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A host of international and national delegates will ascend on Melbourne during Dance Massive 2017. A handful of those international guests will be assisted to participate in the delegation at the invitation of the Australia Council for the Arts, Goethe Institute and Pro Helvetia.

If you wish to be an official delegate of Dance Massive 2017, click here for more information.

 

Honne Dohrmann

Honne Dohrmann

Director, tanzmainz; Director, biannual tanzmainz festival; Guest dance curator, Festspiele im Theater im Pfalzbau in Ludwigshafen Mainz, Germany

Artistically I currently have three hats on: As a Director of tanzmainz, the permanent dance company of Staatstheater Mainz, I am always looking for ambitious guest choreographers to commission new works for our company with 20 dancers. As Director of the biannual tanzmainz festival I am looking for contemporary works ranging from dance and dance theatre to more conceptual works. We programme for venues of 920, 430 and 120 seats. As a guest dance curator for the Festspiele im Theater im Pfalzbau in Ludwigshafen I am looking for works that range from first class neoclassical dance to all expressions of contemporary dance development. Our next edition in October/November 2017 is focussing on Dance Acrobats.

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Kathy Hong

Kathy Hong

National Performing Arts Center - National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts  (Weiwuying), Director of Marketing and Communications

Kathy Hong is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications at National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), and sits on the board of Taiwan’s arts managers association, the Performing Arts Development Network Association (PANDA). Hong is a senior arts manager with extensive experience in theatre and international collaborations.

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Roberto Casarotto

Roberto Casarotto

Centro per la Scena Contemporanea di Bassano del Grappa (CSC) and Operaestate Festival Veneto, Director of dance projects Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Since 2006, Roberto has been director of dance projects for the Centro per la Scena Contemporanea di Bassano del Grappa (CSC) and Operaestate Festival Veneto. Associate director of Aerowaves, he is a member of the board of EDN European Dancehouse Network.

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Ophelia Huang

Ophelia Huang

Head of International in Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center (SDAC) and Programme Director of ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival Shanghai, China

Biography
Ophelia Jiadai Huang is Head of International in Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center (SDAC) and Programme Director of ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival. She is also responsible for the international programme of the newly opened Shanghai International Dance Centre, the sister venue of SDAC dedicated to dance.

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Lydia, Wen-Chuan Chang

Lydia, Wen-Chuan Chang

National Performing Arts Center - National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts  (Weiwuying), Program Coordinator

Lydia is a Program Coordinator of National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), having previously worked on Taiwan Dance Platform as Project Coordinator, Mauvais Chausson Dance Theatre as General Manager and International Touring Manager for Tjimur Dance Theatre. She has worked for a variety of companies in the performing arts field over 10 years since graduating. She is interested in live arts practices and international co-productions that engage and inspire spectators.

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Walter Jaffe

Walter Jaffe

White Bird, Co-Founder Portland, OR, USA

WALTER JAFFE (Ph.D., German Literature, Yale, 1979) is a former publisher and former board member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. He and Paul King founded White Bird in July 1997 in Portland, Oregon to bring the best local, national and international dance companies to the city. Now in its 19th season, White Bird has presented over 220 dance companies from around the world.

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Paul King

Paul King

White Bird, Co-Founder Portland, OR, USA

Paul King, Co-Founder of White Bird, serves as President of the White Bird Board. White Bird, founded in 1997 by Walter Jaffe and Paul King in Portland, Oregon, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2017-18 and is the sole dance-only presenting organization west of the Rocky Mountains. White Bird’s mission is to bring excellence in contemporary dance to Portland.

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Harri Kuorelahti

Harri Kuorelahti

Zodiak, Artistic Director

Harri Kuorelahti graduated from the Theatre Academy Helsinki in 1990. Since then he has worked as a dance artist, performer and choreographer in many freelance productions in Finland and abroad and as one of the leading dancers at Helsinki Dance Company at Helsinki City Theater from 1990-2006. He was the Artistic Director at Full Moon Dance Festival from 2007-2009. He has been Artistic Director at Zodiak – Center for New Dance and Side Step Festival since 2010.

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Anita Mathieu

Anita Mathieu

Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Director Bagnolet, France

Since the 1980s, Anita Mathieu has been in charge of several responsibilities in performing arts institutions. In 1983, she worked as the Press Attachée of the Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris). Since 1999, she has directed the Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis. From 2000 onwards, the festival has presented more than 290 companies; around 220 foreign companies and 70 French companies. In these roles, she has developed many partnerships with national and international performing arts institutions.

