Joe Alter / USA
Joe Alter has been an active dancer, choreographer, and teacher in the field of contemporary dance for over 25 years. He received his Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University with an emphasis on choreography and dance technology. As artistic director of the Joe Alter Dance Group, his works have been performed at The Kitchen, The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse, the 92nd ST. Y Harkness Center for Dance in New York City, internationally in Germany, Poland, and Serbia. In addition, Joe Alter, with international partners, created the Polish Project, a regional outreach program designed to investigate the creative process with disadvantaged youth throughout Poland.
As a teacher he has taught at numerous festivals throughout East-Central Europe and was a guest faculty member at the Frederick Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland, and as a graduate assistant at The Ohio State University. Currently he is an associate professor and coordinator of the division of dance at San Diego State University in California. His research interest include digital technologies, neuroscience, cognitive science, and contemplative practices as they enhance choreography, movment, and dance pedagogy. As always, he is most interested inthe continuous investigation of the human condition through movement and choreographic structure. His recents works include „Walking Through Ghosts” and „Everything Slips Away” for PWST/Bytom, and „The World is Full of Obstacles: none of them real.” Mr. Alter is currently creating a new commissioned work for the company Lux Boreal based in Mexico.
Gry Bech-Hanssen / Norway
Gry Bech-Hanssen has worked as a professional dancer in Norway and abroad since 1995. After finishing her education at the National College of Ballet and Dance in Oslo she lived the next four years in Stockholm, where she worked in the musical Little Shop of Horrors and freelanced with different companies and choreographers such as Francesco Scavetta, Un-Magrit Nordseth, Philippe Blanchard and many others. Since 1998/99 she lived and worked as a contemporary dancer in Oslo, mainly with Kreutzerkompani and Dansdesign. Her collaboration with Karen Foss Quiet Works started in 2009. Apart from extensive touring in Norway and Sweden, she has performed in Denmark, Iceland, Germany, France, Italy, Lithuania, Ireland, Scotland, England and Zimbabwe.
As a teacher she has worked at the National College of Ballet and Dance on several occations. She is also a certified pilates teacher since 2007.
Witold Jurewicz / Poland
Teacher, choreographer, director and performer. Instructor at the Academy of Music (Department of Choreography) in Lodz, Performing Arts School in Kalisz, and courses for contemporary dance teachers all over Poland. Founder, artistic director and choreographer of Alter Dance Theatre. Between 1992 and 2008 artistic director of the International Presentations of Contemporary Dance Forms in Kalisz. Author of contemporary dance teaching programme, movement theory and movement technique. Jurewicz Movement Technique (JMT) is based on the point of support as the starting point for movement adjusted to individual motor skills. Jurewicz has cooperated closely with theatres throughout Poland, i.e. Jaracz Theatre in Lodz, Boguslawski Theatre in Kalisz, Slowacki Theatre in Cracow, Polish Theatre in Poznan, and Modrzejewska Theatre in Legnica. He takes part in numerous performances, dance and theatre projects; and leads workshops throughout Poland and abroad.
Marianne Kjærsund / Norway
Marianne Kjærsund is an active dance-artist in Scandinavia. She has a cand.mag degree in ballet pedagogy at Bodø University College (2001) and Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. She has participated on stage in whole-evening solo and ensemble projects with, amongst others: Malin Hellkvist Sellén , Karen Foss Quiet Works, Hooman Sharifi, Inger Reidun Olsen, Mia Habib, Henriette Pedersen and Elle Sofe Henriksen.
Marianne also teaches improvisation and contemporary dance-technique based on release principles.
Andreas Kuck – Germany/Holland/Belgium
Andreas Kuck was born 1978 Germany (Hamburg). He studied at the Lola – Rogge school in Hamburg to become a teacher of dance, and graduated in1999. In October 1999 he moved to Rotterdam to study at the Rottterdamse Dance Academy (Codarts) and graduated in 2001.
From 2001 until 2007 he worked as a professional dancer for dansgroup Krisztina De Châtel and worked in this years for choreographers as Krisztina de Châtel, Jack Gallagher, Neel Verdoorn, Inari Salmivaara, Mauricio De Olivera, Marina Abramovic and more.
