Choreographers 2017/18

  • lali ayguadé

Lali Ayguadé (Spain) studied at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona and later at Anne Teresa De Keermaeker’s P.A.R.T.S. After school Lali joined Publik Eye Company in Denmark where she collaborated with the dramaturg Carmen Mehnert. In 2003, Lali joined Akram Khan Company as a fulltime member creating and performing in numerous the productions over ten years. She has also worked with Roberto Olivan (Enclave Dance Company), Hofesh Shechter, Marcos Morau from La Veronal (Dance National Award in 2013 in Spain) and the contemporary circus company Baro d’ Evel. In 2010, she was nominated as ‘Exceptional dancer’ in the Critics Awards of London. Lali choreographed several pieces in collaboration with the acrobat Joan Ramon Graell, with Anton Lachky and Josef Vlk, Young Jin Kim and Joan Català, as well as three duets with Julian Sicard. Over the last years, Lali has been focusing on choreography, creating full-length works as Kokoro (2015) and iU an Mi (2017), although she continues diversifying her collaborations. One of the latest being a lead actor in the multi-awarded and 2017 Oscar-nominated short film TIMECODE by Juanjo Giménez.

Cecilia Bengolea (Argentina) is a choreographer and dancer born in Buenos Aires 1984, and based in Paris. She studied anthropological Dance, Philosophy and Art History at the University of Buenos Aires, and followed the Ex.e.r.ce choreographic programme run by Mathilde Monnier in 2004. Cecilia has danced and choreographed with Joao Fiadeiro, Claudia Triozzi, Marc Tompkins, Yves- Nöel Genod, Alain Buffard, Mathilde Monnier, Alice Chauchat, Sarah Michelson, Trajal Harrel, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, amongst others. Since 2005, a steady dialogue between Cecila Bengolea and François Chaignaud has given rise to miscellaneous works which are presented world-wide in dance venues and international festivals, in Europe, Japan, Korea, Brazil, U.S.A. In 2009, they won the Paris critique choreographic revelation award. 

Jarkko Mandelin (Finnland) studied dance at the Ballet School and choreography at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki. He is the founder and artistic director of Kinetic Orchestra, a Helsinki based contemporary dance company established in 2009. Kinetic Orchestra makes performances that are unique and recognizable in style that Jarkko Mandelin has been exploring trough out his career, combining ballet, acrobatics, partnering, breakdance and various other dance styles in a strong form of expression which is both aesthetic and kinetic. In his artistic work, he combines classical ballet, contemporary dance, breakdance, capoeira and acrobatics into an original and characteristic movement language. kineticorchestra.fi

 

Choreographers 2016/17

  • sita ostheimer

  • mala kline

  • emanuel gat

  • iratxe ansa

  • igor bacovich

  • rosalba torres guerrero

Sita Ostheimer (Germany/UK) studied at the Dr. Hoch's Konservatorium and the University of Music and Performance Arts in Frankfurt am Main. After that she joined MS Schrittmacher in Oldenburg, worked with Galili Dance (Itzik Galili), and then continued her career in Amsterdam with Krisztina de Chatel. In June 2008 she joined the Hofesh Shechter Company in London. As a choreographer she created Noble thinking (2011), Accompany (2012) and Dissimilar foxes (2014) for Shechter’s IN GOOD COMPANY, and in addition worked on Restaging Hofesh Shechter work Splinter for Edge '13,  In your rooms and Uprising for NDT I. Since 2012, Sita's freelance work has included an installation by Leah Capaldi, research and performance with the National Theatre (UK) and numerous short films. She teaches at various schools and universities.

Mala Kline (Slovenia/Belgium) is a performer, choreographer and writer. She holds BA in philosophy and comparative literature (UL, Ljubljana), MA in theater (DasArts, Amsterdam) and PhD in philosophy (UL, Ljubljana). All her artistic and theoretical work is embedded in the practice of dreaming.  She is a certified practitioner and teacher of Saphire™ imagery and dream work by Catherine Shainberg and the School of Images (NYC). She is currently an artistic researcher at a.pass research centre in Brussels and a volunteer post-doc researcher at Faculty of Arts and Philosophy (Ghent University) and part of S:PAM research centre in Ghent. In her author-based choreographic works, such as Eden, Scores for Dreaming, Dream Hostel, Genesis. She has been awarded with the Golden Bird Award, several Triton Awards and Ksenija Hribar Award for choreography among others. Now she was invited by SZENE Salzburg and SEAD to work with Bodhi Project.

