Liza Baliasnaja is a lithuanian choreographer and dancer living in Brussels. She studied dance in P.A.R.T.S and philosophy at the university of KU Leuven. As a dancer, she performed in the works of Eszter Salamon, Ula Sickle, Eglė Budvitytė, Mårten Spångberg and DD Dorvillier and worked as an artistic assistant for Christine de Smedt, Myriam Van Imschoot and Eszter Salamon. She teaches theoretical and practical courses at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Together with Christine de Smedt and Theo Livesey is involved in an ongoing research project that examines low intensity violence.
Amanda Barrio Charmelo (Lima, 1992) is a performer currently based in Brussels. She started her dance education in Peru and in 2010 she moved to France to continue her studies at the Paris Conservatory. In 2016 Amanda graduated from P.A.R.T.S, Brussels. Since then she has been working with several artists, amongst them Liza Baliaznaja, DD Dorvillier, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Maud le Pladec, Emmilou Rößling, Eszter Salamon, Ula Sickle, Michiel Vandevelde and Adriano Wilfert Jensen. Next to her work as a performer Amanda continues her studies on political sciences at the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Brussels.
Orlando Bass is a French pianist and composer of British origin born in 1994. He studied at the CNSM in Paris in the classes of piano (Roger Muraro) and chamber music (Itamar Golan), accompaniment (Jean-Frédéric Neuberger), and composition (Thierry Escaich). Since June 2019, he has been a laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation, which actively supports him in his various projects. An album of Preludes and Fugues for solo piano, spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, was released in 2018 by Indésens. With Mireille Podeur he made several recordings of transcriptions for two harpsichords with the Maguelone record company. As a composer, his catalogue includes several works of chamber music and piano music, a saxophone concerto, and an opera. He regularly accompanies silent cinema by improvising live. He also carries out work around the music of the composer-painter-engraver Michel Ciry, accompanied by a recording and an analytical memory.
Jason Batut works between Belgium and France. He followed the Lassaad training in Brussels and joined the fourth promotion of actors at the school of the National Theater of Brittany under the educational direction of Stanislas Nordey. In 2005, he followed Essais at the C.N.D.C in Angers under the direction of Emmanuelle Huynh. Since 2003, he has worked as a performer with François Tanguy, Stanislas Nordey, Nathalie Garraud, Manah De Pauw, Latifa Laabissi, Pieter Ampe, Boris Charmatz, Hermann Heizig and Meg Stuart. He develops his own performance work: Je suis un samouraï (2006), Where id Bobby? (2009), For Rabbit (2010) and a duet with dancer Pep Garrigues: Couché, j’ai dit (2011). In Brussels, he is part of the cabaret Les Nuits Bas Nylon.
Maria Bregianni has studied dance in the State School of Dance in Athens and Chemical Engineering in the National Technical University of Athens. Along with her studies in dance, she participated in the performance of Dimitris Papaioannou Nowhere. She has worked for the European Olympic Games' opening ceremony in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2015 with artistic director Dimitris Papaioannou and choreographer Kat Valastur. Since 2017, she collaborates as a dancer for Christos Papadopoulos. She has also participated as a dancer in the film "Suspiria" with choreographer Damien Jalet and director Luca Guadagnino.
Alexia Caunille is a transdisciplinary artist, juggling with clothing design, performance and music. She begins her research on clothing its sociological significance at the School of Fine Arts of Bordeaux between 2013 and 2018. After her studies, she starts creating costumes for the work of Lenio Kaklea, Julie Gouju and Marcela Santander. She’s concerned of the importance and the significance of the “wearer” and how to renew the idea of costume in contemporary dance.
Jean-Claude Chianale is a graphic designer and author who lives and works in Paris. He works in the fields of publishing, contemporary art, architecture, performing art and design. His projects and graphic researches explore different fields and media such as posters, artist's books, typography, space, signage and visual identity. His work has been exhibited in different artistic places such as the Mucem in Marseille, La Ferme du Buisson, Le 104 in Paris, Le 116 - Contemporary Art Center in Montreuil, The graphic design center in Chaumont. Jean-Claude Chianale teaches inseveral art schools where he shares his passion and his know-how in the frame of graphic experiments laboratories. He is also a professor at the School of Art and Design in Amiens, France.
David Dubois is a freelance scenographer and designer. He graduated from the National School of Industrial Design (ENSCI) in Paris in 2003 and founded his own agency in 2005. He creates objects, furniture, fittings and theatrical sets and curates exhibitions of design, fashion, art and performing arts. His work revolves mainly around personal research projects, commissions and various forms of collaborations. He has notably developed projects for the Villa Noailles, the Mudam, the Palais de Tokyo, the Villa Arson, the International Center for Research on Glass and the Plastic Arts (CIRVA), the International Centre of Glass Art (CIAV) and the Kadist Art Foundation. He has also collaborated with the BLESS collective, produced installations for Issey Miyake and Comme des Garçons, as well as exhibition projects with choreographers Christian Rizzo and Fanny De Chaillé. His pieces are among the permanent collections of the FNAC (National Contemporary Art Fund), the Center Pompidou, the Mudam or the Grand-Hornu. He is represented by the kreo gallery and the A1043 gallery in Paris.
Jacquelyn Elder was a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company from 2005-2012, where she had the opportunity to perform some of Martha Graham's iconic solos. Currently she is based in Paris where she is performing with Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard, Vincent Thomasset, Olivier Dubois, Lenio Kaklea, Maud Le Pladec, and Boris Charmatz. Throughout the years, she has collaborated with Robert Wilson, Eleanor Bauer, Michael Helland, Aszure Barton, Rachid Ouramdane, Gus Giordano, and visual artist Fabrice Samyn. Jacquelyn has taught workshops in a variety of contexts such as NYU Tisch School of the Arts (NY), Hellerau (Dresden, Germany), DansenHus (Oslo, Norway), Ballet Du Nord/CCN (Lille, France), The Martha Graham School (NY), The Joffrey Ballet School (NY), as well as Alvin Ailey/Fordham University (NY). During a 5 year residency in Brussels, Belgium, Jacquelyn founded The Cold Press, an organic cold pressed juicery, exploring her interest in the healing power of food. The Cold Press’s research eventually culminated into a performance titled “Juicing the Juice with Jackie”, which was a part of R.E.C.E.S.S (Ritual.Experience.Concept.Event.Spa.Show) with Michael Helland at ZSenne Gallery in Bruxelles, Belgium in 2017. Jacquelyn is currently an MFA candidate at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. and working on a documentary film on the Martha Graham Dance Company titled, A High Wire of Circumstance.
Philippe Gladieux first became interested in photography and then followed a series of workshops organized by Didier-Georges Gabily. He staged hybrid theatrical forms (CDROM and médiances) and works as a light designer with Caterina and Carlotta Sagna, Fabrice Lambert (To po, Imp-posture, Solar), Yves-Noël Genod (Chic by Accident, I Take Care of you Personally, A Little Bit of Zelda, April 1), Olga de Soto (Overhang) and François Chaignaud (Dumy Moyi).
Goodheart Productions is an arts production office, based in Athens, Greece and founded in 2015 by Achilleas Stavrou and Christos Loukataris. Goodheart’s activities include the services of an artists’ management and booking agency and a communication and promoting office, according to each specific project. The scope of the company is to engage in every stage of production – concept, analysis, organization, promotion, and implementation of cultural events associated with performing arts such as music, theatre, and dance. During these years, after implementing hundreds of concerts, theater and dance plays, Goodheart Productions has established a network of contacts and a series of collaborations with various venues, festivals, and organizations such as the Athens Epidaurus Festival, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Technopolis Athens, Megaron Athens Concert Hall, Dimitria Festival, Pinios Festival, Aeschylia Festival and the National Opera of Greece. Goodheart has collaborated with a number of artists such as Fantastic Negrito, Therapy?, Nebula, Max Romeo, Dirtmusic, Light in Babylon, Xylouris White, Lilo Baur, Lenio Kaklea, Ypogeia Revmata, The Last Drive, Nightstalker, Psarantonis, Lena Platonos, Yannis Aggelakas, Pavlos Pavlidis, Thrax Punks, VIC, K. Sfetsas & Greek Fusion Orchestra and Circo Cachivache.
Agnès Henry has been leading the extrapole project since 2007. Created as an agency for artistic and cultural production, extrapole had today transformed into a support structure for intercultural and interdisciplinary experiences at the crossroads of art and social sciences. In the frame of extrapole, Agnès Henry develops companionships, artistic experimentation, pedagogical, innovative and cooperative projects on a European and international scale. At the same time, she has taught cultural project engineering in the Master of international cooperation in Paris 8 (arts department 2015-2019) and cooperates with the university on programmes of pedagogical innovation (UP8: CREATIC, MIP ARTEC 2015-2020, University and Science gallery of Melbourne (2019), University of Arts Belgrade (2020). She was a lecturer at Sciences PO Lyon (2010-2013), and today for the ICP of Paris (2018-2020). She is affiliated to the research laboratory “Scenes of the world, creation et critical knowledge” of Paris 8 University (sub-axis sociology of arts and culture) as a doctoral student. Her research focuses on the making of art as a space for cultural and democratic experimentation and the contributions of cultural rights to contemporary professional practices in the world of the performing arts.
Venetsiana Kalampaliki is a dancer and choreographer based in Athens. She explores movement within the fields of contemporary dance, digital and visual arts, performance and disability arts. She is a graduate of the School of Economics and Political Sciences, University of Athens, and the Greek National School of Dance, and continues her research for a Master’s in Fine Arts at the Athens School of Fine Arts. She has been selected as artist in residence at the K3 Tanzplan Hamburg at Kampnagel for the year 2021-22.
Konstantinos Karvouniaris is a performer based in Greece. He studied acting in the National Conservatory of Athens. He has collaborated with Dimitris Papaioannou, Ioannis Madafounis, Evripidis Laskaridis, Zouzou Nikoloudi, Pere Faoura, Zoe Dimitriou, Lenio Kaklea, among others. He has also worked as an actor in theatre, cinema and television. He also uses the mediums of performance, video and dance to create his own work, reflecting on the presence and awareness of the performer. He teaches movement, improvisation and stage combat in drama schools and workshops.
Georgios Kotsifakis was born in Heraklion Crete, Greece. He graduated with distinction from the Professional Dance School of Rallou Manou in Athens and the Amsterdam School of Arts (MTD). He obtained a scholarship from the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece in 2010. As a dancer he has collaborated with DV8, RAMBERT, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Eastman, Jan Fabre, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Dimitris Papaioannou, Andonis Foniadakis, Christos Papadopoulos, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Iris Karayan, National Theatre of Greece, National Greek Opera, State Theatre of Northern Greece, Konstantinos Rigos, Alexandra Waierstall and others.
Anastasio Koukoutas is a dance theorist, dramaturg and dance writer. He has been a contributor and publishing editor for various art institutions and organizations in Greece and a frequent collaborator with the websites dancepress.gr, artivist.gr and springbackmagazine.com.
Macklin Kowal is an artist, writer, and curator. A PhD candidate in Political Theory at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, he is additionally Founding Director of Sub Rosa Space, an independent venue for performance in central Athens. His theoretical and curatorial works prod the imbiratications of power, authority, and language.
Florian Leduc graduated from the Fine Arts School of Villa Arson in Nice. In 2010, he was the assistant of the Belgian artist Erik Duyckaerts. Since 2005, he collaborates with Joris Lacoste as a light and set designer for the stage works Suites N°1, Suite N°2 and Suite N°3. He also collaborates with directors and choreographers such as Yan Duyvendack, Lenio Kaklea, Pol Pi, Émilie Rousset, Pauline Simon, Pauline Brun, Céline Cartillier, Aurélien Patouillard, Thomas Gonzales, Claire Dessimoz, Adina Secretan, Malika Djardi, Camille Cau, Beppe Chicco and Barbara Matijevic.
Sabine Macher is a dancer, writer, translator and photographer, born in West-Germany and based in Paris, France. She conceives stage projects enhancing the minimal conditions of the performing arts: gathering at the same time in the same place for a limited duration in order to emit and receive what can be heard or seen. Her work is triggered by observation, description and synesthetic close up, as well as attracted to immance and its forms.
Olivier Mulin made his debut for Haute Couture in 1998, at Jean Paul Gaultier, as a knitting and accessories designer; he continued as a freelance designer for René Derhy, Kenzo Jean's, Sonia Rykiel and Missoni. Then his career branched out into styling for magazines including Standard, where he was Fashion Director. He was also Artistic Director of the Paul & Joe men's line and produces look-books for different brands. He also sometimes takes care of the styling of advertising campaigns (Cache-Cache, Vanity Fair, La Poste, Aéroport de Paris). In addition, he works on the looks of celebrities such as singers Véronique Sanson and Elizabeth Vidal, actress Julia Faure, or rock groups The Dø, TwinTwin, YaltaClub or Ibeyi. For the stage, he regularly creates costumes for choreographers such as Juha Pekha Marsalo, Eszter Salamon, Marco Berrettini, Marie-Caroline Hominal or Carolyn Carlson; in the theater, he has also collaborated with Vincent Thomasset, Anne Rebeschini, Nathalie Broizat or Claire Lapeyre-Mazérat and Mélanie Martinez-Llense.
Dimitris Mytilinaios has been active in the dance field since 2012. He is a graduate of the Greek National School of Dance and master “exerce” in Montpellier with a full scholarship from Onassis Foundation (2016-18). He has collaborated with choreographers such as Yvonne Rainer and Iris Karayan, while he has been developing and presenting his own choreographic work. In the meantime, he works with Lenio Kaklea, Mariela Nestora, Pat Catterson, Uri Shaffir, Foofwa d'Imobilité.
Loren Palmer is a light designer, active in the field of live arts since 2019. Born in New Zealander and French by adoption, she studied dance at the CNDC in Angers and performed with Joëlle Bouvier, Charles Création Ange, Guillermo Botello, Lionel Hoche, Héla Fatoumi and Eric Lamoureux, Khalid Benghrib, Jean-Luc Verna and Olivier Dubois. She is a certified teacher in Contemporary Dance and Yoga and teaches in France and internationally to audiences of all ages, from multiple social and cultural backgrounds and from all disciplines. In 2004 she co-founded the Co. 2k_far “contemporary creation of all kinds” in Casablanca and in 2009 the Co. Porte L / K in Paris. Her artistic evolution manifests through her solo and collaborative experiences, developing spaces for choreographic expression, plastic object installations, experimental videos and light. As a light designer, she graduated from the CFPTS in Paris in Light Technique and Management where she extended her choreographic reflection by a physical and organic approach to scenic lighting. Since 2019, she creates light installations and scenography for multiple projects and artists such as Co. Arthesic, PlanK, Lenio Kaklea and M. Barbin.
Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, studied dance at the National School of Contemporary Dance in Athens and is currently studying at the Audio-visual Arts Department of the Ionian University. As a performer, she collaborates with choreographers Alexandra Weierstall, Iris Karayan, Dimitris Papaioannou and Christos Papadopoulos. She also teaches contemporary dance in many conservatories and schools in Greece while developing her own work as a choreographer.
