Biographies of the choreographers
Eleanor Bauer (Santa Fe - USA, 1983)
An American choreographer, dancer and performer, she currently lives in Brussels. She studied at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. As a performer she has worked among others with David Zambrano, Mette Ingvartsen, Trisha Brown, Xavier Le Roy, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Boris Charmatz and Matthew Barney. Her writings on dance have been published by New York Movement Research Performance Journal, The Swedish Dance History and by other publications. Her works ELEANOR!, At Large, The Heather Lang Show by Eleanor Bauer and Vice Versa, and (BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS) have toured internationally to critical acclaim. She is currently working on a trilogy that began in 2011 with A Dance for the Newest Age (the triangle piece), followed in 2012 by Tentative Assembly (the tent piece), the opening show of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, and that will end in 2013 with Midday & Eternity (the time piece). She will be an artist in residence at the Kaaitheater in Brussels from 2013 to 2016.
Simona Bertozzi (Lugo di Ravenna - Italy, 1969).
A dancer, choreographer and performer, she lives in Bologna where she graduated from Dams. She was trained in contemporary dance between Italy, Spain and Belgium. She worked, among others, with Tomas Aragay and Virgilio Sieni. She started in 2004 to create her own pieces, including Terrestrial (2008) with which she took part in the international Choreoroeam project (Operaestate Festival, Dansateliers Rotterdam, The Place, London) and Homo Ludens, a choreographic project that extended from 2009 to 2013, inwhich she employs numerous artistic collaborations, such as that of the musician Egle Sommacal and of the Lila Dance Company. Her works has been presented in festivals and national and international exhibitions including Romaeuropa, Santarcangelo, Bmotion-Operaestate Festival, Interplay, Dance Week Festival Zagreb, The Turning World London, Dance in Lille, Tanec Praha, Intradance Moscow, Correios em Movimento and Danca em transit of Rio de Janeiro. With the solo Bird's Eye view she won the audience award at the Masdanza festival of Gran Canaria in 2012.
Nora Chipaumire (Mutare – Zimbabwe, 1965)
Currently residing in New York, Nora Chipaumire has challenged stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art, and aesthetic. She studied dance in different parts of the world: in Africa (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya and South Africa), Cuba, Jamaica and the United States. Chipaumire specialized in dance in the United States at Mills College with a master's degree in dance and one in choreography and performance. She has received numerous awards and accolades, including: winning the Alpert Award in the Arts in 2012, being made a United States Artist Ford Fellow in 2011, receiving the Bessie Award in 2008 for Chimurenga and in 2007 for her body of work with Urban Bush Women with whom she worked from 2003 to 2008. She also received the AFROPOP Real Life Award in 2009 for the choreography in the film Nora. Among her recent works: The Last Heifer (2012), commissioned by Danspace Project for Platform 2012, Parallels; Kimya (2011), for the Kenyan women's ensemble Jokajok!; Silence/Dreams (2010), created and performed with Fred Bendongue and named one of the ten best dances of 2010 by the New York Times dance critics.
Michele Di Stefano (Milan – Italy, 1963)
A choreographer and performer for Mk, the group hosted in the most important festivals of the new dance scene. Among his most recent works: Instruction series, Around the world in 80 days, Four colonial dances seen up close and Grand Tour, choreographic investigations poised between pure landscape and a tormented reconstruction of the exotic. In 2012, he created Clima, Impressions d'Afrique and Outdoors(Accademia Nazionale di Danza) and participated in the project Perdutamente, produced by the Theatre of Rome. In 2011 he created Reform Club, for students of the Paolo Grassi School of Milan at the Dance Biennale. He also works intensely in the field of workshops: in September 2012 he developed with Margherita Morgantin the Accademie Eventuali project in Bologna. For the occasion the text Autonomous agents and multi-agent systems was created (Quodlibet publishing). Mk is one of five international teams to whom the book Corpo sottile. Uno sguardo sulla nuova coreografia europea (Slim body: A look on the new European choreography) (UbuLibri, Milan 03) is dedicated.
