PUC collective was founded in 2017 by the artists Anna Possarnig and Maria Shurkhal in collaboration with composer Amir A. Ahmadi. Since its debut piece Bauhaus Tanzt (I.) – which focused on the alliance of contemporary music, dance and design – PUC became a platform for transmitting/communicating/presenting interdisciplinary art. The company is based in Vienna, Austria, and functions under Verein Studio Fugu
Puc and Friends event celebrated 2 years anniversary of our collective! We are enternaly greatful to all the artists who took park in this beautiful evening and created magic on and off stage. PUC and Friends has alredy become a blissful sweet memory of our hearts ❤
To safe and share the impressions and expressions of that night we publish the colorful gallery of the night captured by the talanted Cristi Serban.
Artists on photos:
Michael Pinkas Jaqueline Kopacinski Cie. tauschfühlung Ruby Tuesday Felix Read Dakota Wayne Desi Bonato Soraya Leila Gisela Elisa Heredia & Tanz.coop
technical support – one and only Balu
all around host help – Thomas Pröll, Kai Chung Chuang,
the theater where PUC journey began – Ateliertheater Wien
Jerca Rožnik Novak, born in 1992 in Ljubljana in Slovenia. She finished Art high school for contemporary dance in Ljubljana in 2011. 2016 she graduated at Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz in Austria. With 2017 she is continuing at the same university with the master studies in pedagogy. Before coming to Linz in the year 2011 she was a part of the project “The Daddy Project“ at Plesni Teater Ljubljana. The same project won Ksenija Hribar award for promising dancers in 2013. She created a piece “Hweōl… in the whirlwind of time” together with Leon Marič in 2016.
She collaborated with choreographers such as Willi Dorner, Rose Breuss, Gisela Elisa Heredia Anna Gulyás, Maria Koliopoulou, Matjaz Farič, Johannes Wieland and was a part of the production L’Italiana in Algeri for Tirol Festspiele Erl. She is a part of the piece BLUE INK by Enya Belak, premiered at Plesni Teater Ljubljana in September 2018. She is collaborating with editta braun company since 2014 and is a part of a recent piece called Trails. She is working with SILK Fluegge since 2014. Recently she is creating with Johannes Randolf and is dancing in a duet “2gather/al(l)one”. The solo version of the piece won an Award for promising piece and the best performance at Festival Ukrep: ENTER in Slovenia. She is a part of PUC Collective and is a part of the “Bauhaus tanzt II”.
born 1990 in Linz (AT) is another member of PUC. After some years in Graz, studying Art History and Culture Anthoropology, she returned to her hometown to continue her studies at Kunstuni Linz, where she is studying currently Media Culture and Art Theory. While she was focused many years onto architectural and historical aspects at her studies, she got lately more and more interested into contemporary art and media arts. That`s why she started to work for several festivals in the last years, like transmediale Berlin, tanzhafen festival Linz, Urbanize Vienna and International Short Film Festival Linz, as part of the organisation and communication teams. Beside that, she tries to develop also some of her own artistic research projects, where she is questioning different aspects of society and gender as a method and way to understand her own background. At PUC she works behind the stage and is responsible for PR, communication and organization.
Eszter Petrány is a Hungarian contemporary dancer, who was born in Szentendre, Hungary in 1991. She started dancing at a young age with ballet, jazz and Hungarian folk dance bases in a school where music and dance were integrated in the everyday education. She continued her dance training later in Budapest where she completed a theatrical dancer faculty. From 2012 she was studying contemporary dance and movement studies (dance pedagogy) at Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria and completed her Bachelor studies there in 2016. Over those years Eszter was working with choreographers such as Rose Breuss, Harmen Tromp, Regina van Berkel or Eldad Ben Sasson. Eszter continued her studies as a master student of dance pedagogy from 2016 on and started to work as a freelancer dancer partly with ongoing projects of Rose Breuss, as a company member of Cie Off Verticality Dance and as a guest dancer of Landestheater Linz. During the years of master studies her main interest was musicality and verbality through dance, which she included in her pieces as well as through her teaching practices. As a next level, Eszter started to research about poetic qualities in art which can be transported as valuable tools for contemporary dancers. She is a big fan of fusion, multimediality and abstraction on stage, she often combines dance with singing or speaking. She has strong passion for creative writing, the last years her texts and manifestos were presented and published on different platforms. Besides dancing, performing and writing, Eszter collaborates with different artists for specific projects, such as ’The Shore of Unspoken’ (Local Artist Award winner at YOUKI Festival, 2018) which was a narrated short film including motion capture technology, or as Christian Heigner’s photography album of collodion photos (2016-2017). Eszter Petrány joined PUC in 2018 and she is currently living and working in Austria as a freelancer dancer.
