5 companies visit 8 towns and connect Eastern Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein.
Antoine Arlot is a musician specializing in saxophone and electroacoustics. He composed for theatre, dance and cinema performances, for musical readings and radio. His passion is improvisation. He founded different bands to explore the techniques of diffusion (multi diffusion) and different sounds and sound structures. He has produced 15 albums of various projects in the fields of jazz, rock, free improvisation and contemporary music. In addition to music, he also writes. His blog http://antoinearlot.blogspot.c... starts at the interface between word and sound and tries to bring both into an interplay. His video and sound works can be seen at www.antoinearlot.fr.
Linda Pilar Brodhag graduated from the Folkwang Universität der Künste in 2014.
She received a scholarship of excellence and has been awarded the Classen Dance Prize of the Folkwang University. She danced in choreographies by Pina Bausch, José Limón, Henrietta Horn, Urs Dietrich and Paul Hess, participated in various independent productions, and was a guest dancer at the Folkwang Tanzstudio. From April to July 2016, Linda Pilar Brodhag was a Production Assistant of the Hessian State Ballet in Wiesbaden, since October 2016 she has been studying for her Master's degree in Theatre and Orchestra Management at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Künste Frankfurt am Main.
Alexia Casciaro was born in 1994 in Taranto, in southern Italy. A passionate dancer from an early age on, at 12 years old she decided to study dance at the Rosella Hightower College of Dance in Cannes under the direction of Paola Cantalupo. There she received her education in classical and modern dance and later in contemporary dance.In September 2014 she obtained her bachelor's degree in contemporary dance with a major in Creation at the Manufacture Lausanne – University of Performing Arts Suisse Romande – under the artistic direction of Thomas Hauert. During her education, she worked with global icons of contemporary dance: David Zambrano, Deborah Haye, Shelly Senter, Marc Lorimer, Fabrice Mazliah, Thomas Hauert, and many others.Until May 2018, she danced in the piece »Unitile» by the choreographer Foofwa d'Immobilité.Exploring her interests beyond dancing, she started Holistic Nutrition School (Mind-Body-Mind-Approach) in 2017 in Geneva, headed by Daniel Dulac until 2020.
Simea Cavelti received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2014 from the London Contemporary Dance School The Place.
She has, amongst other work, danced in pieces by José Agudo, Wayne Parsons, and Joe Moran and has contributed to numerous interdisciplinary projects. Simea then worked on various projects in Lebanon, Jordan, and Morocco, including the Espace Darja and the Institut français.In Berne, she worked with Joshua Monten («Doggy Style»), Hermesdance («Human Rights») and Marcel Leemann Phyisical [MC1] Dance Theatre («Homeland»). In 2016, she won the Petrol Station Award of the Südpol/Kleintheater Luzern for «Put, Aggregated», which was shown in Berne, Lucerne, and London. In 2017, Simea worked with the Berlin choreographer Renate Graziadei from LaborGras on the production «How many more times». In the form of trial&error 2018, her piece «Kulankhulana», which was created in collaboration with Larbi Namouchi, was shown at the Dampfzentrale Bern. [MC1]Evt. Physical Dance Theatre. Falls ja, auch das Deutsche anpassen.
Dagmar Dachauer is a freelance dancer and choreographer. She was born in Linz and now lives in Upper Austria and Brussels. She studied dance at the AHK in Amsterdam (de Theaterschool; MTD), as well as at the P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, and specialized in handstand at the circus department of DOCH in Stockholm. She is the founder of UMFUG, an association with which she stages dance and theatre performances. She has also realized film projects with other artists from different backgrounds such as film, ecology, or music design. Her current film project «Competing for Sunlight - The Tree Cycle» is a series of site-specific performances. As a freelance performer, Dagmar worked with the Dance/Performance Group T.r.a.s.h, with Luke Baion and Dominik Grünbühel, with Kevin Trappeniers, and with Florence Augendre. In 2017 she is part of the new creation «Sheroes» by Christoph Winkler and is involved in a project with the French company Arts & Regards. Dagmar received several scholarships from Austria for her further education at home and abroad.
