Anna Urban (Polikarpova) was born in Tomsk, Russia and studied at the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg. In 1988 she joined the Mariinsky Ballet and became a soloist in 1989. In 1992 she joined the Hamburg Ballet as a Soloist and was promoted to Principal in 1994. John Neumeier created numerous roles and soli for her including Penelope in »Odyssee«, Ophelia in »Hamlet«, Romola Nijinska in »Nijinsky« and Arkadina in »The Seagull«. The Swedish choreographer Mats Ek created for her »Meinungslose Weiden« and Gold Fairy in »The Sleeping Beauty«. She also danced a wide-ranging repertory. After her education as a ballet teacher in Toronto at the Canada‘s National Ballet School under the supervision of Mavis Staines, Anna Urban teaches classical dance at the School of the Hamburg Ballet since the 2014/15 season.
Christian Schön is from Hamburg and successfully completed his training at the School of the Hamburg Ballet. As a dancer he was part of the Dortmund Ballet, the Bonn Opera and the Ballet Theater Hagen. After his education as a ballet teacher in Toronto at Canada‘s National Ballet School, he worked in Maastricht, Netherlands. Since 2003 he has been teaching the elementary and intermediate boys and the Theatre Class boys, as well as pas de deux in the School of the Hamburg Ballet.. He was a guest teacher at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden.
Leslie Hughes was born in Atlanta, USA. She studied ballet in her hometown and in New York at the American Ballet Center (school of the Joffrey Ballet) and School of American Ballet Theater. She was offered her first contract with the Hamburg Ballet where she advanced to Demi-Soloist. She also performed in Tours, France, with the Atlanta Ballet and with the Stadtheater Bern in Switzerland. In 2002 Leslie completed her certificate for teaching the Vaganov-Method from the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest. She taught first at thae École de Danse de Genève and then moved on as ballet mistress with ballettmainz, where she assisted Martin Schläpfer by numerous creations as well as rehearsing ballets from Hans van Manen, George Balanchine, Kurt Jooss and many others. She also taught at the Conservatory in Vienna from 2005 to 2013. Since 2013 Leslie Hughes has been part of the teaching faculty of the School of the Hamburg Ballet.
Carolina Borrajo was born in Zaragoza, Spain. She was trained at the Marìa de Ávila Ballet School in her native town and at the School of the Hamburg Ballet. After her first engagement at the Ballet Classico de Zaragoza, she was a Soloist at Bonn Opera, at the Hessian State Theatre Wiesbaden and at the Lucerne Theatre. She received her diploma as a children‘s dance teacher and stage dance teacher at the State University of Performing Arts in Mannheim. In August 2008 she took up a position on the teaching faculty of the School of the Hamburg Ballet.
Stephan Brinkmann is Professor for Contemporary Dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts Essen. He is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and author. He studied dance at the Folkwang University, theatre-, film- and media science, German language and sociology at the University of Cologne and Dance Pedagogy in Essen. He danced for the Folkwang Tanzstudio and the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. In addition, he created numerous choreographies and taught contemporary dance worldwide. He holds a PhD in movement science from the University of Hamburg. Topic: types of memory in dance. (Publication: »Bewegung erinnern. Gedächtnisformen im Tanz« (2013)).
David Russo teaches since 2010 ballet and contemporary dance at the Ballet Academy of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. He has been a member of the collective satellit produktion since 2013. After completing his training at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, he danced as a soloist at the Saarländische Staatstheater and at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz under the direction of Philip Taylor. Russo choreographs his own pieces, organises events in Munich’s freelance scene and collaborates with artists such as Jasmine Morand from Cie Prototype Status and Nina Radelfahr. He is founder of the dancer initiative TanzQuelle, a new space for creation and exchange in the free scene of Munich.
Omar Rajeh is the artistic director of Maqamat, founder of BIPOD and founder and artistic director of Citerne Beirut. He is a critically acclaimed choreographer and dancer as well as a leading figure of contemporary dance in the Arab World. Based in Beirut, Omar Rajeh | Maqamat has performed over 19 choreographic works in major European, regional and international theatres and festivals.
Eylül Fidan Akıncı is a Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre and Performance program at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her dissertation project analyzes the dramaturgy of objects and materiality in contemporary choreography through a feminist lens, and creates a trajectory across Pina Bausch, Eiko Otake, La Ribot, Mette Ingvartsen, Gisèle Vienne, and Geumhyung Jeong. She works as an independent dramaturg across theatre and dance. Her writing on performance has appeared in TDR: The Drama Review and Etcetera Magazine.
Tim Reuscher is working at zine production and distribution outfit Sternstunden des Kapitalismus, where he has more or less regularly published poetry/illustration zine Pareidolia since 2008 while also illustrating and printing various zines and publications. Currently Tim is also running the nachladen riso studio/zineshop/recordstore in Hamburg.
Brontez Purnell is a zinester, writer, dancer, and musician who lives in Oakland, California. Originally from Triana, Alabama, Purnell has been publishing, performing, and curating in the Bay Area for over 17 years. Brontez has written for various publications, including Cakeboy, San Francisco Weekly, Maximum Rock & Roll and Harpers. He is the author of »Fag School«, »The Cruising Diaries«, and »Johnny Would You Love Me If . . . (My Dick Were Bigger)«. He is a 2018 Whiting Award winner in fiction for his book »Since I Laid My Burden Down«. He is the front man for the band The Younger Lovers and cofounder with Sophia Wang of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company (BPDC). Composed of movers and artists of all disciplines, the company builds works that combine punk rock subversion and free jazz improvisation. He has also created several works for dance on video.