Juschka Weigel

Berlin based choreographer and dancer, Juschka Weigel, was born in Dortmund and began her dance training at the Colombo Dance School in Zürich. She later received a 6 month scholarship to study at the Merce Cunnigham School in New York followed by a further 6 months at the Academy of Art in Solo, Indonesia.On returning to Germany she co-founded the DANCE BUTTER company which later, under the artistic directorship of Anzu Furukawa, became known as VERWANDLUNGSAMT. Parallel to this she studied Dharma Body Work (DBW) with Mikki Bleidner and Peter Laos. Since 1999 she studies Classical Indian Music with Pandit Sankha Chatterje.

Juschka Weigel has created solo and ensemble works, choreographed for film and multimedia productions and worked with various choreographers in Germany, Belgium, Spain, Austria and Sweden. She has presented her short solos close up & personal, Im Imperfekt and Lineas Blancas as well as her evening length solos grace under pressure und Life is too short to dance with an ugly man in Europe, South America and Asia. The world premiere of her first solo choreography in cooperation with Joseph Kiss, How is this for a start to your day? won second prize in the dance category and the audience prize at the 5th International Solo Dance Festival 2001 in Stuttgart as well as first prize in the solo competition of the 7. MASDANZA International Contemporary Dance Festival of the Canary Islands 2002. In 2004 she won another first prize at this festival, this time in the ensemble category, with Ungemein.

In Berlin in 2003 she choreographed her first evening length ensemble piece It's spooky and, together with Simone Willeit, founded the company MALINKIODATO. In 2003 she also toured in Spain and South America and worked as a dancer in residency in Santiago de Chile. Since May 2004 she has been working with musician, Martin Hug, on a solo version of It's spooky entitled It's spooky being alone?. In 2005 she has been invited by the Senate of Seville to direct a production of King Solomon.