Edith Wolf-Perez

Edith Wolf-Perez

Austria – D.ID

Two passions have guided Edith’s professional development: dance and writing.
Already during her dance education at the Laban Centre London, Edith started to work in inclusive, participatory dance projects and has led community dance interventions in various settings in Germany and the UK.
After moving to Vienna, her work has taken a different direction: she became a journalist and in 1989 co-founded a dance magazine, followed by the online magazine www.tanz.at that she continues editing. She also writes for national and international trade magazines and newspapers.
She is holding an M.A. in European Cultural Policy from the University of Warwick that has added a European dimension to her work. She co-authored an international report about cultural policies in 42 European countries, and, in the last 15 years, has co-managed European projects in the area of arts and education.
This area of work is closely related to her interest in creative learning through dance as a process of lifelong learning. During her work as artistic director of the summer school at the festival Bolzano Danza (2006 to 2015), she has widened the programme to include all age groups from 5 to 80 years as well as introduced some special dance projects for young people.
Edith is currently undertaking her PhD studies at Faculty of Music Sociology at the University of Music Vienna. The title of her thesis is: “Migrancy as a Narrative of Contemporary Dance”, a comparative view on the influence of migrant artists and the work with migrant communities on the development of participatory and inclusive practices in the UK and Austria. She is a speaker at international professional conferences.

Mélanie Demers

Mélanie Demers

Montreal – CSC

A multidisciplinary artist, Mélanie Demers founded in Montreal her own dance company, MAYDAY, in 2007. Her work has charmed by its originality, intensity and its complexity, exploring the darker zones of the human condition. Socially engaged as an artist, Mélanie Demers travelled to teach dance in Kenya, Niger, Brazil and Haiti, amongst other destinations. The harsh reality of the developing countries challenged her understanding of the role of art in society. Addressing political issues in a poetic form, Les Angles Morts (2006), Sense of Self (2008), Junkyard/Paradis (2010), Goodbye (2012) and MAYDAY remix (2014) have all been created from this perspective. Lately, WOULD (2015) won the CALQ Prize for best choreography, highlighting the artistic excellence of a work presented in Québec. In 2016, Mélanie Demers began a new creative cycle with Animal Triste and Icône Pop; both works are touring internationally. In August 2017, Icône Pop was awarded the Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation by Toronto’s SummerWorks Performance Festival. Recently, Mélanie Demers was invited to work as a guest choreographer at the Skånes Dansteater in Malmö (Sweden) for the creation of Something About Wilderness. With Danse Mutante (2019), she elaborates a choreographic project unfolding on three continents. Destined for multiple mutations, this duet passes through the hands of four female choreographers, and will culminate in Montreal in the Fall of 2019 with a marathon event. To date, Mélanie Demers choreographed twenty works and was presented in some thirty cities across Europe, America, Africa and Asia.

 

Nora Chipaumire

Nora Chipaumire

New York – CSC

Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and based in NYC, Nora Chipaumire has been challenging and embracing stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art and aesthetics since she started making dances in 1998.
chipaumire is currently touring #PUNK 100%POP *NIGGA (verbalized as hash tag punk, one hundred percent pop, star nigga), a three-part live performance album which will have its full world premiere at The Kitchen in NYC in October 2018. Her current and ongoing work includes a digital book project – nhaka – a theory, technology, practice and process to her artistic work. Her upcoming work will be an opera entitled “Nehanda” (2020).
chipaumire is a 2018 Guggenheim fellow and a three-time Bessie Award winner.

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