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Philipp Gehmacher grew up in Salzburg and in Vienna. In 1993 he went to London Contemporary Dance School where he received a BA in Contemporary Dance in 1996. After the first solo the mumbling fish he enrolled for an MA Dance Studies at Laban Centre London which he was awarded in 1999. After ten years in London he returned to Vienna during the Summer 2003.

During his final period in London he choreographed the pieces in the absence, Holes and Bodies and embroyder. For the opening of Tanzquartier Wien in 2001 he created the duet good enough, which, after a period of international touring, was reworked into a new version with the choreographer Raimund Hoghe in 2004 and last shown at ÖsterreichTanzt 06. With mountains are mountains he presented his first evening length group piece coproduced by Springdance Utrecht, Tanzquartier Wien, Podewil Berlin and Vooruit Gent.  During the season 2004/05 he realised the project incubator, which was created over four stops in Vienna, Berlin, Brussels and Lyon. The coproducing partners Tanzquartier Wien, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Kaaitheater Brüssel and Les Subsistances Lyon were each presenting a unique version of the developing piece. In Spring 2006 the solo das überkreuzen beyder hände with the pianist Alexander Lonquich, initiated by Mozarteum Salzburg, Szene Salzburg and impulstanz Wien, was premiered at the Dialoge Festival in the Mozarteum Salzburg. Upon an invitation of Montpellier Danse Festival, Philipp Gehmacher created in the frame of Le Vif de Sujet the solo between now and then for the French dancer Frédéric Schrackenmuller.

2007 saw the premiere of both the trio like there’s no tomorrow (trio), coproduced by Tanzquartier Wien, Kaaitheater Brussels, Montpellier Danse 07, Centre National de la Danse Pantin and Pact Zollverein Essen and the duet MAYBE FOREVER, coproduced by Kaaitheater Brussels, Volksbühne Berlin, Theatre de la Ville Paris, Wexner Arts Centre Columbus, Ohio, created with the American choreographer Meg Stuart.

For Tanzquartier Wien he curated the series STILL MOVING in March 2008, introducing the Lecture Performance format walk+talk, which he is currently touring. The video installation dead reckoning, created together with the visual artist Vladimir Miller has been premiered at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna in January 2009 and will be shown next at steirischer herbst 2009.

2001 Philipp Gehmacher was the Austrian participant of the EU-project apap intiated by Szene Salzburg with Residences in Kortrijk, Berlin and Lisbone. 2002 he was touring with the dance roads network organised by dietheater Wien. Philipp Gehmacher’s choreographic works have been shown at the Choreographic Plattform Austria in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2009.

2000 he received the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and 2002 a prestigious Jerwood Choreography Award. He was Artist in Residence at dietheater Wien in 2002 and at Tanzquartier Wien during the season 2003/04.

2006 the book incubator, edited by Philipp Gehmacher, Angela Glechner and Peter Stamer was published and launched by Passagen Verlag Wien.

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After finishing studies in criminology, Christine De Smedt ‘s interest moved to dance and performance and went to study different movement research techniques.

Christine De Smedt is a member of the company Les Ballets C. de la B. (Ghent, Belgium) since 1990. She presented her own work since 1993, a solo ‘La force fait l’union fait la force’, a travelling project in the Balkan ‘Escape Velocity’ (1998) and between 2000-2005 she worked on a large scale choreography project, 9x9, realised in 15 different cities in Europe and Canada. She was artistic coordinator for Les Ballets C. de la B between 2003 and 2005.

De Smedt was collaborating for several years with Meg Stuart-Damaged Goods and initiated the multidisciplinary improvisation project Crash Landing in collaboration with Meg Stuart and David Hernandez (1996-1999). In the last years, she worked with Marten Spångberg, Mette Edvardsen, Christelle Fillod, Milli Bitterli, Susanne Berggren and was performing in Project by Xavier Le Roy. Lately she collaborated with Eszter Salamon for the quartet nvsbl (2006) and the duet dance#1/Driftworks (2008).

In 2008 she was also working with Myriam Van Imschoot on PickUpVoices (mingles historical research and performance), and with Philipp Gehmacher and Vladimir Miller for the video installation Dead Reckoning. 

 

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