Maya is a dance artist based in Copenhagen who works with movement, perception and composition in a variety of interdisciplinary practices she calls “embodied cinematography”, which explores the new kinesthetic paradigms afforded by screens and video-recording technologies. She holds an MfA in Art in Public Space and facilitates workshops in videowalking, in which player-spectators use handheld screens to exchange their proprioceptive experiences and question their understanding of collectivity and community through non-verbal processes.
Amparo González Sola
Amparo is an Argentinian choreographer based in the Netherlands. She researches the intersections between perception, choreography and politics. She creates dance works and proposes practices in which people are invited to participate beyond the role of the audience. She does this both in theatrical and non-theatrical contexts, bringing together people from different backgrounds, generations, and disciplines. She has been developing the project “Exploring Reciprocity” within her master’s at DAS Choreography and at the program Residencies in Utrecht. She recently presented her solo work “If every rock is a hole” at the Spring festival. She is part of the Cultural Commons group (NL) and the collective Escena Politica (AR). She researches artistic practice from a feminist and decolonial approach.
Bianca Hisse is a Brazilian artist who lives and works in Norway. From a double movement between choreography and visual arts, her work investigates how today’s societies are choreographed by global demands. She graduated from Kunstakademiet i Tromsø in 2019.
Ásrún Magnúsdóttir is a choreographer, based in Reykjavík, Iceland. Her work aims to stretch the dominant modes of dance and choreography and has been received well at home and abroad, as made apparent by her numerous festival appearances, awards and nominations.
Currently, she is interested in working with people that have not given dance or dancing much thought and trying to make invisible choreographies visible. She is interested in amplifying voices that she feels might be heard better; giving the stage to other people space to speak up, be seen and listened to.
She has a great deal of experience working with different social groups, especially young people, teenagers and children but also micro-communities like her own neighbours, residents of particular neighbourhoods, people that share an apartment building or simply people that love to dance.
Her work has toured in Europe where she has also given workshops for professionals and amateurs alike.
Rita Marcalo is the Artistic Director of Ireland-based Instant Dissidence, which is her way of bringing different artists together, in different combinations, to realise different ideas: through Instant Dissidence Rita invents ways of offering other people art experiences and solve creative problems.
Instant Dissidence is also a socially-engaged and ecologically-engaged company: the company foregrounds the role that dance/choreography can play as a social engine; we are ‘artivists’ who believe in the power of connecting art and social consciousness.
In October 2018 the United Nations warned that we had 12 years to give up our current civilization and create a new one in order to avoid a climate and biodiversity catastrophe. In October 2018 Rita made a pledge: over the next 12 years Instant Dissidence will make 12 works, each acting as a mirror (and warning) to society as to whether or not we are moving in the right direction.
Alex McCabe is a dance artist and musician based between Glasgow and Milan. All of his work centres around people and sees the moving body as a catalyst for communion and discovery in an isolating world.
Over the past decade he has worked advocating for more inclusive practices in arts education, co-leading SIIATE in Italy and Scotland as well as delivering training workshops to artists and organisations in India, Mexico and Russia.
Owing to Alex’s specific skills in working with performers with diverse experiences, minds and bodies, alongside his knowledge of music, Alex’s choreographic skills have been in demand in opera (Wexford, Reggio Torino, Japan Opera Foundation, Scottish Opera).
In 2020, he co-founded MoonSlide, which has since created and toured site-specific works designed to reach marginalised audiences in hospitals and institutions of care. Alex holds a doctorate in languages and literature and speaks many languages.
Stefanie Schwimmbeck works freelance as a dancer and dance teacher in Cologne, Germany. She studied contemporary dance at the University of Music and Dance Cologne, Germany and currently the Master Scenic Research at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany.
In 2018, she received an international scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and Science NRW for her 4-month study residency with Trisha Brown Dance Company in New York, USA.
She dances on a project basis for various choreographers and theatres and develops her own performances. She teaches creative contemporary dance and leads dance projects with kids and teens. In addition, she gives release- and alignment-oriented professional training.
In 2021, the junior scholarship Free children’s and youth theaters NRW gave her the opportunity to gain her first experience as a sustainability consultant for theatres and has since been part of the german wide ‘Performing for Future – Network sustainability in the performing arts’.
Willie Stark is a French / Ugandan performing artist based in Düsseldorf who has a focus on exploring improvisation through movements and interdisciplinary work. She works as a movement director, dancer and choreographer where she strives to maintain high standards for creativity and exchange with other artists.
Silja is a Finnish choreographer working with both dance performance and film. Next to developing her own art and research projects, she is interested in exploring different forms of collaboration and companionship as part of the artistic work, including both professional and non-professional communities.
Silja holds an MA in Choreography from Stockholm University of the Arts and a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Malmö University. She has further studied among others Social Psychology, Work and Organisation Psychology, and Dance Didactics. Her multidisciplinary background is visible both in the methods and themes of her work. At the moment Silja works between Stockholm, Berlin, and her hometown Oulu.
Elsabet Yonas is a dancer and choreographer with a foundation in hip-hop. She is inspired by storytelling and the extensive potential that art holds in building communities. Her practice is firmly located within its political context and this informs her work’s visceral delivery and community engagement. Over the years, she has honed her experience in working with micro, localised community groups, building her practice around people, space and connections. Her work has been commissioned by and presented at Serendipity, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, The Place, Artsadmin, Barbican, Lisa Ullman, Breakin’ Convention, Zinnema, and Tempo Festival amongst others.