TEACHERS AND GUEST-CHOREOGRAPHERS

3-YEAR EDUCATION PROGRAM CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Lars Anderstam was born in 1965 in Sweden and was trained as a professional dancer at The Royal Swedish Ballet School. He gained his teachers diploma and advanced choreographic studies at the National College of Dance and studies of Dance Science at the University of Stockholm. His career as a dancer in various European dance companies with famous choreographers and different styles early shaped his interest to operate within dance training and education. His credits as an artistic director include the Ballet Academy of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the position as Dean of the National College of Ballet and Dance in Oslo. In Norway he was actively involved in the development of national educational programs for dancers, dance teachers and choreographers. In Germany he held the position as rehearsal director and artistic assistant at tanzmainz. Since September 2016 Lars passionately engages as educational and artistic director at DANCEWORKS berlin with the aim to place students' personal development at the centre of the education, to develop and create modern stage personalities who are not only able to meet the technical and artistic challenges of todays modern and diverse landscape of dance, but who are capable to convey it.

Esther D. Cowens went to a Performing Arts High School in San Francisco before she entered the University of Arts in Philadelphia to finish her studies in Modern Dance with the subjects modern, balett, jazz, choreography, acting, piano and voice training with honors. As a choreographer and dancer she used to work in Spain and Taiwan. She was part of the opening cast of „The Lion King“ in Hamburg and was working with the European Center of the Arts Hellerau in Dresden, Germany, as well as with Dock 11 in Berlin. Since the end of the millennium, she has been living in Germany, has been taking voice training with Jonathan Kinsler for ten years and since then, also has been teaching Graham and Horton technique in Berlin and Hamburg.

Anna-Lise Hearn is a British-Norwegian choreographer and dance teacher/facilitator. She was trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance as well as music, singing and dramatic arts at the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme at The Place London and at London Studio Centre,  where she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from University of the Arts London, specializing in contemporary dance with Intoto Dance Company under the direction of Sue Booker and Leesa Phillips. During her time on the CAT scheme, she was fortunate to work with dancers from reputable companies such as Richard Alston Dance Company, Random Dance and Henri Oguike Dance Company. In 2013, she was the youngest choreographer to be programmed into Cloud Dance Festival. That year, she was also shortlisted for the Matthew Bourne New Adventures Choreographer Award. Anna-Lise also is a graduate of The Fi.ELD (Future Innovators of East London Dance) and was on the shortlist for the 'Inspiring Choreographer Award'. Alongside her choreographic work, she aims to continue to grow and develop her teaching practice for a variety of ages.

Anir Leben is a teacher and contemporary performer in Improvisation, Contact Improvisation (CI) and Music. She received her graduation in Contemporary New Dance, Improvisation and Performance from TIP bewegungsart Freiburg and enriched her knowledge in music and dance at the "Universität der Künste Berlin" (UDK). Larger stage works as a dancer involve the project “You and me” and “You have to” which were both showcased in Freiburg in 2013/2014. Her latest works include music videos she co-produced, danced in and made music for. Since 2011 she focuses on internationally teaching Contemporary CI and Improvisation in workshops, classes and one-on-ones. In 2016 she founded the “scoreJAM Berlin”, a format designed to support CI and contemporary dance which takes place twice a month. In her classes she focuses on the improvising mind and the intelligently exploring body. She encourages curiosity, self-responsibility and the investigative approach of each individual.

 

Michael Langeneckert, currently rehearsal director for Mainz Dance / State Theater Mainz, has been working with famous choreographers such as Sharon Eyal, Ruy Horta, Club Guy and Roni, Guy Nader and Mario Campos. As a dancer he was engaged at Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland, in the German theaters of Kiel and Oldenburg with Martin Stiefermann, in Kaiserslautern as well as in Basel at Dance Ensemble Cathy Sharp. His choreographies were performed at E-Werk Freiburg, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, at Rotebühlplatz Stuttgart, Theater Linz and in Moutier in Switzerland. For his contemporary training he combines 30 years experience as professional dancer, choreographer and rehearsal director with release technique, bodywork, improvisation and conditioning. In fall 2o18 he will start to teach Contemporary at DANCEWORKS berlin. 

