VERKWerkWORK, photo: Kristin Aafløy Opdan

Vera Ilona Stierli studied at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden (BA). During her studies she worked with international choreographers et al. Stijn Celis, Patrick Delcroix, Thomas McManus and Francesco Nappa. Followed by an apprenticeship with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel, she danced in choreographies from Rami Be’er, Sharon Vaisvaser, Barak Marshall and Mats Ek. Furthermore, she completed her MA studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – Transitions Dance Company, collaborating with Dog Kennel Hill Project, Theo Clinkard and Ederson Rodriguez Xavier. She has been researching deeply in the field of improvisation and creativity for her master’s thesis ‘How far away can you go from doing the task and still do it?’, combing her findings with the ‘Flow Theory’ by Csikszentmihalyi.

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