Motschnik – Verein für feine Kunst is an austrian theatre company based in Vienna. It’s core members are Melika Ramic, Marieke Breyne and Nele Van den Broeck.

Melika Ramic is a director and theatre pedagogue. During her studies Theatre, Movie and Media in Vienna (AT) and Antwerp (BE), she worked as an assistent director with Astrid Griesbach – Theater des Lachens (Berlin); Stephan Rabl – Dschungel Wien (Vienna) and Peter and Annette Raffalt – Junge Burg Burgtheater (Vienna).

In season 2011/12 and 2012/13 she worked as theatre pedagogue at the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf. Back in Vienna, in 2014 and 2015 she worked as a theatre pedagogue for the Wiener Festwochen and Burgtheater. Besides she is a freelance director, her productions are programmed on national (Spleen Graz, Szene Bunte Wähne, SCHÄXPIR Linz) and international festivals in the UK, Malta, Switzerland, Luxemburg.

Marieke Breyne is a performer and researcher. She holds degrees in Educational Sciences and Theatre Sciences and studied Visual Arts and Performance. Since 2008 she is active as a sensorial and physical performer in an international context. She performs with compagnies as Sisters of Hope (DK), Carte Blanche Theatre (DK), Teatro de los Sentidos (ES), Raymundo Théâtre and Théâtre de l’Instant (FR) and creates work with the own founded compagnies cie MMZ, oortocht (BE) and motschnik (AT-BE).

Her continuous artistic research as a creative performer is, since mid 2014, boosted by a practice-based doctoral research she conducts part-time in the Department of Art, Music and Theatre Studies at Ghent University. Within this FWO-NRF research project Marieke conceptualizes research gatherings and creative processes in close collaboration with the School of Arts in Ghent (BE) and the drama department of the University of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape (SA).

Nele Van den Broeck is an actor, musician and columnist. After graduating from the conservatory of Ghent she worked as an actress with renowned Flemish theater companies such as The Royal Flemish Theatre, Kaaitheater and Kopergietery. Apart from that, she’s a musician and composer, writing her own songs with a band called Nele Needs A Holiday. An unexpected turn of events led to an episode as a radio & television host. She was asked to host several Belgian television shows, and I also had her own radio program, called

Nele in Radioland. She writes a biweekly column for Belgian national newspaper De Standaard. In 2014, she moved to London, where she worked as a drama practitioner at The Lyric Hammersmith. After two years, she relocated to Malmö, where she is an Artist in Residence at the Inter Arts Centre. Living in Sweden, she keeps close connections with artists and organizations in Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Austria.


Photo by Reinout Dewulf

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