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Henrique Antão (Braga, Portugal) has recently completed his studies in electrical engineering in Aveiro and Hamburg (2007-2014) with a master thesis focused on digital audio, but he is better defined by his interest in music. As a DJhe is drawn to dance as a source of inspiration and is willing to absorb aspects of its different approachesas a means to inform his practice. He is committed to preserving the spirit and aesthetics originated in the seventies american dance music culture (The Loft) and searches for ways of ultimately bringing together the DJand the dancer in a current context. He currently lives in Hamburg as a full-time dreamer.


Studied biology, then became a dancer. She worked with the physical theater company, Le Théatre de la Mezzanine, the choreographer A.Hempel (Le grand Cwrth, Les demoiselles du Dr Krü and Fleish). She was invited to perform with N.Little, R.Serber, and recently T.Niang.
In 2004 she created her own company Le Groupe B and developed a work mixing dance, images and words. Her work has been supported by the CG93 – and welcomed in residencies at Point Ephémère, Khiasma, Micadanses, Bains Connectives.
She have taught CI since 2003, she have been invited to teach at University Paris 8, at WCCIF ( San Francisco), and recently Freibourg contact festival. She also organized workshop for F.Faust, N.Little, L.Ophir, S.Chen, R.Jaroschinsky.
>From 2006 to 2009 she was the dance manager at Point Éphemère in Paris. She curated Mind the gap, a dance week-end performances at the Théatre de l’Échangeur.


Born 1988 in Cologne , got her diploma of contemporary dance at the Center for Conteporary Dance of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne in 2011. During her studies she had the possibility to gain several experiences on stage with choreographies by Vera Sander, Michael Maurissense , Anouk van Dijk and Georg Reischl. In 2010 she spend two month in Chennai, Indi where she learned the traditional indian dance Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam , martial arts Kalaripyattu, facial indian expression Abhinaya , Indian percussion and talar system. Nowadays she works as a dancer and dance teacher.Since October 2012 she attends the first master’s degree in Germany in “dance therapy” in Heidelberg. During the last year she completed an internship in a psychiatry where she started to work psychotherapeutically with patients through and with the body. Coming from a quite physical background she is looking for different ways for expressing herself and possibilities to follow her interest in creative, interdisciplinary, intercultural and social projects.


Anya Cloud is an independent dance artist, performer and teacher based in San Diego, CA USA. Her research works to access radical aliveness in the moving body. Anya is committed to finding range, cultivating realness, engaging artifice and inviting questioning through improvised practice and performance. Collaboration and contextualization are central to her understanding of artistry. Anya holds an MFA in Dance Theatre and is currently a Lecturer in Dance Studies at California State University San Marcos. She teaches contact improvisation weekly in San Diego, as well as nationally and internationally. Her extensive study with Nancy Stark Smith influences many aspects of her teaching and artistry. In addition to her own work Anya has had the pleasure of performing/collaborating with Karen Nelson, Leslie Seiters, Eric Geiger, Mary Reich, Yolande Snaith and Karen Schaffman among other artists. Anya practices weekly as part of the improvisational ensemble LIVE .


Shelley Etkin is an Israeli-American queer feminist mover, educator, and activist. She holds a degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies with a concentration in Arts Activism. Shelley integrates her background in contemporary dance & contact improvisation with community organizing, social justice and sustainable ecology. She is inspired by collaborations with artists in many fields, including music, painting, film, and installation. As an interdisciplinary artist & performer, her practice centralizes improvisation as an alternative pedagogy. Through embodied research, Shelley is exploring eco-somatics as a way of moving, magic-making and imagining, striving to empower witnesses to engage their relationships to other beings & ecospheres. Shelley has worked internationally in urban and rural settings, manifesting site-specific work in natural & built environments, private nooks and public squares. After spending time immersed in creative living & working at Earthdance, Shelley has been based in Berlin since 2012, where she is developing solo & collaborative projects and working on the Month of Performance Art. She will be a resident artist & gardener at Ponderosa throughout Summer 2014.


Gayle Fekete is Head of Dance/Professor in the Department of Theatre and New Dance at Cal Poly Pomona. She also is adjunct faculty for Interdisciplinary Studies.  She teaches modern technique, dance theatre, choreography and festival production. For 20 years, Gayle has been associated with Urban Bush Women NYC as guest artist and consultant on numerous international residencies and summer institutes. She is co-artistic director of efg multimedia. She has collaborated and presented Looming Bias and Looming Bias 2 at Art Centre College of Design, Pasadena. Gayle Fekete presents and produces festival and performance projects in the Los Angeles area. “Madame C/88 (an excerpt)”, “outside/in” .She served on the HVC viewing committee for the Dance Resource Centre Los Angeles, and grants panel chair for interdisciplinary arts for the City of Los Angeles. She has produced and facilitated numerous CSU Summer Arts Dance intensives. Currently, she is exploring site specific, interactive media and interdisciplinary performance collaborations. Her interests include choreography and interdisciplinary process, culture and identity. Gayle is presently a member of the physical theatre collective Opera Del Espacio in Los Angeles.


Teresa Hoffmann studied psychology at the university of Würzburg where she worked as a scientific assistant after finishing her studies in the field of pain and placebo effect research. All the while she continued intensively her training in contemporary dance, classical and modern ballet, improvisation and choreography. From 2009 to 2013 she has been member of the ensemble “Lisa Kuttner” (Würzburg). She now attends the master program “Performance Studies” at the university of Hamburg.


