Born and raised in Germany, Ramona Sekulovic is a dancer and choreographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Trained as a dancer as well as visual anthropologist, she currently strives to incorporate the experience, sensation, and perception of one’s own body as well as its individual anatomical aesthetics into choreographic practice. To this end she combines an array of dance techniques and vocabularies, ideas from the Feldenkrais method, anthropological fieldwork, and the medium of film into a methodology for research into the individual dancing body. The results of this research take shape in choreographic works as well autobiographical writings and ethnographic dance films. She is currently working to expand her research into a dancer’s presence working on a new dance work, Composites.
Ramona founded the Ramona Ganssloser TanzKunst Project, a contemporary dance company, in 1999, and choreographed for the company until 2005. She now works on a project to project basis, allowing her to focus more extensively on researching movement and developing new material. Her dances have been produced by Dixon Place, Joyce Soho, The New York Fringe Festival, The Downtown Arts Festival, and the Dumbo Arts Festival. She has presented her work at Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research Open Performance, Dixon Place, the Limon Institute, WAX, and University Settlement among other venues in New York, and has received commissions by the Yale University School of Drama and a Weatherhead grant from the East Asian Institute at Columbia University.
Ramona further produced, shot and edited several dance films. Her recent filmic work deals with sensory perception of the body as a dancer as well as the influence of space and place on movement vocabulary and choreography. The film “Humans Are Here, Too” is a sensorial ethnographic film about the daily practice of dance shot in Studio 5, City Center, New York.
In Europe she has been working as a dancer at the Theater des Westens Berlin, Germany, as well as for the Theater des Augenblicks in Austria and Belgium. In New York she was a company member of the Mimi Garrard Dance Theatre and the Rosa Mei Dance Company.
In recent years Ramona has been studying intensively with Zvi Gotheiner and is currently taking part in the Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in New York. She holds a MA in Visual Anthropology from the Freie Universitaet in Berlin, Germany, and a BA in Anthropology from Columbia University. She studied dance at the Theaterschool Amsterdam and the Rotterdamse Dansacademie (now Codarts), the Netherlands.