Board of Directors

The current board was elected by the General Assembly that took place on 2 December 2015 in Athens.

President

Walter Heun
Tanzquartier Wien (AT)

Walter Heun v. Susi Knoll

Walter Heun has been engaged in the area of dance and performance since 1984. Between 1985 and 1989 he was director of Tanztage München, Dance Energy and Tanztendenz München. With his production firm Joint Adventures (founded 1990 in Munich) he initiated and realized several nationwide and international projects, such as Tanzwerkstatt Europa in Munich, Nationales Performance Netz (NPN). He is co-founder and presenter of Tanzplattform Deutschland (Dance Platform Germany), which was established in 1994. Between 1999 and 2004 Heun conceived and directed luzerntanz – choreographic centre at the luzernertheater. Since 2009 he has been the artistic director of Tanzquartier Wien, where he initiated dance platforms, festivals and encounters of discourse, EU-projects and the International Net for Dance and Performance Austria.

Secretary

Bettina Masuch
Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf (DE)

Bettina Masuch_Foto_Monika Rittershaus

Bettina Masuch was born in Solingen and graduated in Applied Theatre Studies. Since January 2014 she is the director of Tanzhaus NRW. Initially working as a dance dramaturge, among others at the Kaaitheater in Bruxelles and the Theaterhaus Jena, she changed to the Volksbühne at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin in 1998, also working as a dramaturge for productions from Castorf, Schlingensief and Pollesch, among others. In 2002 and 2003 she simultaneously worked as production dramaturge with choreographer Meg Stuart in Zurich. From 2003 until 2008 she worked as a dance curator for the newly founded Theater Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, headed by Matthias Lilienthal. Until 2008 she was a member of the artistic direction of Tanz im August and in 2013 she was the director of its 25th anniversary issue. She has shaped the Springdance Festival in Utrecht as artistic director from 2009 to 2013. She is the publisher and author of diverse specialized publications and has received various teaching assignments.

Interim Treasurer

Pia Krämer
O Espaço do Tempo Montemor-o-Novo (PT)

Pia Kraemer

Pia Krämer was born in Nabburg, Germany and finished her studies in Dance and Psychology with a Master Degree at the University of Regensburg. As a student, she found her first Dance and Performance Space, Loft, an old soap factory in the city of Regensburg, where she worked as a dance teacher and choreographer and organiser of international workshops. In 1990 she went to New York to study again Contemporary Dance, Dance Movement Therapy and Contact Improvisation. Back to Germany she worked as Dance Movement Therapist at Loew, a private Institute for mentally and physically disabled people. In 2000 she moved to Portugal where she was teaching Master Classes in Dance Movement Therapy at several Universities. At the same time she started the community and educational work at O Espaço do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo, a 16th century monastery, transformed in a residence and production space. Since 2012 she is assisting Rui Horta, the artistic director. She is responsible for the international residences, the coordination of the Portuguese Platform of the Performing Arts and the collaboration with international partners and networks. She is the Portuguese partner for Aerowaves.

Board members

Roberto Casarotto
Centro per la Scena Contemporanea Bassano del Grappa (IT)

Roberto Casarotto

Since 2006, Roberto Casarotto has been director of the dance projects for the CSC di Bassano del Grappa and Operaestate Festival Veneto. Associate director of Aerowaves, he is currently involved in several international projects supported by the EU. He develops initiatives aimed at supporting the artistic research, mobility and artists’ development in the field of dance. He is the Italian initiator of Dance Well-movement research for Parkinson’s dancers, a project aimed at research the impact that the practice of dance has on people with Parkinson’s. He is the author of the book Nigel Charnock published in 2009 by L’Epos, in the Dance forward/Dance for word series. In January 2015 he was appointed Artistic Director of Balletto di Roma.

Carmen Mehnert
HELLERAU – European  Center for the Arts Dresden (DE)

Foto Carmen Mehnert (c) Volker Renner

Carmen Mehnert was born in Lima, Perú, and finished her studies of Applied Theatre Science with a Master Degree at the University of Giessen, Germany. She was Head of Organization at the Internationales Sommertheater Festival Hamburg from 1994 to 1999 and Head of Organization and programme collaborator at the Festival Theaterformen of the World Expo in Hannover from 1999 to 2000. As a freelance dramaturge, she has worked from 2001 to 2006 with Sam Louwyck, Lisi Estaras, Einat Tuchman (Les Ballets C. de la B.), Yossi Berg and Oded Graf, Rasmus Ölme, Cristina Moura and Akram Khan, among others. In 2003, she founded together with Constanza Macras the company Dorkypark and has since then been collaborating as a dramaturge in nearly all their pieces. From 2006 to 2008 she was dance dramaturge at the Tanztheater Ensemble of the Staatstheater Kassel under the direction of Johannes Wieland. Since 2009 she is Programme Director for Performing Arts at HELLERAU. Besides, she teaches at the DIU (Dresden International University) and at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden.