PROCESS & PHILOSOPHY Merging American experiences with her European roots, Karola Lüttringhaus creates interdisciplinary expressions in choreography, scene design, visual art, lighting, sound, and film.
Her dance theatre work is marked by a unique visceral and kinetic voice that traces the changeable electricity of thought and sensation that underlies human interaction and interpersonal relationships.
Her process is characterized by a simultaneously analytical and intuitive approach; manifesting itself as complex nestings of parallel 'stories' that bare witness to the complexity of the situations explored.
For her, art is an intellectual exercise as well as a journey toward consciousness as art manifest, excavating the components of socially accepted norms, and igniting conversation about points of friction, to put them in conversation with embodied and non-cognitive ways of knowing and communication.
Through the creative process she seeks to de- and reconstruct embodied, visual, political and philosophical renderings of life experiences, to open eyes and to fine-tune our perceptiveness and our appreciation for life and all those who share it. * MOVEMENT RESEARCH Lüttringhaus' research in movement focuses on studying the interplay of the human body's sensory and articular emanations, based on a rich exchange with the Axis Syllabus International Research Community, and their investigations into biomechanical, anatomical, and physical principles as relevant to the moving body, which she then puts in conversation with more etheral philosophies such as animism, kinship and wu wei (effortless action).
SHORT BIO Karola Lüttringhaus was born and grew up in Berlin, Germany, where she lived until the age of 23. She received a BFA in Choreography and Modern Dance in 1998 from the University of north Carolina School of the Arts and an MA in Scenic Design and Scenography from the Teschnische Universität Berlin in 2013. She is currently enrolled in the PhD Program in Performance Studies at UC Davis, CA earning her MA in Performance Studies along the way (2019).
She is a recipient of the 'North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in Choreography' ('06) and a 'Verein Deutscher Ingenieure - Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scene Design' ('14).
Lüttringhaus currently leads a semi nomadic life, splitting her time between the US and Berlin, Germany, while working wherever opportunities take her. She is a freelance designer, choreographer and educator at theatres and universities across Europe and the US.
Since 1999 she has been the artistic and executive director of ALBAN ELVED DANCE COMPANY and founded a number of regular events including the SARUS FESTIVAL for Site-specific & Experimental Art.
TEACHING She currently offers 'BII-the Body's Intrinsic Intelligence' and 'DYNAMIC BODYWORK' at UC Davis, California, as well as CEU continuing education workshops for massage therapists, and, as regular workshops for movement enthusiasts of all backgrounds.
> BFA Dance/Choreography (Univ. of NC School of the Arts, USA) > MA Scene Design/Exhibition Design (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)
> MA Performance Studies (University of California Davis, CA, USA)
> Student in the PhD Performance Studies program at University of California Davis > Candidate in the certification program of the Axis Syllabus International Research Community
freelance designer, choreographer, artist in residence, and educator across the US: UN Las Vegas, American Dance Festival, Int. Aerial Dance Festival, Snowy Range Dance Festival, Bricolage Arts Festival, SARUS Festival for Site-specific & Experimental Art, various New York Festivals, Auburn University, Salem College, Wake Forest University, University of Southern Mississippi, Coker College, East Carolina University, UNC Wilmington, Salem College, the H-Street Playhouse, and many more.
faculty at Salem College, USA, (Movement Science, Interdisciplinary Approaches)
Licensed Massage Therapist NC #8931, CA #76349
NCBTMB approved provider (#1006) for continuing education: 'BII - The Body's Intrinsic Intelligence', 'Dynamic Bodywork'
faculty at College of Wilmington (kinesiology)
Instructor in BII, Intro to Modern Dance, Intermediate Modern Dance