Xenia Taniko Dwertmann
Xenia Taniko (b.1989) is an artist working in choreography and performance based in Berlin. In their work they use physical intensity in movement, voice, sound and props as visceral means to speculate about human embodiment and to critically examine the ways societal norms are inscribed in the body. Their artistic practice draws from cultures of collaboration and invests in building alternate creative communities. As performer, collaborator and assistant, they have worked with various international artists such as Martin Hasen Jess Curtis, Josefine Mühle, Roni Katz, Simone Aughterlony, Ania Nowak, Julia Gladstone, Hana Erdman, deufert&pliscke, among others. Their solo and collaborative pieces have been presented in theatres, galleries and festivals in Berlin (Sophiensaele, Uferstudios, Dock 11, ada studio, COVEN / nGbK, ausland), Leipzig (P-Bodies Festival) Amsterdam (Het Veem), Prague (BAZAAR Festival), Brussels (Volksroom, Galerie erg), Luxembourg (Art Week / Casino) and New York City (Judson Memorial Church/movement research, Rodi Gallery, Abrons Art Center). Since 2019 they are working as an audio describer for performances in the independent scene in order to make dance accessible for blind and visually impaired audiences. Xenia studied Politics and Philosophy in Leipzig and Paris, and is a graduate of HZT Berlin (BA Dance, Context, Choreography, 2016).