OPEN END // Biographies


Diethild Meier WITH Sara Pons, Aaron Snyder & Emese Csornai


Diethild Meier is a dancer, filmmaker and photographer living in Berlin. She graduated from the Fachhochschule Dortmund in 2008 in photography and worked for several years as a photographer, documentary film director, script writer and editor in Barcelona. From 2011 to July 2015, she studied dance, choreography and context at the Hochschulübergreifenden Zentrum Tanz Berlin (HZT) and takes part in various productions in the free dance and performance scene in Berlin, Dresden, Braunschweig and Lisbon. Since 2015, she worked as a dancer and creative interpreter with Lina Gómez (Träumerei des Verschwindens, 2015, STAUB, 2016, Chao Vazado, 2017 and A PASSO DI MULO [MULE’S PACE], 2018) and worked on pieces by Isabelle Schad, Anna Aristarkhova, Zufit Simon and Anna Till. She developed her choreographic work and artistic research in collaboration with Julek Kreutzer (Who’s That Girl, 2013, Nobody’s Dance, 2014), with Jasminka Stenz (Schrittstück#1, 2014, THE YELLOW SPACE, 2017) and with Ana Trincao (Unbearable Eloquence 2017-2018). Her current project OPEN END is supported by the Einstiegsförderung 2018, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Kulturhaus Stenkrossen (Sweden) and the Inter Arts Center Lund (Sweden). In addition to working as a dance maker, she documents contemporary dance in Berlin for the the past 7 years through photography and video.

Sara Pons studied classical, contemporary and Flamenco dance at Escola de Ballet Eulàlia Blasi since her early childhood. In 2007 she attended the Dharamsala School of Butoh (India) of Rhizome Lee and continued investigating in the practice of Butoh with Ricardo Mora, Andrés Corchero, Constanza Brnic, Carme Torrent, Hisako Horikawa, Min Tanaka and Frank van de Ven. Since 2009 she studied  “body weather” with Cia. Mal Pelo, Yumiko Yoshioka, Minako Seki, Imre Thorman and Valentin Tszin. Together with Ricardo Mora she founded Cia. El Otro, a duo of clown, dance, music and manipulation of objects, touring and performing their shows WantedSplash, as well as the solos Death Ash and Tiro Porque Me Toca at national and international festivals. Sara has been working with Cia. Malucada, Colectivo No Apto, Cia. Dimente (Brasil), Cia. Inuter. She toured her solo Always Look at the Sea through Germany with which she won the first price of the International Solo Dance Theatre Festival in Stuttgart.

Emese Csornai studied architecture and audiovisual arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and works as a light designer and installation artist  with Performance and Theater productions in Europe. She has directed the pieces On being ill (2013), Doos (2014) and Stranger (2017). As a light designer she worked intensively with Katie Duck and the Magpie group, Julyen Hamilton, and Gabor Csongradi, currently with Aline Landreau, Shannon Cooney, Bruno Pocheron, Georgi Sztojanov, Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, Jenny Haack and Diethild Meier.

Aaron Snyder is a Berlin-based musician, producer and performer.  Originally from Denver, Colorado, he started playing drums in bands when he was 12.  After travels to Africa and Asia, he studied Ethnomusicology at Indiana University with a focus on fringe and outsider musical genres.  In 2004, he launched VALIS Records, a label to promote his and others‘ musical endeavors.  Moving to Berlin in 2005, Snyder diversified his efforts, playing in various Echtzeitmusik ensembles as well as founding the Mugglestone Revue with Margareth Kammerer.  He has developed projects and taken part in residencies with Written not Written (with Augustin Maurs and Michael Wilhelmi), Nein Band (with Tone Avenstrop), Spell On (with Bert Papenfuß and Worm Winter), Cash as you Cash Can (with Christian Humbourg), and Apocryphal Productions (with Brian Kiel), generally focusing on multimedia and interdisciplinary performance.

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