Andreas Grötzinger, actor, was born in Gothenburg and grew up in a multilingual home in Sweden, Switzerland and Japan. He studied at Basel University and Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock before joining the company at Schauspiel Köln for fifteen years. In 2013 he moved on to the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg where he still works as a guest. He has performed at Staatsoper Stuttgart, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, NT Gent, Malmö and Uppsala Stadsteater and presently at Deutsches Theater Berlin in Ingmar Bergman's „Persona“. He appeared in numerous radio plays, TV-shows and international movies such as Lars von Trier's „Nymphomaniac“ and Sabine Boss' „Der Manager“.
Sono Tokuda was born in Tokyo. As diplomat's daughter, she grew up in Germany and Japan. Sono began playing the violin at the age of four. She received her first violin lessons using the Suzuki method in Munich. At the age of eleven she became a youth student at the Berlin University of Arts under Prof. Koji Toyoda. After graduating from high school in Tokyo she studied at the University of Music Freiburg with Prof. Rainer Kussmaul and later passed her Konzertexamen with Prof. Kolja Blacher at the University of Music and Performing Arts Hamburg with distinction. Sono received a state scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Culture and was awarded with the "European Kulturpreis" of the cultural foundation "Pro Europa". She also was a scholarship holder of the Cultural Foundation Villa Musica and the State Collection of String Instruments Baden-Wurttemberg. At the age of 14, Sono performed as a soloist for the first time in the Berlin Philharmonie. Sono gained her first experiences in an orchestra as an academist in Bavarian Symphony Orchestra in Munich. Since 2006, Sono is a member of Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. She also is a frequent guest player in Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. During her studies with Prof. Rainer Kussmaul, Sono also developed a passion for baroque music. After attending a baroque masterclass of Enrico Onofri in 2011, she began to play as a guest player in different Italian baroque ensembles. Sono also teaches children the violin and serves as a mentor to the academists in the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. She plays a violin by Stefano Scarampella.
Jeremy Thomas-Poulsen is a freelance theatre director and producer. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011 and thereafter moved to Copenhagen. He is founder and Co-Artistic Director for the theatre companies Teater Ord/Blindt and Down the Rabbit Hole, as well as, House of International Theatre. As a collaborative leader, He has a strong sense for language and a passion for experimentation and new play development. His artistic work focuses on re-imagining text-based theatre through experimentation. He also focuses on developing new music theatre collages in the Spoken Word genre, together with performance poets, musicians and dancers and through the use of his own unique concept of creative collaboration. Together with Hamurg based Manusarts company / Jana Pulkrabek he founded HIT-House of International Theater in Copenhagen in 2017 directing and presenting.
Emma Kragh-Elmøe is a classically trained violinist and has won 1st prize in the Berlingske Classical Music Competition twice (2011 and 2013) and toured as a child with the acknowledged youth string-ensemble Zapolski Strygerne led by Ukrainian violinist, composer and arranger Alexandre Zapolski in Poland. At the age of 11 Emma won the spot as 1st violinist at The Royal Danish Music Conservatory’s Youth Orchestra. She started playing folk music when they started Elmøe & Hoffmann as a duo project in 2015 and later that year won the Danish Music Award Folk - Talent of the Year.
Since then she has studied different scandinavian styles of playing at both Skurup Folkhögskola and she is now studying at the Acadamy of Music and Drama in Sweden. The three musicians from the group Elmøe & Hoffmann are despite their young age some of the most prominent musicians on the danish folk scene, each with a background in other genres as well.
Villads Hoffmann is multi instrumentalist and plays most plucked instruments, mainly the nordic cittern (5-course mandola), guitar, mandolin but also a bit of violin. He started out playing heavy metal and hard rock, but growing up in a family of folk musicians he eventually ended up playing folk music as well. Recently Villads has been using his palette of instruments in the theaters. He played in the orchestra of the renowned musical “Jordens Søjler” (Pillars of the earth) at the theater Østre Gasværk in 2016, where the music was arranged and led by Nikolaj Busk (Dreamers Circus), and he was also part of the orchestra for “Oliver Twist” on Odense Teater, where the music was composed and led by the violinist Hal Parfitt-Murray (Basco). At the moment he is also studying different traditional styles of playing at the Acadamy of Music and Drama in Sweden. The three musicians from the group Elmøe & Hoffmann are despite their young age some of the most prominent musicians on the danish folk scene, each with a background in other genres as well.
Julian Svejgaard plays the piano and accordion. He grew up in family of musicians with a classical pianist as a father, which in a great deal has influenced his sound and way of phrasing melodies. However Julian plays various styles of music, and has a special interest in traditional scandinavian dance music. He also plays in the quintet Mads Hansens Kapel, a band that specialises in renewing and innovating the traditional danish dance music. Recently, he played in the orchestra at the theater Østre Gasværk for the play “Pelle Erobreren” where the music was composed and arranged by Dreamers Circus.The three musicians from the group Elmøe & Hoffmann are despite their young age some of the most prominent musicians on the danish folk scene, each with a background in other genres as well.
Vanessa Poole Jönsson
A British RP actress/voiceover artist, also fluent in Swedish, Vanessa started
working professionally recording English radio plays for schools at the age of 8.Based in Malmö, Sweden, she is one of the founding/board members of ITM, the International Theatre of Malmö and of Down the Rabbithole Theatre, Denmark. She also has her own theatre group in Malmö, Sweden, called Playmate. Vanessa was named one of the “Top Five English-Language Trailblazers” in theatre, by The Copenhagen Post newspaper. She has had dance training, is equally at home playing drama or comedy, and has played secondary, chorus and lead roles in classical theatre, pantomime,
Shakespeare and contemporary theatre, in English. She performs regularly in Malmö & Copenhagen.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Rebecca Hoppé works and lives in Hamburg, Germany. Her book ‘Ballet' - a photographic project, for which Rebecca Hoppé accompanied choreographer John Neumeier and the dancers of the Hamburg Ballet, front of house and behind the scenes, in both Hamburg and New York, over a period of five years – was published 2010 by EDEL and highly praised by the press. Her large-format b/w photographs consist of abstract studies of the dancers at work and posed portraits, also providing fascinating glimpses of rehearsals and live performances.
She was part of the photographer team of the 'Clublexicon Hamburg' that won the Bronze Nail at the ADC Awards 2012. Her included image ‘Hafenklang’, featuring a clone trooper (her son dressed up), was the first to be taken for her current project ‘Hamburg Tales’. Therein she alters the prevailing view of specific urban landmarks within Hamburg by immersing them in a new context.