Emanuel Gat (Israel/France) had his first encounter with dance during a workshop led by Israeli choreographer Nir Ben Gal. Few months later he joined the Liat Dror Nir Ben Gal Company with whom he toured internationally. He started working as an independent choreographer in 1994, and in 2004 founded his company Emanuel Gat Dance at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, with whom he has created several pieces, before choosing to settle in France, at the Maison Intercommunale de la Danse in Istres. He is presenting his works all around the world and he is working with companies such as The Paris Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Tanztheater Bremen, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Ballet de Marseille, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Polish National Ballet, Ballet de Lorraine and Cedar Lake, a.o. 

Iratxe Ansa (Spain) originally comes from San Sebastian where she attended the Conservatorio Superior de Musica before graduating from the John Cranko Schule Stuttgart, Germany.  Iratxe danced with the Basel Ballet and Ballet Gulbenkian before acting as muse to Nacho Duato in the Compañia Nacional de Danza Madrid, Spain, having many roles and pieces originally set on her. She also danced with the Lyon Opera Ballet and was a member of Nederlands Dance Theatr. Iratxe Ansa has worked with choreographers such as Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Jacopo Godani, Johan Inger, Medhi Walerski, Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Wayne McGregor, Alexander Ekman, to name a few. She has created and set original choreography on companies, such as Lyon Opera Ballet and as a freelance artist has choreographed, danced and given workshops in many projects and countries around the globe.

Igor Bacovich (Italy) was born in Torino and began his dance studies at the Accademia Nazionale di danza in Rome.  At the age of 22 moved to the Netherlands to Follow the Rotterdam Danse Academie (CODARTS) and specialized in contemporary dance techniques. In the Netherlands he worked with several choreographers such as Bruno Listopad, Krisztina de Chatel, Nanine Linning. Igor is collaborating in several projects with Iratxe Ansa for performances or dance festivals around the globe such as Cello Dance Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil and Comunicación Interpretación Automatica, Matadero, Madrid, among others.

Rosalba Torres Guerrero is French-Spanish-Belgian, born in Switzerland. After studies in the Geneva Conservatory and the CNDC in Angers, she began her carrier in 1995 with Philippe Decouflé with ‘Decodex’ and in 1997 with Ismaël Ivo in Weimar in ‘Medeamaterial’.  From 1997 to 2005, she has joined the Rosas company of Anne-Teresa de Keersmaeker for the creations of ‘Drumming’, ‘I said I’, ‘In real time’, ‘Rain’, ‘April me’, ‘Bitches Brew/Tacoma Narrows’, ‘Kassandra’ and ‘Raga for a rainy season/Love supreme’, and the repertory of ‘Woud’, ‘Achterland’ and ‘Mozart/ Concert arias-un moto di gioia’.  From 2005 to 2015, she joined Les Ballets C. de la B. of Alain Platel for the creations of ‘VSPRS’, ‘Pitié!’, ‘Out of context’, ‘C(h)oeurs’. ‘ Je sens le beat qui monte en moi’ of Yann Le Quellec is her first film experience, besides the dance films.  In 2011 she created ‘Pénombre’, a solo dance-image with the french video-artist Lucas Racasse. Then followed collaborations with theater directors: ‘Die Troerinnen’, ‘Die Rasenden’ of Karin Beier in the role of Kassandra, two operas, ‘Lulu’ and ‘Don Giovanni’ and the play ‘Phèdre(s)’ with the polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski. Together with Koen Augustijnen and Hildegard Devuyst she directed 'Badke', a dance performance for ten palestinian dancers, and the collaboration with Koen Augustijnen continued with 'Hochzeit' for Tainmainz and actors of the Stadstheater Mainz.
 

Choreographers 2015/16

  • etienne guilloteau

  • sita ostheimer

  • paul blackman

  • christine gouzelis

  • eldad ben sasson

  • mark lorimer

Etienne Guilloteau (France/Belgium) trained at P.A.R.T.S. and finished his studies in 2002 with the solo Love me two times, which he showed in several European venues. Since that he has worked in numerous international productions. Guilloteau started his collaboration with wp Zimmer in Antwerp in 2002, which resulted with the creation of the duet Skènè danced with Claire Croizé, that was presented for the first time at cc Berchem in Antwerp in February 2004. In 2006 Etienne Guilloteau created his second duet La Magnificenza, performed with Vincent Dunoyer (dance) and Hans Meijer (light). In 2007 he created the piece Dido in collaboration with Claire Croizé, a video installation performance based on the third episode of Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas. In his work, Etienne Guilloteau focuses on the dramatic interplay of dance, music and light. In 2008, he, Claire Croizé and Nada Gambier founded the company Action Scénique, with headquarters in Brussels.

