Editta Braun, is a choreographer with an expressive theatrical style. She is a pioneer of contemporary dance in Austria, and lately, has also been working as a producer and director for performances.

She was born in Austria in 1958 (Salzkammergut), was trained in classical ballet and studied the piano. After completing her studies in German literature and sports in Salzburg (she graduated with honours), she spent time in New York and Paris where she completed her training as a dancer and actor.

She then founded first the Performance Collective 'Vorgänge' with Beda Percht in 1982, which was followed by the editta braun company in 1989, located in Salzburg.

Her company has been presenting productions on a yearly basis. She has been touring the world since and was invited to well-known festivals in Europe, Africa and Asia, she has produced joint works with Jean Babilée and Jean-Yves Ginoux in Paris and Mahmoud Abodama in Alexandria. Since 1996 she has been working closely with the musician Thierry Zaboitzeff, whose compositions have become the basis of her works.

Editta has also been teaching at Linz and Salzburg universities, during the International Dance Weeks in Vienna, she worked as a Festival Curator (e.g. at the St. Pölten in Austria at their Festival Hall, at the KosmosTheatre in Vienna and at the tanzhouse Festival in Salzburg.  She was awarded the International Price for Art and Culture by the City of Salzburg in 2014.


Two creative ideas have fuelled Editta's works - and humour and seriousness are closely linked here - as a choreographer.  On the one hand there is the imaginative exploration of the naked human body as a moving entity, in which ways it is an image and an icon, in which ways it can be an abstraction of itself (Luvos-Series, Plays with Body Illusion). On the other hand she equally immerses herself in the possibility of exposing the failings of politics and society at large, and enters into a vital artistic discourse. She is not afraid of pathos to express deep feelings and humanity (for instance, in her work 'schluss mit kunst'...the end of art).  A global perception is a long term project and a long-suffering one, focussing on the situation of women and ways of multicultural communication

Her style can be described as theatrical, her works are full of contrasting  tensions and a conscious play with association and meaning. Her style is achieved through producing strong visual, emotional images, it is a dialogue between movement and music which has been composed for her dance performances alone. This makes the musical compositions an equal partner and counterpart of her works.

In line with her temperament and Peter Brook's conviction that nothing is deadlier for the theatre than to bore the audience, Editta Braun often creates dense, even colourful scenes full of energy expressed through impulsive movement. And yet, to balance this energy, she also allows for stillness and a sense of emptiness.  


" She is the Grande Dame of contemporary dance theatre 'Made in Salzburg'. For the past ten years we have been awed and touched by the stunning work of forty-two year old dancer and choreographer Editta Braun. Her curiously peeking behind the façades, her ability to luring the audience into a poetical parallel universe, with a boisterous and effervescent fantasy plus a wry and witty shot of social criticism here and there..."(Heidrun Hofstetter in tanz affiche)

ABOUT EDITTA BRAUN

ARTISTIC

dance studies in New York, Paris and Austria.

Important teachers: Cristina Caprioli, Sônia Mota, Peter Goss, Elio Pomare; acting: Walter Lott (method acting)

ACADEMIC

Mag. phil.

studied german language and litterature and sciene of sports at Salzburg University.

Teaches at Salzburg University, Anton Bruckner Private University Linz

PRIZES

2017 Great Prize for Performing Arts by the Region of Salzburg

2014 International Prize for Arts and Culture by the City of Salzburg

2014+2015 Heidelberger Theaterpreis

1995 bronce medal at the New York Film Festival for „Collision“, directed by Othmar Schmiderer

2001 prize for the best director at the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre for “Nebensonnen”.

1986 second prize and prize for the most inventif work at the International Choreography Contest of Bagnolet (for «Lufus» of the collektif Vorgänge)

PUBLICATIONS

about Editta Braun

Kleibel, Caroline: Bühnenfrauen. Lebens-Situationen. Linz, 2001 (Fram)

Amort, Andrea und Wunderer-Gosch, Mimi (Hsg.): Österreich tanzt. Geschichte und Gegenwart. Wien-Köln-Weimar 2001 (Böhlau)
Poschmann-Reichenau: Tanz, Kunst, Leben. 20 Jahre editta braun company. 2009. www.amazon.de


