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TNDD Studio Round Edition Nr. VIII • December 15, 2023 • TENZA Schmiede • The Complete Line Up

TNDD studio round edition nr. VIII • December 15, 2023 • TENZA Schmiede • the complete line up

The line up of the upcoming and meanwhile eighth TNDD studio round edition, which will take place on December 15, 2023 as usual starting at 8 p.m. at the TENZA Schmiede, is now online. For this reason, there is also a blog post today, which will be about the artistic contributions of the upcoming TNDD studio round edition. Have fun reading and discovering.

More than ever, visitors to the upcoming TNDD studio round can expect three exciting contributions from very different artists and collectives, which will be presented and discussed with the guests of the evening in our special studio atmosphere. As always, the format is free of charge. More about the upcoming are now online in this blog post.

The participants of the upcoming eighth edition are:

  • Yuexuan Gui & Shiyu Liu (Dresden): „nuán“
  • Sophie Sengle & Franziska Ullrich (Hannover/Kassel): „Never enough hands to unknot“
  • M.over X Rothe (Leipzig): „ROMANTIC MODE“

Detailed information on the individual contributions to the eighth TNDD studio round will now follow or can be viewed directly on the studio round subpage. There, all information is also available in English. An additional blog post in German is available here.

Yuexuan Gui & Shiyu Liu

Yuexuan Gui is a Chinese freelance dancer-choreographer, currently based in Dresden, Germany. She has presented her own works at festivals, theatres, galleries both in Germany and China, such as: Theater Pforzheim, Beijing Dance Festival, CloudMove – International Online Dance Festival, SoloDuo festival NRW, Oktogon HfBK Dresden, Zukunft Tanzt Festival 2022, Bauhaus Museum, Venice Biennale di Danza. She has started researching and questioning the thin line of absurdity in 2020, and discovered her interest lies in interdisciplinary performance mixing her dance experience with theatrical ideas.

More information about Yuexuan Gui is available at:

Shiyu Liu was born in 1998 in Ezhou city in China. In 2018 she graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore, in the same year she joined Beijing LDTX Dance company as a professional dancer. In 2022 she focused on Dance Choreography and then she joined the MA choreography program in Palucca Hoschule für Tanz Dresden. In 2023, she participated in the American Dance Festival, and as an international guest choreographer she created a trio <like the two eyes of cyclops>.

Photo: Brian Scalini


nuán is a duet piece about the friendship between two women. It was inspired by both ideographic and semantic perspectives of Chinese characters, ‚奻'(nuán), which consisted of the character ‚女‘ which represents women. When forming two women / ‚女‘ together, the meaning of ‘奻’ change into quarrel/ dispute or doltish. Intrigued by this word, nuán is focused on exploring the physical embodiment of the peculiarity of the woman’s friendship, and transforming the collision when attachment, affinity and companionship clashes with the emotional sensation of jealousy, envy and competitiveness.

Performers: Yuexuan Gui & Shiyu Liu
Duration: around 12 minutes

M.over X Rothe (Leipzig/Dresden)

Mandy Unger aka. M.over works as a choreographer, dancer, networker and DJ. In 2019 she founded the M.over Company in Leipzig. She has received numerous grants and funding from Tanzpakt in Residence, Theaterverband Thüringen, Kulturstiftung Sachsen and several research grants from Dachverband Tanz and Fonds Darstellende Künste. Her stage productions are a conglomerate of pop and contemporary art as well as sociological field studies. As a dancer, she explores the foundation of floorwork, contemporary dance, social dances (hip hop freestyle, experimental and house) and rave culture.

You can find out more about Mandy Unger a.k.a. M.over at:

Photo: Felix Adler

Theresa Rothe (1990) works as a visual artist in Dresden and Leipzig. In 2019, she was awarded the Saxon State Scholarship and creates works for exhibitions in Germany and abroad, combining sculpture, installation, drawing/painting and performative elements in her artistic work. In doing so, she reflects on and questions the curiosities of everyday life, animal observations and the voyeuristic gaze by engaging with her own body and various materials. Dream images and fantasies form the basis of her exploration of the unconscious.

You can find out more about Theresa Rothe at

Photo: Jana Slaby


Surrounded by Theresa Rothe’s objects in a world that eludes reality, dancer Mandy Unger will explore the relationship between closeness and intimacy with her own body. Inspired by Rothe’s exhibition space „Romantic Mode“, an experience between touch, suggestion and expectations will be created with the audience.

Performer: Mandy Unger a.k.a. M.over

Sophie Sengle & Franziska Ullrich

Sophie Sengle (Hannover)

Sophie Sengle (she/her or none) is a freelance dance artist based in Hanover, Kassel and Barcelona. In July 2022, S. received her state-approved professional degree as a contemporary stage dancer at Sozo vim Kassel. Before S. started dancing professionally, S. studied special education and art (BA) in Hanover. During this time, her main interests were performance art and community projects. As a dancer, S. has collaborated/performed with Taiat Dansa, Annamarie Keskinen, Regina van Berkel, Sebastian Blasius, Janina Rohlik, Franziska Ullrich, Quim Vilagran and Miguel Barcelona, among others. With collective works, S. has explored the themes of „female friendship in patriarchal environment“, „FLINTA rage“ and „embodied activism“ and draws her inspiration from the non-human environment, preferably from nature. In addition, S. teaches contemporary dance and gives workshops. S. is interested in collaborating with different communities and individuals, using dance to move, explore, create and perform together. Following the principle of „Rehearse the social world we want to be part of .

Instagram: instagram.com/so_phite

Franziska Ullrich (Kassel)

Franziska Ullrich finished 2021 her studies in fine arts at the Kunsthochschule Kassel with focus on new media/installation/performance. She is mainly concerned with the access to the unconscious. This happens for example through the examination of the dream world, the self-experience of physical limits, the projection of the inner world of thoughts into the outside and the experimentation of hypnosis in interaction with movement. In addition, in 2022 she completed her training as a contemporary stage dancer at Sozo Visions in Motion Kassel.

Instagram: instagram.com/iska_ull_im_all

Photo: K. H. Mierke

»Niemals genug Hände, um uns zu entknoten« (engl. »Never enough hands to unknot«)

You see nothing, it’s there. Invisibly engraved in the memory of the air. The hairs on the back of your neck rise, measuring the tension. it spits Too much friction. What was liquid becomes sticky solid. What if we accept being connected, with pain and with pleasure? We accept dependency. We move in our powerlessness, power and the in-between. Identify with other species and listen to the sounds of mushrooms. Let’s expand our androcentric perspective and slip away into a world of fluid identities!

We are very much looking forward to the contributions and the subsequent exchange and cordially invite all interested parties to join us on December 15, 2023 from 8 p.m. at the TENZA Schmiede.

All information on the respective pieces of the evening, which can of course be discussed again afterwards, can be found here.

TNDD studio round is a project by TanzNetzDresden. Funded by the Office for Culture and Monument Protection and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. The measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the Saxon State Parliament.

Header-Photo: Therese Bendjus & Daria Belous: „Studies of Softening“; Photo by Darya Hauryk

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