Christine Gouzelis (Greece) graduated from the Athens State School of Dance (K.S.O.T) in 2004. Since 2005 Christine became a member of the 'Jasmin Vardimon's Physical Dance Theatre Company' which is based in London. She also went on to become the rehearsal director of Jasmin Vardimon's company. In her role assisting choreographically and participating at Hellenic Dance Company she worked with choreographers such as Wim Vandekeybus, Rootlessroot, Tono Lachky, Pascal Rioult, Athina Valha and others. In 2010 she took part in the renowned workshop ‘50days’ with Master David Zambrano in Costa Rica and became a member of the 50collective, touring through the USA and Europe. In 2010 she founded alongside Paul Blackman Jukstapoz Dance Theatre for which they create various projects internationally. In 2015 she was an artist-in-residence at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and created the recent piece Fragile Matter. 

Paul Blackman (Australia) Following graduation from the regarded West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2002, Paul was accepted as one of the first apprentice's under guidance of Simon Dow and performed with the West Australian Ballet. He then joined Buzz Dance Theatre in 2004 with Felicity Bott, where he toured regional and interstate Australia performing and working within remote aboriginal communities. By 2006 he was working in N.Y.C with Battery Dance Company under Jonathan Hollander and also became a member of the Israeli U.K. based choreographer and associate artist of Sadlers Well's Jasmin Vardimon's Company, where he toured internationally. In 2010 Paul was selected to participate in the '50Days' workshop lead by Master 'David Zambrano'.  Recently he has been freelancing and working with various companies throughout Europe such as the formidable 'Rootlessroot' company, touring their most resent work up until 2015. Since 2010 he is working alongside Christine Gouzelis at Jukstapoz Dance Theatre for which they create various projects internationally.

Jukstapoz was founded in 2010 by Christine Gouzelis and Paul Blackman and is based in Athens, Greece. Their ambition is to entertain the curiosity of audiences that have the tendency to observe the subnormal and appreciate the genre of Physical Dance Theatre, by means of an offbeat, cinematic approach. Together they collaborate, tour and teach at several international platforms and have received commissions from Sadler’s Wells, Jasmin Vardimon Company (JV2), Athens Festival, Spider Festival, Dot504 Company, National Greek Orchestra and the Hellenic Dance Company. Fragile Matter was created as an artist-in-residence at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and will be edited and re-enacted by seven BODHI dancers. www.jukstapoz.com

Sita Ostheimer (Germany/UK) studied at the Dr. Hoch's Konservatorium and the University of Music and Performance Arts in Frankfurt am Main. After that she joined MS Schrittmacher in Oldenburg, worked with Galili Dance (Itzik Galili), and then continued her career in Amsterdam with Krisztina de Chatel. In June 2008 she joined the Hofesh Shechter Company in London. As a choreographer she created Noble thinking (2011), Accompany (2012) and Dissimilar foxes (2014) for Shechter’s IN GOOD COMPANY, and in addition worked on Restaging Hofesh Shechter work Splinter for Edge '13,  In your rooms and Uprising for NDT I. Since 2012, Sita's freelance work has included an installation by Leah Capaldi, research and performance with the National Theatre (UK) and numerous short films. She teaches at various schools and universities.

Mark Lorimer (UK/Belgium) graduated at London School of Contemporary Dance (LSCD) in 1991. As a dancer he is primarily known for his long-term collaboration with ZOO/Thomas Hauert and Rosas/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (since 1994). For Rosas he is constantly working as a rehearsal director as well. He is collaborating with artists like Mia Lawrence, Jonathan Burrows, Deborah Hay, Boris Charmatz, and Alix Eynaudi with who he was working on the pieces Monique (2012) and Edelweiß (premiere 2015). He created two full-evening-pieces To Intimate with the cellist Thomas Luks and Rosas-dancer Cynthia Loemij, and Dancesmith - Camel, Weasel, Whale. Mark is teaching professional dancers at P.A.R.T.S., Laban Centre London, Movement Research New York and ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna.

