Amy Josh currently works as a freelance dancer based in Heidelberg, Germany.
Amy was born in England and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. Her professional dance training began at the Arts Umbrella Dance School in Vancouver, graduating in 2011. She then moved to the Netherlands to work with Noord Nederlands Dans and Club Guy and Roni. In 2014 she joined tanzmainz company under the direction of Honne Dohrmann, where she worked with choreographers such as Sharon Eyal, Guy Weizman & Roni Haver, Rui Horta, Koen Augustijnen & Rosalba Torres Guerrero, Guy Nader & Maria Campos, Eleonore Valère-Lachky, Garry Stewart, Jose Navas, Jo Stromgren and Guiseppe Spota. Since 2018 she has been working as a freelance artist with choreographers Alba Castillo and Bryan Arias (Snorkel Rabbit, CH), Alexandra Waierstall (NRW), Dunja Jocic (Bird Productions), Edan Gorlicki (Inter-Actions Heidelberg), Jill Crovisier (JC Movement Productions, Luxembourg), and John Wannehag (Sweden). She is also a member of the Berlin based MURA Kollektiv.
Eftychia Stefanou is a freelance dance artist from Greece.
She is a SEAD graduate and holds a BA in Physical Education and Sports Science. Within the frame of her graduation-work at SEAD, she studied and performed “Trio A” solo by Yvonne Rainer, taught by Manu Phyon. Eftychia is in an ongoing collaborator with the choreographers Alexandra Waierstall, Mala Kline, Anastasia Valsamaki, Eleonora Siarava, Barnaby Booth, Yuri Korec, Jan Lauwers, Paul Blackman.
In 2019 she received the “SNF Artist Fellowship Award” by ARTWORKS. Currently, she is exploring her choreographic facets within the collective work, together with the dance artist Jakob Jautz, the audio-visual artist Marina Fragkioudaki and the musician Sotiris Ziliaskopoulos. The red thread of their artistic interest weaves around the ﬂuid borders of identity, the complex nature of coexistence, the distance and proximity from the personal to the collective experience and the impression that memory and everyday life are inevitably related.
Eftychia with her text contribution to the “CARE WHERE? Zine” approaches the practice of “Performative Writing”. Furthermore in 2021, in collaboration with the dance artists Nefeli Asteriou, Anastasia Valsamaki, and the dramaturg Rodia Vomvolou, published their ﬁrst zine “ARE YOU HERE?” which was funded by the Ministry of Culture in Greece. This zine was the outcome of the artistic research entitled “Transcription” focused on the concept and process of transcription as a practice of transferring data and experiences from the system of writing to the system of dance and vice versa.
Georgios Kotsifakis was born in Heraklion Crete, Greece on 12th of October 1988. Graduated with distinction from the Professional Dance School of Rallou Manou in Athens, Greece and from the Amsterdam School of Arts (Modern Theatre Dance). He has also been accepted in the first year of the international dance school P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels in 2008 and got a scholarship from the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece in 2010. He studied in the University of Piraeus, Greece at the International and European Studies department.
As a dancer he has collaborated with many companies and artists in Greece and abroad such as DV8, RAMBERT, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jan Fabre, the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Dimitris Papaioannou, Andonis Foniadakis, Christos Papadopoulos, Iris Karayan, Lenio Kaklea, the National Theatre of Greece, the National Greek Opera (William Forsythe), the State Theatre of Northern Greece, the National Dance Centre of Romania, Konstantinos Rigos, Nanine Linning, Alexandra Waierstall, Sinequanon, TedX Brussels, Nigel Charnock and others.
He was part of the Choreographic Team for the opening ceremony for the 1st European Games Baku 2015 that took place in Baku, Azerbaijan under the artistic direction of Dimitris Papaioannou.
He has also participated in the short film “Liebestod“ from Stathis Athanasiou. Attended to several seminars/workshops with Dafnis Kokkinos (Pina Bausch), Emio Greco, Lauren Potter, Thomas McManus, Milan Herich, Hildegard De Vuyst.
Ioanna Paraskevopoulou is a dancer, based in Αthens. She graduated from the Greek State School of Dance in Athens and is currently studying at the Department of Audio and Visual Arts of Ionian University. She has attended the program “Open Art” of Ionian University and the artistic practice in new technologies. Her research focuses on the relation between audiovisual media and movement.
She has collaborated, among others, with Iris Karayan, Christos Papadopoulos, Dimitris Papaioannou, Alexandra Waierstall, Brendan Fernandes, Sofia Mavragani, Tzeni Argyriou, Patricia Apergi, Andonis Foniadakis, Harry Koushos, ‘Ki omos kineitai,’ Maria Koliopoulou, ‘Sinequanon,’ performing in Greece and abroad. She was awarded in the Festival Culturel International de la Danse Contemporaine, Algiers (2013) for the piece ’21-mneme’ by Maria Koliopoulou and in the InShadow festival (2013) in Lisbon with Konstantinos Rizos for the video dance project ‘Sans Attente’. Furthermore she was awarded the Artworks – Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship in 2019. For her video project ‘All She Likes Is Popping Bubble Wrap’ (first presented at the Onassis New Choreographers Festival – ONC8) she was awarded the FIVideodanza Festival Sound Design Award and Maracay Festival Best Video Art. Recently, the 10min-long version of ‘MOS’ (40’ minute live stage choreographic work) entitled ‘Coconut Effect’ won one of the Young Jury prize at the Danse Élargie competition organised by Theatre de la Ville, Paris.