She founded the RIDC formation in Paris in 2011. In 2014, she received her diploma as a contemporary dance teacher and started her studies at La Manufacture, Lausanne University of Performing Arts, under the direction of Thomas Hauert. She works with Deborah Hay, Shelly Senter, Fabrice Mazliah, David Zambrano, Alejandro Ahmed, and other dancers, performers, choreographers, and actors in creations and workshops. During her studies, she develops skills in martial arts (Saolim), improvisation, singing, and sports. She received her bachelor's degree in 2017.
In 2016, she participated in Pierre Piton's project
«Capillotractée», which was shown in Quarts d'heure de Sévelin in Lausanne and Danse élargie in the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris.
In the dizzying project «Fon your thonque», she meets Megan Rooney on a suspension bridge at 3941 meters, on the Glacier 3000 in Gstaad.
In October 2017 she worked as a dancer for Neopost Foofwa in «Unitile», the last part of the trilogy «Utile/Inutile», choreographed by Foofwa d'imobilité. This piece was performed in spring 2018 at the ADC in Geneva, the Théâtre de Vidy Lausanne, and throughout Switzerland to celebrate the annual dance.
At the same time, she worked with Alex Landa Aguirreche during residencies on the duet «Madeleines» in 2017.
Micaël is originally a musician and only started dancing three years ago. For ten years he has been passionately dedicated to music (guitar, vocals, electronics) and has appeared under various pseudonyms in France and Belgium, mostly as a solo artist. Micaël is currently working on a new solo project (concert, autumn 2017) in which he tries to combine his various interests in his own personal language. Furthermore, he has acquired new Arabic influences from playing a Syrian bouzouki and an Iranian setar. Physical confrontation has always been an important part of his life, and so he regards dance as the continuation of his current path.
Arnaud studied drawing at the École Nationale Supérieur des Arts Visuels La Cambre in Brussels. He then established himself in Brussels and initially worked mainly in lighting design and photography. This was followed by various exhibitions as solo artists and in groups, in Belgium and abroad: Moving Images / Art Fair New York / Pool Art fair, New York / BMG Gallery / In the mood for light 2.0, Brussels / OFF BIAC, Seville / Volta 5, Art fair, Basel / Gallery Think 21, Brussels / Lot10 Gallery, Brussels / Delire Gallery, Brussels / Pleonasm, Bordeaux. Arnaud also works as a lighting designer and stage designer in the field of the performing arts. He worked together with Ayelen Parolin (David), LOG asbl (le terrier), and Jonathan Schatz (Elephant Rock). Since 2009 he has collaborated with Louis Vanneste / Rising Horses and participated in the following creations: HOME, Black Milk, Gone in a Heart Beat and Thérians.
Daniel is a pianist and geographer. As co-founder of the Swiss pop band «My Name Is George», he has received multiple awards (including the Swisstop Award from Radio SRF3) and has played at major Swiss music festivals. At the moment he rides as a keyboarder of the band «Hecht» (winner Swiss Music Awards 2013 & 2017) on a veritable wave of success with sold-out tours and constant radio airplay. He is also a sought-after musician for concert, musical, theater and studio productions. Among others he played for: «Michael von der Heide», «My Heart Belongs To Cecilia Winter», «Pixie Paris», «A Scoundrel» (play by Florian Toberer and Michel Barengo), Antipro (artist collective). As a geographer, cartography and the Klöntal are close to his heart.
Tobias Graupner was born in Gera (D) in 1983. He finished his acting studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart in 2008 and got engaged at the Landestheater Linz (AT) and the Theater Baden-Baden (D).
In 2014 Tobias Graupner completed the ten-month advanced training programme "Dance Intensive" at the Tanzfabrik Berlin. During this time he was also able to realize his first own works in the field of acting, dance and performance. He gained first experiences as assistant director at the Teatr Capitol in Breslau (Wrocław) in 2016.In season 2016/17 Tobias Graupner became permanent member at the ensemble Theater St.Gallen. He could be seen as Franz in "Die Räuber" (Director: Jonas Knecht) and the accused Lars Koch in "Terror" (Director: Manuel Bürgin).
