VERKWerkWORK, photo: Kristin Aafløy Opdan

Vera Ilona Stierli, born in Bern, studied at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden (2008-2011) – Bachelor of Arts. 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. Vera is a founding member of the artist collective Bern Retour Kollektiv. With Bern Retour she made performance experiments and research labs which challenged the brain as much as the body. Currently, Vera is working internationally with project-based dance companies; among others JuWie Dance Company, Yaron Shamir Projects, Go Plastic Company and Cie Sabine Hausherr. 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. Furthermore, 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.