin, and her solo: the truth is just a plain picture. said bob. was selected for the Polish Dance Platform, Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, and the Polish-Israeli Dance Platform in Tel Aviv. Anna is a danceWEB (2012) scholarship recipient. She was awarded a dance scholarship from the city of Berlin, and she won the Wild Card / Jardin d’Europe residency at the WASP studios. She was chosen as one of ten participants of the PAP— LAFT mentoring prograTm in Berlin. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the Polish Film School / Acting Department in Łódź, a practitioner of the School of Images of Catherine Shainberg in New York, deepening the work on dreams with Bonnie Buckner. She is living and working between Berlin and Warsaw.
Peter Pleyer studied at the European Dance Development Centre (EDDC) in Arnheim and worked as a dancer and choreography assistant together with Yoshiko Chuma and Mark Tompkins. He has lived in Berlin since 2000. From 2007 to 2014 he was an artistic director of Tanztage Berlin and between 2012 and 2014 a team member of Sophiensæle. In his work as a choreographer and performer as well as a dramaturge and coach, he is interested in incorporating new methods of dance training, composition and improvisation into the choreography processes, e.g. in a lecture performance Choreographing Books or in Visible Undercurrent (2014). He teaches at various universities and festivals in Europe and has helped developing a university program for contemporary dance in Berlin. After his field research to Moving the mirror (Warsaw 2016) and his solo piece Ponderosa Trilogy (Tanzhaus NRW 2014), in 2017 he was a guest at ImPuls Tanz Wien.
Caroline Alexander is a dancer and performing artist hailing from the U.S., living and working in Berlin. She has a degree in theater, dance, and performance studies from the University of California, Berkeley. In her own work, she deals with the space between person and persona and the blurred reality of reality. Caroline has worked and performed with a number of artists in the Bay Area and Berlin and this will be the third time performing with Peter Pleyer.
Aleksandra Borys studied at the CODARTS University of Arts / Rotterdam Dance Academy in Rotterdam and at the National Ballet School in Łódź,. She worked with choreographers and artists like Aitana Cordero Vico, Ugo Dehaes, Lia Haraki, Joanna Leśnierowska, Marysia Stokłosa, Marten Spangberg and Mimosa Moize. She was granted fellowships at the IMPACT 12 Symposium in PACT Zollverein in Essen, at danceWEB 2001/ at ImPuls Tanz Vienna, and at Tour d´Europe 2010/11. In 2010 she took part in a solo project commissioned by the Art Stations Foundation Poznan where her first chorographical solo piece Lost in Details was created. She was then invited to present it at Jardin Prix d´Europe (2011), at the eXplore Festival in Bucharest, and was chosen to be set on the Aerowaves Priority List in 2013 and for the Polish Dance Platform. In 2013 she was awarded a residency fellowship at Komuna Warszawa re//mix. In 2013/14 she was a fellow of SPAZIO, a European network for young theatre makers.
Oliver Connew is a dancer and choreographer. He studied classical ballet at the New Zealand School of Dance and obtained his BA degree in Contemporary Dance at the Unitec (University of Technology), NZ. An equally important element of his dance education was his participation in the Berlin-SMASH program in 2013/14, among others with Peter Pleyer and Maria F. Scaroni. Recently he has worked as a performer in Alexa Wilson’s The Resistant Body, at the Entitle Conference in Stockholm and Space/Time Festival in Berlin. In 2016 he performed in Julian Weber‘s Constructing Ruins. He is currently working as a director and performer on the dance film Still Looking Good. He lives in Berlin.
Björn Ivan Ekemark is a dancer and producer from Berlin. He graduated from a circus school Escola de Circ Rogelio Rival and is currently a student of Contemporary Dance, Context and Choreography at HZT Berlin. As a performer he starred in different Julian Weber‘s productions and dances in the new production of Dewey Dell.
Michiel Keuper lives and works in Berlin. He studied Fashion Design at the Academy of Art ArtEZ in Arnhem/Netherlands. For many years his fashion label Keupr/van Bentm has presented its collections during the Paris Fashion Week. His work has been published in various print and media publications. His own fashion projects are to be found in collections of various museums and were shown in the US, England, Japan, Italy and France. Apart from his work as a freelance designer for international forms, he also teaches design courses for BA and MA students in the Netherlands and in Germany. For quite some time now has been focusing more on fine arts and performance. He worked on dance performances as an art director for, among others, Marcio Kerber Canabarro (Tanztage Berlin 2013), Hanna Lee Erdman (MA SODA HZT Berlin), Sheena McGrandles (K3 Hamburg), Jeremy Wade (HAU Berlin) and Peter Pleyer (Visible Undercurrent, Sophiensaele 2014).
Marysia (Maria) Stokłosa — choreographer and dancer. She studied at the London Contemporary Dance School and at the School of New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam. She collaborates with many artists: Wojtek Ziemilski, Meg Foley, Magdalena Ptasznik, Marta Ziółek, Peter Pleyer, Maija Reeta Raumanni. In the past she also performed in works of such choreographers as Lisa Nelson, Sara Shelton Mann and Jeremy Wade. She worked on choreography for Paweł Mykietyn’s opera The Magic Mountain. Stokłosa is very active in the development of Warsaw experimental dance scene — as a teacher and initiator of various educational projects, as a leader of Burdag Foundation and as a co-creator of the collective of choreographers — Centrum w Ruchu (Center in Motion). She co-curated a series: Dance activism. Spaces for choreography at the MCK Nowy Teatr in Warsaw and was a leader of the program board at the Institute of Music and Dance in Poland.
