Fernanda Guimaraes, Head of Choreography
The Brazilian choreographer graduated her ballet studies from the Royal Academy of Dance, along with a Bachelor in Social Communication, Publicity and Marketing from FAAP University, Sao Paulo. Fernanda was a soloist dancer in "Cisne Negro Dance Company" in Sao Paulo and toured throughout Brazil, Argentina, Uruguai, Canada and New York. Moving to Germany, she was engaged at Musik Theater im Revier Gelsenkirchen/Wuppertal and Landestheater Coburg, acting as a soloist dancer and musical actress. She was then offered the position of Ballet Meister and consequently Ballet Director in Würzburg, where she choreographed and directed diverse Ballets, Musicals and Operettas. Fernanda also worked as a guest Choreographer at Stadttheater Fürth developing also several Social Dance Projects, which she later continued in Berlin and Wolfsburg. Since 2008 Fernanda is the leader of Tui Cruises Choreographic Department, where she is responsible for the creation and evolution of the vast show repertoire.
Daniela Meneses, Choreography Manager
Daniela is part of the creative team of TUI Cruises in charge of giving the dancers ballet training, teaching them the repertoire and choreographing for some of the shows of the Mein Schiff. She was born in Santiago, Chile and began her studies at the Faculty of Arts in Chile before being taken at the young age of 14 years old into Ballet de Santiago making her the youngest ballet dancer in the company. At the age of 16 she move to New York and joins the prestigious School of American Ballet. Also in New York she had the opportunity to learn from famous teachers like David Howard, Maggie Black, Suky Schored, Andrei Kramarevsky und Alexandra Danilova and participated in the Seminars with the eminent Prima Ballerina from the Royal Ballet of London Margot Fonteyn. After completing her studies, she joined the Joffrey Ballet II and then the Pittsburg Ballet dancing many ballets from the Balanchine Repertoire and works from John Cranko, August Bournonville, Marius Petipa, Messere, McMillan and Daniel Pelzig who created a piece specially for her. Daniela moved to Europe where she began a contract with the Aalto Ballet Theatre in Essen before joining the Deutsche Oper Berlin where she stays for 8 years. During this time she performed as Soloist in many pieces from the most important European choreographers of this time such as Jiri Kylian, Angelin Prelocaj, Heinz Spoerli, Yuri Vamos, Hans von Manen, Mario Schröder, Mauro Bigonzetti and Uwe Scholz. As she finished her career as a dancer she began her studies in the Royal Academy of Dance graduating as Dance pedagogic and receiving as well a Diploma for the Vaganova method. Daniela has also participated in seminars in Copenhagen and Cuba. She has been invited as a guest teacher in the Deutsche Oper Berlin (for the Opera Dancers) in the Florida Ballet in Miami. and Italy.
Liesl Bourke, Jr. Choreography Manager
Born, Australia Liesl left home at an early age to attain her Diplome de Danse Professional in Classical Ballet at the Academie de Danse de Princess Grace, Monaco. She has worked with companies including Ballet Schindowsky, Komische Opera, Opera Köln, SMK#1, Lea Dance, Festspielhaus St Pölten, Wintergarten Berlin, PVC-Freiburg Stadttheater and the Australian Opera. As a freelance dancer she has performed and choreographed performances at events such as the Australian Dance Awards Sydney, Jazz EXPO Sardegna, Science and Technology Awards Singapore and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Liesl has a wide range of interest in dance styles, in particular partner dances and specialises in Argentine tango. She has taught and performed tango in Australia, Asia, USA and around Europe. Working with director/choreographer Joachim Schölmer she was assistant and soloist in the production "Tango la Queen" and was the choreographer of TUI Cruises onboard tango show "Tango Fatal". Liesl has performed at locations including Berlin Philharmonie and Admiralspalast with a diverse range of styles including electro-tango "Tango Crash" to classical with Berliner Symphonica. Additionally Liesl studied Arts and Events Management at Deakin University, Australia. Liesl is Junior Choreographic Manager at TUI.
Davide Iaconis, Jr. Choreography Manager
Davide is currently Junior Choreography Manager for Tui Cruises in Berlin. He began his dance formation studying Classical Ballet at the Royal Academy in Lecco, Italy. In 2005 continued his formation at New Dance Concept, Bologna under teacher Alex Atzewi with whom he studied the techniques of contemporary and modern dance.Davide was the winner of national dance competitions "Dance Cattolica" and "Expression" in Bologna 2006 and then joined the Scuola di Danza Balletto di Toscana, Florence winning a scholarship in contemporary and modern Dance. He then joined Bologna’s Teatro Comunale where he performed in choreographer Arturo Canistrà’s productions "Amadè", "Cenerentola" and "Pinocchio", and later joined the neoclassic-contemporary dance company, Kaos Balletto di Firenze-Directed by Roberto Sartori and Katiuscha Bozza. Davide was part of the original cast for Mein Schiff 1 in 2009. The first two years as dancer and dance capitan, then later joining the staff as part of the Berlin Entertainment team.
