Born in Haifa, Israel, Edan identifies as a dance-activist. As a dancer he has worked with the prestigious dance companies Batsheva Ensemble Dance Company, Inbal Pinto Dance Company, NND/Galilidance and Club Guy & Roni. His works have been awarded numerous prizes including the Dance and Theater prize from the city of Stuttgart and the state of Baden-Württemberg in 2017 & 2019. And a nomination for the Silesian Golden Mask award in 2016.
The philosophy and beliefs of Edan’s artistic approach are based on searching the self within its surroundings. Layered, complex and thought provoking, Edan’s work always explores social, psychological and emotional realms. Edan is currently working on a trilogy of 3 productions addressing the social effects of individual, collective and cross-generational trauma.
In Addition, Edan contributes to the development of other makers as a coach, mentor, outside-eye and rehearsal director. Since 2017 Edan was appointed the artistic director of the GUMMITWIST nurturing program for choreographers at Theater Felina-Areal in Mannheim.
Eva-Maria Steinel studied theater, film and media studies in Frankfurt am Main. In 2006 she joined the National Theater Mannheim, where she was part of the team of Kevin O’Day and Dominique Dumais for many years. As a dramaturge and cultural manager, she has worked for choreographers and institutions throughout Baden-Württemberg. Her commissions have led her to, among others; Theater der Welt (2014), TanzSzene Baden-Württemberg (2014-2015), zeitraumexit (2016), and EinTanzHaus Mannheim (since 2017). Eva-Maria began her artistic collaboration with Edan Gorlicki in 2015 with the German-Dutch production “The Players”.
Ricarda Walter is a freelance performance artist and project organizer. She studied ethnology and philosophy in Heidelberg with a focus on visual and media anthropology and was a research assistant in urban sociology at the TU Kaiserslautern until 2021. Since 2010, she has worked with various artists in different projects, including zeitraumexit, Ruhrtriennale, Catherine Guerin, Jan-Philipp Possmann, Wolfgang Sautermeister and Beata Anna Schmutz. She is currently working with Armin Chodzinksi and is a regular in the productions of the Mannheimer Stadtensemble of the NTM and at Theater Performance Kunst RAMPIG. She can also be found in the “Cool Pool (AT)” in Mannheim’s Neckarstadt and since January 2022 “on tour” with the current productions of Edan Gorlicki.
Sarah Thöle studied media art, scenography, art studies and philosophy at the University of Design Karlsruhe. She co-founded the research initiative Mobile Interface Radio and realised the radio app Mutations from 2010-2013. In 2013, she curated the exhibition ZollArt as part of the Alternativen Frühlings Heidelberg.
Sarah lived in Mexico until 2019 where she produced experimental audio collages for the radio program Dokublog of SWR 2. From 2014-2017 she worked at the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg as a production manager for “Born with the USA”, the Heidelberg Castle Festival and the Ibero-American Theater Festival “Adelante”.
In 2019 she returned to Heidelberg, working at Halle 02 and engaging in the independent performing arts scene as a production manager. Since September 2020 she publishes the monthly podcast „Ist das Kultur, oder kann das weg“. Since 2021 she is part of the INTER-ACTIONS team as a project manager and fundraiser.
Janin Friese studied Media and Cultural Studies at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf and subsequently completed a Master’s degree in Arts and Media Administration at Freie Universität Berlin. From 2011 to 2013, she was operations manager of the Computerspielemuseum in Berlin. From May 2013, she was responsible as production manager for the TANZBIENNALE HEIDELBERG, which was held for the first time in 2014. In March 2014, she took over the company management for the Dance Company Nanine Linning/Theater Heidelberg. Since 2015 she has been working at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as an assistant in research funding. She supports the choreographer Edan Gorlicki as production manager since September 2019.
Current Artistic Collaborators
Ingo Jooß has been working as a freelance lighting designer since 2010. In collaboration with the Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili, he created lighting designs for the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet as well as for the Theaterhaus Stuttgart. With the Dutch choreographer Nanine Linning he worked on projects for the Staatstheater Stuttgart/the Stuttgart Ballet, the Thuringian State Ballet as well as for the Theater Heidelberg. Furthermore, he created lighting designs for the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Stadttheater Pforzheim, the Wilhelma Theater Stuttgart, the Friedrichsbau Varieté Stuttgart as well as for the Hope Theater Nairobi. In addition, Ingo Jooß works as a lighting designer for various independent groups in the dance and theater scene in Stuttgart and in the Heidelberg/Mannheim area. “RE-COVER” is already his sixth collaboration with Edan Gorlicki.