Iris Erez (Rehovot – Israel, 1971)
An independent choreographer and dancer. In her work she tends to cooperate with different artists such as film directors, visual and video artists, live musicians and opera singers. Among her works: protection formula (2003), Temporary (2007), Manual (2008), Numbia (2009), Homesick (2010), Shuttered (2011) and site-specific works such as the Canova Project (2007) and It's not personal (2008). She worked with the choreographers Anat Danieli, Ronit Ziv, Inbal Pinto, Lara Barsacq, Uri Ivgi, Arkadi Zaides and, from 2000 to 2007, with Yasmeen Godder. She was part of the improvisation group Octet and played Lady Macbeth in Macbeth produced by Tmuna Theatre. She teaches release and improvisation techniques to dance and theatre students. In addition to a diploma in dance therapy, she has a degree in psychology and arts.
Renate Graziadei (Altach – Austria, 1970)
She began her training in Switzerland. She later moved to New York, where she studied and worked for three years as a dancer, for the Nina Wiener dance company. Immediately after her return to Europe, she worked with Rui Horta at the S.O.A.P. Dance Theatre of Frankfurt, followed by a collaboration with the COAX group in Hamburg. In the fall of 1994, she founded the LaborGras collective with Arthur Stäldi. In 1997 and in 1998 she received a scholarship from the dance WEB program during the International Weeks of Dance in Vienna. Since 1996 she has taught contemporary technique in various institutions both in Germany and abroad. Since 1999 she has worked with the choreographer David Hernandez in many of his projects. Since 2004 she has collaborated with Sasha Waltz & Guests, as rehearsal director for Impromptus, Dialoge 06 – Radial Systeme, Medea, Romeo and Juliette and Metamorphoses; since 2008 she has also been a dancer in the projects Jagden and Formen and Metamorphoses.
David Hernandez (Miami – USA, 1968)
He studied jazz, opera and dance in Miami. He worked as an apprentice for a time with the Trisha Brown Company. He moved to Europe with Meg Stuart to help her start Damaged Goods in Belgium; working as a performer, training the company and often assistant to Stuart. He left the company to work at Edwardvzw. Among his shows: the solo Love letters, the quartet The essence of its going (1998) and the sextet Blueprint (2002). He frequently collaborates as choreographer, dancer, composer, pedagogue and dramaturge with Brice Leroux (France), Labor Gras (Berlin), Rebecca Murgi (Italy), Abnouk Van Dijk (Amsterdam) and Rosas (Brussels). With Meg Stuart & Christine De Smet he collaborated in the improvisation project CrashLanding (1996-1999) presented in Leuven, Wien, Paris, Lisbon and Moscow; has presented improvisation works in collaboration with Katie Duck, Steve Paxton, Vera Mantero. He has created several multimedia projects and happenings such as Filter, Innersections and Performance Hotel. He teaches regularly in Belgium and other countries.
Thomas Lebrun (Wattrelos – France, 1974)
He was a dancer for various choreographers (Bernard Glandier, Daniel Larrieu and Christine Bastin) before founding the company Illico in 2000. He lives in Nord-Pas de Calais and from 2005 to 2012 was an associate artist with Danse à Lille/CDC. On prendra bien le temps d'y être, La Trêve(s), Les Soirées What You Want?, Switch, Itinéraire d'un danseur grassouillet, or La constellation consternée are some of his main titles. Thomas Lebrun works in France and abroad (China, Brazil, South Korea, Lithuania, South Korea, Russia). Director of the Centre chorégraphique national in Tours since 2012, he created La jeune fille et la mort, a performance for seven dancers, a baritone and a stringed quartet, presented in March 2012 at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris.
Frank Micheletti (Cannes – France, 1966)
Choreographer and dancer, at first he studied theater with Jean-Pierre Raffaelli and collaborated with Hubert Colas and Isabelle Pousseur. Only then did he move on to dance: he collaborated with Joseph Nadj as a dancer (Le Canard pékinois, Les Echelles d'Orphée, l'Anatomie d'un fauve, Woyzek, Commedia Tiempo, Les Commentaires d'Habacuc) and then as an assistant for Le Cri du caméléon produced for the Centre National des Arts du Cirque. In the same years he also cooperated in CrashLanding, a series of improvisations initiated by Meg Stuart at the Théâtre de la Ville. In 1996 with Cynthia Phung-Ngoc, Ivan Mathis and Laurent Letourneur he founded the company Kubilai Khan Investigations, of which he was artistic director for several shows, including: Ona to otoko, Mondes, Monde - Solo, Koko Doko and Akasaka research (2006), Coupures, Mondes, Monde – quartet version, Maputo, je suis arrivé demain (2007), Constellations (2007 and 2009) and Geografía (2008). From 2007 to 2008 he was an associate artist at The Arsenal in Metz, from 2007 to 2009 at the Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand, Scène nationale. From 1999 to 2001 he was an associate artist with Châteauvallon, continuing his commitment with this centre even after those years.