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Dr. Thomas Schmidt-Ott, Director Arts & Entertainment
Dr. Thomas Schmidt-Ott is almost a "veteran" in the field of arts & entertainment. After working as musician and as manager in a variety of international orchestras, festival & theatres for the years from 1988, he had the opportunity to become part of the start up team of TUI Cruises, a move that has kept him busy for the last 6 years. As Director Arts & Entertainment Thomas heads all artistic, technological and administrative/financial processes of TUIC’s Entertainment ashore and onboard. His motto: "A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves." (Lao Tzu)
Wolfram Korr, Senior Head of Arts
Wolfram Korr is an author, stage director, performer and musician. As Artistic Leader, he is responsible for all artistic decision making at TUI Cruises Entertainment. Wolfram’s varied artistic career has provided him with many different professional experiences which inform his present position. As stage director, he has been responsible for the creation of shows at, amongst others, TIPI Berlin, Wintergarten Variete, Staatstheater Cottbus and Theater Regensburg. As a performer and musician, he has worked with pop stars like George Michael (MTV European Music Awards) and Herbert Groenemeyer (Soccer WM 2006), and in a theatrical setting with stage directors like Frank Castorf (Volksbühne Berlin) and Thomas Ostermeier (Schaubühne Berlin). As a classical violinist, Wolfram Korr has worked widely as concertmaster and soloist, his most recent performance being Beethoven’s violin concerto as soloist in Stuttgart in winter 2013. As a music manager, Wolfram has brought strikingly contrasting artists together, such as the first classical orchestra to the Heavy Metal Festival of Wacken in 2006 and, in 2007, a string quartet to the world famous Big Chill-Pop Festival in England.
Arthur Castro, Head of Stage Directing
Arthur Castro is a writer and director. As an artistic director, he conceives, develops and directs show productions at TUI Cruises Entertainment. He received his diplom degree with accolades in Musical Theatre Direction & Production with Prof. Götz Friedrich at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg. As an assistant director he worked with, among others, directors Roman Polanski, David Shiner, John Neumeier, Peter Mussbach and Terrie M. Robinson. Arthur Castro attended masterclasses with Harold Prince, Peter Konwitschny and Harry Kupfer. Directing credits include the legendary dinner spectacle "Pomp Duck and Circumstance", various stadium opening ceremonies for FIFA and IAAF, artistic collaborations with singers Grace Jones, Youssou N'Dour, Jochen Kowalski, Nina Hagen, DJ-producers Jazzanova, composer Frank Wildhorn and continuous show productions for the corporate world. Arthur Castro just directed an open air production of the American Tribal Love-Rock musical HAIR at the Theater Ulm, which led to sold out performances and raving reviews.
Lisa Brzonkalla, Head of Costume
Lisa Brzonkalla studied costume design at the School of Fine Arts in Dresden. Successive projects paved the way for her involvement in the production of the Phantom of the Opera in Hamburg, at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Bayreuther Festspiele, the Berlin Ensemble and the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin. She worked for two years at the Städtischen Bühnen in Freiburg as the costume assistant and costume designer. She worked as a freelancer from 1999 to 2009. She has created the costumes and accoutrements for Antigone, Zaide and the School of Women at the Biel Solothurn Theatre, for Orlando at the Neukölln Opera and for Carmen at DNT Weimar. More recently, her involvement with playhouses has included collaborations with Martin Pfaff of the Saarland Staatstheater in Saarbrücken (The Devil’s General and Nephew, Cousin, Eifel Tower), with Regensburg Theatre (Alpenglühen), and her work for films like Vacuum and Wildfire. Currently, she is designing costumes as well as sculptural costumes for shows on the cruise ships Mein Schiff and heads their costume department.
Amparo Kuhlmann, Costume Manager
Amparo Kuhlmann has since January 2011 been working at TUI Cruises GmbH. She began working as a freelance costume and stage designer at diverse German and Austrian theatres. In 2008, she worked with Theaterkunst GmbH for two years. There she assisted the costume department for the feature film "Die Buddenbrooks" with Iris Berben and Armin Müller-Stahl, costume design Barbara Baum. Furthermore, she has overseen such productions as "Inglorious Basterds", "Hilde", "John Rabe", "Ein russischer Sommer" (A Russian Summer), among others. In 2010, Amparo Kuhlmann assisted the costume designer Monika Jakobs in the preliminary phase of the feature film "Der ganz große Traum" (The Very Big Dream) with Daniel Brühl, Axel Prahl, among others, and subsequently was also appointed the set wardrobe manager for this film. Other projects have included, for instance, the feature film "Anonymous", directed by Roland Emmerich, and diverse TV series. Amparo Kuhlmann created the costume for "Rockshow" and the show "Romance and Dance" for TUI Cruises.
Simone Fröhlich, Junior Costume Manager
Simone Fröhlich grew up in a small town near Frankfurt/Main and has been interested in fashion and art all her life. After her education as a dressmaker she studied Fashion Design in Berlin and contributed to both fashion startups like Pulver, uli Dziallas and bigger settled companies in Haut couture as well as in Prêt-à-porter. After a fascinating time at the Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden she lived and worked in Sweden for different retailers and found her passion for body and soul as Yoga instructor. Now working as a Junior costume Manager at TUI Cruises she can combine theater, art and the organizational part and is enjoying the company from March 2013.
Jakob Vinje, Head of Music
Jakob Vinje is composer for theatre and cinema and is working prevalently in Germany, France and Switzerland. His music was amongst others nominated for the Palme d’or in Cannes and priced with the Prix Molière in Paris. He was composer in residence of the city of Worms, his oeuvre includes musicals, sinfonias and operas. As musical director he worked regularly at the Komödie Hamburg, the Scala Wien and was responsible for the music productions at the Théâtre Montreux Rivièra (Schwitzerland) and the Théâtre Le Ranelagh (Paris). As pianist he is the partner of the actor André Eisermann and the Brél-Intepret Dominique Horwitz.
On board you'll have different entertainment locations. They are all equipped with professional light engineering and sound technology, which are not only on the new ships at highest current standards. Whether as an artist on stage or as technicians behind, it is fun to work with this equipment.