Cree Barnett Williams



Born in the UK, Cree studied at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London and graduated with First Class Honours in her BA. She began to work as a freelance dance artist with choreographers such as Dane Hurst, Hubert Essakow and Mark Bruce, amongst others, as well as working collaboratively as a guest artist with London based New Movement Collective. She has taught extensively for Rambert School on both their degree course and their pre-vocational summer course, and has also been involved in education and outreach for non-professional adults and young people. Cree joined Johannes Wieland as a guest at the Staatstheater Kassel in March 2015 and is a full time member since the season 2016/17.

Luca Ghedini



Luca was born in Verona, Italy in 1988. He started his dance education in 2002 and attended different workshops in Europe (Italy, UK, France, Sloveny, Holland, Germany) and New York. He is a dancer of Hip Hop, Jazz Rock, House Dance, Popping, Contemporary. Luca is a teacher of Hip Hop and House Dance. He danced in Oxygen Hip Hop Company, Tha Leaf Hip Hop Company, Hdemy Cru Company, Iuvenis Danza Company, M&N Dance Company. He graduated in Psychology in University of Padua.

Zoe Gyssler



Zoe was born in Basel and grew up in Spain. After a long training in gymnastics she went on to contemporary dance formation in Barcelona (Varium). Later on she studied in the Music and Dance Academy in Jerusalem, where she formed part of the Repertory Dance Ensemble JADE, which performed pieces by Sharon Eyal, Vertigo, Johan Inger and others. Back in Switzerland she worked as a freelancer for the Cathy Sharp Dance Ensemble, Marcel Leemann, Edan Gorlicki and performed in different other projects in Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Israel. Whilst working as a freelancer Zoe also taught classes for non-professional adults and young people and lead educational dance theater school projects. 2013 she co-founded Bufo Makmal ( and created together with the collective Into Pieces and ALL.ES. She is currently part of the ensemble of Staatstheater Kassel under the direction of Johannes Wieland and is involved in Production and Public Relations for Bufo Makmal.

Gotaute Kalmataviciute



Gotaute was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1992 and started dancing in Kaunas dance theatre Aura studio (artistic director Birutė Letukaitė) when she was a child and became a full-time dancer in 2011 through 2014 in the company. During that time she worked with different Lithuanian and foreign choreographers such as Birutė Letukaitė (Lithuania), Anne-Linn Akselsen (Norway), Adrian Minkowicz Amos Ben-Tal (Netherlands) Ferenc Feher (Hungary) and Deborah Light (UK). Gotaute performed in various international dance festivals in Lithuania, Poland, Italy, Sweden and Germany. In 2011/2013 she worked with Johannes Wieland for the creation of “box mélancolique” commissioned by Kaunas dance theatre Aura. Currently she is also studying political science in Kaunas Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. (photo: Svetlana Batura)

Niv Melamed



Niv Melamed was born in ocean-side Haifa, Israel in 1988, where he trained in and taught Capoeira, acrobatics, and Afro-Brazilian dance. After his army service, Niv followed his interest in theater, taking courses at the "Nissan-Nativ" acting school (Tel Aviv), and continued to contemporary dance and choreography studies in Haifa, and co-founding a dance collective. In 2013, moved to Austria to study in SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance). Niv is fascinated by creation and the political function of body and choreography, considers himself a naïve optimist, and loves the desert. He has presented pieces in festivals in Israel and Austria, and collaborated with Roy Assaf (IL), Deganit Shemy (IL), Theo Clinkard (UK), and Paul Blackman (AU). Niv is excited to collaborate with Johannes Wieland's dance company of Staatstheater Kassel in the 2016 season.

Safet Mistele



Safet Mistele was born November 19th in 1992 in Laupheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. He began to dance Hip-hop when he was 14 years old in Wuppertal. A year later, he was part of the teenage cast of “Kontakthof mit Teenagern ab 14” from Pina Bausch in which he was dancing until 2012. This experience convinced him to become a professional dancer. To realize this wish, he took part in the audition for the Folkwang University of Arts, Essen in 2010. During his bachelor studies, he had the opportunity to learn and dance repertory from Pina Bausch and José Limon. One highlight during his bachelor program was perticipating in the piece “Le Sacre du Printemps” from Pina Bausch. He graduated and decided to continue studying at Folkwang in their master program.

