Italy – CSC
Vittoria Caneva is an Italian dancer who graduated in a Contemporary Dance Course from the Ballet of Rome. She began her career at the Ballet of Rome in 2015, the year in which she took part in the project “Prove d’Autore XL”, working with Francesca Pennini. In 2016 and 2017 she participates to the b.Motion Festival and the Gender Bender Festival. In 2017 she was selected by the Veneto region for the project “Botteghe D’Arte”, thanks to which she had the opportunity to participate in the project “Dance Makers 2 – Choreographic Reasearch Week”, an intensive research program focused on dance dramaturgy. She also participated to the Volcano project coordinated by the Arboretum – Dimora di Mondaino Theater, and at an intensive month at the NOD Nuova Officina della Danza in Turin, in collaboration with Fondazione Piemonte. In 2017 she presented, together with Yuri Locci, their first co-production work “Ypsilon”. She worked with choreographer Pietro Marullo for the WRECK-List of extinct species performance. In 2018 she partecipated to Performing Gender project that took place in Bologna, with choreographer Jija Sohn. She recently worked with choreographer Masako Matsushita and different dance artists such as Beatrice Bresolin and Andrea Rampazzo.
Italy – CSC
Ilaria Marcolin is an Italian contemporary dancer (1995, Bassano del Grappa, Italy). Since 2015 she has attended the Professional Education Course for Contemporary Dancer at Balletto di Roma and she graduated in June 2018. In this context she has studied with artists and dancers that are now involved in the national and international contemporary scene. Since 2011 she has been collaborating with Operaestate Festival Veneto and CSC Garage Nardini in Bassano del Grappa. She worked with different choreographers, among them Davide Valrosso (We are not Alone,2017), Pietro Marullo (WRECK – List of extinct species, 2018), Masako Matsushita (Folk Manifold, 2019), Beatrice Bresolin (Borderline, 2019). In 2018 she started
collaborating with DANCE MAKERS Collective, which is engaged in the creation of site-specific performances. In 2018 she participated to the Italian session of the Performing Gender – Dance makes differences European project, with the choreographer Jija Sohn, and as a creator to the final symposium in Bassano del Grappa.
Croatia – HIPP
Born in Zagreb – graduated from the School of Applied Arts and Teachers Academy. Working with and for children , grade 1 to 4, in the primary school OŠ Medvedgrad in. She is also actively involved in several TV shows for children, writing columns, drawing illustrations and pictures. She has exhibited solo and in group exhibitions and has led workshops and seminars for teacher and children. She strives to be creative in all she does, exploring and helping. She believes that each day is a day that she can learn from the children she works with, and from the environment and community she lives and creates in. Migrant Bodies Moving Borders is the 2nd time that she participates in a EU project in collaboration with Hrvatski institut za pokret i ples, in an effort to sensitize her pupils to the issues related to identity, home and migration.
Croatia – HIPP
Mirna Zagar has worked in dance for all of her 40 year professional career (dancer, choreographer, Company Director, dance teacher, community leader, writer, and including venue management). Her work has taken her across Europe, and into Canada. Her initial dance engagements started in Zagreb, Croatia, where she was Artistic Director of Zagreb Dance Company for 10 years and then founded Dance Week Festival, Croatia’s primary contemporary dance festival (www.danceweekfestival.com) which enters into its 37th edition in 2020. She also founded the Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance (Hrvatski institut za pokret i ples, HIPP, www.danceincroatia.com), as a not for profit association dedicated to promoting contemporary dance practices in Croatia, establishing collaborative connections to the international world of dance. She is also the co-founder of the Moving Academy for Performing Arts in The Netherlands (mapa.nl) which continues for 25years now and under new artistic directorship continues to connect artists across Europe and into Asia. She has been involved in numerous EU projects both as project leader and partner. Mirna’s work has also been instrumental in the creation of the Zagreb Dance Centre directing the core programs and managed successfully by the HIPP team for 7 years (2009-2016) before the space reverted to the City of Zagreb to be managed by a repertory theatre. Her accomplishments and work have taken her to Vancouver, Canada were she has been instrumental in the creation of Scotiabank Dance Centre (www.thedancecentre.ca), a unique facility for dance and where she established several core programming streams in support of dance practices and in areas of community engagement. The Dance Centre was one of the two Canadian partners in the initial rendition of Migrant Bodies and Mirna is pleased she has the honour to continue working on this theme in the new project configuration. Mirna has continuously fostered international relationships through dance to enrich experiences of dance artists as well as communities she engages with (she has co-organized two IETM meetings in Zagreb, and with HIPP is currently a member of the European DanceHouse Network). For 10 years she was also on the Artistic Council of the Rencontres Choregraphique International de Seine Saint Denis in France at a time it was a place of encounters for artists from across the world. Working in areas contributing towards inclusive societies is a passion that inspires and ignites her work to establish dance as a major contributor to a healthy society; through the Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance as well as through the Dance Week Festival she has contributed to the rise of disabilities arts practices specifically in dance in Croatia. In addition to the study of contemporary dance she also studied Art History and English Literature at the University of Zagreb, Croatia.