Claudia de Serpa Soares_©Sebastian Boles

Claudia de Serpa Soares

Sasha Waltz & GUESTS
(Berlin, Germany)
2022 faculty

Claudia De Serpa Soares is a dancer, performer and choreographer from Lisbon, Portugal currently living in Berlin. She trained at the National Conservatory and the Superior Dance School in Lisbon, and at the Centre National de Dance Contemporaine d’Angers. Claudia danced with Iztok Kovac (Slovenia) and Paulo Ribeiro (Lisbon) before joining the dance ensemble of the Schaubühne Theatre in Berlin under the artistic direction of Sasha Waltz. Since 1999 she has performed many works by Sasha Waltz and has also served as rehearsal master and assistant for Sasha Waltz & Guests creations. 


Meanwhile, Claudia has collaborated with a wide range of visual, theatrical, and musical artists including Lilo Baur, Daniel Pennac, Julian Rosefeldt, Jonathan Bepler, Junko Wada, Ronald Kukulies, Grayson Millwood, Nuno Cera, Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation, Jochen Sandig and the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Companhia Utero, and Knowbotiq. She has assisted Lilo Bauer at the Opera de Dijon, signing the choreography of Dido and Aeneas.  Claudia’s performance installation More Up A Tree, a collaboration with artist Eve Sussman (USA) and drummer Jim White (AUS), premiered at the Grand Theatre Luxembourg and was presented at BAM/Performa NYC and at the Melbourne Festival. 




siti company
(New York, USA)
2022 faculty

Ellen Lauren is one of the three Co-Artistic Directors for SITI Company, which she helped found with directors Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki. She is a member of the acting company, and the head of SITI ’s educational programming that includes New York based studios, SITI’s annual Summer Intensive, national and international residencies, and the design of SITI's bi-annual Conservatory.  

 She is also an associate artist with The Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) under the direction of Tadashi Suzuki for over 34 years.   

She has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School of Drama at Lincoln Center for the last 20 years where she received the President’s Award for Excellence on the occasion of Juilliard’s 50th Anniversary.  


Performance credits with SITI include:  Falling and Loving (with Elizabeth Streb SLAM Dance Company), Bacchae, Chess Match #5, the theater is a blank page( with Ann Hamilton), Persians, Trojan Women (After Euripides), Variations on A Rite of Spring  (with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company), Café Variations, Under Construction, Radio Macbeth, Who Do You Think You Are, American Document (with Martha Graham Dance Company), Death and the Ploughman, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Room, bobrauschenbergamerica, Hotel Cassiopeia, systems/layers, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, The Medium, Culture of Desire, Going, Going, Gone and Orestes. 


Festival tours with SITI include Bonn Germany, Iberoamericano Bogota, BAM Next Wave, Humana, Bobigny, Melbourne, UCLA Center for the Art of Performance, Yerba Buena Arts Center, UNC Chapel Hill Arts Center, Edinburgh, Singapore, Wexner Center, Krannert Center and Walker Art Center; In New York: New York Live Arts, Montclair State Peforming Arts,  New York Theatre Workshop, Classic Stage Company, The Women’s Project, Miller Theatre, The Public Theater, Westbeth Arts Center, Under the Radar Festival, New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim Museum and the Joyce Theater, Regional credits with SITI include San Jose Rep, ART Cambridge, Court Theatre Chicago, Alabama Shakespeare and Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Getty Villa Museum in Museum.  


Additional credits include The Creative Gesture program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Force Majeure Dance Company in Sydney, The Women (Hartford Stage), Seven Deadly Sins, New York City Opera (Kosovar Award for Anna II) Marina, A Captive Spirit, and Agammenon with Lauren Flanigan, Steve Schick and Roger Reynolds for the 2004 Theater Olympics.  


Performance Credits with SCOT include: Clytemnestra in Electra, Agave in Dionysus, Goneril in King Lear, Jocasta in Oedipus, and Juliet in Waiting for Romeo.   


Tour venues with SCOT include, Gu Bei Great Wall Theater in Beijing China, Kitchijoji Theater Tokyo, Moscow Art Theatre, Toga International Festival, Alexandrinsky Theatre Russia, The RSC, Theatre Olympics in Athens and Delphi, and the Olympic Arts Festival in Shizuoka, Japan, Buenos Aires Festival, The Carnuntum Festival in Vienna, Bogota Festival, Vienna Festival, Harbour Front Festival Toronto, Istanbul Festival, Festival Mundial Chile, Teatro Olympico Italy, Montpelier France, and Hong Kong Festival.  


