Jess Curtis is a performer, director and teacher of interdisciplinary dance/performance. Working independently, and in the collective performance groups CAHIN-CAHA, Cirque Batard (France/USA´98-Present) CORE (USA '94-98), and CONTRABAND(USA'85-'94) he has created and collaborated on numerous award-winning performance works known for their intense physicality, emotional honesty and athletic beauty. In 2000 he founded GRAVITY PHYSICAL ENTERTAINMENT as a research and development vehicle for very live performance. Gravity aspires to the creation of exceptionally engaging physical entertainment that explores and addresses issues and ideas of substance and relevance to a broad popular public. Jess has received three Isadora Duncan Dance awards, and was a recipient of the prestigious 2001 California Dancemakers Fellowship. He also teaches Dance, Contact Improvisation and Interdisciplinary Performance throughout the US and Europe.
fabrikCompanie was formed in 1990 a few months after the fall of Berlin
Wall by East German dancers Sven Till and Wolfgang Hoffmann.
Joined by Sabine Chwalisz in 1992, Sven Till and Wolfgang Hoffmann
created many performances in collaboration with guest artists from Germany,
Russia, Hungary, Spain, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Ireland, Switzerland
or the USA and toured frequently in Eastern Europe, Germany, Ireland ,
England and France. In most of these productions the focus of the artistic
approach is very energetic and physical, combining movement and form in
a simple and direct way. It has led to the development of a movement language
that is improvisational and diverse in it's expression.
Anise Smith is a dancer who grew up in the United States and Germany. After graduating from the Dance Centre Iwanson in Munich, she studied on scholarship at Steps in New York and Studio F in Los Angeles. She has worked with Tina Gerstler´s Danceworks (USA), Déjà Donné (I/CZ), Jess Curtis (USA/D), Stina K. Bollmann (D), the Bavarian State Opera, and has performed in several Television, Film and independent dance projects.
Sabine Chwalisz trained as a dancer in Berlin where she worked as an independant dancer and choreographer, creating her own pieces and collaborating with other artists. Since 1992, she has been a member of the artists' collective fabrik Potsdam where she works as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and co-organiser of the "Potsdamer Tanztage" (Potsdam International Contemporary Dance Festival).
Sven Till is co-founder of fabrik Potsdam where he has been a member of the crew of artistic directors since 1990. Dancing since 1989, he trained in contact-improvisation, new dance, modern dance at Tanzfabrik Berlin and in different workshop projects. As a dancer and a choreographer with the fabrikCompanie, he has participated and toured with many of its shows, including the award-winning "Hopeless Games".
Wolfgang Hoffmann is co-founder of fabrik Potsdam. Dancing since 1989 he has trained in contact-improvisation and composition with numerous teachers. For the past ten years, he has been dancer and director of fabrikCompanie, and created and participated in more than 11 dance-theatre works, with which he has toured world-wide.
Matthias Herrmann is a cellist, composer, sound-engineer, producer and coureer. He studied cello with Rudolf Mandalka at the Robert Schumann Highschool, Düsseldorf, Germany. In 1995 he met Howard Katz with whom he collaborated on various performances, concerts and CDs, including the piece KATA (Berlin, Seoul) and the CD "The Trouble With Being Born" (coming out soon). Followed other artistic collaborations with Stephanie Maher, Jess Curtis, Paul Beiersdorf, Christa Cocciole and other musicians.
Christophe Linéré defines himself as a "fabric-designer". He trained as a costume designer and worked with numerous couturiers in Paris. He moved to Berlin in 1995 where he worked at the German Opera as an assistant. Working as a free-lance designer for the past two years he has created, the costumes for (among others): "Acqua con Corps" by Angelika Ächter, "Patch of grass" by Marguerite Donlon, "Canaille" by Brigitta Ernst.
Marco Wehrspann studied theatre technical management in Berlin. Working as a freelance since 1995 he collaborated with Helge Musial, Dieter Heitkamp, Marguerite Donlon, Ratzan´kor, Wee Dance and GayleTufts. He was technical manager for the international arts exhibition Dokumenta X, the Universal Exhibition 2000 in Hanover, for the Berlin Festival and Tanzfabrik Berlin.