Jury 2019

Felix Berner

Mainz

Felix Berner trained as a dancer at the Folkwang University of the Arts and received the Dance Award of the Josef und Else Classen Stiftung on graduating. As a dancer, he has worked with a large variety of international choreographers, including Pina Bausch, Ann van den Broek, Sharon Eyal, Tero Saarinen, Club Guy & Roni and Jan Pusch. His work as a choreographer took him to JUNGES RESI in Munich, to the IMPULS – Festival for New Music in Saxony-Anhalt and to the schrit_tmacher festival, among others, and has received numerous distinctions: His productions have been invited to Tanztreffen der Jugend five times, to the International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston, Great Britain and to the THINK BIG! #5Festival. He teaches at various universities, including the Berlin University of the Arts, the Mozarteum University Salzburg and the University of Koblenz / Landau, is a resident dance and theatre educator at Staatstheater Mainz and head of tanzmainz schule. From the 2018/19 season onwards, he will be working as a choreographer with the tanzmainz company at Staatstheater Mainz.

Tomas Bünger

Bremen

Studied Classical and Modern Stage Dance at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. From 1999-2012, he was a dancer at Tanztheater Bremen under the artistic direction of Susanne Linke and Urs Dietrich. He has worked with many international choreographers including Emanuel Gat, Ingun Bjørnsgaard and Tero Saarinen, and has taken part in international guest performances. From 2009-2012, he worked as a choreography assistant. Nowadays he mainly works in the area of teaching movement knowledge in various social areas. Furthermore, he focuses on the inclusion of young refugees in artistic processes with other young people. In summer 2013, he took part in an integrative dance teacher-training course at the Mark Morris Dance Center in New York. Since 2014 he has been a guest lecturer for the Goethe Institute in Bangladesh. In 2015 he held a guest lectureship at the University of the Arts in Buenos Aires (UNA). Since 2017 he has been teaching master classes for students at the Hochschule für Kunst im Sozialen Ottersbert. In 2018 he is lecturer at the University Bremen at the Department of Anthropology and Cultural Research. He is co-founder of TanzKollektivBremen.
www.tanzkollektivbremen.de

Silke Gerhardt

Schwerin

Is a teacher for PE, geography, dance and theatre at Schwerin’s Goethe-Gymnasium, where she established dance as a teaching subject as part of the school’s fine arts profile. She teaches theatre/performative playing with a focus on dance theatre as an elective subject in grades 9 and 10, and as a basic class in grades 11 and 12. With the dance theatre company Lysistrate, founded by her in 1991, she was invited to perform at Schultheater der Länder, Theatertreffen der Jugend as well as at various international youth theatre festivals. She initiates socially inclusive and intergenerational dance and theatre projects, and teaches workshops on “Dance in school theatre” in the training and advanced training of teachers. Between 2004 and 2014, she was a board member of the “Bundesverband Theater in Schulen e.V. (Federal Association for Theatre in Schools)” and in 2013, she was the project manager in charge of the organisation and realization of the 29th edition of “Schultheater der Länder” under the motto of “Theater der Bilder (Theatre of Images)” in Schwerin.

Bahar Gökten

Cologne

Dancer and choreographer Bahar Gökten was born in Stuttgart. From a foundation of urban dance styles, she accesses and develops movements using many different approaches. She gathered experience on the stages of various theatres and venues, among them Staatstheater Stuttgart, Théâtre de Suresnes, Deutsche Oper am Rhein and tanzhaus nrw. She has worked with artists like Nasser Martin-Gousset, Neco Çelik, Nina Kurzeja and Magali Sander Fett. Besides pursuing a degree in education, Bahar Gökten initiates and heads several projects for children and young people. She is a dancer with the North Rhine-Westphalian company Renegade and has been involved in the international work of the breaking group Dirty Mamas Crew (founded in 2002) for many years. Together with five other choreographers, she founded the urban dance collective nutrospektif in 2012. With this project, she has been realizing her own stage works and interdisciplinary improvisation projects. The collective intends to increase the visibility of urban dance in the context of the stage, to explore creative ways of working and to promote dialogue within the dance scene. This includes a strong commitment to cultural education in the form of concepts for and with young people.

Modjgan Hashemian

Berlin

Was born in 1975 and trained as a choreographer at Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch” in her native city of Berlin. During her multifaceted career as a dancer and choreographer, her exploration of her Iranian roots has always been an integral component of her work. Her dance pieces are based on real stories and combine documentary elements with the search for an interpretation of these stories through her own movement language. Interdisciplinarity plays a strong part in this process. She has presented her works in cooperation with Ballhaus Naunynstrasse since 2009, among them “Move in Patterns”, “Don’t Move”, “In Motion”, “Game Over”, “I love I”, “Kick it!” and “XX-Riots”. She has also created dance pieces like “Yeki bud yeki nabud” and “bodytext” at the Maxim Gorki Theater’s Studio Я. Modjgan Hashemian has frequently participated in panel discussions on Iran’s ban on dance. Her work has been presented in the context of dance and theatre studies at Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie Tanzplan Hamburg auf Kampnagel. She also works at a teacher and holds dance workshops in cities like Bagdad, Sulaymaniyah (Kurdistan) and Tehran. In 2013, she began to give workshops on the topic of “Learning German through the Body”. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, she created dance pieces with children and young people under the title of “DER DIE DAS KÖRPER”.
www.hashemian.biz

Martina Kessel

Berlin

Studied Dance Education at the academies in Rotterdam and Essen and went on to graduate from a course in Ethnology, Islamic Studies and Pedagogy from the University of Cologne. Subsequent work as a graduate research assistant at the universities of Göttingen and Cologne. She is currently leading the project Take-off: Junger Tanz at the tanzhaus nrw, where she has been engaged in the theme Dance for a young audience since 2003 and is also responsible for the children and youth performance programme. She has been a board member on the Bundesverband Tanz in Schulen e.V. (Federal Association for Dance in Schools) since 2007; for this organisation, she has headed the project ChanceTanz since May 2013, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the programme Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung.

Anthony Mejeh

Saarbrücken

Was born in Saarbrücken. He graduated from the Gymnasium am Schloss and since then has been focusing on his greatest passion – dancing. Together with his siblings, he has been performing as a dancer from an early age. In 2010, he was a member of iMove, the youth dance group of Saarländisches Staatstheater and took part in three of their productions, where he was first acquainted with a variety of dance styles. He was inspired by choreographer Daniela Rodriguez, who taught several urban dance styles to him and the rest of the company. In the theatre’s regular training, he learned about ballet and contemporary dance. Since 2015, his activities have shifted more and more towards choreography; he teaches two hip-hop classes at Tanzschule Euschen Gebhart, where he creates two public performances per year for his classes. In 2016, he decided to take part in an international dance project organised by the Saarbrücken Deanery, which took place in Romania in 2017. The company developed a performance there which was again presented as part of the Perspectives-Festival in Saarbrücken, also in 2017. He was the assistant choreographer for this project. In September 2018, he will head a youth dance group at Staatstheater Braunschweig and will develop a dance performance for the young people that will be premiered in 2019.

Han Nguyen

Düsseldorf

Was born in Berlin in 1998. From 2012 to 2017, she was a student at the ACADEMY – Bühnenkunstschule für Menschen aller Kulturen (Stage School for People from all Cultures). In 2016, she successfully took part in the performance competition UNART with a theatre group she had co-founded with friends. This was followed by a cooperation project with the theatre collective LUNATIKS. Her first encounter with contact improvisation occurred during the production “#2 Von der Schönheit und Seltsamkeit des Anlehnens” at the ACADEMY production house in Berlin, directed by the dancers and choreographers Eliane Hutmacher and Susanne Martin. The production was invited to the 4th Tanztreffen der Jugend. Currently, she is completing a year of voluntary cultural service at Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus’ Junges Schauspiel, where she is involved in the community project Café Eden.

Carmen Scarano

Stuttgart

Lives in Stuttgart. She trained as a state-approved dance educator for creative dance and dance education at the Ronecker ballet school in Stuttgart and at various schools in Paris, New York and Los Angeles. As a dance educator, Carmen has been involved in a wide variety of projects over more than 16 years. They range from programmes for the prevention of violence for primary schools via “Toleranz Lernen (Learning Tolerance)” – a programme of civic education for schools to dance education programmes in penal institutions and teaching assignments at the University of Erfurt and the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Stuttgart. Her passions include creative projects in the field of dance theatre. Since 2013, Carmen has been choreographing two pieces a year in cooperation with Theaterhaus Stuttgart. In 2017, one of these pieces (“Wenn sie tanzt”) won the LAMATHEA – the state amateur theatre award of Baden-Wuerttemberg in the category of theatre for children and young people. With projects like “Dance for Good” (a youth project for unaccompanied underage refugees and young people from Stuttgart, developed at Theaterhaus Stuttgart) Carmen Scarano is strongly involved in working with heterogeneous large groups. Together with Simone de Picciotto and their art project “Hit the Beat – In Rhythm we meet. Unity through Cultural Diversity”, Carmen has been developing annual performing arts showcases for the upper year pupils of the Waldorf School in Windhoek, Namibia.
Carmen is eminently involved in inclusive dance projects. She has created choreographies for blind and partially sighted persons as well as for children and young people with Down’s syndrome and other mental and physical impairments. As a choreographer, she works with professional dancers and actors at various German theatres and for company events. In 2009, she founded the company Luca Tanzprojekte together with her colleague Luciana Mugei, where they develop workshops, company events and youth work projects.
www.carmen.dance