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Mark Sieczkarek was born in 1962 in Inverness, Scotland and studied from 1973 until 1981 at the Royal Ballet School in London. Following his studies, he received an engagement as a dancer with Scapino Ballet in Amsterdam where his first choreographies came into being.

Between 1983 and 1885 he danced with the Penta Theatre in Rotterdam and then moved to the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, where he stayed with the ensemble until 1988.

Since then Mark Sieczkarek has been working freelance as a choreographer and dancer and has brought more than 30 of his own – and commissioned choreographies – to international stages, including the direction of dance projects in Krakow (Poland), Accra (Ghana), San Jose (Costa Rica) and Porto Alegre (Brazil). Mark founded his own company in 1998.
He was awarded the Encouragement Prize from the region of North Rhine-Westphalia (1996) and the Wolfgang-Max-Faust prize (1999).

In June 2017 he created the piece The Tired Queens Garden for the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch during Underground V.

MARK SIECZKAREK

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Thomas Kampe (PhD) lives in London and trained as a dancer at Laban centre and at Middlesex University, UK. He has worked internationally as performer, performance-maker and educator for more than 30 years. Choreographic collaborations have included works with Liz Aggiss, Carol Brown, Rosemary Lee and an extensive exchange with theatre-director Julia Pascal. He currently works as Senior Lecturer for Movement for Actors at Bath Spa University. He is a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method ® which forms a foundation for his teaching, research and artistic practice. He has taught choreographic processes in University settings since the late 1980’s.

Thomas‘ international teaching has included residencies in various venues including: K3-Choreographic Centre Hamburg, Germany; Independent Dance London, tanzquartier Vienna, Austria; TanzFabrik Berlin; Somatische Akademie Berlin; National Dance Academy Quito, Ecuador; Budapest Improvisation Festival, Hungary; Madrid Contact Improvisation Festival, Spain; Freiburg Contact Festival, Germany; Göttingen CMC Festival, Germany; Ouro Preto Winter Festival, Brasil; Tamalpa Institute of Korea. Thomas has taught and directed internationally in Higher Education for more than 25 years including work at UCLA Los Angeles; The Rambert School of Contemporary Dance and Ballet; University of Bedfordshire; University of Chichester, UK; Limerick University, Ireland; The School for New Dance Development Amsterdam; Ewha Women’s University Seoul, Korea; University of Hamburg, Germany; Central School for Speech and Drama; Rose Bruford College; Queen Mary University; East 15 Acting School; Academia dell’ Arte Arezzo; De Montford University; Oxford St John’s University; University of Brighton; University of Auckland; Queensland University of Technology; Korean National University of The Arts; Jerusalem Academy of Dance and Music, Israel.

THOMAS KAMPE

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Wagner Moreira was born in Brazil and has been living in Germany since 2003. As a teacher, freelance performer and choreographer, he has worked in various theatres, universities and international projects. In 2011, he was awarded a scholarship for the “International Choreographers Residency” at American Dance Festival at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina-USA. In 2012 he received the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) award in professional choreography for his outstanding social and intercultural commitment. In 2012 he received a Master of Arts in Choreography. For the last six years, Wagner has extended his C.O.R.E project to several mixed-able-bodied projects in Europe.

WAGNER MOREIRA

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Helena Fernandino holds a masters degree in cognitive linguistics. She started her dance training in her home country of Brazil and continued her education in Belo Horizonte and throughout Europe, including Germany, Belgium and Austria. She has been based in Germany since 2003 working as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. As a dancer and choreographer her work includes video dance, site-specific performance and interventions in public spaces. In 2013 she was awarded the graduate scholarship from the State of Saxony for the Artistic Masterclass at Palucca University for Dance Dresden, researching the interface between dance and cognitive linguistics, with a focus on contemporary dance for children and adolescents. In 2014 she began her training as a Somatic Movement Educator – Body Mind Centering – © BMC.

HELENA FERNANDINO

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Dejan Srhoj works in the field of contemporary dance. He researches the topic of co-existance through teaching, curating a festival and working on his art works. He runs an education group for improvisers, curates a performing arts festival CoFestival.si in Ljubljana and is creating programs for Nomad Dance Academy. In previous years he has performed and choreographed intensively with various dance and theater companies and has toured more than 30 countries. He has danced main roles in a ballet company in Ljubljana and he has worked with contemporary dance choreographers and theatre directors from Slovenia and abroad. He is a co-founder of Fičo Balet and Nomad Dance Academy.

DEJAN SRHOJ

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Rok Vevar is a writer, dramaturge, theoretician and historian of contemporary dance and theatre, living and working in Ljubljana (Slovenia). He’s been publishing articles on dance and theatre in different newspapers and magazines as well as in scientific periodicals. Founder of The Slovene Temporary Dance Archives (presentated at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA in 2014). As dramaturge, he collaborated with choreographers Sinja Ožbolt, Jana Menger, Goran Bogdanovski, Andreja Rauch Pozdravnik, Snježana Premuš, Kaja Lorenci among others. In recent years he’s collaborated with Oliver Frljić, Ana Vujanović, Saša Aasentić at Mladinsko Theatre.

Between 2013-2015 he held the position of Assistant Professor at Academy For Theatre (Theatre Critisism) in Ljubljana and Academy for Dance Ljubljana (Dance History – 20th Century, Dance Analysis, Dance Dramaturgy). Since 2009, he’s been a member of Nomad Dance Academy and co-curator of CoFestival (NDA SLO, Kino Šiška Ljubljana).

Books: Deadline – Selected Articles and Essays (2011), 500 dramskih zgodb (Mladinska knjiga, 1997).

ROK VEVAR

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Dragana Alfirevic is a cultural worker in the field of dance. She is curator, teacher, performer and writer. She is co-founder of Nomad Dance Academy and curator and producer of Cofestival in Ljubljana.

DRAGANA ALFIREVIC

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