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Jens Altheimer

Jens Altheimer, who relocated from Europe to Melbourne in 2009, is a performer, director and teacher in circus and theatre, trained at the Lecoq International School of Theatre in Paris.

He is currently performing his solo show Loose Ends. His previous show, Squaring the Wheel, had in March 2013 a successful three week season at the Gardens of Unearthly Delights in Adelaide, where it won the Adelaide Fringe Award: Best Presentation for Children 2013. Later in the year, it toured to 20 Victorian and Tasmanian venues, as well as to schools.

In 2014, the show was invited to the Sydney Festival, to the Ipswich Art Gallery, and was touring throughout New South Wales, finishing at the Seymour Theatre in Sydney.

A seven week Western Australia tour then took the show to 22 venues.

Throughout 2013, Jens was the artistic director of an Extended School Residency (funded by Arts Victoria), developing a multidisciplinary art project with a rural school in Elmore (Victoria).

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Concurrently, he continues to develop his contraption / chain- reaction workshop concept Tziing! – Boing! – Kerplunk! : Ingenious Contraptions, which he created as a big-scale building workshop for children at Artplay, funded by the City of Melbourne.

Between 2010 and 2012, Jens regularly taught performance at NICA and was invited to do some guest teaching spots at the National Theatre, the Flag Youth Theatre and at Circularity, the Women’s Circus Festival, all in Melbourne. Between 2011 and 2013, he spent four artistic residences as a guest director and teacher in Broome.

Former highlights also include his role as the MC of Nica’s Cabaret Vertigo and the award of best street performer at the 2010 Apollo Bay Music Festival.

Born in Germany, Jens spent the last 25 years performing and teaching throughout different countries in Europe. He created a number of ensemble and solo shows, having worked in the last few years mainly on his solo productions Survivor, In your Face and Quadrar a Roda.

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