Sasha Waltz & Guests

dancers

Davide Camplani was born 1968 in Marone, Italy. He studied contemporary dance with Giulia Gussago and Claudio Gasparotto and at the Folkwang-Hochschule, Essen, where he graduated in 1999. He has danced with Giulia Gussago in Italy, the Mark Sieczkarek Company, Malou Airaudo, and at the Bonn Opera. He partook in the film production Arie (2003) directed by Gianluca Vallero as a choreographer and dancer, and as a dancer in the film production história (2007) and in Between (2012) both by Karsten Liske. He has been working with Sasha Waltz & Guests since 1999. He also danced in The rest of you by Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola and Luc Dunberry and Don’t we by Luc Dunberry. Furthermore, he works as a repetiteur for Sasha Waltz & Guests, amongst others in the choreographic concert gefaltet by Sasha Waltz & Mark Andre that premiered at the Mozartwoche Salzburg 2012. Since 2008 Davide has been directing the children’s Dance Company of Sasha Waltz & Guests together with Mata Sakka and Gabriel Galindez Cruz. In 2009 he started working on his own project From….To in the framework of the support programme Choreographen der Zukunft by Sasha Waltz & Guests, sponsored by BASF SE. In February 2012 he also worked, together with Claudia de Serpa Soares, as an assistant and repetiteur for the piece human requiem by Jochen Sandig with the Rundfunk Choir Berlin under the musical direction of Simon Halsey. In 2012 he also participated as choreographer and teacher in the dance project MusicTANZ – Carmen within the educational programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker involving over 100 pupils. Davide Camplani also worked as a choreographer for Schwestern (2014) by the regisseur Frank Krug and in 2015 for the educational project Open Your Ears at the Konzerthaus Berlin. In February 2016, as part of the first ZUHÖREN project, Sasha Waltz & Guests started in its studio a weekly dance workshop with unaccompanied Syrian minors, Syrian dancers, and dancers of the company. Based on the idea and on the initiative of Davide Camplani and the Medhat Aldabaal, four dancers of the group have been developing a piece entitled Amal (‘hope in Arabic). In June 2017 Amal will debut as a full-length programme at the Sophiensæle in Berlin. Davide Camplani has danced in the following pieces/projects by Sasha Waltz: Travelogue I – Twenty to eight, Körper, noBody, Gezeiten, Medea, Jagden und Formen (Zustand 2008), Continu, Métamorphoses, Matzukaze, the choreographic concert gefaltet (repitition), Sacre, L’Après-midi d’un faune, Tannhäuser, Orfeo, Roméo et Juliette, the Dialoge series, and the exhibition Sasha Waltz. Installationen. Objekte. Performances.

 

Delphine Gaborit was born in 1979 in Challans, France. She studied contemporary dance at the Conservatoire National de Region de Nantes. She then moved to London and graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a B.A. (hons) in Dance Theatre. She has worked as a self-employed dancer with various companies, including the Retina Dance Company, Carol Brown Dances, New Art Club, Lost dog, the Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company, the Frantic Assembly, Ben Wright and Hofesh Schechter. She is a founding member of the Bonachela Dance Company. Delphine Gaborit appeared in There will be something later, the winning entry of the Dance Film Academy. In 2011 she worked with the British visual artist Martin Creed on the production Work No 1020 at Sadler’s Wells. 2013 she joined Adam Linder in his latest production Parade, premiered in Hebbel am User. Delphine Gaborit first danced for Sasha Waltz & Guests in 2009 in the production Dialoge – Neues Musuem. Since then she has also taken part in Dialogue 09 - MAXXI, Impromptus, ContinuMétamorphosesSacre, and Matsukaze.

