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MARIKA BLOSSFELDT

Choreographer / Dancer / Teacher / Artistic Director

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

CHOREOGRAPHER/DIRECTOR/WRITER - INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE TOURS

2003 KARMELI TÜTRED / collaboration with Raul Tammet, Haapsalu (Estonia)

2001 THE WOLF'S BRIDE / collaboration with Kiri-uu and Rene Nommik, DAB Göteborg (Sweden)

2000 IDUS VI AUGUSTI / commission for Lihula Culturehouse, Lihula (Estonia)

1999 THE WAY OF THE ARCHER / commission for Aura Dance Company, Kaunas (Lithuania)

1997 STONE CLOCK / commission for Estonia Ballet Company, Tallinn (Estonia)

1997 SANCTUARY / collaboration with Lisa Karrer, composer and Peeter Laurits, photographer, Niguliste Church, Tallinn (Estonia)

1996 LITTLE SHOE, LITTLE SHOE / commission for Estonia Ballet Company, Tallinn (Estonia)

1995-97 BIRD WOMAN SPIRIT / DIA Center for DANCE ACROSS BORDERS International Festival, New York / Light & Movement Festival, Göteborg (Sweden) / Dance Festival Evolutsioon, Tallinn (Estonia) / Silesian Dance Theater 3. Annual International Performance Festival, Bytom (Poland) / TIKE's Summer Season, Pärnu (Estonia), Drama Theater, Vilnius (Lithuania) / Danse Scene, Copenhagen (Denmark)

1993-94 CUT OFF / New York / Rakvere (Estonia)

1992 EMAPOLV, in collaboration with singers from the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tallinn, Pärnu (Estonia) / New York

1988-92 KALEVA / New Haven (USA) / Melbourne (Australia) / Tokyo, Osaka (Japan) / New York / Tallinn, Haljala, Vöru (Estonia) / Toronto (Canada) / Karlsruhe (Germany)

1983 IT'S NOT THE HAT -IT'S THE HAIR! / New York / Chicago

1982 PLAY WITH RULES / New York

 

FILM/VIDEO WRITER/DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER

1995 MOON PULSE / dance video, filmed in natural settings in Estonia (Estonia)

1991 BURIAL / 35 mm short, filmed on Mohni Island (Estonia)

1989 KALEVA, dance video / Estonian TV, Tallinn (Estonia)

1983 WE STYLED HER TO THE ROOTS / 16 mm short, New York

1982 LIPSTICK CHA-CHA / 16 mm short, New York

 

TEACHER/WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR

2000-present Kundalini Yoga / Tallinn, Rakvere, Viljandi (Estonia)

1999 Kundalini Yoga / Kaunas (Lithuania)

1999-present Kundalini Yoga / Polli Talu Arts Center, Rame küla (Estonia)

1996 Kundalini Yoga / Bytom (Poland) / Pärnu (Estonia) / Vilnius (Lithuania)

1996 Masterclass in Kundalini Yoga / John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI (USA)

1995-present Kundalini Yoga / weekly classes / New York

1992 Lecture-demonstration at Community College / Kansas City (USA)

1992 Butoh for Ruto Killakund / Tallinn (Estonia)

1991 Butoh and dance/theatre for Nordic Star Dance Theatre / Tallinn (Estonia)

1990 Butoh at Baltoscandal Festival / Pärnu (Estonia)

1990 Dance/theatre for Ansis Rutentals Theatre Group / Riga (Latvia)

1990 Dance/theatre for Aura Dance Company / Kaunas (Lithuania)

1989 Dance/theatre for Kamizawa Dance Company / Osaka and Nara (Japan)

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

2002 Project Director / video/performance workshop / Polli Talu Arts Center (Estonia)

2002 Production Manager / Yoshiko Chuma, director / La Mama E.T.C. / New York

2001 Project Director / choreography/music/lighting workshop / Polli Talu Arts Center (Estonia)

2000 Project Director / DANCE ACROSS BORDERS / Polli Talu Arts Center (Estonia)

1997 Project Director / ESTONIA CHOREOGRAPHY EXCHANGE / Tallinn (Estonia)

1996-present Founder and Artistic Director of Polli Talu Arts Center / Rame küla (Estonia)

