Jane Leaney (Tourist & Neat Timothy) trained at London Contemporary Dance School and has worked in the field of Theatre and Dance for several years. She has worked for more traditional companies as The National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company, diverting to Site Specific and Interactive Theatre from companies like Punchdrunk and The Clod Ensemble. Whilst working at The National Theatre Jane was trained by Handspring Puppet Company and went onto perform in the West- End hit ‘Warhorse’. Jane met Gabriele while dancing for Choreographer Rick Nodine and both are part of a collective ‘Neat Timothy’ (Improvisation in Performance). Jane also leads workshops and classes and is currently teaching Performance Studies at London Contemporary Dance School.
Julieta Figueroa (Tourist) – Born in Santiago de Chile. Between 1994 and 1998 she studied Drama at Universidad de Chile, in Santiago de Chile, where she participated in several theatre, TV and film productions and as a dancer for the Elisabeth Rodriguez Dance Company. Since 2002 she lives in Berlin and has worked since then as training assistant for several of Alexander Stillmark´s national and international theatre projects. In March 2009 she finished her Choreography studies at Ernst Busch Hochschule Berlin and works as a choreographer for Theatre and Opera, as well as a dancer in Berlin and London and in Santiago de Chile as an actress in short and long feature films. She is also developing her own works in Berlin.
Javiera Peón-Veiga (Inventory/Itinerant) was born in Chile in 1978. After completing a degree in psychology, she went on to study contemporary dance and obtained a degree at the London Contemporary Dance School (2003-2006). During that period, she started to develop choreographic work and took part in the choreographic competition Burgos-New York 2006 with her duo Continuum.
Javiera then participated in a year-long programme for young artists Essais at the CNDC (Centre National de la danse) in Angers, France, where she worked in a multidisciplinary group making research and realizing choreographic projects under the coaching of Lisa Nelson, Frans Poelstra, Robert Steijn and Loïc Touzé. Javiera was invited to present her solo /_ || at Volapük festival in Tours, France, in November 2007.
Javiera gave workshops on improvisation and movement in Chile from March until June 2008. She lives in Paris at Cité Internationale des Arts, where she obtained an artistic residency (July-December 2008) sponsored by CulturesFrance. She also takes part in the programme Transforme at the CRCC (Centre de recherche et des compositions chorégraphiques), France, where she develops a choreographic piece. She has been invited to make a piece for Edge (postgraduate company at The Place, London) in December and January 2009.
Donatella Martina Cabras (Relay) is from Italy. In 2001 she moved to London where she graduated at the London Contemporary Dance School. She has worked with Diversions and choreographers like Rick Nodine, Ruby Worth, Karl Jay-Lewis, Henrietta Hale, Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer and Frauke Requardt. She has also performed in dance-films directed by Joanna Callaghan, Jovair Longo and Miranda Pannell. In summer 2006 she was one of the six participants of ‘Jerwood Bank2006’, dance project lead by Siobhan Davies Dance Company. Improvisation is one of her main interests and she has taken part in improvised performances at various venues around London. Most recently she performed with PunchDrunk in their last production `The Masque Of The Red Death`.
Seke Chimutengwende (Neat Timothy) studied dance at Lewisham College and London Contemporary Dance School. Since 2004, Seke has performed in a variety of dance based projects around the UK and Europe including the recent creation and world tour of “To Be Straight With You” with DV8 Physical Theatre. Seke is currently also working with Lost Dog and will be joining The Fabulous Beast for the creation and performances of The Rite of Spring at the ENO in London the autumn. Seke has been performing solo and ensemble improvisation since 2006.
Rick Nodine (Neat Timothy) studied Contact Improvisation with the pioneers of the art-form and has had an extensive performing career for theatre, dance theatre, digital media, television, mixed-ability, site-specific and pure dance. In 2001 Rick became a member of staff at London Contemporary Dance School where he teaches Composition and Improvisation. For the past 12 years he has collaborated with many dancers, actors and musicians to create improvised performance.
