Anna Konjetzky & Co

Anton Lukas

Freischaffender Bühnenbildner

Anton Lukas studierte Innenarchitektur und absolvierte gleichzeitig ein Grafikdesignstudium mit Diplomabschluss. Im Rahmen des Aufbaustudienganges Kostüm-/Bühnenbild der Technischen Universität Berlin nahm er im Bereich Kostümentwurf Unterricht bei Prof. Andrea Kleber und Dietlinde Calsow (Deutsche Oper Berlin) sowie im Bereich Bühnenbildentwurf bei Peter Sykora. Seit 2002 realisiert der in Berlin lebende freischaffende Bühnenbildner die Ausstattung für zahlreiche Produktionen. Hervorzuheben sind seine Arbeiten 2011 für das Opernfestival Rossini-in-Wildbad, am Theater Hof und an der Landesbühne Sachsen-Anhalt in Luthersatdt Eisleben, sowie am JugendKulturZentrum Pumpe in Berlin, wo Lukas kontinuierlich als Dozent und zusammen mit mit Theater Daktylus e.V. Produktionen mit jugendlichen Laien erarbeitet. Desweiteren zeigt er sich seit 2009 für die Gesamtausstattung der Reenactmentgruppe IIPM (International Institute of Political Murder) verantwortlich, deren aktuelle Produktion “Hate Radio” im Dezember 2011 im HAU, Berlin Premiere hatte. “Hate Radio” ist 2012 in verschiedenen schweizer Städten und nach Brüssel auf Gastspiel eingeladen. Zusammen mit Choreografin Anna Konjetzky hat Lukas die Bühnenräume für die Tanzperformances “In mir drin – en moi”, “Don´t touch”, “Die Summe der Öffnungen” und “Fern” entwickelt. Die derzeitige gemeinsame Produktion “Die Wunderkammer” hat am 28. Januar 2012 am Hessischen Landestheater Marburg Premiere.

Laura Konjetzky

pianist / composer

The pianist and composer Laura Konjetzky was born in Munich in 1977.

She studied piano at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg/Austria with Christoph Lieske and at the Berlin University of the Arts/Germany. She continued her studies with Walter Fähndrich at the University of Music Basel/Switzerland with a concentration on Free Improvisation.

Laura recorded numerous solo pieces for the Bavarian State Broadcast Company (Bayerischer Rundfunk) amongst others Prokofiev, Schulhoff, Ustvolskaya and gave many solo and chamber music performances of classical and new music, and in improvisation.

She performed with Ensemble Resonanz, Ensemble Zeitsprung and the Munich Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Salzburg Festival, A*DEvantgarde Festival, Klassik im Club Festival, Tanzwerkstatt Europe, European Weeks Festival in Passau, Jazz And More Festival Sibiu, Rumania and the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts.

Since 2009 Laura Konjetzky is a musical advisor for the Bavarian State Broadcast Company (Bayerischer Rundfunk). Her compositional work focuses on the piano. She explores new sounds at and with the grand piano, and she searches for new elements that expand piano music as, for example, with structured spoken language or percussion instruments. Among her most important works are the trio “shadows in a dream” for piano, violoncello and percussion (2010) and the 60-minute piece “Fading Varnish”, a composition with projections of photographs for piano solo, playback and additional instruments (2013).

Laura Konjetzky received several prizes and awards for her artistic work, such as the Leonhard and Ida Wolf Memorial Award for Music, granted by the City of Munich (2002), the Bavarian Prize for the Advancement of the Arts (2006) and the Music Fellowship of the regional capital Munich (2010). In 2010/11, she was a fellow at the Internationale Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg/Germany.

In 2011/2012 she received a fellowship from the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts for a six-month study visit at Cité Internationale des Arts Paris.

Laura Konjetzky was selected as a composer for the Djerassi Resident Artists Program 2013 in California, USA and awarded the Helen L. Bing Fellowship.

In 2014 & 2015 Laura Konjetzky was juror at the 51st & 52th federal competition “Jugend musiziert”.

Eric Thielemans

Musican and Producer

Genre crossing/ blending percussionist/ drummer working from a classically trained ear via jazz drumming, free improv and all sorts of contemporary musics towards his own realms in music and performance. Being a teenager in the mid eighties of the 20th century, for him, as for many of his generation, multi disciplinarily is an evidence.

From his first moments of active musicianship up until now, Eric Thielemans always has been interested in performing arts, theatre, poetry and dance. Consequently he has worked with a wide range of (sound and visual) artists, performers and dancers.

