Chris Haring © Ella Esque
David Wampach

danceWEB Mentors 2014

Chris Haring

Worked with choreographers and companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre (London), Nikolais/Luis Dance Cie (USA), man act (GB), Nigel Charnock (GB), pilottanzt, a.o. In cooperation with multimedia artist and composer Klaus Obermaier he developed the video-dance performances D.A.V.E. and VIVISECTOR which have been successfully shown all over the world. One of his main influences for his performances, such as Fremdkoerper (Best Performance at Biennale de La Danse in Lyon 2004) is science fiction and the human body as a cybernetic landscape. In 2005 he founded Liquid Loft together with Andreas Berger, Thomas Jelinek and Stephanie Cumming. As the artistic director of Liquid Loft, he choreographed performances such as Kind of Heroes (ImPulsTanz / Burgtheater Wien 2005), Running Sushi (ImPulsTanz 2006), Talking Head (Tanzquartier Wien 2010) and the Perfect Garden Series (since 2011). In 2007 the Posing Project Series was created and Posing Project B - The Art of Seduction won the Golden Lion for the Best Performance at the Biennale di Venezia. In 2013 Chris Haring received the outstanding artists award for performing arts from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Arts (BMUKK). With Liquid Loft he was responsible for the opening performance for the Austrian Pavilion at the World EXPO in Zaragoza (2008). Lately, he has also choreographed pieces for international groups such as the Jin Xing Dance Theatre (Shanghai), Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Dialogue Dance (Russia) and Staatstheater Kassel.



David Wampach

David Wampach started out studying medicine at the Faculty of Montpellier. He quickly became interested in live performances: firstly theater, and then dance. He participated in multiple dance groups: The Company Coline in Istres, France (1999), Ex.e.r.ce (2000) at the National Choreographic Center of Montpelier, directed by Mathilde Monnier, and then the P.A.R.T.S school of Brussels with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (2001). He also participated in the training of choreographic culture offered by Laurence Louppe, from 2004 to 2006, while working on his creations.
In 2001, his approach borrowed from theatre and plastic art, developed along the way, was integrated in the Achles Association.
David Wampach co-wrote the duet D ES R A (2003) with Pierre Mourles, before creating the solo CIRCONSCIS (2004), then BASCULE (2005), a radical and hypnotic trio to the rhythm of metronomic music. Then came QUATORZE (2007), AUTO (2008), a duet with pianist, Aurélien Richard, BATTERIE (2008) and BATTEMENT (2009), a variation on the ‘grand battement’, themblematic ballet movement.
He created two new pieces in 2011: CASSETTE, a Latino version of the ballet Casse-noisette (Nutcracker), and SACRE, a reading of Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), created at the Montpellier Dance Festival in 2011. That same year he was the laureate of the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto where he spent six months.
David Wampach collaborates regularly with artists from different horizons: Director, Guillaume Vincent, writer, Jerome Game, and the gypsy group, Rumba is Compas.
In 2012, he wrote and directed his first short film, RITE, a continuation of SACRE. And in 2013, he created the solo TOUR.