Hwanhee Hwang is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, born in Busan, South Korea. She studied dance performance at the School of Dance, Korea National University of Arts. While studying at KNUA she worked as a dancer at LDP, a prominent dance company in Korea, and as a teacher at KNUA and many art colleges. After graduating from KNUA with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 2005, she began to work on her own projects and, to broaden her career as an artist, as a guest choreographer with various theaters, such as Theatre Troupe Georipae, the Seoul Metropolitan Theatre, and the Ulsan Metropolitan Arts Theater. Based in Berlin since 2009 she performed in works by choreographers, such as Colette Sadler, Felix Landerer, Veronika Riz, Eric Trottier, and Toula Limnaios. In 2012 she participated as choreographer and teacher in the dance project MusicTANZ – Carmen within the educational programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker involving over 100 pupils. In 2013 she won the title of Korea’s most famous dancing star at the Korea World Dance Stars Festival. Besides her work with Sasha Waltz & Guests Hwanhee Hwang creates her own projects in Berlin and Seoul. She has danced in the following pieces/projects by Sasha Waltz: Matsukaze, Sacre, L’Après-midi d’un faune, Tannhäuser, and Orfeo.

Gyong Moo Kim is a dancer and choreographer born in 1980 in South Korea. At the beginning of his dance career, he was a street dancer, appeared in commercials and music videos, and won a dancing competitions in Seoul, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York City. In 2005 he moved to NYC, where he started training with the Ailey School and began working as a contemporary dancer. He has worked with the Kazuko Hibayashi Company, the Janis Brenner Company, the New York Theatre Ballet, the Sidra Bell Dance New York, the Gallim Dance Company, Alexander Kølpin, the E.K.K.O collective, Helena Waldmann, Minako Seki, Stephanie Thiersch, Ana Borralho & João Galante, and Laurent Chétouane. In 2011 he was awarded the first prize in dance and the first prize in choreography at the 15th Stuttgart solo dance festival for Grief Point, a collaboration with Sidra Bell. His own work has been presented in Dock 11, Ackerstadtpalast, Musterzimmer, and the Ada studio in Berlin and the Spanski borci theatre in Ljubljana, Slovenia. For Sasha Waltz & Guests he has danced in Roméo et Juliette in April 2015 for the first time.

Born in Legazpi, Spain, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola completed musical studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de San Sebastián and received an early music degree as a countertenor at the Akademie voor Oude Muziek in Amsterdam. There, he met Marcelo Evelin, who invited him to take part in his dance piece Muzot. The tight artistic collaboration that followed brought him to explore further the potential of the body as a total instrument and tool of expression. After working with, amongst others, P.C. Scholten, Emio Greco, Arthur Rosenfeld and Lloyd Newson, he met Sasha Waltz in 1995, who invited him to take part in the core ensemble she founded in 1996. Allee der Kosmonauten was the beginning of their long and fruitful relationship. He followed the different stages of Sasha Waltz & Guests, from independence to the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz and back to independence, and remains one of the pillars of its core group. Besides his contribution as a dancer and performer, he has been responsible for the musical direction and musical composition of various pieces, and is rehearsal director and artistic assistant to Sasha Waltz. His own work as a choreographer and director shows his interest in bringing his musical and dance backgrounds together, relentlessly exploring the relationship between both disciplines, and questioning the role and integration of music into the theatrical/performing event. A strong believer and advocate of genuine artistic collaborations, he develops his projects around these. He invited his close artistic partner Luc Dunberry (with whom he shares an important body of work), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet to co-sign the direction of his project d’avant. Additional collaborators have been Joanna Dudley, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (4 Elemente – 4 Jahreszeiten), loscorderos.sc, MOPA, and Stephanie Thiersch. His work includes casi for Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, Romances, a commission by the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla 2012 for which he was awarded with the Giraldillo for the best direction, Vaivén, with Antonio Ruz, and the 18th-century operas Le docteur Sangrado (Duny and Laruette) and Le soldat magicien (Philidor) with Les Monts du Reuil for the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Opéra de Reims. He also worked as a repetiteur on Sasha Waltz’s choreography Roméo et Juliette, which celebrated its German premiere in April 2015 in Berlin and was danced by Sasha Waltz & Guests for the first time. He regularly teaches and gives workshops and master classes around the world. Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola has danced in following pieces/projects by Sasha Waltz: Allee der Kosmonauten, Zweiland, Na Zemlje, Körper, noBody, insideout, Impromptus, Dido & Aeneas, Gezeiten, Medea, Jagden und Formen (Zustand 2008), Continu, Matsukaze, Sacre, L’Après-midi d’un faune, Orfeo, Roméo et Juilette, the Dialoge series, and the exhibition Sasha Waltz. Installationen. Objekte. Performances. He participated in the MusicTANZ – Carmen educational project. 

