Adina Secretan (CH) studied classical and contemporary dance and got a degree in acting at the Conservatory of Geneva. Parallel to getting a master’s degree in philosophy and modern literature she continued her studies in contemporary dance with the Collectif du Marchepied in Lausanne. Since 2008 she has been working in Switzerland as choreographer, theater director, assistant, dramaturge, performer and has been involved in several outreach projects for young audiences in the fields of theater, dance and performance. She has collaborated with Denis Maillefer, Jean-François Mariotti, Frédéric Ozier, Pan !, Simone Truong and Fabienne Berger.
Chris Leuenberger (CH) studied acting at the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts (USA) and choreography at the School for New Dance Development (NL). Based in Bern as a freelance choreographer and performer, Chris collaborates with different artists in various contexts and formations. His piece White Horse – an attempt at live therapy won the ITS Choreography Award 07 and marked the beginning of an ongoing interest in a therapeutic approach to dance and theater. In autumn 2007 Chris founded the collective White Horse together with Lea Martini and Julia Jadkowski. After their debut piece Trip (08) they made Romance (09), Trip en masse (10), Groupies and Together (2011). All of their work to date deals with social phenomena of togetherness as depicted in the mass media. Chris is an active member of Sweet&Tender Collaborations, an artist-driven initiative to create alternative modes of production, out of which came the projects chanson triste (2007), furry (2008), Uniek (2009), I I I (2010) and Haut (2012). www.chrisleuenberger.wordpress.com
Daria Gusberti (CH), born in 1974, studied New Dance at ‘bewegungsart’ in Freiburg and received a Certificate of Higher Education at the London Contemporary Dance School ‘The Place’. She created several solo performances which were shown at Regio Dance-Festival “mobil(e)” in Freiburg, Oltner Tanztage 2003, at Solowettbewerb 2003 in Leipzig, Tanzparenz-Festival 2004 in Bern, at Theater am Gleis Winterthur 2007 and at the Festival ‚Querschritte’ in the East of Switzerland. In 2007/2008 she created and premiered the piece ‘Einerlei’ with Cie. Solo2 (Marion Ruchti/Daria Gusberti) at Dampfzentrale Bern. In 2008/2009 ‘Eine Billigproduktion’, the second production of Cie. Solo2, was supported by SSA (Schweizerische Autorengesellschaft). In 2009 her work ‘Not (t)here’ was shown at Dampfzentrale Bern. In 2010 she created the label ‘WHO’S BERTA’ Produktionen. In the same year she was one of the selected choreographers at SiWiC in Zurich (Schweizerischer internationaler Weiterbildungskurs in Choreografie). In 2011/12 she is working on the production ‘Whilst closely gazing at the soup’, a collaboration with Egyptian choreographer Karima Mansour. Daria has been teaching contemporary dance since 2005.
Hajime Fujita (JP/PT) Dancer and choreographer, born in 1982 originally from Japan and currently living in Portugal. Studied in Kyoto University of Art and Design between 2001 and 2005, for Performing Arts. Selected in the programs of danceWEB(2006), Pointe to Point(2006), and Forum Dança(2008) among others. His works have been introduced in Japan, Portugal, France, Spain, Romania etc. Since 2008 also working as a coordinator of Japanese singer Hana Kogure, which realizes a recent international collaboration project Palavras ao Vento, and many concerts throughout Portugal.
Jenny Beyer (DE) studied dance at the ballet school of the Hamburg Ballet and at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie. Since 2002 she has been working as a freelance dancer in the Netherlands where she also developed her first choreographic works. In 2007 she was a choreographer in residence at K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie/Tanzplan Hamburg. In the summer of 2010 she initiated the Sweet&Tender project “Treffen Total” in collaboration with K3- Zentrum für Choreographie in Hamburg.
Katy Hernan (CH) born 1978, living in Lausanne, graduated in July 06 as a dancer/choreographer from SNDO, School for New Development of Dance in Amsterdam. Previously, she studied 2 years in SEAD, Salzburg Experimental Dance Academy and 2 years the professional acting conservatory in Lausanne. Since 2004 she works as a dancer and as a choreographer. She worked with different artists like Trajal Harell “Showpony”, Nicole Beutler “Los is my quiet forever”, Aitana Cordero “3 ways to master a kiss”, Vincent Braier-Antoinette Rychner “Carna”… She won the first price in the competition 07 “PREMIO-for young swiss artists” for their duet piece “Enter my Bubble” with Chris Leuenberger. Since 2008, she works with the actor Adrien Rupp and is part of the collectif “Zooscope Production”. Adrien and Katy created “what I want from you” (08-09) and Premiere in sept 11 “the law of interaction..”. They won the 1st price 2010 “PREMIO-for young swiss artists”. Katy is part of the cie Melk Prod. since 2010 for the new project of Marco Berettini “Si, Viaggiare”, Premiere Impulstanz 2011.
