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Lola Arias
Photo by Catalina Bartolomé

Lola Arias (1976) is an Argentinian author, performer, theatre and film director. Her work investigates the interface between reality and fiction and she collaborates with people from different backgrounds (war veterans, former communists, Bulgarian children, etc.) in her theatre, literature, music, film and art projects. One of Lola’s latest theatre plays called Minefield (2016) brings together British and Argentinian veterans of the Falkland/Malvinas war to share their experience of the conflict and life since then. The protagonists in Minefield are also part of her feature film Theatre of war (2018) which was selected for the 68th Forum of the Berlinale Film Festival.



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Christian Falsnaes (born 1980, Copenhagen) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and is currently based in Berlin. His works have recently been shown at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen; the private collection of Juan & Patricia Vergez, Buenos Aires; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Centre Pompidou, Paris; ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe; and Manifesta 11, Zurich. In 2015, he was nominated for the Preis der Nationalgalerie award in Berlin.



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Margrét Bjarnadóttir, photo by Hákon Davíð Björnsson
Photo by Hákon Davíð Björnsson

Magrét Bjarnadóttir is a multidisciplinary artist and choreographer based in Reykjavik. She started her dance training at six years old and graduated in 2006 with a BA in choreography from ArtEZ in Arnhem, Holland. Magrét’s approach to dance is like that of a visual art or writer and she is continuously intrigued by the concept of how fragile people are and the humour in our existence. Indeed, her interest in human nature is seen in her book ‘The word on the street’ which is a collection of sentences and phrases that she overheard from passersby in Iceland and collected in the period May 5th 2009 – December 18th 2013. As well as working on her solo projects, Magrét choreographed Björk’s Utopia, and worked with singer in her festival tour in last summer in 2018, and has also been working closely with the radical visual artist Ragnar Kjartansson for many years.



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Stefan Kaegi (1972) is cofounder of Rimini Protokoll. Stefan produces documentary theatre plays, radio shows and works in the urban environment in a diverse variety of collaborative partnerships. Using research, public auditions and conceptual processes, he gives voice to ‘experts’ who are not trained actors but have something to tell. 

Kaegi has studied visual arts in Zurich and drama/theatre/media at the University of Giessen, Germany. In Argentina, Brazil, Graz and Poland he worked with local performers in urban contexts, producing motor cycle tours, chasing channels, pet ceremonies or bus trips.
 In 2000 Kaegi joined forces with Helgard Haugand Daniel Wetzel under the name of Rimini Protokoll and have since worked in different constellations under this name. Work by work they have expanded the means of the theatre to create new perspectives on reality. 



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Eva Meyer-Keller (1972) works at the interface of performance and visual art. 

Eva Meyer-Keller lives and works in Berlin. She works at the interface of performance and visual art. Before graduating from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam she studied photography and visual art in Berlin (HdK) and London (Central St. Martins and Kings College). 

Her artwork is distinctive due to its meticulous attention to detail. Eva often uses everyday objects from her immediate surroundings, things that she finds at home, in the supermarket or in the tool shed. This inevitably lends the work an obsessive, domestic aesthetic. Her working method is marked by a constructive disregard for the imposition of any boundary between visual and performing arts. 

Eva develops projects alone and in collaboration with other artists, such as Uta Eisenreich, Sybille Müller and Kate McIntosh. She also lends herself as a devisor and performer to other choreographers and works as a dramaturgical advisor/ mentor. 



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Kai Johnsen (1962) er regissør, dramaturg og professor i regi ved Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo/Teaterhøgskolen. Professorkompetanse også i dramaturgi/scenetekst. Mer enn 60 regioppgaver/forestillinger ved fremstående norske og utenlandske scener innenfor en rekke sjangere. Han er en av Norges mest erfarne prosjektutviklere ift ny tekst/nye konsepter for scenekunst. Som regissør har han samarbeidet nært med mange av Norges ledende samtidsdramatikere, bla 14 urpremierer av Jon Fosse. Som dramaturg arbeider han fast m bla Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt, Pia Maria Roll, Trond Reinholdtsen, Henrik Helstenius m fl.