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Maki Miyakubo

Maki Miyakubo

Dance New Air, Chief Producer  Aoyama, Japan

Maki was a Producer for performing arts programs at Spiral in Tokyo, a multi-purpose cultural center from 1997-2015. She was involved not only in contemporary dance, but also in contemporary art and other events inside and outside Spiral. She has been Chairperson of Dance New Air (Dance Nippon Associates) since 2015

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Liz Moran

Liz Moran

Gulbenkian | University of Kent, Director Canterbury, Kent, UK

As Director of the MacRobert Arts Centre in Stirling, Scotland (1992-2011) Liz Moran initiated a radical review delivering a new identity and vision based on a high quality programme of cinema, theatre, dance, visual arts and music. Young people were at the core of the work and very quickly a youth theatre, street dance, youth dance, youth music and young film crew were established.

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Tomi Paasonen

Tomi Paasonen

Regional Dance Centre of Eastern Finland, Artistic Director Kuopio, Finland

Tomi Paasonen, born in Helsinki, Finland, is a choreographer, artistic director and curator and is currently the Artistic Director of ITAK - Regional Dance Centre of Eastern Finland, an organisation creating infrastructure for contemporary dance and performance art, based in Kuopio, Finland. As part of this position, he curates two festivals: Lonely in the Rain takes place in Joensuu, Finland every November and is a meeting place for international and local productions and focuses on socio-political and auto-biographic works.

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Jarmo Penttila

Jarmo Penttila

Théâtre National de Chaillot, Advisor for programming Paris, France

Mr Penttila has been a program advisor for the National Theater of Chaillot in Paris, France, since September 2011. It is the only National Theatre (state owned, there are five in France), which is dedicated to dance.

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Ben	Pryor

Ben Pryor

Gibney Dance / American Realness, Director of Performance & Residency Programs / Founding Director New York, USA

Pryor created American Realness, an annual festival of dance and contemporary performance in January 2010. Pryor has served as a panelist for CEC ArtsLink, the Jerome Foundation, Creative Capital and the National Endowment for the Arts and has been a guest lecturer for NYU Performance Studies, The New School, Marymount Manhattan College and at the National Dance Center in Bucharest, Romania. He is currently Director of Performance and Residency Programs at Gibney Dance.

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Samme Raeymaekers

Samme Raeymaekers

Artistic Director, December Dance and Artistic Coordinator Dance, Concertgebouw Dance Programme Cultural Centre Bruges, Belgium

Samme was appointed the artistic coordinator – dance for Concertgebouw Brugge in 2006. Concertgebouw has two stages, one performance venue / concert hall with 1,300 seats and one chamber music hall with 320 seats and three rehearsal studios. As part of his role, he is also the Artistic Director of December Dance, an (inter)national dance programme for all the venues in Bruges (Cultural Centre and Concertgebouw) and from where he curates, coordinates and organises the annual dance and performance festival.

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Jim Smith

Jim Smith

DanceHouse, Producer Vancouver, BC, Canada

Following studies in music and commerce, Jim Smith began working in the professional Canadian dance sector in Montreal at La La La Human Steps. Following a move to Vancouver, Jim co-founded Eponymous, an arts management and production agency. Under the aegis of Eponymous, Jim is currently the Producer for Company 605, Compagnie Vision Selective, Kidd Pivot, Les Productions Figlio, and Wen Wei Dance, and the Managing Producer of Vancouver New Music.

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Tang Fu Kuen

Tang Fu Kuen

Independent Dramaturg, Producer and Curator Bangkok, Thailand

Tang Fu Kuen is an independent Bangkok-based cultural worker in contemporary performance and visual fields, working in Asia and Europe. He was the sole curator of the Singapore pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. He has worked in the Singapore Arts Festival, Indonesian Dance Festival, In Transit Festival (Berlin), Bangkok Fringe Festival, Colombo Dance Platform, amongst others.

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György Szabó

György Szabó

Trafó - House of Contemporary Arts, Managing Director Budapest, Hungary

György Szabó was founder director of Trafó. He sought out the building himself and converted it from an electricity house to a wonderful cultural centre of Budapest. He is a respected developer of contemporary dance and theatre society in Hungary. He is an internationally recognized expert of collaboration in arts having almost three decades experience. He is skilled in strategic planning, producing and managing among permanently changing conditions. His network and international contacts are updated by his travels.

