Efrat Stempler grew up in Tel Aviv and has lived and worked in Berlin since 2004. She completed her training as a dancer at the Telma Yalin Art Academy from 1992 to 1995. In 2001 Efrat Stempler completed her training at Tel Aviv University in directing. In 1995 she danced with the Bat-Sheva Dance Company in Israel, after which she worked with various choreographers and ensembles, including the BarakMarshall Dance Company. There she worked as a dancer and artistic collaborator of Stiefermann on various choreographies (including DAS LEWSKOW-MANUSKRIPT, EIN SPORTSTÜCK, MEMOTRIP). After Stiefermann’s return to Berlin, she has worked with him again as an artistic collaborator. In 2006 she founded her company ‘cie Efrat Stempler, with which she has performed internationally. Since 2008 collaboration with the director Wojtek Klemm in Germany and Poland. In 2015 she initiated and curated the festival “The smart, the wicked, the simple and the one who doesn’t know how to ask” which brought together German, Polish and Israeli artists. She initiated and co-curated the festival POST in November 2015 in DOCK11. In 2014, 2015 and 2018 she worked with young people in various projects at Junge DT in Berlin. Since 2018 she is lecturer at the ZHDK Zurich.
Hartmut Schrewe is a dramaturg and freelance author for plays. He learned scenic writing from David Spencer at the Free University of Berlin, who became his mentor. To date, Hartmut Schrewe has written almost a dozen plays and the musical “Swingtime – Wir tanzen weiter”. He has worked with MS Schrittmacher for many years. Among other things, he wrote the texts for ANATOMIE EINER NACHRICHT, ALICE IM WUNDERLAND, BITTE WENDEN, ANITA BERBER, 2121 and has been responsible for the content and dramaturgy of the group since 2011.
was born near Augsburg and grew up in Ulm. She studied theatre and musicology in Mainz, Paris and Berlin and dramaturgy at the August Everding Theatre Academy in Munich. Before and during her studies she worked as an intern at the Staatstheater Mainz, the dance company Nanine Linning/Theater Heidelberg, the Berliner Ensemble and the Maxim Gorki Theater, among others, and realized her first own projects at the PENG! in Mainz, the TOWER 2k15 in Berlin. Since August 2018 she has been living in Berlin as a freelance dramaturg and author. With her play RAUSCHEN – ODER: WENN DU NICHT EXISTIERST, GEH MIR BITTE AUS DEM LICHT. DANKE. She has been working closely with MS Schrittmacher since 2015, most recently in the production A BETTER LIFE in Sofia.
Albrecht Ziepert is a musician and composer. Since 1999 he, known among other things as the pianist of the Leipzig band Pentatones, has been working as a composer for various theatre productions, films and audiovisual projects in addition to his own band projects. In 2012 he wrote his first orchestral commission for the MDR Symphony Orchestra. 2013 he was with Pentatones for the VIA! Award of the Association of Independent Music Companies as best newcomer. Since 2011 he has been musical director of various productions at the Deutsches Theater in Göttingen. In 2014 he worked together with MS Schrittmacher for the first time in the project ANITA BERBER RETRO/PERSPEKTIVE and since then he is the composer of MS Schrittmacher in all productions. www.albrechtziepert.com
Antje Rose was an artistic gymnast after graduating from high school and completed a dance training at Etage Berlin. She had engagements with Dance Berlin, Constanza Macras, Xavier Le Roy, Dance Theatre of Ireland, Dance Company Rubato, Staatstheater Oldenburg – MS Schrittmacher and the Kulturetage Oldenburg. Antje Rose has worked as a choreographer for the Theater am Halleschen Ufer and the Staatstheater Oldenburg. In 2007 she founded the youth dance company Roses & Co., in which young people and professional dancers perform together on stage. She has been working with MS Schrittmacher since 2001 and has been involved in many productions both on and off stage, most recently in the Doppelpass project QUO VADIS, BELLUM?
