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Dénes Döbrei is a lecturer at the University of Novi Sad Theatre Academy (Serbia) and an instructor at the LEDA Theatre School (Toulouse, France) and Theatre de l’Acte (Toulouse, France). He has served as Artistic Director for the Nyari Mozi Theater Community since 1986.

Denes continues to work as choreographer for several Serbian, Slovenian, Bosnian, Hungarian, and Romanian theatre directors, among which Emma, performed at the National Theatre of Subotica (Serbia) – written by Chat Geza and directed by Peter Fekete – won Sterija Prize for the best choreography in Novi Sad (Serbia).

Some of Denes’ past work includes:

Acting in Pál Erdös’ film “Gondviseles”  (Hungary) for which he won The Golden Toucan Prize for the best leading role at Rio de Janeiro’s International Film Festival (1986). From 1989-2004 he participated in Joseph Nadj’s National Choreographic Center (Orleans, France) as a collaborator and dancer in La mort de l’empereur; Comedia Tempio; Les Échelles d’Orphée; Woyzeck; l’Ébauche du vertige; L’Anatomie du fauve; Les commentaires d’Habacuc; Le vent dans le sac; Les Veilleurs and Length of 100 needles.

Between 2000-2005, he collaborated with Min Tanaka (dancer and choreographer) on Smiling in the Forest (Japan and Europe). 2011 collaborated with Slovenian theater director Tomi Janežić on Putujuće Pozorište ŠopalovićGaleb and Smrt Ivana Iljica.

From 2011-12, as Program Selector, he curated the International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre Infant – Novi Sad (Serbia). In 2016, also as Program Selector, he curated the Festival of Professional Theatres of Vojvodina.

Dénes Döbrei studied drama at Novi Sad’s conservatory 1980-1984. Between 1984-90 he performed at Subotica’s National Theater / KPGT.

Select Choreographies (1986-2017) include: Solanum Tuberossum; Tomato, avagy a paradicsom; Hu Die; Five for Two; La Chute de Belzebuth; HhouAka 1( A ): Skin Garden; HhouAka 2 ( A ): Miel d’éphémères; HhouAka 3 ( A ): Morsure d’Abeille; Lit and Mix Book; Strange Loop; Imago Sonus; Lifkoptikum

DENES DOBREI

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Dory Rebekah Sibley is the Director of Short-Term Programs 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

DORY REBEKAH SIBLEY

dory.sibley@dellarte.it

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Heni Varga’s professional debut was at age 15, the role Ophelia in Vito Staufer’s 1985 production of Hamlet at the National Theater of Subotica (ex Yugoslavia). The youngest member of this national company,  she held a leading role in several plays for the next three years.

In 1990 she left for Paris where she graduated two years later from the International Movement Shool ‘Jacques Lecoq.’ She then pursued her training at ARTA (La Cartoucherie) with different workshops, ranging from Katakali and Topeng to Theatre Nô. In 1995 Josef Nadj (France) cast her for the first tim . The same year she created the role of Marie in his acclaimed creation of « Wojzeck », a role with which, 20 years later, she still tours all over world.

Meanwhile, she pursued her own research and creative experience as a singular and unique artist. Her encounter with Min Tanaka’s Body Weather movement had a major influence on her work. She worked with several of his dancers -such as Christine Quoiraud, Frank Van de Ven, Oguri  – throughout Europe for several years before meeting Tanaka himself in Japan where she performed under his direction in 2003.

She has been creating solo pieces with various musicians since 2008. She performed these improvisational or fixed numbers in Toulouse (France), Budapest (Hungary) and Subotica (Serbia). Varga obtained her State Diploma for Dance Teaching in 2013. Three years ago she started her current collaboration with Theater Y a Chicago-based company led by director Melissa Lorain. 

Heni met her husband -director and dancer Denes Debrei- at age 19. For the last 30 years their relationship, the experiences and time they shared forms the base material of their work as a duo. With Denes’s company, Nyari Mozy, they continually create new pieces together,  bringing in a wide range of creators -musicians, painters or writers- to accompany their artistic journey.

Heni Varga has been giving workshops throughout Europe for the past ten years. With her ‘Bodymapping’ approach she offers participants -professional performers or general public- a unique opportunity to investigate sensorial awareness, working with them in the physical world and within inner, intimate spaces.

HENI VARGA

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Chiara D’Anna is an Italian actor, director, lecturer and Commedia dell’Arte specialist with over 20 years of experience. She trained in Italy, Poland and the UK. Her work on the contemporaneity of Commedia dell’Arte culminated in her PhD “A Journey back Home: The Legacy of Commedia dell’Arte in Post-dramatic Theatre with particular focus on the centrality of the Actor in Devised Performance” (The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design- London Metropolitan University 2014-18). She regularly teaches and runs workshops/masterclasses on Commedia dell’Arte and Physical Theatre at RADA, East15 Acting School, Rose Bruford College and the National Centre of Circus Arts. As Associate Artist of the research group ‘The Quick & the Dead’ she worked for over eight years in developing a new methodology for Actor Training known as the ‘Core Training’. The outcome of this research was published by Routledge in a DVD-pamphlet: ‘Core Training For the Relational Actor’ (2013) and documented by Peter Hulton for the Exeter Arts Archives. Chiara is co-founder of Natural You Dance, a movement meditation practice that draws on Yoga, dance, physical theatre and meditation.

CHIARA D’ANNA

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Sam, originally from Boston, grew up in Tuscany where from a young age he was engaged in music, circus arts, street performing and physical theatre. Sam was awarded his bachelors degree in music and philosophy from Sarah Lawrence College in NYC in conjunction with BHU in Varanasi India. He also attended the MFA program at the ADA. Sam’s interdisciplinary approach has brought him to collaborate with a variety of projects and people, including painters, poets, musicians, dancers, actors, folk research and pedagogy. Sam has performed in Italy, Germany, Greece, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and India; he has also led workshops in many of these places. Sam was an original member of the experimental rock band Sycamore Age (It) with whom he toured for over four years. Now he lives in the south Bohemia (CZ) as member of physical theatre company Divadlo Continuo. Sam is interested in poetry, composed theatre, experimental music and movement.

SAMUEL ANGUS MCGEHEE

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André Casaca is one of the most popular professionals of physical theatre and clown in Italy. He’s Brazilian and a resident of Italy since 1995. The Lume Teatro (Lume Theatre – Campinas, Brazil) and Yves Lebreton were fundamental to his preparation and formation. Actor, theatrical researcher, clown, director, and founder of the method called “Body Comic Identity”.

Engaged in theatre for more than 25 years, his artistic and pedagogic method is recognized in Italy and abroad in university theatrical studies. He is the artistic and pedagogic director at the Teatro C’art Comic Education Onlus (Castelfiorentino, Italy) and he collaborates with many theatre schools. www.teatrocart.com

ANDRÉ CASACA

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Originally from Manila, Philippines, Bob is an actor-creator, director and teaching artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA. He teaches a variety of courses in Physical Theatre and Devising & Collaborative Creation at the Accademia dell’Arte. In the US, recent projects include Wonderland, a new devised play inspired by Lewis Carrol’s books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and directing Gold, a world premier musical adapted from the King Midas story, both for Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Bob also teaches Mask, Pantomime and Clown for the School of Acting at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Bob serves as the Accademia dell’Arte’s Director of Communications and Recruiting. This position takes him to universities and colleges around the US to introduce theatre and dance students (and faculty) to the Accademia’s programs through workshops and presentations.

Previously based in New York, Bob was the Associate Artistic Director of Off-Broadway theatre company, Ripple Effect Artists, and a professional hospital clown for Lev Leytzan, for which he also served as Director of Training for their Youth Clown Program.
Bob is an alum of the MFA in Physical Theatre at the Accademia dell’Arte and holds undergraduate degrees in Theatre and Biology from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA.

Bob loves laying on the beach, exploring new places, an occasional donut, discovering a great cup of affordable coffee and he’s undefeated in thumb wrestling. He and his partner Natalia have two Netherland Dwarf Rabbits, T-Rex and Luna, that remind him daily to be curious … and to eat lots of hay.

BOB SHRYOCK

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