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After completion of a higher education in fine arts in Zurich (CH) Katja Grässli left 1995 Switzerland to study expressionist and modern dance at the Fontys Dance academy Tilburg in the netherlands.
Since her graduation in 2001, Katia has ben active as a freelance choreographer. She collaborated, with several dance platforms, theaters, festivals and artists on a international level, among others with Productiehuis Brabant, Danshuis Station Zuid, Cement Festival, Festival Boulevard, Theater de NWE Vorst, DansBrabant, OT. Theater, Gessneralle Zürich, Rote Fabriek, Festival KTV Thun, Let' s Dance St.Gallen, Tanzhaus Zürich, Dance Limmerick, Fringe Office.
Katja is fascinated by the stylistic possibilities, offered by a combination of human body language with the abstract aspect of the dance. Her work gives the audience a deeper look in to the inner emotional world, twists and conflicts of various characters on the border of humor and tragedy.
From 2001 till 2010Katja was the artistic leader ofthe Dutch-Swiss dance company Guzik-danst. Guzik had the mission to make dance with high artistic quality more accessible for inexperienced audience. In the name of project " Op De PlekGuzik has produced, several shows for special target groups as elderly in retirement homes, prisoners in prisons, psychiatric patients in psychiatry and children in children's hospitals. Guzik has been very successful in the Netherlands with the production Te Mooi Om Waar Te Zijn" which is played more then 100 times. More than 16 productions and experiments where following.
2013she graduated with her third dance study Master of Choreography at the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg.
With her inal pieceSEELENWALD Katja was nominated for the Dutch Fontys Entreeprijs 2013.
In january 2014
In collaboration with the sign language translator Rianne Havekes and theater director Els van der Jagt, katjabuild 2014 the Formation STIL GELUID a innovative dance theatre initiative
The projects of Stil Geluid are an artistic quest for what unites deaf / hard of hearing and hearing what divides them, but especially where their paths cross. Stemmen In De Stillte' was the first production, a talked performance, of the festival Boschparade, further projects of Stil Geluid are Stil Lief and the dance soloSSST'.
in 2014 Katja started also a collaboration with the cultural philosopher Marc Colpaert an the Malaysian dancer and choreographer Bhe Chin Lau. Can't Look Through Your Eyeswas the first outcome of their collaboration,
A research about the intercultural dialogue, in which Katja and the Malaysian dancer Bhe Chin Lau explored the boundaries of two different cultural identities, connecting the Malaysian traditional dance with the experimental, theatrical dance. Can't Look through Your Eyes, toured 2014 in Ireland and the Netherlands, and was very well received from the european audience. They were fascinated by the combination of the preciseness and gracefulness of the Asian dance and the power of expression the modern theatrical dance added to it.