SOPHIA STEPF / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR
grew up in Kassel, Germany, with stints in New Zealand and Canada where she studied at Toronto's York University. She holds an MA in dramaturgy for theatre and media from the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig. She is also a qualified Anti-Bias and Betzafta trainer. Since 2001 Sophia has been writing and directing contemporary theatre, exploring the friction between globalisation, cultural identity and local realities. With her company Flinn Works (Kassel/Berlin) she has won awards for INDIA SIMULATOR™, three META awards for C SHARP C BLUNT in Delhi, as well as the ZKB Patronage Prize for SHILPA - THE INDIAN SINGER APP in 2014. She has created international works with partners like Asedeva (Dar es Salam), Staatsheater Kassel, Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach, Schnawwl Mannheim& Ranga Shankara Bangalore and the National School of Drama, Delhi. She has developed and taught ‘Intercultural Dramaturgy’ at the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig as well as many intensive workshops for professional performers and non-actors, mostly on devising theatre. She was on board of the ITI (International Theatre Institute) from 2012-2016. Since 2003 Sophia has been developing & curating theatre projects for Institutions like Goethe-Institut MMB in India, international theatre festivals (Linz 2009, Vienna Festwochen 2007, Theater der Welt 2005). She currently cureates the performing arts festival Schwindelfrei in Mannheim. She lives in Berlin with her family.
LISA STEPF / PERFORMER, DRAMATURG
Lisa Stepf was born in Kassel, Germany, and studied cultural studies and aesthetic practice in Hildesheim, Lüneburg, and Aix-en-Provence. She is an actor and performer, working on numerous productions including those of Flinntheater (1999 to date), at Stadttheater Aachen (Municipal Theater Aachen), and Stadttheater Hildesheim (Municipal Theater Hildesheim). She has worked for the Goethe-Institute, and the performing arts centre Radialsystem V (from 2006 to 2009) where she was a project curator, and managed the 10-day festival, Hybrid Arts Fest – Close overlayAustralia, during Asia-Pacific-Week in 2009. Lisa is also a cellist and founded the interdisciplinary string ensemble Quartett PLUS 1 in 2005 for which she creates and directs an annual production. In addition she has recorded CDs with Apparat and Ellen Allien. As a member of the band, Goja Mars, she is among the award winners of the Creole World Music Contest 2009 (Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein). In 2010/2011 she received fellowships from the Körber-Foundation (Masterclass in Music Education) and from the EU pilot project SPACE for young curators. She curated the series ‘Offbeat’ for the ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg for their 2013/2014 season. Lisa has been based in Berlin since 2006, and has also been teaching yoga since 2009.
ANDI OTTO / ELECTRONIC MUSIC COMPOSER, MUSICIAN
Andi Otto is a composer and performer of electronic music based in Hamburg. He has released four LPs as 'Springintgut' and plays international concerts. Live on stage he performs with a unique, self-made instrument. The sensor-extended cello bow called 'Fello' has been developed with the support of STEIM in Amsterdam since 2007. He has recently toured his music to Japan, India and Nigeria, and the many field recordings found on those trips always find a way back into his compositions. Andi Otto is writing a PhD thesis on the history of sensor-based electronic musical instruments, teaches regularly at the University of Arts Bern and the Humboldt University Berlin. The subject of his research is interfacing concepts in electronic music, and the changing role of the physical body in code-based arts. He is also a co-founder of the Pingipung record label in Hamburg, and as a DJ hosts a regular event at Hamburg's Golden Pudel Club.
KONRADIN KUNZE / WRITER, DIRECTOR, PERFORMER
holds a diploma in acting from the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media. He acted for several years at Theater Bremen/Moks and Junges Schauspielhaus Hamburg and has been directing plays since 2006. He also writes plays (Paradise Now, Hacking Luleå, foreign angst, Weißes Papier/Blank Paper, C0N5P1R4.CY). In addition to his work for the theatre, Konradin works as a filmmaker for animated films. He collaborates with Flinn Works since 2011 (A Small, Small World, The Power Play, Krishna's Elite, Maji Maji Flava, his solo lecture performance Schädel X/Skull X, Kosa la Vita, the video sculpture and exhibition Mangi Meli Remains and Fear & Fever). http://konradinkunze.de
LEA WHITCHER / PERFORMER
Lea Whitcher was born 1987 in Switzerland, studied BA and MA Acting at the Zurich University of the Arts, where she won scholarships from Migros Kulturprozent, Fridl-Wald-Stiftung and Armin-Ziegler-Stiftung. Since 2012 she is a freelance actress on stage and film, and a collaborative devisor of original work. Her part in Boy with a Suitcase at the Nationaltheater Mannheim took her on a tour around India. She then collaborated with Flinn Works with their production Krishna's Elite, which opened in HAU Berlin in 2013. In Zurich she Co-founded the company Hitzkopf, which will soon be seen in the „Cabaret Voltaire“ in Zurich, and is exploring the meaning of „ovaric country music“ with her comedy duo 9 Volt Nelly. She performs in Krishna's Elite', Songs of the T-shirt and Global Belly.
