Since more than twenty years I’m deeply involved in the exploration of the body and many things more that go beyond but stay connected with the physical basis. Beside the dance I did martial art (Wu Chi, Tai Chi, Escrima, Kung Fu), bodywork and energy work. In 1992 I started with Contact Improvisation, New Dance and Open Improvisation joined short time later. And since then dance kept me - it influences and inspires my life to a high degree. After I finished my studies in New Dance at “bewegungs-art” in Freiburg / Germany I started teaching Contact Improvisation and New Dance and initiated “Arte Schoki”, a company working with open improvisation on stage, and this became the basis of my further performance work. My formation went on continuously in different ways (workshops, festivals, laboratories) and with various teachers, among them Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith who have started to develop CI in the early seventies with a group of other movers. A big influence also came from Lilo Stahl, Andrew Harwood and David Zambrano. Besides the dance I studied Craniosacral Bodywork what has been very important for my understanding of the subtle connections within the body.
I’m based in Switzerland where I offer my work as a free lancer to a wide range of people. I get regularly invited to international festivals and to teach workshops all over Europe. In my teaching I’m focusing on the technical aspects of movement (ease, precision and strength) as well as on matters of perception (sensation, connection of inner and outer space, of bottom and top) and a creativity coming from a distinct body-awareness. For me the pleasure to play, deep engagement in the dance, and respect for others are the basis for gaining the most possible in dancing CI. And there should be always some place left for the sense of humour!
As a performer I’m working with many different international artists and my performances are primarily based on free improvisation including Contact Improvisation, dance, dance-theatre, voice and live music.
And last but not least I’m organizing regularly jams, festivals and meetings to exchange and explore in collaboration with teachers and performers from Switzerland and abroad.