Amir A. Ahmadi was born in 1988 in Iran. He studied Engineering at the university of Ahvaz and meanwhile Amir also studied piano, music theory and composition. After the graduation he followed his desire to study music and moved to Austria. At the moment he studies composition under the supervision of professor Carola Bauckholt at the Anton Bruckner University Linz. Next to the studies he also works as a pianist and organises contemporary, jazz and classical music events in Austria and Iran. In 2015 he founded an ensemble Studio Fugu that works in a field of Contemporary arts.
Maria was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine. There she made her first dance steps which lead her to a professional ballet education at Serge Lifar Kiev Municipal Ukrainian Academy of Dance. In 2013 Maria entered the Bachelor Program: Contemporary stage dance/ Performance/ Pedagogy at Anton Bruckner University, Linz. At the moment she continues her studies at Master Program in same specialization and works as a freelance dancer, choreographer and pedagogue. Her current occupation includes coaching the National Austrian team of Rhythmic Gymnastics, full contribution to PUC’s artistic and structural development and dancing for Cie Off. Verticality. Over the time Maria has worked with such choreographers as Rose Breuss, Jarek Cemerek, Regina van Berkel, Eldad Ben Sasson, and performed in such venues as Brucknerhaus, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, WERK X, Ursulinen Hof, and others. Next to that she is always on a search for new knowledge and had attended various workshops in Spain, Italy, London and Germany. Besides that she had developed an own dance project So S!ckle in cooperation with culture club Artifex, and founded an international educational project UP dance that provides opportunities for learning Contemporary Dance for children from Poland and Ukraine.
At the moment Maria is occupied with development of the PUC, bringing the productions Bauhaus Tanzt and Bauhaus Tanzt 2 around the world and developing new pieces. mshurkhal.com
Anna Possarnig graduated from the modern and contemporary dance education of ”Studio an der Wien”. 2009-2011 Neoba Danse company and Barkati Dance Company. 2011 Liz King D.ID Cie. And toured Austria with the piece “Icarus&Newton” – including a performance at “österreich tanzt” at Festspielhaus St. Pölten.
Since 2012, Anna Possarnig is part of Tanzcoop ensemble and performed in several festivals, for example “Poolbar Festival”, “Tanzhafen Festival”,“Pelzverkehr” Klagenfurt and “Albanian Dance Meeting Festival”. In 2016 she graduated from Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität with a Bachelors degree in dance and dance pedagogy. In spring 2016 she presented her first choreographic work “Heteronomia”. In spring her first Solo work „Protagonist“ was performed in Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt in context of the program Dance2Art. As well as the duet and interdisciplinary work „Bauhaus tanzt“ premiered in Linz and developed into two full evening productions for three dancers and a musician in 2017/18 and toured internationally. Anna is founding member of Pop-Up Collective (PUC) and MovementLazuz.
She is actively teaching Contemporary Dance and Ballet and is a licensed GYROKINESIS® Method trainer and Nuad Thai practitioner.
Bauhaus Tanzt is an experimental reflection on the Triadic ballet created in 1922. In our approach we relate to the method that Oscar Schlemmer suggested himself: a practical study of artist’s theory towards the historical context on stage. Most of the Schlemmer’s performative works are based on very simple and classical steps and techniques. What challenges aesthetics is the context in which the dance is being presented. We neglect the traditional approach to Schlemmer’s work that presents a dancer as a tool for bringing a costume alive and we believe that the body is a central medium in artist’s work.
*full video available upon request
Music: John Cage, Amir Ahmadi
Choreography and dance: Paula Dominici, Eszter Petrány, Anna Possarnig, Maria Shurkhal