Artistic and Executive Director Bureau Ritter
Madeline Ritter is a fully qualified lawyer with a professional focus on copyright law. She founded tanz performance köln, an international production and performance platform for contemporary dance in 1989 and was its artistic director and managing director until 2004.
She has initiated many European networks, been the director of inter-disciplinary festivals and produced international co-productions in the field of dance, media and performance art. From 1993 to 1998, she was the founding and artistic director of Pictures of (e)Motion, an international festival for dance, film and new media at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn. She was curator of the dance programme at Theater Heilbronn from 2003 to 2008. She was appointed project director of Tanzplan Deutschland by the German Kulturstiftung des Bundes (Federal Cultural Foundation) in 2004. Her many years of experience of working with artists, institutions and sponsors formed the basis of a partnership-based promotional strategy that was rolled out, under her guidance, in nine cities and with the support of many project partners. Tanzplan Deutschland mobilised 21 million euros for dance and became a model project internationally. When the Tanzplan Deutschland project came to an end in 2011, she founded the non-for-profit company DIEHL+RITTER (now Bureau Ritter) with Ingo Diehl in order to manage, among other initiatives, the Kulturstiftung des Bundes new dance funds: TANZFONDS ERBE (Dance Heritage Fund) and TANZFONDS PARTNER (Dance Partners Fund). She teaches culture management at various European universities and is a certified coach and facilitator of processes of change. Madeline Ritter is an expert of Initiativegroup Tanzförderung Stadt-Land-Bund as well as a member of the Supervisory Board of Kulturfabrik Kampnagel in Hamburg, the board of trustees of the Kulturfonds (Cultural Fund) Frankfurt RheinMain, the Advisory Board of Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln and since June 2014 of the Board of Trustees of Pina Bausch Foundation.
Artistic Director Dance On Ensemble
Ty Boomershine studied dance at the Fort Hayes School for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Ohio, completing his studies with a B.F.A. from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.
In addition to working with Lucinda Childs Dance, Emio Greco | PC, LeineRoebana, Dan Wagoner, Gus Solomons Jr., Bill T. Jones, Ton Simons and the Merce Cunningham Repertory Ensemble, he has also performed in various works by Yvonne Rainer, Dancenoise and in Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach. Since 2007, he has been Artistic Assistant to Lucinda Childs and since 2013 rehearsal director for ICKamsterdam. Ty Boomershine has been a member of the Dance On Ensemble since 2015 and is its Artistic Director since 2019.
Projectmanager and Producer
Hélène Philippot studied musicology and music management at the Université Paris IV Sorbonne and the Universität der Künste Berlin. From 2008 to 2012 she worked for a range of cultural organisations in France, including the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, the festival Les Nuits du Mont Rome and the Opéra National de Paris. From 2013 and 2021 she worked for the Berliner Festspiele, including as production manager for international co-productions in the fields of circus and dance, as well as for the festival Jazzfest Berlin.
In 2017/2018 she took part in the Festival Production Management Training held by the European Festivals Association. Since 2019, she has been responsible for managing the Swiss choreographer Lea Moro’s company. In February 2021, she completed the professional development course in business administration at the Technical University of Nuremberg. She joined Bureau Ritter in June 2021 as production manager and producer of the Dance On Ensemble.
Simone Maria Graf
Dramaturg and Producer
Simone Maria Graf studied theatre, dance and art history, graduating with a Magister Artium. After working as a gallery assistant at Galería Hilario Galguera Mexico/Leipzig, she was project manager at PACT Zollverein in Essen from 2013 to 2018, responsible for the residency programme and various interdisciplinary festivals.
This was followed by jobs as co-curator and production manager for Forecast Festival 3 at HKW in Berlin, as editor and production manager for the festival Tanz im August, and as editorial manager for the publications of the 11th Berlin Biennale and the 70th anniversary of the Berliner Festspiele in 2021. She also collaborates with various Berlin artists as a freelance artistic producer and dramaturg. Simone Maria Graf joined Bureau Ritter in August 2021 as dramaturg and production manager of the Dance On Ensemble.
Artistic Direction Participation Program
Laura Böttinger studied classical dance in Vienna, where she was also trained for the "Ich bin O.K.". - cultural and educational association of people with and without disabilities. In 2017 she gave a seminar on cultural promotion at the MUK Music and Art Private University of Vienna as a guest lecturer.
She has been working at Bureau Ritter since 2016: as a production assistant and then as production manager of the Dance On Ensemble between 2016 to 2018 and since 2018 as artistic director of the Dance On Lab and the creative learning programme Dance On Participation. She is on the selection committee of the Federal Cultural Foundation’s Tanzland funding programme.
Dance On Production Assistant
Anastasia Luck studied art history and theatre studies at the FU Berlin and completed her master’s degree in cultural and media management there in 2022. During her studies, she worked as a research assistant at the university’s art history department, among other places. Several internships took her from the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin to the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence.
Most recently, she worked at the Stasi Records Archive (Federal Archive) as a student assistant in the visitor services department. For several years now, she has volunteered as a carer for people with disabilities. She first came to Bureau Ritter as an intern in 2015 and returned in June 2022 as a production assistant.
Christof Müller studied geography and political sciences. He was subsequently employed as a project manager at the Institut für Europäische Politik and the Centre international de formation européenne, where he was responsible for projects under the Jean-Monnet Programme of the European Commission, DG Education and Culture.
From 2009 to 2013 he worked as an independent project and event manager for, e.g., Internet & Society Collaboratory, Stiftung Menschen für Menschen, and Discover Football. From 2013 to 2015 he oversaw the Dance Partners Fund and Dance Heritage Fund, both initiated by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, at sauerbrey | raabe. büro für kulturelle angelegenheiten. From 2015 to 2019 he has been responsible for RomArchive’s financial administration as well as contractual arangements and legal matters related to funding. He has been financial manager for Dance On since July 2019.
Head of Communications
Esther Ningelgen studied Italian Literature and Modern German Literature in Tübingen, Berlin and Verona. After working as a freelance assistant director and project manager, she headed the public relations department of Theater RambaZamba in Berlin from 2011 and also temporarily acted as its deputy executive director. Among other projects, she initiated and led the theatre's participation in the programme “START – Youth Culture in Greece" by the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Federal Association of Socioculture.
From 2015 to 2017, she was was co-director of Theater RambaZamba together with Gisela and Jacob Höhne. She then moved to Schauspiel Leipzig, where she worked for five years as press spokesperson and head of public relations. She has been part of the team at Bureau Ritter since August 2022, responsible for communications with a specific focus on the Dance on Ensemble.