choreographical scores meeting music compositional scores
Malgven, Jou and David danced together for the first time in 2006 in Tokyo. Ruth works with Malgven and David on current pieces “Freedom” and “Cartographie” as music composer. In this encounter at labor Gras, they are crossing the lines between composition and improvisation in sound and in movement. They combine their resent compositional scores in different constellations, featuring a solo of each of the dancers with a different musical environment. The evening starts with the score based composition „Raureif“ for metal objects and melodica by Ruth Wiesenfeld, interpreted by herself together with Markus Wettstein in combination with a set of movement scores by and with Malgven Gerbes.
Malgven Gerbes studied architecture in Paris ENSAAMA, worked as architect, graduated in choreography in ArtEZ Arnhem in the Netherlands, co-founded „shifts - art in movement“ . Her works have been presented among others at Sophiensaele Berlin, fabrik Potsdam, DANCE 2010 Munich, Les Hivernales d‘Avignon. Malgven has taught dance and choreography in various Universities.
JOU (Odorujou) is a japanese dance artist. Since 2012, she is based in Kagoshima in south of Japan after having based during a long time in Tokyo. She graduated from Ohio University school of dance in the US in 1999, worked with "Duet Cie" & "Taro Dance Cie " in Malaysia from 1993 until 1995. Among many performances she danced in 1998 & 1999 at the Ohio dance festival, 2003 & 2004 at Yokohama dance collection, in 2008 at the Seoul international choreography festival where she winned the special Prize for foreign choreographers. She performed recently her own work in India, France, Belgium, Switzerland.
David Brandstätter studied applied music science in Hamburg, studied choreography in Arnhem at the European Dance Development Centre (now called ArtEZ), concentrated his research on the development of contact improvisation towards choreographic structures, and as a tool to bring conceptual thought and movement desires together, co-founded „shifts - art in movement“. His work have been presented among others at Sophiensaele Berlin, fabrik Potsdam, DANCE 2010 Munich, Les Hivernales d‘Avignon. He has taught dance and choreography in various Universities. Ruth Wiesenfeld studied composition with James Fulkerson (Amsterdam) and Joan La Barbara (New York City) as well as contemporary dance and choreography at the European Dance Development Center / Hogeschool voor de kunsten, Arnhem / NL. Ruth holds a PhD in music composition from the University of Plymouth / Dartington College of Arts (UK), subject: Musical Composition focusing on the Quality of Presence in Performance. She has been a lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin since 2001, received commissions from the European Overtone Choir (2011), the Klangkunstfestival Mitte Berlin, the Torbay Symphony Orchestra and from the collection Rolf Ricke.
Markus Wettstein was born near Zürich. Alongside traditional instruments and the voice, his work also makes regular use of found objects and unconventional sound-producers. Examples of these are a full-length spatial work for 33 pieces of scrap metal and four players, or a piece for toy instruments relating to Japanese Gagaku music. Markus Wettstein is very interested in irregular tonal systems and the use of micro-intervals. Many of his works have a spatial or music-theatrical aspect. He has been living in Berlin as a freelance composer and conductor since 1987. He is the head of ensemble xenon, a professional ensemble for contemporary music founded in 2009.
Anna Kullick was born in Berlin. She studied Cello at the Udk Berlin with Prof. Catalin Ilea and Baroque Cello with Phoebe Carrai. She works as a Cello teacher and freelance musician with a strong focus on music for theatre, free improvisation and performance (Komische Oper Berlin, Orphtheater, Neuköllner Oper, Hau3, Caroussel Theater,Theaterkapelle).