Carina Neumer is a ballet dancer by training. From 2012 to 2016, she danced in a variety of productions and theatres in Germany and Switzerland. Since then, she has contributed to various projects as a freelance contemporary dancer. In 2019, she founded her own dance company DOXS in Schaffhausen, the town she now calls home. She also completed a Master’s degree in Culture Management and worked for the culture department of Schaffhausen Town Council until 2022, where she is now project leader of the new festival Schaffhauser Kulturtage (Schaffhausen Culture Days). In January 2023, she will also take up the position of co-director of the Phönix Theater in Steckborn. She is also involved in culture policy and is a dance expert for the Canton of Thurgau.
Three questions for Carina
To be or not to be! Have you ever faced this question in your life?
It has kept coming up. Particularly during my first few years in Switzerland, when I started off as a dancer on the independent scene, as I did not get a permanent theatre contract. At least every two months, the question came up again and my thoughts wandered from bankruptcy to the meaning of life ‘so why I am a dancing anyway’.
Have you ever had pension role models?
Unfortunately not. I never really wanted to give this topic much thought at the start. But when I had my first serious injury and was thus unable to work, I became very aware of how important it is.
What pensions advice would you offer your younger self?
Give your pension a little bit of brain space, ask someone for help, then there’s no reason to worry. 🙂
Ignoring the issue just means kicking the can down the road.