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The Light Conversations : Nicholas Mockridge & Janna Kleinknecht

Nicholas Mockridge Creative Director/DJ

Born 1984 in Germany of Canadian and Italian heritage. Attained MFA in Theatre Directing at „Ernst Busch“ Academy of Dramatic Arts and studied Film Sciences in Denmark at European Film College. Works as an Interdisciplinary Artist having staged exhibitions and performances in New York (Wallplay Gallery), Rome (TAG), Hamburg (Laeiszhalle) and Berlin (Schaubühne, Halle am Berghain, Kantine am Berghain, Galerie Ebensperger) and Melbourne (Revolver Upstairs). Nicholas Mockridge +49-160-6202540 LIKE A WILD BEAST’S FUR (LAWBF) / ARTIST COLLECTIVE Mockridge founded Like a Wild Beast’s Fur (LAWBF) in 2014 - The collective traverses the threshold between techno culture and fine art. Received numerous awards for Black Mountain (2016), among them Best Narrative Short Film at New York Film Week. The film adapts Richard Wagner’s Parsifal and was mentored by descendant Katharina Wagner. It starred among others Veruschka, Peaches, Volker Spengler and Nina Kraviz. The soundtrack was composed by Moritz von Oswald. It has been shown at 15 festivals worldwide and discussed by Süddeutsche Zeitung, Art & Signature, Welt and Interview Magazine . In 2016, LAWBF started as a classical / techno hybrid band that is now represented by Max Dax (former Editor-in-Chief of Spex magazine, Electronic Beats Magazine by Telekom and Curator of the Hyper! exhibition at Deichtorhallen Hamburg). LAWBF’s artistic mission is to find new and exciting ways to fuse modern ideas that are inherent in classical music and ancient theatre (ranging from sculptures by Rodin, the poems of Rilke, the music of Richard Wagner and themes found in Greek theatre) with contemporary developments in techno and electro-acoustic music. As a voice artist, Mockridge has worked for numerous clients, such as Mercedes, Audi, Berlinale, Siemens, Ruinart, Dom Perignon and Kunstkammer Baden-Württemberg. For his work on Dom Perignon’s Stage Dinner, Mockridge and the creative team received the Moët Hennessy Innovation Award. Mockridge resides in Berlin and Los Angeles and is currently finishing a book on the Bayreuth Opera Festival with author and publicist Max Dax among other projects. In 2017 he has been appointed Curator of an exclusive artist showcase at Borchardt and is directing the second season of TV series Festival der Liebe for German TV channel Tele 5.

Janna Kleinknecht Dancer/Yogi

After working as a model in fashion, beauty and catwalk during her school years, Janna pursued a professional career as a dancer in dance theatre and as a constructer for dance projects with school classes. Janna studied cultural studies, business psychology and religion at Leuphana University Lüneburg and Humboldt University Berlin. She worked in the field of cultural management, editing and assistant directing for the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, the Henschel Theater and Schauspiel Verlag and for the dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests. She was a staff member at the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, which annually awards Germany's most highly endowed prize in the field of dance and politically campaigns for the financial and structural strengthening of this art. Together with her business partner Adam Rice and Loretta Würtenberger, founder of the Contemporary Arts Alliance Berlin, she conceived and founded a Yoga & Arts Festival at Castle Estate Schwante near Berlin. She currently also works as a freelance cultural manager for performing arts productions and teaches the practice of yoga and meditation. In her free time she loves to play the piano. Spirituality plays an important part in her life alongside her passion is for the arts.

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