About Lisbeth

Lisbeth Bitto (1985) is an Austrian dancer, movement teacher, researcher and artivist, currently residing in Vienna. She studied theatre- film- and media-science and finished her master degree in art history (Indiology) in 2013, specializing on the woman’s body in contemporary art. 

Lisbeth started dancing autodidactic in 2004 through breakdance, house and urban styles, being especially interested in highly dynamic and acrobatic tricks. Through contemporary dance and contact improvisation she got introduced to Axis Syllabus in 2007 and has been certified as a teacher in Berlin.

From 2009 – 2012 Lisbeth worked for the company SILK – Dance, Art & Air and performed for various international choreographers (a.o. Christina Raubauer (A), Romy Kolb (A), Janice Parker (GBR), Silke Grabinger (A) and Volker Schmidt (D)). Her choreographic works have been presented in various festivals and cultural events and settings (SYD – Graz, Raw Matters – Vienna, Nomadic College – Brazil). 

In 2014, she cofounded the art and cultural association CorpoColectivo, in which she is realizing art and socio-political projects. Furthermore, she is part of the intercultural project and organization TheaterFlucht Österreich (awarded with the social Impact award) and engaged in cross-cultural work. 

Lisbeth teaches a movement vocabulary which is influenced by a diverse background in urban and contemporary dance, contact improvisation, Feldenkrais method, applied anatomy and biomechanics as well as somatic and meditation practices.

She taught at a.o. Tanzquartier Vienna, Tanzhafenfestival/Linz, StudioHybrid/Brussels, Tanzfabrik/Berlin, LachdachPling/Munich, NomadicCollege/Puglia Italy, EarthDance/Manchester USA, Studio Naim/Tel Aviv, PKKY Outokumpu/Finnland, New Ballett School/Amsterdam and holds regular classes and workshops in Vienna. 

Teacher's statement

Aside of working as a dancer, movement teacher and artist I would describe myself as a curious human being, interested in various aspects of life.

Researching on the human body and movement brings me to comprehend myself more thoroughly. Investigating the body’s complexity opened a fascinating world, and a gateway to increase my consciousness of not only my physical deeds, but also my emotional and mental state of being. 

I experience my body and mind as interlinked and strongly tangled sides of one coin. Working with my mind feeds and nourishes my body. Shaping and sensing my physical appearance changes how I think. Questioning and revisiting concepts that I thought to have understood, teaches me over and over again what I do not know yet, and what else there is to explore. I love to dive into fields that seem oppositional, to discover common points in contradicting approaches and to perceive myself as a constant beginner. I am happy to keep on questioning and doubting ideas and thoughts that I hold on to, to go into conflicts and confront uncomfortable places, as I believe it is there where I can grow most. 

Taking this place as source of inspiration for my work and starting point for anything I share with people I am with, is providing me the possibility to be and to share something honest - me.