TEACHERS AND GUEST-CHOREOGRAPHERS
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.
Miguel Cartagena studied classical ballet in his homeland at the conservatory of the Universidad de Chile and at the ballet school of the opera house in Santiago. In 1989 he won
the Latin American Ballet Competition with his choreography "Para Berta". During his long career as a ballet dancer, he danced long years at the Ballet of Santiago de Chile under the direction of
Marcia Haydee and as a soloist at the Stadttheater Hildesheim. Afterwards he was active in musicals and made himself as a choreographer and ballet master at various houses in Germany a name,
among others at the opera houses of Hanover and Halle, the theaters Heidelberg, Dortmund, Ulm, Flensburg and Oldenburg and at the renowned Tanzhaus NRW and the company Pretty Ugly in Cologne. In
Berlin he worked u.a. as a ballet master at the Friedrichstadtpalast and taught tango at the University of the Arts before joining DANCEWORKS berlin as a lecturer in classical ballet.
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.
Jennifer Mann graduated from the University of Arts in Philadelphia. Since then she has been working as a dancer, choreographer and lecturer in
contemporary dance, dance improvisation and yoga in Holland, Germany, Taiwan and Italy for studios, festivals and various companies. As a freelance artist she danced 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 presented
her choreographies at international festivals and received funding from the Hauptstadtkulturfond Berlin, the Kulturamt der Stadt Potsdam and the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. She regularly
offers professional trainings and teaches modern dance in dance education at DANCEWORKS.
Marion Sparber comes originally from South Tyrol, but has been living in Berlin for a long time. She received her dance education at the Varium in
Barcelona and at the Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance. As a lecturer she worked for a variety of educational institutions, including the Ballet Support Center Nuremberg,
Kari-tanzhaus, Deltebre Danza, Academy Dancer Russia, Varium, Dock 11, Marameo, B12 and Tanzfabrik Berlin. She worked with various choreographers and companies, such as Stella Zanou, Sonia
Rodríguez, with ADN-Dialect, Eldon Pulak and as guest dancer of the wee dance company. Her solo piece "The ripe and ruin" was performed in Costa Rica, Greece, Italy, Spain and Germany. At
DANCEWORKS berlin she teaches contemporary techniques.
Raffaella Galdi comes from Italy and lives in Berlin. After graduating in Fine Arts from the Art School in Genoa in 1991, she received her training in classical and modern dance at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie and at the Ecole de Dance Rosella Hightower in Cannes. She is a choreographer, dancer and teacher. She is also the founder and artistic director of her company "InCorpo", an open structure that works in the field of contemporary dance in relation to fine art. Raffaella has developed her own dance education approach to movement exploration. She teaches freelance students and professionals in theaters and dance companies. As a dancer she worked with, among others, laborgras, Christoph Winkler and Ingo Reulecke. It was part of the Belgian company Thor (1997-99), the Dutch Het Spui Theater Company (2000), the Berlin-based Cie. Toula Limnaios (2002-2003) and the Luxembourg Formation Unit Control (2003-2005). At DANCEWORKS she teaches contemporary dance.
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
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.
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.
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
Marcelo Omine was born in São Paulo, Brazil, where he completed his dance education and worked for Balé da Cidade de São Paulo. A scholarship from ITI Germany enabled him to
spend half a year at the TanzForum Köln. Immediately thereafter, Marcelo worked for several companies in Germany, including the Theater Freiburg, the Opera Bonn (Pavel Mikuláštik), at the
Volksbühne Berlin and the Schauspielhaus Hamburg (Johan Kresnik). He also worked as a dancer and assistant at Cocoondance for several years. In 2009 he completed a Master in Contemporary Dance
Education at the HfMDK Frankfurt am Main.
Chaim Gebber He began his successful career as a choreographer in 1993 with »Pressagios da loucura«, a dance piece that was voted the best choreography of the year by
UNESCO and CIDC (Conseil International de la danse, PARIS).
