Contemporary Dance, Classical Dance, Movement Theory, Quan Dao Kung Fu, Self-Management
She obtained her diploma as both professional dancer and teacher at the Royal Ballett School in London. Since then she has danced in Opera houses and state theatres for 14 years in Germany and abroad. Amongst others, she danced main roles such as Juliet, (Romeo and Juliet) Odette, (Swanlake) Clara and the Sugarplum Fairy (The Nutcracker) and worked with various modern and contemporary choreographers like Henning Paar, Trisha Brown Ana Mondini and Reinhild Hoffmann. During the last 10 Years, her own works have been shown on many stages in Germany and abroad. She founded SOZO visions in motion professional contemporary dance studies in 2007 and the dance-theatre company in 2010. Quan Dao Kung fu influences her work and leadership. In 2012 and 2015 she has been awarded the City of Kassel's prize for Culture and in 2019 für her "life work" SOZO. She taught at the Anton Brückner University in Linz, Austria, contemporary, Ballet and movement research to BA and MA Programs for three years.
She would like to invest her own artistic experience in younger talent and encourage the development of their own personal creativity.With her husband, Michael Wicke she has created the space "HALLE 2" - the home of Sozo visions in motion and a space for training, creating and performing. Her aim with this programme and dance company is the encouragement and support of people on a journey of discovery. SOZO shall be a laboratory where creativity is always on the move. Visions translated into movement. Hence “Visions in Motion”. How many possibilities can be discovered? That all depends on the individual. The variants are endless.
Instant Composition, Conscious Release Technique.
Agostina is a contemporary dancer, improvisor, teacher and choreographer. In 2005 she established herself in Brussels and started working as a performer with T.R.A.S.H Company (Holland) in various productions: . In 2009 she joined Julyen Hamilton Company- Allen’s Line, also performing various pieces. She also participated in several projects such as: Les Ballet du Grand Maghreb by Ana Stegnar & Saïd Gharbi, SUPERAMAS; Koshro Adibi IPL (International Performers Laboratory) and studied with several companies and teachers.
Agostina is a co-founder of Solo Conversations Dance Collective since 2007. Since 2011 she is part of the creative team of Improvisation & Composition at the Royal Dance Conservatory of Antwerp where she creates pieces based on a dance improvisation project. Lately she created UNFINISHED and BODY DISCONTINUED, her latest pieces for SOZO visions in motion in Kassel. As a teacher she has taught in several dance schools such as Fontys Dance Academy, Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, Garage29, Studio Thor, Ultima Vez Studio, among others. She has taught dance in Belgium, Mexico, Holland, Argentina, Croatia, France, Spain and Italy.
She created a methodology, Conscious Release ⓒ, where the dancer is encouraged to expand his/her owns abilities, learning to connect their inner experience -what I’m doing with my body- with deliberate use of body language, to create and develop their own vocabulary. Once the student has developed and integrated this “body quality”, the next step is to make use of it to create pieces.
Agostina’s work has received an artistic research grant from Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles Danse to continue developing and researching the method Conscious Release. She’s an artist supported by Grand Studio.
Film and Camera
Is a freelance performer & video-designer, co-artistic director & production manager of AVDP festival, co-founder of BelleVille artistic collective, archivist of director Theodoros Terzopoulos (Attis Theater), member of the Scientific Committee in Greek Ministry of Education concerning Dance & New Media.
After graduating from Rallou Manou Dance School (Athens), she attended her master degree in Tisch School of the Arts, with scholarships from New York University NYU and State Scholarships Foundation of Greece. In New York, videodance became her new interest. In 2009, after attending the postgraduate course Digital Arts in Athens School of Fine Arts, her focus shifted towards the teaching of video dance workshops in Greece and abroad. She creates video dances, video installations and transmedia performances, where the main tools of her interest and experimentation is not only the interaction between movement, improvisation and digital media but also the collaboration of different artistic elements as well as artists.
Classical Dance, Pilates
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Loreen studied for eight years at the Royal Ballet School in London, England. Her career led her to jobs at German State Theaters in Gelsenkirchen and Kassel, where she danced under the leadership of Bernd Schindowski, Ho Sin Hang and Krisztina Horvath. She also had the privilege of working with many wonderful choreographers such as Jonathan Burrows, Michael Corder, Richard Glasstone, Jochen Ulrich, Jiri Kylian, Arnaldo Alvarez and Raimundo Costa.
