Concept and Direction
Text and Dramaturgy
Pierre De La Roche
Su Yeon Kim
Nir A. Yatzkan
DYLAN BANDY (mezzo-soprano) earned her degree in Vocal Performance at Indiana University and continued her studies at the The Barrow Group in New York City before moving to Berlin in 2011.She has premiered roles in new productions such as Dido in Kiez Oper’s “Dido & Aeneas” (Berlin 2012), Judit in “Bluebeard’s Castle” (Berlin 2012), Bronia in Moniuszko’s “Hrabina” (New York 2010), Romeo/Lionel in “Maid of Orleans” (NYC Fringe 2010), and Dora in the new opera “The Waiting Room” (Banff Canada 2009). As assistant director, she has worked on “My Romantic History” at the English Theatre Berlin (2011). And her self-produced works include HAU 100º winner “Strangers in a Song” (Berlin 2012), “Symbols of the Divine Feminine“ (Indiana University 2007) and the operatic parody “Shut up Little Man” for the Berlin International Comedy Film Festival (2011). Short films she’s been in include ”The Jogger” (2009), “The Man in the Suit” (2011), and “The Lost” by film artist Reynold Reynolds (2012). You can follow her wayward operatic career at dylanbandy.com.
THE HUSBAND & PRODUCTION
Brina Stinehelfer is a theater and performance artist originally from New York, based in Berlin since 2008. Her work focuses on interdisciplinary, multimedia and site-specific work, the exploration of new forms, an interest in audience/performer relationships, and international collaboration. As a solo performer, she is often commissioned to create original site- and event specifc works for galleries, including the Venice Bienalle in 2008. As a collaborative theater maker, she specializes in devised and concept theater, working with and for groups such as Gob Squad, The Wooster Group, and Nature Theater of Oklahoma. Through her company, Per Aspera Productions, she has created and produced over 20 original works, uncluding “The Folkore and Artistic Troupe of Dhalaristan”, which recieved a grant from the European Cultural Foundation in 2009/2010 to perform a 3 month tour through Estern Europe, and most recently, “Skype Duet”, winner of the 100° Festival 2011, which has international tour dates through 2013.
Pierre De La Roche
French chanson singer and actor Pierre De La Roche has been working in Berlin for over six years. “I absolutely wanted to sing and act in German on the Berlin stage” he replies when asked why he left Paris. He creates his own musical programs which include works by important composers of Chanson performed in German and French language, and presents these in cabaret clubs in Berlin, such as Bar Jeder Vernunft and many others.
Actor and drama teacher, Daniel performs, develops and manages circus and theater projects that address social issues. He has performed for four years for the Circus Circus Theatre Cabuwazi (among others) on environmental issues and works with immigrant youth in the Rütli School in Neukölln. As a presenter and performer, he motivates and moves events with a focus on environment and education – from workshops to large-scale demonstrations with 25,000 participants.
Born in Hessen in 1983, Sebastian moved to Heidelberg for two years for his bachelors. Then further to Berlin, where he completed his acting training at the Europäischen Theaterinstitut in 2008. Since then he freelances in Berlin and other places, recently with Theater Havarie in Potsdam and Shakespeare im Park in Berlin. Further engagements (among others) include Schlossfestspielen Ettlingen 2009 (“Faust 1”, Director: Marc Günther; “Puck erzählt”, Director: Marie Rose Russi) or the Polish Institute in 2006 (“From Poland with love”).
CONCEPT & DIRECTION
Nikolaus Schneider was born in 1982 in Dresden. After his acting studies in Berlin he went to Paris, where he worked in various productions with the Cie G. Morin. Since 2010, he has opened up his creative spectrum to include performance art in addition to classical theater. This was followed by appearances with Theatre Entropia in Berlin and Athens. In the performance group …Dhalaristan he toured successfully for several months through Eastern Europe from Berlin to Istanbul. Reaching further new ground in the same year he engaged with the Dance Company Lis:sanga, which he accompanied in Berlin and Lyon. He currently directs the award-winning piece Skype Duet. He worked closely with the filmmaker Reynold Reynolds to design surrealist performance art of the 30s for his project “The Lost”. With Exposure Berlin, he devotes himself again further to the theater.
