Katrin was born in Germany and currently lives and works in Berlin. Whereas dance entered her life at the tender age of three, her professional life commenced in Vienna(Austria) where she studied dance and movement arts before completing a BA (hons) in Dance Theatre and later a MA in European Dance Theatre with distinction at the Laban Centre London. Further studies include acting, voice and breath work, which she also teaches.
Katrin has been invited to teach at Jacksonville University, the Laban Centre London and La Universidad des Americas, Mexico. Together with Christina Teague-Mann she ran the Study Abroad Programme that took place in Berlin in 2007.
Research fields and interests include for example: Language and Physical Reality; Body Politics; European Dance Theatre Practice: Content into Form; Presentness in the Performative Frame; Reception Theory applied to the Choreographic Process uUnderstanding the process of viewing and interpreting dance or other embodied practices); Laban’s choreology for dancers and actors.
Katrin doesn’t view art as something that only exists in its own right, but as a tool for consciousness and to shed insights into the human condition and its embodiedness. For her this view connects well into her idea of creating and shaping movement: the movement starts from within.
‘ I view my work is an expression of what I feel and observe around me. What we are and how we are with each other. Something of which I see less and less. If emotion is involved, it is generally ‘the little me’ emotion and is spoonfed to the viewer who goes home drunk on unreal sweets and with an empty head and heart. All else seems sealed into tight little intellectual packages. One can be emotive without loosing one’s ability to use insight and knowledge to construct a work of meaning.’
Katrin is artistic director of Gauge Dance Theatre and is currently planning a new production entitled: Dis_Placed. An inter-generational work that deals with the question of transgenerational inheritance and issues of forced displacement during the war. Her work has been shown in theatres and festivals in both England and Germany. As a dancer and actress she has worked for film and theatre and performed in Italy, Austria, England, Germany and France.