Lisbon/Berlin-based interdisciplinary performance collective
Hen Lovely Bird – Movement Writer/Creative Director
Born 1977, Seoul, South Korea | Nationality: American | http://henlovelybird.tumblr.com/
After performing and presenting dance, sound, and video art in San Francisco for over 10 years, Hen immigrated to Berlin, Germany in 2012, where she co-founded StratoFyzika with Alessandra Leone and Lenka Kocisova. In addition to StratoFyzika, Hen has been a founding member of three other performance collectives, primarily centered in San Francisco: A.R.G. (Anomolous Research Group), Suki Tawdry, and The Black Cactus Choir. She has performed with these groups as a dancer/choreographer, but also as a sound artist and physical/narrative actor. In addition, Hen has been a performance artist in fashion shows, music videos, and dance-for-camera films. She holds a B.A. in Dance and Intermedia Arts from Mills College (Oakland, CA), where she was the recipient of the “Innovative Choreography” award.
Daria Kaufman – Dancer/Choreographer
Born 1983 | Nationality: American | www.dariakaufman.com
Daria Kaufman is a contemporary dancer and choreographer based in Lisbon, Portugal. Though formally trained, her work takes an experimental approach, plumbing the edges of genres to deconstruct notions of perception, femininity, and communication. After performing, creating and presenting in San Francisco for 8 years, she immigrated to Lisbon in 2014, where she continues to work. Daria obtained her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Mills College in 2008. Since then, her pieces have been presented at venues and festivals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Europe, including: Curtas de Dança, in scope of Festival Dias de Dança (Porto/PT), Encontro Bianual de Artes Performativas - (Re)union 2018 (Lisbon/PT), Biblioteca de Marvila (Lisbon), Atelier Concorde (Lisbon), Festival Cidade PreOcupada (Montemor-o-Novo/PT), UferStudios (Berlin/DE), ODC Theater (SF/USA), Joe Goode Annex (SF), NOHspace (SF), Mills College (Oakland), and on KQED Spark TV (SF Bay Area). She was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award (the “Izzie”) for Individual Performance in 2015. Her work has been supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, GDA Foundation, the European Cultural Foundation, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation. In addition, her projects have been awarded Artist-in-Residencies at Atalaia Artes Performativas (Aljustrel/PT), ÇATI Dans (Istanbul/TR), Atelier Concorde (Lisbon), Devir-Capa (Faro/PT), and Cultivamos Cultura (Sao Luis/PT).
Alessandra Leone - Interactivity, Lighting
Born 1983 | Nationality: Italian | http://www.alessandraleone.com/ | http://auxiliaryfields.cargocollective.com
Alessandra Leone is a visual artist, trained (motion) designer, self taught programmer and filmmaker producing multi-disciplinary work. Along with a career of design, she developed her artistic practice through collaborative relationships with musician and performers, at the intersection of art and technology. Her research focuses on analogue/physical processes to create imagery that pursues new aesthetics in the context of hybrid forms of intermediality. Since 2009, she has continued to do freelance work for commercial productions as art director and motion designer. Founder in 2012 of the StratoFyzika intermedia performance group, she developed her artistry through a variety of a/v collaborations ( Akkamiau, Alexandros Drymonitis, Rona Geffen, Regina De Miguel, Lucrecia Dalt, Zoë McPherson ), extending her practice to interactive media, generative design, data-driven narratives, music videos direction.
Moon Wheel – Sound Designer
Moon Wheel is a project by Olle Holmberg, a Swedish multidisciplinary artist, composer and performer. Increasingly prolific and vital to the Berlin scene, Holmberg has gradually garnered a cult following locally and abroad through his finely-crafted and constantly evolving productions. Holmberg’s cerebral, shape-shifting compositions are inspired by “nature, history, and wandering”, synthesising electronic and organic sounds through dubby groove deconstructions, uncanny ghost-in-the-machine moods, and hyper-dimensional psychedelic hazes. From a starting point in the esoteric and cosmic synthesiser music of the 70s and 80s, his sound has intersected Berlin’s infamous techno landscape, unraveled it, and begun exploring theories of ecosystems and geological processes to be translated in to abstracted sound design and spectral sculptures. Drawing on improvisation as a mode of discovery, his continually advancing live performances and DJ sets have appeared at Berghain and Panorama Bar, Boiler Room, and at festivals like CTM in Berlin, as well as TodaysArt in The Hague, Norbergfestival in Sweden, and tours all over Europe and the North American East Coast. Moon Wheel has been reaping praise as a producer with a “subtle knack for building a mood” (Resident Advisor), that is “at his best when dissolving the boundaries in weird dub scapes” (Boomkat), and has released albums on Not Not Fun in L.A., Where To Now? in London, as well as EPs on Wool in Paris, Habitat in Melbourne. The future will see records on Nous in Berlin, Minicromusic in Warsaw, Ascetic House in the U.S., and on Kontra-Musik in Sweden. He has also hosted the show The Journey on Berlin Community Radio since 2013 and was composer in residence at EMS electronic music studios in Stockholm in 2015. http://moonwheel.org | http://soundcloud.com/moonwheel | http://olleholmberg.com/art/