Pucinski is a musician and composer of new music and was trained by Genoël von Lilienstern. Recently, he composed mainly for film and commercials, such as Jacob I. Barton’s film ”Ein Bad zu Zweit”, or the international stunt team Vortex Lab, as well as the composer Arnold Fritzsch. For Exposure Berlin, he will perform his music live on stage for the play.
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, video artist Radha Mateva now lives in Berlin. In Nuremberg, she studied theater and media arts, and focused on the classic experimental film, deeply discussed in her thesis, called “The Shadow in the experimental film”. The research of an experimental concept is the core of her work, including the evidence from psychology, anthropology and philosophy, but also current issues in society. The combination of live performance and video has been her main creative direction in the last 3 years, visualized in installations, performance and theater. Recently, her interest shifted towards real-time interactivity in the video, exploring analog and processing.
TEXT & DRAMATURGY
Antoine Hummel is an explosive mix of politeness and respect for women. He has slippery hands and is interested in ridged caps.
Franziska Oehme works as a playwright, theater critic, curator and writer based in off and professional theater, as well as in the publishing scene, specializing in the development and establishment of cross-genre formats. She writes poetry cycles, texts for stage, radio plays and opera. After assisting at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Deutsches Theater, a short short opera was developed for her libretto “Das Gesetz” which premiered in 2007 at the A*DEvantgarde Festival of Contemporary Music in Munich with composition by Sidney Corbett. In 2008 she was a finalist at the open mike – new talent literary competition of the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, with her lyrical epic text “Zweiter Monat”. For the Versionale Festival 2010 she created the interactive performative sound text and video installation “RauschLiebe”, and in 2011 she co-curated (with Lorena Monsalve) the tracing Mobility open platform in Haus der Kulturen der Welt, as well as the Direct Action Performance Festival 2012 (in the team with Stefan Riebel).
Odile Hautemulle learned her craft in Paris at the Ecole Fleury Delaporte, Ecole Esmod Guerre Lavigne, and at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Additionally, she completed an apprenticeship at Balmain’s and began her career at Cerruti’s in 1989; she has worked with stylists such as Christian Lacroix, Quasar Khan, and Popy Moreni. Odile Hautemulle has created costumes for film, theatre, opera, dance, circus and photography. Currently, Odile Hautemulle has her studio in Berlin. Due to her many–sided talents, perfection and mastery, she is an artist who is in great demand internationally.
Jake Witlen is a theatre and video aritst based between Brooklyn and Berlin. He is a founding member of The Internationalists, and has directed and designed works around the world. US Work: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, HERE Arts, 3-Legged Dog, PS122, the Ohio Theare. International Work: Berlin, London, Athens, Bucharest, Oslo, Sibiu, Quito and Bagalore, India. www.theinternationalists.org
Victor Labarthe was born in Paris in 1986. He has studied drawing and set design at la Cambre (Bruxelles) and at the ENSATT (Lyon). As much interested by set and objects design as by their practical realisation, he develops these two aspects in his work. Whether it is as Richard Peduzzi’s set design assistant, in the workshops of Brussels’ opera as a sculptor, at La Machine construction site (Nantes) as a metal worker or as a figurant dancer at Tempelhof for Lis:sanga’s PASS, he is permanently looking for new spaces to enrich his practice and to exchange with others. He is currently working on a video-mechanical adaptation of Dostoïevsky’s satirical short story Bobok.
