TIAN ROTTEVEEL was born 1984 in the Netherlands, where he studied music composition at the royal conservatory The Hague from 20022009. After studying dance for one year in SEAD (2010) he then studied choreography and dance at HZTUDK Berlin, graduating in 2014. In both his musical and choreographic work Tian found a commitment in the midst of movement, sound and language as one intertwined practice. Most of the time Tian is curious to treat sound, movement and language as pure intensity and timbre, interchanging them seamlessly with each other. His solo choreography "Soulsqueezing" (2011) toured extensively on numerous festivals and venues and was his access entering the performance scene. Both as composer and performer Tian worked with Diego Gil, Lea Martini, Anja Muller, David Zambrano, Jeremy Wade, Tino Sehgal, Christoph Winkler, Willy Prager, Hermann Heisig among others. Tian teaches voice movement research at SEAD, Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Goethe Institut Sofia, Plezna Isna Maribor and others.
NUNO LUCAS born in Portugal 1980, works as a choreographer and performer in between Paris and Lisbon. He began to show ability to comedy at the age of five, imitating public figures, typical characters, singers and voices of animals. In 1998 Nuno moved to Lisbon where he obtained the degree in Economics at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In 2001 he participated in his first dance workshop and debuting, that year, as a performer with the choreographer Miguel Pereira at Teatro Nacional D. Maria II. In 2003 Nuno was invited by João Fiadeiro to develop his first choreographic sketches in LAB10. Among his professional training stranded out the Choreographic Course of Creation and Research in Forum Dança and the ex.e.r.ce program 2007 at the Centre Choreographique National de Montpellier, under the direction of Mathilde Monnier and Xavier Le Roy. As a performer Nuno worked a.o. with Joris Lacoste, Miguel Pereira, Ivana Muller, Rita Natálio, Nir de Volff and Jorge Andrade/Mala Voadora. He created three solos "Selfportrait as a dancer" (2007); "What can be shown can not be said" (2007); and "I could write a song" (2015). In collaboration with Hermann Heisig Nuno created "Pongo Land" (2008); with Irina Müller & Hermann Heisig “What comes up, must go up” (2009); with Pieter Ampe, Guilherme Garrido & Hermann Heisig "a coming community" (2012); with Márcia Lança "Trompe le Monde" (2010) and "Por esse mundo fora" (2016). Nuno is part of the network Sweet&Tender Collaborations, a group of artists from around the world and also DEMIMONDE a group of artists that live, circulate, meet and work in Lisbon.
SUSANNE OGAN after finishing school in her native city Nuremberg, Susanne moved to Amsterdam in 1994, where she studied Modern Dance at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. Already during her studies she was dancing for choreographers like Anouk van Dijk and Paul Selwyn Norton. After finishing her studies Susanne worked as a dancer a.o. for Piet Rogie (Rotterdam), Jo Fabian (Berlin), Donna Jewell (Salzburg), Joachim Schlömer and Irina Pauls (Stadttheater Freiburg), Martina LaBonté (Leipzig), Detlev Alexander (Berlin) and Carlos Matos (Stadttheater Hildesheim). After giving birth to her first daughter Susanne concentrated on cultural management as her main field of activity. Since then, her main partners are Hermann Heisig, Tanz im August Berlin, "Fratz", an international Festival for childrens theatre, In Between Festivals Wroclaw 2016 and WEDANCE e.V, an association connecting dance and education.
ELPIDA ORFANIDOU was born in Berlin but grew up in Athens, where she studied Dance, Piano and Pharmacy. She continued her studies in Choreography and Performance in Arnhem, Montpellier and London. Since 2009 Elpida is based in Berlin, presenting her works in various venues and festivals throughout Europe. As a performer Elpida has worked a.o. with Hermann Heisig, Gui Garrido, Meg Stuart, Tim Etchells, Daniel Kok and Pieter Ampe. Parallel to her solo works she collaborates closely with other artists like with Hermann Heisig for the choreographic duet “UNITED STATES” (Hebbel am Ufer Berlin + Teatar & TD, Zagreb 2011) and the site specific performance "just around the corner" (Tanz im August 2011). Together with Juan Perno Elpida created the filmperformance "ELPID'ARC" (Premiere Hebbel am Ufer , Berlin 2013). In 2016 Elpida worked together with Simone Truong, Eilit Marom, Anna Massoni and Adina Secretan for the project "(TO) COME AND SEE" , which had its premiere in January 2016 in Gessnerallee in Zurich.
