“I take an emotional and holistic approach to my work; individuals, places and experiences inspire me the most. I like to share stories or situations based on experience and reveal the most honest version of each of my collaborators. My movement style is physical and strong while simultaneously soft and available.
I am interested in intimate, diverse experiences where movement comes with intention and physical potentials are pushed to new extremes. My visions celebrate the layers and characteristics of various cultures and people through contemporary dance. International collaboration enables me to build bridges which emphasize the value of connecting and sharing as this is the way relationships and therefor society, heal and live in compassion.“
– “Mit dem Herzen sehen” 2018 –
Made together with Pascal Sangl (Stuttgart) and Kirill Berezovksi (Mannheim), “Mit dem Herzen sehen” was the 2018 ‘Kulturbuehne’ (Culture Stage) for the 4th grade students of the Neurottschule in Ketsch, Germany. Inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s ‘The Little Prince,’ this was a collaborative project with 60 (9 and 10 year old) children to create a Dance/Theater piece about the value of friendship, love and how to see with the heart. The Cultural Stage is made to celebrate the end of their 4th grade year and immerse the students in a new kind of education which deals with arts, music and expression. It was performed three times for various audiences at the Neurottschule in July, 2018.
– Photos: Mannheimer Morgen
- Video coming soon!
– “Warri♀r” 2018 –
This piece is made in honor of the female creature. The intention of it is to shine a new light on the female condition in all of its oppression and glory. It is the story of a woman navigating her way through the unjust world and stepping into her primal power along the way.
The piece explores how vulnerability leads to strength and how rituals can be used as a personal way to cope with harsh realities. “WARRI♀R” is a shout out to the women of the world, especially those who have ever been directly abused in any way.
The message of this piece is, ‘you are not alone.’ Whether you are a man, a woman or anything in between, the hope is to encourage you to be your own warrior and to always consider the reality of others.
*Premiere date: 5th of July, 2018- Theater Felina-Areal, Mannheim, DE
-Dancer: Veronika Kornova-Cardizzaro
–Music: Arvo Pärt & Alea Saxophone Quartet, CocoRosie
–Documentation: Falk Kastell
- View piece: https://vimeo.com/269069618
– “Four Ears” 2017-
‘As soon as two people notice each other, they interact with each other. They send and receive signals which can be linguistic or physical. The decoding of the signals begins immediately. What does the other person mean? What is he/she trying to tell me?’ – Friedemann Schulz von Thun.-
“Four Ears” is an examination of human interaction and communication. I used Friedemann Schulz von Thun’s ‘Four sides-model’ as a primary structure for the piece; this model, also known as the ‘communication square,’ breaks down our nature of sending and receiving messages into four layers: Factual, Self-Revealing, Relationship and Appeal. Delving into these layers of communication, this piece is meant to help us understand each other better. “Four Ears” is a combination of improvisational scores and set choreography.
It premiered at ‘Feste im Freien’ at Theater Felina Areal in Mannheim, Germany on 20th of October, 2017.
-Dancers: Shareen DeRyan and Brian McNeal
–Music: Floating Points
–Documentation: Kirill Berezovski, Guenter, Kraemmer
- View full piece: https://vimeo.com/239628347
– “265” 2017 –
2 choreographers, 6 dancers and 5 hours of rehearsal to make a piece. 265 is a collaboration made with Elizabeth Chitty for the dancers of ZiRu Dance Company in September 2017 at the 2nd Annual Silicon Valley Dance Festival in California. 265 is an entirely improvised piece made on a structured score designed to explore vulnerability on stage in a conventional performance environment. What does it mean to truly watch, listen, speak, see and be a vulnerable performer.
-Dancers: Shareen DeRyan, Kirill Berezovski, Charlotte Keefe, Shellie Jew, Katie Florez, Michael Galloway
-Music: Hector Sandoval
-Documentation: ZiRu Dance Company
- View full piece: https://vimeo.com/257866584
– “Lit” 2017 –
‘Unsung don’t say it, touch it, or replay it, it only happens once, So long to last lines, every time’s the first time, I’m off to have some fun. A cauldron of potions, drops of the oceans, couldn’t solve this one. As luck would have it, I’m on the planet, and so it seems are you. – Tom Rosenthal. –
“Lit” is a collaboration with two dancers and a painter. It is a research of how the movement of color affects moving bodies and how moving bodies affect the choices made by a painter with a canvas. Additionally, “Lit” explores the depths of being human and generating unique sources of light and positivity. “Lit” premiered at ‘Freier Tanz im Delta’ at Theater Felina-Areal in Mannheim Germany on 2nd of June, 2017 then was invited to perform at ‘Studio Nordbecken’ Festival in Karlsruhe, Germany 13th of July, 2017.
–Dancers: Aline Serrano, Daniella Eriksson, Kirill Berezovski, Amelia Eisen
– Painter: Jeff Cope
– Music: Alex Somers, Bon Iver, Tom Rosenthal
– Documentation: Guenter Kraemmer, Nemanja Sarbajic
- View full piece(duet version): https://vimeo.com/241153443
-“Umgebungen” 2017 –
‘A research experiment of inner and outer environments through the collaboration of dance, beat box and audience participation.’ This piece had it’s first presentation in February, 2017 at SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts in San Francisco, California USA. The collaboration now continues internationally with future performances coming soon.’
