Summer Conference 2023

Facilitators & Lecturers

Alexandre Achour
works as a choreographer, performer, and educator in the field of contemporary arts and disability arts. He is a second-generation Algerian Jew. It has been an on-going practice to re-evaluate his personal experiences of racism, and cultural assimilation in relation to larger historical, cultural, and social narratives. All the while artistically, his critical practice addresses eurocentrism and ableism in dance, and implements de-centered models of work and performance based on principles of solidarity.

 Saša Asentić
is a choreographer, performance maker and cultural worker. Since 2007, his work has been presented internationally. Asentić is interested in exploring the relationship between the individual and society and analyzing it in terms of social choreography. Asentić works in the field of contemporary dance, performance and disability arts. His artistic practice is based on the principle of solidarity, and on resistance against cultural oppression and indoctrination. His performances were selected for Tanzplattform Deutschland in 2016 and 2020, as well as his artistic research work for Tanzkongress 2019. He has taught as a guest professor or lecturer at different education institutions: Institute for Applied Theatre Studies (University of Giessen), The Centre for Contemporary Dance (University for Music and Dance Cologne), Akademie der kulturellen Bildung, Academy of Arts Oslo, etc.

 Trude Cone
Originally from the US, Trude Cone has lived 46 years in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She came to the Netherlands as a dancer, worked as a choreographer, dance teacher, founder two dance performance spaces, and dance educator. She is retired after 43 years for the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK), the last 15 years as student coach for students from all faculties studying at the AHK. She has a private practice working with adults Moving Thought. She is a certified Body Mind Centering® Practitioner, Neuro Physiological Psychological (INPP) therapist, and Rhythmical Movement Consultant, specialized in early movement patterns and learning strategies. She is a member of ISMETA AND BMCA.

Fabian Chyle, Dr., BC-DMT
Fabian Chyle is a choreographer, dance movement therapist, researcher and supervisor. He studied dance and theater at the Theaterschool Amsterdam and dance/ movement therapy at Columbia College Chicago. As a choreographer and performer he created more than 25 full-length-evening productions, which combined dance, theater, new classical music and multimedia. As a dance/ movement therapist he specialized in working in forensic and psychiatric settings, in working with people with dementia and in community projects. He received his doctoral degree in 2016 from the University Witten-Herdecke. Between 2017 he was the head of the dance department of the Akademie der Kulturellen Bildung. Since 2022 he is a full-time professor for dance movement therapy at the SRH Hochschule Heidelberg.

Karl-Klaus Madert, Dr. med.
Specialist doctor in neurology, psychiatry and psychotherapeutic medicine. Psychoanalyst (C. G. Jung). Teaching analyst and further education trainer. Bioenergetic analyst IIBA. Local trainer of the MGBA. Feldenkrais® teacher. Qigong teacher. EMDR trauma therapist. Established psychosomatic practice in Munich with focus on psychoanalysis, family therapy and trauma therapy.
I first became acquainted with an early concept for the treatment of traumatised people in the 1980s with the bioenergetics of Bob Lewis (cephalic shock) and Sander Kirsch (painted life). Later EMDR training with Arne Hofmann, Bruno Waldvogel and others. Lectures and publications on trauma, self-reference and spirituality.

Klaus Möller 
BVA® breathing therapist, freelance actor and director, Protestant theologian.
Guest lecturer for supervision at the TheaterPädagogikZentrum Baden-Württemberg e.V. in Reutlingen, guest lecturer for body work at the Institut für Theatertherapie in Berlin; breath therapy at the Hahnemann-Tagesklinik in Tübingen and in own practice.

Helena Nicolao
M.A. in Transdisciplinarity in the Arts, B.A. Contemporary Dance and Choreography, Practitioner and Teacher of Body-Mind Centering® (trainer),
recognised complementary therapist, Methods: Craniosacral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing SE® and NARM® (Neuroaffective Relationship Model i.A.),
state-approved Movement teacher according to Dore Jacobs (organic gymnastics).
Helena works as a complementary therapist in a group practice for integrative medicine in Zurich and in her own practice for body, movement and trauma therapy in Winterthur. She teaches in the in-service training for body and movement therapy and performing arts.
Helena’s artistic approach is based on principles of embodiment, perception and presence. Somatic practices inspire her artistic work and are an integrated and embodied approach to movement, the body and consciousness. She has developed and produced many full-length stage pieces as well as site-specific performances and projects at Tanzhaus NRW, Orangerie Köln and Theater Winterthur, among others. Her work has been funded and performed in Germany, Netherlands, England, Austria, Slovakia and Switzerland.

Ralf Peters, Dr.
is an artist, philosopher and accredited voice teacher of the International Roy Hart Voice Center. For more than 20 years, he has accompanied voice development and liberation processes of people with the most diverse backgrounds of experience. Based on the approach of Alfred Wolfsohn and Roy Hart, he seeks an adequate understanding of the human voice for the early 21st century. He writes and blogs about voice and art.
As a (voice) artist he is mainly active in the fields of performance art and conceptual art. He has also long worked as a radio broadcaster and reciter of literature. As co-founder and one of the artistic directors of the voice performance ensemble KörperSchafftKlang, he has carried out several major projects since 2007 – in theatre-related and other formats.
In his Institut zur Rettung der Welt aus dem Geiste der Kunst – Institute for Saving the World in the Spirit of Art founded in 2018, he reflects with others on the role of art and art-makers in an endangered world.

