ELIE TASS / Les Ballets C de la B
Elie Tass was born and grew up in Gent. At a young age he was very involved in a variety of sports, primarily martial arts and later on ballet, gymnastics and breakdance. After two years of studying Physical Education at the University of Gent (RUG), never having considered a future in dance, he embarked on a three year dance course at the Higher Institute for Dance (Antwerp). During and after his studies he was invited by Thierry Smits to work with Company Thor in Brussels (Petits Baigneurs and d’Orient) and Marc Bogaerts (Stabat Mater). In 2004 he worked with Jan Fabre/Troubleyn in Tannhäuser. Since 2005 he’s been working with Alain Platel/Les Ballets C de la B in the creations and touring of vsprs, pitié!, Out of Context – for Pina and Tauberbach. In 2012 he worked with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for the creation of Puz/zle. During those years he also started research towards more personal work. For Queensland based contemporary dance company Dancenorth, he and Ross McCormack created (sic) as part of a double bill in 2011. Currently he is touring with nicht schlafen (the latest creation with Alain Platel/Les Ballets C de la B) and is developing a duet with Nicola Leahey.
MARILENA DARA / Jasmin Vardimon Company
Marilena Dara was born in Athens in 1990. While studying Management Science and Technology in Athens at the University Of Economics And Business she got accepted in the Greek National School Of Dance (K.S.O.T) and graduated with distinction in 2012. After graduating she participated in productions by Hellenic Dance Company both as a performer and a rehearsal director and had the chance to work on pieces by famous choreographers such us Martha Graham, Akram Khan(“Vertical Road”), Christine Gouzelis & Paul Blackman(“Folie”), and Tono Lachky(“No more Fairytales”). From 2013 she has been a close collaborator of Christine Gouzelis & Paul Blackman (Jukstapoz Co.) assisting them in their productions “Vicious Cycle”, “Self Storage”, “Swoon”, “Folie”. In 2014 she also performed for two young choreographers, Christos Xyrafakis -”Rutas” and Antonis Sporidis -”Wishful Thinking” for the annual dance festival in Athens Arc For Dance. Over the past few years she has been collaborating with the award winning choreographer Jasmin Vardimon – firstly as a member of JV2 touring nationally the production “Tomorrow” as well as understudying one of the leading roles in “Justitia” and today as the Course Leader of JV2 since 2014. In 2015 she has been the rehearsal director of the production of Jasmin Vardimon Company in collaboration with Turner Contemporary, architect Ron Arad and the artist Guy Bar-Amotz titled “Maze” and she also choreographed a new piece “I was, minus all” to tour and be performed around UK by JV2 company 2015. Currently, she is touring around UK her new piece “Wear Your Wounds” created and performed by JV2 2017. Marilena has been delivering workshops and classes in several studios and universities both in Athens, Barcelona and around U.K.
CSABA VARGA / Anton Lachky Company
Photo by Daniel Domolky
Csaba started as a sportaerobic competitor at the age of 7, won several youth national and world championships. He started dancing hiphop in 2005 and contemporary dance in 2006. First in Budapest Contemporary Dance School (2007-2009) then in Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (2009-2010). After finishing SEAD he continued his education in Paris learning hiphop in Juste Debout School and parkour from Yamakasi founders in ADD Academy. From 2008 he has been working with Hungarian choreographers: Adrienn Hód, Réka Szabó, Attila Kun, Zsuzsa Rózsavölgyi, Tamás Bakó, Márta Ladjánszki, Máté Mészáros and with artists from abroad: Eleonore Valére-Lackhy (Fr/Be), Frank Micheletti (Kubilai Khan Investigations) (Fr), Kaori Ito (Ballet C de la B) (Jp/Be). Currently he is touring with Companie Linga (CH), László Fülöp (HU) and Anton Lachky Company (BE/SK).
NATALIA IWANIEC / GAGA/dancers
Photo by Judit Herbaly
Natalia was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and gaga teacher based in between Poland and UK. She finished her Master’s in Theater in Cracow and completed her degree in dance at the Dance College in Wroclaw in Poland, where she studied contemporary dance, hip-hop, ballet, jazz and traditional Polish folk dance. She has taught contemporary dance and improvisation in studios and with theater groups in her home country and abroad.
In 2009, she had her first meeting with Gaga during a workshop with Arkadi Zaides in Poznań (Stary Browar Nowy Taniec). After this experience she decided to research the Israeli dance scene through workshops with Tal Avni (Contact Improvisation and movement research), Yossi Berg and Oded Graf (contemporary dance and improvisation), Yaniv Mitzner (Contact Improvisation), and LeeSaar The Company (Gaga) and others teachers from Israel.
From September 2010 until February 2011, she lived in Tel Aviv exploring the Gaga movement language. During this time, she was part of Yasmeen Godder’s workshop for dancers in Tel Aviv and also trained in Contact Improvisation.
Natalia was a part of the first Gaga Teachers Training Program, certified by Ohad Naharin in 2012. Since then she is teaching regular gaga classes for dancers and non-dancers in London and workshops in Poland and Europe.