Lucia Gugerli grew up in Schaffhausen and currently lives in Zurich. In 2015 she completed her three-year training as a stage dancer at the Freiburg Academy of Dance, where she was trained in drama and singing as well as different dance styles. After one year with the DIA Junior Company in Haarlem, the Netherlands, she became a member of the Belgian choreographer Isabelle Beernaert. With the play «ne me quitte pas», the company toured through 60 theaters in Belgium and the Netherlands. Lucia received the 2015 Contempo Culture Prize in Schaffhausen. Since her return to Switzerland in 2017, she works at the Tanzhaus Zürich, for the festival «zürich moves!» and is part of the independent dance theater group Kumpane.
Jasmin Hauck was born in 1980 in Erlangen (D). She studied dance and dance education at the Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance, Munich. As a dancer, Jasmin worked among others at the Theater Osnabrück, at the Bunka Kaikan Theater Tokyo, and the Opéra de Lausanne. From 2009 to 2016, she was a member of the ensemble of the Tanzkompanie at the Theater St. Gallen. There she danced among others for the choreographers Anton Lachky, Marco Santi, Jonathan Lunn and Cathy Martson. As a choreographer, she worked with graduates of various training schools as well as at the Theater Osnabrück and the Theater St. Gallen. There was the dance production «Wunderland» shown in the Lokremise. She also collaborated with Cecilia Wretemark on various commissioned work for theater and opera directors Alexander Nerlich and Johannes Schmied. Most recently her choreographies for the theater productions «Judith» at the Staatstheater Darmstadt and Die «Netzwelt» as well as «Verbrechen und Strafe» were shown at the Hans Otto Theater, Potsdam. In 2015, she founded the dance company House of Pain - Physical Dance Theater, which has already been awarded several awards.
Jessica Huber's artistic work goes back and forth between different performance worlds: While her early work was primarily influenced by choreography, the newer productions vary in their form. What connects the different pieces of work by the choreographer, however, is the search for an aesthetic of and experiencing sharing and exchange. Thus Jessica has made collaborations her preferred working method: Formats such as walks and workshops are not just inspirational moments of interaction for her, but an essential part of her creative process. Jessica received her education in Contemporary Dance, Choreography and Dance & Theater Science at the Laban Center and at City University in London. She danced for the company of the Stadttheater St. Gallen, Hideto Heshiki, Cie Philippe Saire, and many more. Since 2006 she has been creating her own dance and performance projects in Zurich and Lausanne. In 2010 and 2015 she was awarded the recognition prize Dance of the City of Zurich. Together with Karin Arnold, she is also part of the Zurich performance collective mercimax.
Born in Poland, Sandra Klimek finished the National Ballet School in Warsaw, followed by further education at the Dance Department of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and The Rotterdam Dance Academy, Holland.
In 2011, Sandra joined the Dance Company of the Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland under the direction of Marco Santi, where she has been working with choreographers like Marco Santi, Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Frucek, Marcel Leemann, Anton Lachky, Kjersti Sandstø, Aliksey Schoettle, and Philipp Egli.
Since August 2014, Sandra has been working as a freelance dancer, joining different companies and choreographers, including öff öff aerial dance, Panorama Dance Theater, Philipp Egli, Michael d’Auzon, Company Mafalda, Rotes Velo Tanzkompanie, Cie CoBalt, Company Anne-Sophie Fenner, and Sweetshop Revolution.
