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Contemporary Dance

Stephanie offers an insight into the physical vocabulary and working methods, which she has developed over the last 15 years in her work with Chris Haring’s world-renowned company Liquid Loft. Starting with a physical warm-up, we will then go on to explore various aspects of the group’s stylised physicality as well as its intricate connection to voice and sound.

ARTISTBIO: Stephanie Cumming

Stephanie Cumming is Canadian dancer/choreographer/actress living in Vienna.   Following her classical training, Stephanie graduated from the University of Calgary in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. She has been working with choreographer Chris Haring since 2003 and was a co-founder of the Vienna based dance company Liquid Loft in 2005. She has also worked as Haring's choreographic assistant with companies such as les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and Balletto di Roma.  In 2004 Haring choreographed the solo Legal Errorist for her for which she was named Outstanding Young Dancer in Ballett-Tanz Magazine.  Her own work includes solos such as Ah Poetry (Szene Salzburg, Impulstanz), the short solo P.S. which was commissioned by Tanzquartier Vienna for the opening of the 2009 season, as well as her lecture performance Redneck to Cyborg: A Shared Transformation which also premiered in Tanzquartier in 2009 and has toured internationally. Since 2011 she has been a member of the ensemble of the Vienna based performance company Toxic Dreams and in 2014 premiered the full length solo "i dance, therefore i talk" in Tanzquartier Vienna, which was conceived and written for her by director Yosi Wanunu. She was also part of the cast of “The Bruno Kreisky Look Alike” for which Toxic Dreams was awarded the Nestroy Prize for Best Off Production in 2019. As an actress she has collaborated on various film projects with artists such as Mara Mattuschka, Erwin Wurm and Harald Hund.  Stephanie played the lead role in Gustav Deutsch's award winning film Shirley:Visions of Reality which premiered in 2013 at the Berlinale and continues to be screened at various international film festivals. She also plays a lead role in Austrian director Daniel Hoesl's latest film WINWIN which premiered in 2016.  Stephanie has been a guest teacher at various institutions such as Tanzquartier Wien, SEAD, Fontys School for the Arts (Tilburg, NL), and the University of Calgary.

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