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 AustinThe Royal Ballet of FlandersLes Ballets de Monte Carlo, and subsequently the Semperoper Ballett Dresden. His work as a choreographer has been presented with critical acclaim by such organizations as The Joyce NYC, Festspielhaus HellerauThe Semperoper Dresden, and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. His work The Lavender Follies was filmed for European Television by ZDF Deutschland and has now been disseminated worldwide.  He has been a guest teacher at SUNY Purchase College well as the Royal Danish Ballet and Artof (Zurich) summer courses.  He currently lives in Dresden, Germany. 

Collaborators 

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. 

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 her company received the two year funding "Doppelpass" by the German Federal Cultural Foundation together with the Societaetstheater 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. 

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.

Barret Anspach

Composer

Barret 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.

Francesco Pio Ricci

Choreographic Assistant

Francesco Pio Ricci, born in Italy, trained at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan. After his graduation in 2007, he joined the Teatro alla Scala as company member where he performed solo roles in works from Maurice Bejart, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Roland Petit and John Neumeier.

He joined the Dresden Semperoper Ballett in 2011 and in 2018 was promoted First Soloist.

There he performs a various and extensive repertoire including works from Semperoper ballett director Aaron Watkin, George Balanchine, Kenneth Macmillan, Stijn Celis, Johan Inger, Ohad Naharin and he danced in world premiere works by Alexei Ratmansky, David Dawson, Pontus Lidberg, Alexander Ekman, Hofesh Shechter and Joseph Hernandez. He also worked for Joseph Hernandez as choreographic assistant for Songs for a Siren, created in 2018 for Semperoper Ballet.

Dayna Offenbacher

Dramaturg 

Danya Offenbacher is an archivist and artist living in Brooklyn, New York.  She has dedicated her life to the study of the cultural catalog. She received an M.S. from the PRATT Institute in Library and Information Science in 2011,  as well as a B. A. in English Literature from Reed College in 2006.  She has worked as an archivist for such notable organisations as  Art Partner (photography licensing firm) and  Bill Donovan (fashion editor).  She has also worked for the Watson Library (Metropolitan Museum of Art), the Pratt Manhattan Library,  the Reed College Library (Portland OR), and the Asher Library (Chicago IL).  She contributed as a research assistant for ReOrient Films as a Research Assistant in music licensing and fair use guidelines for documentary film.  

Caroline Beach 

Choreographer

Caroline Beach is a Texas born choreographer, performer, dancer, musician, and well-rounded nonsense person based in Dresden and Berlin. She has made work for proscenium theaters, non-proscenium theaters, dance universities, festivals, galleries, off-spaces, the undersides of bridges, various basements, bars, the Internet, and most recently, her furniture.  Her work is interdisciplinary in nature but finds its roots in the lived experiences of the body.  She is interested in making process-based art that reveals the complex ecologies of both humans and non-humans, the mathematical logic of absurdity, and the profound empathy that can be found through rituals of failure.  She holds an MA in Choreography from the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden, is a guest artist for the Dresden Semperoper Ballett, performs with Go Plastic, and collaborates frequently with other artists.   

Steffen Krones

Filmaker 

Steffen Krones - also known as LAX - is a german director and filmmaker. Growing up with Skateboarding - he started to abstract his surroundings. Architecture, people, weather and light settings seemed to matter for this kind of sport. It also brought him out into the world to discover new opinions, lifestyles, architecture, vegetation and of course other people. He moved to Canada - living in Vancouver, BC & Banff, AB - for a year after he finished school. Today he is freelancing - based in Dresden, GER - without being attached to any locality. He works together with several different filmmakers or artists traveling the world producing awarded films, commercials, TVCs, music videos and short films.

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