VERKWerkWORK, photo: Kristin Aafløy Opdan

Based in Bern, Vera creates and performs dance art mainly in Switzerland, but also in the UK, Ireland, Norway and Germany. Her practice focuses on physical and somatic awareness, on choreographed as well improvised work – investigating somatic dance, gravity-based motion, Body-Mind-Centering, Lisa Nelson’s Tuning Score and Waacking. For her performance work, Vera has reserached socio-cultural constructions with particular emphasis on the female body. Currently, she is working internationally with project-based dance companies – such as Cie Sabine Hausherr, JuWie Dance Company, Yaron Shamir Projects and Kate Haughton Dance. Vera studied at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden BA Bühnentanz (2008-2011). During her studies she worked with international choreographers et al. Stijn Celis, Patrick Delcroix, Thomas McManus. Followed by an apprenticeship with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel (2011/2012). Furthermore, she completed her MA studies in 2016 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – Transitions Dance Company. For her master thesis “How far away can you go from doing the task and still do it?” she researched creativity in improvisation and compared her results with the flow theory of Csikszentmihalyi.

Moreover, Vera is co-leader and founder of the dance festival BETA Stage in Bern Switzerland.