About Me

IMG_1333I am an artist-researcher based in Berlin, working with and through the body. My work focuses on intermateriality in site-specific movement and choreographic practices. I collaborate with materials and organisms of many different orders as active agents in the making of movement, performance and choreography, and as partners in the creation of daily life and sense-making.

I am committed to relating to sites through practices of long-term physical exposure and deep listening and believe in the fundamental role of creative sensory-based practices for our future survival on this planet: What choreographic practices do we need to envision a collaborative future on earth?

I currently work on several independent projects, including research on contemporary pioneers of outdoor dance practices and a project of long-term body-based research on a cemetery in Berlin-Baumschulenweg.

I have completed an artistic PhD in Dance at Coventry University (UK) in 2015, Dancing Materiality (available for download here), followed by a three-year post-doc position at the Centre for Artistic Research (CfAR) at Uniarts Helsinki (FI) (2016 – 2019). I have also completed three years of Helen Poynor’s Walk of Life Training Programme in Non-stylised and Environmental Movement (Foundation 2010-2011, Continuation 2015-2016, Mentorship 2022-2023).

My artistic practice is rooted in Amerta Movement (Suprapto Suryodarmo, 1945 – 2019, Java) and I work through movement research labs in rural and urban outdoor locations that include writing, mark-making, clay, photography and video. Site-specific performance, awareness based improvisation, somatic practices and a postgraduate degree in Political Sciences (FU Berlin, 2005) all influence my work.

I have been a member of the European Research Network ADiE – Artistic Doctorates in Europe (2017 – 2019) and have contributed to the AHRC research networks ROCK/BODY – Performative interfaces between the geologic and the body (2016) and Performance Footprint, Reflecting on Environmental Change through Site-Based Performance (2010 – 2011). In 2014 I was selected to participate in the Mellon Dance Summer Seminar at Stanford University (US). I am a board member of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and have been editorial assistant of the journal between 2010 and 2012. I was selected to participate in the 11th cycle of the mentorship programme of Berlin’s University of the Arts (UdK) (2022 – 2023) an exceptional opportunity for women* probing art, power and how to be alive within academia.

I am deeply committed to developing and participating in structures for research and creative practice that allow for collective thinking and acting. I have co-initiated AREAL (Artistic Research Lab Berlin) in 2011, a resilient context for professionals to create, practice, adapt and disseminate body-based research existing until today. I am equally grateful to be part of the newly established network Prefiguring a Choreographic Milieu, initiated by Alice Chauchat, Daniel Belasco Rogers and Sabine Zahn in 2023 as a base for outdoor choreographers active in Berlin.


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