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Pipo Tafel has been working for 20 years as an interdisciplinary artist in media, dance and video genres and as a creative artist for clients from different industries and sectors. Pipo fluently speaks German, English, French and Italian, which enhances European liason. He currently lives in Köln, Germany. Pipo studied at the University of Media Arts and Design Karlsruhe. He studied with ULAY, a longtime artistic partner of Marina Abramovic, film director Didi Danquart and actor Bruno Cathomas as well as Professor Hans Beller (film editing) and Ludger Pfanz (script, documentary). Their formative lectures supported him early in his multidisciplinary orientation. Pipo completed his intermediate diploma in 2001 and then changed in his study direction to become a professional dancer focusing on artistic stage dance. After four years at the Folkwang University of th Arts in Essen, Pipo was accepted in 2005 into the two-year D.A.N.C.E. dance/choreography postgraduate program where he worked with professional contemporary dancers and internationally renowned dance companies from all over Europe. During this program, initiated by Jason Beechey, Rector of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, he met Thierry De Mey, for whom he worked as assistant director for television and theatre productions in Belgium and Italy. Also he worked for William Forsythe, for whom he performed as a performer with his Forsythe Company for the re-opening of the Festspielhaus Hellerau and in Frankfurt, at the Bockenheimer Depot. Wayne McGregor commissioned Pipo for a multi-channel video installation, which was shown in Dresden, Brussels and at the UK premiere of the play at Sadler‘s Wells in London. In 2009 Pipo continued his media art studies and graduated in 2012 with distinction. His diploma film “Breaking” was an exemplar of translating the visions of other artists into visual language. This project was also a collaboration with a number of other creative people he has worked with. Breaking was filmed with the award-winning cinema cameraman Philipp Sichler. The film was shot in 2012 on the Baltic Sea and is still shown at national and international film festivals. Pipo’s collaborations have included the director Thomas Crecelius and cinematographer Thomas Mauch and dancer Mara Tsironi. Also he has been working with choreographer Felix Bürkle, media artist Daniel Berwanger, designer Taro Gragnato, choreographer Ken Ludden, performer Paulo Guerreiro and filmmaker Oscar Loeser. Pipo gained a lot of project experience as a director, choreographer and dancer. He worked as choreographer to adapt the choreographies and developed a notation system of the light art event Speed of Light by NVA which had been premiered as part of the Edinburgh International Festival and London Cultural Olympiad. During the Olympiad, the choreographies could be performed on seven different industrial heritage sites in the Ruhr area by more than 100 marathon runners. In addition he has conceived, applied for, produced, directed and danced in his own

(dance/stage) pieces. As a media artist Pipo has created concepts which have been promoted and awarded numerous times. These were shown and or performed in museums and theatres, such as the interactive installation SHADOWING together with Daniel Berwanger. This project was awarded two art prizes by the ZKM Karlsruhe and the Baden-Württemberg Foundation. The film “Salz im Auge” received the “predicate valuable” by German Film Rating Agency Wiesbaden. For his artistic works Pipo received numerous scholarships including the Arts Foundation of North Rhein-Westphalia, the Kunststiftung Baden Württemberg, the NRW KULTURsekretariat, the German Academic Exchange Service and the German-French Cultural Council, the Leonardo Da Vinci Program of the EU, Tanzplan Dresden, state chancellery of NRW. He was a guest artist at Charleroi Danses Brussels. Some of these projects have been selected for funding by the Tanzhaus NRW Temps d’images festival, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, the Filmstiftung NRW and other renowned funding programs. For four years he received a studio scholarship and worked in an artist studio at Kölnischer Kunstverein and at the Chocolate Museum Cologne supported by the Imhoff Foundation in Cologne. Working in these endeavours has shaped Pipo’s style as a creative person who stands for giving his best and striving for the extraordinary. Parallel to his artistic work, Pipo has accompanied events and photo productions in advertising as a videographer and editor of Behind The Scenes clips. He has done propstyling and setdesign for advertising film shoots, e.g. for Citroen or Dr. Oetker together with stylist Carina Musitowski. As a video designer Pipo has been creating video stage designs for choreographers since 2006, such as at the Bremen Theater and the Folkwang Tanstudio. For more than 15 years, he has been documenting dance on video and creating video recordings for companies, choreographers and festivals such as the 4th Biennale of Dance Education Dresden, Leandro Kees, Performinggroup, The Forsythe Company, Malou Airaudo, Folkwang University of Arts, Palucca University for Dance Dresden, Renegade Theatre, David Schnägelberger. Pipo has been a lecturer for ten years and gives interdisciplinary workshops for film/ media and performing arts at universities and for cultural projects. Pipo combines pragmatic and reflected creativity. His curiosity and the ability to respond to changing conditions with great improvisational talent distinguish him as a born creative.

