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Isabel Barros, Teatro de Marionetas do Porto, Porto
studied dance and choreography in Paris and theatre studies in Porto. She was a founding member of the Balleteatro Contemporaneo do Porto and has since become its director. She is also the artistic director of the Balletatro Auditorio in Porto.
www.marionetasdoporto.pt
Animation (The Puppet)

Franziska Becker, Berlin
Cultural scientist and ethnologist with a European focus. In her dissertation she dealt with the migration of Russian Jews within the context of German immigration policies. Her other areas of focus include ethnicity, cultural performance and regional research (the German-Polish border area). Franziska Becker is an academic assistant at the Institute for European Ethnology and Cultural Science at the Universität Marburg.
www.uni-marburg.de/euroethno/fbecker.htm
Lecture (cancelled)

Regina Bendix, Göttingen
Professor of cultural anthropology and European ethnology in Göttingen. Regina Bendix studied folklore in Zurich, writing her dissertation on the Swiss founding myth of Wilhelm Tell. In addition, she has devoted considerable time to the history of the concept of authenticity in cultural studies. Her current areas of research include communication and narrative research, tourism and culture, as well as research on customs and rituals.
www.kaee.uni-goettingen.de/personal/bendix/bendixlit.htm
Lecture

Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas, Lucky Kitchen, Chicago, Barcelona
have a background in visual art and have been working since 1996 under the found-sound, video-game music, field recording, neo-folk label Lucky Kitchen: "the most human electronic music label". They start with a unique collection of noises (including recordings of family members and friends or cities, bars and landscapes) and put these together in a technically precise, electronic way. Bizarre pieces of music and sounds are created - the term folktronic is a good description of their sound.

Hartmut Bitomsky, Los Angeles
Director, author and documentary film producer from Berlin. He has been dean of the School of Film and Video at the California Institute of the Arts since 1993. He has worked on more than 40 films, many of which have received prizes. Thematically, he works with recent German history and with the implications of film as a medium. Most recently, he created his masterpiece about the transcontinental US B52 Bomber. (Selected films: Deutschlandbilder, Reichsautobahn, Der VW-Komplex, 1983-1989; Das Kino und der Tod, 1988; Playback, 1991)
Film

Matthew Buckingham, New York/Berlin
His installations question the role of collective memory, using photography, film and video and audio technology. Buckingham often starts with a seemingly everyday or forgotten artefact from the past and then explores its connections to the present. He does this by examining the representative power and effect of pictures and stories. This genealogy becomes evident to the observer inside the spatial / architectonic structure of the installations.
Lecture

Stefanie Bürkle, Berlin
Artist and city researcher. She works in various media, including painting, photography and postcards, and most recently investigated the production of wallpaper. She examines the normal perception of the city by finding new ways of reading projection spaces and the spaces behind them (le décor et le retour du décor). Her works include the Beirut-Berlin project (a comparison of the two cities after division), the Eiscafé Venezia in Germany and most recently a Palast der Republik Berlin wallpaper for the living room.
http://www.berlinertapete.de

Nicholas Bussmann, Berlin
A musician and composer, he plays the cello and plays free jazz, pop and club music. He is the co-founder of Ich schwitze nie, Blei war sein Lohn, no doctor, Lickmachine, and Gueststar and has played with Butch Morris, Otomo Yoshide, Hanno Leichtmann, Captain Akiyama, Nicolas Collins, Andrea Neumann, Christof Kurzmann, John Zorn, Martin Brandmayr, Leonid Soybelman, Lars Rudolph. He also organises small festivals. Current releases: white hole, plays the music of the beige oscillator & dj attachee, kapital band 1 2CD, kalkül & leidenschaft, wir
Love Songs Competition

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João Paulo Seara Cardoso, Teatro de Marionetas do Porto, Porto
Cardoso studied puppetry and theatre in France at the Institut International de la Marionette. Since 1982, he has also worked with Portuguese marionettes. His productions are a mixture of multimedia technology, traditional puppet theatre and contemporary dance theatre. In the last few years, his group Teatro de Marionetas do Porto has been examining the gestures and movements of the actors and figures of the city. Teatro de Marionetas do Porto has received invitations to many festivals. Bilder ansehen
www.marionetasdoporto.pt
Animation (The Puppet)