Lucia Valeta (UY) researches, creates and teaches contemporary dance and body techniques in Montevideo and Barcelona. In 2002 she founded the “taller de danza y creación casarrodante” in Montevideo of which she is the artistic director. In 2005 she traveled to Holland to study choreography at the School for New Dance Development. 2005-2009 she was living in Barcelona. During the residence she created ‘Solo una batalla’, studied osteopathy (structural and cranio-sacral), participated in different courses of “Anatomia para el movimiento” (Blandine Calaise Germain and Nuria Vives). In 2011 she presented “Solo una batalla” at the Teatro Solis in Montevideo, participated in the project ‘Felices?!’ by choreographer Adriana Belbussi, in the scenic improvisation ‘August’ initiated by Vera Garat, “Taliesin” by Rut Ferrari (presented at FIDCU – Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea Uruguay). Lucia co-created the Artists in Residence Program| PAR
Lucie Eidenbenz (CH) Born in 1983 in Lesotho, she is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland. After a bachelor in social sciences, she completed her education in dance and choreography with Collectif du Marchepied in 2004 and Exerce 2005, directed by Mathilde Monnier (CCN Montpellier). Since 2005 she is making her own work, consisting in performances, events and collaborations in various contexts. Since 2007 she has been active in Sweet&Tender Collaborations. 2010 she took part in the platform Watch&Talk at Theaterspektakel Zürich and Belluard Festival Fribourg. Recent works : The Boiling Point, solo, Fondation Royaumont, Asnières-sur-Oise (FR) / Festival Insoliti Torino (IT), 2011. Animals are like water in water, solo,Tanzfaktor Interregio / Performa Festival Losone (CH), 2011. Politics in my cup of tea, performance, Exkurs Festival Giessen (DE), Baz’art festival Genève (CH) Traum Project, Théâtre de l’Usine, Geneva, 2010. As a dancer and performer you can see her in works by Marco Berrettini, Laura Kalauz, Mathilde Monnier, Sonja Augart, Maya Boesch, Pascal Rambert, Grand Magasin. She is currently working with the collective Superamas.
Marcel Schwald (CH) is based in Basel and works as performer, director and dramaturge in theater and performance art. He is interested in the possibilities and impossibilities of communication in discussion-performances, interventions in the public space and in a gallery context. His work “Let’s Pretend To Be Human” premiered inJanuary 2011 at Kaserne Basel and has toured through Switzerland. He has realized works at Mousonturm Frankfurt, Theater Freiburg, Gessnerallee Zürich, Liste – the Young Art Fair Basel, Tanztage Berlin.
Marko Milic (RS) studied Andragogy at the philosophical faculty in Belgrade. After making photography in the 90s, he started his own performance works. He performed in different international productions (Enjoy July – Ivo Dimchev, DogeatDog – Zeljka Sancanin, GamePlay – Dalija Acin, Stripped – Snjezana Abramovic) Marko was a Danceweb scholarship recipient in 2006 and received a special award for his choreography “Igra” at Choreography miniatures festival in Belgrade. He is into “sweet and tender collaborations”, an art idea in constant development, made for challenging the modes of art production. For 5 years he was teacher assistant in a series of workshops for children with special needs, in the Center for culture “Stari Grad”. He was participant in the project “Play Against Violence”, collaboration and exchange program of 7 South East European Countries, supported by European Cultural Foundation and Fund for Open Society. 1995 – 2000 Member of Growing up theater, Belgrade Cultural Center “Stari Grad”. He participated in workshops by the following artists: Kassys, Optic Theatre, Massimo Giannetti, Martin Sonderkamp, Ellen von Schuylenburch, Sergio Oliveira, Ludcia Kalibulina, Xavier Le Roy, Hooman Sharifi & Jean Luc Ducourt, Libby Farr, Risa Steinberg, Queila Rosa, Andrew Harwood, Milan Kozanek, Meg Stuart. He performed in art festivals worldwide: Seoul, Wroclaw, Amsterdam, Zagreb, Gent, Paris, Trieste, Athens, Porto, Duress.