For over 6 years she headed the Toga International Suzuki Training Summer Program in Toga, Japan, and is a founding member of the International Symposium Committee on the Suzuki Method of Actor Training. In 2017 she produced the International Symposium on SCOT and the Suzuki Training for Actors at Skidmore College in upstate New York and presented SCOT’s last US tour of their acclaimed Trojan Women. 


Ms. Lauren has taught for over 300 schools, companies and universities including TEAC National Academy Helsinki, Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Carlos Universidad and Vertiço in Madrid, Soif Compagnie Paris, Maastricht School of the Arts in Holland, Windsor University, Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, St Edwards University, Moscow Art Theatre, Sfumato Theatre Bulgaria, Iceland National Academy, Casa Teatro de Bogota, Beijing Academy, UCLA, OSU, UNC, Toronto University, Columbia University, UNC Chapel Hill, Fordham University, Harvard University, Yale University, and the Beijing Academy.  


Ms. Lauren was a Resident company member at StageWest Theatre, Mass, The Milwaukee Repertory and the Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas. 


Her directing credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UCLA TFT Graduate program) Iphigenia (The Juilliard School) and Trojan Women (The Juilliard School)  


She was the first recipient of the TCG Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement in the United States and is published in American Theatre Magazine (“In Search of Stillness”) and the Modern Masters series edition on Anne Bogart. She is currently working on her book, The Invisible Body. 





(New York, USA)
CPP artistic director 

Ivan Valentin Talijancic is a time-based artist and cultural producer, working at the intersection of theater, dance, film, installation art, new media, journalism, curatorial work and education in New York and around the globe. Ivan completed his undergraduate studies in Theater at the University of California, San Diego, and earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at Columbia University in the New York City.


As a co-founder of WaxFactory, a New York based international multidisciplinary art group, he has created over 20 works works to date, presented at many preeminent venues on four continents. Ivan’s creative output spans a diverse range of art projects ranging from intimate chamber cross-media works at established venues (blind.ness at Performance Space 122 in 2008 & COIL 2010 Festival,) site-specific works at unconventional sites (QUARTET v2.0 at the former cannon factory in Long Island City in 2002,) large-scale immersive productions taking up an entire city block (LADYFROMTHESEA at the Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn in 2001 and 2003,) and feature film (416 MINUTES, shot on location around NYC, and currently in post-production.) His works have twice been featured in annual Worldwide Critics Surveys published by Tanz-Ballet International magazine (Berlin, Germany) -- LADYFROMTHESEA as the "most innovative production of the year", and X - A VIDEO OPERA in 2007 as the "most innovative collaboration" with composer Katharina Rosenberger. His works have been shown at numerous venues throughout the New York City (Lincoln Center, PS122, Abrons Art Center, 3LD Art+Techology Center, Japan Society, Dixon Place, HERE, Soho Rep, The Invisible Dog) and at numerous international venues and festivals including the ICA/Institute for Contemporary Art (London, UK,) Sónar (Barcelona, Spain,) Centre Pompidou (Paris, France,) Gulbenkian Museum (Lisbon, Portugal,) Zürcher Theaterspektakel (Zurich, Switzerland,) Cankarjev Dom (Ljubljana, Slovenia,) FIT/International Theater Festival (Caracas, Venezuela,) Centro Julio Le Parc (Mendoza, Argentina,) Adelaide Festival (Adelaide, Australia) and many others.  

His creative projects have likewise been supported by numerous grants, fellowships and residencies, including Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, Germany,) Bogliasco Foundation (Genova, Italy,) Emily Harvey Foundation (Venice, Italy,) the Hermitage Artist Retreat (Manasota, FL,) the Marble House Project (Dorset, VT,) etc. 


In addition to his creative work, Ivan has lectured at many prestigious universities in the United States and abroad (New York University / Tisch School of the Arts; Playwrightds Horizon Theater School’s Devised Theater Program, Barnard College at Columbia University, Princeton University, Brown University, Towson University, Lewis & Clark College, City University of New York, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Stuttgart, Germany,) and Università Ca’ Foscari (Venice, Italy,) among others, and recently became the founder and the artistic director of Contemporary Performance Practices, an international summer training program. Ivan frequently lends his expertise in the arts to serve on public and private funding and artist residency adjudication panels for institutions such as the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Brooklyn Arts Council, the Bogliasco Foundation, ART/New York, etc. As a journalist, Ivan is a regular arts contributor for BOMB magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, HowlRound and other publications, and currently serves on the selection committee for the Bessies - the New York Dance and Performance Awards. 

Ivan is currently a Special Visiting Professor at the John Wells Directing Program at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama (Pittsburgh, USA.)

Photo credit: Claudia de Serpa Soares in KREATUR by Sasha Waltz & Guests

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