Cristina Rizzo (Turin – Italy, 1965)
A leading figure of the Italian contemporary dance, she trained in New York at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance under Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown. She has collaborated with the Teatro della Valdoca, Aldes, la Stoa, MK, Virgilio Sieni, Santasangre. Cofounder of the Kinkaleri company, she contributed to the creation of all its productions until 2007, presented internationally. Guest of the Balletto di Toscana Junior, she created The Rite of Spring by Igor Strawinskyi. In 2008 she embarked on an autonomous path to realize the project Dance No. 3 in collaboration with the choreographers Eszter Salamon, Michele Di Stefano, Matteo Levaggi, as well as the performance AHAH, the special project Waudeville, the solo projects EX/porno and INVISIBLE PIECE, the duets MICRO DANZE with a trained dog and NO TENGO DINERO or the unpredictable technology of my mind, the streaming event HOTEL DANCE ROOM INTERNATIONAL2. She is currently engaged in the Rite of Spring Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas/ in its solo version and in a new creation for the Aterballetto Company.
Alessandro Sciarroni (San Benedetto del Tronto - Italy, 1976)
He is a performer, choreographer, director, with an education in Visual Arts and several years of theatrical practice. His works have been presented in 17 European countries, in festivals of contemporary dance and theatre. His creation Folk-s will open in may 2013 the Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis. In the same year he has been chosen as the first Italian artist supported by "Modul Dance", a multi-annual cooperation project created by 19 European dance houses and he received the award from Danza&Danza magazine for best emerging author. Debuting in July 2013 is Untitled I will be there when you die,a performative and choreographic piece on the passing of time inspired by the art of juggling. He also participates in Matilde project, a regional platform for the new scene of the Marche region and his works, since 2009, have been produced by Teatro Stabile delle Marche.
Ambra Senatore (Turin – Italy, 1976)
A choreographer and performer between Italy and France, from 2004 to 2008 she authored solos, since 2009 she has been creating group shows in which dynamics of danced motion blends with theatrical elements and traces of ordinary gestures, exploring the building of a dramaturgy that passes through the actions and the presence of the bodies. She has worked, among others, with Giorgio Rossi, Jean-Claude Gallotta, Georges Lavaudant, Antonio Tagliarini, Roberto Castello. Among her recent works: Nos amours betes (2013), John (2012), A posto (2011), Studio (2010), Passo (2010), Passo-duo (2009) (Equilibrio prize in 2009). She has completed a PhD on the history of contemporary dance in Italy, publishing La danza d'autore. Vent'anni di danza contemporanea in Italia ("Artistic Dance. Twenty years of contemporary dance in Italy") (UTET, Torino, 2007). She has taught history of dance at the Public University of Milan and is among the associate choreographers of ALDES.
Itamar Serussi Sahar (Rehovot-Israel, 1978)
He began his training at the age of 15 at the Israelian Dance Academy. In 1998 he began to dance in the Batsheva Dance Company. In 2006, he began to develop his own style. His work is characterized by irony, lightness and elegance. From 2010 to 2012 he was resident choreographer in Tilburg (Netherlands) at Danshuis Station Zuid. Since then he has created: Phenomena, Undo, Ferrum, Lust and Mono, nominated for a Swan prize, "best production of the season 2011-2012"at the Nederlandse Dansdagen of Maastricht. His work has been presented in London, Ljubljana, Paris, Brno and Finland. He has also collaborated with other companies in Graz, Copenhagen and Antwerp.
Arkadi Zaides (Homel - Belarus, 1979)
Born in the former Soviet Union, in 1990 he moved to Israel. Since 2004 he has worked as a freelance choreographer. He currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. His works have been presented both in Israel and at an international level. He has received various awards and acknowledgements including the Landau Award in 2012, the prize for young artists in the field of dance awarded by the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sports in 2008, 2009 and 2011, and the Rosenblum Award of the city of Tel Aviv in 2010. In addition, that same year, his choreography Solo Colores was awarded the Kurt Jooss award. Embedded in Arkadi’s work is a belief that the role of art is to challenge and inspire viewers, while simultaneously it has a larger universal role to reach out and bring together different communities and different sectors of society. Arkadi is increasingly working in diverse communities, focusing primarily on the Arab sector in Israel.