Eldad Ben Sasson (Israel) Studied at the Bat Dor School of Dance. He worked with the Vertigo Dance Company, directed by Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha'al and with the Batsheva Dance Company, directed by Ohad Naharin. He has also worked and collaborated with many choreographers; among them are Mats Ek, Paul Norton, Yoshifumi Inao, Orjan Andersson, Michael Getman, Noa Dar, Sharon Eyal and others. He is invited to give workshops in schools, academies and companies in Israel and around the world. As a choreographer - won 1st place and won the best dancer award. He created a solo piece Heterotopia, which its world tour was a great success. For his piece Strange Attractor received excellent reviews. He is a guest performer in different projects.

 

Choreographers 2014/2015

  • bostan antoncic

  • matija ferlin

  • moya michael

Matija Ferlin (Croatia) is an unclassifiable artist whose work is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach and atypical experience. Trained in media and graphic arts, theatre and dance, he lived in Amsterdam and Berlin before returning to Croatia where he was born in 1982. In addition to creating his own work, he also collaborates with other artists from diverse backgrounds, working as a performer, actor or artistic consultant. He has four short films and five exhibits to his credit, in addition to a dozen performances including solo works where he recounts the changing nature of his personal and professional identity. Since 2004 he has been presenting his work in Europe and North and South America. In 2011 he was rated one of the best choreographers of the year by the New York publication V Magazine. He also received choreography awards in 2012 in Croatia, and in 2013 in Slovenia.

Bostjan Antoncic (Slovenia) graduated at SEAD, and was performing in creations of Susan Quinn, Mia Lawrence, Martin Sonderkamp, Matej Kejzar, and others. In 2005 Bostjan joined dance company Rosas/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and was perfoming in creations and repertory pieces D‘un soir un jour (2006), Bartok, Beethove, Schönberg – Repertory Evening (2006), Steve Reich Evening (2007), Zeitung (2008), The Song (2009), En Atendant (2010), Cesena (2011), Drumming (2012), Vortex Tempurum (2013), and Verklaerte Nacht (2014). Bostjan was as well teaching various workshops through Europe and was part of faculty at High School Ljubljana Dance department.

Moya Michael (South Africa) trained ballet in her hometown Johannesburg under the direction of Dianne Sparks. She went on to study to obtain a national diploma in Contemporary and African dance at the Tswhane University in Pretoria between 1994 and 1997. She was then awarded a full three year scholarship to study at P.A.R.T.S, the school of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas. She met Akram Khan in the year 2000 and moved to London to become founder member of his company. Moya toured various of his works for a period of five years. She was nomi-nated for a best dancer award at the ITS festival in 2003. In London she was commissioned to make her own work. She created ‚Hatch‘ which premiered at the South Bank in London in 2003. That same year she was awarded the Standard bank Young Artist Award for dance at the National Arts festival in Grahamstown South Africa. In 2005 Moya was invited back to Belgium by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and became a member of the Rosas Dance company where she stayed and still freelances with. In 2009 Moya was invited to create a duet for two dancers of the Attakallari Dance Company for the India Biennale in Bangalore. That same year she was invited to create a work on the graduate students at Arizona State University. Moya has also been member of Eastman and part of the creation of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Babel (Words) 2010. In 2011 she performed her first solo (for two performers) At this Moment… in Dance Umbrella Johannesburg, together with musician Fritz Welch. Her latest work is a duet Darling in collaboration with Igor Shyshko which premiered in Stuk Leuven. Moya has b een invited by the JinXing Dance Theatre in China to create a work which will premiere in October 2013. Moya lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.