MAY ZARHY born in Israel in 1984, May Zarhy created her first piece for the National Choreography Biennale “Shades in Dance 2001” Tel Aviv, before moving to the Netherlands in 2002 to study dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy. In 2005, she assisted William Forsythe in the creation “3 Atmospheric Studies”. In 2007 May was a member of ex.e.r.ce 07 in Montpellier (France), directed by Mathilde Monnier and Xavier Le Roy. In 2009 she formed with Fabrice Mazliah and Ioannis Mandafounis the collaborative trio “MAMAZA”. Together they created “Z.E.R.O.” (2009), “Cover Up” (2011) and “The Nikel Project – songs&poems” (2012), as well as “Pausing” (2012) as Duet with Ioannis Mandafounis. The Projects of MAMAZA have been shown and coproduced by numerous venues and festivals all over.Together with MAMAZA May was Associated Artists in deSingel Antwerp in 20112012, and resident artists in Mousonturm Frankfurt in 20122014 (thanks to the "Doppelpass" program of the German Federal Cultural Foundation). In addition, MAMAZA developed a number of works relating to topics of communal, social and public space, for example “ASINGELINE” (2011), presented among others in the Architecture Biennale in Venice 2014, as well as in various African countries between 20132015. Parallel to this, May created “1325” (2014) with performer Kathryn Enright and assisted and performed in Hermann Heisig's creation “STRTCH” (2014). In 2015 May presented the work “YES / כן “in the Tel Aviv Museum, created in collaboration with vocal artist Michal Oppenheim. May regularly gives workshops and lectures dealing with choreography, space perception and physical practices to students and professionals from the field of dance and architecture in:Giessen University, Shenkar Institute Israel, Tanzlabor_21 Frankfurt etc.
JAKA PLEŠEC was born 1983 in Ljubljana. He moves to Berlin in 2007 to attend the Berlin School of Art Weißensee. The interdisciplinary work at the school allows him to study in the fields of Visual Art, Textile and Product Design. He takes course with visual artist Pauline Baudry. He shows his first Performance Video in 2008 in Ljubljana. His Designs were exhibited at the Biennial of Industrial Design, Ljubljana, MIT Media Lab, European Patent Office, The Haag, MIAT Ghent. Since 2011 he works with Hermann Heisig and creates objects for his dance Performances. He lives and works as freelance designer in Berlin.
DIANA WESSER wurde in Stuttgart geboren und zog 1994 nach Leipzig in 1994 wo sie Illustration und Medienkunst an der Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (HGB) studierte. Sie ist Performerin und bildende Künstlerin mit einem Meisterschülerabschluss der HGB in der Klasse von Prof. Alba D'Urbano. 2005 gründete sie gemeinsam mit der englischen Architektin Helen Stratford das transdisziplinäre Duo "urban (col)laboratory" und hatte 2010 die künstlerische Leitung des internationalen Performancefestivals ‚play!LEIPZIG – Bewegung im Stadtraum’ inne (mit Patrick Primavesi). Seit 2014 arbeitet sie gemeinsam mit Antje Rademacker am partizipativen Langzeitprojekt „Die Leipziger Stadtteilexpeditionen“, das die Stadt Leipzig aus der Perspektive ihrer BewohnerInnen untersucht. Dianas besonderes Interesse gilt der partizipativen Öffnung und der Einbindung des Publikums in den Kunstprozess, urban storytelling sowie kollektiven Recherche- und Arbeitsprozessen. Ihre Audiowalks, performativen Spaziergängen, ortsbezogenen Interventionen und partizipativen Projekte laden dazu ein, vermeintlich bekannte Orte aus einer neuen Perspektive zu betrachten um ungenutzten Spielräume eines Handeln im Öffentlichen zu erschließen. Diana erhielt zahlreiche Auszeichnungen und Förderungen und ist auf Festivals und Ausstellung im In- und Ausland vertreten, zuletzt unter Anderem in Essen, Basel, Ankara, Bukarest, Cambridge/UK, Kopenhagen, Dhaka und Shanghai. Als Performerin hat Diana unter Anderem für Hermann Heisig, Dani Lima, Irina Pauls und 'Teater Kunst' Kopenhagen gearbeitet und realisierte Projekte mit Stadttheatern in Aarhus, Basel, Leipzig und Bremerhaven, .
PIETER AMPE (b.1982, Burundi) grew up in Ghent (BE), where he attended theatre workshops at the Speeltheater (now the Kopergietery). In Salzburg (2002-2003) and Arnhem (2003-2004) he prepared for his entrance exam at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, where he undertook two cycles from 2004 to 2008. In the same period, he made "Still Difficult Duet" (2007) with Guilherme Garrido, and with Simon Mayer he presented the duet "O Feather of Lead" (2008). In 2008, Pieter danced in "The Song" (2009) for Rosas/ Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Since 2009, Pieter has been artist in residence at CAMPO (Ghent),where he is carrying out a far-reaching research collaboration and meeting with other artists. Together with the Portuguese artist Guilherme Garrido, Pieter Ampe made "Still Standing You", the sequel to "Still Difficult Duet", which was selected for Circuit X at the Theatre Festival. November 2011 saw the premiere of "Pete & Jake's Big Reconciliation Attempt for the Disputes from the Past", a CAMPO production he created together with his brother Jakob and his mentor Alain Platel. In May 2012, during the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Pieter presented "a coming community", a quartet in collaboration with Gui Garrido, Hermann Heisig and Nuno Lucas. In 2013 he was involved with Robert Steijn & United Sorry for The Forest Project, and researching on a solo, "So you can feel", that premiered in autumn 2014. In 2015 Pieter worked together with Flemish performer Benjamin Verdonck in "We don’t speak to be understood".
Hermann defines the idea of a company as an open network of autonomous artists. Embracing the beauty of deviation and the power of misunderstanding, collaboration became a key element within Hermann´s work. Using different set- ups and constellations, it is a way to connect a project based way of working with a continuous exploration of artistic affinity. Over the last years, Hermann collaborated closely with some of the following people: