from ASIA & OCEANIA：
CEO / Artistic Co-director, MASH Dance House (Israel)
As graduate of the choreography department at The Rotterdam Dance Academy, Edelman received the prestigious “Prince Bernard” Prize and was commissioned to create for the CaDance festival. He was invited to create also for the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam at 2001 and 2003.In 2005, Edelman was invited by Johan Kresnik to create “Olympics 2036“ for The Choreographices Theatre, Stadt Theatre Bonn. In 2010 received the Akko Fringe Festival Jury‘s Award for artistic courage on his work “Shoa-Lite“. In 2011, Edelman was invited by the Schlachthaus Theater in Bern to create “The Holycoaster (s)Hit Circus” - A co-production of the MASH and the Swiss PENG!Palast group. The work has been Announced as “ The collective production of the year 2012” by the prestigious German TANZ magazine. As an independent creator, Edelman has developed a unique interdisciplinary stage language which combines movement, theatre, performance, film and media installation. Edelman lives and creates in Jerusalem and functions as CEO and Artistic Co-director of the MASH Dance House.
Dancer and choreographer, Compagnie KHAM
Artistic director, FANG MAE KHONG International Dance Festival (Laos)
Dancer and co-choreographer of A'CORPS 1997 to 2011, he founded his own company, Kham in 2011. In 2006, he moved to Laos and Thailand to learn the traditional dances and create his first solo, "Kham ..." a homecoming that offers him the opportunity to deepen and refine his choreographic language. Since 2006, Olé Khamchanla works with young dancers from Laos. Thus, many Lao artists formations were invited Rhone-Alpes. In January 2010, he created the first international dance festival in Laos, FANG MAE KHONG / FMK (Listen to the Mekong), which aims to promote and facilitate the movement of artists from Southeast Asia, while allowing the exchange with European and international artists. The FMK festival also involved in the development of culture in Laos and supports young aspiring artists. Since then, every year experiencing a new edition of the festival, in addition to cultural cooperation actions Ole Khamchanla multiplied since. Through the actions of international cooperation, he continues to expand the vocabulary of dance between Asia and Europe. Within the KHAM Co. since 2011, four choreographic pieces have been created in connection or collaborations with contemporary asian artists .
Dance curator / scholar, Associate with Jakarta Arts Council 2016-2018 (Indonesia)
Helly Minarti is an independent dance curator/scholar based in Jakarta, Indonesia. She has been associated with the Jakarta Arts Council since 2013, a unique collective, collaborative curatorial board selected for a period of three years with each member can only hold the post twice in a row. It comprises artists, managers/producers and arts activists who collectively work as strategic partner for the Governor by being independent in creating its own programming. She has been selected twice to be its Head of Programme which ends in 2018 (for the period of 2016-18, she holds the post in tandem with musician/composer Aksan Sjuman). Latest curatorial projects include Indonesian Dance Festival 2014 and 2016 and the first season of the Asian Arts Theatre (now Asia Culture Theatre), Gwangju. Starting this year, she is sitting in the curatorial board for the newly-formatted Art Summit Indonesia festival. Graduated from University of
Roehampton (London) in dance studies, she continues to do research, at times consults for arts/culture organisations and occasionally presents papers in international conference. Her scholarly interests on discourse of the arts, its various contemporary practices and modernities feed her curatorial practices and interconnectedly, this goes vice versa.
Kadek Dewi Aryani
Dance director, Sanggar Seni Nritta Dewi (Indonesia)
Kadek Dewi Aryani, graduated from Indonesian Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta at the top of the list, is a distinguished dancer who is able to dance the two main Balinese dance styles, Peliatan and Denpasar, as well as an acknowledged choreographer of traditional dance. She gives a performance of traditional Balinese dance overseas, and is invited as a contemporary dancer to give a performance in the US, Italy, Thailand, and Belgium. She founded and has been led an art community, Sanggar Seni Nritta Dewi, based in Junjungan Ubud Bali, which is composed of 80 local students from the village, 25 Gamelan members, and also foreign students from all over the world. With her passion and love, she helps the kids at the village to build self-confidence and occasionally teaches dance to have firm basic steps of Balinese dance so that they can perform at the temple festival. At Sanggar Seni Nritta Dewi, she holds performance regularly.
Artistic director, Dancehouse (Australia)
Angela Conquet is Artistic Director and CEO of Dancehouse, Melbourne. Before moving to Australia in 2011, she worked for 11 years in Paris, France, as a producer and curator in various contexts (Council of Europe, French Cultural Centres, Festival of Avignon, independent arts centres). She has led several international and European projects, was part of different juries and peer panels (French Ministry of Culture, City of Paris and City of Melbourne Arts Grants panel, international boards) and has been extensively involved with and part of different international professional networks (THEOREM, TransEuropHalles, IETM, Aerowaves). She is founder and co-editor of the Dancehouse Diary, a print and online publication based on dialogue and connection with other art forms and wider societal issues. She has a MA degree in International Cultural Management (Paris 8 University) and in Applied Languages. Her strongest current interests are in new cultural policies and alternative economic models that value the arts. She is a fierce advocate of the independent sector and a facilitator of connections and networks between artists, arts organizations and ideas.
She is also a translator and interpreter.
Curateor / Creative producer, Dancehouse (Australia)
Philipa Rothfield is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University, Australia. She is a philosopher and occasional dancer. She was a member of the Modern Dance Ensemble (Dir. Margaret Lasica), has had intermittent opportunities to work with Russell Dumas (Dir. Dance Exchange). She writes on philosophy of the body in relation to dance. She is a dance reviewer for RealTime arts magazine (Australia) and Momm magazine (Korea), is the Dancehouse Creative Advisor, and head of the editorial board for the Dancehouse Diary. She is co-convenor of the Choreography and Corporeality working group (International Federation of Theatre Research).
Founder and Artistic director of SIDance Festival (Korea)
Jong-Ho Lee is a journalist, dance critic and festival organizer. He started his career with "Courrier de la Corée", a French weekly published in Korea, and worked for Yonhap News Agency for about 30 years. Since 1980, Mr. Lee has been an active dance critic and columnist publishing dance reviews, and reports of international festivals and cultural policies. He established Seoul Section of the Int'l Dance Council, CID-UNESCO in 1996 and launched Seoul International Dance Festival (a.k.a. SIDance) in 1998. Since its inception, SIDance has been playing a leading role of “defining international festival” in Korea and Asia. In particular, SIDance festival has been highly acclaimed for its programs focusing on world’s regional dance trends and cultural diversity. One of his best achievements is to build networks with festivals and theaters in various continents, producing over 30 collaborative dance pieces. Furthermore, he has introduced Korean dancers, choreographers and troops to international stages of over 40 countries promoting about 130 productions.
Yi Ryong Hong
Administrative director, ChangMu International Performing Arts Festival (Korea)
Representative, INARC Co.,ltd
Representative, the Committee of ChangMu International Performing Arts festival
Director of ChangMu International Performing Arts Festival
Director of Incheon International Contemporary Dance Festival
Administrative Director of 2016 Seoul Dance Festival
Representative Lecturer,[The Raising Professional Agent for International Exchange of Culture Contents]
Producer of 2006 TVXQ Asian Tour [Malaysia, Thailand]
Producer of 2007 Martell Dance Tour in Malaysia
Official Agent of 2009 ShowKing M Concert in Thailand
Artistic director / Curator, Freelance (Mexico)
Mariana Arteaga works independently to develop contemporary dance projects. She is interested in building up expansive relationships between dance and other disciplines, as well as foster dialogue and national and international exchanges to extend the possibilities of reflection, creation, and enjoyment of dance. Graduated from the Social Communication’s major at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Xochimilco. She has worked internationally creating, directing and producing projects, festivals, curatorships, choreographies and videos. She has also worked as a performer for various national and international choreographers. In 2013, she was invited as a speaker at the Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, Japan with the theme Spaces That Reflect “the World” through “Art” – Activities of Unique Museums and Art Centers and to the Festival Cena Contemporânea in Brasilia to the encounters of Cena, to participate in the round table Creative Community, the Citizen as the protagonist. She is the first latinamerican to win the Visiting Fellows Program Grant awarded by the prestigious Saison Foundation in the category Artistic director–curator, to promote the exchange, dissemination and collaboration in contemporary dance between Mexico and Japan. Recently, she designed the meeting and contents of the Think Tank project proposed by the Goethe Institute to encourage the meeting, exchange and collaboration between German and Mexican contemporary dance. In 2015, invited by the Museo Universitario del Chopo, develops Úumbal: nomad choreography for inhabitants, collective choreographic exploration in public space, constructed for and by citizenship, Úumbal was selected by the prestigious art magazine La Tempestad, as the best performing arts piece of 2015. Currently, Mariana continues working independently as an artistic director, performer, creator, and as advisor for national and international programming and developing projects of contemporary dance for many independent and institutional initiatives, national and internationally.
