Selva is an artistic association founded in 2021 by Rosana Ribeiro and Verena Pircher in Salzburg, Austria.
The work focuses on the physical body’s role as a communicator and on how it is a profound form of expression of the whole. The core of the research lies in finding a dramaturgy developed from who the performers are and which stories they tell. It explores a synergy of all performative elements in order to create a micro-fantasy world where the topics of fear, dreams, history and mental instability recur. Each performance constantly searches for moments of delicacy and poetry and questions how we may see the individual over the form. The company continuously works with various independent artists.
Rosana Ribeiro is a Portuguese/Brazilian choreographer and performer based in Salzburg & Lisbon. Her artistic journey began at the Circus School Chapitô in Lisbon followed by a BA in Contemporary Dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, UK. In the course of her career she has performed with Jean Abreu, Hofesh Shechter, Cie.7273, Companhia Paulo Ribeiro, Companhia Instável, James Wilton, Charlie Morrissey, Kim Brandstrup, São Castro & António Cabrita, Editta Braun, among others. She has also recurrently worked in opera productions at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and at the Barbican Centre. She was the Cultural Programmer of the festival Jardins Abertos (Open Gardens) in Lisbon from 2017-2022 and as of 2022 she is an associate member of the tanz_house Salzburg.
Born in Salzburg, Verena embarked on her artistic journey by studying at Codarts University of the Arts (Rotterdam). After graduating
in 2016, she worked with the Swedish dance company Norrdans, where she was involved in works by choreographers such as Jose
Agudo, Peter Svenzon and Mari Carrasco. In 2018 Verena became a certified teacher of Anouk van Dijk’s movement method
Countertechnique. Apart from teaching international workshops she is teaching students at the Bruckneruniversität in Linz and Orff
Institut at Universität Mozarteum. As a freelance dancer and production manager Verena is currently collaborating with Birgit
Mühlmann-Wieser, Hildegard Starlinger, Potpourri and INFLUX network. In June 2020 she also assisted choreographer Anouk van
Dijk at Münchner Kammerspiele.
Devising Performer, Rehearsal Director
Melissa graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds (UK). After graduation, Melissa worked as a freelance
dancer with numerous international choreographers and eventually joined the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet, touring the world for
many years. In 2017 Melissa moved back to Europe and started a long-term collaboration with the performer and choreographer
Aakash Odedra. Melissa currently shares her practice through workshops in Italy, UK, Turkey, Iran and India, whilst collaborating
creatively with several fellow artists and being a full-time member of the Münchner Kammerspiele (DE), Aakash Odedra Company
(UK) and Cie7273 (CH).
Jadwiga Maria Mordarska was born in 1997 in Cracow, and began her dance training in Vaganova ballet technique, jazz, modern dance, rhythm, and folk dance at the age of five.
In 2016 she received her dance diploma from L’Art De la Dance Academy in Cracow as well as “The Diploma of professional dancer” conferred by the Association of Artists of Polish Scene in Warsaw. She was hired by Ludowy Theater in Cracow and worked with them for four years in three different pieces.
In 2016 she began her contemporary dance education at SEAD- Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance working with numerous international teachers and choreographers.
Right after graduating from SEAD in 2020, she became a member of TRAK Dance Ensemble Salzburg, performing a duet choreographed by Barnaby Booth and collaborating on various projects. Simultaneously she began teaching contemporary dance as well as BASITM Pilates training in order to become a certificated BASITM Pilates teacher.
Tomaž Simatović is a choreographer, performance artist, and improviser. He graduated in dance performance at SEAD, and gained his MA degree in choreography at ArtEZ Arnhem. As a dancer Tomaž performed with editta braun company, Susan Quinn, Andreja Podrzavnik, Hubert Lepka, Erik Kaiel, Uwe Bertram, and Georg Blaschke. Since 2012 Tomaž collaborates with Mirjam Klebel and composer Matej Bonin. In his autonomous yet collaborative performance practice Tomaž has been developing performative, experimental and interdisciplinary works. His practice has been presented in Europe, USA and Eastern Asia, in the form of performances, lectures, workshops, and writing.
Originally from Portugal, her artistic path began by studying at the Circus School Chapitô, followed by a Masters in Performing Arts at the
FCSH. Sara has been developing her own artistic language and performances through a variety of creation in Portugal. When relocating to
Brussels, she worked as assistant director for Radouan Mriziga at the Kaaitheater. In 2019 she began her studies in Historical Costumes
for Theater and Cinema at EFP in Brussels and has since then designed the costumes for the short films La Protagoniste by Sarah Carlot
Jaber and Marianson by Thierry Knauff.
Composer & Sound Designer
Originally from Klagenfurt, Peter holds a Master's degree from the LA Music Academy. He co-founded the label Bad Owl in Los Angeles where he has produced, played and collaborated with a wide variety of artists. Recently relocated to Vienna, he is a full time member of the band Karmic and I Am Flora Fauna.
Cristovão began his artistic path in 1997 at Teatro da Academia and at Teatro Viriato in Viseu. His has collaborated with a variety of artists such as Madelena Vitorino, Circolando, Paulo Ribeiro, Tânia Carvalho, Filipa Francisco, Romulus Neagu, Leonor Keil, John Mowat, Rosana Ribeiro, Rui Catalão, Miguel Castro Caldas, São Castro and António M Cabrita. He is currently the technical director and lighting designer for Dançando com Diferença, Yola Pinto, Miguel Castro Caldas, Sónia Barbosa, Produções Independentes and Jardins Efémeros. He was also part of the tours as technical staff for Marlene Monteiro Freitas and Jonas&Lander.
Content and Dramaturgy Support
Daniel is an Austrian pianist, drummer and composer based in Salzburg. In 2012 he graduated from the Klagenfurt Conservatory of Music
with an MA in Jazz and Classical Piano. From 2011 to 2020 he lived and worked in London and Lisbon. Apart from his solo work he has
toured, composed, recorded and performed drums and piano internationally with artists including: Andreya Triana, Derek Trotson, Dani
Siciliano, Ray Warleigh, Stroy, Mathias Krispin Bucher, Ro Bergman, Army of One, et.al. He has also composed the music for various dance productions and plays drums for the “Steaming Satellites”.
Furthermore, he studied Romance languages in Salzburg and works as a copywriter and translator.
Philipp Rirsch studied Film at the Friedl Kubelka School for independent film in Vienna. In 2014, together with childhood friend and photographer Fabian Rettenbacher, they founded Studio p.o.t.f., an independent art space in the Center of Vienna. His main approach to Film and Photography is through analog material, which is mostly developed by hand in the Studio.In 2019 he created the online community radio station Radio Rudina.
Caro Eisl is a freelance Graphic Designer and Art Director. After spending two years in Milan, Italy she came back to her hometown Salzburg, Austria where she founded her design studio „Design Caro“ that is specialized in Corporate, Editorial and Print Design for international brands, institutions and companies. The female led studio develops meaningful brands for sustainable companies and artists with a profound understanding of aesthetics and design.