Since April 2007 he decided to work as a freelance dancer, teacher and rehearsal Director for Krisztina de Châtel, Jens Van Daele, Neel Verdoorn, Suzy Block, Cecilia Moisio. He created for the program Amai (De Châtel): watch me if you can… (NL) and for the Tanzempore in Hamburg: on the search (D). Next to this he colaborated with visual artist Bogomir Doringer: Deranged (NL).
He is teaching as a guestteacher in: Rotterdam, Hamburg, Berlin, New York, Korea, Bremen and more.
He joined WArd/waRD – Ann van den Broek in 2009 and has been dancing in the production We Solo Men and Q61. In June 2010 he assisted Ann van den Broek with the piece E, created for students of Artez Danceac Ademy in Arnhem (Mixed Emotions project).
Sylvie Pabiot / France
After training in Philosophy (degree) and Contemporary Dance (Dance Academy in Clermont-Ferrand, Paris 8 University, National Choreography Centre / Mathilde Monnier in Montpellier), Sylvie has performed in several companies, in particular with Maguy Marin (2000-2004), and choreographs ten short pieces. She established the Wejna Dance Company in 2004 creating a solo with the same name.
She performed in a “Fables à la Fontaine” choreographed by Lia Rodriguez from Brazil, and choreographed “Un détroit” in 2005, shortly followed by other pieces: “R” “OBJECTE”, “REZO”, “RUMEURS” and “1+1”. She has also participated in multidisciplinary projects involving drama, music and video.
She holds a national teaching diploma (DE), she gives many artistic workshops.
Evangelos Poulinas – Greece/Switzerland
Evangelos Poulinas was born in Greece. He studied at the State School of Dance in Athens and at the Tisch school of the New York University. He works in Greece and Germany as a dancer and develops his own choreographic projects. He joins linga in 2008.
Dario Tortorelli – Italy/Holland/Belgium
Dario Tortorelli was born in 1977 in Castellaneta, Italy. He graduated as a dancer and teacher of the Enrico Cecchetti method in 1995 from the Brenda Hamlyn School in Florence. That same year he started his professional career as a dancer at the Jeune Ballet International Rosella Hightower in Cannes.
In 1997 he joined as a soloist the Ballet de L’Opera de Nice and worked with various choreographers (Marc Ribaud, Myriam Naisy, John Cranko, Robert North, Nils Christe, Youri Vamos, Eleonora Gori, Hodre Hector). For this company Dario created his first choreography, Assise.
In 2001 he moved to the Netherlands to work for Introdans dance company where he danced pieces by David Parsons, Twyla Tharp, Adam Hugland, Jorma Uotinen, Ed Wubbe, Heinz Spoerli, Renato Zanella, Nicolas Musin, Nacho Duato, Hans van Manen, Ton Wiggers, Marise Delante, Lindsay Kemp, and Nils Christe.
Since August 2004 he started to work as a freelance dancer for different dance projects in the Netherlands. He worked with Jaakko Toivonen, Sara Lourenco, Lucinda Childs, Bruno Listopad and has danced in several productions of Conny Janssen Danst. Next to his career as a dancer, he also started creating his on work (among others in his own DivenD). Most recently he has created a short solo Romeo Heart for Dansateliers. Furthermore, he is also active as a dance teacher and rehearsal director.
In 2006 he worked for the first time with Ann Van den Broek in the production E19 (richting San José) and continued working with Ann for I SOLO MENT, We Solo Men and Q61.
Daniel Raček / Slovakia
Choreographer, dancer and teacher working as a freelancer. His dancing begining is conected with slovak folk-dance group Váh in Púchov. Since 1992 he is focused on contemporary dance and contact improvisation. In the past collaborated with various choreographers and directors at home and abroad: Marta Renzi, Julyen Hamilton, Michael Helmerhorst, Eszter Gal, Zuzana Hajkova, Petra Fornayova, Mathew Hawkins, Ioana Popovici, Peter Groll, Karen Foss, Jozef Fruček. Presently is stable member of Debris Company Slovakia and Karen Foss Quiet Works in Norway, teaching at the conservatory in Banska Bystrica. In 2006 the prime winner of the Philip Morris prize, The Flower of the ballet. Graduated on faculty of Mathematics and Physics of University Comenianus and faculty of music and dance on Academy of Performing arts in Bratislava.