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Kareth Schaffer (1987, USA/NL), is a choreographer and performer who lives and works in Berlin, Germany. In her pieces Schaffer investigates how dance and the stage can point to places beyond themselves, critically examining the conditions under which art is produced and how it can build its relevance through analogy. Her works include a diptych about the tragic heroine Cassandra (Cassandra Has Turned 2 (2018) and Cassandra Has Turned 1 (2017)), 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); a very short piece (As Easy As 1, 2, 3, 2013); 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. She has worked with and for artists such as deufert&plischke, Tino Sehgal, Stefanie Wenner, Christian Falsnaes, Dragana Bulut, and Roni Katz.