Yo-EL Cassell, award winning choreographer, movement specialist and Head of/Assistant Professor at Boston University, has directed movement from the big screen to off-Broadway sensations. Cassell has choreographed and directed movement for Comedy of Errors, All’s Well That Ends Well, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, King Lear, Love Labours Lost, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night and Othello as Resident Choreographer for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC); Lilly’s Revenge for American Repertory Theatre; The Understudy and Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play for Lyric Stage Company of Boston; Sound of Music for Nantucket Dreamland Theatre; Kiss Me, Kate (featuring Kerry O’Malley and Marc Kudisch), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Boys from Syracuse, Symphonic Shakespeare, Footloose and Fancy Free (Movement Director/Curator), and Urban Sprawl for Boston Landmarks Orchestra/CSC; Violet for Suffulk University, Good Breeding for Emerson Stage, Sunlight Interior, Sweet and Sour, and The Distance Between for Walnut Hill School for the Arts; A Little Night Music, Alcina,and Orpheus in the Underworld for Boston Opera Collaborative; Sunlight Interior for San Antonio Repertory Ballet; Full-Noon Trill and Gravitate for Skidmore College; Die Fledermaus for New England Conservatory, and Laughs in Spanish(Intimacy work) for Boston Playwrights Theatre.
His previous teaching experience also includes the NY Acting School for Film and Television, Harvard University Dance Department, New England Conservatory, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Sunshine Cottage School For Deaf Children, Celebrity Series of Boston, Commonwealth Shakespeare Apprentice Academy, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, Boston Ballet, Dance Complex, and Skidmore College, where he served as a guest teaching artist/choreographer in residence for three years.
In 2017, along with BU School of Theatre Director Jim Petosa, Yo-EL developed InMotion Theatre, an Initiative that highlights storytelling, either via an original work or an adaptation, primarily through the lens of many diverse approaches of movement, including design and music. He is also the artistic director and founder of Ensemble 360, a physical-theatre ensemble comprising male actors, dancers, and musicians whose mission is to highlight the importance of storytelling through movement. Cassell was born with a nerve deafness and discovered at the age of 3 that movement was his organic expressive channel for his personal and creative identity. His mission, as a performer, director, choreographer, movement director, educator, mentor, and human being, is to provide the same accessible physical entry point to other’s inner selves that he supportively received as a child and throughout life. He supports accessibility through movement practice in various communities throughout Boston and has served as Resident Choreographer for The Shadow Box Theater in NYC as well as Student Engagement Manager and creative producer for ArtsEmerson at Emerson College’s Office of the Arts. His teaching for movement practice, through a thoughtful fusion of various movement and theatre approaches, stresses the importance of incorporating personal identity with an integration of a strong technical foundation. Thus, balancing the importance of owning, in equal measure, the ecstatic and informative self in and outside the walls of movement study. Cassell is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME).
Nhandan Chirco is a performer, director, teacher, and choreographer. Her work has been presented at numerous festivals and institutions throughout Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Germany, France and Austria. From ’94 to ’98 she was part of the artistic team at the Workcenter of Jerry Grotowski and Thomas Richards; afterwards she collaborated with directors Branko Popovic, Tomi Janezic and Zlatko Sviben. She worked as a performer and pedagogue with the choreographer Maja Delak, with contemporary dance company EN-KNAP in Ljubljana and collaborated in artistic creations with different choreographers.
Since ’99 she conducted numerous seminars collaborating with Universities of Urbino – Italy and of La Valletta – Malta and in numerous theatre institutions in Europe and beyond. In 2004 she taught the course Body and Voice Work in the post-graduate specialisation course Body Unlimited – University of Novi Sad, and she also taught the undergraduate course Body Work at the University of Osijek in Acting Department.
From 2009-2013 she developed the project STREAMLINE and the performances Quanta, More, Queens, and Hidden Sessions – from #00 to #14. She graduated in “Live Performing Arts” at DAMS in Bologna where in 2013 and 2014 she held theoretical lessons titled “On Live Creation.” In 2012 she launched the platform F.A.C.K. for the experimentation of new cultural and artistic modes of production. In 2014 she completed the artistic project ET L’EUROPE ALORS in collaboration with ZaLab filmmakers group.
Kevin Crawford is a founding member of the Roy Hart Theatre company. He toured extensively with the company for over twenty years, and acted as a “gerant” of the troupe for a four-year period before moving to Ireland in 1993, where he was a member of faculty at the School of Drama, Trinity College. In Ireland he collaborated with a large number of theatre, dance and musical groups,as well as regularly contributing to programs at University College Dublin and University College Cork. He has been a guest facilitator at the Abbey (National Theatre of Ireland), The International Workshop Festival(London), The Lir, National Academy of Dramatic Art, (Ireland), and CIRA, (Strasbourg). In 2001 he was awarded an MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
On his return to France in 2002 Kevin was appointed Lecturer at the Université d’Artois before joining the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy as a founding member of faculty. From 2009-2016 he directed the MFA in Physical Theatre at the Accademia. Directorial credits include “Wolf’s Bride “ for Kuopio City Theatre (Finland), “The Bacchae” and “Oedipus” for the Samuel Beckett Centre (Dublin) and “Bartholomew Fair” for the Baker Theatre (Muhlenberg College, United States). He wrote and recently performed “Montee” in collaboration with Caroline Boersma, Cellist, with performances in the US, Italy and France.
Born in the South of Germany Sabine Fichter studied Modern/ Contemporary dance in Duesseldorf, Berlin and at the European Dance Development Centre (EDDC) in Arnhem (Netherlands). For ten years she had been working as a dancer with companies such as Neuer Tanz, Frey Faust Dance Company, Telos Dance Company and Exis Dance. She has presented her own choreographic work in Germany, Brazil and Argentina.
In 1997 she was certified as a Movement Analyst (CMA) by the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS, New York) and is now a guest teacher on the European CMA training. In 2004 she received her Master Degree in LMA and Somatic Studies from Surrey University, UK. Since then she has taught somatic based movement classes, composition and Laban Movement Analysis at London Metropolitan University, the University of Limerick, Ireland and the Palucca Dance University in Dresden, where she has also been a research associate for InnoLernenTanz, a project which investigates innovative teaching and learning strategies.
She has been working as a somatic practitioner/movement therapist with children and adolescents at the Psychiatric Department of the Carl Gustav Carus Hospital, Dresden, for the past 15 years. Her main focus in the therapeutic work is on body oriented therapy for patients with eating disorders.
Dance, Laban, Somatic Work
Iztok Kovač is a choreographer, teacher and dancer in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In the 1990s virtually out of nothing established the notion of the Slovene contemporary dance in the cultural space of Europe and beyond. In 1993 he established the international dance company En-Knap in Leuven, Belgium, under the wings of Klapstuk Festival; a year later the group moved its headquarters to Ljubljana, where he established EN-KNAP Productions. After 14 years of project-based work, in 2007 Kovač founded the international dance company EnKnapGroup, the first permanent ensemble for contemporary dance in Slovenia, thus beginning working on a repertory basis. Two years later EN-KNAP Productions was entrusted the management of the Španski Borci Cultural Centre in Ljubljana, where Iztok Kovač is the artistic director, and programmer of the domestic and international programme. In addition to 34 own projects, artistic direction and pedagogical work, his opus includes also six dance films. In 22 years, his EN-KNAP has introduced and established its own esthetics inside the European space and formed its trademark, into which many acclaimed coproducers have invested from the outset. For his work, Iztok Kovač has received prominent domestic and international awards.
Art & Activism
Dory Rebekah Sibley is the Undergraduate Programs Associate and the professor of Voice and Ensemble Performance at the Accademia dell’Arte. She is the Co-Founder of the NYC based physical theatre company Tut’Zanni Theatre Company. Already in their sixth year, Tut’Zanni has performed and taught all over the world. She is also a founding member of the all-woman clown troupe Women From Mars and recently toured their ‘clown-noir’ cabaret SILENT REFLECTIONS through Italy and parts of the USA. Dory is one of the pioneer teachers of Voice in the Mask work and currently teaches and develops new projects in collaboration with colleague Torbjörn Alström, Head of Puppetry, Masks and Animation at the Frölunda Kulturhus in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Dory is a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and has over ten years of experience in various voice and bodywork fields including Roy Hart Experimental Voice, classical voice and opera theatre, Alexander and Feldenkrais techniques. She completed her teaching certification in the Elemental Body Alignment System (EBAS) in 2013. She was an ArezzoFestival organizer for over 4 years, was the CrisisART Festival Collective Facilitator from 2012 – 2014 and serves as President of the ADA Alumni Association. As a freelance artist, she continues to perform her original devised work in the USA and Europe. Learn more about Dory’s ongoing projects and pedagogy on her website: www.doryrebekah.com