Gundula Avenarius Art and Architecture
In 2004, Gundula cofounded kunstunddialog (art and dialogue), an innovative institute that offers advanced training for art educators, museums and other cultural institutions as well as visitor services. Clients include the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt and the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, where visitors benefit from her interactive approach to engaging with art. Her own educational background is interdisciplinary, with studies in cultural anthropology, political science, English and American studies, as well as her degree in Art History from the Humboldt University Berlin. She has lectured, researched, and led workshops and projects at a wide variety of national and international institutions, including the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, dOCUMENTA 11 in Kassel and the Nationalgalerie in Berlin. She has also worked with the educational department of the German Historical Museum in Berlin to create educational programs. She has organized several exhibitions at the Humboldt, including ‘Visual Strategies of German Reunification', and taught US students in Berlin since 2002.
Jacalyn Carley Dance and On-site Director
Jacalyn has a degree in Dance Education from George Washington University. She danced and studied with Wigman students Maida Withers and Brigitta Herrmann early in her career. She moved to West Berlin in 1978 and cofounded tanzfabrik berlin (an internationally known center for contemporary dance), where she was director, choreographer and teacher during the formative decades. Her artistic work defined the early tanzfabrik years: evening-length choreographies toured extensively throughout Europe and America for nearly two decades. She has taught modern dance technique extensively, and also choreographed for the Berliner Festspiele, film, German state television, and Several Dancers Core in Atlanta USA, among others. After leaving tanzfabrik in the mid 1990's, she started "JC Moving Wor(l)ds Dance Company", continuing to meld literature and dance while creating only site-specific works.
In 2000, her first novel, Was sagt das linke Knee zum Rechten? (What did the Left Knee say to the Right Knee? eichborn Verlag) was followed in in 2003 by Almas Tanz (also Eichborn). (Translated by Gertraude Krüger) In 2010, she co-authored Tanz um dein Leben (Dance for your Life; Fischer Verlag), the autobiography of a pioneer in Community Dance in Europe, Royston Maldoom, which became a bestseller. Based upon Royston Maldoom's theories and practices, she wrote Community Dance - Ein Handbuch (Community Dance - a Handbook; Henschel Verlag, 2010). Jacalyn has taught Creative Writing for Lexia International and has also lectured on dance and culture in Germany at various US universities and European institutes.
Christian Dengler Visual Arts and Architecture
Christian Dengler completed his studies in architecture at the Graz University of Technology and Moscow Architectural Institute with distinction. He went on to work for various international architectural firms and has served on the faculty at Graz University of Technology,Vienna University of Technology, the École Supérieure de Paysage Versailles and the University Glasgow. In 2005 Christian founded StudioCE, an experimental architecture studio in Berlin and Graz. He has won numerous prizes and awards in the field of experiental architecture. His work shifts between different scales from small to extra large, with a focus on sustainable concepts and experimental urbanism. He contributes regularly to various publications including the internet platforms GAT and Baunetz, and magazines Der Architekt and AIT. He is currently the director of the berlinStudio run by Norwich University School of Architecture and Art (Northfield, Vermont).
Roland Dollinger Core Course
Dr. Dollinger has taught at Sarah Lawrence College since 1989. He is co-editor of Unus Mundus: Kosmos and Sympathie, Naturphilosophie and co-editor of Philosophia Naturalis. He has several essays and book reviews on 19th- and 20th-century German literature and culture. Dr. Dollinger is also a speaker for the New York Council for the Humanities. He has given the lecture Jewish Life and Culture in Germany after 1945 to numerous public organizations throughout New York State. A description of his lecture and contact information can be found at the New York Council for Humanities. Special interests in 19th- and 20th-century German and Austrian literature; Jewish Studies; Postwar German Culture. Publications include Totalität und Totalitarismus: Das Exilwerk Alfred Döblins and Introduction to the Works of Alfred Doeblin. B.A., University of Augsburg, Germany; M.A., University of Pittsburgh. Ph.D., Princeton University.
Lara Lu Faroqhi Visual Arts & Architecture
Studied at Camberwell College of Art and Design and Central St. Martin's College of Art and Design in London. During a work-experience in Auckland School of Art (ASA), New Zealand, she started teaching. In Berlin, she attained her diploma and MA in sculpture at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee. She has taught studio art and portfolio preparation courses since 1992. Faroqhi's recent work has focused on drawing and sculpture based on architectural themes and floral motifs, and uses mixed media such as pencil, charcoal, crayons, acrylic and oil paint. A recurring theme in her sculpture is architecture; the work can be site–specific or explore architectural characteristica, such as gables, ground plans, windows, a door or corner rendered in materials such as polyester resin, clay, plaster, and glass. She has exhibited regularly in Berlin, Auckland, New York, London and Oxford.
Marcela Giesche Dance
Marcela has a BFA/Diploma in dance and choreography from the Rotterdamse Dansacademie and Ohio State University. She has danced professionally for Bianca Van Dillen and Beppie Blankert in the Netherlands, with Neuer Tanz / VA Wölfl, and Thomas Ostermeier/Mikel Aristegui, and Veronika Riz in Germany, and with the Italian company Deja Donne (Simone Sandroni/Lenka Flory). She has taught and presented her own work in the USA, Canada, Brazil, and across Europe. Marcela has also been Artist-in-Residence at numerous universities, including Alfred University, Ohio State University, and Middlebury College, and has created works in residence at Danswerkplaats Amsterdam, Dansateliers Rotterdam, OMI International Artist Collective – NYC, Mayday Dance festival – Antwerp, and at Schloss Broellin Germany.
Ingo Reulecke Dance
After completing his training in contemporary dance, Ingo studied choreography at the college the "Ernst Busch Hochschule" Berlin. He has received numerous study grants from the Berlin Senate as well as a DAAD stipend to support his artistic career, and his work has received prizes. Ingo's work is characterized by collaborations with artists in other media, improvisation and a strong affinity to difficult locations in which the audience is often challenged. He was Artistic Director of the DanceMedia Festival at Kunstfest Weimar, and since 2005 has been Professor of Choreography at the University for the Arts, Ernst Busch Hochshule, In 2006, he became Director of the highly selective program that now offers one BA and two Masters programs in choreography. Ingo is guest lecturer at the Palucca Hochschule in Dresden since 1995. Other credits include: 1998 German Tanzplattform in Munich with "Eklipse"; International Dance Festival NRW with "Sheik Yerbouti"; Artist in Residence of the Tanzfabrik Berlin since 1999; International Beckett-Festival Berlin with "Gesellschaft 1"; Stardust Festival Stockholm; 2001, commissioned choreography "DRONE" for the festival "Meeting Neuer Tanz NRW"; Artist-in-Residence in Fylkingen, Stockholm, collaboration with Helena Franzén for "Make it double"; 2002 Artist-in-Residence at the Choreographic Centre Essen for "gleich.gültig 2." http://ingoreulecke.de