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PAF Show & Tell

Subtitle: Berlin-based Artists Present Their Works in Video Chat

PAF Show & Tell puts the spotlight on Berlin-based artists and companies.

On the Saturday of the festival, nine selected artists present new ideas, concepts and performances over the course of short presentations. A broad cross-section of artists, projects and working processes within Berlin’s independent performing arts community can also be discovered and encountered during the entire week of the festival as part of PAF Show & Tell - Meet the Artists. Simply send the artist(s) of your choice a short email to set up an individual date for a conversation via video chat or telephone. During the festival , you will find the contact information of the respective artists below the short profiles.

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Event takes place at May 23, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

Short Presentations

Presentations will be made in English by: Joshua Rutter, Harake Dance Company, Forough Fami, Katia Sophia Ditzler and Alica Minárová.

Presentations will be made in German by: Institut für Widerstand im Postfordismus/Elisa Müller, WagnerHowitz, Klara Kroymann and Club Real

Moderated by Eleonora Herder (IMPLANTIEREN2020)

PAF Show & Tell - Meet the Artists from May 19 to 24, 2020



Club Real

Club Real is a group of artists devising and realizing participatory, site specific art projects. The group has continuously worked together since 2000. Their main artistic formats include: immersive installations, one to one encounters, political role-plays and participative urban development projects. The meaningful involvement of the art recipients resulting in unique not predeterminable artistic outcome is at the center of Club Real’s participatory concept. Currently Club Real is working on the project “Beyond Nature – Organisms Republic” in Berlin. The Vienna version of the project was showcased at “Impulse Theater Festival 2019”. In 2019 Club Real was also present at the 13th Havana Arts Bienial with the immersive performance “LASA10CARNAVAL”.

Institut für Widerstand im Postfordismus

Elisa Müller

The Institut für Widerstand im Postfordismus (Institute for Resistance in Postfordism) is a project by Theater/Performance/Label müller*****, which was founded by Elisa Müller in 2008 and has realized 20 projects in cooperation with LOFFT.Leipzig, Ballhaus Ost Berlin, Fleetstreet Hamburg, LICHTHOF Hamburg, Sophiensæle Berlin, FFT (Freies Forum Theater) Düsseldorf, FKT (Freies Kunst Territorium) Bochum, Vierte Welt Berlin and Theaterdiscounter Berlin as well as HU Berlin and UdK Berlin. As an art collective, the Institut für Widerstand im Postfordismus works with an artistic practice of docufiction: In their performative projects and interventions, they develop an alternative and future historiography. Their central means are construction and deconstruction of facts, fiction and narrations.

Joshua Rutter

Joshua Rutter is a New Zealand born artist living in Berlin. Initially trained as a dancer, his work has explored choreographic possibilities found on the internet, objects, subcultures and masculine identities. His current artistic interests are situations, physical systems and information. He has worked with a number of New Zealand and international artists over the last 20 years and in 2016 completed his Masters studies in Solo/Dance/Authorship at the Berlin university of the arts. He has performed his work in Germany, Sweden, Romania and New Zealand.

Forough Fami

Frorough Fami works independently and in collectives (“Suddenly” and “tehran re:public") as a choreographer, performer, dance writer and dance teacher. After completing her marketing studies and becoming a member of Invisible Centre for Contemporary Dance (ICCD) in her hometown Tehran, she began her artistic practice in the world of contemporary dance. In search of other learning resources, she moved to Berlin in 2014 to study choreography, dance and context at the HZT (Hochschulübergreifende Zentrum Tanz).

Klara Kroymann

The daramaturge Klara Kroymann specialized in developing hybrids between Happening and Musical Theatre. Her engagement in the theatre started early but it took her some time to get away from her scientific ambitions. After her graduation in philosophy and dramaturgy in 2015, she started her artistic path with a work about the effects of pity (Hundeblickmanifest / Nichts als Schönheit/ Lab Eigen & Art). The sound artist Maya Guttmann is Berlin-based since 2017. Her composition work has been presented in different music theater productions since 2011 i.e. through collaborations with Asher Lev or Efrat Vonsover. Specialised in field recordings the trademark of her sound compositions a rhythmic density.