Chen Shi-Zheng, New York
studied with the great masters and was a star actor and singer in the Chinese opera scene. He has been working primarily as a director since he emigrated to the USA in 1988. He obtained worldwide fame in 1999 with his production of the Chinese Kunju Opera Peony Pavilion as part of the Lincoln Center Festival in 1999. He freed the Peking Opera from its heavy ballast of commercial folklore and propaganda and made the grammar, mannerisms and subtle irony of this traditional art form visible once again. After eight months of rehearsals for Peony Pavilion, the Chinese cultural authorities refused to allow the actors to leave the country. Only the lavish costumes and the set (constructed in a traditional style using high-grade timber) made the journey to the USA. After another rehearsal period lasting many months, the 16-hour opera became a grand success, playing as a guest production at festivals in Paris, Milan, Perth, Vienna and Berlin. In 2000 he was honored by the French government and made a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters. Bilder ansehen
Acting / Singing

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Jil Emerson, Iowa, Berlin
trained as a dancer at the University of Iowa. In New York she danced with Mark DeGarmo and Dancers, Eva Dekan Dance and JoAnna Mendl Shaw. She has been a member of Constanza Macras's ensemble since 2001. She is a licensed Pilates teacher and is trained in Alexander Technique.
Dance


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Harun Farocki, Berlin
Filmmaker, author, producer und actor. As part of the student movement in the late 60s, Farocki began to develop his own independent film language at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. His language moves between political agitation, documentation, auteur film and cinematic essay. Farocki critically analyses existing photographic and film images that he has collected from archives around the world and combines them in a new way in his films. His most recent video installation Ich glaubte, Gefangene zu sehen could be seen at the Generali Foundation in Vienna and at the Kunstwerke in Berlin. Since 1966, he also worked as a scriptwriter, actor and producer on projects by other directors, including Christian Petzold's Wolfsburg and Die innere Sicherheit. (Selected films: Brecht die Macht der Manipulateure, 1969 with Helke Sander; Der Ärger mit den Bildern, 1973; Etwas wird sichtbar, 1981; Wie man sieht, 1986; Stilleben, 1997; Auge/Maschine, 2001; Erkennen und Verfolgen, 2003).
www.farocki-film.de
Film

Bettina Funcke, New York
Bettina Funcke has published numerous texts about contemporary art and culture and works as an editor at the Dia Art Foundation in New York. She has put together various film series at the museum (Robert Smithson, Joan Jonas, Rosemarie Trockel) and co-published books about the Robert Lehman Lectures on Contemporary Art #2 (2004), Robert Whitman (2003), Alfred Jensen (2003) and Thomas Schütte (2002). She writes regularly for the art magazine Artforum and her texts have appeared in catalogues and magazines. Examples include Die Erfindung des Publikums als Feind (Zeitwenden, 1999) and The Masses Are Laughing Back (The Glass Eye, 2000) for example). She is currently earning her doctorate in philosophy and art theory at the College of Design in Karlsruhe.
Series of Lectures on the Visual Arts


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Lukas Gähwiler, Basel
studied media art in Aargau and has worked in various advertising agencies. He is a video artist and filmmaker.
Film

Jared Gradinger, New York / Berlin
was born in Rochester, New York, trained as an actor and dancer. He has worked with Lynn Shapiro, Maureen Fleming and John Zorn, among others. When Constanza Macras came to New York in 2001, she engaged Jared Gradinger for the performance Dolce Vita 2001 at the Downtown Arts Festival. Shortly after this, Jared moved to Berlin and has danced for Dorky Park since then. In addition to his work as a dancer, he has also produced several short films.
Dance


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Ulrike Haage
Ulrike Haage is border-crosser, pianist, keyboard-artist, electronic musician, sound-searcher, composer, sound-play-author, director, publisher - a versatile musician who does not fit in any categorisation.

Ulrike Haage grew up in the area of Ruhr / Germany (Ruhrgebiet). She studied in Hamburg music and music-therapy from 1985 to '89 and had a teaching position in the university with the perspective of a successful career within this institution. She was founder, pianist and composer of "Reichlich Weiblich" (translated: plenty female), the first all-women big band in Germany.

Ulrike Haage has been collaborating with Katharina Franck since 1989. Together they formed the core members of the Rainbirds. She never wanted to be a pop-star, but has found she can't help it. Between tours and recording sessions for the Rainbirds, there were other areas of artistic expression for Ulrike Haage; as the theatrical music group Stein (stone), the writing of scores for some of the leading directors at playhouses in several cities, or the improvisation with the musician FM Einheit (unit) in the group Vladimir Estragon, which later became Goto. Here, she extended her already wide spectrum of musical sources to include electronic sounds.As part of the trio Ammer/Haage/Einheit she composed three award-winning, publicly performed audio operas. From 1999 she began collaborating intensively with actress Meret Becker.

Since this time her work has increasingly concentrated on developing a unique style that fuses poetry and music into a single language. She composed the music for the album "Reise Toter" (journey of dead men) in cooperation with the poet Durs Grünbein; with the detective novel author Thea Dorn she developed the artwork "Bombsong" and she set the "Last Words" of William S.Burroughs as well as the written testimonies of the sculptor Louise Bourgeois into music.

Last year, Ulrike Haage has been invited to spent 14 days in Kabul by the just reopened Goethe-Institute/Kabul, where she directed a workshop ending with a great concert, together with native musicians.
In November 2003 she received the German Jazz-price "Albert-Mangelsdorff-Preis" at the Jazz-Festival in Berlin for her "outstanding and continuous achievements in Jazz-music" and her "lifework-achievement".
www.u-version.com


Johannes M. Hedinger, Com&Com, Zürich
Johannes M. Hedinger and Marcus Gossolt founded the label Com&Com (Commercial Communication) in 1997. They produce films, plays, art, music and books that take the border between high art and low culture as their theme. Like parasites, they occupy the existing communication channels of advertising and the mass media, creating a cunning, playful staging of the original and the fake. In 2003 they designed an urban legend and monument called mocmoc for the small town of Romanshorn on Lake Constance. The unveiling of the monument (a mythological creature in the style of Pokemon / Jeff Koons, made of hard plastic) led to ongoing public protests and a veritable political crisis. Com&Com were invited to the Venice Biennial in 2001 with their film C-Files: Tell Saga - a perfectly produced trailer for a feature film that takes up a whole evening. Their catalogues imitate fan books and their video clip Side by Side (2002) landed in the Top 10 of the Swiss charts. Com&Com are currently working on a road movie in the desert around Las Vegas. Bilder ansehen
www.com-com.ch
Film

Eduardo Hermanson, alias Willow, Rio de Janeiro
Willow's career in dance began in 1999 with a guest post in COMRUA, a small dance company in Niterói. Fascinated by the movements and fast beats of street dance, Willow applied for an audition and became a member of the GRN (Grupo de Rua de Niterói). Since then he has been a crucial dancer for the company, which is interested in exploring the relationships between street and contemporary dance.
www.grupoderua.com.br
Dance

Helmut Höge, Berlin
Journalist and author who writes for Pflasterstrand, ID, Frankfurter Rundschau, Transatlantik and the taz. In 1989/90, he worked as a cattle-keeper in the Thomas Müntzer Saarmund co-operative and then became editor of the Narva company newspaper Lichtquelle and the East German works committee initiative InformationOstwind. He has also worked for Neues Deutschland, Junge Welt and Freitag. He is also the ghost editor for about a dozen foreign authors. His books Neurosibirsk, Agronauten and WPP (Wölfe-Partisanen-Prostituierte) will be published soon under his own name.

Lecture


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Darius James, New York / Berlin
is a cult author from the USA and has been living in Berlin since the end of the 90s. His books Negrophobia (1992), That's Blaxploitation! (1995) and Voodoo Stew (2003) deal with the role of African-Americans in US pop culture, as well as the racist iconographies that accompany them.
www.verbrecherverlag.de/autor.php?id=18
Lecture


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Stefan Kaegi, unterwegs
Kaegi studied art in Zurich und applied theatre studies in Gießen. He formed the label Hygiene Heute together with Bernd Ernst, to get theatrical ready-mades on stage. In Kaegi's audio tour Kirchner and the paperchase Skrot. The Krakow Files, the cities of Frankfurt, Gießen, Munich and Krakow became a "desirable stage set". Under the banner of "Rimini Protokoll" (with Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel), Kaegi works on such themes as Central European ways of dying and the administration of justice. The group caused a political furore when they staged a Berlin parliamentary debate (using amateur actors) in the old, empty parliament building in Bonn as part of the Theatre of the World festival in 2002. Rimini Protokoll has been invited to Berlin to take part in the Theatertreffen 2004 with their piece Deadline
Bilder ansehen
www.rimini-protokoll.de
www.hygieneheute.de
Concept Art

