photography by Roland Baege
Esther Manon siddiquie is a dancer and choreographer from Bochum, Germany working in New York, NRW, Berlin and London. Currently, she is a foreign exchange scholar, supported by the Ministery of Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW and was part of the RuhrResidence 2017 of kunstvereineruhr. Her expertise lies in the area of digital media. She is currently pursuing her MFA in dance and technology at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.She started 2018 with a residency at Tanzhaus NRW, continuing her ongoing research on nomadic and sedentary culture, explored through dance in the context of digital technology and interactive media. After her residency, she also participated in the Digital Dance Lab as part of the temps d'images festival under the curation of Choi Ka Fay at Tanzhaus NRW. She is a London contemporary dance school graduate and was awarded the Charlotte Kirk Patrick award for demonstrating exceptional potential as a dance artist. She is an exit visa 2014 alumni, the place’s graduate artist development program. In 2015 she was invited to participate in the research and development program choreodrome at the place in collaboration with fellow choreographer James Morgan and visual artist Alex Springer. Their work, face to face, was presented as part of touch wood2015 and the performance series coz if your friends don’t dance at asylum in March 2016., as well as during now&next 2017. She was invited to take part during Tour Through Tanztage 2017, an initiative of Sophiensaaele, HZT and Lifelong Burning. Her works have been performed in Germany, UK and USA., e.g., during the Dance Umbrella Festival 2013, Forum at Tanzmesse Düsseldorf, The Place, Dortmunder U, Tanzhaus NRW, Meinblau Projektraum, Artistania e.V., Jack Chrystal Theatre, kaleidoscopic arts platform, swallowsfeetfestival among others. A part from creating her own works, and dancing in the works of others she is experienced in interdisciplinary collaborations. She has performed with the award-winning audio-visual arts collective panorama, as part of their interactive installation cast your shadow during their 2017 exhibition at rechenzentrum in Potsdam. She has worked inter-relationally with visual artist Hanae Utamura on the performance letter from a future past. She is a founding member of grokenberger studio, a collective art space for the creation of music and dance as part of artistic e.V., an intercultural-arts association at the heart of Berlin neukölln.