THE TEAM

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THE TEAM

Identity Figures – Transnational Workshops and Networking

Most workshop inputs come from theater: playstation, Hamburg, with David Chotjewitz, Katharina Oberlik and Mable Preach, among others. In addition, there are artists from the partner institutions such as actress and director Ita Aagaard from Valencia, Lana Bitenc from Zagreb and Pawel Passini from Poland. Domenica Moscato from Italy and Lukasz Wójtowicz from Poland, both experienced project managers, will not only lead the organisational work in their countries, but also pass on experience to the participants in talks and workshop units.

Workshop-Conductors

David Chotjewitz, Hamburg
Workshop-conductor, lectures

Born in Berlin, raised in Rome, writer and director. Published plays and novels about Albert Einstein and „Daniel Half Human“, which also received international acclaim. After working as assistent director at the Schauspielhaus Hamburg and Burgtheater Vienna he founded theatre: playstation in Hamburg and instigated several performances on Kampnagel („BLUT on the Dancefloor“, „Narcissus and the Revolution“ and others). His works have been awarded several times. In recent years he has developed transnational projects such as „Ministry for Favorite Songs“ and developed new forms of creative mediation of theatre, literature, music and performance with cultural and educational institutions throughout Germany and Europe.

Katharina Oberlik, Hamburg
Choreography, performance coach

Born 1968, she studied theatre, film and television studies in Frankfurt and applied theatre studies in Giessen, co-founded She She Pop, Germany’s first female performance collective and moves as a performer and director through the broad fields of theatre, performance art, music, dance and video art.

She teaches performance for actors and directors and builds the Ghettoakademie in Wilhelmsburg, a youth ensemble for performance and music.

She has worked on numerous Playstation projects, most recently „The living Jukebox“

Mable Preach, Hamburg

Born in 1982, her familiy escaped from Ghana due to political persecution. She spent all her youth in refugee camps, in France and Belgium, then in Hamburg. Coming from a Ghanaian preacher family, she came into contact with gospel singing early and began to rap herself. Through her interest in African dance, she came to hip-hop and became one of Hamburg’s top hip-hop choreographers. She studied media management and worked for several years as A&R in a record company. She joined theater: playstation and took part as an actress and singer, among others „Blut on the Dancefloor“ (2002) and „Stirb, Popstar, Stirb“ (2003). She soon began to stage her first plays and worked with Yves Tuvis, Showcase beat le mot, She She pop, Barner16, Hajusom and many others.

Lukulule developed under her leadership into a centre for urban arts with approx. 200 participants and 30 artists. In recent years, her artistic work has increasingly turned to anti-racism, and in 2014 she launched the FlüchtLINK project.

She has directed at the Schauspielhaus and Kampnagel, and since 2012 has produced large-scale youth musicals with Lukulule, such as „Soul Train“ and „12 Yards“.

Ita Aagaard, Valencia

Workshop acting and voice training

Ita, born in the Netherlands as the daughter of a Norwegian and a Spaniard is a very special acting teacher, director and choreographer.

She studied theatre in Paris, directed the Zéro Théâtre and toured throughout Europe. Since 2000 she has lived in Valencia, where she managed both „Ex Voto Producciones“ and the „Nómada teatre“. She directed over 20 productions at the theatre school „Off“ in Valencia, including „La paz perpetua“ by Juan Mayorga, and, in cooperation with theatre: playstation, Songs from a telephone box 2009-2010.

Since 2016, she has been head of the „Voz Coach Teatral“ programme as well as a speech teacher and coach for public speeches.

Lana Bitenc, Zagreb

Creative writing, theatre with children and special people

Lana Bitenc is a playwright, dramaturg and professional actress. She is also a graduate professor of Comparative literature and Italian language. She’s towards the end of her PhD thesis „Theater metodology with deaf-blind people“. Her Bedtime stories are regularly performed at Croatian radio1 (HR1). On famous TV show „Zuhra show” she worked as a screenwriter.

She founded theater Don Hihot in Zagreb together with actor Otokar Levaj. Their repertoire consists of plays for children and teenagers, but also comedies for adults. They perform in theatres, classrooms, halls, gyms, cultural centres, squares. Their plays like „Bee, be carefull“ (2010), Bunnyman (2011) or „Adam & Eve in the front of the hell“ (2013) are based on the humorous characters and story, and some of them offer an interaction with audience. Lana has participated in the European Ministry For Favourite Songs where she presented the show „Who stole my Lullaby“.

Pawel Passini, Poland

Theatre director and the art director of neTTheatre company (which is part of Centrum Kultury, production house where we stay for workshops and meeting in Lublin).

Theatre presents theatre in temporary online settings. They produced performances in cooperation with Polish Radio in Warszawa, Gorzkie Żale Festival, Grotowski Institute and Theatre Academy Dep. in Wrocław, Theatre Institute in Warszawa and many others.

The company presented more than 100 performances and concerts around Poland and abroad, among others a tour ‚The HIDEOUT‘ realized in Tianjin and Harbin (China).

Latest performances (among others): 2018: (in progress) ‚Let’s Dance Zofia‘ dir. J. Lewicka, Centre of the Meeting of Cultures Lublin, cooproduction Artists Association Near East and Centre of the Meeting of Cultures. 2016: ‚The Box‘ dir. P. Passini, Wrocławski Teatr Współczesny in Wrocław / Theatre Olympics Festival / Grotowski Institute in Wrocław.

Domenica Moscato, Cosenza, Italy

Project Management Italy and Spain

Freelance project manager and senior expert of European programmes in the field of creative and cultural projects and social entrepreneurship.

She worked for many organisations, companies and public institutions and is currently engaged in a European partnership running a two-year Erasmus+ strategic partnership for trainers and facilitators in young entrepreneurial education that aims at valorisation of common goods.

She completed a four-months project under the European Programme “Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs” in collaboration with Collage Arts, a London-based cultural hub, in 2016.

In 2010, she was selected among 30 Italian young people for the training programme “La sQuola”, focused on creative and cultural industries.

Currently she is a PhD student in Architecture and Territory at the University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria.

Łukasz Wójtowicz, Lublin, Poland

Projektmanagement in Poland and Germany

*1987; culture manager, theater producer, intercultural trainer.

Graduated from Public Administration and Culture Pedagogic faculty UMCS in Lublin. Event creator and manager since 2009, manager and producer for Net Theatre, Lublin. This company, directed by Paweł Passini, presents theatre in temporary online settings and runs its activities within the structure of Culture Centre Lublin and Artists Association NEAR EAST.

Net Theatre produced performances in cooperation with Polish Radio in Warszawa, Gorzkie Żale Festival, Grotowski Institute and Theatre Academy Dep. in Wrocław, Theatre Institute in Warszawa and many others.

The company presented more than 100 performances and concerts around Poland and abroad, among others a tour ‚The HIDEOUT‘ realized in Tianjin and Harbin (China).

Latest performances (among others): 2018: (in progress) ‚Let’s Dance Zofia‘ dir. J. Lewicka, Centre of the Meeting of Cultures Lublin, cooproduction Artists Association Near East and Centre of the Meeting of Cultures. 2016: ‚The Box‘ dir. P. Passini, Wrocławski Teatr Współczesny in Wrocław / Theatre Olympics Festival / Grotowski Institute in Wrocław. Lukas took part in the transnational networking-project „Music was my first Love“.

And many more!

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