1996 Producer / A Festival of Estonian Culture / La MaMa E.T.C. / New York

1996 Project Director / The Suitcase Fund choreographers' exchange project / Tallinn (Estonia)

1991-present Assistant to composer La Monte Young and visual artist Marian Zazeela / New York

1991 Assistant Choreographer to Tamar Rogoff, commission for Aura Dance Company / Kaunas (Lithuania)

1991 Assistant Choreographer to Bonnie Sue Stein, commission for Nordic Star Dance Theatre / Tallinn (Estonia)

1991-94 Artistic Advisor for Nordic Star Dance Theatre / Tallinn (Estonia)

1990 Production Assistant for Carnegie Recital Hall appearance of Soko Kurachi, one-string koto player

1988-present Founding Member and Associate Director of GOH Productions, a not-for-profit arts organization / New York

1988 Member of Great Jones Street Repertory Company / La MaMa E.T.C. / New York

1986 Assistant Choreographer to Alvaro Restrepo in FROM THE ORCHARD OF THE MUTES / La MaMa E.T.C. / New York

1984-87 Member of Empty Hands Dance Theatre / New York

 

DANCER

2001 VOICE OF A SEER, Susan Osberg / Here / New York

1997 ECHO, Susan Osberg / Danspace at St. Marks Church / New York

1995/96 SPIRIT RUINS, Muna Tseng / El Paso TX / Göteborg (Sweden) / Sheboygan (USA)

1994-96 THE PINK, Muna Tseng / Hong Kong / New York / Chicago / Lexington (USA) / Tallinn (Estonia)

1993 THE BRIDE AND HER BACHELOR, Michael Rush / The Little Theatre, New Haven (USA)

1993 TEMPLE OF DREAMS, Susan Osberg / Danspace at St. Marks Church, New York

1992 WALKING TO AMERICA, Bonnie Sue Stein / Cleveland, New Haven (USA)

1991 IN DEEP, Tamar Rogoff / Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors, New York

1991 ONE HAND TAKES FROM THE OTHER, Barbara Hofrenning / The Kitchen, Danspace at St. Mark's Church / New York

1990 TO SOW AND TO SWEEP, Tamar Rogoff / 14th Street Y, New York / Tartu, Tallinn, Kärdla (Estonia)

1989 ANGLE OF ASCENT, Tamar Rogoff / Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors, New York

1988 SLEEP DISTURBANCES, Tamar Rogoff / P.S. 122 / New York

1988 MYTHOS OEDIPUS, Ellen Stuart / La MaMa E.T.C. / New York

1987 COMBING THE WILL, Barbara Hofrenning / Knitting Factory, P.S. 122, New York

1987 PANAMA, Cho Kyoo Hyun / La MaMa E.T.C., New York

1987 MATTER OF FACT, Sin Cha Hong / La MaMa E.T.C. / New York

1986/87 DISTILLATIONS I-V, Tamar Rogoff / DTW, P.S. 122 / New York

1985 OILE, Liliana Villegas / Teatro Colon, Bogota (Colombia)

1984 AGA, Cho Kyoo Hyun / La MaMa E.T.C. / New York

1984 ANCESTRAL ENERGIES, Tamar Rogoff / Eden's Expressway / New York

1983 MIGRATIONS, Tamar Rogoff / Washington Square Church / New York

1982 MEN AND WOMEN, Anne Bogart / P.S. 122 / New York

1979 TOXCATL, Ric Schachtebeck / Hochschule der Künste, West Berlin

 