WagnerHowitz, consisting of director Rico Wagner and puppeteer Max Howitz, transform old texts into contemporary, critical object theater. With "Vom Fischer und seiner Frau und Knut " (2017 + award winner at the free jumping festival Rostock 2018), "Frau Holle außer Kontrolle" (2018) and "Schlemihl" (2020), works have been created that are characteristic of the idea and approach of WagnerHowitz. They create anti-magical theater by playing with disillusionment and pointed exaggeration of social problems based on fairy tales, folk tales or novellas. They overwhelm audiences and players alike, with lots of playfulness and even more comedy.

Alica Minárová

Alica Minarova is Slovak choreographer and dancer based in Berlin with strong ties to Prague. Her main interest is to find poetry in humor that emerges in bizarre yet serious moments of our lives. Two different ways of execution of this thought can be observed in recent solos Saudade and Wobbly. She mainly focuses on creating her own work with different collectives around Europe. In 2019 i-portunus supported her professional development as an intern in new creation of Euripides Laskaridis. Alica studied in Prague, where she obtained a BA in Financial Mathematics and a BA in Choreography at the Academy of Performing Arts, followed by an MA of Choreography at Hochschulübergreifende Zentrum Tanz (HZT) at the University of the Arts in Berlin. In 2016/2017 she studied as an exchange student at La Manufacture in Lausanne.

Katia Sophia Ditzler

Katia Sophia Ditzler's practice is situated between literature, music, video, performance and virtual reality. Her work deals with questions of post-Soviet identity, feminism and political mythology. Her main interest lies in the creation of an immersive and interactive experience.

Harake Dance Company

Harake  Dance Company works as a pool of professional dancers and artists. Together they produce powerful dance pieces that combine the best elements of Eastern and Western  dance styles, and create a lasting impression. Their projects are inspired, and they create meaning. Every motion has a reason and a history. The people and organizations Harake Dance Company works with interact through a common language of mutual respect and open communication and share this desire for dance to be meaningful and thought-provoking.

Janne Gregor

Janne Gregor is a choreographer. She worked as a choreographer at the Junge Staatstheater Braunschweig, now she is leading a project at the Houseclub, the youth club of the HAU Hebbel am Ufer 2017. She completed her M.A. choreography at the HZT (Hochschulübergreifende Zentrum Tanz) Berlin. Alessandra Agostini is a dancer & danceteacher with a special focus on "Diversity in Dance". She works for the company "tanzfähig", Jo Parkes, Roland Walters, Lebenshilfe, Mobile Dance, Tanzfabrik Berlin and the Fabrik Potsdam. Felix Dompreh is a dancer & choreographer. He is trained in traditional and contemporary African dance and earned his M.A. for solodance and authorship at the HZT (Hochschulübergreifende Zentrum Tanz)  Berlin. He received numerous scholarships. Coco Ramatou Gregor geb 2015 is the daughter of Janne and played in UNDO I at the bat and at UNDO II at the Fratz Festival Berlin.

Elektro Kagura

ELEKTRO KAGURA is an independent performance group started by Axl Otl, Ichi Go and Yukihiro Ikutani in 2016 in Berlin. They are focusing on the diversity of art. Elektro Kagura specializes in the reinterpretation of the great Japanese myths in the form of multidisciplinary performances that combine modern dance, electronic music and live animation. With this mix of styles, they create new forms of expression that are both familiar and surprising, didactic and entertaining at the same time, and appeal to both historical and popular culture lovers. For the past two years, Elekto Kagura has been working on the Japanese collection of myths called "KOJIKI," a kind of Japanese genesis. Far from sacrilege, this modern reinterpretation is a tribute to the universality of myth.

Bridge Markland

The Berlin performer Bridge Markland is a virtuoso of roleplay and transformation. An artist who effortlessly crosses boundaries between dance, theatre, performance, cabaret and puppet theatre. Her speciality are gender-performances in which the audience can experience the change of woman to man (or vice versa). Markland is a pioneer of drag and gender performance in Germany and organized Drag-King events, tours and festivals between 1994 - 2002. With Diane Torr she co-curated the go drag! festival - women celeberate cross dressing in Berlin in 2002. She toured her short & long productions in Germany, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. Presently her main focus are collages of classical German theatre pieces with pop music – performed as lip-synced solos using role change and puppets.