Choreographers 2013/2014

  • anton lachky

  • robert clark

  • jozef frucek

Anton Lachky (Slovakia) started to dance at the age of 5, in the folk dance company Maly Vtácnik. He continued his dance education at the J.L.Bellu Conservatory in Banská Bystrica, where he collaborated with friends (Les SlovaKs) and also participated in M.A.P.A. (Moving Academy for Performing Arts). From there he went on to train at the University of Bratislava in 2001, followed by further training at P.A.R.T.S., headed by Anne Teresa De Keersmeaker (Belgium). Anton became a member of Akram Khan Company in March 2004 and followed long international tour of MA (48 countries all over the world) for two years. As a choreographer, Anton Lachky created different pieces. The most noteworthy are Twice Read, Softandhard (Helsinki City Theater), Heaven is the place (Prague), Perfect Day To Dream (Iceland Dance Company), Kids in a play (Zagreb), Mind a Gap (Anton Lachky Company). As a teacher he is invited all over the world (Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Iceland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Iceland, Costa Rica, Canada, Finland, Hungary). Anton Lachky is co-founder of Les SlovaKs Dance Collective. They created Opening Night (October 2007), Journey Home (November 2009), Les SlovaKs - The Concert (2010), and Fragments (2012). From 2007 Les SlovaKs performed and toured in Europe, Africa, Middle and North America. In November 2012 he started his Anton Lachky company based in Brussels with its first production Mind a Gap. www.antonlachkycompany.com

Robert Clark is an established performer, collaborator and teacher. As a choreographer Robert seeks to extend his collaborative interest by focusing on the process of communication, undefined by a specific style, Robert with his creative team, work from a conceptual starting point into the medium that best expresses this exploration of direct study and metaphor. In 2013 Robert became a Work Place artist at The Place, London, having become a Resident artist at Greenwich Dance Agency the previous year. His choreographic development is also supported through the Escalator Dance scheme in the east of England and Dance4. In 2003 Robert was awarded the Simone Michelle Choreography Award and the following year received a Dance U.K Choreographic Observership to work with Siobhan Davies. Recent commissions include work for London Contemporary Dance School, University of Bedfordshire, Dance4 and Beyond Front@ an internationally supported venture that is currently touring Europe into 2014. Roberts’ work has been performed in festivals including Nottdance, Springloaded, Pulse, Front@, Tanztage and Bmotion amongst others. www.robert-clark.org.uk

Jozef Frucek (Slovakia) graduated from the Academy of Music and Theater of Bratislava, completing his PhD Thesis in 2002. Linda Kapetanea (Greece) graduated from the Greek State School of Dance in Athens. From 2002 to 2005 Jozef and Linda were members of Wim Vandekeybus’ Ultima Vez company, creating Blush (stage and film versions) and Sonic Boom. In 2006 Jozef and Linda formed RootlessRoot as a vehicle for their own productions, research and teaching. Kapetanea and Frucek are developing the research program of Fighting Monkey - an applied methodology of martial arts in he education of dancers, actors and movement practitioners. They regularly give workshops at international festivals and in vocational schools. From 2006 to 2011 both Frucek and Kapetanea were on the teaching faculty at the Athens State School for Dance. Since 2012 Jozef is member of the teaching personnel of the University Ludwik Solski State Drama School of Krakow in Poland. www.rootlessroot.com

Choreographers 2012/2013

Marco Torrice (Italy) studied Philosophy at La Sapienza University of Rome, and at the same time he started to take dance classes and workshops in Italy and all around Europe (Adriana Borriello, Annapaola Bacalov, Diana Damiani, Dominique Dupuy, Hervè Diasnas, Khosro Adibi, Paola Rampone, Vera Mantero...). In 2006 he moved to Brussels to study at P.A.R.T.S (performing arts research and training studios, directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Bruxelles) where he graduated in 2010. During his studies he started to develop a movement research based on improvisation, with the purpose of increasing body awareness, movement vocabulary and performance skills. Marco's works is often focused on how the body can discover new patterns of movement and communicate its kinesthetic perception to the external world (i.e. to the audience). He worked for different choreographers such as David Hernandez, David Zambrano, Jerome Bell, Mia Lawrance, Salva Sanchis and Thomas Hauert. Beside his own works he his currently giving workshops around Europe, dancing with the Belgium company Mossoux-Bontè, and the Hungarian company Hodworks. www.marcotorrice.com

Stella Zannou has studied dance and choreography in London College of Dance, London Studio Centre, the American college of Greece (BA) and at the Greek state school of Dance. In 2006 she founded Smack Dance Company, in Athens which has been invited in festivals such as the 5th and 6th Athens International Dance Festival, Tanzwelten 2009 in Braunschweig, No Ballet Festival, and others. Stella has collaborated as a dancer with Maya Lipsker, Clint Lutes, Walter Bickmann, Richard Siegal, Nana Vahla, M.Klien, Yannis Antoniou and Kunst – stoff, Editta Braun, Thomas Mettler, Apostolia Papadamaki, Xaris Mandafounis, and others. She is currently working as a freelance choreographer, dancer and teacher of contemporary dance, based in Berlin and Athens.