Pierre Paulin inscribes his artistic work in today's visual culture, through poems, notes, essays, translation, publishing and the reproduction of clothes from his own wardrobe. The use of the term "look"—which could refer to his poetic work or the sets of garments he copies—is a common denominator in a writing and art practice centered around the combination of cultural formats and symbols. The presence of text is everywhere in his work: in the copies of his own clothes (pockets and linings), in his videos, and in his editions and books. His work has been exhibited in various institutions including the Palais de Tokyo, the Ricard Foundation, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and The Emily Harvey Foundation, New York. Solo exhibitions took place at Plateau, Frac Ile-de-France and at Circuit, Lausanne. In 2019, he was the recipient of the grant "Étant Donnés" from the Institut Français, New York. Paulin is also the editor of his own bilingual (French/English) magazine, la robe, and co-founder of the independent publishing workshop Presse Offset.
Bruno Pocheron studied visual arts in France before choosing Berlin as his work base. He works internationally mostly as light designer, but also as technical director, set and sound designer. He initiated, with Isabelle Schad and Ben Anderson, the collaborative framework Good Work, concerned with the representation and perception of the body onstage and in society. He's currently involved in stage projects with Apparatus (Berlin), Alice Chauchat (Berlin), Emese Csornai (Berlin), Judith Depaule (Paris), Mette Edvardsen (Brussels), Alix Eynaudi (Vienna), Philipp Gehmacher (Vienna), Lina Gomez (Berlin), Anne Juren (Vienna), Nikolina Komljenovic (Zagreb), Andrea Maurer (Vienna), Sasa Bozic, Petra Hrascanec and Simone Aughterlony (Berlin-Zagreb-Zürich). He develops software interfaces in PureData and vvvv, allowing for a fluid communication between lights, sound and video and researches the artistic impact of these elements. He also co-organizes: Wiesenburghalle (Wiesen55 e.V.), a collective working space in Berlin-Wedding / Gangplank, an open network of artists and designers focusing on inter-media communication, and relations between technology and art.
Chloé Schmidt lives and works in Paris. After completing her studies at the Institut d’Etudes Théâtrales de Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle, she started supporting cultural projects and collaborating with a multitude of artists, mainly in the contemporary dance sector: Daniel Larrieu, Ivana Mûller, François Chaignaud and Cécilia Bengolea, Gaëlle Bourges in particular. In fall 2020, Chloé Schmidt joined Lenio Kaklea and abd, as production administrator.
Pierre Simon was born in 1985, he lives and works in Aubervilliers. In 2008, he obtained a Master 2 Sciences, Arts Culture Innovation and Multimedia at the University of Versailles - Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. From 2007 to 2014, he worked at CAC Brétigny where he assisted Pierre Bal-Blanc, director of the art center. After a mission as public manager at the Maréchalerie - Contemporary Art Center of Ensa-V, he joined the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers team in 2015 (co-directed by Alexandra Baudelot, Mathilde Villeneuve and Dora García) where he is in charge of coordinating projects and editions. He regularly collaborates with the choreographers Lenio Kaklea and François Laroche-Valière. In 2019, he co-founded and co-directs Collective a cultural café located in Aubervilliers.
Maro Stavrinou has graduated from the National Conservatory of Contemporary Dance and the Theatre Studies, department of the National University, both in Athens, Greece. As a dancer her professional training was focused on classical ballet, modern techniques such as Martha Graham, Release Technique, and contemporary dance styles (Gaga, Flying Low-Passing Through, Fighting Monkey). Since her graduation she has worked with choreographers such as Andonis Foniadakis, Shahar Binyamini, Lenio Kaklea, Jai Gonzales, Konstandinos Rigos and among others, and performed repertories by Ohad Naharin, Pascal Rioult and Martha Graham.
Sania Strimpakou was born in Athens, Greece, in 1980. She is a dancer and dance teacher. In 2000, she graduated from the State School of Dance in Athens. In 2002, she continued her dance training with a scholarship of A. Onassis Foundation at Dance Space Center and Movement Research in New York. She has collaborated with Amalgama dance company/Maria Gorgia, Yelp danceco/Mariela Nestora, Ypsilon/Ageliki Stellatou, Marcela Giesche, Pere Faura, Lily Kiara, Pat Catterson, Fingersix/Athens of S. Mavragani, Tripodium Collective of G. Sioras-Deligiannis a.o.