Ulrike Düregger & Compagnie

Ulrike Düregger & Compagnie is a changing group around the actress, singer/songwriter and theatre maker Ulrike Düregger. The austrian artist is based in Berlin and works with national and international performers and musicians with diverse backgrounds such as Algeria, Guadaloupe, Guinee, Iraq and Syria. Very often her productions evolve around topics such as violence, women and diversity. She gave guest performances in North Africa and in the Middle East. One of her recent works was an international exchange with german and senegalese artists. The group realized a cooperative artistic research about the SDG water. Ulrike Düregger performed in Berlin in venues such as the TAK, AckerStadtPalast, Studio R of Maxim Gorki Theater, HAU 1 and Werkstadt der Kulturen.

Viktoria & Virtuosi mit Lumenzel

Viktoria & Virtuosi with Lumenzel is an EurAsian ensemble of musicians including live electronics and acting/ dance. In all their performances they include illuminating elements. After two successful debut concerts the Ensemble aims to continue this series and to showcase the interdisciplinary between Music, dance, electronics & visual effects like live painting.

Lori Baldwin & Nicola Bullock

Lori Baldwin is a performance artist originally from the USA and currently based in Berlin. In response to the current socio-political climate, she creates work to activate the agency of critical and thoughtful imagination. Nicola Bullock is a dancer, choreographer, and performance artist. After a lifetime in the USA, she moved to Berlin in 2016. Her work lives in the space between internal state and external appearance, expectation and reality, hopes and fears. Bonding over a shared love for musicals and a playfully honest approach to collaborative devising, Bullock and Baldwin worked together to create Salon du Champignon, their first duet.

Sandra Setzkorn & Emma Grün

The collaboration of the two multidisciplinary artists, Sandra Setzkorn and Emma Grün began in September 2019 with their first joint performance in the new project space "Spoiler" in Berlin-Moabit. In this performance the two artists produced a live soundtrack to their silent film video "The Spoilership - The Vastness of Space is the Spoilership for a few", which was created especially for the exhibition "Out of Off". In an oppressive atmosphere in the cockpit of a spaceship, two rival astronauts get into a conflict. The mood changes, an alien is born, there is a murder. The contracting opponents in the spaceship, which races through the silence of the space of the apocalyptic SciFi story, are portrayed by the artists themselves in the video, while they also accompany the drama live on electric guitar and drums with an intense atmospheric soundtrack.

TsaDiEli (Frederika Tsai, Davide Di Palo, Hannah Elischer)

The theatre collective TsaDiEli are Frederika Tsai, Davide Di Palo and Hannah Elischer. They have all connections with Swabia in South Germany and found themselves back in Berlin in 2018. They have worked in the German theatre landscape for a long time and did not feel that they belong as a part of the system. Understanding this circomstance as a chance their "Being different" became an active movement of "Create Together". They have chosen TsaDiEli as their name, it is not only the composition of their names, but also marked by the sound of their non-categorizability in this society. "Missing Ms N. N." is the first piece they present as a collective. As a collective, they will continue to shed critical light on social issues, while constantly chaning and renewing their forms of presentation.

Verena Steffen (Mentzel)

At the beginning of 2019, the two choreographers Verena Steffen and Luisa S. Winterfeld, Berliners by choice, directed the modern dance theatre DANCE LITTLE SPARROW for four international dancers, Bianca Dakli (it.), Laura Giuntoli (it.), Maria Gorbunova (est.) and Sinja Völl (ger.). Verena Steffen and the four dancers have decided to work together closely as a new company on further contemporary dance pieces in Berlin. They intend to actively expand their network in the realm of dance and theater in Berlin. Their projects will deal in depth with events of the past, the present and the future - analysing them and transposing them into text, music and dance. In this way, they encourage the audience to actively reflect on their actions or non-actions.

