Annett Hoffmann – Dancer, Teacher, Dance Therapist
African Dance | Ausdruckstanz | Contemporary Dance | Movement Theraphy | Bodywork | Rhythm | Credo | Movement, Dance and Music are food for our soul. They allow us to express our emotions, to energize, to get in touch with one an other, to be part of a community. They let us fill the space between heaven and earth with tremendous joy.
Devlin Mann, MAATP – Actor, Director
Devlin holds a Masters degree from The Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK. and a BFA from Jacksonville University. After a year in New York where landed the role of Tybalt in a national tour of Romeo and Juliet, he headed out west to Los Angeles. There he appeared in several episodics, most notably Suddenly Susan, and continued to work on the stage to critical acclaim as an actor and director. Later he wrote, produced, and starred in his first feature film Across in Time, which was followed by his feature directorial debut The Lords of Los Angeles which he also co-wrote. Devlin returned to the stage to direct "Emmy" winning actor David Clennon in the world premiere of Swing Voter. After returning to Jacksonville University as Artist in Residence Devlin has played the title role in Hamlet and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet both under the direction "Emmy" award winning director Shelley Jensen. While in the UK Devlin produced, directed and starred in a contemporary version of Macbeth which also toured to France and is now in development as a feature film to be shot in 2008 which Mr. Mann will direct.
Rob Clare, Phd. - Actor, Director, Teacher for Royal Shakespeare Co.
Formerly an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Dr. Clare has worked as an Assistant Director to Mr. Peter Hall and has completed a D.Phil. at Oxford University writing on new techniques in Shakespeare text analysis for the actor. Rob has taught at many of the leading actor training schools in the British Isles and coaches actors at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is formally the Director of The Masters Program in Classical Acting at London's Central School of Speech And Drama, and Professor at Rutgers University he has taught Shakespearean Acting at London's Globe Theatre, Actors Center New York, as well as many other venues around the world
Katrin Riedel-Kelly, MAEDTP – Performer, Choreographer, Teacher
Katrin Riedel-Kelly was born in Germany and is again resident there after having completed her training at the Laban Centre in London, where she gained a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre in 1999 and a MA with distinction in European Dance Theatre Practice in 2004. Her training also took her to Los Angeles where she studied acting at the Tom Todoroff Studios and voice with Edward Sayegh. Katrin is an actress, dancer and a theatre maker in her own right. Her work has spanned both film and theatre. Films include for example: Das Herz ist ein dunkler Wald, Sei Still, Tom & Lilli and others in both London and Germany. As a dancer she has performed all over the world: Paris, Genoa, London and Los Angeles. As a director her latest work Night originally premiered at the Laban Centre in September 2004 and was recently shown again in association with the Time4ChangeTheatre Company in the Electric Theatre, Guildford, UK. Currently Katrin is living and working with her husband in Berlin. Besides continuing her research, she is teaching acting and movement for actors. Her research includes topics such as: presentness in the performative frame, emotional flow through body movement, Laban's choreology as tool for actors and directors (…). Katrin has been a guest-lecturer at the Laban Centre London; Pontlevoy, France; Universidad des Americas, Mexico and Jacksonville University, Florida.
Christina Teague-Mann, MAC – dancer, choreographer, professor of dance
Christina Teague-Mann graduated from the Laban Center London, UK. where she was awarded one of the first Distinctions in the Master of Choreography program. She is the artistic director of 'Backlight Dance Company' which has performed in London, France and is scheduled to perform in Berlin summer 2007. Before turning her attention to choreography Christina enjoyed a career as a professional dancer highlights of which include: originating the role of Cyrenne in Demetrius Kleins 'Earth studies' and billed as 'One of the Top Five Modern Dancers In Chicago' . Christina has directed and developed several dance programs around the world including: 'International Contemporary Dance Program', Pontlevoy, France and a 'Contemporary Dance Program for American and German Students' to engage in artistic international dialogue in Berlin, Germany. Currently her choreographic research focuses on Phenomenology of Laban's 'Eukientics' and the 'Performative', as well as the effects of media and live performance on the 'triadic' perspectives in a social/political context, and issues of practice as research on a contemporary body. Teague-Mann is currently Assistant Professor of Dance and Director of Choreographic studies at Jacksonville University.
