Tanz, Performance & Facilitation
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I am a movement artist with a background in social science. I live and work in Bern, Switzerland with my husband and partner Chris Lechner. I am interested in combining social questions with artistic research. How do we create collective perspectives, cultures and identities? How does it show physically? What is beauty? How do we design ourselves and the world? How does the body think and communicate? What is the social component of dreaming? How do we create sense with our senses?
Performance and Installation
"Fair Fashion Show" (2019) - the catwalk as an Event that installs fashion, models and dancers in Kraftwerk Zürich.
"Tuning Scores" (2019) - a blind trio in instant composition at Progr Jubiläum Bern.
"A beginning" (2019) - a dance performance and installation in an abandoned house in the country side of Aargau.
"Rare Window 2" (2020)., a performance in a small window, at Progr Bern.
"The Tuning Research Group" (2020) - a two hours long event at the Festival Instant Composition in Zürich.
Social Work and Innovation
2010 - 2016, HEKS Bern: counselor, facilitator, project co-leader of three programs offering language and social integrations courses and counseling. I was responsible for the management of around 1000 clients a year and more than 65 employees.
2016 - now, Powercoders: social lead and counsel for this IT Start-up for refugees, consisting of a coding course and the integration of refugees in the IT work field.
2020: Co-founder of Effinger Services.
Art processes with groups Together with Chris Lechner I am developing art and movement processes for various groups. The format is a hybrid between workshop and performance. Our aim is to make our work accessible as an art and learning experience for people and groups with diverse professional and personal backgrounds.
Here we explore physical and social aspects of dreaming. How does the body remember dreams? Why do we feel strangely familiar with other people's dreams? We draw upon the matrix that opens up when we share dreams in a collective.
We have developed and tested this process since 2015 with people from the field of innovation and leadership in Switzerland and last facilitated this process as an art event at BETA Festival 2019. Get an impression here.
Table Conversations #3
was originally a dance piece. Out of the wish to let the audience participate in our silent conversations we developed a hybrid between performance, audience participation and installation, together with Sandra Chatterjee.
Repetition is change
Together with the musician Andi Otto we have been leading an interdisciplinary Toolbox week at HKB for art students since 2016. We examine Mimesis, Mimikry and Camouflage as artistic strategies through a combination of movement, theoretical inputs as well as practical investigation.
The composition of Now
Since May 2018 Chris and I lead regular movement workshops on Lisa Nelson's Tuning Scores in Switzerland. Check for dates on www.art-meets-you.com
Together with Angela Stöcklin we lead the workshop "move - sense - edit" at the Symposium "Sens(e)ation in Tanzkunst und Wissenschaft" 27.– 29. September 2019 in Zürich, organized by Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung in collaboration with ZHdK.
My Educational Background
India - Switzerland I was born 1979 in Switzerland. My parents are both from India. I grew up in two cultures, that are opposite in many ways - the Swiss and the Indian.
Dance and music From the age of five until eighteen I passionately followed a classical ballet training three times a week. At the age of thirteen I started singing in various music bands, from Hip Hop to Soul and Funk. At the age of 20 I travelled to India and stayed for three years to study Kathak Dance and North Indian Classical singing. I then got introduced to Contact Improvisation and New Dance. The approach to dance as an improvisation and community event has had a strong influence on me. Back in Switzerland I studied, performed and taught Contact Improvisation, Argentinian Tango, New Dance/ Improvisation next ten years in Europe, USA and Argentina.
Since 2012 I have been studying various contemporary dance techniques and developing my own movement language.
Education I studied and completed my MA in science of religions and sociology at the University of Zürich. At the same time I started my education as a specialist in adult education and acquired the “eidgenössischen Fachausweis Ausbilderin”.