Participants

Antonia Baehr

is a choreographer, performer , film maker and visual artist based in Berlin. She studied film and media arts with VALIE EXPORT at Berlin University of the Arts and received a DAAD-Grant and a Merit Scholarship for her MFA in the Performance and Film Departments at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She was artiste associée at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers between 2006 and 2008.  A large part of her work is concerned with the human-animal-relation. Baehr is the producer of the horse whisperer and dancer Werner Hirsch, the musician and choreographer Henri Fleur, the composer Henry Wilt and the husband Henry Wilde, a.o.. She is considered to be one of the most original and distinct German choreographers. Her works have been shown at many international festivals and important dance and theatre institutions. www.make-up-productions.net

Alex Bailey

is originally from Birmingham, UK now living in Vienna, AT. Since 2014 he has performed for pets and from 2016 for humans in varying ballet contexts.

Silke Bake

lives in Berlin and works as curator, dramaturge and mentor. She worked as dramaturge at Tanzquartier Wien, and as a full-time member of the board of curators for independent theater and dance of the city of Vienna (2002–06), as dramaturge and managing director for the IN TRANSIT Performing Arts Festival at the House of World Cultures in 2008 and 2009. She co-curated programmes such as the biennial NU Performance Festival On Hospitality in the framework of the European cultural capital Tallinn 2011, performance platform. body affects at Sophiensaele Berlin in 2012. She conceives discoursive formats as from dusk till dawn and further, a 12 hours talkshow at ImpulsTanz Festival Vienna, and  A piece you remember to tell – A piece you tell to remember, a dance-history-telling-project (with P. Stamer); Visionärer Widerstreit, a seven hours event, and Let’s talk about work and life (with J. Lanteri) and Ecologies of practice (with A. Chauchat, B. Knaup, S. Zacharias), talk & practice formats at Tanzfabrik Berlin. She is the artistic director of the biennial programm Tanznacht Berlin (2016 and 2018).

Gabriele Brandstetter

Professor of Theater and Dance Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Her research focus is on: History and aesthetics of dance from the 18th century until today, theatre and dance of the avant-garde; contemporary theatre and dance, performance, theatricality and gender differences; concepts of body, movement and image, synchronisation of movement and somatic practices. Since 2008 co-director of the International Centre Interweaving performance studies.

Sigrid Gareis

After completing her studies in ethnology, Sigrid Gareis established the fields of theatre/dance and international cultural work as part of the Siemens Art Program. She is co-founder of dance and theatre festivals in Moscow, Munich, Nuremberg and Greifswald. Between 2000 and 2009, she was founding director of Tanzquartier Wien, between 2005 and 2007 founding president of the European Dancehouse Network (EDN). Between 2011 and 2014, she was founding general secretary of the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne. She is currently active as a curator in dance and theatre, teaching and lecturing at various universities and art schools. She has collaborated with Simone Forti in the framework of two exhibitions (Moments, ZKM, and soundmove, Kunstmuseum Bonn). Frequent activities as juror, adviser, consultant. Various book publications.

Claire Filmon

is a dancer, improviser, dance pedagogue and artistic director of the Asphodèle Dankes Envol in Paris. She has studied Horton technique with Bella Lewitzky, improvisation with Anna Halprin and has collaborated with the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Filmon has developed her own improvisations since 1995, and has been involved in collaborations with Barre Philips, Julien Hamilton, Nancy Stark Smith and Lisa Nelson, among others. She has worked in close collaboration with Simone Forti on many occasions. She teaches internationally at dance institutions and festivals in France, Switzerland, Korea, Japan and the United States. www.clairefilmon.com

Simone Forti

Born in Italy in 1935 and living in Los Angeles, choreographer, dancer, visual artist and writer Simone Forti began her dance studies under Anna Halprin. At the end of the 1950s, she moved to New York, where she took part in Robert Ellis Dunn’s composition class. Her Dance Constructions, developed from 1960 onwards, proved to be a work cycle that would have significant impact on American Postmodern Dance and the Judson Dance Theater. In 1968, she started an intense engagement with studies on the animal world; her piece Sleep Walkers (aka Zoo Mantras) would become a touchstone production for the genre of animal choreography. She is an internationally respected dance pedagogue and has developed her own improvisation technique under the term of Logomotion. She has worked with renowned personalities in the artworld, among others Robert Morris, Steve Paxton, Nam June Paik, Yoko Ono and Yvonne Rainer. Her works have been exhibited at important museums, among them the Louvre, MoMA, Museum der Moderne Salzburg and the Tate Modern.