Victor Adrian Marinus Andreas Rottier



Dancer Victor Rottier is coming from the small city of Doetinchem,The Netherlands. He started dancing hip-hop related styles before entering the Dance Academy of Lucia Marthas in Amsterdam. While freelancing as a dance teacher he did more commercial work like back up dancing for Diana Ross, he finished his MBO dance education in 2010. That same year he enrolled in the Bachelor of Dance program at Artez Dance Academy in Arnhem. After dancing in pieces from Angelin Preljocaj, Joerie Dubbe, Jerome Mayer, Amos Ben Tal and the 'Think Big' Künstlerresidenz Programm 2013 in Hannover he was part of Club Guy & Roni's Poectic Disasters Club and finished his Bachelor in 2014.

Alessia Ruffolo



Born in Toronto, Canada, Alessia is currently pursuing her BFA in dance, on scholarship, at Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In January 2016, during her third year, Alessia joined Johannes Wieland as a guest dancer at Staatsheater Kassel. After graduation, she is excited to return again as a guest for the 2017 season. She has worked with choreographers Maxine Doyle, Tom Weinberger, Luke Murphy, Jessica Hendricks and Terrance Marling, and has performed works by Lar Lubovitch, Dwight Rhoden and Aszure Barton. Alessia was part of the Springboard Danse Montreal project under the direction of Alexandra Wells for two consecutive years, along with Le Domaine Forget with Victor Quijada(Rubberbandance), and Gallim Dance. She trained in theater/acting for film at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and The New York Film Academy, Los Angeles, CA. Alessia is a touring faculty member in Canada with The Fresh Dance Intensive, and has also taught workshops in South Carolina, and at The School of Alberta Ballet.

Shafiki Sseggayi



Shafiki Sseggayi stole many hearts at 'So You Think You Can Dance Netherlands' in 2011.
 Because of his power, energy, devotion and humble attitude he made a big impression on the jury and audience. He was born in a small African village in Uganda far from the city. When he was 15 he moved to the city to his father, brothers and sisters. 6 Years later he got in touch with dance and he never stopped ever since, dancing every day. Dance, mostly African contemporary, brought and taught him so much in movement as well as character. He loves to bring this dance and African mentality forward to anyone interested and make cultures meet. In Uganda he was part of different companies like Keiga dance company, Mutumizi dance company, and Latin Flavor where he was performer, choreographer and teacher. Because there was no dance school like in the West, he learned to choreograph and dance in his own, unique and very creative way. He worked for Wim Vandekeybus in Brussels in December 2013. Right now he lives in Germany and is very excited to work with the Staatstheater Kassel for all of next season.

Juan José Tirado Pulido


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Juan José Tirado Pulido was born in 1986 in Jaén, Spain. This dancer, which is also a great computer engineer, started his artistic life at the age of 8 drawing and making martial arts. In 2004 when he discovered a group of bboys dancing on the street and since that moment, his life would never be the same. He founded with his best friend a group called "Freneticos", and they pursued the dream of making their own powerful and differenciate style. They travelled around Europe together compeeting in international events, learning and sharing with the best bboys of the world. Afterwards he met his master, Eva Durban, and he started to dance in her company "Volans Danza" days after. Eva pushed him to reach his dream of being the best possible dancer. He did not doubt about his possibilities, so he started to travel even more, studying the movement from the best contemporary dancers. He moved to Berlin and he founded with three more professional dancers a small company called "Frantics". They created their pieces, exploring through the experimental hip-hop, contemporary dance and bboying.

Sebastian Zuber



Sebastian Zuber was born in Basel, Switzerland and graduated in 2015 from Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. As a dancer, he co-created and performed in several works (“Waving to Virginia”, “Blood for Honey”, “No more Bambies”) of the israeli choreographer Eyal Bromberg. Shortly after his graduation, Zuber became part of the ensemble of “more than naked” by Doris Uhlich. Among several other international venues, it was also performed as the opening show at the Impulstanz Festival in 2015. Together with Edivaldo Ernesto, who strongly influences his work as a dancer, he danced in the site-specific performance “Micro Revolution” by Judith Sanchez Ruiz, ACUD Berlin. Since 2015, he has been a member of the YUGSAMAS Movement Collective, which created “Let the bodies speak”, in collaboration with the choreographer Julia Schwartzbach. In 2016, YUGSAMAS premiered their first independent production “Collage me”. In 2016, several engagements as an acting performer followed at the Opera of Zurich. He thereby had the chance to be part of productions by Christoph Marthaler (“Il viaggio a Reims”), Sebastian Baumgarten (“Hamletmaschine”) and Herbert Fritsch (“Der Freischütz”). The Videoclip, “Inside a Cube”, in which Zuber contributed as its dancer, won the first prize at the Zoom-Festival, Basel '15. Since October 2016, he is a full member of the Johannes Wieland Company at Staatstheater Kassel. As a choreographer and producer, he yielded “A professional Failure”, “LOWBALL” and “Accalia”.