Dancers of the Folkwang Tanzstudio (FTS)

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Mateusz Bogdanowicz / Foto: Franziska Götzen

Mateusz Bogdanowicz

Born 1994, Poland

Mateusz Bogdanowicz began his dance career with hip-hop and learning martial arts. From 2014-2019 he studied at the “National Academy of Theater Arts” in Krakow and graduated with an M.A. in dance with distinction. During this time he worked with various choreographers and dance teachers, including Jacek Łumiński, Jacek Przybyłowicz, Anke Hauerstein, Sylwia Hefczyńska-Lewandowska and participated in many interdisciplinary projects, including with Jerzy Stuhr, John Jack Gallagher, Shi Bo and Błażej Peszek.
Mateusz is the co-founder of the dance association "Imagination Space Center"; in 2019 he was awarded in his hometown Gorzów Wielkopolski for his dance work and commitment to the local community.
From 2019-2021 he completed the M.A. degree in Dance Composition/Choreography at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. During this time he created his own dance pieces, developed dance projects and collaborated with choreographers such as Rodolpho Leoni and Henrietta Horn.
He has been an ensemble member of the Folkwang Tanzstudio since March 2022.

 



Jennifer Boultbee

Born 1994, Great Britain

Jennie Boultbee completed her B.A. in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2019 and subsequently completed her M.A. Dance Composition/Interpretation at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen from 2019 - 21.
She has worked with choreographers such as Henrietta Horn, Rodolpho Leoni, Julie Cunningham, Leah Marojevic, Hagit Yakira and as a performer for visual artists such as Anna Perach and Roxy Herve.
Jennie Boultbee is a member of the women's collective "MassHysteria, which creates and performs live and digital works for "The Place" and "Dampfzentrale Bern", among others. Furthermore, she holds a dance pedagogy diploma in Cecchetti Ballet and has experience in visual arts, including graphic and costume design.
Since September 2021 she has been an ensemble member of the Folkwang Tanzstudio.

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Tullia Francischiello / Foto: Franziska Götzen

Tullia Francischiello

Born 1998, Italy

Tullia Francischiello began her training at the dance school "Studio danza 2" in Palermo. After graduating from high school, she went to the "Civica Scuola di teatro Paolo Grassi" in Milan for one year. Afterwards she successfully completed her B.A. dance studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen.

During her studies she worked with various choreographers, including: Malou Airaudo, Carolyn Carlson, Yohan Stegli, Jan Broeckx, Mario Camacho, Dominique Merci, David Hernandez.
In 2022 she choreographed her first piece, "It was there", which was shown as part of the "Young Choreographers" event in Essen.
She has been a member of the Folkwang Tanzstudio since September 2022.

Gabriel Gaudray-Donnio

Born 1999, France

Gabriel Gaudray Donnio started his ballet training in 2009 at “L’Atelier Du Mouvement” in Nantes, France. In 2010, he began his training in ballet and contemporary dance at the “Conservatoire de Nantes” where he obtained his "Diplôme d'Etudes Chorégraphiques (DEC)" in 2017. In 2021, he graduated with a B.A. in dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen.
During his studies he created his own choreographies and worked with various choreographers such as Rodolfo Araya, Anne Carrie, Ambra Senatore, Dominique Mercy. He was a guest dancer in "Roméo & Juliette" by Hervé Maigret with the Cie NGC25 and in "Boléro" by Maurice Béjart with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. In 2020, he performed in "Wandering Dunes" by Daphnis Kokkinos in Nida, Lithuania.
Since September 2021 he has been an ensemble member of the Folkwang Tanzstudio.



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Yun-Ru Lee / Foto: Franziska Götzen

Yun-Ru Lee

Born 1998, Taiwan

Yun-Ru Lee started her education at Wen-Hua Senior High School in Taiwan and studied at the "National Taiwan University of the Arts" in New Taipei City from 2017 -2018. Afterwards she completed her B.A. dance studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen.During her studies, she worked with various choreographers, including David Hernandez, Heid Weiss and Stephan Brinkmann, and presented her own piece in 2020 as part of the "Young Choreographers" event format.
She has been a member of the Folkwang Tanzstudio since September 2022.

Tzu-Chun Liou

Born 2000, Taiwan

Tzu Chun Liou studied dance at Chu-Pei Senior High School in Taiwan from 2015-2018. Afterwards she completed her B.A. dance studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts. During her studies, she worked with various choreographers, including Heidi Weiss, David Hernandez and Stephan Brinkmann.
She is co-founder and choreographer of the project "4 a.m.", which was performed in Taiwan in 2020.
She has been a member of the Folkwang Tanzstudio since September 2022.

Julius Olbertz

Born 1992, Germany

At his school in Leverkusen, Julius Olbertz gained his first experience in contemporary dance in 2006 as part of a project with Royston Maldoom. After graduating from high school, he began his dance studies at the Rambert School in London in 2014. In 2019, he completed his M. A. studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Already during his studies he gained many experiences in Germany and abroad, among others as a dancer for Henrietta Horn, Rambert Dance Company, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Tanzmoto Dance Company and as a guest dancer for the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.
Since September 2020 he has been an ensemble member of the Folkwang Tanzstudio.

Christian Paul / Foto Franziska Götzen
Christian Paul / Foto: Franziska Götzen

Christian Paul

Born 1994, Germany

Christian Paul started his dancing career in urban dance.
He specialised in popping and waving and won several battles across Germany in the past. In 2019, he completed his B.A. in Contemporary Dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts.
After his studies he worked freelance with choreographers and companies like:
Tanztheater Wuppertal, Theater der Klänge, Southpaw Company, Antonello Tudisco.
He has been an ensemble member of the Folkwang Tanzstudio since September 2022.

Lucas Lopes Pereira

Born 1992, Brazil 

Started dancing in the city of São Paulo, in the technical dance course at ETEC de Artes and at the Núcleo Luz Institute. He danced and created artwork in different dance companies in the city of São Paulo until his arrival in Europe in 2016.
He received a BA in dance from Folkwang University of the Arts, performing choreographies for the Junge Choreographen and developing his own dance projects in Essen.
He performed dance pieces from the choreographers Pina Bausch, Inãki Azpillaga, Morena Nascimento, Ceren Oran, Denise Namura and Pierre Droulers. He also danced at Opera de Metz, Tanzmoto Company and Samadhyana Company. He has been a guest dancer of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch since 2019.
Since September 2021 he has been an ensemble member of the Folkwang Tanzstudio.

 

 

Djamila Polo

Born 1994, Luxembourg

Djamila Polo started her dance education at the age of 7 in Luxembourg. In 2014, she studied one year in „EpseDanse“ in Montpellier (France), finished in 2017 the TIP-education (School for Dance, Performance and Improvisation) in Freiburg (Germany), before she graduated 2021 at the Folkwang UdK in Essen with a B.A in Dance.
During her studies, she showed her own choreographies at festivals through Europe and worked with various choreographers such as Tino Sehgal, Jill Crovisier, Rodolpho Leoni, Kenji Shinoe.
Since September 2021 she has been an ensemble member of the Folkwang Tanzstudio.