Miguel Mesa (MX) is an engineer in Computer Science & Information Systems, specialized in Electronic and electroacoustic music composition. He has focused in audio and video processing and synthesis in real time using scientific and artistic knowledge but always trying to expand his horizons to other disciplines, recently developing participatory and dialogic art projects. He has composed for acoustic instruments, instruments and electronic in real time and electronic to fixed media. He works in sound art, installations and artistic devices applied to theatre, dance, concerts, gallery exhibitions, festivals and museums. Has received mention of honor for his bachelor thesis: “artificial intelligence applied to image compression”. Funded to specialize in Electronic and Electroacoustic music composition at “Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras” (CMMAS), Mexico. Funded to work in the art lab “In Between” during Foro PRISMA in DF and Oaxaca, 2009. Best music award during the “Muestra estatal de teatro 2009”. Funded to develop a multimedia choreographic piece with the oficial Ballet from Bolivia, 2010. Sellection and mention of honor for his sound art piece “Mama Guera”, exhibited during the festival In-Sonora 2010 in Madrid, Spain and Guanajuato, Mexico. Mention of honor for his piece “Acciones Nominales e Instalación Audiovisual de Ecología Histórica” at the International Art Biennale SIART, Bolivia, 2011. Has taken courses with Helmut Lachenmann, Carla Herrera-Prats, Tristan Murail, Francisco López, Murray Schafer, Javier Alvarez among others.
Olivia Csiky Trnka (CH) Slovak and Swiss – after the HETSR and a Master’s degree in Art history in the University of Lausanne, she creates FullPETALMachine, her company, with ” But I am an Angel! ” She played among others in: Woyzeck Peepshow and Barks by E. Dévanthery, Penthésilée by Mr Liebens, The ugly Duckling by J. Ponce, Attempts to her life by J. Junod; Anatomy Titus, fall of Rome by G. Alvarez; Salomé by A. Bisang as well as Rock-Lectures with Cie Ad-Apte. In movie, she plays in Bye Bye Blondie of V. Despentes, One other Man of L. Baier and The forest of L. Rupp.
Paulina Ruiz Carballido (Rucarba) (MX) is a dancer, performer, filmmaker, choreographer and improviser. Born in Oaxaca, México. Paulina studied dance from childhood in México. With a Scholarship of Excellence in Humanities, she earned her BFA in Dance at Universidad de las Américas, Puebla (UDLAP) in 2008, graduating Magna Cum Laude. In her work she is always pursuing different approaches towards creation while balancing with a constant research on Human Condition and Social Commentary. She hopes to collaborate and participate with different artistic disciplines in rigorous search for answers to questions concerning the poetics of the body. She has been part of national and international festival Chili, México, Cuba, Germany, England, Belgium, Portugal and France. Since 2009 Ximena Monroy and Paulina have produced and directed “Agite y Sirva” – Touring screendance festival in México and with Jean-Baptiste Fave in France, which was founded as promotion, formation and research network for the screendance field through an annual tour offering screenings, video-installations, workshops, lectures and discussion tables. Each year we launch a screendance programme of artists from 25 countries to be screened in Latin American and European cities. She live and work in Paris since 2010, where she study her MA in Dance at Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint Denis, supported by an award from the National Fund for the Arts and Culture, México, 2010-2012. (FONCA-CONACYT). For detailed information, please enter http://www.paulinarucarba.yolasite.com/
Simona Ferrar (ES) is of Swiss and British origin and presently based in Madrid where she works as a choreographer, dancer and actress. Alongside her studies in dance and theatre, she obtained a Master’s degree in Humanities – Comparative Religions and Art History ‐ at Geneva University (2001). She has worked as a performer for a number of contemporary dance and theatre companies such as La Cabra, directed by Valeria Alonso in Madrid, in Boyfriend, Solo para Noël, and Osario (first prize of the Madrid choreography contest in 2006); Compañía La Cuarta Pared, in Transit, directed by Marcelo Díaz in Madrid; and Ajour Théâtre, in 36e Parallèle et autres parallèles, directed by Alexandre Fernandez in Toulouse, France. She has also worked as an actress in films such as ¡Atraco! directed by Eduard Cortés, Impávido directed by Carlos Therón. She collaborated as a choreographer in the film La rosa de nadie directed by Ignacio de Oliva. In 2009, she created her first contemporary dance piece Mimesis, a solo which was premiered in Germany and in Spain. She is presently working on her second project, Soniris, a contemporary piece for three dancers and a sound artist, which is being developed with the support of Bilbaoeszena, in Bilbao, and Centro Danza Canal and Centro de Nuevos Creadores, in Madrid. Simona also regularly collaborates in theatre projects as a dance or creative assistant, and organizes her own movement workshops. For detailed information, please enter www.simonaferrar.com