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Virve Sutinen

Virve Sutinen

Tanz im August, Artistic Director Berlin, Germany

Virve Sutinen has been the artistic director of Tanz im August - International Festival Berlin since 2014. She has worked in the arts and cultural sector as a managing director, artistic director, organiser, producer, journalist, and editor-in-chief. Before Tanz im August, she was the artistic director and general manager of Dansens Hus Stockholm, and first performing arts curator and head of Kiasma Theatre, in Kiasma, the Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki.

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Linda Yip

Linda Yip

Hong Kong Arts Festival Society, Programme Manager Hong Kong

Linda has worked in the arts programming of the Hong Kong Arts Festival since 1995. She has been involved closely in the Festival’s music programmes, traditional Chinese operas, and intercultural collaboration projects from emerging artists’ series featuring local and international musicians to chamber opera productions.

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Catja Loepfe

Catja Loepfe

Tanzhaus Zürich, Artistic and Administrative Director Zürich, Switzerland

Catja Loepfe was born in Zurich, Switzerland. She studied cultural anthropology (focus on theatre anthropology). During her studies she started as a freelance curator for art exhibitions and as an organizer of theater and dance workshops for the International Theatre Institute. In 1999 she took over the direction of the Rote Fabrik Theater in Zurich. From 2007-2012 she worked for the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Zurich, first as dramaturg responsible for the dance program and in her final year as interim director.

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Cathy Levy

Cathy Levy

Canada's National Arts Centre, Executive Producer, Dance Ottawa, ON, Canada

Cathy Levy joined Canada’s National Arts Centre in the fall of 2000 as the producer of NAC Dance and has since been named Executive Producer. Under her leadership, the season has expanded to include 18-20 international and Canadian artists/companies each year in performances and special events, from classical ballet to contemporary to experimental dance works.

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Bettina Masuch

Bettina Masuch

tanzhaus nrw, Artistic and Managing Director Düsseldorf, Germany

After studying Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen, Bettina Masuch worked as a dramaturge at the Volksbühne in Berlin amongst others, where she collaborated in productions of Frank Castorf, Christoph Schlingensief and René Pollesch.

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Anna CY Chan

Anna CY Chan

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Head of Dance, Performing Art Hong Kong

Anna CY Chan is the Head of Dance, Performing Arts of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. She is responsible for shaping the district’s artistic direction and strategies for dance.

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Claude Ratzé

Claude Ratzé

ADC, Director Geneve, Switzerland

Claude Ratzé has been director of the Association pour la danse contemporaine (adc) since 1992. Founded in 1986 and based in Switzerland’s UN city, the adc seeks to promote contemporary dance both in Geneva and beyond. As well as staging dance performances, the adc manages creative studios, publishes a quarterly journal, runs its own documentation centre, and organises thematic encounters and workshops.

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Erica McCalman

Erica McCalman

Next Wave, Creative Producer VIC, Australia

Erica is a producer, project and production manager with Balardong, Irish convict, Scottish and Cornish heritage. She returns to Next Wave after living and working in Sydney for Legs On The Wall and managing the British Council’s ACCELERATE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership programme. Erica has worked with companies Performing Lines, Sydney Festival, Blackfella films and Performance Space managing programmes and initiatives both locally and nationally. Her production credits include works within Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Festival and Brisbane Festival. She has collaborated with artists from Korea, Australia, Timor Leste and holds a particular interest in contemporary, experimental and live art from indigenous and multicultural artists. Since 2014 she has served as a peer for the Australia Council for the Arts and for Arts NSW. In 2016 she was the joint recipient of the George Fairfax Memorial Award through the University of Melbourne faculty of the VCA and MCM.

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Lee Cumberlidge

Lee Cumberlidge

Insite Arts / MONA FOMA / Supersense, Director VIC, Australia

Erica is a producer, project and production manager with Balardong, Irish convict, Scottish and Cornish heritage. She returns to Next Wave after living and working in Sydney for Legs On The Wall and managing the British Council’s ACCELERATE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership programme. Erica has worked with companies Performing Lines, Sydney Festival, Blackfella films and Performance Space managing programmes and initiatives both locally and nationally. Her production credits include works within Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Festival and Brisbane Festival. She has collaborated with artists from Korea, Australia, Timor Leste and holds a particular interest in contemporary, experimental and live art from indigenous and multicultural artists. Since 2014 she has served as a peer for the Australia Council for the Arts and for Arts NSW. In 2016 she was the joint recipient of the George Fairfax Memorial Award through the University of Melbourne faculty of the VCA and MCM.