Jasmina (born 1982, Maribor, Slovenia) graduated in 2006 in choreography at the Theater School Amsterdam in the Department of New Dance Development (SNDO). Before she went to Amsterdam, she danced for established Slovenian and international choreographers, such as Snjezana Premus, Matej Kejzar, and Mojca Kasjak. She participated in numerous festivals in Slovenia and abroad. The piece «Zebra in the Hair Saloon» won the first prize for the best new creation at the Act Festival Bilbao 2006. She then went on to create the piece «Sugar Rush», which was supported in 2009 by the European Cultural Foundation In 2010, Jasmina was invited to the international project «50 days of flying low and passing through Costa Rica 2010» under the direction of David Zambrano and as part of the 50collective toured the USA and other countries. Between 2011 and 2014, Jasmina was one of the selected artists for the European Dance Modul project, and in 2013 she received the DanceWeb scholarship with Ivo Dimchev as a mentor. Together with Cristina P. Leitão, she founded CJ, a long-term collaboration with which they brought two productions on stage - «The Very Delicious Piece» and «The Very Boring Piece».
Simon Mayer (*1984 in Austria), performer/dancer, choreographer and musician, studied at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School, the Performing Arts, Research and Training Studios (PARTS) in Brussels and was a member of the Vienna State Opera Ballet. In 2009 Simon founded his band «Rising halfmoon" as singer, guitarist and songwriter. In 2004 his last album «Monkeymind» was released. As a dancer/choreographer and musician he appeared in productions by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker/ROSAS («The Song»), Wim Vandekeybus («Frisking») and Zita Swoon. His choreographic repertoire includes solos, duos and group pieces that are performed internationally (o feather of lead, dancing with the soundhobbyist/zita swoon, kopf hoch, monkeymind, SunBengSitting, Sons of Sissy, etc.). Simon was Artist in Residency at Theatre de LL in Brussels and is artistic director of the festival «SPIEL», which he founded together with his brothers and the association spiel. He also teaches contemporary, community dance and traditional dance (Impulstanz Wien, steirischer herbst and other international festivals) and is a guest lecturer at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität.
After studying dance in Geneva, Athens and Lausanne, Fabrice joined the Frankfurt Ballet under William Forsythe in 1997, which will be merged with the Forsythe Company until the summer of 2015.
At the same time Fabrice produces several own works as well as collaborations with other artists, ia.
«Acme of Emphasis» (2017) with Adam Ster for the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, «In Act and Thought» (2015) for the Forsythe Company,
«Telling Stories» (2015) with the MD Kollective,
«EIFO EFI» (2013 ) AND «PAD» (2007) with Ioannis Mandafounis, «ZERO» (2010), «COVER UP» (2011),
«ASINGELINE» (2011), «GARDEN STATE» (2014) with May Zarhy and Iannis Mandafounis under the name MAMAZA. These pieces have been coproduced by various institutions and shown at numerous international festivals and venues.
Fabrice gives seminars, workshops and studios on the basis of research, composition and improvisation for professionals, amateurs and students of Bachelor and Master courses such as La Manufacture in Lausanne, C.U.P. Giessen and P.A.R.T.S Brussels. Since 2016 he is part of the HOOD scholarship with 7 other artists at PACT Zollverein.
Daniel Morgenthaler (*1978 in Visp, lives in Zurich), studied English, German and philosophy in Zurich and Sheffield. Since 2011 curator at Helmhaus Zürich (exhibition projects with e.g. San Keller, ! media group Bitnik, Christian Waldvogel, De La Fuente Oscar De Franco, Elodie Pong, group exhibitions on gestures («Talk to the Hand», 2013), on the term «history» («History in Stories», 2015) or on the theme «You» («An exhibition for you», 2017)). Freelance author of catalogue articles (on Christoph Brünggel, Maya Bringolf, Valentin Hauri, Clare Goodwin, etc.) and for magazines such as Züritipp, Kunst-Bulletin, Du and Apartamento. Lecturer at the MAS Curating and the MFA at the Zurich University of the Arts and the Bern University of the Arts. Since 2014 together with Aoife Rosenmeyer responsible for the conception and programming of the workshop series «Crritic!» on the current situation of art criticism in Switzerland, supported by Pro Helvetia.
