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Kareth Schaffer (1987, USA/NL), is a choreographer and performer who lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She practices an extended concept of choreography: to date she has scrutinized prophecies, mudwrestling, thrillers, synchronized swimming, foley, Angela Merkel, emojis, ancient monastic practices, and conversational formats in her “post-postmodern” (Astrid Kaminski for Jahrbuch Tanz) dance pieces. Her works have been shown in Berlin (Sophiensaele, Tanzfabrik, HAU, Uferstudios, Ballhaus Ost), Amsterdam (Het Veemtheater), Düsseldorf (tanzhaus NRW), Essen (PACT Zollverein), Malmö, Hamburg (Kampnagel), Denpasar (CushCush Gallery), and Mexico City. They include a diptych about the tragic heroine Cassandra (Cassandra Has Turned 2 (2018) and Cassandra Has Turned 1 (2017)); a fictional fan-fiction piece about Angela Merkel (Merkel Dances (2019)); a dance piece about a story she won’t tell you (An Animal Went Out, 2016); an exhaustive examination of foley as a choreographic tool (Unheard Of, 2016); and a conceptual mudwrestling tournament with a dubious 100,000 views on Youtube (Dirty Money Mudwrestling). Kareth Schaffer was named “new talent 2016” and nominated for “Female Dancer of the Year 2018” by Jahrbuch Tanz. Also in 2018 she was awarded the Pina Bausch Fellowship in cooperation with Mekar Bhuana Center in Denpasar, Bali. Schaffer gladly works with and for other artists such as deufert&plischke, Tino Sehgal, Stefanie Wenner, Yvon Chabrowski, Christian Falsnaes, Tomomi Adachi, Dragana Bulut, and Barbara Berti. She was an elected representative of the Berlin dance scene at the Round Table of Dance of the Berlin Senate in 2018, and serves on the board of zeitgenössicher tanz berlin e.V.