Julian Lembke has received numerous composition and interpretation prices, including “Jugend Musiziert”, “Jeunesses Musicales”, the Youth Composition Competition Saxony-Anhalt, the Andreas Werckmeister prize of the city Halberstadt, and the Weimar Spring Days for Contemporary Music, among others. Since 1998, he has done several compositions for plays, readings (including Edgar Allan Poe “The Fall of the House of Usher”, F. Kafka, “The Building”, A. Rimbaud “The Drunken Boat”, F. Pessoa, “The Book of Disquiet”) and Neue Musik projects at the State Theatre of Braunschweig. At this same theater, he was assistant in the orchestra office and artistic associate of the incidental music from 2004 to 2005, most recently for Heiner Müller’s “Germania – death in Berlin” (2005).
After completing her studies in Philosophy and Economics at Humboldt University Berlin, she worked as a consultant for Trend Management in a Berlin based innovation consultancy for three years. As a freelance creative consultant, Samira has worked with performance artists, theatre productions and bands – heading to Leipzig this fall to do the interior concept for a student housing project…
Johannes Garbe lives and works as freelance musician in Berlin.
Natasha Jaffe was born in Canada and grew up in the United States, where she completed her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts (English Writing/Literature) at the State University of New York in Potsdam, NY as well as her Master of Music degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is now living in Berlin, Germany, where she is pursuing a career as a performing artist. She also composes music for equestrian Dressage Musical Freestyle tests.
Wolfgang Bensmann studied in Berlin and attended succesively at several masterclasses with Wiliam Waterhouse (Manchester) and Marco Costantini (Roma). He worked at Cape Town Symphonyorchestra as a principle contrabassoonplayer. After coming back to Berlin (Germany) he played with several Orchestras with bassoon and contrabassoon as a soloist . He is very interested in contemporary chambermusic.
TV-, film- and cd-productions are representing his engagement for the contempoary music. Wolfgang Bensmann premiered as a soloist several works dedicated to him by composers living in Berlin, such as Winfried Radeke, Carlo Domeniconi, Kurt Schwaen, Edward Staempfli etc. He is a member of several chambermusic ensembles and toured extensively through Europe.
As a teacher he is on the staff of the Berlin- Music School City-West and Paul-Hindemith-Music School in Berlin-Neukölln.
Alex Samawicz studied trumpet under Mark Gould (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, NYC), Wim van Hasselt (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam). Alex moved to Berlin in 2011 and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at HfM Hanns Eisler, with Prof. William Forman.
A native of Vienna, Virginia, USA Alex has played in groups such as the Old Dominion Brass Band, Richmond Brass Consort, Festival Brass, Richmond Pops, Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, and the Theatre IV/Barksdale Theatre Company. In New York City, Alex played with the Park Avenue Chamber Orchestra, the Grad Center Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the M5 Brass Quintet. Alex has participated in conferences and music festivals such as Brevard Music Center (where he was a teaching assistant), Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific (BC, Canada), and the International Trumpet Guild 2007 conference. Alex was artist-in-residence along with Rex Richardson and the VCU Brass Ensemble at the Trinity College (UK) Brass festival 2008. In 2010 Alex was Young Artist in Residence at the Bravo! Music Festival in Vail, Colorado, USA. In 2012, Alex was a semi-finalist for the position of Co-Principal Trumpet with the Swedish Radio Orchestra.
Nir A. Yatzkan
Born and raised in a small city outside Tel-Aviv, Israel, is he playing piano and keyboard instruments such as harpsichord, pipe organ, and synths – since childhood. He studied composition and orchestration at the Jerusalem Music Academy.
Since 2010, Nir is the Keyboard player of UMLALA, a well known Israeli band. In 2012 he moved with the band to Berlin.
Eyal Lovett, pianist, composer and arranger, has been playing music professionally for over 12 year. He recently moved to Berlin from New York where he studied at the prestigious New School for Jazz and Contemporary music. Among his teachers are Sam Yahel, Ari Hoening, George Cables, Hal Galper and more. A graduate of the Tel Aviv conservatory classical division, and of the Joint program of the Israeli Jazz Center and the New School, he is accomplished in jazz, classical music, and many contemporary styles.