Meg Stuart is an American choreographer and dancer, working and living in Berlin and Brussels. With her company Damaged Goods she has realized over 30 productions, ranging from solos to large-scale choreographies, site-specific creations and improvisation projects.
Stuart strives to develop a new language for every piece in collaboration with artists from different creative disciplines and navigates the tension between dance and theatre. Her work revolves around the idea of an uncertain body, one that is vulnerable and self-reflexive. It is analogous to a constantly shifting identity and constantly redefines itself while searching for new presentation contexts and territories for dance. Meg Stuart received various awards for her oeuvre and practice, amongst others the Bessie Award in 2008 and the Konrad-Wolf-Preis in 2012. In 2018, La Biennale di Venezia awarded her the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in the category of dance. Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods has an on-going collaboration with Kaaitheater (Brussels) and HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin).
Based in Berlin and New York, acoustic bassist Doug Weiss has held it down and helped it swing for 30 years. Since 1996 he has been bassist and musical director of The Al Foster quartet. He is a member of Brian Blade’s “Lifecycles” and “Fellowship” bands, the Peter Bernstein Quartet, and the Seamus Blake group. His band “The Berlin Quartet” features Weiss as a composer, arranger, and bandleader.
Weiss is currently on Faculty of the New School University and SUNY Purchase College.
Béla Meinberg is a German pianist, based in Hamburg and Berlin. His playing takes a lyrical approach, and utilizes good sense of humor. Béla has been featured in festivals such as the ElbJazz Festival, Auditorio Alfredo Kraus Las Palmas, and Jazzsommer Augsburg. He was awarded first prize at the Steinway solo piano competition of Hamburg. With trio MMO he released the album „MMO feat. Chris Cheek - the hiker“. The „Béla Meinberg Trio“ released its first album „It’s a Game“ on Bandcamp.
Emese Csornai studied architecture at the Technical University of Budapest (2002-2004) and fine arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (BA 2009). Her research in fine arts led her to lighting design, which two principles keep informing each other in her work as a practicing lighting designer, occasionally engaging in installative and fine arts projects and set design. Her main research interest is colors and the physiology of their perception. Her study in instant composition has driven her to research dynamic use of spaces. (www.emesecsornai.com)