About Me

IMG_1333I am an artist-researcher working with and through bodily practices and am based in Berlin. My work focuses on intermateriality in site-specific movement practices and choreography. In my work 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 currently working on several independent projects, including research on contemporary pioneers of outdoor dance practices and a project of long-term body-based research on a local cemetery in Berlin.

I have completed an artistic PhD in Dance at Coventry University (UK) in 2015, 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 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) all influence my work. Bettina Mainz (Berlin), Helen Poynor (UK) and Suprapto Suryodarmo (1945 – 2019, Java) have been (and are) significant teachers and mentors for me. Both Bettina Mainz and Helen Poynor are connected to Amerta Movement and have trained intensively with Suprapto in Java and Europe.

I have been a member of the European Research Network ADiE – Artistic Doctorates in Europe as well as having 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). 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) and it was wonderful to be part of this circle of exceptional women*, probing art, power and how to be alive within academia.

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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