Katharina Menzel is a contemporary dancer, singer, dance teacher, and choreographer living in Hamburg. She began her dance studies at the Lola Rogge School in Hamburg with a focus on modern dance according to the movement principles of Rudolf von Laban, which she completed with the official state examination.
Following her graduation in Hamburg, Katharina began to build upon her technical base through various schools and workshops in Germany and abroad (P.A.R.T.S Brussels, New York City, SEAD Salzburg, among others). She has been influenced by Limón Dance Technique, Countertechnique (Anouk van Dijk), Flying Low (David Zambrano), and release based techniques, as well as the Gaga methodic (Ohad Naharin) during her exploration.
Alongside dance, Katharina studied classical singing privately with Hamburg vocal professor Yvi Jänicke and vocal pedagogue Eckart Lindemann, as well as repertoire, interpretation, and ensemble singing with Professor Alan Speer and Raila Mamed-sade. Acting work, scenic lessons, and piano round out her education.
In addition to her teaching activities in artistic dance and choreographic projects with children, young people and adults,Katharina has performed at the Hamburg State Opera, Internationale Kulturfabrik Kampnagel , Hamburger Sprechwerk, and other theaters in Hamburg and surrounding. She has worked with choreographers José Vidal (Chile), Victoria Hauke (Hamburg), and Chris Lechner (Bern), and has participated in productions by directors Michael Thalheimer, Andreas Kriegenburg, and Ramin Gray, among others. From 2007 to 2008 she was a dancer with the Pasdach Company.
As a singer, Katharina participated in numerous choral projects in opera and concert. Since 2009, she has been a member of the extra choir of the Hamburg State Opera.
Currently, her own choreographic research and project ideas are increasingly part of her artistic work. In 2021 she choreographed meSolo, a 13-minute dance solo supported by the Dorit & Alexander Otto Foundation.