The Brazilian Evandro Pedroni lives and works as a performer and choreographer in Vienna. His work has been presented at Brut (AT), EinTanzHaus (DE), Theater HochX and Live Art (DE), as well as at festivals such as Imagetanz (AT), FAKI 18 (HR) and at PAD – Performance Art Depot (DE). On stage he has performed in productions by Martin Nachbar, Oleg Soulimenko, Hubert Lepka, Stella Zannou, SETanzTheater, Akemi Takeya, Elisabeth Tambwe, Cie. Willi Dorner and La_Trottier Dance Collective, among others. In addition, he develops his own artistic works and is engaged by other artists* as performer, choreographer, outside eye and costume developer. Since 2014 he has been working with Edan Gorlicki as a dancer and outside eye. Evandro has also designed the costumes for several of Edan’s productions.
Alfonso Fernández Sánchez was born in Cornellà de Llobregat and received his training at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona. His first engagement took him to the junior company IT Dansa in Barcelona under the direction of Catherine Allard. In the 2014/2015 season he joined the Munich Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz as a soloist, where he danced under Karl Alfred Schreiner. He currently works as a freelance dancer and develops his own choreographies. His collaboration with Edan Gorlicki began with the project “WHAT DO WE DO” in 2019.
Charlotte Petersen was born in Germany in 1991 and studied Modern Theater Dance in Codarts/Rotterdam and at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. After her internship with the company of the Staatstheater Mainz, she started working on a project basis in 2015. Since then she has worked mainly in Belgium, Germany, Austria and Denmark and has been touring internationally since 2018 with the production “The Sea Within” by Belgian choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez/Voetvolk. She regularly collaborates with director Barish Karademir on his physical theater productions for Tafelhalle Nuremberg and Staatstheater Darmstadt, and in 2020 developed the performance concert VIBRANT MATTER with Sophia Mage. Charlotte is a founding member of the Münster-based MNEME kollektiv and began working with Edan Gorlicki in 2019 with the production IMPACT.
Fran Martinez is originally from Onil, Spain. He studied in Alicante and Valencia. Once his studies were finished, he joined GoOD by Asun Noales and shortly after he worked with Proyecto Titoyaya under the direction of Gustavo Ramirez in Spain. At the age of 20, he went to Germany to work with Wee dance company, in Gerhart Hauptmann Theater, with the choreographers Dan Pelleg and Marko E. Weigert. He returned later to Spain and joined the company Marcat Dance by Mario Bermudez for two years. In the meantime, he also worked with Arnau Pérez. After this enriching period, he returned to Germany to work at Gerthart-Hauptmann Theater, Görlitz. Currently he is a freelance dancer. Lost Bodies – Urban Encounters is his first project with Edan Gorlicki.
Gabriele Ascani was born in Italy and started to study Hip Hop at the age of 19 years. At 20 he was accepted in the two year professional program of Rome International Dance Academy (R.I.D.A.). He won a scholarship to study two weeks in New York City with many exponent of the Graham Technique and to perform two works in the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater. Later he joined the Bachelor Program of the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main (HfMDK) where he improved his ballet, contemporary technique and his artistic skills, dancing in works by Ayman Harper, Dieter Heitkamp, Georg Reischl, Ivan Perez, Paul White, Emanuel Gat, Johannes Wieland and Regina van Berkel. Lost Bodies – Urban Encounters is his first collaboration with Edan Gorlicki.
Harrison McClary made his debut in the dance and theater world as a composer for Edan Gorlicki’s work IMPACT in 2020. Since then he has continued this collaboration with the slightly different follow-up project RE-COVER.
Here Harrison saw himself in the role of curator, creating the soundtrack for and with each performer. The result sounds more like a collage than a compositional work: home-made voice and text recordings by the dancers, delicate guitar strumming, cinematic ambient and a bit of techno, not to mention brief excursions into the ’80s and silence.