Studio Lialios Vazoura is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Athens, founded in 2002 by Christos Lialios and joined by Katerina Vazoura in 2013. Over these years, the Studio Lialios Vazoura has been interchanging the boundaries between exhibitions, books, identity systems, type design, publishing, furniture and textile design. It has estabished a long-term relationships - collaborations with artists as Hilde Aagaard, Sharon Kivland, Maria Konti, Lenio Kaklea, Leda Papaconstantinou, Yiannis Theodoropoulos, Thanasis Totsikas and Vangelis Vlahos as well as accomplished projects for institutes as DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Iset Contemporary Greek Art Institute, Jan van Eyck Academie, Hedah Centrum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Maastricht, FIH Field Institute Hombroich and Onassis Foundation. The studio has set up a workshop at Marres House for Contemporary Culture, while, since 2006 has designed most of the books published by Cube Art Editions. Studio Lialios Vazoura has been invited to exhibit and talk in Museums and Festivals such as Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts, Montreal and International Poster and Graphic Design Festival, Chaumont.
Eleni Tranouli is a curator and creative director driven by art as experience. She holds a BSc-MSc in Architecture, an MA in Film and Audiovisual Studies from the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, and has worked in IFA, Athens, Jeu de Paume, Paris, and MoMA, New York. A guest at Le Magazine du Jeu de Paume since 2013, she has also contributed film and culture stories to La Furia Umana, Revista Lumière, and The International Journal of Screendance. Her research on the uncharted writings of Maya Deren was presented at the Museo Reina Sofia, in France, Greece, the US, Morocco, and South Korea. Kantharos Gathering is a hybrid cultural project she created and organized at Dexamenes, a member of Design Hotels. Eleni regularly provides content for artists, creatives, designers, and lifestyle brands, and has been involved in various editorial projects by abd since 2016.
Yiannis Tsigkris was born in Athens, Greece. He graduated form the Greek National Opera Dance School and completed his Master of Arts at London Contemporary Dance School. Yiannis has collaborated with choreographers Adonis Foniadakis, Iris Karayan, Mariela Nestora, Konstantinos Rigos, Persa Stamatopoulou, as well as with the FLUX Laboratory and visual artist Jannis Varelas. He has worked with UK based choreographers, Joe Moran, Eleesha Drennan, Jenni Wren, and has performed Merce Cunningham’s works at the Barbican Gallery. He is currently based in Athens, works as a freelance dancer and teaches at the Greek National Opera Dance School.
Joanna Toumpakari was born in Athens. She graduated with distinction from the State School of Dance in Athens and has a postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Dance from LCDS. She has collaborated with the National Theatre, National Theatre of Northern Greece,Apotosoma dance company,Oktana dancetheatre,Zita dance company,Proshima dance company,Manoliadi Markella,Kavallieratos Marianna, Birba Efi, Kakleas Yiannis. She has obtained a black belt in traditional wushu- kung fu, and a coach certificate from the Ministry of Sports. She is the head coach at the athletic club Inner Fist.
Sotiris Vasiliou graduated from the School of Architecture in Patras, Greece. Since 2008, he has worked with the architect and visual artist Andreas Angelidakis and often collaborates with artists such as Angelo Plessas and Danae Anessiadou. He works in close collaboration with Alexandra Bachzetsis, Lenio Kaklea and Vasilis Vilaras as a performer and scenographer.
Eric Yvelin started playing in a punk band in the 1990s until he enrolled in the National School of Fine Arts in Nantes. Since then, he has been developing a diversity of musical projects in collaboration with Rémy Héritier, Christophe Fiat, Loïc Touzé, Mickaël Phelippeau, Carole Perdereau, Antonia Baehr, Guillaume Robert, Nathalie Collantes, Lenio Kaklea, Sabine Macher, Pauline Simon, Katerina Andreou, Audrey Gaisan Doncel, Bryan Campbell.