Laura Kikauka, Meaford / Berlin
Laura Kikauka is a self-proclaimed techno-nymph & professional hobbyist who often finds the extraordinary in the ordinary. She creates detailed collect-o-holic environments from junk and discarded products, cross-fertilising unorthodox techniques with personal experiences to create work that reveals the humorous absurdities and ironies of our everyday lives. She divides her time between being 'Miss Management' while marketing her products and 'Miss Understood' while explaining them. She has exhibited and performed internationally and divides her time between studios at the Funny Farm in Meaford, Ontario and in Berlin.Bilder ansehen
www.aktionsgalerie.de/dna/deutsch/ausstellungen/kikauka/
The Honorary President

Mxolisi George Khumalo, Born in Soweto in 1971 Mxolisi George Khumalo came to dance via football, running, boxing and the street-dancing cult of his township. After a stint as a waiter he quickly understood how important dance was for him and began taking classes with the Kopano Community Project. Later he was collaborating with the South-African choreographer PJ Sabbagha and giving classes himself to children. He arrived at PARTS in 1997 where he worked with, Thomas Hauert, Jonathan Burrows, Matthias De Koning and others. During his study period he also created a duet with fellow student Moeketsi Koena Blomplek. For his graduation he choreographed a solo, Ulozi in June 2000 followed by Flush in December of that year. Throughout the year of 2000 he participated in the Brussels version of the Bal Moderne where his dance Codesa, set to Kwaito, (South African hip-hop) was an unprecedented success. He is currently working on a new group piece.
Tanz

Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf
Kuball combines his interests in architecture, urban structures and psychology with the options provided by the visual arts. His light installations are temporary intrusions into the existing organism of the city. In his work, existing and functional light resources are used and combined with research on the history of the site and interviews with residents and other local people to form sculptural projects. Examples of this include his project for an office high-rise in Dusseldorf, the Synagogue in Stommeln (near Cologne) and the Gauleiter bunker in Lüneburg. His project for Berlin deals with the area of the Kulturforum at Potsdamer Platz. Kuball has received many prizes and grants, including the Alfred Krupp grant for contemporary photography from the Bohlen und Halbach foundation (Essen) in 1991, the prize for the promotion of visuals arts from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, a working grant from the arts funds and a grant from Villa Massimo. He was a guest professor at the University for Graphics and Book Art in Leipzig in 1999/2000.
Bild
www.kuball-art.de
Lightning Design

Merle Kröger, Berlin
studied film science and journalism in Berlin and has been working as an artist and filmmaker since 1987. Kröger was a co-founder and member of the Botschaft e.V. and dogfilm groups of authors and producers. Together with Philip Scheffner, she founded the platform pong, which brings together a publishing house and a production company. Her first crime thriller Cut (Argument Verlag Berlin 2003) is set in the Bollywood milieu.
www.pong-berlin.de
Film


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Constanza Macras, Dorky Park, Buenos Aires / Berlin
Macras develops her pieces as a catapult of associations between social realities, MTV clips, Ikea advertising and local Berlin street dance and slang. Her company Dorky Park is a community of dance activists who have a talent for variety performance, slapstick and striptease. Macras completed a dance apprenticeship and a degree in fashion design in her hometown of Buenos Aires and studied during this time in the Merce Cunningham Studios and with Amanda Miller. Most recently, Dorky Park performed their piece Back to the Present on the various floors of an empty department store in Berlin and worked with Lebanese child rappers from Neukölln (Berlin) on the piece Scratch Neukölln, a production by the Hebbel am Ufer theatre. This piece has been invited to a number of large festivals in Summer 2004. bilder ansehen
www.dorkypark.org
Dance

Sarat Maharaj, London
Professor of history of art and art theory at Goldsmith College at the University of London; he is also working on research projects at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and is the Rudolf-Arnheim-Professor at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin. Sarat Maharaj is a renowned curator and cultural theorist and worked as a co-curator at the Dokumenta XI in Kassel in 2002 and as the curator of Optical.Retinal.Visual.Conceptual at the Museum Boijmanns van Beuningen in Rotterdam, among other things. He is a member of the advisory board of the journal Third Text and Visual Culture Writing and writes and gives talks about contemporary art and art production.
www.documenta.de/data/german/index.html