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Lucia Pietroiusti is the Curator of General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries, London, as well as the curator of Sun & Sea (Marina), the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, 2019. At Serpentine, Pietroiusti founded, programmes and curates the long-term ‘General Ecology’ project for Serpentine (2018-ongoing), a strategic, cross-organisational effort dedicated to the implementation of ecological principles throughout all of the Galleries’ exhibitions, programmes, infrastructure and network. Recent projects include The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish series (with Filipa Ramos) and Microhabitable (with Fernando García-Dory). Forthcoming publications include More-than-Human, co-edited with Andrés Jaque and Marina Otero Verzier. 



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Todd G. May (1955) is a political philosopher who writes on topics of anarchismpoststructuralism, and post-structuralist anarchism. 

Todd G. May is currently Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of Philosophy at Clemson University. 

May has published works on major poststructuralist philosophers, including Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault. He also wrote books on more general topics accessible to the general reader, including Death, Our Practices, Our Selves, or, What It Means to Be Human, Friendship in an Age of Economics: Resisting the Forces of Neoliberalism, A Significant Life: Human Meaning in a Silent Universe, A Fragile Life: Accepting Our Vulnerability. 

May is also the philosophical advisor to the NBC television show The Good Place 



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Kasper Holten (1973) has since 2018 been CEO of The Royal Danish Theatre.  

Kasper Holten is a Danish stage director and has staged more than 75 operas, plays and musicals around Europe as well as USA, Russia, Israel, Australia, China and Japan. He has stages performances on leading theatre’s such as Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala in Milano and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires 

From 2000 – 2011 Kasper was Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Opera and in 2011 – 2016 Kasper was Artistic Director of Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.  

In 2006 he was annointed Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School.  



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Photo by Andr Wunstorf
Photo by Andr Wunstorf

Matthias Mohr is a German curator and dramaturg with an expertise in music theatre and dance. He is currently artistic director at Radialsystem; an experimental stage in Berlin. Matthias was part of the programme team of the Ruhrtriennale from 2012-2014 and has had a long-term collaboration with the composer and theater director Heiner Goebbels. In 2018 Matthias was a member of the selection jury for the Tanzplattform in Germany and until the end of June he worked as a dramaturg at PACT Zollverein in Essen, with a curatorial focus in the fields of contemporary dance and performance.



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Aljoscha Begrich
Photo by York Maecke

Aljoscha Begrich (1977) is a Czech dramaturg and set designer living in Berlin. Aljoscha studied art history, philosophy and cultural studies in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Mexico City, and worked afterwards as a set designer for independent groups and multiple theatres including Staatstheater Stuttgart and University of Columbia in NY. His dramaturgical career has taken him in many directions, and he has worked with many companies both in and outside of Europe. Since 2014 he has been the permanent dramaturg at Gorki Theater and at Rimini Protokol in Berlin. Aljoscha combines a holistic view with a keen eye for the ingredients of the primordial stories of mankind, which enables him to give inspiring feedback for writers, composers, directors, sound- and visual artists.



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Sara Topsøe-Jensen (1971) is a Danish actress and the founder and artistic director of Carte Blanche – a theatre based in Viborg, Denmark. A common feature for Carte Blanche’s poetic performances is the use of visuality and site specificity with a focus on the meeting between the performer and the audience throughout different sensuous tableaus. The theatre has toured in 27 different countries such as Australia, Russia, Greenland and Canada and worked with a variety of international performers. Sara has been nominated for local and international awards such as The Reumert Jury’s Special Award for the two performances LIFE LIVE! by Carte Blanche og Cantabile 2 in Denmark, 2013; The 2008 ASSITEJ Award for Artistic Excellence at the ASSITEJs XVI World Congress in Adelaide, Australien in May 2008 and the Rosamund Gilder/ Martha Coigney International Award of League of Professional Theatre Women in New York, September 2011.