Gregory Livingston studied contemporary dance at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main and at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in New York. His education enabled him insight to ballet, modern, dance composition and to dance in works from various choreographers finding his way of moving. Gregory’s career started in NYC with the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company. He then went on to dance with the City Contemporary Dance Company in Hong Kong and Toladá in Berlin where he began teaching and creating his own work. He also danced in Roberto Galvan’s pioneering company from 1996-2001 in Stadttheater Giessen. Since 1994, he has been collaborating nationally and internationally with dance companies, theaters and educational institutions. He was a guest artist with the José Limón Dance Company performing in "Emperor Jones" and "Missa Brevis" in 2011 & 2012, and was teaching workshops for the Limon School and the New York Dance Festival which he founded. He was part of the core team of The Forsythe Company in the “KulturTagJahr” project, a collaboration with the Altana Kulturstiftung, other partners, artists and 100 students. He also worked with Stadttheater Bielefeld, Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Leipziger Tanztheater and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm.

 

Jennifer Mann studied at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. Since then, she has been working as dancer, choreographer and teacher for contemporary dance, dance improvisation and Yoga in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Taiwan for studios, festivals and various dance companies. As a freelance artist, she worked with Group Motion Company, Beppie Blankert, Johannes Böning, Jean Marc Le Bon, Howard Katz Fireheart, the wee dance company and Norma Douglas. With Heidi Weiss she founded the Zen in the Basement Company. She showed her choreographies at international festivals and received funding from institutions such as the Hauptstadtkulturfond Berlin, the Potsdam cultural office and the Fond Darstellende Künste e.V. She regularly offers professional training in various dance studios in Berlin. At DANCEWORKS berlin she teaches Modern.

 

Alya Manzart is a performance artist, choreographer and teacher. He has worked with Tasdance performing in Evolve Revolve by Liesel Zink and Gabrielle Nankivell (2016) and Affinity by Graham Murphy and Stephany Lake (2015). Alya has also worked with Chunky Move for the six years performing in Anouk Van Dijk’s productions of Complexity of Belonging (2014-16), 247 Days (2013-14) and An Act of Now (2012-17), and has toured Europe with the company. His previous work has included performances with Opera Australia, Drill Performance Company, Kylie Minogue, Phillip Adams, Helen Herbertson and 2ndToe Dance Collective. His dance film Subliminal Mind was selected for presentation at several film festivals in both Australia and Europe. Alya has taught contemporary dance with The Henny Jurriens Foundation, Chunky Move, Tasdance, Theater Pforzheim, Transit Dance and The Space. He studied at the Victorian College of the Arts Australia. For DANCEWORKS berlin he teaches contemporary style.

 

Yuko Matsuyama is a freelance performing artist (vocal, dance, act) and Pilates teacher. She has been performing in various theater, dance theater, show and musical productions for over twenty years. She started her career at the Takarazuka Revue, the biggest Musical and Revue Theater in Japan. Since 2010 she is a residence artist at Haus Schwarzenberg (Berlin), has been organizing dance performances and concerts at the bar Eschschloraque as well as at the gallery neurotitan. In 2011 Yuko started organizing the performance series “Movement&Sound Improvisation”-Kuenstlerkollektiv Berlin. As a sound performer she worked with Tomi Paasonen, Mercedes Appugliese & FlorianBilbao (A+B Tanzbau), Cristina Elias, and César Meneghetti. Besides her work on stage, she enjoys singing Hawaiian music with Hula Hut & the Seven Seas and loves sharing her knowledge as Pilates trainer.

Choreographer, teacher and dancer Sigge Modigh was trained at the Gothenburg Ballet Academy and graduated in 2002. After graduation he worked at Östre Gasvaerk Theatre, Björn Elisson Company, Oslo Dance Ensemble and for five years with Art of Spectra/Peter Svenzon. He also performed in musicals like West Side Story and Cabaret. In 2012 he started the "Can I Do This?" company. Since then the company has produced seven larger productions. Sigge´s work has been performed in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy, and Germany. In 2013 Swedish Television commissioned Sigge to create the short film Black Swan. In 2014 Sigge also created the farewell performance for Swedish Dancer of the court Jan-Erik Wikström at the museum of dance in Stockholm. Other notable works include choreography for Leonard Bernstein's Mass at Oscar church in Stockholm and directing Sunset Boulevard and Addams Family, the musical, at Varberg Teater. Further credits include the Royal Swedish Ballet School, Dansehallerne/Danish Dance Theatre, RTV Dance Company, Gothenburg Opera, Architanz Tokyo and Base23. With DANCEWORKS berlin he is under contract to teach Contemporary in the 3-year-professional education program.