– Dancer: Amelia Eisen
– Dance and Music: Daniel Lenders
– Documentation: Mark McBeth
- View full piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NljSEI0tG_g&feature=youtu.be
-“Within our Skin” 2016-
‘It is our task to never forget what has happened to us, to never shake what our every cell has felt, always finding moments to be still, bathing in what we have made so far, understanding what we are made of and activating the memories residing in our skin.’
‘This work premiered in July 2016 at SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts in San Francisco, California USA then was invited to be shared again as a guest performance for Slick Babble Dance Company in Berkeley, California USA. *Prior to the premiere, a work-in-progress version was performed as a guest piece in the Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Alumni Showcase in May, 2016.
“Within our Skin” involved an international cast of dancers and focused on highlighting memories of the past and moments of the present through the use of poetry, multiple languages and live dialogue among the dancers.
– Dancers: Khala Brannigan, Neta Singer, Shareen DeRyan, Kirill Berezovski
– Poetry: Amelia Eisen
– Music: Ayub Ogada, Efterklang
– Documentation: Joel Jacobson
- View full piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SZ5ixsKBB4
-“Residence in the Heart” 2015-
What is home?
“Residence in the Heart” was created and premiered in Kibbutz Ga’aton, Israel December, 2015. It represents home, in all of it’s various ways, shapes and forms.’
– Dancers: Daniella Eriksson and Kirill Berezovski
– Music: Lord Huron
– Documentation: Uri Nevo
- View full piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yTubIlky4I
‘What makes you, you?’
This piece was made to explore the various ways in which an art form can ground us as humans in the world today. It travels inward to the core of our being to remind us why we do the things that we do. “Anchored” had its premiere in April, 2015 at SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts in San Francisco, California USA.’
– Dancers: Alex Carrington, Claire Fischer, Shareen DeRyan, Khala Brannigan
– Vocals and Music: Katya Bitar and Michelle Kaonohikaimana
– Documentation: Angelina Poirier
- View rehearsal clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr6poq0m09M
–“Chapters of a Memory”- 2014
‘There are countless things we can let go of to better serve our selves. This piece looks into specific memories and feelings that come when you have realized you’ve let something go that you no longer need. Doing so, opens you and makes space for more life to flow through, letting you simply be, and tell your stories. “Chapters of a Memory” premiered December, 2014 at The Garage in San Francisco, California USA then was performed a second time in April 2015 at SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts also in San Francisco, California USA.
– Dancers: Alexandra Kamerling, Shareen DeRyan, Khala Brannigan, Amelia Eisen
– Music: Alt-J
– Documentation: Mark McBeth
- View performance excerpt: https://vimeo.com/197703840
-“Out of Bounds”-2014
‘Grateful fascination for every rush of your own swelling lungs and lush flooding blood all glistening, glimmering, flooding, falling, falling..-“The Staircase”, by Hilary Brown’…’An exploration of our limits and potential through live music and dance.
“Out of Bounds” premiered at San Francisco’s West Wave Dance Festival in September, 2014. This music/dance collaboration happened from a distance throughout California. Following its premiere, this piece was performed three more times at The Garage and SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts in San Francisco, California USA.
– Dancers: Amelia Eisen and Alexandra Kamerling
– Music: ‘Holler Tree’ Band
– Documentation: Mark McBeth
- View full piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh1z3bq8BmE
-“Trails Tied”- 2014
‘Finding our place among coils of time’
“Trails Tied” was inspired by the book, “The Shipping News” by Annie Proulx. This piece looks at the ways time moves; from the history that lives in a tightly coiled knot, to the direction of a ship sailing at see, to the movement and energy of water….how can we physicalize time? The work premiered in April, 2014 at The Garage in San Francisco, California USA.’
– Dancers: Leyna Swoboda, Alexandra Kamerling, Jenna Wozer, Khala Brannigan, Arthur Prettyman
– Music: Zbigniew Preisner, Abel Korzeniowski, Yann Tiersen
– Documentation: Zack Tang and Arturo Ochoa
- View full piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3pwHohg9zs
‘It’s not that the meaning can’t be explained. But there are certain meanings that are lost forever the moment they are explained in words’-Haruki Murakami 1Q84.’
“Floodgate” premiered in August of 2013 at The Garage in San Francisco, California USA. It was later performed again in December of the same year to continue it’s artistic growth.’
– Dancers: Jenna Wozer, Sarah Wenzel, Rachael Elliott, Alex Jenkins, Amelia Eisen, Alexandra Kamerling, Laura Kramer
– Vocals/Guest Performer: Alicia Pugh
– Music: Alicia Pugh, Yann Tiersen, Brown Bird
– Documentation: Nick Korkos and Alex Junho Kim
- View full piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XSQCITJk1A