She is the only certified gaga teacher in Poland and one of few in Europe.
Natalia was teaching gaga in festivals such as Circulations Wroclaw Festival of Movement, Contact meets Contemporary Festival, International Dance Week Budapest, Ibiza Contact Festival etc.
Natalia was teaching gaga in professional contemporary dance schools like Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds (UK) and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London(UK) as a guest teacher, and in the dance companies and theatres such as NDCWales in Cardiff (UK), Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds (UK), Central Europe Dance Theatre in Budapest (Hungary), Studio Matejka in Wroclaw (Poland) and Cracov Dance Theater(Poland) and others.
She is developing as a dancer in international projects and as a choreographer.
Natalia is one of founders of London based NaNa Collective.
DAVID MIKO / SUB.LAB Collective
Photo by Gyorgy Jokuti
After my years in Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy I furthered my studies in Salzburg at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance). I have been working with choreographers such as Matej Kejzar, DiegoGil, Eleonore Valere, Kata Juhasz, Eva Duda, Jonah Boaker, Mate Meszaros and Jozsef Trefeli. I have given workshops in Hungary several times, the pure physicality, dynamic partnering and intensive floorwork what inspires me most. My movement language derives from different material arts and from spiral movements created in the body. I am interested in the way of creating physicality out of different levels of conscoiusness, to reach the point where I am run out of thoughts and only honest gestures are able to come from inside.
ESZTER GAL / Kontakt Budapest
Photo by KNI
Eszter Gál is a dancer, teacher, working at the University of Theater and Film Arts in Budapest, a certified Skinner Releasing Technique teacher, co-founder of Artman MM Association (<a href=”http://www.artman.hu” target=”_blank”>www.artman.hu</a>) and member and co-leader of Co. Tánceánia since 2002. She has been teaching since 1986 and practicing, studying and teaching releasing work and improvisation including Contact Improvisation for over 20 years. She has been creating her dance performances, performing solo and group improvisation since 1993, has been a guest teacher at Master workshops and International Festivals since 1998 and organizes national and international events, projects (Kontakt Budapest International Improvisation Festival, ECITE, PORCH, Ponderosa Tanzland, IDOCDE, LEAP). She is the co-founder of IDOCDE (<a href=”www.idocde.net” target=”_blank”>www.idocde.net</a>), and the project coordinator and one of the researchers of the EU funded International project on documentation of Contemporary Dance Education REFLEX EUROPE (2015 – 2018).
MATE MESZAROS / One Man Crowd
After finishing his studies at Hungarian Dance Academy Mate spent a few years at Szeged Contemporary Ballet working with Tamás Juronics. Leaving the country he later worked with the most reputed choreographers in Europe: Ohad Naharin, Wim Vandekeybus, Sharon Eyal, Amanda Miller, Roberto Galvan, Myriam Naisy, Robin Orlin. He has been the member of Ultima Vez for 6 years. Currently Mate Meszaros is working and creating his own projects and gives workshops international.
GYULA CSEREPES / Cie Philippe Saire
Gyula is a dancer, performer and choreographer, originating from Bečej, Voivodina (RS). He’d studied at the High School of Folk Arts in Fót (HU) and at the Budapest Contemporary Dance School (HU). Gyula began his professional carreer at „Central-Europe Dance Theater”, Budapest (HU), in 2007.
In 2008., he joined En-Knap Group”, Ljubljana (SI). During these years, he had the chance to work with such choreographers, directors and pedagogues – among others – as Iztok Kovač, David Zambrano, Anton Lachky, Milan Tomašik, Simone Sandroni, Superamas, etc.
In the recent years Gyula actively collaborates with the Swiss companies Cie Jozsef Trefeli and Cie Philippe Saire. With their performances he has been touring in Africa, America, Asia and Europe.
The work of Gyula as an author includes “Revive the castle”, a site-specific performance, and “New Age Gypsies”, a dance-theater performance. His first independent performance “The bridge”, was premiered in Volksroom, Brussels in November 2013. Since then, “The bridge” has been on tour from Mexico to Vienna, Paris to Budapest. SELFY, the new creation of Gyula has premiered in Španski Borci, Ljubljana (SI) in January 2016.
PETER JUHASZ / SUB.LAB Collective
After Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy Peter furthered his studies at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD)and has worked with choreographers such as Roberto Olivan, Eleonore Valere, Frank Michelletti, Tamas Bako. In 2013 he joined the new creation of the belgian company, Les Ballets C de la B and a year later the cooproduction project of Ultima Vez and Mate Meszaros.
Currently Peter is touring with latest piece of Thierry De Mey (Charleroi Danses) and will join the new creation of Emanuel Gat Dance from 2017.
In the past few years Peter has been invited as a guest teacher to international dance workshops and to companies to Croatia, France, Spain, Belgium and Greece.
In 2012 we founded the SUB.LAB Collective in Budapest with Adrienn Acs and David Miko, the organiser team of IDW Budapest where Peter is working as a co-founder/co-organiser.