SPECIES is a Cologne-based Dance Company, creating works for moving bodies. The group of artists, formed around choreographer Carla Jordão, explore the human body as a fragile composite of its surroundings and inner life: Social structures, cultural traditions, symbiotic coexistence and parasitic afflictions. In their work, SPECIES bring together the singular inscription of life in every-body, to the specific universal situation that we all live in. In that, no-body is replaceable.

SPECIES blooms from the strong artistic vision of the choreographer Carla Jordão and the musician Timm Roller, whose collaborative work has been closely developing since 2018.
The group is currently focused on UNIVERSAL – a series of pieces, exploring the impact of multiple social circumstances on the human body. The first piece of the series, A UNIVERSAL WEAKNESS, has been awarded with the Kölner Tanztheaterpreis 2019.

SPECIES was formed in 2020 and is supported by the RheinEnergieStiftung Kultur. Other fundings include Stadt Köln, Bezirksregierung Köln, Landesbüro NRW and Almada Dance Company. They work in close collaboration with Tanzfaktur and Barnes Crossing.


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Carla Jordão

Artistic Direction, Concept and Choreography
Carla Jordão is a choreographer and a performer. Her work is strongly inspired by painting, sculpture and photography. In her choreographies she is interested in creating pieces with her minimalistic and detailed artistic language, about the influences of social systems on bodies.


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Timm Roller

Music and Concept
Timm Roller is an Artist and Designer, working in Sound, Music and Digital Media. His Music and Sound Design relates to the idea of a Materialism of Sound, which emphasizes the haptic perception of the sonic. By that, his work becomes strongly connected to the moving body.


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Daniel Rademacher

Daniel Rademacher is holding a professorship for dramaturgy at the Kunstuniversität Graz. His work as Dramaturg for contemporary Dance and Performance Art is influenced and inspired by theory-based artistic researches in the field of media and cultural science. 

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Dawid Liftinger

Light and Space
Dawid Liftinger is a multidisciplinary media artist exploring sensory and synaesthetic states through hand built electronics harnessing the essential properties of light and sound across installations and performances.


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