Born in 1980 in Havana, Daniel first devoted himself to visual art, especially video art. In this way he came to music in a natural way, which represents the second half of audiovisual art.His fascination for musical experiments and their possibilities of new creations in the field of video, led him more and more into the universe of sound, until he finally turned completely to the music and its composition.He completed his master's degree in «composition acousmatique» at the Royal Conservatory in Mons (Belgium) in 2005 and has been a professor at the conservatory since 2010.His compositional works are performed in various fields: Concert, radio, dance, theater and film. In 2017 he was awarded the prize «André Souris du Forum des Compositeurs»
Angela lives as a freelance choreographer and dancer in Brussels. She completed her apprenticeship at the AHK in Amsterdam (de Theaterschool, MDT) and received her Bachelor’s diploma in 2013 as a contemporary dancer. In her final year of University, she created the solo «wind-up birds and polaroids», with which she performed at various festivals in Europe, including on TPO14. This was followed by several engagements as a dancer, before she founded the Compagnie Tumbleweed in 2017, together with Micaël Florentz. Since 2014, she has been dancing in the Compagnie Alias in Geneva (Guilherme Botelho), and more recently in the Compagnie Autre MiNa (Mitia Fedentko) and the new creation of the Compagnie Ici'bas in French-speaking Switzerland. Prior to that, she also worked with various other artists, including Itamar Serussi, Ingrid Berger Myhre, LaborGras, PearsonDidrigDancetheater, and the Swiss drummer Simon Berz (Monstergroove). Thanks to a variety of dance training, as well as various other influences of movement (climbing, yoga, Dabke, and martial arts), she continues to develop her own practice and is interested in combining new and old traditions. She also teaches workshops and lessons for children, as well as (semi-) professional dancers.
David Schwindling was born in 1983 in Merzig Saar (D). He completed his education at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main. This was followed by 15 years of involvement at various theaters including Darmstadt, Würzburg, Osnabrück, St.Gallen, and – most recently – as a guest at the Zurich Opera House. The collective «Zimmerfrei Productions», which he co-founded in 2012, now counts over 5000 dancing kids in 11 projects. Three years later, he co-founded the foundation of House of Pain - Physical Dance Theater. Their productions «Bloody Mess» and «Mother is the be (a) st» have each been awarded the work grants by the city of St. Gallen. He initiated and organized the «Aids Charity» in aid of the Aidshilfe Ostschweiz at the Theater St. Gallen several times. He teaches contemporary at several schools in Switzerland, gives professional training, and is a guest lecturer for companies at theaters such as Linz or St. Gallen. Since May of this year, he is a board member of the Tanzlobby IG Zürich. The latest project «(no) body», the working title, begins in November during his two-week residency at the Tanzhaus Zürich.
Works as a choreographer, dramaturg, director, performer, and author. Robert started dancing on stage when he was 43 years old. In his solos, he first showed himself as a deer dancer; later he followed the call to become a snake dancer, which brought him to Brazil (Umbanda) and Mexico (feathered snake). Five years ago, he began a collaboration with Ricardo Rubio, a choreographer from Mexico City, which led to his first duet «prelude on love», a piece that explores male tenderness and intimacy. His next project is called «lovehood». Together with the Berlin choreographer Angela Schubot, he created the duet «brothers», a meditative event that respects the differences between the movements of others and the presence in the body. As a nomad in the world of dance, he has been working with a number of different choreographers and theater creators such as Frans Poelstra, with whom he created the Compagnie United Sorry, Jessica Huber, Theater im Bahnhof, Maria Hassabi, Christine Gaigg, Latifa Labiissi and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. He also writes texts, makes drawings and directs plays.
Mirjam works as a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in Zurich, Switzerland. After her basic training in contemporary dance in Zurich and Genoa, she studied oriental dance and was a member of Khaled Seif's Egyptian folklore dance group in Zurich and danced for several productions of Company Al-Andalus under the direction of dancer Nesma from Madrid. Mirjam teaches her own contemporary dance language, based on movements of contemporary dance, as well as movements of dances from the Middle East and North Africa. She created various pieces, such as «aux frontières» 2007/ «en mer» 2011/ «Ben Ali Street» 2012/ «The dice player» 2013/ Dance film: «Entr'ouverte»2014/ «Birds over no man's Land»2014/ «Entre Deux», and «Spuren» 2016. Since 2010, Mirjam has been invited regularly to Palestine, where she works for various dance and theatre groups in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (Al-Harah Theatre, Theatre Day Production, El-Funoun Dance Company, Baladi Folklore Centre and Douban Dance Company). In 2017, the canton of Zurich gave Mirjam a residence in Ramallah/Palestine.
