Ricarda Ciontos – Artistic Director and General Manager
Ricarda Ciontos, born in 1968 in Sibiu, Romania, came to Heidelberg in 1978. She studied at the College of Music and the Performing Arts in Saarbrücken. Ciontos lived and worked as an actress in Vienna, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Bochum and Bucharest. She has lived in Berlin since 2002. In 2006, she founded NORDWIND festival, which quickly grew into an important platform for the Nordic arts in Europe. Apart from NORDWIND, she also worked as a curator and producer with Future Perfect Productions. She also teaches and is a mentor in the PAP – Performing Arts Programme Berlin and at the Viadrina University in Frankfurt/Oder.
Solvej Helweg Ovesen – Head Curator ‘Songs of a melting iceberg – Displaced without moving’
Solvej Helweg Ovesen, born in Hillerød, Denmark in 1974, is a curator and cultural theorist. She studied Arts Communications and Cultural Studies at Roskilde University, Copenhagen University and Humboldt University of Berlin.
She is currently artistic director of the Galerie Wedding, founder and artistic director of GROSSES TREFFEN at the Nordic Embassies and a member of the curatorial consortium for the Danish pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017. From 2004-2006, she worked as a curator for the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel and in 2016, in collaboration with Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, she curated the art project “An Age of our Own Making” as part of the IMAGES project in three Danish cities. Ovesen lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen.
Jens Dietrich – Head Curator ‘Nowy Mir’
Jens Dietrich studied Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen under the director and composer Heiner Goebbels. During and after his studies, he worked at Richard Foreman’s Ontological Theater in New York as well as at the Bühnen der Stadt Köln and the Theater Freiburg. Since 2004 he works as a freelance dramaturge for various international theatre productions. 2009 he joined the International Institute of Political Murder (founded by Milo Rau) and worked as a dramaturge and producer of the productions “The Last Hour of Elena and Nicolae Ceausescu” and “Hate Radio” that toured world-wide. In 2013 he was curating the “Moscow Trials” by Milo Rau, a re-staging of three court trials against Russian artists in the Sakharov Centre in Moscow. In 2014 / 2015 he worked on „Political Bodies“, a piece about the protest movement Y’en a marre in Senegal. In 2017 he co-directed the audio play „Kunst im Verhör“ with and about the Russian artist Petr Pavlensky. Currently, he works with Yolanda Gutiérrez and Dorcy Rugamba on the connection of tradition and Afrofuturism in Rwanda.
Laura Biagioni – Production Management
Laura Biagioni studied Law in Rome, London and Zaragoza. After her Master’s degree, her research focused on art and media law. In 2007, she came to Berlin and started to work in the cultural sector as a producer. Since then, she has worked for many prestigious festivals and cultural institutions, including the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the Italian Institute of Culture, the Month of Performance Art Berlin, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Platoon Kunsthalle and the Sophiensaele. In 2014 and 2015, she worked as a tour manager for the worldwide acclaimed theatre piece Leo (coproduction between Y2D Montréal and the Chamäleon Theater Berlin). Biagioni took over the production management of NORDWIND festival in 2015.
Inga Bendukat – Editing and dramaturgy
Inga Bendukat holds a BA in Theatre Studies and Literature from the University of Leipzig. She has been an intern in the dramaturgy team for both Michael Thalheimer and Sebastian Hartmann at the Schauspiel Frankfurt, and has in the last few years began working on her own projects. She is currently finishing her MA in Dramaturgy at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, supervised by Nikolaus Müller-Scholl. She has been part of the NORDWIND team since 2017.
Kathrin Pohlmann – Assistant Curator and Producer
Kathrin Pohlmann studied Visual Art (Dipl.) and Curatorial Culture (MA) at the HGB Leipzig. Since 2003, she has been a member of the artists collective VIP (with Grit Hachmeister and Lysann Buschbeck). She founded the Bedingungslose Akademie in 2011 with the author Donata Rigg, an interdisciplinary project with formats that move between art, theory and scholarly research. From 2014-2016, she was Assistant Curator and Programme Coordinator at the Galerie Wedding, Berlin and from 2016, Production Manager there. She has curated the group exhibition “Vacancies” (with Julia Zieger, Galerie Wedding, 2016) and “Maybe I Knew the Story Before, But Not that I Recall” (Billytown, Den Haag, 2017).
Imma Scarpato – Assistant Producer
Imma Scarpato studied Psychology with specialisations in communication and marketing in Naples and Rome. Also trained as a dancer, she studied contemporary dance and at the same time completed a Masters in Management of Performing Arts at Bocconi University in Milan. In Italy, she worked on a large number of cultural and theatrical projects. From 2010 to 2014, she was a producer for the Santarcangelo festival, where she was also responsible for European projects and the press office. She has been a member of the NORDWIND team since 2017.
Isabella Spitzer – Assistant Producer
Isabella Spitzer studied German and History to become a teacher (Dipl.) at the Karl Franzen University Graz and at the Università di Bologna. During her studies, she was involved in the organisation of many cultural projects, including starting an annual concert series with local singer/songwriters, which she also managed. She also worked in production for many years for an amateur theatre group in her home town in Austria. She has worked as a Production Assistant for NORDWIND since 2017.
Yven Augustin – Press and Publicity
Yven Augustin studied German and Theatre Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. After an internship as a PR editor at Zoommedienfabrik, he worked as a Press Relations Officer at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz for three years. From 2006-2008, he was the Press Spokesman for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
In 2009, he founded AugustinPR – an agency for press and publicity in Berlin and has since looked after clients such as Milo Rau (International Institute of Political Murder), Falk Richter, the Maxim Gorki Theatre, Constanza Macras and the Tanzfabrik Berlin.
Aminata Oelßner – Administration
Aminata Oelßner studied Music and Culture Management at the Franz Liszt College of Music in Weimar, before she discovered her love of numbers while working as a Production Assistant and then as a General Manager at the Dramaturgical Society. Since then, she has worked for various well-known groups in the independent theatre scene and large events in the areas of financial managemen and administration, including Berlin Music Week, Constanza Macras|DorkyPark and the art exhibition Based in Berlin. She currently works for the performance collective She She Pop and NORDWIND festival.
Max Fritz – PR & Marketing
Max Fritz was born 1992 in Stuttgart, studied science of theater in Munich at the Ludwig-Maximilian University. Since 2014 he is working as an assistant director/director. Among others he assisted at the Residenztheater in Munich, Theater an der Parkaue and at the Ernst Busch Schauspielschule in Berlin. Two of his latest stagings can be visited at the Monbijoutheater in Berlin. Furthermore he was also co-curator at the exhibition of the One-Two-Three at the Central Institute for Art History in Munich.