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Michael Turinsky graduated with a Master of philosophy at the University of Vienna. He lives and works as a theoretician, choreographer and performer in Vienna. His background in dance includes internationally recognized teachers, such as Adam Benjamin, Fabiana Pastorini, Barbara Kraus, Corinna Mindt, Philipp Gehmacher, Keith Hennessy, Miguel Gutierrez.

As a performer he worked with choreographers and directors like Bert Gstettner (“S*Cargo“, “Soliman*Revisited”, “Tanz*Hotel All*Inclusive”), Barbara Kraus (“Fuck all that shit“), Legitimate Bodies/Robin Dingemans/Mick Bryson (“The point at which it last made sense”) and Doris Uhlich ("Ravemachine").

He started his carreer as a choreographer in 2008. His internationally toured performances include “heteronomous male”, a performance about heteronomy and masculinity, shown amongst other places as part of the Antistatic Festival in Bulgaria, but also in theatres in Geneva, Vienna and Salzburg. His work “my body, your pleasure”, about pleasure and disability, was shown at HAU (Hebbel am Ufer) Berlin, in Mainz and is now touring in Switzerland. The latest works "Second Skin - turn the beat around" and "Second Skin - Master of Ceremony" premiered in 2016 and were already shown at Tanzquartier Vienna, nadaLokal Vienna, Cofestival Ljubljana - Kino Siska and ARGE Kultur Salzburg. His cooperation with choreographer Doris Uhlich "Ravemachine" premiered also in 2016 at Brut in Vienna and is now touring internationally.


His publications include articles in journals, such as “Strauchelnde Gesten. Zu einer politischen Ontologie inklusiven Tanzes“, in: gift. zeitschrift für freies theater, 02/2010, S. 50 – 55, or “Das abscheuliche Genießen. Lacanianische Reflexionen über den Umgang mit Behinderung, Liebe und Sexualität“, in: Behinderte in Familie, Schule und Gesellschaft, 2/2003, S. 14 – 29. Lectured at lecture cycles of the University of Vienna and the University of Salzburg. At Tanzquartier Vienna he lectured in the frame of “Swaying – non-aligned bodies and contemporary performance” 2015. In spring 2017 he led a masterclass at IntegrArt Symposium in Zürich, titled“Everything you wanted to know about crip choreography but were afraid to ask”.