FILM/TV

1992 OPERATION WANDERING SOUL, video, Ernest Gusella / New York

1989 KALEVA / Estonian TV, Tallinn (Estonia)

1989 DAVID BOWIE Music Video / New York

1988 THE LASERMAN, Peter Wang / New York

1987 BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY, James Bridges, MGM/UA / New York

1983 CRESCENDO, Rocky Greenberg, Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, West German TV

1981 OH, IT'S YOU!, Minda Novek / Gowanus Monumental Show / New York

 

PUBLISHED ARTICLES

1992 "How to teach a Choir to Dance." Kultuur ja Elu (Estonian magazine) / Tallinn

1990 "Is my Place here?" Kultuur ja Elu (Estonian magazine) / Tallinn

1990 "Journey to Lithuania during the Blockade." Estonian Life (Estonian paper) / Tallinn

 

AWARDS/GRANTS

2001, 2002 The Trust for Mutual Understanding: grant through GOH Productions for international workshops at Polli Talu Arts Center / Rame küla (Estonia)

1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 The Culture Link program of the Soros Foundations: grants to conduct workshops/symposia at Polli Talu Arts Center / Rame küla (Estonia)

1997 An ArtsLink grant through GOH Productions for ESTONIA CHOREOGRAPHY EXCHANGE

1995 Grant from The Suitcase Fund for choreographers' exchange project / Tallinn (Estonia)

1995 The Trust for Mutual Understanding: grant through GOH Productions for A Festival of Estonian Culture at La MaMa E.T.C. / New York

1995 Finishing grant from the Experimental Television Foundation for MOON PULSE

1995 The Foundation for Estonian Arts and Letters: grant for MOON PULSE

1994 An ArtsLink Travel/Production grant through GOH Productions for MOON PULSE

1994 The Foundation for Estonian Arts and Letters: grant for MOON PULSE

1992 The Open Estonia Foundation: travel grant through GOH Productions for EMAPOLV

1992 The Estonian Relief Committee: grant for EMAPOLV

1991 The Trust for Mutual Understanding: grant through GOH Productions for EMAPOLV

1991 Award from the Estonian National Council in Canada for promoting Estonian culture internationally

1991 The Foundation for Estonian Arts and Letters: grant for EMAPOLV

1989 Cultural Achievement Award from the Kreutzwald Museum in Voru (Estonia) for the creation of KALEVA

1988 Estonian Relief Committee: grant for KALEVA

1988 The Foundation for Estonian Arts and Letters: grant for KALEVA

 

EDUCATION / TRAINING

 

HEALING MODALITIES

2005 Certification as Holistic Health Counselor, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, NYC

2001/3 Reiki I and II, Aime Andra, Rame kčla (Estonia)

1995 Certification as Kundalini Yoga Instructor, 3HO New York

 

DANCE / THEATRE

1992 Laboratory in Composition for Experienced Choreographers, Bessie Schönberg / New York

1986 Butoh with Min Tanaka / Tokyo

1980-90

Modern dance: Merce Cunningham Studio / New York, Ruth Currier (Limon technique) / New York, Carol Conway (Hawkins technique) / New York

Allan Wayne technique with Tamar Rogoff, Coralie Romanyshyn, Paul Langland / New York

Developmental movement with Gail Stern / New York

Alexander technique with Ann Rodiger / New York

Dance/theatre with Meredith Monk, The House / New York

Voice and movement with Beverly Brown / New York

1983/84 Classical ballet, Tanzakademie Vogl / West Berlin

1979/80 Experimental dance/theatre with Ric Schachtebeck / West Berlin

 

VISUAL ARTS

1984 M.A./Painting, Prof. Raimund Girke / Hochschule der Künste, West Berlin

1978-84 Painting / Hochschule der Künste, West Berlin

1976/77 Textile design / Textil Institutet, Boras (Sweden)

 

SPECIAL SKILLS

Costume/set design, photography, graphic design, architectural models

 

LANGUAGES

Fluent in German, English, Swedish, Estonian

 

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