Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs is a freelance dramaturge for program and production working in Germany and abroad.
After finishing her studies of german language and literature and philosophy, she started her collaborative dramaturgical practice. She worked as an assistant, dramaturge and co-director for performing arts festivals and production centers. She has been part of some juries in the field of performing and visual arts and funding bodies. Occasionally she works as a moderator, panelist and keynote speaker. Recently she works mostly as an artistic advisor and dramaturge with several artistic collectives, directors and choreographers. 2016 - 2021 she additionally co-directs the regional cultural program "Interkultur Ruhr" together with the curator Fabian Saavedra-Lara.
Kieron Jina was born in 1986 in Durban, South Africa and now lives in Johannesburg.
Jina uses performance art, choreography, photography and video art to tell personal stories that, underpinned by activism, explore societal themes and challenge stereotypes in an effort to captivate, activate and alter audiences’ minds. Jina works in a rather multi-layered way.
His point of departure when making a new work is his immediate environment, which acts as a web to capture issues around culture, history and identity. His current interests as an artist are exotics, eroticism and romanticism in relation to queer identity and sexuality.
Jina completed his undergraduate degree at Wits school of arts, Johannesburg in 2009 and was awarded the Richard Haines Prize, certificates of first class achievement for Film and Television production and movement studies. He worked towards his Masters in Art at the same institution, graduating in 2011.
In 2012, Jina was awarded top 200 Mail and Guardian Young South Africans of the year in the Arts and Culture Category for performance art. He was also granted the Total Dance International Choreographer’s residency, Reunion Island. In 2013 he was awarded the DanceWeb scholarship at the ImPulseTanz Festival in Vienna, Austria and was also granted a second residency in Reunion Island for Total Dance Festival. In 2014, Jina was granted the DorkyPark Studio 54 residency award in Berlin, Germany and in the same year granted a residency in South Korea at the Cultural Factory Osan Outdoor Exhibition Hall. Jina was also a featured performing artist at the FNB JoburgArtFair 2015 and premiered a new creation entitled “Exotic”. In 2016 he co-created a new dance performance in entitled “Shave that Gummi” , toured Berlin presenting “Ubu Never Loved Us” at the Berliner Festspiele for the foreign affairs program. Jina choreographed "For colored girls who considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf". In 2017, Jina was awarded the Goethe Coproduction fund to create a new show at Tanzfabrik in Berlin.
Jina completed artistic residencies that lead to collaborative performance and art creations in the following spaces Brazil, Berlin, Austria, France, Reunion Island, Nigeria, Botswana, Tanzania and South Korea. Jina is also the founder & curator of Queer Art Night South Africa and is currently touring locally and internationally with the following works #FEMMEINPUBLIC, DOWN TO EARTH and PINK RUNS DEEP.
‘I use my presence to create something full and tangible rather than just a symbolic representation of my critique.’ Kieron Jina
Antje Schupp was born in Munich (1983), studied Theatre-, Film- and Mediascience and Cultural Studies in Vienna and Directing at the Bavarian Theatreacademy in Munich.
Antje works as a director and performer in theatre, opera and performance. She also has experience in working with non-professional performers, such as in her recent work Time of my Life, where she collaborated with a care home
In 2010 she received the debut advancement award of the city of Munich for her project fast play. Her production The Great March by Wolfram Lotz got invited to Heidelberger Stückemarkt 2012 and was nominated as Best Production.
She regularly collaborates with the Swiss performer Beatrice Fleischlin. Their international coproduction LOVE.STATE.KOSOVO (Fleischlin/Schupp/Ismaili/Rexhepi, 2013) was also the first collaboration of Nico and Antje. Islam for Christians – A Crashcourse (Level A1) (Fleischlin & Schupp) has been performing since 2015 with shows in Zurich, Basel, Vienna and Bremen.
In 2014, Antje created her first Solo kein rein gold, a performance about the artistic, economical and personal win of a loss. In Musictheatre, she directed e.g. Così fan tutte by W.A.Mozart (2015), Werther by J. Massenet (2016) and Motezuma by A. Vivaldi (2018).
She was a scholar of Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council in Johannesburg (2016), where Kieron, Mbali, Annalyzer and her created the performance PINK DOLLAR. Out of this, PINK MON€Y (Annalyzer/Covic/de Rooij/Jina/Mdluli/Schupp) emerged.