REFERENCES (excerpt)

Productions for Citroen, Dr. Oetker, Novitas BKK Versicherung, Allianz Versicherung, Gothaer Versicherung, H|MAG Hair Magazine, Maison Musitowski, DON GNU Physical Theater and Film, Performing Group Kompanie, Red Indians Publishing, Landesakademie für Schulkunst, Schul- und Amateurtheater, Takako Suzuki Kompanie, Tanzplan Dresden: ein Kulturstiftung des Bundes Projekt mit Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden, Hellerau Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden und Semper Oper Dresden, Kompanie starting point / felix bürkle, The Forsythe Company, Renegade Theatre, Triadic Kompanie London, tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, Museum Folkwang Essen

WORKS, GRANTS and FESTIVALS (excerpt) 2020

Scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia


Workshop VJing & Performance ‚VIDEOMOVEMENTPOETRY‘ Zomeracademie / De Veerman, Destelheide Vormingscentrum, B

Bach, concept, camera, editing, Dance Video Installation for De Veerman at the dance performances of Mitten wir im Leben sind by Anne Theresa De Keersmaker for deSingel, Antwerpen

Festival Made in Potsdam, Fabrik Potsdam


Né Roi, dance documentary films for Ken Ludden in Mackay and Melbourne

Guest lecturer at Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden, Bachelor dance, MA dance pedagogics (2010-2018)

2015 - 2017

dance films and video clips for diverse clients:


Symptom Tanz stage video projection and installation for Samir Akika, Theater Bremen Workshops performance ‚Body Narratives‘ Zomeracademie / De Veerman, Destelheide Vormingscentrum, B

Cambridge Cinema Shorts, FILMAARE Aaretaler Kurzfilmfestival, Filmfest Schleswig-Holstein, Cinefest Global, DBA Kurzfilmfestival Kiel , Intermediation Video Art and Experimental Video Showcase Medellín Portobello Film Festival London


Shortlist Goethe Institut artist stipend Sofia Speed Of Light Ruhr, choreography adaption for 120 marathon runners in light suits at 7 industrial locations & development of a notation system for the schottish artist group NVA together with Wiebke Rompel

hexágon, development and artistic direction of a light performance installation together with Felix Bürkle for Tanzfest TANZLOKAL, Stuttgart

Viewster Filmfestival, Fanter Filmfestival, ViBGYOR International Short & Documentary Festival India, Voices from the Waters Filmfestival, VIII encuentro Hispanoamericano de Cine y Video documental Independiente, Contra el Silencio Todas las Voces, Cinetoro Film Festival, Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival

Medien- & Videoblog 4. Biennale der Tanzausbildung Dresden 2012 Breaking, concept (also for the camerawork) and director for an adaption of a choreography of Leandro Kees, media arts Diploma project 54. Nordische Filmetage Lübeck, Grenzwerte - Medienkunst am Oberrhein Freiburg 2011 Walter Fink Price for Dance, Electroacoustic Music and Media of ZKM Karlsruhe together with Daniel Berwanger ONE THREE TWO (133), concept, choreography, dance and artistic direction together with Daniel Berwanger, interactive 8 channel Performance-Installation 2010 Arts Price of Baden-Württembergisch Film / New Media 2010 SHADOWING, concept, production and artistic direction for an interactive installation of a dancing shadow together with Daniel Berwangerr

AUTORESPONDER Web 2.0 Performance project with Felix Bürkle Stipend NRW KULTURsekretariat - Tanzrecherche NRW

Neues Museum Weimar, pèlerinages Kunstfest exhibition Vision Das Sehen

Clouth Werke Cap Cologne Köln, 20. Tanzwoche Dresden2010, Favoriten Theater Festival Dortmund 2010, Temps d’Images Festival

2009 Kunststiftung NRW Media Arts stipend Artist-in-Residence New Media & Dance Charleroi Danses - Centre chorégraphique de la Communauté française, Brüssel 2008

Concept and artistic direction stipend Tanzplan Dresden with Semper Oper Dresden Dance Production 2008 Stipend Performing Arts Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg Stipend Staatskanzlei NRW Freies Auslandsstipendium

XtraFrei - Festival Künstlerhaus Schwankhalle Bremen im_Flieger | WUK Crossbreeds: Plattform für künstlerische Positionen Festival für Tanz / Performance / Neue Medien Wien, write side of the brain, Festival London, Galerie BLAST Köln Gruppenausstellung „Still In Time“


DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Stipend, Short Film Stipend Filmstiftung NRW Performing Arts Stipend Kunststiftung NRW Working Stipend Tanzplan Dresden

Screendance Basel, Festival BXS Bravo Brüssel, Sadler’s Wells London, HELLERAU Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden, La Biennale de Charleroi Danses Brüssel, 6th Dance Camera West Film Festival Los Angeles


France Stipend of the French National Department of Culture in Germany Short Film Stipend of the German Comission of Culture and Media BKM Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien Yearly Stipend for Dance and Choreography Kunststiftung NRW

Goethe Institut Kyoto, International Dance for the Camera Festival University of Utah, Dance Camera Istanbul, 16. Internationales Videofestival Bochum, Musik 21 Gloria Halle Düsseldorf 2.PIXeLdaNce video art festival Thessaloniki, Atelier PACT Zollverein Essen Choreographisches Zentrum NRW, Cartes blanches Ballet Preljocaj - Centre National de Chorégraphie Aix-en-Provence


Young Choreographers Folkwang University of the Arts


Yearly Exhibition Karlsruhe University of Media Arts and Design, Academy of Media Arts and Design

Diplom Media Artist Pipo Tafel . Köln

Photos by Hartmut Nörenberg, Paul Schöpfer, Pipo Tafel

2005 Leonardo da Vinci Scholarship

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