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 literature and science of sports at Salzburg University.


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)

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 of other fields

Jean Babilée, dancer, choreographer

Thierry Zaboitzeff, composer

Peter Valentin, composer

Arturas Valudskis, theater director

Cécile Thévenot, pianist

Aysedeniz Gökcin, pianist

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



collaboration with dancers/performers

Zoé Alibert

Katja Bablick

Georg Blaschke

Patricia Böhn

Cornelia Böhnisch

Valentina Bordenave

Sonia Borkowicz

Sonia Browne-Balaz

Magdaléna Čaprdová

Paula Dominici

Nadine Duda

Christoph Eichinger

Viviana Escalé

Milos Galko

Céline Guillaume

Ulrike Hager

Eva Hager-Forstenlechner

Andrea Maria Handler

Iris Heitzinger

Lisa Hinterreithner

Sandra Hofstötter

Cat Jimenez

Maria Koliopoulou

Jurai Korec

Sébastien Laurent

Dorota Lecka

Hubert Lepka

Anna Lis

Marcella Mancini

Leon Maric

Barbara Motschiunik-Adametz

Anna Maria Müller

Dante Murillo

Kamil Mrosowski

Barbara Mülleder

Sabrina Oukal

Andrej Petrovic

Jianan Qu

Nirina Rajohanesa

Sabile Rasiti

Jerca Rožnik Novak

Erich Rudolf

Michaela Schweighofer

Ibrahima Sene

Vadislav Soltys

Tomaz Simatovic

Max Steiner

Pascal Thièbe

Robert Tirpak

Ornilia Ubisse

Špela Vodeb

Stella Zannou


collaboration with actors

Ahmad Abo Kharma

Sherif Dessoki

Daniela Enzi

Christoph Kail

Markus Kofler

Khaled Raafat

Sara Rashad







FULL EVENING PIECES

Die Jagd (1989)

Materialien für Tanz & Musik (1990)

Collision (1991), duo with Jean-Yves Ginoux

Bonjour Adieu (1991), commissioned work for Luxemburg Dance Company

But kind old sun will know ... (1992)

La vie, c’est contagieux (1993) with Jean Babilée

Voyage à Napoli (1994), Rock’n Roll & Dance

Titania (1995), duo with Céline Guillaume about Sisi

Im Dschungel des Pianisten (1996)

Heartbeat - Concerto for Dance & Music (1997), duo with the musician/composer Thierry Zaboitzeff

India (1998), created in Southindia

Miniaturen (1999), commissioned work

Nebensonnen (2000), Quartett

Luvos, vol. 2 (2001), Quintett

manifest (2002), created in Senegal, acting, dance, martial arts

Tajine (2003), improvisation project for live music and dance

Eurydike (2004), Brucknerfest Linz, cooperation with schauspielhaus salzburg, Junge Philharmonie Salzburg/Elisabeth Fuchs and the writer Barbara Neuwirth

oXalis (2005), created in Greece and Austria

Eurydike revisited (2006), commissioned work for Welttheaterfestival Carnuntum

Matches of Time (2006)

Coppercity 1001 (2007), created in Egypt and Austria

Wenn ich einmal tot bin, komme ich ins Paradies (2008), dance and live-music

Abseits (2009), created in Portugal and Austria

King Arthur (2010), acting and dance

schluss mit kunst (2011), dance and acting

planet LUVOS (2012), Quintett, co-production with Brucknerhaus Linz

derzeit wohnhaft in (2013), solo by Dante Murillo about migration

4plus1 (2014), improvisation project, direction David Zambrano

instant (2014), mprovisation project, direction Editta Braun

Paula (2014), solo by Iris Heitzinger

CLOSE UP (2015), with AyseDeniz (piano, composition) and 5 dancer

LoSt (2016), duo with Iris Heitzinger & Dante Murillo

Close Up 2.0 (2017), with Cécile Thévenot (piano, composition) and 5 dancer

trails (2018), dance & film

Fanghoumé (2019), trio

Layaz (2019), duo


TEACHING

Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Anton Bruckner Private University Linz, Impulstanz Vienna, ballet school of Vienna State Opera

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. BoD 2009.


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)