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About Johanna Ackva

Johanna Ackva is a dancer and choreographer, working mostly in collective constellations or collaborating with artists of different backgrounds and media. She is especially interested in the sensorial, affective and political dimensions of the diverse relationships existing between the self and the world. Investigating and renegotiating these relationships with commitment and humor is central to her work.

Johannas artistic approach is informed by philosophical and anthropological theory as well as the practice of Somatics and a variety of other body-based techniques, ranging from dance improvisation to meditation or singing. She lets herself be led by her curiosity about what it is that moves us – on a macro and micro scale, globally as well as locally. Since 2014, her collaboratively made works have touched upon diverse topics such as work and its value (The Agreement), experiences of natural wastelands and solitude (Salt Lake), or notions of femininity and their relation to fluids (Women and Watery Men, EARTHBOUND SQUATTERS).

In 2019, Johanna realized two choreographic works for which she invited several other dancers and musicians. thank you for all the food that i have received in my life was presented in the frame of Berlin’s Project Space Festival at VERY and took the visitors of an exhibition in a procession to the nearby river Panke. The performance addressed the notion of pro-gress, a movement forwards, as a collective and a non-linear one. Out of Our Hands, a work co-produced by and presented at Tanzfabrik Berlin, delicately explored mortality as a factor of radical limitation and vulnerability. For this work Johanna received the Early Career Funding (Einstiegsförderung) of the city of Berlin. To continue her investigation into the same topic, Johanna was granted the Elsa-Neumann-Scholarship 2020/21.

Next to pursuing her own choreographic work, Johanna is part of Suddenly collective, which comprises thirteen international dance artists based in Berlin. Limitation Piece (2018) and ESPRIT (2019) have been the first pieces made by the collective, following a principle of shifting artistic roles for each project. She currently writes as a dance critic for ada Studio and teaches at Universität der Künste Berlin as a guest teacher in the interdisciplinary institute Studium Generale. Johanna has danced and performed for, amongst others: Monster Truck, Nicole Wendel, Lea Martini & Dennis Deter, Grażyna Roguski, Emma Tricard, Madalina Dan, Barbara Bess and Roni Katz.

Johanna Ackva is a dancer and choreographer, working mostly in collective constellations or collaborating with artists of different backgrounds and media. She is especially interested in the sensorial, affective and political dimensions of the diverse relationships existing between the self and the world. Investigating and renegotiating these relationships with commitment and humor is central to her work.

Johannas artistic approach is informed by philosophical and anthropological theory as well as the practice of Somatics and a variety of other body-based techniques, ranging from dance improvisation to meditation or singing. She lets herself be led by her curiosity about what it is that moves us – on a macro and micro scale, globally as well as locally. Since 2014, her collaboratively made works have touched upon diverse topics such as work and its value (The Agreement), experiences of natural wastelands and solitude (Salt Lake), or notions of femininity and their relation to fluids (Women and Watery Men, EARTHBOUND SQUATTERS).

In 2019, Johanna realized two choreographic works for which she invited several other dancers and musicians. thank you for all the food that i have received in my life was presented in the frame of Berlin’s Project Space Festival at VERY and took the visitors of an exhibition in a procession to the nearby river Panke. The performance addressed the notion of pro-gress, a movement forwards, as a collective and a non-linear one. Out of Our Hands, a work co-produced by and presented at Tanzfabrik Berlin, delicately explored mortality as a factor of radical limitation and vulnerability. For this work Johanna received the Early Career Funding (Einstiegsförderung) of the city of Berlin. To continue her investigation into the same topic, Johanna was granted the Elsa-Neumann-Scholarship 2020/21.

Next to pursuing her own choreographic work, Johanna is part of Suddenly collective, which comprises thirteen international dance artists based in Berlin. Limitation Piece (2018) and ESPRIT (2019) have been the first pieces made by the collective, following a principle of shifting artistic roles for each project. She currently writes as a dance critic for ada Studio and teaches at Universität der Künste Berlin as a guest teacher in the interdisciplinary institute Studium Generale. Johanna has danced and performed for, amongst others: Monster Truck, Nicole Wendel, Lea Martini & Dennis Deter, Grażyna Roguski, Emma Tricard, Madalina Dan, Barbara Bess and Roni Katz.