Martin Nachbar (Germany) is one of the leading free choreographers in Germany. After his studies in Dance and Choreography at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam and at P.A.R.T.S., he worked with the Les Ballets C de la B/Alain Platel in Gent from 1996 to 1998. Afterwards he founded the Gruppe B.D.C. with Thomas Plischke and Alice Chauchat in 1999 with whom he realized several projects, a. o. affect/ rework. Martin has been also working with performers like Vera Mantero, Thomas Lehman, Bernd Ernst. One could call Martin a "Situationist": together with Bernd Ernst he set up the Private Limited Company Ltd, which searches for theater situations outside the theater with the purpose to divert them and to reconstruct them on stage. Martin has been teaching at schools such as the SNDO, the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT), P.A.R.T.S. and the Laban Dance Centre. www.martinnachbar.de

Choreographers 2011/2012

Jelka Milic (Slovenia) is a choreographer and video-dance artist based in London. Her work is strongly rooted in a process-led practice and she uses dance and the moving image as a means of establishing a relationship with the audience that strives towards intuitive forms of perception. Her work has received support from Artsadmin, The Place and Sadler's Wells among others, has been presented in over 15 countries, and continues to be shown throughout Europe. She has been shortlisted for Matthew Bourne's New Adventures Choreographer Award, was a semi-finalist for The Place Prize and won best performance prize at Kansk International Festival. She has studied at University of Ljubljana, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Austria and Middlesex University, London. Jelka is also a member of the Iyengar Yoga Association UK and teaches yoga in the classical tradition of B.K. S Iyengar. Since 2008 she is part of the guest faculty at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance), teaching Yoga and choreography program. www.jelkamilic.co.uk

Diego Gil (Argentina) studied philosophy and dance in Buenos Aires. Since his graduation from the School for New Dance Development in 2003 he is making performances that mixes philosophical quest with dance practice. Investigating the potential of the body and (its) movement to produce thoughts and feelings that shifts away from common sense frames of interpretation. Diego Gil sees choreography as a dynamic practice that transforms personal, social and existential concerns into concepts in motion. He uses the concepts to embed the choreographic practice with chance and indeterminacy keeping it as an ever growing process of becoming. Choreographies as Emotional Architecture of Movement, Creating Sense and About falling, had been presented at International dance festivals in Europe and abroad (Tanz Im August, Rencontres Choregraphiques, ImpulsTanz, etc). His latest performances are Outdoors, a 45 dancers performances for the Austrian open air festival SommerSZENE and The Half a one and a half long year project dealing with a flexible mode of production for an artistic community. www.diego-gil.com

Nigel Charnock was born poor and never went to university. He trained as an actor and then as a dancer. He has been working in the theatre for over thirty years, performing, directing, choreographing, writing, singing, laughing and screaming. He co-founded DV8 Physical Theatre in 1986. He traveld the world creating works of 'Total Theatre'. He loved cats and saxophones. www.nigelcharnock.co.uk

Choreographers 2010/2011

Matej Kejzar (Slovenia) is a young, upcoming choreographer and dancer. He studied at the Amsterdam School for New Dance Development (SNDO). After his studies he worked as teacher and choreographer. He taught at renowned European dance institutions such as SNDO, Amsterdam, SEAD/Salzburg and Tanzquartier Wien, as well as in India, China and Taiwan. In his work as a choreographer and teacher, he collaborates with musicians, actors and painters, among others, W. Prager. His productions are presented at festivals and on theatre stages around the world. His artistic development is mainly influenced by Katie Duck and Martin Sonderkamp.

Maya Lipsker danced three years in Ohad Naharin's Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv (2000-2003). She also danced for the choreographer Lara Barsaq in Israel and Europe (1999-2004). In November 2004 she arrived to Berlin and joined the Research Project with Sasha Waltz and Guests. Since 2004 Maya is active as an independent choreographer, dancer and contemporary dance teacher and is based in Berlin. Her work performed in Berlin (Dock11, Lucky Trimmer, Tanztage), Stuttgart, Theater Freiburg-Heidelberg, Essen (Pact Zollverein), Theater Görlitz, Theater Greifswald, Ireland (Project Art Center Dublin), Romania and Greece (Athens).