 


Sven Niemeyer completed his education in Hamburg and Munich, choreographed Musicals, Operas, Dance Theatre pieces, and worked with big names of the international dance scene. He danced at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and the Bremer Theater am Goetheplatz and quickly became well known as teacher and coach. Clients call him "one of the best coaches in the world, leading his students to a higher level of Perfomance and let their creativity flow", "a bundle of energy” who “helps every dancer in class to be the best dancer he/she can be”. "Highest concentration and dynamics, discipline and absolute individuality of each person he works with, are the attributes that accompany his work.” Svens technical knowledge and his experiences as pedagogue worldwide makes him also very special like his experiences as an active dancer, singer and actor - in Germany, Europe and worldwide. At DANCEWORKS he teaches Jazz Dance.

 

The Spanish choreographer, dancer and teacher Sonia Rodríguez in her diverse career amongst others worked with Cia Rui Horta in Germany, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Scottish Dance Theater, Cia Norrdans in Sweden and Cia La Baraka in France. She was invited to perform at Beijing Dance Festival and created a choreography as artist in residence in Bangalore, India, at Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute. At DANCEWORKS berlin she teaches Contemporary in the professional education program.

Mata Sakka was born in Larisa, Greece. She studied at the Center for Performing Arts in Athens and received a scholarship to go on with her studies at  Merce Cunningham Studio in New York. Soon she also started teaching Cunningham technique besides performing as a dancer. In New York and in other cities she worked with reknown artists such as Horeftes, Metakinisi, Stephan Koplowitz, Bryan Hayes, Liz Gerrin, Veronika Riz, Editta Braun, MS Schrittmacher, Jan Pusch, Cocoon dance, La Fura dels Baus and Ingo Reulecke. Since the year 2005 she has been performing worldwide with Sasha Waltz & Guests. She also is a movement- and massage therapist. At DANCEWORKS berlin Mata Sakka teaches Cunningham style and Contemporary.

Originally from South Tirol in Italy, Marion Sparber is a  professional dancer/instructor based in Berlin. She received her professional dance training at Varium in Barcelona and Iwanson Contemporary Dance School in Munich. As a teacher she has been working in several schools and festivals in Costa Rica, Germany (DOCK 11, Ballettförderzentrum Nürnberg, Marameo, Tanzfabrik Berlin), Italy, Russia (Academy Dancer Russia) and Spain (Varium). As a dancer she collaborated with choreographers and companies such as Stella Zannou, Sonia Rodríguez, Eldon Pulak and as a guest dancer of wee dance company. Wit her solo work "The ripe and ruin" she travelled to Costa Rica, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and also performed it in Germany. She founded the KpiqA Collective and teaches Contemporary at DANCEWORKS.

Alessio Trevisani – German philologist, dance educator, choreographer and stage director – studied dance and literature in Rome at La Sapienza University as well as in Berlin at the Freie Universität. In 2000 he initiated the SOX36 project in Berlin-Kreuzberg, a display window at Oranienstraße 154 – a public space, a minimal area for visual arts, dance and theater. In the year 2003, Alessio won the German Dance Competition in the category best solo at the German Dance Platform. During his work with composer Karlheinz Stockhausen at Leipzig Opera as well as during a stay in New York in the year 2005 working as choreographer Rose Anne Spradlin’s assistant, he gathered important personal and artistic experience. Since 2006 he has created four dance pieces for reknown Thikwa Theater in Berlin. In 2007 worked as resident choreographer with Palucca School at TanzPlan in Dresden, from 2010-2018 he was choreographer and artistic director for Leipzig Dance Theater. A former member of Tanzfabrik Berlin, he used to dance for Jacalyn Carley and Dieter Heitkamp. He is artistic director of the newly founded Freies Tanz Ensemble Berlin/Leipzig. Alessio’s work is sensual and dynamic. In his choreographies as well as in his classes he combines acting with movement and performance. For DANCEWORKS berlin Alessio teaches contemporary dance, contact improvisation and repertoire.

Photo credit: Hagen Wolf

George E. Younger has enjoyed a career spanning more than 30 years on two continents. He began his formal dance training while attending Temple University, but his choreographic work began much earlier within the high school competitive gymnastics scene in Maryland, USA. After receiving his BA degree in political science, he joined the Philadelphie Dance Company for seven years. He also worked as coach and resident choreogapher training national and international competitors in gymnastics. In 1988 he was invited to Berlin to participate in the Cultural City of Europa project as choreographer. In this position he created a 2 hour performance with international artists at Hamburger Bahnhof which was broadcasted on television. Since then he is living in Germany and has created works for festivals, theaters, special events and television around the world, for example for the Guggenheim Museum Berlin and for Nike Germany. Since 2004 he has been working at DANCEWORKS and is currently teaching Modern (Horton technique).