Maximilian Haas

is a dramaturge and a scholar of culture, in particular performance and dance. He is a postdoc researcher at the DFG graduate program „Das Wissen der Künste“, organized by the Berlin University of the Arts. Haas studied at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen. His practice-based PhD project „Animals on Stage. An Aesthetic Ecology of Performance“ was affiliated with the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Haas has taught at art academies and universities in Giessen, Cologne, Berlin, Bochum, Dresden, Vienna and Frankfurt/Oder. Recent academic lectures and articles have been centred around the aesthetics of dance, performance, and artistic research, as well as issues of animal and science studies, and the philosophy of post-structuralism, new materialism, and pragmatism. Haas was employed at the Volksbühne Berlin and worked as a dramaturge with dance and performance makers such as David Weber-Krebs, Hannah Hurtzig, Jeremy Wade, and Martin Nachbar, and organised transdisciplinary workshops and conferences such as the conference Portraying Animals at the National Gallery Prague (June 2015, with Hannah Hurtzig) and the workshop Animal Dances at Sophiensaele Berlin (May 2016, with Martin Nachbar). www.maximilianhaas.info

Miriam Jakob

The work of Berlin-based ethnographer and choreographer Miriam Jakob is situated at the interface of research (social science) and fiction, in which she transforms anthropological subjects into performative poetic material. Her solo Friday 1.23.15 [sic] “as usual, sorry that I do not always…” (2012) received the jury prize at HAU and Sophiensaele’s 100° Berlin Festival and was shown on various other occasions. In 2014, she realized the ensemble piece Travelling to the Four Corners of the Earth, which was funded by the Senate of Berlin. She has also been involved in various collaborations, amongst others with the duo deufert&plischke. In 2016, she received the Berlin Senate’s research stipend, and is currently conducting research in the field of animal representation and inter-species performative exchange. www.miriamjakob.de

Krõõt Juurak

Krõõt Juurak is an Estonian artist living in Vienna, and has developed idiosyncratic projects at the interface of choreography and performance. She has presented her works at international institutions and festivals, among them the Contemporary Art Center (CAC) Villnius, ImPulsTanz Vienna, de Appel Amsterdam, CIAP Hasselt, Kunsthalle Vienna, Tallinn Art Hall and deSingel Antwerpen. She has for a number of years been artistically concerned with the pet, and together with Alex Bailey has developed “Performances for Pets” – performances created especially for pets and shown in people’s flats. www.performancesforpets.net

Andrea Keiz

works as a freelance artist in the field of video documentation of performing arts. Besides documenting dance for research projects like Tanztechniken 2010 or TANZFONDS ERBE she works closely with several artists and is part of the artistic research group AREAL, based in Berlin. Besides filming and editing, she is advising students in documentation, camera work and archiving in several dance programs in germany as well as offering workshops in video//dance and perception.

Sulgi Lie

is a Research Fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna and teaches at the Department of Media Studies at the University of Basel. In 2016 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. From 2005 until 2015 he was a research associate in the Division of Film Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is author of The Outside of Film. On Political Film Aesthetics (published in German in 2012; an English translation is forthcoming from Amsterdam University Press in 2018) and co-editor of Jacques Rancière’s film critical writings. One of his latest publications is From Shame to Drive. The Waning of Affect; or, The Rising of the Drive Image in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema, in: Social Text 127, Vol. 34, Nr. 2, June 2016, 45-70. Currently he is working on a book on Slapstick Comedy.

Martin Nachbar

is a choreographer in the fields of contemporary dance and performance. He is one of the 50 dance artists active in Germany listed by the Goethe Institut. Since graduating from the SNDO in Amsterdam in 1996, he has worked for various companies and choreographers as a dancer and performer. Among others, he was a founding member of the collective B.D.C, with whom he developed the piece affects/rework – a reconstruction of Dore Hoyer’s Affectos Humanos (1962). Nachbar has choreographed more than 20 pieces since 2004. In his piece Repeater, for instance, together with his 70-year-old father he rendered visible his family ties in and through movement on stage. His Animal Dances (2013) examine the relationality between human and animal. Martin regularly writes and publishes on his works. He also regularly teaches at institutions such as PARTS Brussels, SNDO Amsterdam, SEAD Salzburg, HZT Berlin, TRINITY LABAN London or FU Berlin. www.martinnachbar.de

Jessica Ullrich

studied art history, fine arts and German literature in Frankfurt as well as Arts Administration in Berlin. She holds a PhD in art history and has been assistant professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Arts in Berlin and head of the education department at Kunstpalais in Erlangen. She also works as a curator and published exhibition catalogues and collection of essays mainly on modern and contemporary art. Her research interest lies in human-animal relationships, in art and aesthetics. Currently she teaches Human-Animal Studies at the Friedrich-Alexander University Nuremberg-Erlangen. She is the editor of Tierstudien, the first academic journal on animal studies and founding member of the resaerch groups Animals and Aesthetics, FITT (Forschungsinitiative Tiertheorie) as well as member of CLAS (Cultural and Literal Animal Studies), Bündnis Mensch Tier, Forum Animals and History, Stiftung der Mensch-Tier-Beziehungen and IFCEAS (Interfakultäres Forum für Cultural Enviromental und Animal Studies). Jessica is the representative of Minding Animals Germany.

David Weber-Krebs

Born in Liège in 1974, performer, curator, theatre and film director David Weber-Krebs currently lives in Brussels. He studied at the Université de Fribourg (CH) and the Amsterdam School of the Arts (NL). His works are situated between (lecture) performance, film and installation and are often developed in interdisciplinary collaboration with other artists and theorists. In developing his creative work, he is especially interested in experimental approaches that explore and question the traditional relation between work and audience. Together with Maximilian Haas, in 2013 he developed the piece Balthazar, in which a donkey is present on stage as an equal alongside five performers. The piece has been touring internationally with great success. Weber-Krebs teaches at various art and performance schools. David is member of THIRD!, the third cycle research group of Das Graduate school (Amsterdam). He is affiliated as a doctoral artistic researcher to KASK & Conservatory / School of Arts (Gent). davidweberkrebs.org