OLIVIA MITTERHUEMER, based in Salzburg, is a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher with a focus on house dance and hip-hop freestyle.
Her curiosity regarding African-American influenced dance styles brought her to various dance productions (Hungry Sharks, INFLUX, Toihaus) and to stages or festivals such as brut Wien, ImpulsTanz Wien, Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco, Dock11 Berlin, DANCENET Sweden or KoresponDance Prague.
With her company Potpourri Dance she created her own pieces Houseward Bound and 4 A.M. (in co-production with brut Wien) in 2019 and 2021. For her current production Friend.shift with Farah Deen, she deepened her artistic work during residencies in St. Gallen, Dakar, Paris and Vienna.
She was able to express her love for teaching at Salzburg Festival, ORFF Institute or Festspielhaus St. Pölten, among others.
In addition to her passion for hip hop and house culture, in recent years she has also immersed herself in the field of interdisciplinary improvisation and "instant composition", which has strengthened her understanding of music, dance, movement and perception.
As co-founder of the internationally renowned streetdance festival Flavourama in Salzburg, she also travels throughout Europe as an opinion leader, sharing her experiences as both a female organizer and artist. Collaborations have taken place with La Place Paris, Streetstar Stockholm or Pure House Vilnius.
In 2020 Olivia Mitterhuemer was awarded the annual scholarship for performance of the Country of Salzburg, in 2022 the start-up grant for music and performing arts by BMKÖS.
RECENT HIGHLIGHTS OLIVIA
︎︎︎Choreographer for The School of Narrative Dance by Marinella Senatore, 2023
︎︎︎ Movement Coach for Billa Bio Ad 2021
︎︎︎Scholarship of Performing Arts by the Country of Salzburg 2020
︎︎︎Performing at SOUNDANCE Festival Berlin, 2020
FARAH DEEN works as a freelance dancer, choreographer and dance teacher with a focus on hip hop and house dance in Vienna. In 2006 she founded her association and the dance collective Potpourri and subsequently the internationally renowned street dance festival Flavourama in Salzburg. In 2021 she co-founded the BIPoC collective Team Balsam from the urge of making voices of color heard and amplifying them within the predominantly white society of Austria. With her dance, she moves between the expressive richness of Hip Hop and House Dance culture and contemporary art.
From 2015 - 2020 Deen had performed with Hungry Sharks Company on stages all over Europe, the USA and Sri Lanka. She danced at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Sibfest Festival in Romania, Festspielhaus Salzburg as well as KoresponDance Festival in Czech Republic, among others. Additionally she has worked with choreographers such as Simon Mayer, Silke Grabinger, Etta Ermini, Imani Rameses and Robert Carsen.
For her artistic work she received the Grant for Dancers and Choreographers from the Federal Chancellery of Austria and in 2019 the AIR Stipend from the City of Salzburg for her research residencies in New York City. In the 2018 yearbook "tanz" - the magazine for ballet, dance and performance - Farah Deen was named "Bearer of Hope 2018" by Helmut Ploebst. In summer 2022 Farah received the danceWEB scholarship by ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna.
With her own company Potpourri Dance she choreographed and performed the theatre pieces Houseward Bound, 4 A.M. and Friend.shift, which was developed during residencies in Switzerland, Austria, France and Senegal. In 2023 Farah Deen dedicates her artistic research to various traditional dances in Sri Lanka.
RECENT HIGHLIGHTS FARAH
︎︎︎Touring with Dancenet Sweden with the solo piece “The Sky above, the Mud below” by Hungry Sharks, 2020
︎︎︎Solo “Urban Luzifer” - Rosalia Chladek Reenacted, Vienna, 2019
︎︎︎Performing in “Volxfest” by Simon Mayer & Teresa Distelberger, 2019
︎︎︎Performing in “Si(e)Si” by SILK Cie. & SILK Fluegge, 2019 & 2020