Vibrant Matter is a non profit arts organisation with a focusing on choreography and performance; a dance between matter, the senses and post-human feminism.

Founded in 2020 by Gary Diderich, Chantal Sabattini, Stilbé Schroeder and Tania Soubry, the company is built around the work of Tania Soubry and collaborators, and functions as a platform and host with the following goals:

– Trans-disciplinary training, research, workshops, reflection, discourse, (artistic) exchange and conversations. 

– The creation, production, diffusion, communication, transmission and organization of artistic work. 

– Collaboration with various individuals, artists and institutions, as well as the coordination of events.

– Social and environmental engagement

Team

Tania Soubry, Artistic Director and choreographer

Tania Soubry is a trans-disciplinary artist, performer and choreographer, born in Luxembourg and living in South-East London. They work with the body, atmospheres, text, voice and sound. Through sensuousness, humour and solidarity, their practice and work are motivated by a political ecology of things and by a poetic re-enchantment of the world. Following tensions, curiosities and desires, they tend to the vitality and relation of human and more-than-human, as well as to the joy and pleasure of dance as a liberating force. Preoccupied with regeneration on an individual, social and global level, they uses fictive imagination to deal with the present and create possibilities.

Kathy Alcalde, Project Manager

Kathy Alcalde is a Luxembourg-based Project Manager specialised in dance. She holds an MA in Business Administration, and has successfully managed an array of projects in the events and marketing industries.She is passionate about helping artists develop their visions and turn them into a reality. She does so by ensuring every project runs smoothly and reaches its full potential.When she is not working, Kathy enjoys drawing, drinking coffee with friends, and learning about a variety of different topics.

Alexandra Baybutt, Dramaturge

Alexandra Baybutt Alexandra Baybutt (PhD, CMA, RSME) works as an artist, cultural researcher and somatic movement educator internationally since 2004. She has worked with Tania Soubry as dramaturg since 2019 on Brave (k)new Rave, Soul-Scapes and currently on Dj Whimsy. She is based at University College London in the interdisciplinary Institute of Advanced Studies, undertaking a postdoctoral research fellowship (until Sept 2022) in embodiment and equity. Her work has been supported, amongst others, by Greenwich Dance, Theatre Delicatessen, Bellyflop, The Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund, ERASMUS+ and the British Council.

Michael Picknett, Musician

Michael Picknett is a London based composer, technician and performer specialising in music for dance, stage and film, throughout the UK and beyond.  He works closely with directors and choreographers throughout the creative process to create scores that grow as the project evolves. Michael is interested in tactility and presence in performance, and this is reflected in his sound design – often using sounds on the edge of perception, or creating moving sound through multi-speaker set-ups. As a composer, his interest is in exploring the acoustic worlds of the artists he works with, weaving texture and noise through pitch and harmony. He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama gaining both a masters and a doctorate in music composition. In 2016 he was made Artist in Residence at TripSpace in London, UK.

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Collaborators

Laura Doehler, dancer/performer

Laura Doehler is a dance artist that choses improvisation and performance as the format to  observe change and provide tools to integrate an embodiment that shapes social and environmental connectivity. She initiates collective processes via Exit Map, a non profit body she founded and is director of. Exit Map serves to install a fluid and sensitive connectivity between self and other and does so via choreographic works and events people can participate in and/ or witness. The shedding of boundaries of self and other and the integration of performance and practice as part of everyday life are recurring themes. Laura currently works with and performs for performance artist Mary Pearson (US/UK/DE) and has, in the recent past, performed for dance theatre companies h2dance (UK/ SE), Codigodance (P) and Perform(d)ance (DE). She teaches movement analysis and contemporary dance at the National School of Circus Arts London, the Conservatoire of Music and Dance Trinity Laban and as guest lecturer at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Her teachings in Contact Improvisation took her to Turkey, Cyprus, Portugal, Netherlands, France, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Pepa Ubera, dancer/performer

