VERKWerkWORK, photo: Kristin Aafløy Opdan

Based in Bern, Vera Ilona Stierli creates and performs dance art in Switzerland, UK, Ireland, Norway and Germany. She works as a movement artist with a special curiosity in how the body installs itself in different contexts and environments. Her practice focuses on physical and somatic awareness, on choreographed as well improvised work. Developing her personal movement language Vera researches and studies the materiality of the body, gravity-based motion, Body-Mind-Centering, Lisa Nelson’s Tuning Score, Release and Partnering. In collaboration with Femdans, IngVeraLiv and Cindy Hammer, among others, Vera has investigated 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 Go Plastic Company.

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.