Nayana Keshava Bhat, dancer/choreographer/teacher, born in 1985 in Karnataka, India.

Photo courtesy: Tobias Hammerle

Learned until now:

I am trained in Bharatanatyam and graduated from Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) with a post-graduate certification in choreography. Besides, I am a qualified journalist, with work experience in print and electronic media. Having worked as a professional performance artiste for over a decade, both for companies as well as independently, I learned, albeit through painful mistakes, how to work with other artistes in different roles as a performer, as a choreographer, as a facilitator, as a team member, or/and as a leader. I learned to create my artistic expression through diverse but complementary media such as dance, clown-theatre, textual improvisation and writing. I am learning actively to combine my journalistic curiosity and skills and my physical abilities as a dancer in my works as an artist.

Is interested in:

– people and bodies, in stories of all kinds, drama, humour

– exploration and experimentation of time and space

– consciousness and matter

– the why’s and the how’s

– creating works that embody and express contrasting ideas

– in bridging the gap between contemporary art and its (potential) audiences through artistic works

– in creating a space for artists to come together to create their own works

Is with INFLUX because: I believe that in order to create impactful works we need a community that supports itself. We need a network of people with whom we can create long-term collaborations in every sense, through which we can create meaningful works that can bring us forward. INFLUX is meant to develop such a community where differences will be celebrated, where diversity will be the driving source of creativity, where creative people can work together in an honest, sincere and sustainable way.

Also because, through INFLUX I want to contribute towards branching arts out into various aspects of life, not confining to performance spaces and theatres, but as an essential part of our daily lives.


Ursula Schwarz, actor/clown/theatre pedagogue, Salzburg-based, born in 1983 in Linz, Austria.

learned until now:

that I like to work with people and groups – so I studied pedagogics

how to inspire others to be artistic, creative and theatrical – in my training of education of theatre

to laugh at myself and accept that the inner idiot is always there – that’s why I became a clown

that theatre doesn’t necessarily need words – so I trained in physical theatre in Berlin

that I love to be on stage – but I am also talented in and keen on directing

everything i do is about connecting (with) people

is interested in:

stories of all kinds – film, theatre, movement, songs,….

touching people and make them laugh – with my clowning and performances

teaching arts and inspire people to think out of the box – in theatre and clowing workshops with all ages

the social and political impact of arts – bringing arts into the urban image of Salzburg

questioning sexual stereotypes and gender topics – in my clowning and theatre projects

is with influx because:

It is important to have a network in which artists support each other. I am interested in connecting with others and finding the tie points between people, different artworks and artistic ways of expression. I think art should raise questions, make connections where others may not see them and inspire everyone to take action too! Art shouldn’t close itself up in an artistic ivory tower, but be with the people. That’s what we attempt to achieve with the interdisciplinary work of INFLUX. What I enjoy most is the chaos in the beginning, the devising work and the improvisation – not knowing where it will lead…. 

Julia Leckner, singer-mezzo soprano/violinist/actor, born in 1987 in Bad Tölz, Germany.


Madeleine Koch, project manager/geographer/physiotherapist, born in 1977 in Saxony, Germany

Learnt so far: Geography & physiotherapy, project management, working with people, networking

Is interested in:

The various interrelations between people in spaces, when both are constantly in change. Artists share ideas and work often over long distances and time periods, which makes it sometimes hard to maintain a connection even when project results work out well.

Is with INFLUX because:

My interest in being part of INFLUX network is to support people from different art fields, to connect them within the art scene in Salzburg, Austria and to wider European and global artist networks. By opening up new or sometimes just unseen connections between those that create art-works, INFLUX network is intends to build bridges and through this to contribute to a more open and inspiring art scene!

Christina Pointner, stage-designer/costume designer, born in 1983 in Munich, Germany.

Learned so far:

Creating the sculpture out of the wood, how fascism works, how large is half a millimetre, stage and costume design. Since 2012, I have been working as a freelance stage designer for operas and dance.

Is interested in:

I am interested in space and the possibility of movements in it, distance and proximity, the dynamics within human relationships, seeking creativity outside of artistic standards.

Is with INFLUX because:

I want to work with the creative potential in Salzburg and initiate projects with people, support them to bring out their individual experiences into artistic contexts.