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 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.
DRAMATURG AND SET DESIGNER
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.
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. Henrik 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). Brian is a member of Center for Vild Analyse.
DRAMATURG & COMPOSER
Sebastian Hanusa (1976) is a dramaturg and composer. He studied musicology and philosophy at the Universities in Dortmund and Saarbrücken, Germany and also studied composition at the Hochschule für Musik Saar Saarbrücken. He has worked as a dramaturg at the Würzburg Mainfranken Theater, the Theater Magdeburg and the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater. Since 2014, Sebastian has been engaged as a dramaturg at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and also works freelance as a composer and focuses on new music and contemporary music theatre as a publicist in print as well as in the radio. He is very active within the experimental new music scene in Berlin and, as part of TRAVERS, he will be working closely with 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.
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. Patrick 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).
Helmut Oehring (1961) is a German composer and previous student of Georg Katzer at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. Since receiving a scholarship to Villa Massimo in Rome, Helmut has proceeded to obtain numerous awards including the Hindemith Prize (1997) and the Arnold Schönberg Prize (2008). Helmut’s work spans almost all musical genres and he has incorporated electronic media, sign language, dance, performance, conceived / improvised music, radio drama and film to create an instrumental vocal theatre that combines poetic forms with political content. The New Yorker recently named him one of the “most influential audiovisual composers alongside John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, Björk, and Robert Ashley.” Internationally renowned, Helmut is a jury member of the Karl Sczuka Prize for International Radio Drama Art of the SWR as well as a member of the Academy of Arts Berlin, the Saxon Academy of Arts and the Academy of German Music Authors.
AUTHOR OF GRAPHIC NOVELS
Halfdan Pisket (1985) is a Danish artist, cartoonist and author of graphic novels. Halfdan has written many underground comics including Hail the Darklord (2012), Locksmith Files (2012) among others. He was the first graphic novelist to be awarded the Danish Art Foundation’s three-year work grant for the trilogy Danskertrilogien – a poetic and emotionally tough graphic novel about the development of his Turkish/Armenian father’s life from a deserter in the Turkish army to a drug dealer in Christiania and recognized Danish citizen. Halfdan has cooperated with many other artists, including photographer Fryd Frydendahl on Winter (2013), a work combining images, photos and texts from young Danish writers Bjørn Rasmussen, Christina Hagen and Asbjørn Skou.
TANJA NELLEMANN POULSEN
Tanja Nellemann Poulsen (1971) is a Danish visual artist living and working in Aarhus. Tanja 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, Tanja 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 Trond composed modernistic, complex works in the German style and performed as a singer in the ensemble Nordic Voices. Over the last years Trond’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. Trond’s highly extreme and original pieces have been presented at various festivals incl. Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
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.
LIBBRETIST & STAGE DIRECTOR
Stefanie Woerdemann (1974) is a German librettist and stage director. She studied music and German at the HU Berlin and was a founding member of the academy Musiktheater heute –Berlin-Salzburg and of the labor für musik:theater. In 2001 Stefanie became theatre dramaturg at the Osnabrück Theatre and was editor and dramaturg for the Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra from 2002 until 2006. However, since 2005, she has exhibited her work as a librettist and stage director with many music theatre productions including QUIXOTE oder Die Porzellanlanze and Orfeo 14 (vol. 1) in which she collaborated with Helmut Oehring (who is also part of TRAVERS). More recently, Stefanie has worked on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, which focuses on the current refugee crisis and is performed with the help of asylum-seeking musicians and artists from the Middle East.
Kristoffer Ørum is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and organizer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He explores contemporary notions of the digital every day, how narratives of lived life are circulated, and what that circulation means for the ways in which we live our daily lives. His work has been displayed in established institutions, such as MUSA Museum auf Abruf in Vienna and SESI’ Cultural Centre in Sao Paulo as well as artist run spaces like Flux Factory in New York and projects on the internet and social networks. Kristoffer holds dual MA degrees in fine art from The Royal Danish Academy of Art and Goldsmiths College. He has served as a professor at Funen academy of Art and artistic researcher at Uncertain Archives, Copenhagen University.