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Georgie Meagher

Georgie Meagher

Next Wave, Director/CEO Melbourne, Australia

Georgie has worked as an artist, writer, curator and producer in multi-arts venues, independent spaces, producing organisations and a museum. She is currently Director and CEO of Next Wave, a leading organisation supporting new generations in Australian art. Next Wave produces a biennial festival of ambitious new art and development programs for artists from across Australia.

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Simon Abrahams

Simon Abrahams

Melbourne Fringe, Creative Director Melbourne, Australia

Simon Abrahams is Creative Director & CEO of Melbourne Fringe, and Chair of Theatre Network Australia, an organisation he co-founded in 2009. He has held executive and senior programming roles devising transformational artistic and strategic frameworks in organisations including the Wheeler Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Polyglot Theatre and Gasworks Arts Park. He was recently appointed by the Victorian Government to its Ministerial Council for Volunteering, and also sits on the Theatre Panel for the Helpmann Awards. In 2015, Simon completed a research project investigating theatre for young people in Belgium, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. Simon regularly works as a facilitator, host, public speaker, peer assessor and arts consultant. In 2014, Simon was awarded the CHASS Australia Prize for an Emerging Leader and together with his Polyglot colleague Sue Giles, Simon was named among Arts Hub’s Top Ten Australian Arts Leaders of 2010.

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Beau McCafferty

Beau McCafferty

City of Darebin, Arts Programming Coordinator VIC, Australia

II have a strong history as an Arts Programmer, delivering multi-disciplinary arts festivals, events and development programs. I have been a presenter, producer and facilitator, dedicated to the realisation of provocative, insightful, challenging and exciting work, having worked at Melbourne Fringe, Next Wave, Darebin Arts and other arts organisations. I create programs that set an agenda, facilitate accessibility, represent new ideas and push artists and audiences alike. I have sat as a peer reviewer for The Australia Council, had my writing published in Art Monthly and producer a feature length documentary released by Madman and screened as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival. I record Bruce Springsteen covers by myself playing all the parts. run arts programming for the City of Darebin. I have previously worked worked at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and the Next Wave Festival as well as several arts organisations.

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Brad Spolding

Brad Spolding

The SUBSTATION, Director VIC, Australia

Brad Spolding is the Director of The SUBSTATION, a multi-arts centre in Newport, Melbourne. He was previously the executive producer of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre company. He has worked with Lucy Guerin Inc, Rising Tide Productions and for the inaugural TippingPoint Australia conference. Brad has extensive experience in creating environments in which artists can develop and stage new work and build new and engaged audiences.

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Felix Preval

Felix Preval

Darwin Festival, Acting Artistic Director NT, Australia

Felix Preval is currently Acting Artistic Director at Darwin Festival. A dynamic producer, programmer and festival manager, Felix has worked for arts festivals across Australia and New Zealand, in the UK and the USA. Felix came to Darwin Festival after four successful years as Festival Producer of Melbourne Fringe Festival. Along with festival management experience, Felix brings a wealth of knowledge from a decade of artistic practice as a director, actor and writer, and as former creative director of an award winning independent theatre company.

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Kate McDowell

Kate McDowell

Crack Theatre Festival, Artistic Director NSW, Australia

Kate McDowell holds a Postgraduate Diploma of Writing for Performance from NIDA and is trained in dance, puppetry and performance. Kate is Crack Theatre Festival Co-Artistic Director (Newcastle), is a regional independent theatre artist, and devisor and teacher with Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre (Tintenbar). Kate was Assistant Director for NORPA’s recent Dreamland and her collective Wonderbabes took residency at NORPA in December 2016 for new work "The Adventures of Wonderbabe the Terrible," supported by Arts NSW. The same work was presented as part of La Boite HWY Festival (Brisbane) and in 2014 Kate was NIDA Independent Resident Artist with Wonderbabes under the mentorship of Erth Physical and Visual Inc. Kate’s play "Its Fashionable to Fuck up Your Life" was shortlisted for the National Script Workshop with Playwriting Australia (2012). Kate was the recipient of an ArtStart grant. As Creative Producer Kate developed "Icarus Falling" and "Who Is Dani Cabs?" for Australian and UK tours.