By Editta Braun in

Habringer, Rudolf und Mautner, J.P. (Hsg.): Der Kobold der Träume. Spuren des Unbewußten, Wien 2006 (Picus)

Thuswaldner, Anton (Red.): Das Salzburger Jahr 1989. Eine Kulturkronik. Salzburg 1989 (Residenz)

FESTIVALS

Israel Festival 2007

Suzanne Dellal Contest / Tel Aviv

World Performing Arts Festival Lahore/Pakistan 2007, 2008

Amman International Theater Festival/Jordanien

Cairo International Festival For Experimental Theatre, 91, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008

Creative Forum Alexandria / Egypt 04, 05, 07

24 heures spéctales non stop El Kef/Tunesien

International Choreography Contest Tokyo

Festival Kaay Feec Dakar / Senegal

Alliance Française Bangalore / India

HumoFestival Tashekent / Uzbekistan

5. Sib-Altera Festival Novosibirsk/Russia

MomenTTum Dance Festival Portoroz/Slowenia

Aquariius Era Festival Bourgas/Bulgaria

European Dance Festival Cyprus (Nicosia, Limassol)

Pushkintheater Moskau – Inter. Contemporary Dance Festival / Russia

Bagnolet ‘86 (Vorgänge)

New York Filmfestival ‘94

Eurodansefestival Mulhouse

Biennale Val de Marne / Paris

Théâtre du Gymnase / Paris

Théâtres des Amandiers / Paris

Théâtre Toursky / Marseille

Théâtre 140  / Bruxelles

Festival des Capucins / Luxemburg

International Dance Festival Thessaloniki/Greece

Klub Zak Gdansk / Poland

Altera Pars Theatre Athens

Tanzfestival Bielefeld

Mousonturm Frankfurt

Werkstatt Düsseldorf

Brotfabrik Bonn

Depottheater Dortmund

TanzRäumeFestival Hagen

Impulstanz / Wien

Impulsfestival / Bregenz

SZENEfestival Salzburg 1982-2001

tanz_house festival Salzburg 1992-2010

Fest zur Eröffnung der Salzburger Festspiele ‘99

Festspielhaus St. Pölten - Festival Österreich Tanzt

Tiroler Landestheater

Posthof Linz

Brucknerfest 2004 2007, and others


COLLABORATION WITH ARTISTS

Jean Babilée, dancer, choreographer

Thierry Zaboitzeff, composer

Peter Valentin, composer

Gerda Rippel, singer

Wolfram Paulus, film director

Othmar Schmiderer, film director

Barbara Neuwirth, writer

Rebecca Murgi, choreographer

Shlomo Bitton, choreographer

Arturas Valudskis, theater director

Teresa Ranieri, choreographer

Beda Percht, director

Hubert Lepka, director

Peter Arp, theater director

Mahmoud Aboudoma, writer, theater director

Laurie Booth, choreographer

Wim Vandekeybus, choreographer

Fatou Traoré, choreographer

Nadine Ganase, choreographer (Rosas)

Peter Angerer, musician

Rudolf Habringer, writer

Toni Kernjak, piano player

Christine Augustin, singer

Stefan Schubert, musician


dancers/performers:

Céline Guillaume, Barbara Motschiunik, Tomaz Simatovic, Juan Dante Murillo Bobadilla, Anna Maria Müller, Viviana Escalé, Zoé Alibert, Spela Vodeb, Manel Salas, Anna Reitbauer, Lisa Hinterreithner, Ulrike Hager, Sabile Rasiti, Sandra Hofstötter, Stella Zannou, Maria Koliopoulou, Jianan Qu, Erich Rudolf, Magaléna Caprodova, Andrej Petrovic, Jurai Korec, Patricia Böhn, Milos Galko, Vadislav Soltys, Robert Tirpak, Ibrahima Sene, Sonia Browne, Barbara Mülleder, Nadine Duda, Michaela Schweighofer, Sabrina Oukal, Eva Hager-Forstenlechner, Pascal Thièbe, Nirina Rajohanesa, Sébastien Laurent, Max Steiner, Georg Blaschke, Christoph Eichinger, Valentina Bordenave, u.a.


actors:

Khaled Raafat, Awatef Ibrahim, Sherif Dessoki, Sara Rashad, Christoph Kail, Daniela Enzi, Ahmad Abo Kharma, Markus Kofler