Performance Collective Kitchen Rave 

The performance collective 'Kitchen Rave', is a group of five international theatre makers. Theye bumped into each other in Berlin, the city where the collective was founded and where it is based. Usinge 'Devising theatre-making' as a method, the collective produces performances that originate from collaborative and often improvisatory work. All collaborators have a different background (not only in nationality, but also in education and work experience) which creates a colorful set of ideas and visions.

Doable Storytelling

Together with the Band Biz-ler and the Impro-Vocalists Mahali Doable Storytelling weave a carpet for the rough streets of Berin. They let themsleves get shaken by stories and sounds and improvise with them, discovering the unexpected. Headfirst in the making. Everybody is welcome at the Mashup-Storytelling. Lovers of experimental Music discover biographical storytelling, families on the search for fairytales find the story-sound, performance fans stay for dancing. They all are part of the carpet, that takes us trough the night. You still can see every thread, all of them build the netting, the woven fabric is strong and so damn beautiful! Whoever reminds something that touched his heart, may keep it.

Freya Treutmann

Freya is an actress, performer and writer from Berlin. She graduated with Distinction from Institute of the Arts Barcelona with a Master Degree in Acting and Theatre, rewarded by Liverpool John Moores University. Having a background also in communication-, media- and language studies from FU Berlin and in dance and singing, Freya aims to experiment with forms and structures of writing and performing, challenging and breaking linear and one-dimensional ways of storytelling, being influenced for example by combinative literature. Her performances aim to connect movement and text in a specific way, investigating the possibilities of creating meaning. Her credits include productions for theatre, performance, dance, show and film and her shows wer staged in international festivals.

The West

The West is a theater company dedicated to ensemble devising. They construct space for people to come together and reinvent themselves and their environment through their imaginations. They create contemporary analogues for ancient campfire rituals, always trying to serve as a vessel between the audience and something Ancient and Unknowable.
Founded in 2013 in Los Angeles, and now working between Chicago and Berlin, The West has created award-winning plays, films, podcasts, and interactive treasure hunts. They are currently touring their 2015 hit Lady Into Fox and a new performance, Olympia! Olympia! Olympia!, which debuted at Theaterhaus Mitte last summer.

Akseli Aittomäki – massavuoto-massescape

Akseli Aittomäki is a dance artist, experimental theatre-maker, an activist and a bike messenger. His recent works approach political subjects, such as the gig economy or direct action as protest, in partially documentary, and partially imaginative ways. Earlier he produced many stage works combining physical performance with philosophical contemplation. Akseli is a long-time member of the experimental performing arts collective Höyhentämö – Pluckhouse, in Helsinki. Currently he is based in Berlin and is often to be found at a shared studio space in Britz.

cmd+c Company

cmd+c combine documentary, multimedia and poetic elements and thrive on in-depth research and contemporary dramaturgies. Marina Prados and Paula Knüpling work with a focus on social and queer topics and an exchange with their environment to inspire viewers to new perspectives and draw a picture of their world. They consider all members of each project as researchers, authors and performers and try to create equal rights in all areas of work. cmd+c works with an international team. They see great vanue in gaining clarity through the diversity of ideas to gain new perspectives.

Gosia Gajdemska

Gosia Gajdemska is a choreographer, dancer, performer, dance educator and curator. A graduate of choreography in Cracow, she has also completed the instructor course Improvisation movement and body symbolism at Institut für Tanz und Bewegungsdynamik in Essen (Germany) and the Dynamic Body Laban Movement Analysis Training at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. She has developed a number of original artistic projects, collaborating with various institutions and artists - also with people having moving, seeing or hearing limitations. Her artistic interests focus on the relations between choreography and visual arts, touching upon such notions as (re)presentation, image, and identity. She is currently intensively developing his own dance film practice.


HYENAZ are two sound designers, electronic producers and performance artists creating immersive, experiential performance for their audiences. They have been collaborating together as HYENAZ for the last seven years. The work of HYENAZ crosses over between electronic music and performance art settings. In 2019 they performed their solo show Knowbody at the Gorki theatre. Their special interest lies in presenting their work as soundscapes and durational, performative installations.