Brazilian, has been researching the somatic education applied into contemporary dance. Studied ballet for twenty years, part in a Royal Academy of Dancing School, part with teachers who have a somatic approach to this great technique, like Zelia Monteiro, Janet Panetta and Barbara Mahler. Did a BA in Performing Arts, “Comunicacao das Artes do Corpo”, at PUC, Catholic University of São Paulo. Had her Post Graduate Certificate in Community Dance at Laban Centre in London. Worked as an artistic coordinator and teacher of Deborah Colker Movement Center, where also taught contemporary dance to her company in Rio. Has studied with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Lisa Nelson, Susan Klein, Shelley Senter and many other amazing artists in Brazil and France.


Katja Mustonen is a Finnish dancer, teacher and dance maker, who currently works and lives in Frankfurt, Germany. She graduated from the Vocational Dance School in Outukumpu, Finland 2004 as dancer, and holds a MA degree in “Contemporary Dance Pedagogy” from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany. Since 2008, she’s been teaching Contemporary Dance Technique, Improvisation and Contact Improvisation both in Frankfurt and abroad.  She is curious about the unknown as a source for creativity, and considers it to be the best teacher for change and growth. States of presence and the body’s ability to transform, embody, and transmit images, knowledge, emotions and ideas continue to fascinate and inspire her movement practice, research and life.


Tanz- und Schauspielerfahrungen in der freien Szene, Schauspielunterricht an der Schule für Schauspiel in Hamburg und privat. Clownerie-Workshop, Workshops im Bereich Tanz und Stimme bei Esther Knappe, Fortbildung zur Community Performance Teacher bei Heidrun Vielhauer und Rotraut de Neve (YOP) in Hamburg mit anschließender Assistenz. Ausbildung zur Tanzpädagogin an der Erika Klütz Schule in Hamburg. Workshops und regelmäßiges Training am K3- Zentrum für Choreographie/ Tanzplan Hamburg in den Bereichen Zeitgenössischer Tanz, Choreographie, Performance- und somatische Praktiken. Teilnahme an freien Produktionen. Assistenz bei dem Hamburger Tänzer und Choreographen Philipp van der Heijden.


Kylie Phillips, a Houston, Texas native, received her BFA in Dance from TCU with a minor in psychology. While studying at TCU, Kylie had the opportunity to study with Nina Martin in improvisation, contact, performance studies, and dance theory. Kylie also had the opportunity to perform in works by Kanji Segawa, Stafford Berry, KT Niehoff, and Charlotte Boye-Christensen, among others. Beyond TCU, Kylie has studied in professional workshops with many New York City artists and currently works in arts administration, while also pursuing opportunities to perform and create. Most recently Kylie worked with Synthesis Aesthetics on a collaborative performance including musicians, vocalists, and dance improvisation. Kylie is thrilled to expand her source of inspiration to Europe this summer while working as an assistant for the Live Legacy Project. She is a firm believer that art making is about noticing, assessing, and interpreting, as she finds the most inspiration in the messy process of everyday life.


Originally from the Philippines, Kristianne is a recent graduate with her BA in Dance and BS in Cognitive Science at UC San Diego. Her artistry currently draws on Deborah Hay’s being in the present and the moment; she is compelled to investigate perceptions behind the definitions of performance, choreography, technique, rigor, spontaneity, and awareness in dance – and how these principles may affect the way we exist and help us find our places in this world. In her recent work, she questions how relationship is established in space between the mover and the audience as she takes on the role of composition in the moment of performance. Her artistry is greatly influenced by her mentors Anya Cloud, Eric Geiger, and Yolande Snaith.


Lucie Schroeder (BA Education in Culture and Media) has been working and volunteering in cultural and artificial mediation and production, audioplays and reality research. She moved from Hip Hop through different workshops to contemporary dance and to what is called yoga. She ist a student of MA Performance Studies in Hamburg.


Margaret Sunghe Paek is New York based collaborative dance artist who sees dance as a life practice. She is a Lower Left artist and is also influenced by her relationships with contact improvisation, Ensemble Thinking, Alexander Technique, projectLIMB, Dahlia Nayar, Deborah Hay, Barbara Dilley, musician/composer Loren Kiyoshi Dempster and their daughter. Her work has been presented in Germany, Hungary, Mexico, and at NY venues including Joyce SoHo, Judson Church, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, and the Whitney Museum Biennial 2012. She has taught for Movement Research, Marymount Manhattan and Manhattanville Colleges and festivals in Budapest, Berlin, Freiberg, and Stockholm. Margaret has authored articles in Contact Quarterly and learning to loveDANCE more. She is on the board of Marfa Live Arts and Movement Research’s Artist Advisory Council and received her M.F.A. from Hollins University/ADF. This summer she will teach with Lower Left at Tanzfabrik in Berlin.


By experimenting with aleatoric processes, Andrew Wass finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humor that echoes our own vulnerabilities.  He formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious processes of composition that are the generative source of much of his works.  Influenced heavily by his undergraduate studies of Biochemistry at U.C. San Diego, Andrew works by creating a defined, almost crystalline palette in order to generate a myriad of possibilities.  The possibilities are reduced and concentrated in the moments of execution and reception.   A member of the performance groups Non Fiction and Lower Left he is a recent graduate of the MA program of Solo/Dance/Authorship at the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum für Tanz in Berlin.