Maya danced for three years for the Bat-Sheva Ensemble Dance Company, (2000-2003). During this time she choreographed her own works and taught for the company. Since 2003 she is working as a dancer and freelance choreographer and teacher for a variety of projects in Europe and Israel. Maya came in november 2004 to Berlin to participate in a research project for the Sasha Waltz Dance Company. Her own works were shown in Berlin as part of the "Lucky Trimmer" Performance Series (February 2005), at "Feld 4" in Dock11 (April 2005), at Labor-Gras Studio (July 2005), as part of the event "11Dock11" the as well the Garbaty Factory (August 2005). Currently Maya works on a freelance basis as a dancer, choreographer and teacher Maya in Berlin.
Aleksandar Acev – Mime, Director, Teacher for movement and physical theatre
Nach dem Abschluß an der Schule für Angewandte Künste in Zagreb und Moving Academy for Performing Arts Amsterdam arbeitet er als Mime und Lehrer für Bewegung. Seine Theaterarbeit ist beeinflusst von Meyerholds Theatraler Biomechanik, der Mime Corporel, der Schauspielpädagogik Jaques Lecoqs und moderner Bewegungspraxis. Das Training umfasst Vorbereitung und Erwärmung, Dehnung, Übungen zur Integration sowie zur Steigerung des Körperbewußtseins, das Verhältnis von Bewegungsprozessen zu Zeit und Raum, zur Bühnenpräsenz, Energie und zum körperlichen Handeln, in Einzel-, Gruppen- und Partnerarbeit. After completing his studies at the Academy for Performing Arts in Zagreb and the Moving Academy for Performing Arts in Amsterdam, he works as mime and teacher for movement. His work is influenced by Meyerholds theatrical Biomechanics, Mime Corporel, Jaques Lecoqs teaching strategy and modern movement practice. The training consists of preparation and warm-up, stretching, exercises for integration and enhancing body awareness, the relationship of movement processes with time and space, stage presence, energy and physical action. He teaches one-to-one session, partnerwork and group sessions.
Jenny Haack – Dancer, choreographer and teacher
Based in Berlin. Based in New Dance and Contactimprovisation, influenced by Butoh, Shiatsu, Capoeira and Voice work. 1994-96 Intensive collaboration with the japanese Butoh choreographer Anzu Furukawa. 1997-99 New Dance programme at "bewegungsart Freiburg". 2000-2002 Artist in Residence at "Artblau Tanzwerkstatt", Braunschweig. 2003 Diploma and Master degree in Performance Studies and Visual Arts at University of Fine Arts, Braunschweig. Creating own work since 1996, in variuos collaborations with other artists. Focussing on cross- over projects especially in dance and media. Prizes: 1st prize master degree for the Performance "the eye on the body no.1", University of Fine Arts, Braunschweig, 2003. 1st prize International contemporary dance competition in Kalisz/ Poland 2006 for the duet "Paar mit Sessel". Teaching movement and media work for institutions and studios. Recent project: "Der Nachmittag", premiere 27th june 2007 at ada, Berlin www.jennyhaack.de
Peter Theiss has been working for 15 years as a freelance fight director for theatre, film and tv. In his int. career he worked also worked as fight captain for the Royal Shakespeare Co. in London. He choreographed for the great stages at the Staatstheater Hamburg, Cologne and Schwerin as well as for a variety of open air shows. He was the co-ordinator and choreographer for films such as: Gods of Olympus, directed by. P. Pissanos, starring Oliver Reed; Pluto-God of the Underworld and Macbeth for Granada Television, BBC, directed by M. Bogdanov, starring Greta Scacchi. Besides his project commitments, Mr. Theiss is currently the artistic director of the school for music, dance and theatre in Wuppertal/Germany.
Christian Schwaan received his education at the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin (Ballet Academy Berlin). He worked for a variety of reputable choreographers and directors, which includes John Neumeier (Hamburg Ballet), Jennifer Muller, Birgit Cullberg, Johann Kresnik, Martin Stiefermann, Michael Simon, Stefan Pucher and Frank Castdorf. He has been teaching classical ballet in Berlin for the last four years. In his class he combines elements of the Russian, French and American school to create a dynamically varied training of the body and the students musicality.