Currently plays in lidlboj (Jozef Dumoulin’s eclectic post jazz playgarden), Jozef Dumoulin trio with Trevor Dunn on bass, Tape Cuts Tape (a trio with Rudy Trouvé known as founding member of dEUS and Lynn Cassiers aka singer of lidlboj), rops, snare et les autres (concert/ballad) with Josse De Pauw, Rudy Trouvé, and Wim Lots, The Love Substitutes, Jean-Yves Evrard’s trio, Kaat Helling’s band and his own EARR (Ensemble Artists Repertoire Research) with Claron Mc Fadden, Jean-Yves Evrard, Peter Jacquemyn, Jozef Dumoulin, Hilary Jeffery and Jorgen Cassier.

Other collaborations and work in progress include following artists: Alexander Berne, James Harrar (Cinema Soloriens) and Marshall Allen (Sun Ra), Daysuke Takaoka, and Louise Landes Levi.

For the past 3 years he has been focussing on the development of a body of solo works on percussion. His first acclaimed solo work “a Snare is a Bell” was released on vinyl in 2008 on the Antwerp based label Ultra Eczema (UE49). In 2009 another cd-r with solo works was released on ET’s own OORWERK label.
In March 2012 his a Snare is a Bell cycle including his former solo piece and a new ensemble approach of the work entitled EARR plays a Snare is a Bell will be released as a double cd on Subrosa.
Besides this work Eric Thielemans is active as a producer and teacher/coach. In 2011 he produced “Hit of The Century”, Kaat Hellings’ new release. In the past ET produced both albums of Ghalia Benali’s “Romeo & Laila” and Maak’s Spirit’s “Stroke”. Eric was the drummer of the adventurous avant Jazz band Maak’s Spirit for 9 years until March 2008 and before that of the Ben Sluys Quartet for 7 years.

René Liebert

video-artist, light designer

(1980 in Neubrandenburg, East-Germany)
René Liebert is a video & light designer based in Berlin. His work ranges among artistic practice, conceptual development and technical realization of visual art within performing arts, audiovisual installations, film and experimental formats crossing the borders of these genres. He mainly works within a framework of artistic collaboration.

He holds a diploma in „Applied Theater Studies“ at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany as well as a Master in Documentary Film from the Escuela de Cine de Barcelona, Spain.
He is and has been teaching video editing at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen and Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf.

Sergej Maingardt

composer, musician, producer

Anna Konjetzky and Sergej Maingardt have a strong collaboration, and worked already on the following project togetehr:

About a session, running, out, ground, lighting, fleck.schwinden

Sergej Maingardt graduated from the Univeristy of Music and Dance Cologne with a B.Mus. in electronical composition, he got a B.Eng. from the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf in Media Technology and has a M.A. in Media and Cultural Analysis from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. He is studying electronic composition as master student with professor Michael Beil. In 2014/2015 he participates at International Ensemble Modern Academy.

The tension between his activities as a composer and as a scientist is an important aspect in his music. His interests are influenced by modern technologies as well as the way they change human perception. In his works he explores the limits of aesthetic principles of the contemporary music as well as those of aural cognition. Musical pieces for audio tapes belong to his work as the pieces for acoustic instruments, live electronics, electronics with sensors, sound installations. In addition to his solo projects, he collaborates with choregraphers, video artists and pop artists.

His works have been played at: International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt 2014, Donaueschinger Musiktage 2012, Europe meets Vietnam in Contemporary dance 2013 (Hanoi, Vietnam), Gdansk Dance Festival 2013 (Poland), Bundeskunsthalle (Bonn, Germany), Acht Brücken Festival 2012/2011/2010 (Cologne, Germany), Kunstmuseum (Bonn, Germany), Art & Arcade (Haus für elektronische Künste, Basel, Swiss), Who Inspires Us? Tadeusz Kantor! (Cracow, Poland), Next_generation_4.0/5.0 (Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany), In Front (Aachen, Germany), Audio Art Festival (Krakau, Poland), Now & Next (tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany), Platina Festival (Cologne, Germany), Globolize:Cologne 2013 (Germany)

Quindell Orton

Quindell works as an independent dancer, choreographer, teacher and facilitator in Australia and Europe. She graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2009 with First Class Honours and a member of Link Dance Company. She has worked with the likes of Anna Konjetzky, Superyoutour, Club Guy and Roni and Chrissie Parrott amongst others.

She works with Serena Chalker as Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre, a company with a focus on improvisation and site alternative performance. Quindell’s work has been featured at the Process Space Art Festival-PSAF (BU), Nomadic Village (UK), Edinburgh Fringe (UK), Perth Fringe World (AU), Adelaide Fringe (AU), Short + Sweet Dance Festival (AU), MoveMe Festival (AU), Springhouse (DE) and CADAM’s HiSTOREy’s (DE). Her work has a keen interest in improvisation and interactive and immersive art. She was named Most Outstanding Female Performer at the Short + Sweet Dance Festival 2012 for her critically acclaimed solo 216.