MIRA develops multi-layered productions of high sensitivity and intense imagery. The inside and outside are brought into direct dialogue, what goes under the skin becomes visible and what is not tangible becomes noticeable. Experimentally and sensitively MIRA explores boundaries – imaginary or spatial – between genres, personal or interpersonal. 
Julia Riera`s keen eye interfuses with existential, spiritual and physical depth.

…You rarely experience such an artful dialogue on an eye-level between dance and music. The work is so expressive that ultimately a very special experience of a performance is bestowed upon the audience and presents an idea of archaic depth of human movement..

Thomas Linden/Kölner Rundschau am 24.10.2017

Since 2009 the interdisciplinary working group develops performances that focus on the inclusion of visual, spatial and emotional elements. MIRA leaves the ordinary stage experience and by choosing special premises or especially developed spatial installations they create a concept of an own artistic and aesthetic spatial experience.

In the content-based concept all elements merge into a synthesis of the arts: choreographic performance and music as well as a visual idea in the form of the spatial installation are all put into an artistic dialogue. 
In the project-related collaborations the choreographer creates an intensive dialogue with artists of different genres and performers that allows a deeper interdisciplinary and collaborative teamwork. 
Thus MIRA repeatedly opens up to freelance artists – established as well as young artists – from all kinds of different fields to work together project-related in compact bundles.

MIRA was founded under the artistic direction of Julia Riera by choreographer and dancer Julia Riera, camerawoman and media artist Julia Franken (collaboration 2009-2016) and dancer and choreographer Emily Welther (collaboration 2009–2014). Since 2011 the composer Philip Mancarella is a firm member of the group.

Julia Riera
choreography, artistic director

Julia Riera

Julia Riera (geb. 1976) received her education at the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg in the Netherlands. In 2001 she completed a study year at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel. During and after her studies she worked with Uri Ivgi, Piet Rogie, Angie Hiesl, Reut Shemesh, Barbara Fuchs, Marco Santi and the Bavarian State Opera as well as with different productions in Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark.
In 2005 she became the scholarship holder of the Kunststiftung NRW (Art Foundation in North Rhine- Westphalia) and did a study visit in New York and worked with Trisha Brown, Merce Cuningham, Jennifer Muller und Dance Space. Since 2004 she creates her own works. She was nominated for the Cologne Dance Prize with Rush in 2006 i.a.
She created works as a guest choreographer at the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg and Cologne. In 2009 she formed the group MIRA with Julia Franken.
In May 2017 she won the “Best Duo” Prize with MIRA5 at the International SoloDuo Festival in Cologne..

The common theme of my artistic work is the connection between inner and outer spaces. I am fascinated by emotions and stories beneath the surface of a human being. Whether it is a situation, an encounter, a cultural code or a space – both the obvious and the hidden.

As a choreographer everything you can sense and what is left to imagination creates curiosity and creativity.
Entering an atmosphere of a special place – whether or not private or public – I sense the fascination of a space that I am in. That is why I deal with the element of a space so intensively in my artistic work: with the physical space in us and the space you can actually see. I am particularly interested in emotional and atmospheric spaces that develop into something like if, for instance, feelings are bubbling or lie beneath the surface.

Philip Mancarella

Philip Mancarella

Philip Mancarella (geb. 1983) is a musician and programmer. 
From 2004- 2008 he studied Jazz piano at the ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem in the Netherlands. Besides projects and performances with international artists and bands in Europe and Russia he regularly works for MIRA as a producer and musician and other artists, groups of artists, theatre ensembles and dancers. He composes and produces in the fields of electronic music, Jazz and improvised music for different ensembles. 

His research projects and artistic works consist to a large extend of programming of musical notation rules and the mutual inclusion of music and digital media.

My work with and for MIRA has become an inspiring, recurring working phase for me. I enjoy the passionate commitment of everyone involved and the acceptance of the audience at the same time.
The opportunity to collaborate with talented and creative choreographers and dancers combined in interdisciplinary performances and thus let the arts communicate and have an effect is one of the main reasons for this collaboration and proves to be true year after year.


MIRA arbeitet und arbeitete u.a. zusammen mit

  • Magdalena Hutter, Co-Leitung, Schnitt
  • Lena Busse, Produktionsleitung, Social Media
  • Elsa Weiland, production & dramaturgy
  • Odile Foehl, dance
  • Geraldine Rosteius, Tanz
  • Wolfgang Pütz, Lighting
  • Mechtild Tellmann, press
  • Mark Christoph Klee,
  • Anika Bendel, finance
  • Caroline Skibinski, management
  • Charlotte Petersen, dance
  • Omid Rezai, dance
  • Mahdi Mosiu, dance
  • Mijin Kim, dance
  • Kirill Berezovski, dance
  • Fa-Hsuan Chen, dance
  • Dong UK Kim, dance
  • Alexander Meier, Bildende Kunst / Szenenobjekte
  • Thomas Falk, dramaturgy