Katrin Schafitel

Dancer, Performer

Katrin Schafitel has lived and worked in Munich since 1999. Her special interest is live improvisation. At the moment the work takes place in public space and exhibition venues, with the object-costumes ZWINK 1 and ZWINK 2 by Robert Kis, with the people she encounters inside and outside - indoors and outdoors. #ZWINK2021, supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK - STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR. Support Program Dance. ZWINK 2 was invited in cooperation with the alphorn player Katrin Vogel at the soundance festival in Berlin 2021 as well as at "geöffnet - we are open" Schwere Reiter Munich. ZWINK 1 was able to make a stopover at the KloHäuschen Munich and the Containergalerie in Munich.

Thanks to project funding and support from colleagues, institutions, associations and natural persons, as well as relatives, acquaintances, friends and companions, I could and may learn, experiment, represent and be. It is hunger and curiosity, a necessity of life, the work with the body in and with movement. For my mental and physical balance, also called health, I need this - the creative, experimental work with the body and the artistic exchange with my environment.

As a freelance dancer, she has worked with a wide variety of choreographers and directors, including Rosemary Butcher, Stefan Dreher, Caroline Finn, Achim Freyer, Zenta Haerter, Amir Hosseinpour, Anna Konjetzky, Andreas Kriegenburg, Helmut Ott, Claudia Senoner, Katja Wachter and Richard Wagner.

With them she was invited to national and international festivals, e.g. Festival Rencontres Essonne Danse - Paris, Festival Interplay - Turin, Les Repérages - Lille, Amber Festival - Istanbul, Soliloquios y Diálogos Bailados - Mexico D.F., International Dance Festival - Athens and Lisbon, DANCE Festival and SpielART Festival - Munich, Temps d'images - Düsseldorf, Nottdance Festival - Nottingham.
In 2012, together with Katja Wachter, she won the Critics Award at the Festival of Choreographic Miniatures (FKM) in Belgrade with the duet Boléro-Bolero. In 2012, together with Katja Wachter, she won the Critics' Prize at the Festival of Choreographic Miniatures (FKM) in Belgrade with the duet Boléro-Bolero. Several times she received working and further education scholarships from the city of Munich.

"As a dancer, Katrin Schafitel has been one of the formative players in the independent Munich dance scene since 1999. With her nuanced, fully matured performing personality, she has worked in productions by Katja Wachter, Angela Dauber, Monica Gomis, Helmut Ott and Anna Konjetzky, among others. She also performs at the Bavarian State Opera and can be seen on national stages and at international festivals. Up to now, the pieces of others have lived from her charisma and expressiveness - with simultaneous aesthetic agility. Now the artist is ready to go one step further." (from the 2013 jury statement)

She is interested in intersections of dance, music, and visual art and in researching improvisation in the exchange of composition, choreography, and performance.

Katrin Schafitel