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Jenn Blake

Jenn Blake

Campbelltown Arts Centre, Program Manager NSW, Australia

Jenn Blake has worked as a manager within the Australian arts sector for a number of leading cultural institutions and festivals across Australia, including Carriageworks, Performance Space, Griffin Theatre Company, Belvoir St Theatre, Darwin Festival, Melbourne International Festival, and Sydney Festival. Jenn was the Producer for Underbelly Arts Festival 2010 and 2011 and currently works as the Program Manager at Campbelltown Arts Centre in Western Sydney. She has a degree in Technical Theatre Production from the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

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Hu Yin

Hu Yin

YINZI Theatre, Executive Director

Hu Yin's career has been distinguished by her creative leadership, commitment to innovation and progressive outlook on the role of founding the first independent black box theater in Southwest China. She is the founder and executive director of YINZI theatre. In YINZI, Hu Yin designs adaptive business and curatorial plans which keep the theatre robust on artistic and fiscal health,promoting YINZI theater to become one of the important independent art institutions in Chongqing, and the most active black box theatre in Southwest China. Formulating and participating in the construction and renovation of YINZI theatre over a five year period making it an international standard theatre. Appointment of Gu Tao as Art Director in 2014 propelled production of crossover and new media work and garnered acclaim for interdisciplinary productions in fields of music, experimental theatre, exhibition which pushed them to arts festival. Hu Yin is also an interior decoration designer and a lecturer of public art department at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute.

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Guillaume Soulard

Guillaume Soulard

Tjibaou Cultural Center, Artistic Director

"Guillaume Soulard ,the Art director of the Tjibaou cultural center in New-Caledonia since 2012, has spent most of his career in New Caledonia and in the pacific region.

The Tjibaou cultural center is a monument, designed by Renzo Piano, hosting the Kanak Culture Development Agency (ADCK). The program policy of the ADCK is to promote and develop local indigenous contemporary productions in visual art, dance, theatre, music …

Guillaume Soulard also run a danse festival named WAAN DANSE, which try to promote other ideas and new style in the danse landscape of our island."

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Vicens Mayans

Vicens Mayans

Agente129, Distributor/agent

"Vicens began his career with Rodrigo García and has since received over 13 years of stage experience as a performer and actor. He has worked with many well known companies and directors, including Cía. Lalupe, focusing on very physical theater pieces. Now, living in Barcelona, he works at Agente129 on international distribution of performing arts. Vicens speaks English, Spanish, Catalan.

http://agente129.com/en/about-us/team/team-vicens"

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Gabor Varga

Gabor Varga

Théâtre Sévelin 36, Promotion Manager/Program Advisor

"After finishing his studies at PARTS in Brussels, Gabor Varga worked as a dancer for several choreographers across Europe.

In 2009 he moved to Switzerland where he started to develop his own work in close collaboration with Jozsef Trefeli and got involved in the management of different cultural projects.

Today Gabor Varga works with several choreographers and structures overseeing international development."

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Pascale Joubert

Pascale Joubert

Sylvain Émard Danse, Development officer

Pascale Joubert is a graduate in acting of the theatre school UQAM and in arts management of the business school HEC in Montreal, Canada. She has an excellent comprehension of many performing arts networks and of programming in general thanks to a solid experience in Quebec, Canada and internationally. She has been a international projects advisor at the CEAD, an international development manager at the Théâtre PÀP, a co-general manager at the OFFTA, a project manager at the Festival TransAmériques and a rehearsal and touring assistant at Sasha Waltz & Guests in Berlin. Her passion lies in promoting dance and theatre and in creating inspiring relationships between artists, organizations and publics.

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Niels Gamm

Niels Gamm

Kulturconsulting Niels Gamm, Chief Executive

"I have been in various senior positions with various promoters, tour producers and agencies being responsible for creating a new focus for dance and physical theatre/circus for Europe. Kulturconsulting is seeking out new opportunities within the performing arts sector with a strong focus on contemporary dance and physical theatre. Over the last decade I've produced about 100 tours throughout Europe, besides consulting on programming and festivals. I'm a facilitator for the arts and artists, having a strong vision of supporting each other across all arts forms, taking advantage of each other’s knowledge and exchanging experiences."