Florencia Lamarca was born in 1981 in Uruguay. She studied dance at the Menashe Regional School for Dance (1995–1999) and the Mateh Asher School of Performing Arts in Israel (1999–2001). After her graduation Florencia Lamarca became a member of the Ansamble Batsheva Ensemble with which she toured Europe, Japan, and the United States until 2004. Apart from working with Sasha Waltz, Florencia Lamarca took part in numerous projects by the T.R.A.S.H. Dance Company from the Netherlands and collaborated with Nir De Volff, Yui Kawaguchi, Gabriel Galindez Cruz, and Paul Gazzola in Berlin. Furthermore, she danced in the production Ein Sommernachtstraum by Constanza Macras and Thomas Ostermeier at Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. With Constanza Marcas she created Sure, should we talk about it. Florencia Lamarca has been working with Sasha Waltz & Guests since 2007. With the sponsoring of the company she created her solo Synopsis. She also participated as choreographer and teacher in the dance project MusicTANZ – Carmen within the educational programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker involving over 100 pupils. She dances in the following pieces/projects by Sasha Waltz: Travelogue I – Twenty to eight, Medea, Continu, Métamorphoses, Dialoge 09 – Neues Museum, Dialoge 09 – MAXXI, Matsukaze, Orfeo. Florencia Lamarca is a qualified practitioner of the Grinberg method. 

Born on April 1985, Elia Lopez studied contemporary dance at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona. To further her training, she traveled around Europe to attend workshops of international teachers. She has worked with companies, choreographers and artists such as Sasha Waltz & Guests, La Veronal, Gelabert-Azzopardi, Àlex Rigola, Maura Morales, Gustavo Ramirez, Lanònima Imperial, Toula Limnaios, and Els Comediants. She has participated in many other independent projects involving video dance, installations, videoclips or photography as a performer, choreographer or movement assistant. In addition to dance, Elia has practiced yoga since the age of sixteen and in 2014 she completed a Hatha Yoga teacher training at a Sivananda center in India. She combines her professional career with teaching dance or yoga. 

Sergiu Matis was born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. From 1991 to 2000 he studied dance at Liceul de Coregrafie in his hometown. Thanks to a scholarship from the Tanzstiftung Brigit Keil, he then went on to study at the Akademie des Tanzes Mannheim. He started his professional career at Tanztheater Nürnberg, where he worked with many different dancers and choreographers, including Daniela Kurz, Stijn Celis, Jo Strømgren, Catherine Guerin, Rodolfo Leoni, Russell Maliphant, Lionel Hoche, Jo Kanamori, Rui Horta, Javier de Frutos, Andre Gingras, and Jorma Elo. He also joined workshops led by William Nadylam (Peter Brook Company), Duccio Bellugi-Vannuccini (Theatre du Solei), Compagnie Alias (Geneva), Julien Hamilton, Susan Klein, Jeremy Nelson. Since 2008 Sergiu Matis has lived in Berlin. He completed the Master’s Programme Solo/Dance/Authorship (SODA) at HZT/UDK (University of the Arts) Berlin in February 2014. He received the Life Long Burning Grant and a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation). He collaborated with Sasha Waltz on Dialoge 09 – Neues Museum, Dialoge 09 – MAXXI, Continu, Métamorphoses, Matsukaze, and Sacre. He also participated choreographer and teacher in the dance project MusicTANZ – Carmen within the educational project of the Berliner Philharmoniker, involving over 100 pupils. In 2013/2014 Sergiu Matis danced in the exhibition Sasha Waltz. Installations. Objects. Performances at the ZKM Karlsruhe. His own pieces include: Human Nature (2001), 89.Grenzenlos (2005), five short pieces for Tanzkunst at the Neues Museum Nürnberg, Ending-dong (2008), All of a sudden (2010), doom room (2011), Duet (2011), Speech (2012), Keep It Real (2013), Fake – the real deal (2014), Petrushka (2014), Explicit Content (2015), Simuliert (2015), and Deleted Scenes (2016). 