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Philip Venables (born 1979) is a British composer best known for his operatic and theatrical works with themes of sexuality, violence and politics. Philip Venables’ music is often concerned with violence, politics and speech within concert music and opera. He is described as “one of the finest composers around” (Guardian) and his work as “brutally effective” (Times), original and intelligent in both form and content… reminiscent of Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle” (Exeunt Magazine) and brilliant, extreme work that grips like a vice and won’t let go (The Guardian). 



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Photo of Rikke Lund Heinsen

Rikke Lund Heinsen (1967) is a Danish teacher and researcher within the field of artistic entrepreneurship, inter/transdisciplinarity and cross-artistic work. Rikke’s background is academic and her experiences are grounded in the producing and educating area of performing arts. She is deeply interested in how to expand our crafts as artistic and creative human beings by offering anti hierarchic workspaces where we all can breathe, exchange and evolve.



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Rasmus Ugilt is a senior analyst at the Center for Vild Analyse (Centre for Wild Analysis). He is a PhD in Philosophy from Aarhus University. His research focuses on German idealism, psychoanalysis, political philosophy and cultural philosophy and deals with philosophers and theorists such as Lacan, Hegel, Schelling, Kant, Kierkegaard, Žižek, Dolar, Zupančič, Agamben, Benjamin. Ugilt is the author of the books The Metaphysics of Terror (Bloomsbury, 2012), Giorgio Agamben: Political Philosophy (HEB, 2014), Enjoyment (Aarhus University Publishers, 2015) and he has written over 30 scientific articles in Danish and international research journals. He works as a philosopher at MU.ST and is a member of the Center for Vild Analyse.



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Dorothea Hartmann

Dorothea Hartmann is a German dramaturg. Since 2012 she has been the Head Dramaturg at Deutche Oper Berlin and Artistic Director of Tischlerei – an experimental stage in the opera house. Tichlerei explores new ways for contemporary music theatre, working in an interdisciplinary field. Dorothea has a long career as a dramaturg at various opera houses and theatres in Germany, incl. Staatsoper Hannover and Landestheater Linz. She has been a member of the Jury of the German theatre award Der Faust and held other positions within the theatre field. Dorothea is also a librettist and has worked with composers such as Stefan Johannes Hanke, Lin Wang and Peter Androsch.



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Charlotte Bagger Brandt (1968) is a Danish art consultant, curator & initiator of Råderum – a mobile office for contemporary art. She is educated from Copenhagen and Leipzig University in 1998, where she studied art history and history of ideas. Since 1999 she has curated art exhibitions, seminars and other art related projects inside as well as outside the art institution, in Denmark and abroad. After several years as senior curator at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, where she was appointed deputy director in 2006, she initiated Råderum in 2008. Bagger Brandt was initiator and curator at U-TURN Quadrennial for Contemporary Art in 2008. . Earlier Bagger Brandt has worked at Kunstforeningen Gammel Strand and Danish Design Center. In addition she has been involved in the Exhibition Space 1% and The Art Magazine 1%. Bagger Brandt also teaches in art in public space at Copenhagen University.



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Cuqui Jerez is an artist, choreographer and performer. After working as a dancer and performer with various choreographers in Europe in the 1990s, she began developing her choreographic work in 2001. Since then she has created performances that have been presented at numerous festivals in Europe, the US and Latin America. Her main activity is making performances but she also participates in various research, curatorial and publication projects.  Nowdays she is also artistic co-director of the MA in Performing Arts Practice and Visual Culture, ARTEA/ UCLM in Madrid.



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Søren Berner (b. 1977) works on the interface between visual art, performance, music, and activism. He has realized numerous performances in public spaces and participatory projects in Zurich, Vienna, and Copenhagen. His works are characterized by a critical reflection on the process of research and knowledge production and, at the same time, stand out through an improvised and actionist way of intervention. Søren Berner is currently working on a radio project with young students at a vocational school in Switzerland. In collaboration with the musician Balint Dobozi, they together produce sounds and interviews in which they reflect on their work and everyday realities and share their dreams, fears, and visions of the future. Søren Berner tries to open up new ways of agency through collective action and the critical examination of the conditions and institutions that shape us.