Zoë Knights (Australia) is an artist and performer who has carved a unique niche in the field of contemporary performance. Her creations are distinct for their unity of sound, movement, lighting and design, inventions that produce transformative moments and mesmerizing synchronizations. Her productions have been praised for their visual and acoustic coherence, as well as their intensity and inventiveness. After Graduating from David Atkins Performing Arts Studios in Sydney with honours, Zoë continued her training and choreographic development at SEAD Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. In 2000 she received her diploma and began working as a performer in her own work as well as with such others as Brice Leroux, Mia Lawrence, Krystina Lhotakova, Cabula6, LawineTorren. Zoë works internationally as a choreographer, dancer, vocalist and actor. She currently lives and works in Berlin and Salzburg. She has received various prizes for both her choreographic and vocal work. She also regularly teaches classes in yoga, contemporary dance and choreography. www.zoeknights.com

Magdalena Reiter (Poland) is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher, currently living and working in Slovenia. She graduated from the National Ballet School in Gdansk, Poland (1987-96) and P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels, Belgium (1996-99). Her own choreographies are All these apropos, Between the blessed brackets, Attention, Forma interrogativa, Moment, Solo, Heksamiton, 36,5°C, as well as for the Polish Dance Theatre - Poznan Ballet the pieces Insomnia and Modus vivendi. Her works were performed in Poland, Slovenia, Belgium, France, England, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Holland, Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina.

Choreographers 2009/2010

Keren Levi (Israel/Netherlands) is a dance-artist, based in Amsterdam. She focuses on movement and its organization following a coherent concept or a task, placing the body at the center of her investigation, teasing the boundaries of both performers and public. Keren has been commissioned to create her own work by CaDans festival, Dans Werk Plaats Amsterdam (DWA), DanceAtaliers Rotterdam, Grand Theatre Groningen and by Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst and fonds voor Podium en Amatuure Kunst. In Israel Keren danced with The Kibbutz Dance Company and Batsheva Ensemble. During the past 12 years she has been working in the dance field throughout Europe as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer. As a freelance dancer Keren worked with companies and makers such as Christine Gaigg, Philippe Blanchard, Sanna Myllylahti and Club Guy & Roni among others. She is also teaching company classes for Sasha Waltz & Guests and Ultima Vez and teaches in festivals and training programs across Europe such as SEAD, HJS Amsterdam, The Loft Brussels, Tanzquartier and Impulstanz Vienna.

Oleg Soulimenko (Russia/Austria) lives and works in Vienna and Moscow. In 1985 Oleg graduated in construction engineering at the Bauman Moscow State Technical University and decided to be a dancer. He founded the Saira Blanche Theatre in 1990, developing a highly sophisticated and provocative form of dance improvisation. Soulimenko cooperated with artist like Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Markus Schinwald, Meg Stuart & Damaged Goods, Lebbeus Woods, Jennifer Lacey a.o. His most recent performances were presented in Eastern and Western Europe, the U.S.A., in Canada and Israel like Tanzquartier Wien and brut Theater in Vienna, Performa 07 in New York, Steirischer Herbst in Graz, Tangente in Montreal, Cankarev Dom in Ljubljana, Dostoyevsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Jerusalem Gerard Bercher Center, Kunstverein Hannover, MAK - Museum for Applied Arts Vienna, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz and Kunsthalle Wien.

Milli Bitterli (Austria) is a dancer and choreographer. She started with dancing at the age of 4 years and achieved her education in Ballet school of Wiener Staatsoper and Konservatorium Wien. Touring through Europe she did further studies on contemporary dance. During her economy study she already has been engaged by companies like Zürich Tanztheater, NKK, Charisma, Ivan Wolfe Cie., Konnex und Pool; later Willi Dorner Cie., Elio Gervasi Cie, DV8 Physical Theatre and Damaged Goods and worked with choreographers like Meg Stuart, Javier de Frutos, Nigel Charnock and Lloyd Newson. In 2000 she founded “artificial horizon”, a contemporary dance company which since has worked with people such as Christine de Smedt, Wendy Houston, Superamas, Christine Gaigg, Markus Schinwald, Robert Steijn, Jack Hauser und Jennifer Lacey. From 2001 to 2004 Milli was curator of trainings and workshops at Tanzquartier Wien. She is regularly teaching trainings, workshops and master classes.

