Amidst the busy hum of traffic on Kottbusser Damm in Kreuzberg’s Graefekiez, we met the delightful dancer, actress and model Elsa Loy in her loft apartment. During a tour of her home and rooftop with stunning views overlooking Berlin, we found out about her love of interdisciplinary exchange that has led to collaborations on dance, music and theater projects. Elsa’s range of partners in the creative fields include photographer Christina Bohin, electronic music producers Ellen Allien, Gummihz and Oscar Schubaq, artist Jens Reulecke, director Mariana Ivana and opera singer Moon Suk – to name a few.

For Elsa, performance is about finding new expression through the combination of different perspectives, sights and sounds. When she is not teaching dance or working on new choreography, she can be found in her bustling Kiez. Surrounding herself with strong mentors and friends, individuality is something she respects above all else. Finishing our afternoon with a visit to her dance studio and walk along Maybachufer with her close friend and performance partner Isabelle Klemt, we got to know this confident lady who’s offstage character is as engaging as her dramatic onstage presence.