Amy Josh was born in England and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. She trained at the Arts Umbrella Dance School in Vancouver and graduated in 2011. Engagements have taken her to Noord Nederland Dans, Club Guy & Roni and tanzmainz, among others. During her four years with the dance company of the Staatstheater Mainz, she worked with choreographers such as Sharon Eyal, Guy & Roni, Rui Horta, Koen Augustijnen & Rosalba Torres Guerrero, Guy Nader and Maria Campos, Eleonore Valère-Lachky, Garry Stewart, Jose Navas, Jo Stromgren and Guiseppe Spota. As a freelance dancer, Amy Josh has worked with Jill Crovisier (Luxembourg), Dunja Jocic (NL), John Wannehag (SE), and Edan Gorlicki among others. She met Edan Gorlicki in 2011 and their first collaboration followed in 2013 in the piece “Motiv(n)ation” created for Club Guy & Roni. Amy returned to work with Edan since 2019 on the production IMPACT.
TingAn Ying was born in Taiwan in 1989 and completed her training at the Taipei National University of the Arts. She is based in Berlin since 2015 and started collaborating with Edan Gorlicki in 2016. She also worked with Anouk van Dijk, Falk Richter, Emanuel Gat, Club Guy and Roni among other well-acclaimed artists across Europe. Beside her dance career, TingAn is as well active in the field of cultural study. She’s recently started developing her newest writing project, Ventriloquism: let me speak your language. The project is supported by Neu Start Kultur/Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, focusing on decolonisation and post-colonial discourse under the format of journalism. A series of articles of the project is scheduled to be published on the pioneer platform of digital journalism, MEDIUM. Her collaboration with Edan Gorlicki began in 2016 with VORTEX and continued in 2019 with WHAT DO WE DO.
Lorenzo Ponteprimo was born in 1992 in Torino (IT). In 2015 he graduated from Codarts, Rotterdam Dance Academy. In 2014 he worked as an intern with Regina van Berkel and Conny Janssen Dans company. From 2015 till 2017 he worked for the Heidelberg Stadt Theater under the artistic leadership of Nanine Linning. From September 2017 he is a freelance movement artist. He worked with: Riccardo Fernando, Paolo Fossa, Minka Marie Heis, Domenico Strazzeri, Martina La Bontè, Agnieszka Jachym and Edan Gorlicki. In 2019 He participated in the “Gummitwist” nurturing program for young choreographers at Theater Felina-Areal, Mannheim and continues to develop his own choreographic voice.
As a movement coach he worked with the acting department of the Heidelberg Theater, diverse high Schools, dance schools, young groups and amateurs. Lorenzo started his collaboration with Edan Gorlicki in 2018 with the production SEXLESS BABE.
Elvan Tekin is a Berlin based translator and dance artist from Turkey. As a dancer she worked among others with Eyal Dadon (ORPHEUS, Thalia Theater Hamburg), José Vidal (EMERGENZ, Kampnagel Hamburg; EMERGER, NAVE Santiago de Chile). In her artistic work she focuses on socio-political dimensions of the individual body as a form of resistance, implementing and experimenting with translation theories as a tool for creation. Lost Bodies – Urban Encounters is her first collaboration with Edan Gorlicki.
Ismaël Belabid-Lenoir is a 23 years old dancer originally coming from France where he began his journey in dance practicing the various styles of Urban dance (breakdance, house dance, popping, and freestyle). After finishing his BA in dance in the University for Music and Performing Art of Frankfurt am Main, Ismaël worked as an apprentice with the company of Iván Pérez in the Heidelberg Dance Theater. Later on, working as a free-lancer, he participated in projects with AMP Dance company, and TanzMainz where he danced for the choreographer Po-Cheng Tsai. For Lost Bodies – Urban Encounters he joins Edan Gorlicki’s Company INTER-ACTIONS for the first time.
Jacqueline Trapp is an Australian dance artist living in Heidelberg since joining the Dance Theater Heidelberg with Iván Pérez. She is a graduate of the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne and was freelancing before working in Germany. She now moves into the freelancing scene again and will work with Edan for Lost Bodies – Urban Encounters Project.
Photo: Susanne Reichardt