THEATRE AND FILM DIRECTOR
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 Arias’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.
DRAMATURG AND SET DESIGNER
Aljoscha Begrich (1977) is a Czech dramaturg and set designer living in Berlin. Begrich 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. Begrich 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.
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.
HENRIK JØKER BJERRE
Henrik Jøker Bjerre is an associate professor in Applied Philosophy at Aalborg University. He is a teacher and researcher of cultural analysis, German idealism, Kierkegaard, psychoanalysis and newer Slovenian philosophy. His publications include the books The useful idiot (2013) and Analyze! (2015). Analyze! is part of the series ‘School of Life’’ which addresses some of the most fundamental questions about the skills we use to help us cope with the challenges of modern life. Another book part of the ‘School of Life’ series is Handl! (2017), co-authored by Henrik and Brian, which criticizes the time of action and draws a picture of another and truer concept of action. Bjerre is a member of Center for Vild Analyse.
CENTER FOR VILD ANALYSE
Center for Vild Analyse (CVA) is a philosophical collective that has existed since 2006. The collective implements psychoanalysis and philosophy to suggest radical analysis of large and small scale phenomena in contemporary culture and politics. It has produced two books, a year long national radio show, weekly newspaper columns, and a number of interventions at conferences and other events. Members of CVA are Henrik Jøker Bjerre, Benjamin Brian Hansen, Kasper Porsgaard, Rasmus Ugilt and Steen Thykjær. The center exists when two or more of these write or speak in its name.
BRIAN BENJAMIN HANSEN
Brian Benjamin Hansen is an assistant professor at VIA University College. He has a PhD in philosophy and his field of research includes philosophy, psychoanalysis, cultural analysis and science theory especially in relation to existence and subjectivity, the psychopathologies of culture and society and philosophical concepts of action. Some of his published books include Kierkegaard repeated (2013) and Seeing the world in a grain of sand – In the exemplary method (2016). Hansen is a member of Center for Vild Analyse.
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. Hartmann 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. Hartmann is also a librettist and has worked with composers such as Stefan Johannes Hanke, Lin Wang and Peter Androsch.
CURATOR & DRAMATURG
Matthias Mohr is a German curator and dramaturg with an expertise in music theatre and dance. He is currently working at Radialsystem; an experimental stage in Berlin. Mohr 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 Mohr 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.
Patrick Müller is professor for media of transdisciplinarity at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). He studied music, musicology, German literature and cultural management in Zürich, Paris and Basel. Between 1998-2005 he was the editor of the bilingual magazine for new music “Dissonance” and artistic director of Collegium Novum Zürich), an ensemble for new music with a local concert series as well as international concert tours. Müller has worked together with a variety of composers and conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Heinz Holliger, Luciano Berio, Helmut Lachenmann, Klaus Huber, Beat Furrer, Salvatore Sciarrino, Olga Neuwirth and Isabel Mundry. He founded the Master of Transdisciplinary Studies at ZHdK (since 2008) as well as a transcultural study centre for the arts, Connecting Spaces, in Hong Kong (2013-17).
TANJA NELLEMANN POULSEN
Tanja Nellemann Poulsen (1971) is a Danish visual artist living and working in Aarhus. Nellemann Poulsen utilises text, embroidery, paper and civic art to create works that focus on urban life and accessibility. Since graduating from Det Jyske Kunstakademi (The Jyske Art Academy in Aarhus) in 2001, Nellemann Poulsen has been involved in numerous projects and from 2001-2016 was appointed Board Member and Deputy Chairman of AABCK, Aarhus Centre for Visual Art, Aarhus, (DK). Her work intertwines the perspectives from both global political life and typical Danish everyday life to encourage us to question the organizational structures of both ourselves as independent individuals and as a collective society.
Trond Reinholdtsen (1972) is a Norwegian composer and vocalist. In his early years as a composer Reinholdtsen composed modernistic, complex works in the German style and performed as a singer in the ensemble Nordic Voices. Over the last years Reinholdtsen’s music has developed in a performative direction, where conventional music is layered with performative elements such as essayistic interpretations, live-camera filming and elements like face-making and statistical facts. He often rounds off his compositions with the “composer’s speech to the audience”; a speech that may be performed live on screen or via a recording. Reinholdtsen’s highly extreme and original pieces have been presented at various festivals incl. Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.