Glyndebourne Opera production and National Theatre by Melly Still – Movement Director, 2009 Second Commission for Edge Postgraduate Performance Company at LCDS
Raquel Meseguer (Relay) trained at London Contemporary Dance School graduating with a first class degree in 2004. She was a member of Maresa von Stockert’s Tilted Co. from 2004-2005, and performed in La Sardina, Grim[m] Desires and toured with the company’s production More Grim[m] Desires. She has also been involved in Research & Development projects with PunchDrunk. Raquel formed Lost Dog with Ben Duke in 2004. Their duet Pave up Paradise won first prize at the 2004 Burgos International Choreography competition and is currently being toured by Phoenix Dance Theatre as part of their Stories in Red 25th anniversary mixed bill. At the Edinburgh Festival 2005, they premiered a further new work, The Drowner, which was nominated for a Total Theatre Award. The company went on to receive a Bonnie Bird UK New Choreographers Award in November 2005 and was commissioned to make a new piece, The Over-Head Project, for The Place White Christmas Season 2005. This year the company was short-listed for the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Award and was invited to be Choreographers in Residence at the MADE in Umea Festival, Sweden.
Susanne Martin (Tourist, Susi & Gabi’s Salon) performs internationally as a soloist and in collaboration with Bronja Novak (Göteborg), Theater M21 (Göttingen) and others. She is currently doing her PhD in Northampton, UK, in which she investigates improvisation as a choreographic practice while questioning ageing processes.
Judith Adam (Tourist) was born in Northern Germany.
She studied fashion design at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. Following the traditions of Bauhaus, the University of Arts made it possible for her to follow an alternative and wide-ranging field of study with interdisciplinary cooperations.
In 2004 started an intensive collaboration with choreographer Tim Plegge. Together they developed the project “Hinter Glas” for the BAT Studiotheater in Berlin, followed by “Jetzt falls wir nicht” (Kunsthaus Tacheles Berlin, 2005), “Pathfinders.Lost. (Theater Regensburg, 2006), “Synapsenschwärmer” (Theater Kiel, 2006), “Speak volumes” (Staatstheater Stuttgart, 2008). “Sonett XVIII” is the current work with the Staatsballett at the Komische Oper Berlin.
She sees herself as a storyteller, who tells stories by clothing bodies.
Since 2004 Judith Adam also works as costume assistant and costume designer for opera. She designed for example the costumes for “La Bohème” (Theater Aachen, 2006) and “L’Elisir d’amore” (Oper Bonn, 2010).
This is her first collaboration with Gabriele Reuter.
Wassan Ali (Tourist, Inventory/ Räumung) was born 1977 in New York. She studied Theatre and Event technology at the Dramatic Institute in Stockholm, and worked at a number of theatres in Stockholm.
Since 2003 Wassan is based in Berlin, and is freelancing as a light designer and technician for contemporary dance. In 2008 she did film lights for the documentary “Working on it” by Karin Michalski. Wassan filmed for the exhibition “To this end, it is not enough” by Malin Arnell in 2009 and has worked as a camera assistant. Recent work: lights for Martin Nachbar “Urheben/Aufheben”, Ciupke/Cash “from the other side…” and Gabriele Reuters “Solo”. In the fall 2010 she is working with the new project of Gabriele Reuter, as well as with Martin Nachbar.
Collaborators/ New Technology, Photography:
Barret Hodgson (Relay) – Barret is a digital alchemist and video artist based in the UK. His company Vent Media specialises in creating content for live events, festivals,theatre and dance performance, music events, gallery installations and commercial projects. Barret studied fine arts BA hons at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Collaboratove Arts Practise MA at Trent University Nottingham.
Morgan Caney (Relay) is a multi-media artist and improvising musician currently based in Barcelona and Nottingham. Experienced in working in both live performance and installation contexts – his practice combines considerable technical knowledge with an active imagination and a full embrace of the unexpected.
Andy Craggs World Photography represents over 20 years of international project work and exploration of people, places, art and culture. Andy’s work covers travel, portraits, fashion, architecture, bespoke projects and the performing arts. Andy also works with NGOs such as the World Health Organisation on humanitarian projects involving health management and development. His personal projects include studies of countries such as Tibet, China, Nepal, Peru, Japan, India and Pakistan; and city profiles including London, Paris, Venice, and Rome. With fellow photographer Steven Lee, Andy runs Explorenation, specialising in customised photography workshops around the world for aspiring and professional artists alike.
A London-based internationalist, Andy is part French, part South African and has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. He has shown and sold work at galleries and arts venues around the world. Andy is represented by Hoopers Gallery London (www.hoopersgallery.com) and Fiumano Fine Art, London (www.fiumanofineart.com).