Roberto Oliván (Spain) is one of Europe's most exciting, young choreographers. Spanish by origin he studied at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona and P.A.R.T.S. in Belgium. Roberto danced with ROSAS which toured all over the world before becoming the resident choreographer for the theater HET NET in Brugge where he created his first full length choreography, the award winning "Natural Strange Days". Roberto's work has been extremely varied, creating choreographies for Dance Companies as well as choirs, advising actors and collaborating on a dance-circus project directed by Fatou Traoré. He has also been prolific within his own company, the ENCLAVE dance company. Roberto has worked with among others, Robert Wilson, Trisha Brown, Josse de Pauw and Tom Jansen and created pieces for the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul, the Ensemble Walpurgis, Vertigo Dance Company in Israel among others. For BODHI PROJECT he created his newest piece “Only Real When Shared”.

Choreographers 2008/2009

Diego Gil (Argentina) studied philosophy and dance in Buenos Aires. Since his graduation from the School for New Dance Development in 2003 he is making performances that mixes philosophical quest with dance practice. Investigating the potential of the body and (its) movement to produce thoughts and feelings that shifts away from common sense frames of interpretation. Diego Gil sees choreography as a dynamic practice that transforms personal, social and existential concerns into concepts in motion. He uses the concepts to embed the choreographic practice with chance and indeterminacy keeping it as an ever growing process of becoming. Choreographies as Emotional Architecture of Movement, Creating Sense and About falling, had been presented at International dance festivals in Europe and abroad (Tanz Im August, Rencontres Choregraphiques, ImpulsTanz, etc). His latest performances are Outdoors, a 45 dancers performances for the Austrian open air festival SommerSZENE and The Half a one and a half long year project dealing with a flexible mode of production for an artistic community. www.diego-gil.com

Robert M. Hayden began his studies in movement and theatre at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1991. Between 1995 and 1996 he was invited to work with the Mexican company UTOPIA Danza-Teatro (art. dir. Marco Silva and former Ultima Vez dancer Vivian Cruz). Robert continued his training throughout these and the following years with a multitude of divergent disciplines, workshops and forms (yoga, aidkido, contact improvisation, capoeira, crisis negotiation, massage therapy...). Work with various companies and independent choreographers include Bill Evans (Albuquerque), Keshet Dance Company (Albuquerque), Zack Fuller and Co. (New York), Trajal Harrell (New York) and Q-staff under the artistic leadership of Richard Van Schouwen (Albuquerque). Prior creations with Ultima Vez include Blush (2002), Sonic Boom (2003) and PUUR (2005) and Spiegel (2006/2007) and the dance films Blush (2005) and Here After (2007). Robert regularly teaches Ultima Vez workshops.

Vanessa Justice (New York) studied dance at Ohio State University. Among others she danced with Hannah Kahn Dance Company and founded her own Company, showing works in New York, Honolulu, Denver, Columbus and Salzburg. As “artist in residence” she was invited to Movement Research/New York, Corporation of Yaddo and Liguria Study Center/Italien. In summer 2008 she hold a residency in Salzburg to work on and present her newest piece. Awards: Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Ohio State University, Bogliasco Fellowship, Research Award 2001 Congress on Research in Dance. Vanessa Justice about her approach to dance: "Dance speaks about life's poetic ambiguity and our experience of being in the world."

Matej Kejzar (Slovenia) is a young, upcoming choreographer and dancer. He studied at the Amsterdam School for New Dance Development (SNDO). After his studies he worked as teacher and choreographer. He taught at renowned European dance institutions such as SNDO, Amsterdam, SEAD/Salzburg and Tanzquartier Wien, as well as in India, China and Taiwan. In his work as a choreographer and teacher, he collaborates with musicians, actors and painters, among others, W. Prager. His productions are presented at festivals and on theatre stages around the world. His artistic development is mainly influenced by Katie Duck and Martin Sonderkamp.

Jeremy Nelson who received a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2004, was born in New Zealand, trained at The London School of Contemporary Dance and went on to dance for The Siobhan Davies and Second Stride Dance companies in London before coming to New York in 1984. He was a dancer with The Stephen Petronio Dance Company in New York from 1984 – 1992, returning as guest soloist in 1995. In 1991, he won a New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award for outstanding performance with that company and in 2004 was a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for choreography. He now works as an independent choreographer, teacher and dancer. He has performed in the work of David Zambrano, Mia Lawrence, Luis Lara Malvacías and Susan Rethorst as well as in his own work.