The desire to create an artistic platform for herself and fellow artists led her to found the Xaris Dance Company, which toured successfully through many European countries and the USA. She was also co-founder, assistant director and choreographer for TIC, a musical theater in Kassel.
Her work with children of all ages convinced her of the need for dance to be integrated within education. This lead her participation in the post-graduate master course, ”Cultural Education in Schools“ at the Philipps University in Marburg. She now works as a freelance teacher and choreographer. She loves inspiring people of all ages to dance and discover their individual creative potential.
Marielle is born in Berlin and has been living in Witzenhausen between Kassel and Göttingen since 2010. She discovered her passion for dancing and especially for Contact Improvisation in 2012. Since then she is continuously fascinated by this unique and exciting dance form. She is investigating somatic practices such Body-Mind-Centering and the Axis Syllabus as a point of departure for solo movement and Contact Improvisation in water and on land. She mainly feels inspired and influenced by works of Jörg Hassmann, Daniel Werner, Kira Kirsch, Antoine Ragot, Nina Wehnert, Friederike Tröscher, Jens Johannsen and Otto Ramstad. Marielle teaches Contact Improvisation and Watercontact in regular evening classes, different workshop formats in various cities and international festivals in Germany, Austria, India and Portugal. She is organising Jams in Kassel, Witzenhausen and Göttingen, teaches Contact Improvisation and Somatics in the school for contemporary dance SOZO visions in motion in Kassel since 2016 and is involved in a couple of different performance projects. Since 2018 she is also studying at the Paracelsus School in Göttingen to become a psychotherapist.
Artistic Director PReS
Mariella Greil is a performer, choreographer and researcher living in Vienna. 2014-17 she is Key Researcher in the research project “Choreo-graphic Figures. Deviations from the Line” where she examines the choreographic means in its expansion. Previously, she was Associate Researcher in the artistic research project “performance matters” (2009-2013) and senior editor for the e -journal “activate”. Since 2002 she has worked on various research and laboratory projects and has taught at universities in UK, US, Mexico and Austria. Currently, Mariella Greil is a PhD fellow at the University Roehampton in London in the field of dance / performance. In the years 2006 and 2007 she received the danceWEB scholarship and 2008 and 2010, the foreign scholarship for dance of the Austrian Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture. She is involved in the artists’ initiative “Sweet and Tender Collaborations” and in collaborations with Lisa Hinterreithner, Werner Moebius, Doris Stelzer, Martina Ruhsam, Emily Sweeney, Emma Cocker and Nikolaus Gansterer.
Started her career in 1992. She is a dance critic and a historian. She has worked for newspapers and magazines in Greece and abroad, and also for tv and radio. Her documentary on Contemporary Dance in Greece is at the New York Public Library. She has lectured extensively, also translated several books and has published two of her own.
Contact Improvisation, Contemporary Dance
Susanna graduated at SOZO visions in motion contemporary dance studies in Kassel. At present she dances for the Deutsche Theatre in Göttingen, SOZO visions in motion tanztheater Company and für Tino Sehgal at the Documenta 13 in Kassel.
She is certified as a teacher for contact improvisation, Yoga, Meditation, body work and Body Mind Centering through the institute for “Movement dynamics” in Essen.
She has been successfully teaching contemporary dance, “bodywork” and Yoga for many years and gives workshops internationally in contact improvisation.
At SOZO visions in motion she teaches Contact Improvisation and Yoga.
Matan Levkowich is a dancer, choreographer and graphic designer. Matan's approach to movement is based on the study of the body's intuition. This study enables to navigate through instability and develops trust in the body's capacities. His choreographic works inspired by social phenomena and human behaviour. As a dancer, he had the chance to work for different choreographers such as David Zambrano, Alessandro Sciarroni, Martin Nachbar, Marco Torrice and more. Currently he is based in Vienna and tours around Europe, presenting his choreographic work, performing and leading workshops.