Antje has been working e.g. at Theater Basel, Kaserne Basel, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Theater Ulm, Theater am Neumarkt Zürich, Wildwuchs Festival, Staatstheater Saarbrücken or Werk X Wien, with invitations to festivals such as Theaterspektakel Zürich, Politik im Freien Theater, Spielart München, Impulse Festival, Theatertreffen Berlin „Shifting Perspectives“, Antigel Genf, Culturescapes Basel as well as to Schauspielhaus Wien, Hellerau Europäisches Kulturzentrum or Theater Rampe Stuttgart.
Anelisa Stuurman famously known as ANNALYZER is a Black child born and raised in the Eastern Cape ZA (Sterkspruit) origin. She was raised in a Christian family that groomed her in music. She is a musician, vocalist, composer and actress. She also worked at Amanguni productions as an actress and vocalist directed by Thabo Mnguni (bra steve). She started music at a very young age in an adult choir (Luyolo Adult Choir) Engcobo. She started off with gospel music and majored in opera music coached by a respected opera vocalist in South Africa Mponsteng Nyatsa and was also awarded the Premier’s Arts and Culture Award for Vocal Excellences by the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture 2002-2003.
She then later discovered different elements in music and style of music in Durban, which developed her fusing skills of different genres from different cultures making them one diverse genre. Mentored by Moonchild Sanelly. She later started exploring her gift by mixing her vocals on Hip Hop beats whilst finishing her studies in Speech and Drama at Creative Arts College later retaining her Diploma. This later made this renowned performer use her artist skills to tell an unknown tale from, past, present and future using all forms of performances artistic skills. She then stared sharing stages with numerous well known and respected artists in Durban like the likes of the Njeza Trio, Mxolisi Mtshali, Raheem Kemet, Moonchild sanely, EXCON and Genius. Illu and Klutch Kollective infiltrating the Durban Hip Hop, Jazz and Poetry culture.
Annalyzer stared composing her own music in 2011 (Free Style) and stared doing numerous performances locally trying to get the response from the crowed as to what music she needs to do. This is when she discovered Indigenous sounds (percussions, bongo, acapella , guitar, and piano).
She also performed at the Durban Youth Hip Hop Festival (2016) as a vocalist on dub step beats on her single Ndihambe (available on iTunes) remixed by the Nutscratchers from Durban connected by the My Connect team, performing along side great SA artists eg Refi Sings, Kwesta and WTF. This gave her the opportunity to also at perform at the OFFICAIL MOTHER OF ALL WARM UP (Fink) at Absolute on Florida warming up the stage for NASTY C. Giving her the opportunity to perform in the Durban KZN festival such as ESSENCE FESTIVAL DURBAN 2016(Activation) , FOOD FASHION AND MUSIC 2015 AND 2016 just to name a few. She then moved to Johannesburg in 2016 to peruse her acting and music career, working with Smemezelo Nxulu on the Antidote play at the Joburg Theatre and with gigs from the V Company along side upcoming bands and musicians eg KAJAMA in Johannesburg. This lead to her meeting the lead singer of THE BROTHER MOVES ON who invited her to perform at the Fees Must Fall in Braamfontain at KOSPOTONG.
She recently (2016 Johannesburg) did a song for Zanele Muholi’s Faces and Phases title “Faces” which is now available on Sound Cloud and Audiomack and later performed it and hosted the 10th anniversary of Faces and Phases and also hosted the event at Stevensons Gallery, the collaboration continued in Cape Town at the Iziko South African National museum for Zanele Muholi’s “Babhekeni” with various artists. Same year a new Queer space (Industry) opened up and collaborations with local Maboneng artists got bigger at the space. Artists like Kerion Jina, Antje Shupp (Switzerland) Mbali Mdluli on a Queer show titled Pink Dollar that later was hosted in Cape Town (UCT). The journey didn’t end there, Annalyzer was invited by one of the Netherland s famous Museums in Amsterdam the Stedelijk Museum July 2017 to collaborate alongside Zanele Muholi as she premiered at the space on “Somnyama Ngonyama” and “Faces And Phases”.
Through discovering the indigenous sound she then stared blending hip hop instrumentals adding her abilities creating a rare sound which is now known as Indigenous Afro. Ndihambe being her 1st single that features Genius.illu and produced by one of the finest producers in KZN Tee Skillz. Her music is a blend of Indigenous sound mixed with Hip Hop and complementary vocals. One of her well known songs “Umfazi” which maintains being the crowds favourites in most performances and also working along hand in hand with Genius.illu. “implio akuyompilo ngaphandle kwentlonipho” meaning “There is no life without respect” says ANNALYZER. Inclosing expect the unexpected.