After many years of collaboration with various dance companies in the Brazilian dance scene, he moved to Germany in 2001, where he worked as a dancer and guest teacher at many theaters and private dance companies. In 2005, he began research to develop his own movement system The Conscious Body System. In 2006, Chaim started his own projects in Germany as a freelance choreographer. From 2008 to 2011 he also lived and worked in Shanghai. In addition to his choreographic work, Chaim Gebber gained recognition as a dance teacher. He currently teaches The Conscious Body System workshops to theaters and independent dance companies around the world. His choreographic work has been shown in many cities in Germany, Brazil, China, South Korea, Italy, Morocco and Russia. The Brazilian choreographer, dancer and dance teacher based in Germany, is the artistic director and resident choreographer at CHAIM GEBBER / OPEN SCENE.
Luana Villaça completed a classical ballet and American Tap dancer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she grew up and finished all her dance studies. Over the years, she learned jazz
dance and decided to deepen her studies in this modality. Luana studied jazz with her master Katia Barros. In 2013, she began her studies in Musical Theater at one of Brazil's most prestigious
schools, 4Act Performing Arts, where she really came into the world of the Musical Theater and performed in musicals like "Cinderella", "Grease" and "Nine - The Musical". In 2017, she received a
scholarship to study at one of the most prestigious jazz dance schools in Brazil, Raca Centro de Artes de Sao Paulo. Since 2012 she has taught and choreographed in many schools in Sao Paulo, Jazz
Dance, Musical Jazz and Tap Dance. Now Luana lives in Berlin, where she works as a freelance dancer and teaches for our TAB programs.
Gian Marco Meier comes from Berlin, dances more than half of his life hip-hop and is versed in contemporary dance in other styles such as dancehall and commercial dance. In 2011
he won the Streetdance Championships in Berlin and danced in 2014 in the Bundesliga in a jazz-modern formation.
Michael Shapira left behind a professional path in the IT industry to pursue his interest in movement. He started practicing yoga and dance in his mid-twenties and explores both disciplines in practice, performance and teaching. After completing his teacher training in Yoga Sky, Berlin, he is now studying towards his 500h certification.
"Under hard is soft. And underneath that is softer."
Vinyasa can be roughly translated as "placing something in a certain way". We approach the physical exercise (always!) With lots of softness. In this way we can move towards more powerful, even sportier ways of expressing the possibilities of the body, and learn how to build a partnership and a lifelong friendship between body and mind.
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Tina Hessel is a German - Swedish, resident in Norway and Spain, lecturer in functional dance anatomy. Her book: "Functional Dance Anatomy" on this subject, is also translated
into English. She had her education in social anthropology, film studies and pedagogy in Stockholm and then moved to Oslo in 1976 where she started to train as a Physiotherapist. Later she worked
as the first PT and the Norwegian Opera for the dancers. In the same year she started for the students at the Art College (KHIO) Department - Dancers and Dance Pedagogues, working as a
Physiotherapist, where she still teaches as a Lecturer in Functional Dance Anatomy. She has established her own dance clinic in Oslo, teaches and trains certified teachers in the UHM® Pilates
technique. She did her Pilates education in the USA. She trained as a coach in 2001 (NLP Master Practitioner) and has since been working as a communication coach for dancers and others. A book is
also written about this: "Potensia living according to your heart". Today she works online with the POTENSIA® Metode. Since 1980 Tina Hessel has been teaching functional dance anatomy in Norway,
Sweden, Germany, USA, Slovenia and Spain. In 1993 she wrote about the functional dance anatomy in the Scandinavian Dance newspaper DANS.
Satoshi Kudo is a Japanese dancer and a choreographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has received Serge Diaghilev Memorial Award and 2nd prize at The Third International Serge Diaghilev Competition of Choreography Art 2004 in Gdynia, Poland; the Audience prize and the 2nd prize at Going Solo choreography competition 2003 in Stockholm, Sweden. After professional experiences in Tokyo and New York, Kudo is now based in Stockholm since 1998. He has worked for Ohad Naharin, Eastman/Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Claire Parsons, Danish Dance Theatre, and others. He has also worked as an assistant choreographer and a rehearsal director for Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui from 2006 to 2013; rehearsal director for the Royal Swedish Ballet including productions by Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman and Sharon Eyal in 2015 and 2017.