Lecture


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Francis K. Onwochei, Lagos
began his career in 1985 as an actor at the National Arts Theatre in Lagos. Since 1990 he has been working in the newly created film scene in Lagos and has produced the feature films Raging Storm. Final Onslaught (1998), Tansi (1999) and Saving Alero (2000), among others. He has also directed numerous TV series, film reports and adverts. In 1991 he completed his degree in cartography and surveying at the Federal School of Surveying in Nigeria. Francis Onwochei is currently general secretary of Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN) and general director of Frankochei Productions Limited, a film and television company in Lagos.
Lecture


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Puppetmastaz, Berlin
A bunch of hand puppets from Berlin are advancing inexorably - their plan is to topple the humans from their undeserved throne once and for all. Their crazy electro beats and fresh MCS are employed as weapons in this struggle. The Puppetmastaz form the interface between the Muppet Show and Peter Jackson's film "Meet the Feebles". Bilder und Skizzen
www.puppetmastaz.de
Animation (The Puppet)

 

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Qian Yi, New York
started studying the techniques of Kunju Opera at the Shanghai Opera School at the age of ten. The Chinese Ministry of Culture later certified Yi as the best Kunju actor in the country. Since the international success of Peony Pavilion, she has worked with Cheng Shi-Zheng and given singing lessons in the USA and around the world. She is now lecturing at Barnard College.

Acting / Singing

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Paul Rooney, London
works with text, sound and video,producing performances, small scale operas and variety hights. He is interested in the social and personal aspects of popular entertainment, such as music, comedy, storytelling and choral singing.and collaborates with employers, school children and TV studio audiences in his work. In the later half of 2004, the Gasworks Galery in London will host "Pass the Time of Day" in collaboration with Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham - a group exhibition curated by Paul Rooney. The exhibition will included sound works, videos, installations and films. This exhibition has been developed by Rooney and will use music to explore transformation and alienation in everday life. He was the Tate Liverpool MOMART Fellow for 2002-2003 and has exhibited recently in Melbourne, Stockholm, Toronto, Siena, New York, Washington, St. Petersburg and Utrecht.


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She She Pop was founded in 1993 at the Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft in Gießen. Its members are Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Katharina Oberlik, Ilia Papatheodorou, Berit Stumpf and Sebastian Bark. As a performance collective, we are committed to an ensemble work which emphazises the sharing of history and performative qualities and encourages equal involvement in the work process. Also, because of that, the traditional hierarchy of author, narrator and protagonist is suspended in our performances. The performer as an authorized agent on stage becomes liable. This liability has become one of the prevailing statements and noted features of our work.

In the past years we have worked on a series of performances that are designed by rules. They are in fact games and not plays anymore. Whether it be an auction for the audience ("TRUST!", 1998), where the performers and their artistic qualities are for sale, a live game show ("Live!", 1999), where we compete for the favour of the audience or a race against time ("RULES", 2001), the members of She She Pop enter as candidates or players. In every show, our individual fate unfolds on stage under the eyes of the witnessing spectators and with their participation. As the performance is actuated and shaped by the immediate logic of the competition or the game, we are well trained in combining attributes, prejudices, successes and misfortunes into an instant stage biography and offering it to the audience for identification.

Staging ourselves has become our game, our urge, our mission, our risk. Each production presents a theatre space where the audience watching is made visible. And because it is visible, everything the performer does compulsively turns into a performance. It is a very uncomfortable situation as both sides are on display. The conditions and relations are often the topic of a verbal discourse between performers and audience. It has to be endured with self-irony, openmindedness and a streak of exhibitionism.
Tanz

Niels "Storm" Robitzky, born in northern German in 1969, is a self-taught dancer who studied the hip-hop techniques of B-Boying, Locking and Popping in depth in the 1980s. With countless contacts with hip-hop dancers of the first generation and on travels through Europe and North America he has brought his experiences into this style of dancing. Since 1993 Storm has been living in Berlin where he founded the company "The Storm & Jazzy Project" in 1996, which presented its choreography in theatres and festivals in Europe until the late 90s. In 2000 Storm choreographed the opening gala for the Expo in Hanover and his first solo in 2001: "Solo for two", which has been on tour in Europe since then. The European dance project "Urban Dance Styles" in Amsterdam followed in 2002. Since 2000 Storm has received invitations from the Goethe Institute, as in 2001 with the choreography "Tá Limpo!" and 2002 with "Solo for two", "Tá Limpo!" and the duo "Men at work" in Sao Paulo. His new creation was premiered in 2003: "Slippin' & Slidin'" in Aix-en-Provence
Tanz