Sasa Queliz was born in 1971 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She studied classical ballet at the Dance Academy Articentro Miriam Bello and theatre at the National Art Academy for Drama, Bellas Artes Santo Domingo. From 1990 to 1992 she was a member of the Ballet Classico Nacional while simultaneously studying modern dance at the Dance Academy Lourdes Ramirez. She has danced for the companies Danzahoy and Neodanza in Caracas, The Public Eye-Sara Gebran in Copenhagen, and Compagnie Angela Guerreiro, Hamburg. From 1997 to 1999 she worked with LaborGras in Hamburg. Her own choreographies include A-Des Tiempo (1999, Santo Domingo), Why is this reality? (2003, Choreographisches Zentrum NRW Essen), 0, Würfel, 1 (2000, Kampnagel Hamburg and Ljubljana, Slovenia), plus a collaboration with Jan Pusch titled Who knows, Maybe Tenessee (2000, Lübeck). She took part in Reverse me not by the Canadian choreographer Benoît Lachambre. In 2013 she also worked as a teacher, leading a workshop in the context of ProDanCo in Santo Domingo. The year 2001 saw Sasa Queliz’s first collaboration with Sasha Waltz; in 2005 she became a regular member of Sasha Waltz & Guests. She has danced in the following pieces/projects by Sasha Waltz: noBodyinsideoutImpromptusDido & AeneasGezeitenMedeaContinuMétamorphoses, the choreographic concert gefaltetSacreL’Après-midi d’un fauneOrfeoRoméo et Juilette, the Dialoge series, and the exhibition Sasha Waltz. Installationen. Objekte. Performances. She participated as choreographer and teacher in the dance project MusicTANZ – Carmen within the educational programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker involving over 100 pupils. 

Zaratiana Randrianantenaina was born in 1982 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. After studying music theory and dance at the Dijon Conservatoire, from 1996 to 2000 she studied contemporary dance at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP), where she obtained her degree with high honors. After her graduation she joined the junior Ballet of the CNSMDP, where she performed pieces by Quentin Rouillet, Hervé Robbe, Jo Stromgren, Lucinda Childs, and Merce Cunningham. In 2001 she also led workshops in France and abroad. The same year she was awarded the Jeune Espoir prize at the 9th intenational dance competition in Paris, where she performed her own choreography mal de soi. In 2002 Zaratiana Randrianantenaina became a member of the Ballet Preljocaj where she not only took over supporting roles but was also part of the development process of many pieces. At the same time she worked for a number of projects such as short films directed by Pierre Coulibeuf and Olivier Assayas or dance pieces by young choreographers of the National Centre Chorégraphique in Aix en Provence. In 2009 she accepted Sasha Waltz & Guests’ invitation to dance in their Dialoge 09 project and became a permanent member of the company in 2010. In 2012 she participated as choreographer and teacher in the dance project MusicTANZ – Carmen within the educational programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker involving over 100 pupils. At the same time she was involved in versatile improvisation projects and in January 2015 she was a choreographic assistant for Open Your Ears at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Zaratiana Randrianantenaina has danced in the following pieces/projects by Sasha Waltz: Zweiland, Continu, Métamorphoses, Passion, Matsukaze, the choroehgraphic concert gefaltet, Sacre, Orfeo, Roméo et Juliette, and the Dialoge series.

Orlando Rodriguez was born 1974 in Venezuela. He made his first steps both in theatre and dance at the Escuela ‘Juana Sujo and the Escuela Técnica de Artes Visuales ‘Cristóbal Rojas’. In 2002 he graduated from the Instituto Universitario de Danza in Caracas (IUDANZA). Between 2004 and 2007 he studied at the Folkwang-Hochschule, Essen. In Venezuela he was a dancer for DRAMO – Dramaturgia del Movimiento. As a performer and choreographer he collaborated among others with MOUVOIR/Stephanie Thiersch, Davide Camplani, Helena Botto, and Vincent Bozek. He has been working with Sasha Waltz & Guests since 2009, dancing in Impromptus, Continu, Métamorphoses, Matsukaze, Sacre, Tannhäuser, OrfeoRoméo et Juliette, the Dialoge series, and the exhibition Sasha Waltz. Installationen. Object. Performances. He participated in the MusicTANZ – Carmen educational project. 

