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CHING-YING CHIEN / Akram Khan Company


Ching-Ying Chien was born in Taiwan and graduated from the National Taiwan University of Arts. She has also collaborated with choreographer Fang-Yi Sheu and has created work with numerous Taiwanese choreographers. For Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, she worked as a physical model during the production of his ‘Day and Night,’ a large-scale gunpowder drawing. She has worked with Akram Khan Company since devising material for and performing in iTMOi in 2013 and Until the Lions in 2016 from which she gained the Outstanding Female Performance (Modern) award at the 2016 National Dance Awards

Ching- Ying have led her own workshop in UK.Taiwan and International Contemporary Dance Festival of Mexico City, also teaching Akram Khan company workshop in Hong Kong.Korea.Toronto.LA and France during tour.

MAX MAKOWSKI / Hofesh Shechter Company

Photo by Victor Frankowski

Max Makowski was born in Berlin and is now based in Berlin. In his teen years he trained AiKiDo, did some ballroom and latin dance and gained experience in acting through several theater productions. It wasn’t until he finished school that he started to get in touch with contemporary dance through youth projects where he found his passion and after a few months started his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main in 2012. In line with his studies Max worked with international choreographers such as Iván Pérez, Margerite Donlon, Riley Watts (The Forsythe Company), Lou Menghan (NDT), Dieter Heitkamp and also performed and worked on repertoire by William Forsythe and Yuval Pick.
Throughout several performances on Frankfurt’s stages he also had the opportunity to choreograph and show own work as well as take part in cooperations with his school’s acting department and in performance/installation projects in Berlin, London, Hamburg and others. Before finishing his degree he joined Hofesh Shechter’s Junior Company in 2015 and toured Shechter’s triple bill ‘deGeneration‘ throughout Europe as well as being part of a creation with the Hofesh Shechter Company for the Royal Opera House, London. During these tours he also taught workshops for the company which afterwards led him to teach in different places in Berlin and also Paris.
Since 2016 Max has been performing in several projects such as the East-Wall Warm-Up in London in a piece by Erion Kruja (Hofesh Shechter Company) as well as performing Lenny Hassin’s piece SHITA in the Batsheva Dancers Create evening DOMAiN. In summer 2017 he presented his own solo „Colours.“ in Lucerne for the VonHotz SommerBox.
Currently, Max is working with Marco Da Silva Ferreira in Portugal, touring his latest piece BROTHER since January 2017 and joining the Hofesh Shechter Company for the restaging of an opera for La Scala in Milan in March 2018. Max is also working on his own creation PERSON A which premieres in Berlin in spring 2018.

JOHN SIMON WIBORN / Cirkus Cirkör, Svalbard Company

Since life began in the city of Stockholm, I’ve had a mind that’s been wandering the clouds,  and a body urging to jump and play in the dirt. After 15 years searching I found a way to combine these two worlds when I discovered Circus. My interest in other physical artforms such as contemporary dance, martial arts and theatre has developed in a constant search of self expression through movement. I stand on my hand(s), get thrown around, throw around, I dance, I scream, I flip and i get very sweaty.

I graduated from ”The University of Dance and Circus” in Stockholm 2014 and has since then been working and touring around the world together with our very own Svalbard Company.
I’ve also participated in several other projects created by companies and choreographers such as: Cirkus Cirkör, Animal Religion,  Maria Lappa, Teater Glimt.

PÉTER JUHÁSZ / Emanuel Gat Dance

1. photo by Judit Herbaly
2. photo by Fotograzia

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 Mate Meszaros and Utima Vez.
In 2016-17 he was touring with the latest piece of Thierry De Mey (Charleroi Danses). Currently  Peter is working with Emanuel Gat Dance.
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.


Natalia Iwaniec was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and teacher based in London. Natalia finished her Master’s in Theatre in Cracov and completed her degree in dance at the Dance College in Wrocław in Poland. As a dancer, she has collaborated with choreographers Yasmeen Godder, Iwona Olszowska, Ella Ben-Aharon, Rhiannon Faith and others. Natalia became a qualified teacher of gaga in August 2012. Since then, she has travelled all over Europe and Israel to teach gaga. She is also choreographing. She created piece called THE LINK for dance students in STW in Poznan, Poland and FORMal in residency in Scenario Pubblico in Sicily. Natalia is co-founder and member of NaNa Collective, which is based in London. She premiered her solo work Birdland in July 2017 during International Dance Week Budapest.

CSABA VARGA / Compagnie Linga, 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 he studied 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 had been working with Hungarian choreographers such as 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), Hiroaki Umeda (JP). Currently he is touring with Compagnie Linga (CH), Guy Nader & Maria Campos (LB, ES), László Fülöp (HU) and Anton Lachky Company (BE/SK).

ESZTER GÁL / Kontakt Budapest

1. photo by KNI
2. photo by Judit Herbaly

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 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 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).

GYULA CSEREPES / Cie Philippe Saire

1. photo by Daniel Domolky
2. photo by Judit Herbaly

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.


1. photo by Judit Herbaly
2. photo by Gyorgy Jokuti

After Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy (BCDA) David furthered his studies in Salzburg at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance). He has been working with choreographers such as Matej Kejzar,DiegoGil, Eleonore Valere, Jonah Boaker, Mate Meszaros, Jozsef Trefeli and Ferenc Fehér.
David has given workshops in Hungary, China, Germany and Austria, the pure physicality, dynamic partnering, intensive floorwork and precise armwork – due to the 4 years of practicing Kung-Fu – what inspires him most.
Adrienn Acs, Peter Juhasz and David created the Budapest based SUB.LAB Collective in 2012. They are the organisers of IDW Budapest, where David works as a co-founder and teacher.


Photo by Judit Herbaly

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.

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