ALEXANDRA WAIERSTALL DANCE COMPANY
Born in England and raised in Cyprus Alexandra Waierstall is a Düsseldorf based choreographer and artist. Her conceptually-physically moulded investigations are expressed through choreographies, installations, situations, sounds, texts and images. She presents her works in theatres, galleries, museums, publications and in public/ and off spaces.
In 2014 – 2016 Alexandra Waierstall is Factory Artist at the tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf, Germany. Together with her father visual artist Horst Weierstall, she co-founded TheArtSpace for moving ideas – a project space for movements of thought within the different artistic disciplines in Düsseldorf and is a co founder of the annual interdisciplinary dance festival NO-BODY in Nicosia Cyprus. Her choreographic work has been selected and supported by networks such as Aerowaves, Modul Dance, IDEE – Initiatives in Dance through European Exchange as well as Chin-A-moves.
Her works have been shown internationally with great receptivity and success.
Alexandra Waierstall received the City of Düsseldorf North Rhine-Westphalia award for Most Promising Artist in 2013. In 2012 she was a finalist for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.
Based in Düsseldorf Alexandra Waierstall’s work has been co-produced by tanzhaus nrw since 2007 and her work has received funding from the Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW, the Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, the Nationales Performance Netz (NPN) Koproduktionsförderung Tanz aus den Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur, the Ministry of Culture of Cyprus, the Fonds Darstellende Künste, and the Stiftung Van Meeteren.
Alexandra Waierstall moved to The Netherlands in 1998 to study at the EDDC (European Dance Development Centre) in Arnhem. In 1999 she was selected from the university to continue as one of the students in Düsseldorf, where she received her BA in performance and Choreography in 2002. In 2006 she received her MA in Choreography from the Artez Arnhem.
Dancer: Harry Koushos (ROC)
Born in Cyprus Harry Koushos is a Athens based dancer and choreographer. In 2011 he graduated from the Professional School of Dance Niki Kontaxaki. His work has been funded by the Cultural Services of the Cypriot Ministry of Education and Culture and the Onassis Cultural Centre (GR). Furthermore, he has been supported by the European networks Aerowaves and Modul Dance and by the ARC for Dance Festival. His work as a choreographer, as well as his video dance work, was presented in various festivals around Europe and the USA. He is a member of the Dance Gate Lefkosia and founding member of the Dancehouse Nicosia. As a dancer, he has worked together with several choreographers and since 2011 he’s been collaborating with the choreographer Alexandra Waierstall.
Dancer: Anna Pehrsson (SE)
Anna Pehrsson, based in Stockholm (SE), received her dance training at Ballet Academy, and The Performing Group both Stockholm. She has danced with Alias Compagnie (CH), Stockholm City Theatre and Cullberg Ballet (SE), in works by Edouard Lock, Jefta van Dinther, Benoît Lachambre, Deborah Hay, Eszter Salamon, Cristian Duarte, Stina Nyberg, and Rachel Tess among others. In 2013, she received her MFA in Choreography at DOCH, Stockholm with her project “Unthinkable objects”, a two-part work that includes writings as well as an evening-length solo. As a freelance choreographer and performer she continues to create and perform her own work. She is currently developing a solo with the title “Cut in/ fold out”. She elaborates her artistic process in collaboration with other artist, most recently the piece, “At the bottom left corner”, made with Frédéric Gies. She is an artistic advisor for MARC (Milvus Artistic Research Center) in Kivik (SE) and in 2015 examinator for the MA in Didactics at DOCH.
Teacher: Harry Koushos
DATE: 4 JUNE 09:30 – 12:30 & 14:30 – 17:30
PERFORMANCE: SOUNDING SILENCE
Performed by Harry Koushos
DATE: 1 JUNE
VENUE: 5F Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre
Performed by Anna Pehrsson
DATE: 2 JUNE
VENUE: 5F Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre
Harry Koushos will teach a class with a choreographic and technique focus on the work of choreographer Alexandra Waierstall. He will share methodologies used for the creation of the choreographers last two creations, “A CITY SEEKING ITS BODIES” (2015) and “(T)here and After” (2016).
PERFORMANCE | SOUNDING SILENCE
Concept / Choreography: Alexandra Waierstall
Performer: Harry Koushos
Sound: Marios Takoushis
The world is teeming: anything can happen.” (John Cage)
Anatomically an open organ, my ear, acts as my connector to my environment. I hear the silence and move on the edge of structure and chance. No story will be told. My moving, the piece itself. Sensing the stimuli of my surroundings, I acknowledge the moment and its becoming nature.
The solo “Sounding Silence” created for and with Harry Koushos is part of the series “A human study – a choreographical journal”. The series is pursued since 2006 in different formats / constellations and explores time-spatial configurations in relation to interpersonal unfoldings.
vimeo teaser: https://vimeo.com/63883645
PERFORMANCE | ANNA
Concept/ Choreography/ Creation: Alexandra Waierstall
Performer: Anna Pehrsson
In ‚ANNNA’ Alexandra Waierstall creates a ‚physical landscape’ where movement is weaved like a long breath through ever changing relations of sound and silence, fast shape shifting movements and stillness, where various but never definite spaces and images emerge. With dancer Anna Pehrsson and music by Volker Bertelman (HAUSCHKA), she moves through the archaeology of deeper layers of futuristic utopia that is still to be defined. In each choreographic approach place and time are undefined and the here and now is generated between vague hints of the future and the bodily presence of the dancer. Softly pulsating the performer Anna Pehrsson passes through different states referring to what could have or will be.
Supported by he Ministry for Families, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia