About Me

IMG_1333I am a dance researcher and movement artist based in Berlin. The focus of my work is artistic research and site-specific movement practices and I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of the Arts in Helsinki.

I explore contemporary outdoor dance practices in the natural environment in the light of new materialist thought and collaborate with materials of many different orders as active agents in the creation of movement and performance making.

My artistic practice is rooted in contemporary outdoor movement practices and I work with performance making and movement laboratories in rural and urban outdoor locations, as well as with writing, mark-making and photography.

In 2015 I completed my practice-as-research PhD at Coventry University, available for download here.

Site-specific performance, awareness based improvisation, somatic practices and a postgraduate degree in political science (FU Berlin) all influence my work. Bettina Mainz (Berlin) and Helen Poynor (UK) have been (and are) significant teachers and mentors for me. Both are connected to Amerta Movement and have trained intensively with Suprapto Suryodarmo in Java and Europe.

I am currently a member of the AHRC research network ROCK/BODY – Performative interfaces between the geologic and the body and have in the past been a member of Performance Footprint, the AHRC network project “Reflecting on Environmental Change through Site-Based Performance” (2010 – 2011). I am further a board member of the  Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and have been editorial assistant of the journal between 2010 and 2012.

I am deeply committed to develop and participate in research structures that allow for collective thinking and provide spaces for testing and discussing practice-based and qualitative research methods. I have thus co-initiated AREAL (the artistic research lab Berlin) as a platform for professional dancers and dance academics to co-practice, adapt and disseminate practice-as-research in dance. In 2014 I was selected to participate in the Mellon Dance Summer Seminar at Stanford University (US).

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