Charlotte Triebus works as an art director, performance artist, designer and photographer. The focus of her work is at the interface of art, dance and music.
Charlotte graduated in the area of design thinking and identity after studying the Integrated Design program at Köln International School of Design and Dance Studies program at University for Music and Dance Köln (HfMT Köln). During her studies she spent a year in Sweden, followed by an internship at the innovation agency IDEO. In 2015 Charlotte founded the PerformanceQuartet Köln.
At the moment Charlotte does her postgraduate studies of Fine Arts in Performance at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. The focus of her work is to investigate the potential of the intersections of design and music, art and dance. Charlotte lives in Köln, D and Madrid, ESP.

Since 2015 Charlotte forms part of the department Designtheory and
as a guest lecturer at Köln International School of Design and conducts interdisciplinary projects with students for the University for Music and Dance Köln in the department of Electronic Composition.

PerformanceQuartett, CharlotteTriebus, c shschroeder

Charlotte Triebus, Credits: s.h.schroeder


Areas of Expertise

Art Direction, Performance Art, Design, Photography


1995-2008: school education in Russia, Germany and Spain //02/2008- /2010: realisation of photographic work and webpages for different clients //10/2008-/01/2009: joined the „public administration“ program in Münster //2009: interned at via roeper, Erfolgskommunikation, Bremen (projectwork in 2010 followed) // 2009-2014 : joined the „Integrated Design“ program at KISD // 2012: studied the “Graphic Design and Communication” program in Norrköping, Sweden // 2013: interned as a Visual Communication Designer at IDEO Munich  // 2014: Graduation // 2015: guest lecturer at Folkwang // 2014: joining the MA-program of Dance Studies at the HfMT Köln // 2015: joining the Diploma II program of Fine Arts and Performance at the KHM Köln // 2015: founding the PerformanceQuartett Köln // from 2015: lecturer at KISD // from 2016: lecturer at KISD, KHM, HfMT Köln //


Nomination Kölner Designpreis, 2014
Production & Research Grant Choreographenvereinigung Tanztendenz München, 2013
Research Grant Sweden, 2012
Invitation Research Grant Hong-Kong, 2012

Projects & Performances

Performance at Open Source Festival Düsseldorf, 2017
Performance at Katalyst Festival as a part of the Inability Crew
Orangerie Köln, 2016
Performative Concert Die unsichtbaren Städte – Fragilität (Art Direction, Performance) (PerformanceQuartett Köln), Grabeskirche Köln, 2015
Concert Mesokosmos II – Voyage To The Inner Ground (Art Direction, Installation, Stage) (with Robias), KHG Köln, 2015
Performance 171*168 (Art Direction, Performance) (with Sophia Seiss),
Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, 2015
Performance Metamorphoses Nocturnes (Leading the Research Lab) (with Atemzug e.V.) Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, 2015
Performance Cherubino Kölner Musiknacht, Domforum Köln,, 2015
Performance Temporal seperation of context and its content (Performance) (with Esta Matkovic (Choreographer, Art Direction)), Tanzfaktur, Köln, 2015
Performance Fakir – 50 Jahre Studio für Elektronische Musik (Director, Composer Philipp Lack), Studio für elektronische Musik Köln, 2015
Performance 171*168, Zentrum für Zeitgenössischen Tanz, 2015
Dramaturgy Current Density, Zentrum für Zeitgenössischen Tanz, 2015
Concert Hybriden (Installation, Dramaturgy), Konzertsaal Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, 2015
CD-Release Noch:Schon –Musik an der Schwelle (Artdirection, Ideation, Visual Communication), 2014
Concert Mesokosmos I: the human city (Art Direction,Stage) (with the Acoustic Motion Sextett), KHG Köln, 2014

Exhibitions & Screenings

Exhibition Urban Stage FF, Erholungshaus Leverkusen, 2017
Exhibition Kartografie der Dynamik, KISDparcours, Köln international School of Design, 2015
Filmscreening: Pre-Premiere Current Density, Kurzfilmfestival Köln, 2015
Exhibition Dynamik Kartografieren, Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln, 2014
Exhibition Augenblickzitate, St. Martinus Krankenhaus Langenfeld, 2014
Exhibition Werkschau: Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, Köln, 2014
Filmscreening: International Dance Film Festival Ankara, Turkey, 2014

Teaching & Talks

Workshop SS 2017, University Osnabrück, Faculty of Music, Interdisciplinary Composition Class

Guestlecturer SS 2017, Project Performative Bodies, Köln International School of Design, University for Music and Dance Cologne

Guestlecturer SS 2016, Project Splendid Chaos, Köln International School of Design, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, University for Music and Dance Cologne, Philharmonie Köln, Beethovenfest Bonn, Opera Köln

Guestlecturer WS 2015/2016, Project Seven Spaces – A Transdisciplinary Installation Project, Köln International School of Design, 2015- 2016

Lecture Mapping Dynamics (with Prof. Dr. Carolin Höfler), Köln International School of Design, 2015

Pecha Kucha Talk,  Dynamik Kartografieren, un-conference Design Research Konstanz, 2014

Guestlecturer SS 2014, Inszenierter Raum, Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen, 2014

Guestteacher for 12yr-olds over a 6-week period, Performance, Dance, Improvisation, Marienschule Leverkusen-Opladen, 2013


Baylab plastics (by Bayer MaterialScience AG) | Universität Oldenburg | BRAINACTIVE Unternehmerberatung | Carina Buhlert interior design | filmhaus köln | Tierarztpraxis Ottis | | Luftsportgruppe Erblsoeh Langenfeld | Architekturbüro Disse | Collaboration with via roeper | zvbn Bremen | le bloc 2010 | Control€xpert | s.h.schroeder photography | MoveDove | heinrichjung | Kay Zen la colina | Mascha Corman | Theaterhaus Stuttgart | Tango Begeer | Cusanuswerk | Folkwang Hochschule | Atemzug e.V. | ZAK Zirkus- und Artistikzentrum Köln | Toni Geiger | Veronika Morscher | emco | Mesokosmos | PerformanceQuartett Köln | Milonga Experimental Köln | Patrick Leuchter | Miriam Berger | Acoustic Motion Concepts


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