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Andrea Snyder

Andrea Snyder

American Dance Abroad, Co-Director

ANDREA SNYDER, co-director of Performing Arts Strategies and American Dance Abroad, has spent her career in the professional dance field. She was Dance/USA’s president and executive director; created and directed the National Initiative to Preserve America’s Dance (NIPAD) grant program for The Pew Charitable Trusts; was assistant director of the NEA Dance Program; booking agent for Sheldon Soffer Management; executive director of Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians; administrator of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dance Department; associate administrator for the Cunningham Dance Foundation; and assistant to the Director of the Dance Notation Bureau. She chaired the Performing Arts Alliance board and was a member of the Dance Magazine inaugural Board of Advisors. From 1995-2010, she moderated The Kennedy Center’s contemporary dance post-performance discussions. Her life/career in dance is profiled in Renata Celichowska’s book, Seven Statements of Survival.

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Claire Hicks

Claire Hicks

Critical Path, Director

Claire Hicks is Director of Critical Path, Australia’s leading organisation for choreographic research and development. Claire has worked with artists, artform and audience development for over 20 years – working in theatre, dance, public art and cross-artform. As an independent producer and curator her work has included dramaturgy, discourse & writing projects. Producer at Dance4 in the UK from 2010-14 she worked on residencies and exchange projects, programmed & presented work through venue partnerships and through Nottdance (international) Festival and produced/co-produced new work with artists such as Maria Hassabi, Sioned Huws, Hetain Patel, and Miguel Pereira.

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Zohar Spatz

Zohar Spatz

Brisbane Powerhouse, Executive Producer QLD, Australia

Zohar Spatz is a theatre and arts producer working within a multi-disciplinary context. Zohar is currently the Executive Producer of the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) held in Brisbane Australia. APAM is Australia’s leading, internationally focused industry event for contemporary performing arts and its key purpose continues to be the increase of international and national touring opportunities for Australian contemporary performing arts groups and artists. APAM champions and invests in Australian Art.
Prior to APAM, Zohar’s role at Brisbane Powerhouse was as the Producer of World Theatre Festival as well as Producer of international collaborations including Indonesia Dance Company, Nan Jombang and Indian Theatre Company Abhinaya Theatre Company.
Included in her substantial working background is a highly developed Operations and Logistics expertise. Zohar spent time in North East Arnhem Land as Operation Manager of Australia’s leading cultural exchange program, Garma. Zohar worked for on The Dreaming Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe. In addition, she took part in other major events such as The Australian Open, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and Tasmania’s Mona Foma and Commonwealth Games Cultural program Melbourne2006.

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Rachael Whitworth

Rachael Whitworth

Performing Lines WA, Producer WA, Australia

Rachael joined Performing Lines in 2011 from Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, where she was working as an Associate Producer during the lead up to the 20th UNIMA Congress and World Puppetry Festival. Trained at VCA, Rachael began her career as a dancer with the West Australian Ballet. She worked with Buzz Dance Theatre for three years as a contemporary dancer, teacher, choreographer and between 1998-2000 worked as an independent dancer on numerous projects before diversifying her practice. She performed and collaborated with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre for nearly a decade and whilst performing, completed a Graduate Diploma in Arts and Entertainment Management at Deakin University in 2000. Working as a producer with Performing Lines, Rachael as she is able to work closely with artists, drawing on her career as an independent practitioner and considerable experience in producing and touring performance.

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Fiona de Garis

Fiona de Garis

Performing Lines WA, Producer WA, Australia

"Fiona has built the Performing Lines WA program since its inception in 2008. With a small team, she nurtures the development of independent West Australian artists making transformative contemporary performance and, seeks suitable contexts to develop, produce and tour their work. Between 2008 – 2015 she oversaw the delivery of the Managing and Producing Services (MAPS) initiative in West Australia supporting selected artists to create new work over a sustained period.

Previously Fiona enjoyed 15 years freelancing as an event, company, production and stage manager. A career highlight was her extensive international touring with live art installation event The Urban Dream Capsule directed by Neil Thomas. In 2007-2008 Fiona was Associate Producer for the 20th UNIMA Congress & World Puppetry Festival in Perth. She is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and a member of the CircuitWest executive committee."

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