Performing arts artistic director, Japan Society (USA)
Born in Tokyo in 1960, Yoko Shioya is a graduate of Music Dept. of the National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo, majored in musicology. After moving to the United States in 1988, she became active as a contributing writer in the fields of culture and the arts for publications including the major Japanese newspapers such as Asahi Newspaper, the Sankei Newspaper and the weekly journal AERA. She also conducted numerous researchs on arts support systems in the U.S. for various Japanese organizations, corporations and regional government agencies and has continued to pose questions for Japanese society about the state of support for the arts through ongoing series of symposiums and reports to academic journals. Since 1997, Ms. Shioya joined Performing Arts department of Japan Society in N.Y. and succeeded the department’s head since 2003. In 2006 she was appointed as Artistic Director to lead Performing Arts and Film departments of the Society.
Curator, Artistic adviser and Producer, Freelance (Canada)
Diane Boucher has been working in the field of culture and the arts for over thirty years, as an event programmer, organizer, and manager. From 1982 to 1989, she produced multi-disciplinary programs at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Co-founder and vice-president of the Festival international de nouvelle danse (find), Diane Boucher act as associate director of find from 1989 to 2002. From 2003 until 2005, she has been a consultant for several cultural organizations including dance companies, presenters, and international festivals. In 2005 and 2011, she organized two welcome events for foreign presenters and producers, which highlighted the work of Canadian choreographers. Diane Boucher was director of O Vertigo + the Creation Center from 2005 to 2011. Since 2012, she is working as curator, artistic advisor and associate artistic producer for Canadian choreographers. Diane Boucher has been particularly involved in promoting and presenting new dance works. Through her activities, she has brought about collaborations with many local, national, and international institutions, and has cultivated partnership relations with different organizations all over the world. She has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa, to discover young choreographers and know more about their culture. Diane Boucher has served on numerous advisory committees for the arts, and has been a jury member for several cultural and governmental institutions. She was a jury member for Les Rencontres Chorégraphiques de l’Afrique et de l’Océan Indien, Antananarivo, Madagascar and the Toyota Choreography Award 2005 and 2006, Tokyo. In 2006, she gaves lectures on Québec contemporary dance in Kobe, Nagoya and Tokyo. In 2009, she published an article on Canadian dance for the Embassy of Canada in Berlin and participated in a panel within the framework of the Festival Dance Triennale Tokyo. The same year, she was part of a think tank commitee for the Festival TransAmériques, Montréal. Since last September, she serves on the board of directors of l’Organisme - a company grouping several emerging Quebec choreographers.
Dancer, Sylvain Emard Dance Company (Canada)
Sylvain Émard’s repertoire includes over 30 original works that stand out for their physicality, sensuality and finesse. His recent creations Ce n’est pas la fin du monde, a striking piece for seven male dancers, and Le Grand Continental, a homage to line dancing featuring 100+ amateur dancers, have won admiration at home and abroad. Touring extensively around he world, the company’s work has been featured at the Festival TransAmériques (Canada), the New Zealand Festival, the Brighton Festival (UK) and as part of White Bird Dance Series (USA), to name a few. Sylvain Émard has received numerous prestigious awards and he is often invited to work as guest choreographer in theatre, opera and cinema. These collaborations include his joining forces with Robert Lepage in 2005 to work on the opera 1984 by Lorin Maazel, presented namely at Covent Garden in London and at La Scala in Milan.
CEO, Prom'Art Performing Arts Promotion (Canada)
Director of Prom’Art – Performing Arts Promotion in Canada. Developping and organizing tour in Canada for international artists, Denis Bergeron collaborates with a network of Canadian venues, dance centers and festivals. He works also with established Canadian dance choreographers as well with emerging dance artists and represents them in America, Asia and in Europe.
Joanne Attard Mallia
Programme officer, Valletta 2018 Foundation (Malta)
Joanne Attard Mallia is Cultural Programme Officer with the Valletta 2018 Foundation. The Valletta 2018 Foundation is responsible for the implementation and development of a rich and varied Cultural Programme culminating in 2018 when Valletta, the capital city of Malta, becomes European Capital of Culture. The Cultural Programme Department of which Ms Attard Mallia forms part performs both a coordinator and curatorial role, developing a program which is of high quality, innovative and inclusive with a strong European and international dimension and which will leave an important legacy behind. Due to her background, Ms Attard Mallia focuses mainly but not exclusively on Film, Dance and Educational projects and events in the Cultural Programme. The Foundation also works closely with other Public Cultural Institutions in Malta and has set up important partnerships with current and future European Capitals of Culture as well as major proponents of contemporary visual and performing arts in Europe.
Elianna Plamenova Lilova
Director, ONE DANCE WEEK Festival (Bulgaria)
Elianna Lilova is the Director of ONE DANCE WEEK – a festival entirely dedicated to the art of contemporary dance and performance. In 2016 the festival is going to celebrate its 9th edition and a 3rd one in support of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019. ONE is a platform for contemporary culture which stands beyond the biggest and most distinguished labels in the Balkans, working within the fields of design, dance and urban environment. The platform promotes and assists the creation of quality cultural content, bravely rises to every challenge and is always open to ideas that change the world. Elia has a bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies and a MA in Cultural Management and Communication. In the recent years she’s been working mainly for the development and diversification of social and cultural life in Bulgaria, organizing and participating in numerous cultural projects in the country and abroad. She is also involved in the field of cultural engineering and building sustainable cultural policies. She’s been working for the ONE DANCE WEEK Festival since year 2008 when the festival celebrated its first edition.
Producer, Step Out Arts (UK)
Artistic Director and Producer Step Out Arts / Edinburgh Festival Producer 2015 / Escalator Dance Producer, Arts Council England 2012 / A Member of Independent Dance Management Network BA (Hons) dance degree at the Laban centre, London. She set up Step Out Arts LTD to focus on supporting the visibility and sustainability of British East Asian dance artists nationally through showcases, productions and educational projects, which gained two consecutive year of funding from develop the sector in 2009 - 2011. in 2012, she was selected as one of the 5 Escalator dance producers funded by Arts Council England which benefited a year of solid training programme. It is from there that she branched out my independent dance producer career. She started to work with artists other then British East Asian artists which it has always been in back of my mind that she would like to integrating into the art sector as a whole and support the BAME artists at the same time.
Advisor for dance, Teatro Comunale “Claudio abbado“ Ferrara (Italy)
Born in 1948 in Mirandola (Modena, Italy), Gisberto Morselli studied Economics at the University of Bologna. From 1980 to 2010 he has been the director of Teatro Comunale in Ferrara. Teatro Comunale has been a reference point for contemporary dance in Italy for more than twenty years now, with important guests such as Maurice Béjart, Edward Lock and William Forsythe, Saburo Teshigawara as well as the most important artists of Tanztheater, Pina Bausch.etc. Each year a festival called Prime Visioni presents the works of the most interesting dance companies of the international scene as national première or as exclusive performances for Italy. In 2004 and 2009 he has been appointed member of the Jury of the International Dance Award Movimentos 2004 of Austostadt-Wolfburg (Germany). After 30 years he retired as Director of Teatro Comunale in Ferrara and since then he was appointed Advisor for Dance in the same theatre. In 2015 he was a Member of the Artistic Commission choosing the best Italian contemporary dance companies to take part to the NID/New Italian Dance-Platform in Brescia (Italy)
Ballet director, Croatian National Theater Ivan pl. Zajc, Rijeka (Croatia)
Graduated from the Hungarian State Dance Academy, Budapest with excellent results, I went on to work as a dancer in various companies (including Opera d’Lyon, Ballet Preljocaj) in Italy, France, Hungary, Russia and Croatia. Besides working with choreographers such as Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Christophe Pastor, I also choreographed my own pieces in each of those countries and worked as dance therapist. I created more than 10 full length dance performances of diverse styles (from contemporary to neoclassical). Currently as a Ballet Director of the Croatian National Theater Ivan pl. Zajc, I am looking for new ways to enrich my company, hopefully also via co-operations with Japanese artists.
