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 theater director.
She was born in Austria in 1958 (Salzkammergut), was trained in classical ballet. After completing her studies in German literature and science of 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 , 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 fueled 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
dance studies in New York, Paris and Austria.
Important teachers: Cristina Caprioli, Sônia Mota, Peter Goss, Elio Pomare; acting: Walter Lott (method acting)
studied German language and literature and science of sports at Salzburg University.
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)
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
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
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
Brucknerfest 2004 2007, and others
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
Hydraos (2020), trio
long life (2021), duo
Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Anton Bruckner Private University Linz, Impulstanz Vienna, ballet school of Vienna State Opera
choreography, theater directing, composition
Mahmoud Aboudoma, theater director
Peter Angerer, musician
Peter Arp, theater director
Christine Augustin, classical singer
Jean Babilée, Tanzlegende, dancer, choreographer
Shlomo Bitton, choreographer
Laurie Booth, choreographer
Aysedeniz Gökcin, concert pianist
Rudolf Habringer, writer
Toni Kernjak, pianist
Rebecca Murgi, dancer, choreographer
Barbara Neuwirth, writer
Wolfram Paulus, film director
Beda Percht, event director
Teresa Ranieri, choreographer
Gerda Rippel, classical singer
Othmar Schmiderer, film director
Stefan Schubert, musician
Cécile Thévenot, pianist
Fatou Traoré, dancer, choreographer
Peter Valentin, composer
Wim Vandekeybus, choreographer
Arturas Valudskis, theater director
Thierry Zaboitzeff, composer
Andrea Maria Handler
Anna Maria Müller
Jerca Rožnik Novak
Gitter (1986), solo
Passion für für Zwei (1986), duo
Lego (1987), quartet
Diva (1987), duo
Felis (1988), trio
Steinhof (1988), solo
listen to the moment (1991), commissioned work for Luxemburg Dance Company
Welcome to Salzburg (1994), commissioned work for the ballet school of the Vienna State Opera
Grey Blue Sky (1995), commissioned work for the ballet school of the Vienna State Opera, 15 min.
Tutu. Ça va? (1996). rock-ballet , 10 min.
Fahrradwerkstatt (1997), commissioned work for the ballet school of the Vienna State Opera, 9 min.
Fish (1998), for 12 young dancers, 15 min.
Fragile (1998), for 23 young dancers, 20 min.
Dornröschen schläft (1999), commissioned work for the ballet school of the Vienna State Opera, 8 min.
Prêt-à-Porter (2000), for 9 young dancers, 20 min.
Mozart ! (2001), quartet, 13 min.
Zwei Sonnen (2002), duo, 30 min., commissioned work for the HumoFestival Tashkent/Usbekistan
La Boîte (2003), live music & dance, 25 min.
kalt (2000), commissioned work for Bruckneruni Linz, 20 min.
Kellerkids (2010), Acommissioned work for Bruckneruni Linz, 20 min.
we are the 99% (2011), commissioned work for Bruckneruni Linz, 20 min.
Lufus (1986), directing: Kurt Liwehr, ORF-Kunststücke
monaxiá (1987), directing: Rainer Berson, Tanzfiktion
Collision (1993), directing: Othmar Schmiderer, dance fiction
Bronze medal at the New York Film Festival
La Vie, c’est contagieux (1994), directing: Wolfram Paulus; documentary
editta braun company at Kaay Fecc Festival in Dakar (2003), directing: Hannes Klein; documentary for the Austrian Television ORF
e.poration (2007), direcitng: Hannes Klein; dance fiction
instant Aphaia (2017), improvisation
instant Kaliska (2018), improvisation, camera: Beda Percht
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)
Ahmad Abo Kharma
PRESS ABOUT EDITTA BRAUN
"No one has so persistently shaped the dance scene in Salzburg as Editta Braun. Her unbelievable tenacity, coupled with a very personal aesthetic, is only to be found in her. Editta Braun's pieces are always significant in terms of content and on the pulse of the times; she addresses the social abysses as well as the qualities that make us human beings in the first place: Love, fear, jealousy, loneliness, happiness and longing and much more. Beautifully moving bodies in beautiful pictures are not her thing. This has long since ceased to be enough for Editta Braun. She is one who can tell stories with bodies and movements, sometimes she even succeeds with non-movements. A great woman, who was and is formative for the dance scene in Salzburg. A truly great (body) illusionist. (Leo Fellinger in Kunstbox Nachlese, 19. 1.2020)
30 years editta braun company (2019/2020)
"Adaptable and yet true to herself, she set trends long before the rest of the free dance world got on the train. The audience, local, national and international, appreciates this."
(Ditta Rudle in tanzschrift.at, 1.10.2019)
10 years editta braun company
" The Liontamer ...This is one of Braun's strengths, to move on, not to stand still. This has often taken her to her limits..."I'm fascinated by the physical, by power, by the intense live experience, also by beauty. When the interpreter is good, dance can be indescribably magical, an ethereal power, many-sided and manifold. Dance is, in short, a means to reach out to people and touch them." This shows in each of her works like the piece of wisdom given to us by Antoine de Saint-Exup?ry: "One sees only well through the heart." This is the only real truth."
Ilse Retzek in "tanzaffiche", Juni 2000
"She is the grande dame of contemporary dance theater 'made in Salzburg'. Forty-two year old dancer and choreographer Editta Braun has for the past ten years awed and touched us with her work. Curious peeks behind the facades, the ability to lure the audience into a poetic parallel universe, unbounding fantasy and a dash of wry social criticism here and there... Editta Braun is a captivating, mature artistic personality who allows us with great sensitivity glimpses of intimate moments, and who understands how to turn every short scene into a work of art..."
Heidrun Hofstetter in "tanzaffiche", August/September 2000