Kathleen Heil

Kathleen Heil (b. 1982, New Orleans) is a choreographer, writer and performer. A former member of Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre and Rumblepeg Dance Theater (CA), Heil studied dance at Arizona State University and with Jess Curtis and Erika Chong Shuch in California and Mey-Ling Bisogno and Camille Hanson in Madrid. In Berlin she has performed with artists such as Stella Geppert, Jan Burkhardt, and Hilla Steinert and shown her own choreography in New York (Movement Research), New Orleans (CAC), Berlin (Performing Arts Festival/K77), and elsewhere. Her writing appears in The New Yorker, The Guardian, and MAP / Media / Archive / Performance. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, among others, she lives and works in Berlin.

Melanie Jame Wolf

Melanie Jame Wolf is a performance maker and visual artist. Working both solo and with friends, her practice explores questions of ghosts, class, gender, the mechanics of narrative, and the body as a political riddle. Leaning into a hyper-stylised pop aesthetic, she is invested in humour as a strategy for critical possibility. She works with language in subliminal and surprising ways and with video & installation as an extension of her choreographic practice. Her most recent performance, TONIGHT, premiered in 2019 at Sophiensaele to critical acclaim. She has presented her work at gallery, theater & screen spaces around the world including: HAU – Hebbel am Ufer; Münchener Kammerspiele; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Kiasma, Helsinki; VAEFF, New York City; and Carriageworks, Sydney.

Rough Triangle

Rough Triangle is a collaborative theatre collective based in Berlin led by Dani Mosimann and Bill Roberts. They believe in theatre that explores social and philosophical questions through accessible humour and everyday observations. Their “triangle” is founded on participation. The triangle is formed by working with different artistic collaborators as apexes and with the audience who are a crucial participant in creating live performance. They experiment with audience experiences and perspectives, particularly using technology, immersion and the “Verfremdungseffekt”, to enhance theatre as an agent of change. Rough Triangle are known for their full-on frantic style, creative visual spectacles, and humorous approach to serious subject matter.

chekh-OFF players berlin

chekh-OFF players berlin are a young theatre company composed of graduates of the Michael Tschechow Studio Berlin and other actors. Dealing with Michael Chekhov's approach to acting they develop and perform new forms of contemporary theatre in thoroughly worked out productions.

Lori Baldwin & Nicola Bullock

Lori Baldwin is a performance artist originally from the USA and currently based in Berlin. In response to the current socio-political climate, she creates work to activate the agency of critical and thoughtful imagination. Nicola Bullock is a dancer, choreographer, and performance artist. After a lifetime in the USA, she moved to Berlin in 2016. Her work lives in the space between internal state and external appearance, expectation and reality, hopes and fears. Bonding over a shared love for musicals and a playfully honest approach to collaborative devising, Bullock and Baldwin worked together to create Salon du Champignon, their first duet.


Kathryn Fischer aka Mad Kate, Lori Baldwin and Nicola Bullock- are three Berlin-based artists, each born in the south of the United States, who independently moved to Berlin within the past 15 years in order to grow their practices as live performance artists. Collectively they bring skills from performance art, contemporary dance, creative writing, sound production, somatic/haptic practices and video art. They approach their work collaboratively and from a queer-feminist perspective and have worked together on various projects and in different constellations for the past year and a half.

UKOREVV - Universal Korean Organic Ensemble – Viktoria & Virtuosi e.V.

is an ensemble with excellent Eurasian musicians. Universal Korean Organic Ensemble - Viktoria & Virtuosi e.V. includes live electronics next to acting/ dance, and combines concerts with lighting elements. After two very successful debut concerts in Berlin, UKOREVV e.V. is committed to developing the series and presenting the interdisciplinarity of music, dance and electronics with visual effects as well as live painting, as well as refining it exquisitely in the organic-culinary field: in 2020 Viktoria Elisabeth Kaunzner's composition "New Silk Road“ was published on a functioning vegan chocolate record in Berlin recorded by Viktoria & Virtuosi.