Friday February 10th, 20:00

Friday Evening Improvisation

 

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Geraldo Si, Clayton Thomas, LaborGras

Friday Evening Improvisation

Geraldo Si

Geraldo Si began his dance career in 1981 with Pantanaliadança, Brazil, after having been taking dance classes for three years. In São Paulo, he worked as dancer and actor with Antonio Abujamra, Geraldo Thomas, Penha de Souza, the Teatro Brasileiro de Dança, Marzipan Dance Cia amongst others. In 1990 Si came to Germany to join the Wuppertaler Tanztheater led by Pina Bausch, where he danced as a soloist for four years. Subsequently he collaborated with Raimund Hoghe (“Geraldos solo” in 1996 and “Tanzgeschichten” in 2003), Stephanie Thiersch, Healing Theatre Köln, rodolpho leoni dance, Vera Sander Art Connect and Cocoondance. In 1996 Si founded x.x.y. theater in Wuppertal and directed several of its productions. He is also artistic director of Sommertanz Junge Talente a dance theatre project for the youth, that was a pilotscheme from the Kunststiftung NRW from 2003 till 2005. Inspired by the collaboration with Suprapto Suryodarmo, for the past twelve years Geraldo Si has focused most of his work on improvisation and the concept of “growing through movement”. Si also regularly gives workshops for improvisation in Europe, Asia and South America. In 2002 he initiated an on going series of events „SichtLaut“. On these performance evening dancers, actors, visual artists and musicians experiment within the borders of improvisation. www.geraldosi.de

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Clayton Thomas is a double bassist and grass roots organiser working in the broad spectrum of improvised and experimental music. He is Australian, but lives in Berlin. I'm trying to work out a physical activity equally engaged in electronic and acoustic music aesthetics, while maintaining the kind of transitional and transformative energy of the music that changed my life. I draw inspiration from creative music of all eras, happily learning from and engaging with improvisers, sound artists, composers and thinkers alive and kicking in the 21st century. I have been inspired and pushed by many great musicians, but would especially thank my first teachers Wilber Morris and Peter Kowald, and Jon Rose, Jim Denley, Andrew Meisel, Cooper-Moore, Tony Buck and Hollis Taylor for doing some real work on the topic.

 

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Renate Graziadei

Renate Graziadei, born in Austria, began her dance training in Switzerland. She then went to New York for three years to study, live and work, most notably as a dancer for the Nina Wiener dance company. Upon her return to Europe, she worked with Rui Horta at the S.O.A.P. Dance Theatre Frankfurt and then moved on to the dance group COAX in Hamburg. In the fall of 1994 she established the LaborGras collective with Arthur Stäldi. Since then she has realised 15 own productions/projects with Arthur Stäldi and was involved in countless productions with other artists. In 1997 and 1998 she received a grant from the danceWEB programme during the ‘International Weeks of Dance’ in Vienna. In 1997 she was additionally profiled in the critic’s survey of the magazine ballet international / tanz aktuell as ‘upcoming female dancer’. Since 2005 she has been teaching contemporary technique regularly in various institutions internationally: as the training director for Sasha Waltz and Guests, at the Folkwang Hochschule, PARTS Brussels, the Opera national de Paris and offering workshops in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Columbia and Croatia, amongst others. Since summer 2004 she has been working as rehearsal director for Sasha Waltz & Guests for the productions Impromptus, Dialoge 06 – Radiale Systeme, Medea, Romeo & Juliette and Continu. Since 2008 she is also dancing with Sasha Walz & Guests in the projects Jagden and Formen and Dialoge 09. Her longest collaboration has been with the choreographer David Hernandez. Since 1999 she has been closely involved in many of his productions and projects.

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Arthur Stäldi

Born in Switzerland, Arthur Stäldi began his dance training in Luzern (Switzerland) and Rotterdam (Holland).  Following his education, he worked for several state theatres in Switzerland and Germany and founded the dance group COAX in 1989 with dancer Rica Blunck in Hamburg. In the summer of 1994, he left COAX to become a co-founder of the collective LaborGras and has since been involved in numerous international projects with other artists and choreographers. Of these collaborations, the longest and most intimate one remains with choreagrapher David Hernandez. Since 1996 he has taught contemporary dance technique regularly in various institutions in Germany, including the Ernst Busch Schule and Stadttheater Kassel and workshops in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Columbia, Croatia and others. In summer 2007 he was the coach and training director for the TanzMedienAkademie project at ‘pèlerinages KUNSTFEST WEIMAR’ in Weimar.

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