Zuzanna Ratajczyk (born in Warsaw in 1989) based in Berlin. After receiving her BA in Dance, Context, Choreography at UdK/HZT Berlin and Contemporary Dance at ABPU Linz, she has been working on choreography and expanded performance. She was a recipient of Deutschlandstipendium in 2016 and 2015, the danceWEB Scholarship in 2015 and DOMS Stiftung in 2014. Her recent performances Daughters of Lust and Afternoon were recently shown at the FLAM festival, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, National Dance Center, Bucharest, Veem House for Performance, Amsterdam, KEM, Warsaw, Studio Theatre, Warsaw, Le Théâtre du Fil de l’Eau, Paris, Yvonne Lambert, Berlin — amongst others. She also holds workshops internationally, based on her artistic practice and dance background. Besides her own choreographic work she has recently performed and collaborated with Selina Grüter&Michèle Graf, Alexandra Pirici, Eoghan Ryan. Since 2015 she has been co-curating Plural Melts, an intermittent events series at Yvonne Lambert, Berlin.
Eoghan Ryan (born Dublin, 1987) is an Irish artist currently based in Berlin. His work incorporates moving image, installation, text, sculpture and performance. Recent performances include IMMA in Dublin, Kem in Warsaw, BDP Press, Berlin and the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto in collaboration with Jassem Hindi. Recent exhibitions include Catalyst Arts, Belfast and a solo show at Rowing, London. He has been awarded The Nina Stuart Artist in Residence at South London Gallery/Space studios 2013; the Artists International Development Fund 2014; the Critical Forum award at the Plastik. Festival of Artists’ Moving Image 2015; and is supported by the Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary in 2017.
Ania Nowak’s choreographic practice approaches sensuality and ambiguity as ways towards reimagining what bodies and language can do. She is currently interested in love as a strategy of producing knowledge and in companionship as a dance making tool. Her works have been presented at Sophiesaele and AdK in Berlin, Het Veem in Amsterdam, Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, Arts Stations Foundation in Poznań and Arts Santa Mónica in Barcelona, a.o. Ania Nowak received Einstiegsförderung 2017 from the Berliner Senat as well as danceWeb scholarship at ImPuls Tanz Festival 2014 in Vienna. She graduated from Dance, Context, Choreography at HZT Berlin.
Julek Kreutzer born in Berlin in 1992, grew up south of the river. She started to dance out of boredom and necessity, which led her to studying choreography at the HTZ Berlin. Since graduation Julek Kreutzer has been developing her communication skills, performing and also composing movement for children and adults. In her spare time she writes gloomy poetry on a typewriter and dreams of the equator.
Julia Plawgo works with dance and choreography as a survival strategy. She studied at HZT Berlin, works mainly with friends, and her favourite pop songs are Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) by Crystal Waters and You Keep Me Hangin’ On by Kim Wilde.
Mădălina Dan, maker and facilitator, studied at the Choreography School in Bucharest and in the choreography department of the National University of Theatre and Film, where she also received her Masters degree in Playwriting. She was a member of the Oleg Danovski Ballet Company from 1998 till 2003. She was an invited artist to the Herberger Institute, School of Dance (Arizona State University) in 2009 and in 2008 she received the danceWEB scholarship in Vienna. She studied at HZT in the MA program Solo/Dance/Authorship (2014 –2016). Along the years, she has been an active member of the contemporary dance community in Romania, at the National Dance Centre in Bucharest, teaching and developing educational and social programs. In 2015 she received a CNDB award for her contribution brought to the development in contemporary art in Romania. Works by Mădălina Dan have been shown at Springdance Festival Utrecht, Tanzquartier Wien, Balkan Dance Platform-Novi Sad, eXplore Dance Festival-Bucharest, Temps d’Images-Cluj, SouthBank Center & Chisenhale Dance Space-London, Fabrik Potsdam, Hebbel am Ufer- Berlin, TanzFabrik Berlin, Dance Theater Workshop-New York, Firkin Crane-Cork, Alta Theater-Prague and others. Latest collaborations together with: Sergiu Matis, Agata Siniarska, Tahni Holt, Mihaela Dancs, Alexandra Pirici.
Agata Siniarska constructs her art works within formats of performances, events, practices, lectures, videos and others. Having given different kinds of theatrical forms a chance, having studied choreography, currently she devises feminist fun studies and cultivates her yearnings for language and writing, cinema and animation in the scope of her practices. She is a founding member of female trouble — a friendship based collective revolving around identity, body, feminism, pleasure, affirmation and love. Addicted to fiction, she conducts her investigations, fashioning herself as a tool of rhetoric, through the cultural structures inscribed to her. Every action she takes, fueled by the energy of profound theoretical hesitancy, she approaches with passion and intense fascination, acting often not alone but in the company of many exquisite adventurers.