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Klaudia Franziska Wittmann

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    I am a dancer, choreographer, artist-researcher, and co-director of KWAM Collective, a group of international multi-disciplinary artists. My academic and creative work explores questions of sexual difference, femininity, abuse, and the political body.

    Formerly, I had been a rhythmic gymnast as part of the German national team for 5 years. I then moved to the UK to train in dance (London Studio Centre, UAL) and physical theatre (JV2), and later in dance movement psychotherapy (Goldsmiths, University of London) and psychoanalysis. I have performed for a number of national and international choreographers and performance artists, and in recent years have developed my own creative practice as part of KWAM Collective, with funding support by a number of UK art organisations including East London Dance, ECHO, The Place and the Abderrahim Crickmay Charitable Settlement. Our latest work, short film SOMA (2023), is currently being distributed across international screendance and film festivals.

    PhD Project

    My M4C (AHRC)-funded practice-based PhD project 'Imperfection of the Perfect Body: an interdisciplinary exploration of gendered oppression in female gymnastics through choreographic practice' investigates the recent global abuse scandals in women's gymnastics, and develops new choreographic methods to shed light on the underlying structure as well as embodied experiences of the oppression. My theoretical framework draws on feminist and queer theory as well as psychoanalysis.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Dance Movement Psychotherapy, MA, Goldsmiths, University of London

    Award Date: 1 Sept 2019

    Theatre Dance, Degree, University of the Arts London

    Award Date: 1 Sept 2012

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