Programing director / Curator, Teatre Mercat de les Flors – House of Dance (Spain)
Working at Teatre Mercat de les Flors de Barcelona-House of Dance, since 2005 as artistic programmer and curator. At Mercat de les Flors we produce and coproduce national and international contemporary dance. We work with the concept of movement and all arts related to it (contemporary circus, physical theater). We also run audience development programs, pedagogical department, and international networking and community projects. I have participated as a dance jury in national and international choreography awards and dance symposiums. I’ve been invited as teacher on different Master degree of Production Policies and Programming strategies. I have participate as member of different EU projects such as Modul-dance , IDEE (Initiatives in Dance through European Exchange), EDN (European Dance Houses Network), Aerowaves, Xina-A-moves. I have also worked as assistant choreographer and dramaturge for national and international dance companies. We have developed special focus on specific subjects such as Latin America contemporary dance artists, special focus on Brazil or specific focus on dance that we want to develop together with the dance sector like focus on street dance, focus on contemporary circus and chorographical writing and dramaturgy or focus on dance and social inclusion or disability.
Director, Rencontres choregraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (France)
From a literary formation, graduated in Arts, Anita Mathieu has been in charge, in the 80's, of several responsibilities in performing arts institutions.
1983: at the Press Service of the Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris)
1984-89: Creation of the Théâtre Contemporain de la Danse (Contemporain Theater of Dance), Director of the Communication and Programming Adviser
1989-96: General Manager and Dance Programmer at La Ferme du Buisson (Marne-la-Vallée)
1996-98: in charge of different missions as artistic adviser and development (Office National de Diffusion Artistique - ONDA, Association française d’action artistique – AFAA, etc.)
Since 1999: Director of the Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis
Those functions have driven her to achieve a lot of partnerships with national and international performing arts institutions (participation in conferences, member of juries and partner in European projects).
Director / Theater im Pumpenhaus, Munster (Germany)
Ludger Schnieder has been working for many years as a director at Theater im Pumpenhaus, which is one of the first independent and private theatres located in Münster of Wäästfaln. Pumpenhaus has been hosting both national and international companies. Residency programs take place in the rehearsal center with 4 studios and guest housing.
In 1985, young theater company had inherited a sewage pumping station from the city of Münster to convert to a theatre, where the company resided to create international production. This wooden building of theatre has been popular for the citizens and artists as one of the most beautiful theatres in Germany. Pumpenhaus produces a wide range of local events, festivals, outdoor performances, art, music and street performances, and runs projects and festivals that span 200 shows per year. As well as putting performances of world-known choreographers such as Sasha Waltz, Helena Waldmann, Raimund Hoff, Meg Stuart, Jerome Bell and Alain Platel, Pumpnhaus has been creating a number of international collaboration projects that leverages the network. It should be specially mentioned that Pumpenhaus is one of the first German theatres that has been inviting and introducing Japanese contemporary dances and performances to Germany over the past twenty years continuously. It began with from Morecular Theatre (1987), Kazuo Ohno, Dumb Type, Setsuko Yamada, Ko Murobushi, Mako Kawano and Yoko Higashino (Baby-Q) and KENTARO!! were recently introduced. After the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, Pumpenhaus also hosted a benefit performance in cooperation with Japanese contemporary dance company “JunJun Science” as JunJun were staying in Berlin at the time under the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists supported by Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs. All the ticket proceeds were donated to voluntary art project “Arts for People” organized and held by NPO Kaibunsha in Tohoku area. In September 2014, Pumpenhaus produced a dance piece “Home Hazard” with a Dusseldorf-based Japanese contemporary dancer and choreographer, Chikako Kaido, who is originally from Fukushima prefecture. The piece was based in her experience of interviewing people when she visited her parents in Fukushima after the earthquake, and the content is a reflection of the reality of evacuation life.
Choreographer / Artistic director, bodytalk (Germany)
Born in Fukuoka, diploma in Dance and Dance Pedagogy at “Akademie des Tanzes”) Heidelberg-Mannheim (Germany). In Germany she has been attached to fixed ensembles and independent companies, f.e. Tanzfabrik (Dieter Heitkamp), in Hong Kong she spent two years with the City Contemporary Dance Compan. Following extensive engagements at Municipal/State Theatres in Germany she moved to Volksbühne in Berlin, where she danced title-roles in pieces by Johann Kresnik . She has created more than 30 dance(theatre) pieces, first in the independent scene in Berlin .Recent German co-operation-partners were Schwankhalle Bremen, Theater im Pumpenhaus, Lofft Leipzig.
For Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra she choreographed a community dance project. She was invited to provide the choreography for the State President's Summer Party, Schloss Bellevue. After Opera Bonn (Johann Kresnik, Susanne Linke) she founded her own company body talk. She has been awarded several prizes for her artistic work.