biography

Natalie Hofmann is a performer, dancer, choreographer and visual artist.

 

She comes to the arts first with painting, writing and dance and soon creates her first performances. Since 2004, she dedicates her research to movement as the most appropriate discipline to confront the futile nature of being.

Parallel to her years of studies at the Fine Arts School of Marseille, she learns different techniques and approaches to movement: Contact-Improvisation, butô, yoga, contemporary dance, movement analysis, biomechanics, BMC ... from which she explores the material of cellular memory, faith, situations, as well as her own physical and emotional limits.

 

A time spent in West Afrika, in India and Nepal influence her as much as the artists, choreographers and movement specialists she meets on her way ( Steve Paxton,  Lisa Nelson, Deborah Hay, Christophe Haleb, Julyen Hamilton, Barbara Mahler ).

She moves to Berlin, takes part in a dance program and deepens her knowledge and practice of Release-techniques, somatic movement and Body Mind Centering. She meets Meg Stuart, Keith Hennessy, Susan Klein and Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen and dives into the post-punk milieu of the berliner avant-garde.

Distinct imagery, contrasts and breakage, humor, risk and coincidence are the ingredients she utilizes to generate friction with society’s values and definitions. Natalie´s work continues to negotiate the limits of dance, performance, installation and explores voice, language, and video. She creates performances, choreographies and site-specific pieces and collaborates with different kinds of artists.

Since 2008 she creates Blue (solo), Here Hello (solo), Hymn (solo), Popo, Neuneu, Concon et Nunuche (duet), Nuts (group piece), Red is Green (solo in collaboration with Fabrice Césario), AIM (quintet), White is Orange (performance/ installation), Unknown (performance/installation), Pas Lapin (duet), Etendues poreuses (performance/installation) and Sensual Clouds (solo).

Her work was shown at Tanzfabrik Berlin, ISBA (institute of the Fine Arts in Besançon), Marseille Objectif Danse, La Distillerie in Aubagne, La Compagnie in Marseille, at Ponderosa Tanzlandfestival in Germany at the Museum of Salagon and et Mac Arteum (museum for contemporary arts at Chateauneuf le Rouge, France).

 

Regularly she shares her practice in workshops and regular classes. Since 2012 she is involved in the promotion of Contact-Improvisation in Marseille. 2015 she creates her own company, la nhdc ("no hesitation - dare communion")