born in Berlin, trained at the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin, danced as a soloist at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, the Aalto Theater in Essen and the Ballett Nürnberg. From 2000-2015 she freelanced and worked with Marco Santi, Christian Spuck, Katja Wachter, Nina Kurzeja, Christoph Winkler, Efrat Stempler, Tomi Paasonen, Dansity Amsterdam, Helena Waldmann, MS Schrittmacher and Maya Matilda Carrol, among others. In 2013 she worked for the first time with MS Schrittmacher in the productions GOLD® and KOMM ZU MIR and in 2014/15 in ANITA BERBER RETRO/PERSPEKTIVE, AUSDRUCKS-MOBIL andPLACES&TRACES. From 2015 – 2018 she was a member of the Dance On Ensemble under the artistic direction of Christopher Roman, at the initiative of Diehl+Ritter, where she worked with Lucy Suggate, Matteo Fargion, Rabih Mroué, Kat Valastur, William Forsythe, Deborah Hay, Jan Martens, Johannes Wieland and Ersan Mondtag. She has been teaching for dance companies, professional dance studios and universities for over 20 years. She is currently working again as a freelance dancer and teacher.
Anike Sedello completed her stage design studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, which she completed with distinction in 2006. After studying and working as an assistant at the Zurich Opera House and the Vienna Schauspielhaus, among others, she was employed as an assistant at the Oldenburg State Theatre until 2009 and has since then regularly designed her own sets there. In addition, she has been working as a set and costume designer on various scenic projects and plays since 2005. She worked with Martin Stiermann for the first time at the Theater Konstanz in 2012 on his production DIE STUNDE DA WIR NICHTS VONEINANDER WUSSTEN WUSSTEN. For MS Schrittmacher she was responsible for the outfitting of ANITA BERBER RETRO/PERSPEKTIVE, 2014 HEIMATFRONT 2016 and 2121 in 2017.
Erato Tzavara is a visual artist specialized in digital scenography and moving image techniques for live performance. She has studied Psychology in Panteion University, Athens and Visual Communication (Photography, Video, Interactive Media) in Goldsmiths College, London. She is currently working as a video designer and videographer between Athens, Berlin and London, in collaboration with choreographers, musicians and new media artists. Selected collaborations are: Shadows (Bodies and Objects in movement, Fournos Center, Athens, GR), Aomori Site Specific Dance Performance (Belleville Collective for ΝΕΟΝ Foundation, Athens, GR), QUO VADIS, BELLUM? (MS Schrittmacher, Saarbrucken, DE), Horizon (Kate Nankervis for Danceworks Summer Festival, Toronto, CA), Transhumanism:Paradigm Shift (Trons Dance Company, Saint Gallen, SUI), This is affair (Notting Hill Arts Club/Oslo Hackney, London, UK), Electronic Meditation (KET/6 Dogs, Athens, UK), Silent Move (KET/Baustrasse, Athens, UK). Her interest in interdisciplinary research and education is culminated with her ongoing collaboration with the Educational Department of the Onassis Cultural Center (Athens, GR) (video designer for Scratch Bam! AV kids performance and The Impossible Voyage kids cinema lab performance) and with research based residencies (video designer for AVDP Videodance Festival (Athens, GR), Art Director for UNBOX Festival Unplay Videogame residency (New Delhi, IN)). https://www.erato-t.com
She grew up in Greece and Germany and lives in Berlin. Currently she works as a freelance producer for various music theatre, dance, performance and theatre projects between Germany and Switzerland – since 2015 also for the Berlin dance and performance group MS Schrittmacher. She has worked for ARTE in Strasbourg, radio multikulti (RBB), the CULTURESCAPES Festival Israel, the Semperoper in Dresden, the theatre pedagogical forum SICHTEN, the Landesmusikakademie Berlin, the English Theatre Berlin as well as for the fashion fair Capsule Women’s in Paris. Helena Tsiflidis studied Communication and Media Studies, French and Modern Greek at the University of Leipzig (M.A.) and is also active as a language teacher and translator for Modern Greek. As part of the Performing Arts Programm Berlin, she also provides expert advice and information events for artists from Berlin’s independent scene in all non-artistic questions. For MS Schrittmacher she is responsible for production management since 2015. https://www.fonundtsu.com
Iva Sveshtarova absolvierte ihr Studium im experimentellen Theater-Studio “4XC” und in “Synthetische Bühnenkünste” an der Universität Plovdiv. Außerdem schloss sie den MA-Studiengang “Choreographie und Performance” am Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft in Gießen, Deutschland, ab. Von 2002 bis 2006 arbeitete sie als Performerin am Acto – Instituto de Arte Dramática, Portugal. Im Jahr 2007 trat sie der in Sofia ansässigen Gruppe Бbrain Сstore Пproject bei, in deren Rahmen sie mit Willy Prager zusammenarbeitet. Sie arbeitete mit Regisseuren und Choreographen wie Nikolay Georgiev, Filipe Pereira, Galina Borissova, deufert&plischke, Thomas Lehmen, Verena Billinger und Sebastian Schulz, Ani Vaseva, Maren Strack, Ani Dankova u.a. Ihre jüngsten Arbeiten als Autorin und Co-Autorin sind: “shamebox” (2017) und “Balkan dance reality show” (2015) in Zusammenarbeit mit Willy Prager, Sonja Pregrad (Kroatien) und Rose Beermann (Deutschland) ; und “Our last pas de deux after Galina Borissova” (2014), “Museum of Hygiene” (2011), “Strip naked, talk naked” (realisiert im Rahmen von Freischwimmer 2014/2015) und “Show me how” (2014) zusammen mit Rose Beermann; außerdem schuf sie Soloarbeiten wie: “a(e)ffect” (2013), “Doing that thing again” (2012), “Mirror phase” (2010). Iva Sveshtarova ist Mitbegründerin der Nomad Dance Academy – Balkan Network for Contemporary Dance (www.nomaddanceacademy.org) und des Antistatic Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance (www.antistaticfestival.org) in Sofia.