SONATA / PERFORMER
Sonata aka Debarati Guha was born in Kolkata, her parents are from Bangladesh. She has been living in Germany since 2005. She completed her Masters and M.Phil. in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and worked as an Assistant to the Asia Correspondent of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in New Delhi. Later she completed a training program in online, radio and television journalism at Deutsche Welle and has been heading DW's Bengali Service since 2013 and is currently deputy director of the Asia Programme. In her other life she follows her passion for politics and theatre with Flinn Works. She researched for and performs in Songs of the T-Shirt and Gobal Belly.
SUSANA ALONSO / LIGHT DESIGN & TECHNICIAL DIRECTOR
Susana Alonso studied fine arts at Barcelona and finished her studies at Universität der Künste in Berlin. She did a master in pedagogy of art in the Department of painting of the University of Barcelona and another Master of photography at EFTI, Madrid. In Spain she has worked in the Department of Light at the Opera of Valencia, as well as being responsible for lights in the main theater of Burgos, creating light designs for festivals like the Festival Open Scene, Burgos - New York Choreography Festival or Castilla Folk among others. In Germany she has been working as a freelancer since 2011, in theatres such as the Podewill, Uferstudios or Sophiensaele in Berlin. She has design lights and worked as a technical director for festivals like TUSCH, Tanzzeit, KookMono and others. She has collaborated and continues to work together with artists like Marina Tenorio, Alienor Dauchez, Cora Frost, Vincent Bozek, BigNotwendigkeit, Flinn Works, Mette Ingsvarsten, Jefta van Dinther, Thiago Granato.
GUSTAVO FIJALKOW / COMPANY MANAGEMENT & CREATIVE PRODUCING
Gustavo Fijalkow is an academic and a practitioner. Primarily trained as a dancer, he received his education in Argentina, Germany and The Netherlands, where he graduated in 1994. He performed professionally (1992 - 2015) exploring pure dance forms and dance theatre and theatre for the youth, as well as site-specific and experimental, interdisciplinary formats. He was Creative Producer and Production Director (2004 – 2014) of a mixed-abled dance company base din Germany, position in which he carried out international co-productions in several African, South American and Asian countries. He has conceived and curated several international and interdisciplinary festivals and academic conferences. M.A. in International Arts Management with the thesis Bloodbath-Bloodbond. A historical snapshot of the Work of the Goethe-Institut Tel Aviv (2010), British Council Fellow at the Venice Biennale (2018). He defended his PhD thesis National Dance Platforms. A comparative study of the cases in Germany, Israel, the UK and Sri Lanka ( Dec. 2019) and has given talks and taught widely, participated in conferences and moderated innumerate post-performance discussions with artists.
Daniel Stock, Maxim Mehmet, Dorothea Klein, Anne Wagner, Peter Wagner, Janine Tuma, Anika Steinhoff, Dirk Witthuhn, Barbara Seifert, Beatrice von Moreau, Alexander Aue, Betty Freudenberg, Babette Vangerow, Thorsten zum Felde, Christoph Scheuerle, Ariane Senn, Amadeus Gollner, Stefanie Frauwallner, Verena Plangger, Karolin Heß, Abhishek Majumdar, David von Westphalen, Florian Hacke, Javeh Asefdjah, Toks Körner, Ade Bantu, Abhishek Thapar, MD Pallavi, Sonata, Sabrina Ceesay, Jan S. Beyer, Isack Abeneko, Shabani Mugado, Anne Hoffmann, Cornelia Dörr, Mathias Renger, Quartett Plus 1 (Katharia Pfänder, Kathrina Hülsmann, Lisa Stepf), Erik Ndikumana, Alice Harrison
Tobias Krechel, Florian Hacke, Ajay Krishnan, Irawati Karnik, Shivani Tibrewala, Ram Ganesh Kamatham, Santanu Bose, Swar Thounaojam
Markus Becker, Robert Schlenkermann, Mohammed Mustafa A., Niranjan Gokhale, Susana Alonso, Gijs Wisse
Markus Leinhäupl, Thorsten zum Felde, Florian Hacke, Nikhil Nagaraj, Jan S. Beyer, Matthias Schubert
Video Design Jürgen Salzman
Stage & Costume Design
Nora Landwehr, Lea Sovso, Corinna Thiesen, Brigitte Schima, Tatjana Kautsch, Léa Dietrich
Janina Benduski, Carolin Rosenheimer, Isabel Feifel, Veena Appiah, Ilka Rümke, Anna Wille, Julia Gechter, Helena Tsiflidis
Luisa Bitterlin, Rituparna Battacharya, Shilpa Jagadish, Lea Schreiber, Marie Winnie Wilka, Julia Gechter, Tamara Bodden, Elisabeth Lindig, Alice Harrison
Technicians/ Technical Directors
Jonas Nagel, Stephan Cordes, Ralf Mittag, Anke Fahrensohn, Benedikt Schröter, Susana Alonso, Gijs Wisse
Alexander Barta, Mike Wilfling, Shamik Sen Gupta, Arjun, Benjamin Krieg