Dance Heimkehr

Joy Ritter, Lukas Steltner © Lukas Steltner

Thu, 10/10/2019

Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique

2022 Rue Sherbrooke E
H2K 1B9 Montréal

Public Presentation with Joy Alpuerto Ritter and Lukas Steltner

Through the collaboration of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Goethe-Institut Montreal and fabrik Potsdam – Internationales Zentrum für Tanz und Bewegungskunst, artists Joy Alpuerto Ritter and Lukas Steltner have received a residency in the studios of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique. This residency will allow them to develop further their artistic relationship and explore new avenues of creative collaboration. In counterpart, Québec artists Émile Pineault and Claudel Doucet are welcomed at the fabrik Potsdam – Internationales Zentrum für Tanz und Bewegungskunst.
Joy Alpuerto Ritter and Lukas Steltner are working on a duet with the tentative title Heimkehr (Homecoming), in which they explore the consequences of a forced separation on a couple, inspired by stories and ordeals experienced by their family members during World War II.

Heimkehr will be premiered on December 6, 2019 at Lofft Theater in Leipzig. Other performances will take place on Decemb er 7 and 8, 2019.

Joy Alpuerto Ritter

Joy Alpuerto Ritter was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. In her youth she was trained in Jazz and Ballett (RAD - Royal Academy of Dancing). Besides of that she learned Philippine and Polynesian Folk Dance in the cultural dance group led by her mother. In 2004 Joy graduated at the Palucca School in Dresden, Germany with a dance diploma. After that she started working as a freelance dancer with choreographers like Christoph Winkler, Anja Kozik, Constanza Macras, Milan Gervais, Heike Hennig and Yui Kawaguchi. During this time she expanded her repertory in Hip Hop/New Style, Breakdance and Voguing and was active in the urban dance scene in Europe. In 2011 she joined Cirque du Soleil as a dancer and aerial artist for the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour. Since 2013 she has been a dancer and rehearsal director of the Akram Khan Dance Company and the company Wangramirez where she continues her touring life all around the world. She has been nominated as "outstanding female dancer" (modern) in the Performance Until the Lions by the National Dance Awards UK.

With her own solo work Babae (2016) she has found international response as a Choreographer. Joy has been collaborating as an associate choreographer with Akram Khan, Chen Shi-Zheng, Florence and the Machine and created performances for the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), Dance Arts Faculty Rome (DAF) and Beijing dance academy.

Lukas Steltner

Lukas Steltner is a German Dancer and Actor. He found his roots in the Hip Hop culture and started with Breaking in the age of 14. In his dance he likes to explore different movement patterns, especially inspired by contemporary dance and popping. Lukas has worked with choreographers such as Heike Hennig, Johann Kresnik, Hong Nguyen Thai or Kadir “Amigo” Memis. His interest in different fields of artistic expression led him to perform in various contexts like Theater, Dancetheater, Cabaret, Circus, Cinema- and TV-productions. For the future his aim is to deepen his artistic collaboration with Joy Alpuerto Ritter as choreographers and dancers.