Agnetha Jaunich is a freelance dancer and performance artist based in Bielefeld, Germany. Her understanding of dance and movement was enhanced through both conventional techniques, as well-shaped, enriched and deepened through interdisciplinary work. Special influences gave several collaborations and workshops with dance and performance artists such as Alleyne Dance, Johannes Wieland, Sasha Waltz, Lilo Stahl, Gudrun Herrbold and Christoph Schlingensief. After completing her studies (B.A. Art in Action, 1.3) at the Institute for Performative Arts in the Multi-location studies at the University of Fine Arts in Braunschweig, the University of Hildesheim and the University of Hanover, she was involved in various theater and dance productions. Among other things, she danced under the direction of Tetsuro Fukuhara at the New Butoh and Space Dance Center Tokyo and was a member of the ensemble for seven years at the Bielefeld theater laboratory. As a teacher, she taught among others at the Braunschweig State Theater, the City Theater Bremerhaven and at the Freedom Theater Jenin in Palestine. Since 2014 she works for at the Kassel State Theatre as a dance mediator for the company of Johannes Wieland. Agnetha Jaunich has been staging and choreographing her own performances since 2012. In the last years, various full-length productions were created, as well as numerous durational performances and actions for the public space. In 2016 she founded the artist collective Feedback Collective, which combines interdisciplinary performance arts like dance, acting, music and media arts.
Pontus Linder is a Swedish dance artist based in Helsinki. His has harnessed a lot of his dancing skills, artistic expression and cultural engagement from the hip hop scene. However, he also has a bachelor’s degree in art and pedagogy from University of Dance and Circus (DOCH), Stockholm. His current independent dance practice is focused on exploring breaking and hip hop within a contemporary dance context – often employing elements of physical theatre and social commentary. Pontus is also part of the Finnish national breaking team and does a lot of cultural work with the national organisation: Breaking in Finland.
Jija Sohn is a Japanese- Korean artist based in Amsterdam. Before entering the Performing Arts field she had obtained a master in Applied Linguistics at Purdue University in the USA. In 2015 Jija graduated from the SNDO (School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam) and was selected for the Moving Forward Trajectory – residency project that supports the upcoming artists. During that process, she developed the production Geisha’s Miracle (2016). In 2017 she was awarded with the ‘3Package Deal’ by Amsterdam’s Fonds voor de Kunst which enabled her to work on a slightly autobiographical piece, Kyabajo. For over two years now she dedicates her work and practice to exploring human connections and relations which recently resulted in two community based projects – Lands of Concert 2019-21 and Phantom Travels, 2021-. These projects become her way to look inside into our human nature, recognising and embracing all our flaws and strengths making them into an intimate portrait of how we are as people alone and together. Currently she works with ARP-Art Research Production in Brussels and is supported by Dans Brabant in the frame of the Talent Development PLAN Brabant.
Victor Fung is an award-winning dance artist based in London and Hong Kong. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Victor Fung Dance. He is a choreographer, performer, researcher, educator, and mentor in dance and the wider cultural sector. Victor was recently Associate Artist at Swindon Dance and recipient of the DanceXchange Choreography Award. He received the Award for Young Artist at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2013 for his international achievements in dance. Victor’s choreographic works have been presented internationally across four continents; his work From the Top has been presented in Hong Kong, South Korea, New Zealand, Germany, the UK and the United States. He was selected as one of the six choreographers for SPAZIO, a European network for dance creation which consisted of residencies in the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Croatia. His full-evening performance Not Enough (Beyond Reason) was shortlisted as one of the three Outstanding Independent Dance for the Hong Kong Dance Award. Victor has been funded and commissioned internationally by organisations such as Arts Council England, Chisenhale Dance Space, Hong Kong Arts Festival, City Contemporary Dance Company (HK), Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Junior Dance Company (IT) amongst others. In 2017, he was supported by the British Council as part of the UK BAME artist delegation at IETM Brussels. Aside from choreographing, Victor is highly involved in the dance and cultural sector through his various roles. He is currently a Trustee on the Board of Swindon Dance and an Established Leader in Creative Leadership of School for Social Entrepreneurs. He was awarded a doctorate for his research in creativity and dance training in collaboration with Middlesex University and Dance4. He was a Clore Fellow 2016/17 under the mentorship of Wayne McGregor and is a Shadow Trustee of Hofesh Shechter Company.
Emma Lewis-Jones is a choreographer and dramaturge based in the UK; her training in performance-making and interest in visual art underpin her practice today. Emma’s inspiration draws on matters close to her heart including feminism, sexuality, climate justice and the ‘refugee crisis’. She creates public work that comments on such matters in a sensitive, unapologetic, informed manner and collaborates with a wide range of practitioners and communities in all aspects of her work. Emma has created pieces for indoor and outdoor spaces, for film and photography, for singular and multiple performers and audiences, for herself and for others. Emma is an associate artist with Backlit, New Art Exchange and Fevered Sleep.
Hannah Sampé is a dance artist and researcher currently based in Cologne, Germany. She works at the margins of contemporary dance, performance, writing and community activism. Hannah works as a choreographer developing her own projects, as a dance disseminator working in and developing various formats of dance dissemination and as a dancer/performer in her own and other people’s work.
Hannah Sampé by Arnaud Beelen, Jija Sohn by Renate Beense, Pontus Linder by Johanna Rontu, Emma Lewis-Jones by Emilio Costa Jungjohann. Victor Fung and Agnetha Jaunich – photos from their collection.