FULL EVENING PIECES

Die Jagd (1989)

Materialien für Tanz & Musik (1990)

Collision (1991), Duett mit Jean-Yves Ginoux

Bonjour Adieu (1991), Auftragsarbeit für die Luxemburg Dance Company

But kind old sun will know (1992)

La vie, c’est contagieux (1993) mit der französischen Tanzlegende Jean Babilée

Voyage à Napoli (1994), Rock’n Roll und Tanz

Titania (1995), Duet mit Céline Guillaume über Kaiserin Sisi

Im Dschungel des Pianisten (1996)

Heartbeat - Concerto for Dance & Music (1997).  Duo mit dem Musiker / Komponisten Thierry Zaboitzeff

India (1998), entstand in Südindien

Miniaturen (1999), Auftragswerk für das Eröffnungsfest der Salzburger Festspiele

Nebensonnen (2000), Quartett

Luvos, vol. 2 (2001), Quintett

manifest (2002), entstand im Senegal, Schauspiel, Tanz und Martial Arts

Tajine (2003), Improvisationsprojekt für Tanz und Musik

Eurydike (2004), Brucknerfest Linz, Kooperation mit schauspielhaus salzburg, Junge Philharmonie Salzburg/Elisabeth Fuchs und der Autorin Barbara Neuwirth

oXalis (2005), entstand in Griechenland und Österreich

Eurydike revisited (2006), Auftragsarbeit für das Welttheaterfestival Carnuntum

Matches of Time (2006), entstand in Italien und Österreich

Coppercity 1001 (2007), entstand in Ägypten und Österreich, Schauspiel und Tanz

Wenn ich einmal tot bin, komme ich ins Paradies (2008), entstand in Salzburg, Tanz und Livemusik

Abseits (2009), entsteht in Portugal und Österreich

King Arthur (2010), Tanz und Schauspiel

schluss mit kunst (2011), Tanz und Schauspiel

planet LUVOS (2012), Quintett, Ko-Produktion mit Brucknerhaus Linz

derzeit wohnhaft in (2013), Solo mit Dante Murillo über Migration

4plus1 (2014), Improvisationsprojekt, Leitung David Zambrano

instant (2014), Improvisationsprojekt, Leitung Editta Braun

Paula (2014), Solo Tanz mit Iris Heitzinger

CLOSE UP (2015), mit AyseDeniz (Konzertflügel), fünf Tänzerinnen

LoSt (2016), Duo mit Iris Heitzinger & Dante Murillo

Close Up 2.0 (2017), mit Cécile Thévenot (Konzertflügel), 5 Tänzerinnen

trails (2018), Tanz und Film


SHORT PIECES

listen to the moment (1991), Auftragsarbeit für die Luxemburg Dance Company

Welcome to Salzburg (1994), Auftragsarbeit für die Ballettschule der Wiener Staatsoper

Grey Blue Sky (1995), Auftragsarbeit für die Ballettschule der Wiener Staatsoper, 15 min.

Tutu. Ça va? (1996). Rock-Ballet , 10 min.

Fahrradwerkstatt (1997), Auftragsarbeit für die Ballettschule der Wiener Staatsoper, 9  min.

Fish (1998), 12 junge Tänzerinnen, 15 min.

Fragile (1998), 23 junge Tänzerinnen, 20 min.

Dornröschen schläft (1999), Auftragsarbeit für die Ballettschule der Wiener Staatsoper, 8 min.

Prêt-à-Porter (2000), 9 junge Tänzerinnen, 20 min.

Mozart ! (2001), Quartett, 13 min.

Zwei Sonnen (2002), Duo, 30 min., Auftragsarbeit für das HumoFestival Tashkent/Usbekistan

La Boîte (2003), livemusic & dance, 25 min.


FILMS

Lufus (1986), Regie: Kurt Liwehr, ORF-Kunststücke

Monaksia (1986), Regie: Rainer Berson, Tanzfiktion

Collision (1993), Regie: Othmar Schmiderer

Bronzemedaille beim New York Film Festival; Tanzfiktion

La Vie, c’est contagieux (1994), Regie:  Wolfram Paulus; Doku

editta braun company at  Kaay Fecc Festival  in Dakar (2003), Regie: Hannes Klein; Doku für ORF

e.poration (2007), Regie: Hannes Klein; Kurzfilm