Natalia Pieczuro
Born in Wild East. Based in North West. Soul coordinates 22°25’00.0″N 12°00’00.0″W. She got married somewhere in Switzerland with a man who can carry on his shoulders more than 100kg. She can cook a whole dinner for 17 persons and she can have 3 espressos in a row. A collector of: animal bones – especially golden dragons – complex fragrances, aromatic herbs, stones and rocks. She has knowledge in: how to grow a plant from a single leaf, hip hop music from 1992 to 2010, inner and outer order, anthropology of culture. Believes in the logic of the universe. Likes to walk slowly, terribly slowly since it reminds her that time doesn’t exist and that presence is to be somewhere.
Performer, dancer, teacher, also known as the “polish hammer”. Rooted herself with FM practice, and in SEAD, graduating with a double diploma in choreography and performance. Since 2006, she has been following the Fighting Monkey path. This gave an axis to her teaching and life. As a pedagogue, she is motivated by an urge for movement as a consequence of being alive and by an endless and necessary will to share. Her teaching reaches people from various grounds – dancers, actors, circus and sports people – everyone willing to “try”.
Natalia is currently busy with FM, TCM, stillness&motherhood, collaboration with Voetvolk- Lisbeth Gruwez.
Natalia would not mind being a bird or an ocean –but she is the happiest when she can be herself. If she would be asked to close with a quote she would say: “All I ask is that you step with me into the boundlessness, where constancy, quietude and peace, infinite emptiness reign.”

Angelika Schretter
Dipl. sociologist, academic psychotherapist, non-medical practitioner, bioenergetic analyst, systemic family therapist.
Studies in Marital and Family Therapy, California. Further training in NLP and Biodynamics (Boysen).
Clinical experience: Psychosomatic Clinic Windach and BKH Günzburg. Since 1986 in private practice in Munich. Collaboration in the research project of the University Ulm: “Limit problems in families with psychotic adolescents”.
Several years of teaching at the Munich Adult Education Centre (bioenergetics) and the Munich University of Applied Sciences (practical systems theory). Numerous supervisions and team development processes in Munich, scientific lectures at congresses (Vienna, Barcelona, Berlin, Brazil, New Haven (Yale University). Professional activities within the Bioenergetic Professional Organisation: President of the European Federation of Bioenergetic Analysis-Psychotherapy, EFBAP, Brussels; Member of the Taskforce of the Int. Institute of Bioenergetic Analysis, IIBA, NYC, Board Member of IIBA, NYC.
I was fortunate to have experienced Alexander Lowen as a trainer and supervisor.

Linda Mdena Thibedi
is a dancer, performer, lecturer and registered Drama Therapist with the Health Professions council of South Africa (HPCSA). She graduated from Wits University with an Honours degree in 2013 and in 2015, completed her Master’s Degree in Drama Therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Linda became an Expressive Movement facilitator in 2016 and in the same year was chosen to be a part of the first Drama for Life Theatre Company. In 2017, she started Lecturing at Wits University in the Drama for Life drama therapy honours and MA programs. Linda has been a part of the Drama for Life steering committee/senior management team since 2019. Outside of her academic commitments in the University, Linda sits on the South African National Association of Arts Therapies (SANATA) EXCO as a co-chair of the research committee.
She is currently PhD candidate at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.


Britton Williams
is an adjunct professor in the Program in Drama Therapy (NYU), an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College (CUNY), and works in private practice. She is a Black woman. Drama Therapist. Artist. Activist. Storyteller. She is a multitude of hyphens, contradictions, and ands. She is a teacher and student. A thinker and dreamer. She is deeply and urgently concerned with the possibilities that live with/in radical (re)imagining and the inextricable connectedness of healing and liberation.


 Resonance Workshop

Johanna Benz
founded with Tiziana Beck in 2013. The two have been working closely together since their studies at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. Based in Leipzig, Berlin and Paris, the duo develops individual graphic recording formats for conferences, workshops, symposia or performative events. Through the live drawing process, they illustrate and comment on facts, ideas, statements as well as subjective images with the aim of creating new connections between visual and applied arts, science, research and education.

Dr. Lucia Rainer Wichmann
is a performer, dramaturg, researcher, cultural mediator and lecturer. She studied at the universities of Halle/Saale, Macquarie Sydney and Hamburg, and specialised in “Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies” (a.pass). At the Faculty of Movement Studies and the Centre for Performance Studies at the University of Hamburg, she was awarded a doctorate with the thesis On the Threshold of Knowing. Lectures and Performances in Art and Academia (2015). From 2016 to 2020 Lucia Rainer was Professor of Aesthetics and Performance at the MSH Hamburg. Since 2022 she has been a visiting professor for scenic practice at HfWU Nürtingen. She works in the independent arts scene as a dramaturg and performer and is active internationally as a lecturer for art and education.