Contemporary Dance, Partnering, Composition
Graduated from the Athens State School of Dance under the direction of Pavlina Veremi. As dancer of the Hellenic dance company he performed the works of Wim Vandekeybus, Jasmin Vardimon, Konstantinou Rigou, Pascal Rioult, Martha Graham, Jose Limon and others. In 2004, he joined the State Theatre of Northern Greece where he dances new creations of Konstantinos Rigos and Nigel Charnock. In 2004 Evangelos directed the dance-for-the-camera "without a trace" which awarded at the 3in3 video competition held by British Council. In 2005 he choreographed the site specific "Athenian house". 2005 finds Evangelos in New York pursuing an MFA in dance at the New York University. While being in New York he presented his creations at Dance New Amsterdam and at the Joyce SoHo.
In 2007 Evangelos joins, as a guest, the State Theatre of Kassel, where he performed pieces choreographed by Johannes Wieland. 2008 he worked with Compagnie Linga in Lausanne for the creation of "Kiss Me Good Night". In 2009 Evangelos returns to Kassel for his third guest contract with the State Theatre of Kassel. Later the same year, he participates at the Tanzfaktor Interregio 2009 with his piece "male study". 2010 finds Evangelos being employed by the Marcel Leemann Physical Dance Theatre for its production "Revolver", and teaching contemporary technique and partnering at SOZO visions in motion contemporary dance studies in Kassel. He gives workshops in Germany, Greece, Switzerland and Sweden. In 2011 Evangelos returned to Compagnie Linga for the creation "Falling Grace", choreographed by Katarzyna Gdaniec and Marco Cantalupo. In 2012 joined the State Theatre of Kassel under the direction of Johannes Wieland for the creation of Orpheus.
Contemporary Dance, Composition, Improvisation
Mareike, born 1987, works as a dance & performance artist and dance mediator.In 2010 she graduated at SOZO vim in Kassel. In addition to her freelance artistic creation, she continued her studies in contemporary dance, martial arts, contact improvisation, instant composition, body mind centering *, physical theater, vocal and breathing work, to constantly deepen her work and discover new connections between the different fields. Her work is thus regularly nourished by a mentality of continuous research and updating.
As a dancer, she has worked with various choreographers and companies in Europe and abroad over the past 10 years. c / o Iris van Peppen, Laurent Chetouane, Maya Carroll, JV Interplay, Lilo Stahl, c / o Johannes Wieland, Action Theater Kassel, MUTE Comp. Copenhagen, Pavlos Kountouriotis a.o. As a mediator, she works at various institutions, both amateurs and professional dancers. She teaches as guest lecturer at SOZO vim and at TIP Bewegungsart in Freiburg. She is co-founder of the Belka & Strelka Collective, tanzwerk Kassel e.V., JV Interplay (formerly OFFSPACE company) and creates her own personal work.
Alessandro started training contemporary dance in 2009 attending “MoDem” professional course directed by Roberto Zappalà. In 2011 he attended NSCD Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) and later studied in SEAD Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (AT). Graduating in 2014, Alessandro worked with Simone Forti at Museum der Moderne, Salzburg. The same year he joined Milan Tomasik & Co and is currently performing three different productions and assisting the choreographer during his workshops and creations around Europe. In the past years, deepening his artistic practice, he started choreographing solo works and collaborating with other dance artists, supported by Lifelong Burning - ImpulsTanz (AT), Cullberg Ballet (SE), Network Anticorpi XL (IT), Scenario Pubblico (IT) and Akropoditi Dance Center (GR). He is actively collaborating in the role of choreographer with theatre directors Veselka Kunceva in Bulgaria and Luisa Baldinetti in Italy. In addition to performing and choreographing, Alessandro is a guest teacher for several professional courses such us Fontys ACaPA Academy of Circus and Performing Arts (NL), Scenario Atelier (IT), Collettivo Modem (IT), 9th International Art Laboratory (BG) etc. Alessandro is also an initiator of INandOUT 73% SiteSpecific Training, an intensive site-specific workshop for performers aiming to bring awareness from the body to the outer space.
Vocal Training and Music Theory
Svetlana Smertin was born in Russia and lives in Kassel since 2014.
She graduated in music education (2004 -2009) and rhythmic education (2009-2012) with the instrumental majors, piano and voice at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien in Hannover. She also studied music in Spain at the Superior Conservatorio de Musica de Madrid (2008-2009). This was followed by a professional contemporary dance studies, training (2013-2016) at Sozo visions in motion in Kassel.
Svetlana Smertin works as a freelance artist in the field of music, dance, acting and performance.
She is a lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien in Hannover, as well as at the Musikhochschule Franz Liszt in Weimar.