Joseph Hernandez

Choreographer

Joseph Hernandez was born in Fort Knox KY in 1988. He graduated from the School of American Ballet in 2007, and was awarded an apprenticeship with the New York City Ballet that same year. Later he was invited to join Ballet Austin, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, and subsequently the Semperoper Ballett Dresden. His work as a choreographer has been presented with critical acclaim by such theaters as The Joyce NYC, Festspielhaus Hellerau, The Semperoper Dresden, and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo.  He currently lives in Dresden, Germany. 

Yannick Cosso

Scenographer

Yannick Cosso was born in Monaco in 1988. The visual artist obtained his Master’s degree in Art and Scenography at Pavillon Bosio, ESAP - Monaco, in 2014. He collaborates closely with Joseph Hernandez and Jordan Pallages for the creation of dance and theater performances. In his personal work Yannick uses the body as a muse and a tool. He manipulates and unveils it through practices that include charcoal drawing, the creation of objects/accesories, and the production of performances and videos. Nominated for the Prix Canson in 2013, his work has been exhibited in Monaco, Paris, Milan and Dresden, among others. 

Jordan Pallagès

Scenographer

Jordan Pallagès is a French visual artist born in 1988 in Monaco. He obtained his Masters Degree in art and scenography from the Pavillion Bosio, ESAP Monaco, in 2013. He started his collaboration with Joseph Hernandez and Yannick Cosso with the ballet Sawdust and Rust presented by the Ballets de Monte-Carlo in the same year. They have since worked together to create choreographic productions and contemporary art performances. Jordan’s personal artistic work is a fiction called the Nielsson C. that is developed around the link between architecture and narration, told through multiple mediums such as drawing, publishing and model construction. 

Collaborating artists

Cindy Hammer

Choreographer

Studied from 2000 until 2010 at Palucca School Dresden, graduated as a diplomate dancer. In 2009 she got the Arnhold Esther Seligman Scolarship.
She worked with choreographers like Emily Molnar (C), Yeona Yu (K), Rosie Herrera(US), Yuval Pick(F), Amanda K. Miller(US), Nora Schott, Johanna Roggan, Miriam Welk, Alexandra Karabelas (GER). Danced in international shows in: Amsterdam, Paris, Montreal, Skopje, New York City, Durham.
She founded go plastic as an artist duo in 2010. In 2012 she changed it together with Susan Schubert into a dance company.
In 2013 she got the Arras Award 2013, since April 2016 she’s with her company go plastic the first Associate Artist in HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts Dresden.

Johanna Roggan

Choreographer

JohannaRoggan founded the guts company in 2013. For the season 2015/ 16 to 2016/ 17 she and hercompany received the two year funding "Doppelpass" by the German Federal Cultural Foundation together with theSocietaetstheater Dresden. In 2017 her dance-theatre piece Das Eigene/HEIMAT won the dance award of the free state of Saxony Ursula-Cain-advancementaward.

In 2017/18 Johanna is one out of four artistic directors of the TANZFONDS ERBE project "BautznerStraße 107, Past Present Furture" funded by the German Federal CulturalFoundation which includes symposia, specialist conferences, performances andeducation programs focussing the dance icon Mary Wigman. The project isinitiated by the non-profit organisation Villa Wigman für TANZ e.V.  

Anna Till

Choreographer

Anna Till, dancer choreographer, b. 1983, Germany, lives and works in Dresden.
She studied „Dance, Context, Choreography“ at HZT Berlin and „Cultural Theory“ at Unversity Lüneburg.
Her own and collaborative choreographic works were presented at Berlin (Sophiensaele, Akademie der Künste), Düsseldorf (tanzhaus NRW), Leipzig (Schaubühne Lindenfels, LOFFT), Dresden (European Centre of the Arts - HELLERAU, Motorenhalle), Kosice (Tabacka Kulturfabrik, Kasarne Kulturpark), Prague (PONEC Theatre), Israel (Room Dances Festival Tel Aviv/ Jerusalem) and Santiago de Chile (NAVE) - amongst others. HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts is an important cooperation partner and workplace in Dresden.

2012 she received the danceweb scholarship together with a scholarship by Goethe-Institut. 2013/14 she realized „undo, redo and repeat“ - a reflection on dance history funded by German Federal Cultural Foundation, which has been presented as performance,  exhibition and website and toured to many venues. 2015 she was choreographer in residence in Kosice (SVK). Since 2016 she takes part in „SHIFTING REALITIES“, an artistic exchange between german and african choreographers organized by HELLERAU Dresden, tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf and École des Sables (SEN).

Alice Blangero

Photographer

Born in Monaco in 1979, Alice Blangero first became interested in the art of portraiture photography before moving to Paris between 2005 and 2010 to immerse herself in the world of musicians, actors and artists. In 2010, she had her first collaboration with Jean-Christophe Maillot for the centenary celebrations of the Russian Ballet. It was through this project that she discovered ballet as an artistic medium whose goals of portraying emotion and artistic sensitivity aligned with her own desires for her work.

Johannes Till

Composer

Born in Dresden in 1987.Studied jazz / rock / pop guitar at the Jazz & Rock School of Freiburg as well as the Newark Music College in Dublin, graduating with a BFA in Jazz Performance. After many years as a guitar teacher in Freiburg, Dublin and Dresden the composer, performer, sideman and studio musician is involved in a variety of projects of various genres, among others. with Tinted House, The Gentle Lurch, Wayne Graham, Taconeo, Lestat Vermon, The Lavender Follies, Fragiland, Axis Vein Toe, In the Loop, Woods of Birnam, Acoustic Jukebox, and many others. 

Barett Anspach

Composer

Barett graduated from The Juilliard School in 2009 with a Bachelors of Music with Scholastic Distinction, and in 2010 with a Masters of Music. Interdisciplinary work with choreographers and pop musicians has led to a number of compositions and productions, including orchestral premieres at the Pacific Northwest Ballet for newly-choreographed ballets and arrangements for a number of Seattle-based musical artists.

Samuel Thery

Light Designer

Born in 1974 in Rennes, Samuel Thery went to school in Sèvres where he gained his vocational training certificate in music.  After graduating, he decided to work in theatre.  

While the job of sound engineer seemed a logical choice for this drummer, it was lighting that caught his imagination.  

The abundance of colors and the search for effects rapidly became his primary passion.  For nearly ten years, he worked for the big names in French theatre and was involved in designing the lighting for monumental stages.  

In 2010, he discovered the world of dance with its rules and codes that differed from those used for large-scale shows.  He has therefore developed a different way of listening in order to reflect the widest possible range of emotions.  Light is no longer simply an accessory.   

Involved in "Terrasses" in July 2010, organized in the open air by the Ballet de Monte-Carlo, he worked with Jean-Christophe Maillot for the first time in creating the lighting.  He worked with the choreographer again "Opus 50" and on this occasion, joined the Ballet de Monte-Carlo.  


Ian Whalen

Photographer

Born in Washington, DC, Ian studied ballet at the Kirov Academy, under the instruction of Anatoli Kucheruk, before joining the Vienna State Ballet​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ in 2005.

In 2008, Ian joined Aaron Watkin's Semperoper Ballet and has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as, David Dawson, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián and Mats Ek.

Since 2009, Ian has been the resident photographer for the Semperoper Ballet and has collaborated on crafting an ongoing image campaign for the ballet.

In 2013, the Ballettbroschüre der Spielzeit 12/13​ produced by Fons Hickmann m23, was the winner of the Type Directors Club of New York award.​

As a visual artist, Ian's work includes interactive performances, mixed media theater, gallery installations and film projects.

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