Johannes Batesaki (Inventory/ Räumung) ist ein in Berlin lebender Musiker, der seine eigenen Kompositionen schreibt . Gegenstand dieses musikalischen Unternehmens sind teilweise verspielt erfrischende, teilweise melancholisch verträumte Lieder, die Gitarren zentriert, Elemente aus Folk, Jazz sowie Pop verschmelzen.
Allessio Castellacci (Tourist) studied psychology at the Universita’ La Sapienza (Rome, Italy) and dance-making at the EDDC/ArtEZ – Arnhem (Holland). He has performed for Maddai (Ita), Canvas Performing Arts (Nl), Noema Dance Works (Nl/Ciprus), ‘St Company (Hungary), Gabriella Maiorino (Ita/Nl), Mati Elias (Nl), TheDamCompany (Nl/S.Africa), H.Min Kim (Germ/Korea), Morgan Nardi/Ludica (Germ/Ita), Dani Brown & Marta Navaridas (Germ/Usa/Sp). Since 2005 he is part of Fingersix, an international network of dance-artists. He lives in Berlin working as a teacher, dancer, voice-performer and sound composer.
Jamie McCarthy (Neat Timothy) has played, written and improvised music in a wide range of styles. With musical roots in pop and Irish folk music, he went on to study in the music department at Leicester Polytechnic, which was headed by the composer Gavin Bryars. During that time he also began playing in Gavin’s ensemble. Since then he has worked extensively in dance, theatre, TV and radio. Until recently Jamie was Head of Music at London Contemporary Dance School, where he now works occasionally as a freelance teacher. He also currently performs with the Canadian Indie BandThe Hidden Cameras and his own band Dog of Hearts. Recent collaborations include work with visual theatre company Fevered Sleep on Brilliant, Stilled, An Infinite Line and currently The Forest.. Other recent collaborations include If the Route… (A Taxi Opera), a live performance for string quartet and ten trainee taxi drivers with the artist Bea Gibson, two pieces with Lost Dog Dance Co. and work with dance artists Sue MacLennan, Andrea Buckley and Rick Nodine. Visit myspace.com/jamiesounds and myspace.com/dogofhearts for music clips etc.
Michael Pinchbeck (Inventory/ Räumung, Tourist) is a writer, live artist and performance maker based in Nottingham. He co-founded Metro-Boulot-Dodo in 1997 and now works with numerous artists and companies as a performer, deviser and dramaturg. In 2005, Michael was commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse to write The White Album. He is currently working on a second commissioned play – The Ashes. In 2008, Michael was selected by Arts Council England to represent the UK at the Biennale for Young Artists. In 2009, his work was selected for the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase and he was shortlisted for Artists taking the lead. He is co-director of Nottingham’s performance platform – Hatch. Michael studied Theatre and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. He has a Masters in Performance and Live Art from Nottingham Trent University and is currently studying a PhD at Loughborough University. http://www.michaelpinchbeck.co.uk/
Martin Hargreaves (Relay) As well as leading the MA Dance Theatre programme at Trinity Laban, Martin Hargreaves is Editor of Dance Theatre Journal. He graduated in 1997 with First Class Honours in Contemporary Dance from De Montfort University, Leicester and in 2003 was awarded a PhD at De Montfort for a thesis entitled ‘Performativity, Spectrality, Hysteria: the performance of masculinity in late 1990s British contemporary dance’. In 2000 he was awarded the Selma Jeanne Cohen award by the Society for Dance History Scholars. As well as presenting papers at numerous international conferences, he also contributes regularly to a variety of publications.
Zoo Indigo were founded by Ildiko Rippel and Rosie Garton in 2002 following their graduation from the Contemporary Theatre degree at DeMontfort University, Leicester. Their first work was created as an intimate exchange for a small independent live art festival in Leicester, the piece was commissioned by Phoenix Arts, Leicester for the ‘Made in Leicester’ festival and became the company’s first official performance piece Dress Code: Indigo. Dress Code: Indigo was re-worked with support from Arts Council England with live jazz band The Knife and Forkestra in 2005. Since 2002 they have devised a number of performance works and skills exchange platforms, collaborating with dancers, musicians, directors and media artists. They have created performances with community groups, young people, schools and universities, regionally, nationally and internationally. Their workshops and residences encourage participants to think outside the traditional theatre bracket and explore contemporary ways of making. In 2009, they re-ignited the company with new performance Under the Covers.
Arts Council England
Dance 4 Nottingham
Southbank Centre London
The Place London
De Montford University Leicester
artblau Tanzwerkstatt Braunschweig
Greenwich Dance Agency London