SubREAL, Bukarest / Amsterdam
Calin Dan and Iosif Király founded SubREAL in 1990 in Bucharest. Earlier, Dan studied aesthetics and art history and worked as an art critic and curator. Király completed an apprenticeship as a photographer. With works such as the Arta Archiv and Interviewing the Cities, the duo establishes social and urban archives that are subsequently adapted for performance. SubREAL were guests at many pioneering group exhibitions, including the Istanbul Biennial (1992), the Venice Biennial (1993, 1999), Manifesta 1 (1996) and the Berlin Biennial (1998). Individual exhibitions of their work were also shown at Künstlerhaus Bethanien (1995), in the Neuen Berliner Kunstverein (1996) and at the Akademie Schloß Solitude. Bilder ansehen

Concept Art


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Bernhard Thome, Berlin
studied painting at the Kunstakademie Karlsruhe (Kirkeby/Antes/Th. Kaminsky) and was a master-class student with Stefan Huber. From 1992-98 he worked with abcd (art by comprehensive development), was head of the company HdK (a property/construction and finance company) and completed his training as a chef. Since 1998 he has been the co-founder of various galleries and since 2002 has been working at the interface between art and cooking through his work on the Zagreus-Projekt and at concept catering.
Canteen

Neville Tranter, Stuffed Puppet Theatre, Toowoomba / Amersfoort
Tranter founded the Stuffed Puppet Theatre in Australia in 1976. The company has since become legendary through his work as an actor, vocal artist and puppeteer. In his pieces, he creates an oscillating image of evil using the concentration of a Noh or Bunraku game and the burlesque of the Punch and Judy show. In his production Schicklgruber - Alias Adolf Hitler, Hitler, Goebbels, Goering and Eva Braun take to the stage and attempt a balancing act between kitsch concepts of the enemy and the inability to portray horror. The Stuffed Puppet Theatre has been invited to numerous festivals and received various prizes, including the prize for Best Performance at the World Festival of Puppet Art in Prague in 2001 and the Grand Prix in Zagreb 2002.so sehen die Puppen aus
www.stuffedpuppet.nl
Animation ( Die Puppe)


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Marina Warner, London
Author of numerous fiction and academic books that focus on the themes of magic, folklore and femininity, for which Warner has received many prizes. Her publications include Managing Monsters: Six Myths of our Time (1994), a critical analysis of the function of myths in contemporary society, From Animal to Blond: Fairytales and their Narrators (1994) and No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling, and Making Mock (1998). Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds was published in 2002. She is currently working on a study about spirits and their embodiment: Figuring the Soul.
www.marinawarner.com/

Lecture

Dorothee Wenner, Berlin
Freelance filmmaker, journalist, author of numerous books and a member of the selection committee for the International Forum of New Cinema at the Berlin Film Festival. She studied literature in Hamburg. Since 1988, Dorothee Wenner has been living in Berlin and writes for the taz and Die Zeit, among other things. Her last films were Die Polen vom Potsdamer Platz (1998), Ladies Special - Der Frauenzug von Bombay (1999) and Happy end in Switzerland (2001). In Wenner's video installation Unser Ausland, foreigners living in Berlin take a critical look at Germany. Experts from various countries engage in fieldwork using their ethnographic intuition and comment on German customs and peculiarities. Thus, a Bulgarian explains the German enthusiasm for club life and an Indian interior designer comments on the concept of Gemütlichkeit. Unser Ausland has been touring Germany for the last year
http://gesichterzeigen.de/unser_ausland/unser_ausland.html
Lecture

Jossi Wieler, Zürich, Berlin
was born in 1951 in Switzerland, studied from 1972 to 1980 in Israel and worked as a director at the Habima National Theatre there. Since 1982 he has worked as a director in Germany and Switzerland. Jossi Wieler is one of the cleverest and most radical directors currently working. His stirring productions have received numerous prizes and are created in a close dialogue between the actors, the set design and dramaturgy. Wieler's considered reading of every linguistic and psychological nuance of a text results in constant discovery of new theatrical forms and astonishing theatrical realisations. Some of his best-known productions include Elfriede Jelinek's Wolken.Heim. (Schauspielhaus Hamburg, 1994) and er nicht als er (Salzburger Festspiele, 1998), Moses und Aaron (Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2003), Ariadne auf Naxos (Salzburger Festspiele, 2001) and Alkestis (Münchner Kammerspiele, 2002).
Acting / Singing



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