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Gloria Benedikt was born in Graz (Austria) and trained at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School. Upon graduation in 2001, she received a scholarship to further her education at the English National Ballet School, London. Since 2002 she has worked as a dancer and choreographer in the United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, Cyprus, the United States, the Netherlands and Austria. She obtained her higher academic education at Harvard University, taking particular interest in government, cultural policy and non-profit management, while dancing fulltime with Jose Mateo Ballet Theater for 4 years.

During this time she also presented her first choreographies at Harvard Dance Festival, was Boston Correspondent for the dance magazine Dance Europe and served as Vice-President for the Harvard Club of Austria. In 2012 she moved to the Netherlands to conduct her senior thesis research, which investigated the future of European performing arts funding in the light of the economic crisis, while also working freelance as a dancer, and featuring in two films Egon (choreographed by Thom Stuart), in which she portrayed Edith Schiele, and Ik ben der Enige (choreographed by Toer van Schayk). Benedikt graduated in 2013.

Supported by the European Commission's 

Funding Program, Creative Europe, she co-directed the Citizen Artist Incubator Project, developed for performing artists that aspire to develop new ways of using collaborative artistic innovation to create impact on current issues and global challenges.​

2010 - present

2010 - present

In spring 2015 she joined the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) as first Science & Art Research Associateexploring how to combine the knowledge of art and science, in order to tackle global challenges more effectively and how artists can support transformations towards a sustainable future. Since 2018, she leads the IIASA Science and Art Project. She frequently definines her dance pieces as choreographed papers, and creates arts projects that are artistically innovative and impact driven.

Recent performance and speaking engagements include the Carnegie Hall (NY), Kennedy Center, Washington (DC); the House of the European Union (Vienna); the European Forum Alpbach 2015, 2016, 2017; the Bridging Europe Festival (Budapest); the European Commission's Joint Research Center

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on European Culture (Amsterdam),  the Stockholm Act, the Sarajevo Winter Festival., ESOF 2018 (Toulouse), the International Conference on Sustainable Development (New York) and the UNESCO Forum (Moscow).

( Ispra);  the European Culture Forum (Brussels), the Forum

Curtain Call at the European Forum Alpbach 2016


Left to right: Pavel Kabat (IIASA Director General), Jonathan Rose (VentureCapitalist); H.E. Tarina Hallonen (Former President of Finnland); Gloria Benedikt; Mimmo Miccolis (Choreographer); Merlijn Twaalfhoven (Composer)

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