Tabea Martin (CH) born 1978, she studied Modern Theatre Dance at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam. She was active as a dancer in different, renowned dance compagnies in Holland, Germany and Ireland. In 2006 she graduated for her second studies at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie in Choreography. During her study she was also a gueststudent at SNDO in Amsterdam. Tabea is active as a choreographer and performer and works in Amsterdam as well as in Basel / Zürich. She collaborated with Lucy Cash for the B Motion Festival 2009 in Bassano del Grappa, with Matthias Mooij for the Theaterspektakel in Zürich 2010. With visual artist Nina Glockner and musician Jelte van Andel for Dansateliers and Het LAB Utrecht 2008 -2011. She collaborated with Merel de Groot in different theater works. And in 2011 with visual artist Tchelet Weisstub. She got invited to the Theatertreffen Berlin, Impact, Dialogues of Springdance, Nottdance Festival and for the Choreoroam Project with Jonathan Burrows and Yasmeen Godder as well as got subsidies for her lateste work of the „ Prärie“ Subventions Support for young artists in Switzerland and got nominated in 2010 for the ZKB Förderpreis for the work „ sofort geniessen“. Dansateliers Rotterdam as well as Het LAB Utrecht are supporting her work as a choreographer. She has done several residencies with amongst others Club Guy & Roni, as well as in Bassano del Grappa.Her new choreography out of proportion got in Premiere in May 2011 in Lantaren Venster Theatre in Rotterdam. Her latest works RAGE / sofort geniessen / PARADE / Keihard Kijken will be on tour in different cities and festivals this year in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Lithuania, Belgium, Germany and Holland. In 2011 she got invited to work on an exchange project with Israel for the Culturescapes Festival as well as invited to work on Duets in Cyprus as well as Italy. She won in 2011 in Holland from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds the Wim Barry Stipendia Prize for promising Theatretalent.
Thomas Jeker(CH) was born and is based in Switzerland, where he studied contrabass, guitar and shakuhachi flute, before moving into the area of electronics, recording and difuse technics. His work is often a combination of electroacoustic compositions, sometimes played live on stage, and mostly using a string instrument like guitar, contrabass or cello as well as theremincello, and laptop computer. His music has been played at the Fringe Festival-Philadelphia, Kunstenfestival desarts-Brussels, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Montpellier Danse, Festival de Théâtre des Amériques-Montreal, Festival Cambalache-Buenos Aires, Lucerne Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt/ Berlin and Festival de la Batie-Geneva, Theater Freiburg, Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf.
Tommy Noonan (USA/DE) holds a B.A. in English from Vassar College, USA. In 2006 he was awarded a DanceWEB scholarship in Vienna. Between 2006 and 2010, he was based in Freiburg, Germany, directing and performing as an actor and dancer with “pvc-Tanz”. He has also been active in helping to co-found the international artist network and project: Sweet and Tender Collaborations. His work has been presented by Theaters Freiburg and Heidelberg and Lucky Trimmer Festival in Germany, Festival Instánces, Movemonts Sur La Ville, Théâtre de la Cité Internationale and Arcadi Platform in France, Fábrica de Movimientos in Portugal, Nonstop Theater Festival in Poland, and Festival Internacional de Danza in Mexico. He has written texts for publication in Revisita Obscena (Portugal) and Freies Theater Journal (Austria) and the Performance Journal (New York City). in 2008 he was a finalist for the Rolex Mentor and Protogé Arts Initiative in the field of Dance; in 2010 he initiated the public space performance: “Labyrinth” in Buenos Aires, Argentina, commissioned by Festspielhaus St. Pölten (Austria), and in 2011 he will create: “The Engagement” for the Maxim Gorki Theater’s Heinrich von Kleist festival in Berlin.
Violetta Perra (IT/CH) is a performance artist and dance maker from Sardinia. She finished her 4-year BdA degree studies at the SNDO – School for New Dance Development – in Amsterdam and has followed the 2 year MfA degree program at the HEAD University of Visual Arts in Geneva (Work.Master/Contemporary Art Practices). Her work, both as a maker and a performer, is in many ways the result of a collaborative process among artists with different experiences and backgrounds. She comes from dance, intended as movement research and performance work, best described asexperimental, unconventional dance. Violetta attempts to break boundaries between different disciplines. She’s interested in the body’s duality as subject and object and seeksfor new ways of representing it. She works individually in order to deepen her research and methods, and collectively with different artists.
S.Louis is a french director and transdisciplinary artist working and living between Toulouse and Paris. Collaborating as well with the cinema industry, the theater or with contemporary art exhibitions since fifteen years, he has simultaneously developped his own artistic approcach. He directed several short-movies, either fictions and documentaries. Each of them as been screened in many international film-festivals (like at the Locarno Film festival for Petit Matin, a medium-lengh film about the end of carfreeness for two teenagers girls), and won several prices. At the same time, he developped installations and performances, using video as a medium to experiment new ways of narration, trying to make links beetween the classical cinema approach and new displays. In his twenties, he used to work as a dancer and actor. Since some years, after a long break, he has started to perform again…