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About The Festival 2017 (EN)

Festival & Team

About the Festival

The tanzhafenFESTIVAL is a diverse, innovative festival for dance arts relating also to media and performance art. It showcases contemporary european artists and dance makers.

Being a young festival and serving as a platform for european dance art we pursue to show a variety of artistic approaches, high quality art and to communicate closely with the audience members. We want to build bridges and make the “most daring” art relatable to local audiences. We try to make this happen by choosing conventional theatres as well as unconventional venues, new formats, different ways of discussions, workshops and possibilities to participate.

Therefore we are closely cooperating with local institutions and venues in the city of Linz and the region of Upper Austria. We try to create a generous atmosphere that allows people to connect and to participate.

– Ulrike Hager, Ilona Roth

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Ulrike Hager / Festival Director

Choreographer, freelance dancer, dance coach and teacher. Creator of the festival together with Ilona Roth in 2013. Responsable for the artistic and organizational direction of the festival.

more about Ulrke Hager…


Ilona Roth / Festival Director

Freelance dance artists (choreography, teaching, lecturer). Co-creator of the festival and responsable for the artistic programme as well as the management.

More about Ilona Roth…


Parisa Ghasemi / Curator for Dance Films

studied bachelor and master of Film in Art university of Tehran Iran. Since 2014 she started her master of time-based media in university of art and design Linz.
She is doing djing and Vjing in spare times.

more about Parisa Ghasemi


Inge Gappmaier / Art Education

Freelance dancer and choreographer. Responsable for audience interaction and art education programmes within the festival edition 2017.

more about Inge Gappmaier…


Severina Lachmair-Kehayova / Good Spirit

Strategic project advisor – helps with lots of stuff, connects people, offers contacts and keeps the team’s spirit up.


Doris Roth / Web Design + CMS

Student of Biomedical Engineering and Genetics, loves to play theatre next to that. Also shakes cocktails. Responsable for the website and editorial content, idees and much more.


Cordula Kastner / Sponsoring 

Soon to be cultural researcher. Since 2015 responsable for sponsoring, the festival raffle and more.


Romana Schiller / Assistant

Started 2014 as trainee for the festival, since 2015 as assistant on board.


Sonia Borkowicz / Event Manager

Freelance dancer and choreographer. Responsable for the organizational management of most of the events during the festival.


Maria Valerievna / Social Media 

Freelance dancer, choreographer and blogger. Responsable for social media and live streaming during the festival.


Solaja Rechlin / Communications

Freelance dancer, choreographer and coach. Responsable for communication with artists and partners.


Johanna Pointner / Text Editor & Press

Responsable for texts, corrections, press contacts.

Are you a new visitor to the festival or have you been visiting and want to revise some of what you have seen?

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