Pepa Ubera is a Spanish dancer, choreographer and curator based in London. Her choreographic and curatorial work is deeply related to her interest in social choreography and audience interaction and is intrinsically collaborative. She is involved in several strong international networks and often works with an international team of collaborators.In her interdisciplinary practise she has been working with sound, video, light, creating works for galleries, theatre and site-responsive spaces as well as curating performance events. Her current research explores narratives of progress/success in relation to the sensual body, the non-human and technology. From 2013-2015 she was a core member of TripSpace Projects. She co-curated PART-TY at BRUT Vienna, a continuation of the work with artists met at Impulstanz through two DanceWeb scholarships. In 2016 she curated and performed in The Palest Light as a Wild Card event at Sadler’s Wells (SW), signalling the evolution of a strong ongoing partnership from her time as a SW Summer University 2015-2018 artist. In winter 2019 Dance4 brokered a residency for her at Critical Path in Sydney Australia, during which time she laid the foundations for CHARCO and The Machine of Horizontal Dreams. She also undertook a residency at TasDance Tasmania and a week of teaching with PPY Sydney Dance Company. In addition, Dance4 invited Ubera to be one of the UK delegates at DanceMassive Festival Melbourne. Ubera has presented work in venues such as Sadlers WellsTate ModernThe PlaceICABarbicanCritical PathMatucana100 and the Hayward Gallery. She is a Sadlers Wells Summer University artist (2015-2018) and runs Kimera Studio in London.

Henrique Furtado Vieira , dancer/performer

Graduated in energy and environmental engineering, currently a dancer, performer and choreographer, Henrique Furtado Vieira lives in Lisbon. He carried out his artistic training in several French institutions (INSA Lyon, Extensions – CDC Toulouse, Prototype II and Dialogues III – Royaumont abbey). He develops his artistic practice mainly between choreographic creation and collaboration as a performer with various artists such as Bleuène Madelaine, Eric Languet, Aurélien Richard, Céline Cartillier, Tino Sehgal, Salomé Lamas, Ana Renata Polónia, André Uerba, Sofias Dias & Vítor Roriz and Vera Mantero. From time to time, he dedicates himself to research, pedagogy and writing in relation to dance, in different contexts and through multiple partnerships (O Rumo do Fumo, Unlock Dancing Plaza, Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte, festival END…), and more recently he has been involved as a dramaturg in the choreographies of Nicolas Hubert (Compagnie Épiderme) and Giulia Arduca (Compagnie Ke Kosa). 
His works are often created in synergy with other artists such as Bibi Ha Bibi, with Aloun Marchal, or Stand still you ever-moving spheres of heaven, with Chiara Taviani. In his shows / performances, the overlapping of styles and genres, the vocal presence in dance and the space(s) of imagination have a prominent place.
He has collaborated and presented his work in institutions such as Aerowaves, CDC Toulouse, Göteborg Theater and Dance Festival, Roma Europa Festival, DNA Network, Porto Municipal Theater, Temps d’Image Festival, Espaço do Tempo, CCB, among others. 

Marc Thein, Lighting designer

Born and raised in Luxembourg, Marc Thein chose a rather unusual way to find his passion. He studied tourism management in Brussels, came back to Luxembourg and started to work in the event business. His interest for color and light grew with time and he started to concentrate more and more on working with lights. The self-thought lighting designer makes his mark while working in venues and theaters in Luxembourg and Germany. Currently with the director and composer Heiner Goebbels, the electro-pop band Say Yes Dog and the luxembourgish actor and director Max Thommes.

Dan Nichols, Musician

Florent Venet, Costume designer and scenographer

Bohumil Kostohryx, Photographer

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Board members

President: Stilbé Schroeder

pic © Carole Melchior

After living, studying and working in Brussels and Strasbourg, Stilbé Schroeder (born in 1985) returns to Luxembourg in 2015 and joins Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain as exhibition coordinator. In 2017 and 2019, she serves as assistant curator of the Luxembourg pavilion at the Venice Biennale. A facilitator of some sort, she engages in curatorial complicities both within and outside the institution. In these capacities, she maintains close contacts with artists & others and is deeply connected to their processes, exhibition makings and the varities of other possible vessels of expressions.

Treasurer: Gary Diderich

Gary Diderich is experienced in the creation and management of associations in Luxembourg. In 1999 he organised in collaboration with Tania the “LIFE Project – Nature and Culture” in the KUFA, which constituted the founding moment of “LIFE, the ecoCreActive Plattform”. It was a moment of artistic creation as well as a politically engaged festival, such as through exploring forms of self-organisation, a theme that guided Gary’s involvement in many other associations (Ratelach, Infoladen, Queesch, Jugend fir Fridden a Gerechtegkeet, 4motion). Gary studied philosophy during his Bachelor on European Cultures. Professionally active as a facilitator, trainer and consultant for groups, organisations and cities, Gary contributes his experience to the development of Vibrant Matter.

Secretary: Chantal Sabattini

Chantal Sabattini is an art teacher in Luxembourg. She studied fine art in Strasbourg, made theatre costumes in Metz, and is learning classical guitar and singing.

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