Tim Rushton (MBE)* was born in Birmingham in 1963. He studied at the Royal Ballet Upper School and danced for a number of northern European ballet companies until the mid-1990s. While a dancer at The Royal Danish Ballet he became interested in pursuing a choreographic career and decided to quit dancing.
Rushton quickly made his mark as a creator of contemporary dance, using classical ballet technique, and by 2001 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Danish Dance Theatre. During the past decade Rushton has transformed DDT into a multi-award winning company. Under his leadership, the company has established an international presence and today enjoys critical and popular acclaim throughout Europe, North America, Australia and Asia Pacific.
Tim Rushton’s contemporary choreographic style draws on his vast experience as a dancer and choreographer. His work - described as 'emotionally-led, reflecting the nuances of human relationships’ - often mixes live music, stunning lightning and design features. He uses it, he says, as "a means to communicate human emotion."
Rushton collaborates with writers, designers, visual artists and composers. He’s worked with a range of music spanning diverse genres, from classical masterpieces through to beat, jazz and newly commissioned compositions.
*Tim Rushton was appointed ‘Member of the Order of the British Empire’ (MBE) in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List in recognition of his services to dance.
Stella was born in Athens and has studied dance in London College of Dance, London Studio Centre, The American College of Greece (BA) and the Greek State School of Dance. After working as a choreographer and dancer for Prosxima dance company, Stella formed “Smack Dance Company” in Greece and currently is living in Berlin, working as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer.
As a dancer she has worked amongst others with Johannes Wieland and the State theater of Kassel, Walter Bickmann, Maya Caroll/Lipsker, Clint Lutes, Xaris Mandafounis, Thomas Mettler, Richard Siegal, Michael Klein, Nana Vachla, Editta Braun, Yannis Antoniou, Ioanna Parali, H. Andahopoulou, etc.
As a choreographer she has created work, among other places for Vienna Opera house (director Karoline Gruber, conductor Simone Joung), Staatstheater Kassel (“100000 superstars”, a shared evening with Johannes Wieland and Helge Letonja), S.E.A.D. – “Bodji project” – “Parts of me”, Sozo visions in motion – “14 almost similar stories”, etc.
Stella has been invited to present her own work in places and festivals such as “One small step festival”, 5th and 6th Athens International dance Festival, Gnarl Festival, No ballet fest, Santorini Arts Factory, nomads festival, motum festival, arts festival at the American college of Greece, etc
She is teaching dance in places such as Staatstheater Braunschweig/Kassel, S.E.A.D.- Salzburg, cie Toula Limnaios, B12/ Berlin, Proda - Oslo, Nachschub – Basel, Potsdamer Tanztage, Bruckner University / Linz, University of dance and music in Cologne, Hollins University / Frankfurt, Iwanson International dance school, American College of Greece, One small step festival – Corfu, akropoditi international dance festival, etc.
Stella has been involved in creating performance projects for places such as the American college of Greece, tanzfabrik Berlin, marameo Berlin, etc.
She has won the price of the audience for the duet “We like men strong cause they last longer”, in Budapest “Solo and Duo Dance Festival”, in 2003 (Choreographed by Stella Zannou for Prosxima Dance Company) and was voted as “Dancer of the year” for the Ballet Tanz magazine by Katja Werner 2003 and from Arnd Wesemann in 2010
Ph. D Katarina Lion is researcher and senior lecturer in dance theory at Stockholm University of the Art (UNIARTS). Lion is teaching dance history/historiography and dance analysis at the department of dance education (IDP), at Stockholm University and the Royal Academy of dance in Stockholm. Her Research project concerns intercultural pedagogy by practical (artistic) and international exchange in dance as community art.