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Mbali Mdluli (AKA Miz Buttons) is a cross-disciplinary artist and DJ based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She completed her photographic studies at the Market Photo Workshop in 2010. In 2014 she studied TV and Film at The Academy of Television & Screen Arts. Currently she is doing her MAFA at the University of Witwatersrand.
Mdluli’s approach is distinctly experimental: from scanners to expired film, from the two dimensionality of photography to the materiality of a paper medium, Mdluli is looking to push boundaries in search of a new language to tackle themes of personal, public, and socio-political nature.
Previous exhibitions and projects include: Unlearning, a group exhibition curated by Francis Burger at Goethe on Main (2012); The Indexicality of a Ritual, a group exhibition curated by Sinethemba Twalo, Parking Gallery (2013); A City Reimagined, a solo exhibition presented at the Parking Gallery (2013); REVAMP, a group exhibition presented by the Dead Bunny Society (2015); UNRESOLVED (2015) and HABITAT (2016), solo exhibitions at ROOM Gallery & Projects
Covic studied from 2005 at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in Prof. Harun Farocki’s class for “Cinema and Art Space” where she received her Master of Arts degree with honours in 2010. She worked for Farocki as student- assistant during this period and studied parallel at the University of Applied Arts Vienna from 2005-2010 in Prof. Brigitte Kowanz class for “Intermedia Arts”.
Covic develops concepts in a variety of disciplines as dramatic adviser and performer. She develops these concepts also as a light- designer and scenographer, applying and transferring her knowledge to art installations, art performances, theatre productions, new music performances, contemporary dance and intermedia art.
Djana Covic is a guest lecturer at the Academy of Art and Design in Switzerland Basel. She is member of the Scenographic Infrastructure Development Foundation, www.sidf.eu since 2008. She is also Yoga- Siromani by the power of Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Center Uttarkashi, India. She is fluent in German, English, Serbo-Croatian, Dutch and broken Spanish.
In 2010 Covic was awarded with the Viennese "IG Bildende Kunst Award for Innovation / international” 2011 with the award in Austria for performance art: “H13”, honoured through Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Austria. 2016 she received the award for “ groundbreaking concept “ with her team for the “I-DENT-I-TIE”- project at the Vrystaat Arts Festival in South Africa.
Covic has worked with artists and institutions (in arts and mainstream) like: Donaufestival Krems, Kampnagel Hamburg, Dockville (D), Opera House Warsaw (PL), Todays ART (NL), Culturescapes (CH), SPIELART (D), Anti-Gel (CH), Crossing Border Festival/Rewire Festival(NL), South Africa Freestate Art Festival - 2016 (SA) , SIFTPA 2017 (Swaziland Independent Film and Television Producers Association), Academy for Art and Design Basel (2016-2018), Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin-2018 (D), Kunsthalle Basel 2017, Berliner- Festspiele 2018, Volksbuehne Berlin 2016, Chicks on Speed, Armin van Buren, Agnes Obel, Olafur Arnalds, The Residents, etc.
Nico de Rooij
Nico de Rooij studied Theater Science at the University of Amsterdam. Within his work he develops Scenography’s, Light designs and ” Image Dramaturgie`s” for different performative formats.
His oeuvre envelopes popular main stream presentation formats as well as aesthetic artistic installations and theatre performances.
De Rooij developed and realised Stage and light Concepts for international production houses such as Stage Entertainment (D), Secret Cinema London (GB), Ghent Light festival (B), Dockville (D), Opera House Warsaw (PL), Landestheater Linz (AT), National Theatre Kosovo/Albania (KS), Armin van Buren (NL), International Poetry Festival (NL), Nicole Beutler (NL), Christina de Chatel (NL),Julian Hetzel (NL/D) , IDTV(NL) , Agnes Obel, Olafur Arnalds, Todays ART (NL), Mouvoir (D) , Culturescapes (CH), SPIELART (D), Project Issue Room (USA), The Residents, Efterklang, John Grant, Music Beyeond Mainstream, Bauhstelle(CH/KS), Nils Frahm , The Lake Festival 2016-2018 (D) , Crossing Border Festival/Rewire Festival(NL), South Africa Freestate Art Festival - 2016 (SA) , SIFTPA 2017 (SA) (Swaziland Independent Film and Television Producers Association), Tabea Martin (2017), Beatrice Fleischlin (2015-2018) , Fachhochschule für Design Basel (2016-2018), Pierre Boulez Saal -2018 (D), Rival Consoles (2018), P.E.O.P.L.E Festival (2018).