Rika Yotsumoto und Daniil Shchapov

Rika Yotsumoto grew up in Munich, Germany and studied contemporary dance at Reed College University. During her studies, Rika additionally trained at Gibney Dance Center NYC and Paris Summer Academy, among others. She danced for the Oriantheatre Dance Company (FR) under the direction of Mehdi Farajpour. Since completing her dance training, Rika Yotsumoto has been living in Dresden, Germany and working as a freelance dancer with companies including Staatsschauspiel Dresden, go plastic company and Polymer DMT/Fang Yun-Lo. Choreographic works include Land of Nod (2018), waves (2019, in collaboration with Tabea Wittulsky), and La maladie de porcelaine.

Daniil Shchapov studied Contemporary Puppetry at the Ernst Busch Academy of Drama in Berlin from 2013 to 2016. He worked as a guest at the Theater an der Angel Magdeburg and the Puppentheater Magdeburg. In 2015 he was artist in residence in Queensland Brisbane as part of Robotranica. With his diploma production Requiem for a Pigeon he was invited to the 45th Fritz Wortelmann Prize of the city of Bochum. Since 2017 he has been part of the ensemble of the Puppet Theater of the tjg. theater junge generation. In Dresden, he has worked with Ania Michaelis, Nis Søgaard, Jos Van Kaan, and Ariel Doron, among others.


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