is an independent performance artist. He graduated from Theatre Studio „4XC“ in Sofia. He has completed „Synthetic Stage Arts“at the University of Plovdiv (1999) and the MA SODA in UdK- HZT, Berlin (2013). He was a scholarship holder of DanceWeb Austria (2001), Theatertreffen Berlin in (2000) and Tanzquartier Wien (2008).Prager has worked with directors and choreographers such as Nikolay Georgiev, Galina Borissova, deufert&plischke, David Zambrano, Ivo Dimchev, Xavier le Roy, Thomas Lehmen, Dalija Acin, Matej Kejzar a.o. As an author he created ”Prager Strasse”, “Game-a-porter”, ”Transformability”, ”Egyptian Spring”, ”The Victory Day” (Audience award Jardin d’Europe, ImPulsTanz Vienna 2012), SEQUEL FOR THE FUTURE // a dance in 2043 / a dance in 2044 (together with Sonja Pregrad) and funded by Regierenden Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten. In 2005 Willy Prager co-founded in Sofia the formation Brain Store Project. With it and especially with Iva Sveshtarova he created as an author and co-author ”Watch Your Back”, ”Cliche”, ”Dona Clara”, ”Migratory Restlessness” (with Maren Strack), “+359 Topology” with deufert+plischke, ‘Museum of ‘Hygiene”, ”Our Last Pas de Deux”, ”Balkan Dance Reality Show” (with Sonja Pregrad and Rose Bermann). Willy Prager is a co-founder of Nomad Dance Academy (www.nomaddanceacademy.org) and the Antistatic Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance in Sofia (www.antistaticfestival.org).
Nicky Vanoppen completed his training at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp. This was followed by engagements with the Tanztheater Basel and the dance company Oldenburg / MS Schrittmacher. Since 2003 Nicky Vanoppen has been living as a freelance dancer in Berlin and has since worked with Livia Patrizi, Bernhard Baumgarten, Cie. Efrat Stempler, Canan Erek, Marco Sant, Renato Zanella and Shangchi Sun. Since 2006 he is choreographer and dancer with Antje Rose in the youth dance company Roses & Co. He has been working with Martin Stiefermann / MS Schrittmacher since 2001 and has since then performed in numerous MS Schrittmacher productions.
studied music, piano, acting and singing at the Real Conservatorio de Madrid and graduated in classical ballet. He has been working as a dancer for 18 years, with choreographers such as Amanda Miller, Dominique Bagouet, Meryl Tankard, Marguerite Donlon, Didy Veldman, MS Schrittmacher / Martin Stiefermann, Sasha Waltz, Joachim Schlömer and Itzik Galili. Since 1993 he has been working closely with Norbert Servos in the jointly founded DanceLab Berlin and has developed his own choreographies. He also cooperates with the Dutch club Guy & Roni. In 2011 he was in front of the camera in the television productions “Spiegelingen” and “Modern Love” of the Dutch channel NTR. He first worked with MS Schrittmacher in 2000 and most recently on the MS Schrittmacher Doppelpass project QUO VADIS BELLUM? and HEIMATFRONT.