Karolina Szymura was born in Poland in 1987. Trained at the State Ballet school in Bytom, she graduated from Codarts Rotterdam Dansacademie where she did her internship with Piet Rogie. After graduation, Karolina joined Noord Nederlandse Dans, where she danced choreographies by Stephen Shropshire, Andrea Miller, Itzik Galili, Roy Assaf and many more. Karolina worked for Thomas Noon Dance in Barcelona and Felix Landerer in Hannover. Currently she is freelancing in Germany collaborating with Alexandra Waierstall, Emanuel Gat and Astrid Boons. Karolina is member of MURA Kollektiv based in Berlin
Olivia Ancona is an international multi-disciplinary dance artist who collaborates with independent choreographers and artists on creating new works. Currently based in Berlin, she is originally from the west coast of the United States. Olivia trained at the Juilliard School and upon leaving joined the Batsheva ensemble and later the main company in Tel Aviv, under the direction of Ohad Naharin. She was a founding member of Sharon Eyal’s L-E-V, and has worked with Mats Ek, Wim Vandekeybus, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Sasha Waltz, Bryan Arias, and Oona Doherty among others. She was a guest with the Royal Swedish Ballet, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Goteborg Danksompani, Staatsballet Berlin and Alan Lucien Øyen’s dance theater hybrid Winter Guests. Olivia has taught gaga, improvisation and research/repertoire workshops for over thirty-five institutions internationally. She also sets Sharon Eyal’s works on companies throughout Europe. Olivia is invested in performing for and supporting independent artists like Alexandra Waierstall and Astrid Boons, who’s values and creative thinking around how to bring dance into a shifting landscape, align.
Robert was born in Wiltshire, UK and is based in Montpellier, France. He works as a choreographer, performer and curator. As a performer Robert has collaborated and worked with choreographers and visual artists including Alexander Whitley Dance Company, National Dance Company Wales, Peter Schaufuss Ballet and Protein Dance, Olafur Eliasson, Pablo Bronstein, The Merce Cunningham Trust and Paul Maheke. Currently he is dancing with Emanuel Gat Dance since 2017 and Alexandra Waierstall since 2021.
Robert’s choreographic work is entangled with the visual arts. He has shown work at the Linbury Theatre (Royal Opera House), a site-specific solo work at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, as well as at the Arsenale, Berlin as part of the Ian White – Cinema as a Live Art / Becoming Object exhibition. In 2019, he was invited to co- create together with Tingan Ying to make a new commission, Twoo, which premiered at the National Theatre of Taiwan.
He is currently a Swindon Dance Associate Artist, 2020-2022.
Born in England in 1988, Scott found a love for the arts at a young age. He spent much of his childhood doing magic tricks and dancing in local theatres. At the age of 14, he began four years of training in dance and theatre at The BRIT School, graduating in 2006. He then went onto study at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating in 2009 with a first-class degree in Contemporary Dance.
Scott has worked extensively as a performer with some of the world’s leading dance and theatre makers including Alexandra Waierstall, Maxine Doyle, Lloyd Newson and Robert Wilson, to name a few. He spent six years as a member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, performing Bausch’s eclectic repertoire worldwide and creating original roles in two new works for the company. Scott currently works as a freelance performer, creator and teacher.
Ying Yun Chen
Ying Yun Chen was born in Taiwan and is based in Düsseldorf.
She grew up with Chinese opera and kung-fu training since age 13 and then met ballet and contemporary dance. She graduated in 2011 from the Taiwan National University of the Arts. She decided to leave Taiwan to learn more about dance and moved to Germany to start a studying at the Folkwang University of the Arts (2013~2016). During this time she developed her choreographic works, which received awards from dance festivals: UWE-Festival 2015, Famiasto Festival FAMA 2015, Tanzfestival SoloDuo NRW + Friends 2015 and 2016. In 2016, she joined Folkwang Tanz Studio (FTS). In 2017 she worked with Ai Do Project & Musikene Ensemble in Teatro Victoria Eugenia (San Sebastian) and joined Staatstheater Bremen as a guest dancer for a production of Samir Akika. In 2018 she worked with Marie Lena Kaiser and participated in the works of Raymond Liew. In 2019, she worked with Leandro Kees (Performing group) for a tour programme by the Goethe-Institut and the Japan foundation. Ying started working with Alexandra Waierstall in 2019. In 2020 she worked with jasminefan_danceﬁlm and COMEDIA Theater Köln.
Ying continues to create her own work and continuously collaborates with musicians on real-time composition working with sound and dance. In 2018, she presented her solo piece „A~Z“ in Taiwan and at EXPLOSIVE 2019 – 17 INTERNATIONALES FESTIVAL FÜR JUNGES THEATER. In 2021 she received subsidies for the Tainan City Government by invitation from Taking Art Centre (Tainan, Taiwan) as part of their festival program where she published the work, „Dance as the shell of time“.