Mata Sakka was born in Larisa, Greece. She studied dance at the Center of Performing Arts in Athens. With a scholarship from the National Scholarship Foundation-IKY and the Cunningham Dance Foundation, she continued her studies in New York at the Merce Cunningham studio, where she received her degree, danced repertory work, and started teaching the technique. She performed works from Horeftes, Metakinisi, Stephan Koplowitz, Bryan Hayes, Liz Gerrin, Veronika Riz, Editta Braun, MS Shrittmacher, Jan Pusch, the Cocoon dance, La Fura dels Baus, Ingo Reulecke, and Felix Ruckert in New York and various European cities. In New York she presented two of her choreographies and since 2003 she has been creating work in Berlin together with Joris Camelin. She has been working with Sasha Waltz & Guests since August 2005, dancing in Gezeiten, Medea, Jagden und Formen (Zustand 2008), Continu, Métamorphoses, Matsukaze, SacreTannhäuser, and the Dialoge series. She participated as choreographer and teacher in the dance project MusicTANZ – Carmen within the educational programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker involving over 100 pupils. Mata Sakka directs together with Davide Camplani and Gabriel Galindez Cruz the children’s dance company of Sasha Waltz & Guests at the RADIALSYSTEM V.

Xuan Shi was born 1975 in the Yunnan Province in northern China. He studied folk dance at the Central College in Peking between 1986 and 1992. Subsequently, he worked with the Kanton Modern Dance Company for eight years and toured through the USA, Great Britain, and Germany. In 2000 he was invited to be a guest student at the Folkwang Hochschule, Essen. In 2001 he received a scholarship to work in America, where he collaborated with the Shen Wei Dance Company. In 2008 and 2009 he choreographed together with Niannian Zhou the duets Parallel, Moving, and The Sound of Qin produced by Sasha Waltz & Guests in the framework of the support programme Choreographen der Zukunft. Xuan Shi has been working with Sasha Waltz & Guests since 2002. He also participated as choreographer and teacher in the dance project MusicTANZ – Carmen within the educational programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker involving over 100 pupils. He has danced in the following pieces/projects by Sasha Waltz: Körper, S, noBody, insideout, Impromptus, Dido & Aeneas, Gezeiten, Medea, Continu, Passion, Métamorphoses, Matsukaze, Sacre, the Dialoge series, and the exhibition Sasha Waltz. Installationen. Objekte. Performances.

Junko Wada was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1955. She studied painting at the Musashino University of Art and the Akira Kasai Dance Institute in Tokyo. After graduation, she started working on large scale abstract paintings. The physical aspect of the work lead her to develop her very personal dance style. She approaches dance as a three dimensional painting in space. Her paintings and dance are both abstract and display faint relation to traditional Japanese art. Since 1985 she has often collaborated with sound artists: Akio Suzuki, Rolf Julius, Hans Peter Kuhn and others. She performed in many museums, galleries and public sites worldwide, including the Adelaide Festival, the Ruhrtriennale Essen, the ZKM Karlsuhe, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Staatsoper and Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Recently, her work has been exhibited at the Haus am Waldsee in Berlin. She has worked with Sasha Waltz on noBody, Matsukaze, and the Dialoge series, including Dialoge 09 – Neues Museum and Dialoge 09 – MAXXI. Junko Wada lives in Berlin and in Kyoto.

Niannian Zhou was born in Guangzhou, China. She studied dance at the Guangdong dance school. In 1994 she became a member of the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, where she then worked for six years. Subsequently, she went to Germany as a guest student at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen. In 2001 she received a scholarship to work in America, where she collaborated with the Shen Wei Dance Company. She also took part in projects of the Rubato Dance Company in Berlin and the Ji Xin Dance Company in Shanghai as a freelancer. In 2008 and 2009 she choreographed together with Xuan Shi the duets Parallel, Moving, and The Sound of Qin produced by Sasha Waltz & Guests in the framework of the support programme Choreographen der Zukunft. Since then Niannian Zhou worked with Sasha Waltz on various pieces. In 2012 she participated as choreographer and teacher in the dance project MusicTANZ – Carmen within the educational programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker involving over 100 pupils. Niannian Zhou has danced in the following pieces/projects by Sasha Waltz: Continu, Métamorphoses, Impromptus, Matsukaze, Sacre, the Dialoge series, and the exhibition Sasha Waltz. Installationen. Objekte. Performances.