Léa Thomen was born in Metz/Lorraine, studied dance education at the C.E.S.M.D. in Toulouse, and graduated in June 2012 as a DAAD scholarship holder with a Master of Arts in dance composition/interpretation at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen. She danced in numerous pieces by various choreographers, including the American Dance Festival 2013 and the Springboard Danse Montréal 2014, and was a guest dancer at the Folkwang Tanzstudio. With her company HorizonVertical, she presented her own works in 2014 and 2015; with the photographer and filmmaker Klaus Mitteldorf, she worked on a dance film that was shot in Sao Paulo in April 2016.
Benjamin is a professional lighting designer working in the performing arts. For some years, he has also devoted himself to another facet of his profession – that of creation. As the technical director of the theater company Tilleul, he went in their last pieces as a puppet player and actor on stage. He considers this course as unique and continues this kind of work in other stage projects. As a lover of contemporary dance, he is involved as a lighting designer and technician in various creations in Belgium and abroad: LOG asbl, Compagnie Louise Vanneste, Cie Mauro Paccagnella, Compagnie Orange Sanguine.
Lola Villegas Fragoso was born in Xalapa, Mexico, where she began her training in rhythmic gymnastics and later studied classical, modern, and contemporary dance at the Universidad Veracruzana. She came to Essen with a scholarship and studied at the Folkwang Universität der Künste until 2014. She danced in choreographies by Pina Bausch, Henrietta Horn, Rodolpho Leoni, Fang-Yu Shen, William Sánchez H. and was a guest dancer at the Folkwang Tanzstudio. She has been teaching at DanceEmotion since 2016.
Simon Wehrli (1983, Winterthur) started as a musician, including playing the drums for My Name is George. Later he attended the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in Verscio (CH) and studied contemporary dance with Trinity Laban London (UK). Simon toured Europe, the USA, and Africa as part of the theater group Collettivo Spettatori and the dance improvisation group 50collective. As a dancer, actor, and musician he worked for choreographers in London, New York, Brussels, Zurich, and Basel. In 2010, Simon was selected to participate in the international project «50 days of flying low and passing through Costa Rica 2010» under the direction of dancer David Zambrano. After several shorter solos, his first full-length production «Greatest Hits» premiered in 2013, co-produced with the Tanzhaus Zürich, followed by the site-specific performance «How to become Clairvoyant», which was part of TanzPlan Ost 2016. Simon teaches dance in Switzerland and abroad, regularly works for the Dance Bachelor of La Manufacture Lausanne and is busy with his own productions as well as collaborations.
Cecilia Wretemark was born in Stockholm, Sweden. She studied dance and dance education at the Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance, Munich. As a dancer, she worked for various theaters, such as the Stadttheater Osnabrück and Stadttheater St. Gallen under the direction of Marco Santi, and at the Staatstheater Kassel under the direction of Johannes Wieland. There she danced for the choreographers Felix Landerer, Anton Lachky, Helder Seabra, and many others as well as in drama productions by Jonas Knecht. Since 2005, she is part of a choreography duo together with Jasmin Hauck, whose versatile works can be seen in commissioned choreographies for theaters and festivals as well as educational institutions. The duo regularly works for the theater and opera directors Alexander Nerlich, and Johannes Schmied, amongst others. Most recently, her choreographies for various drama productions were to be seen at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, Hans Otto Theater, Potsdam, and Stadttheater Münster. In 2015 she founded the dance company House of Pain - Physical Dance Theater. Since then, the project has realized full-length dance productions as well as short pieces and has already received several awards.