The jury of the Tanzplattform Deutschland 2024 includes dramaturge and curator Alexander Ernst, research consultant and theatre scholar Bernhard Siebert, dance dramaturge Carmen Kovacs and curator and dramaturge Mateusz Szymanówka as well as, for Theater Freiburg, Dr. Adriana Almeida Pees, artistic director and curator of the dance department and Juliane Kiss, dramaturge for dance.
Dr. Adriana Almeida Pees, Juliane Kiss, Alexander Ernst, Bernhard Siebert, Carmen Kovacs, Mateusz Szymanówka
Dr. Adriana Almeida Pees
Dr. Adriana Almeida Pees (she/her) has been the artistic director and curator of Theater Freiburg’s dance department since the 2017/2018 season. She trained as a professional dancer in São Paulo and was a solo dancer in numerous international companies from 1985. With a doctorate in dance science and psychology, she regularly teaches as a guest lecturer at various universities, dance centres and festivals in Europe and South America. As a Body-Mind Centering® teacher, practitioner and Infant Developmental Movement Educator (IDME), she has led the BMC training programme in Brazil since 2009 and in Uruguay since 2015. She is also a Master Trainer in Gyrotonic®, Gyrokinesis®, Ladder® 1 & 2 and Jumping Slidding Board®, as well as Structural Bodyworker Anatomy Trains by Thomas Meyer, Brain Gym 1-2 and Craniosacral Therapist. With the international production office prod.art.br / interior Produções Artísticas Internacionais, which she co-founded, she has managed over 50 cultural projects in Brazil, South America and Europe.
Juliane Kiss (she/her) studied cultural and literary studies with a focus on Latin American studies in Leipzig, Chile and Bonn. From 2017 to 2020 she was project coordinator at the Goethe-Institut Chile, responsible for theatre, dance, international co-productions and artist residencies. For the 2020/2021 season, she moved to the dance department at Theater Freiburg as production manager and, with the start of the 2021/22 season, also took over the dramaturgical supervision of the dance department’s projects and events.
Alexander Ernst, “Alec” (he/him), born 1987, is in the artistic direction of TanzFaktur, Cologne, playing part in building and developing an independent production and performance space since 2016. He is curator for the two festivals SommerAkademie and (Rh)einfach Fest, as well as for the seasonal program and residency formats, of the house. He studied philosophy, psychology and political science and works also as a freelance dramaturge and curator.
Bernhard Siebert (he/him), born in 1980, works as research consultant at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. He studied theater, film, media and communication in Vienna and was responsible for the press and media departments in theaters and companies in Berlin, Zurich, and Dortmund. At the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies of Giessen’s Justus-Liebig University, he worked as assistant and teacher, and was responsible for international relations. He is based in Frankfurt am Main and Dortmund, Germany.
Carmen Kovacs is a freelance dance dramaturge living in Munich. From 2017 to 2020 she was the dramaturge of the Bavarian State Ballet and from 2020 to 2022 dance and opera dramaturge at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg. She has worked with choreographers including Aszure Barton, Demis Volpi, Moritz Ostruschnjak, Hélène Blackburn, Andrey Kaydanovskiy, Nanine Linning, Xin Peng Wang, Xenia Wiest and Eric Gauthier. Carmen Kovacs has been a jury member for the Bavarian State Association for Contemporary Dance since 2019 and for the Förderpreis Tanz of the City of Munich in 2020 and 2022.
Mateusz Szymanówka is a dramaturg and curator currently working at Sophiensæle in Berlin, where he is responsible for the dance program and curation of Tanztage Berlin. He also co-curated program focuses and thematic festivals Queer Darlings 3+4 (2022+23) and Leisure & Pleasure (2023). From 2019 to 2020, together with Michał Grzegorzek, he developed the performative and discursive program “To Be Real” at the Center for Contemporary Art – Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, which explored the relationship between contemporary performance and club culture. From 2021 to 2022, he co-moderated with Kasia Wolinska the Work Culture working group within ZTB Berlin, which published the booklet “How To (Make) Dance in Berlin – a Toolbox for a Better Work Culture in the Independent Dance Scene”. He has also worked with and for institutions and initiatives such as Nowy Teatr, Teatr Studio and Pomada Queer Festival in Warsaw, Art Museum in Lodz, Art Stations Foundation in Poznan, HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Performing Arts Festival