Renate Graziadei was born in Austria and completed her dance training in Switzerland. She then moved to New York City where she studied, worked and lived for three years, dancing amongst others with the Nina Wiener Dance Company. After returning to Europe, she worked with Rui Horta at S.O.A.P Dance Theatre Frankfurt and later with the Hamburg-based dance group COAX.
Swiss-born Arthur Stäldi trained in Lucerne (Switzerland) and Rotterdam (Holland). He worked in various state theaters in Switzerland and Germany, and in 1989 founded the Hamburg-based dance group COAX with dancer Rica Blunck.
In autumn 1994, Renate Graziadei and Arthur Stäldi founded the laborgras collective. In addition to creating numerous original projects of their own, Renate and Arthur also contribute to the creation processes of other artists. Their longest and closest collaboration has been since 1999 with choreographer David Hernandez.
In 2000, laborgras moved to Berlin-Kreuzberg and opened their own studio/performance space two years later. Their studio has become a national and international meeting place for dance. Studio laborgras is located at Paul-Lincke Ufer along the canal, and serves as a stage, rehearsal space, research lab and platform for exchange.
Since 1996, Renate Grazidei and Arthur Stäldi have also regularly taught classes in contemporary dance technique, improvisation and composition, both at home and abroad. Since 2008, Arthur has been an active dramaturg, choreographer and improviser for national and international projects. Renate has worked with Sasha Waltz & Guests as assistant rehearsal director since 2004 and as a dancer since 2008. In 2010 she was the critic’s choice for Dancer of the Year, awarded by ballet-tanz magazine. In 2017 she was a guest dancer with Susanne Linke Company – at the Theater Trier for the production Hommage à Dore Hoyer.
In March 2015, laborgras received the Kunstpreis Berlin art prize from the Akademie der Künste in the Performing Arts category. In September of the same year, Renate Graziadei was nominated for the DER FAUST German Theatre Prize for her dancing in the production Transition.