Eva Zilio

Eva Zilio

Italy – CSC

Eva Zilio is a cultural operator and expert in editorial and language review.
She has a background in Language Studies, being graduated at Ca’ Foscari University (Venice, Italy) with a MA in European, American and Post-Colonial Languages and Literatures. Specialized in Balkan Studies, her research dealt with the role of theatre in contemporary Serbian society. As researcher she visited different European Universities, including the INALCO Institute in Paris and the Faculty of Dramatic Arts (FDU) in Belgrade.
After a one year collaboration with the production team of the Serbian independent theatrical company Reflektor Teatar (Belgrade), she enrolled the UNESCO joint master degree in Cultural Policy and Management, offered by the University of Fine Arts of Belgrade (Serbia) and the University Lumière Lyon 2 (France).
In 2018 she lived between Belgium and Germany, where she collaborated with ENCATC in Brussels (the European Network on Cultural Policy and Management) as Communication Manager Assistant and with the Performing Arts Centre EISFABRIK (Hannover) as Production Assistant in the framework of the dance Festival tanzOFFensive 2019.
Currently based in Bassano del Grappa (Italy), she is involved in the project “Migrant Bodies – Moving Boarders” as a specialist in editorial, language and text review.

Gwen Hsin-yi Chang

Gwen Hsin-yi Chang

Italy – CSC

Gwen Hsin-Yi Chang, Head of International Partnerships of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), was born in Taipei and is based in Europe since 2010. Serving as a senior arts manager and producer, Gwen aims at creating fruitful links between artists, institutions and public in a global context, and at promoting partnerships between cultural institutions, public organisations and the private sector. She has initiated cross-cultural projects from 2004 to 2010, such as: productions on tour and outreach programme for Legend Lin Dance Theatre (Hymne aux fleurs qui passent and Song of Pensive Beholding) in France, Hong Kong, the United States, Mexico and Austria; programming of Taishin Arts Award and arts-led CSR initiatives for new immigrants in Taiwan sponsored by Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture; communication programme at Standard Chartered Bank’s Corporate Affairs department, and coordination with Institut Français à Taipei and Taipei Fine Arts Museum for the group exhibition Mobilité, sons et formes curated by GRAME – Centre national de création musicale, Lyon, France. With a wealth of experience in cultural exchanges, Gwen initiated the AxE Arts Management collective in 2011 to support artists and artistic developments.

Elisabetta Docimo

Elisabetta Docimo

Italy – CSC

Elisabetta Docimo – Graduated in Archeology and Cultural Heritage she deals with historical-artistic dissemination, working as an educational operator/professional in museums and cultural associations.
At the same time she trains as a gymnastics instructor, a sport practiced since childhood, which leads her to explore more and more the different expressions of the body movement.
The approach to the language of dance takes place accordingly. She also studies modern and contemporary dance, she deepens her knowledge with a training course for teachers with Kataklo’ Giulia Staccioli Academy at Susanna Beltrami’s Dance Haus.
The connection between athletic movement and expressive gesture is the basis of her research. This interest led her to experiment as a choreographer with a group of former gymnasts working in a continuous dialogue between different disciplines.
She participated in projects for dancers promoted by the Opera Festival in Bassano del Grappa, thanks to which she had the opportunity to study with Sara Wiktorowicz, Sharon Fridman and many other choreographers.
She currently works as a teacher in the Dance Well project, movement research for Parkinson.

Anna Trevisan

Anna Trevisan

Italy – CSC

Anna Trevisan is a blogger, a freelance journalist and an intercultural mediator. She graduated from Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice in philosophy. She obtained her master’s degree in Communication at Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper in Milan and, subsequently, a masters degree in Intercultural Studies at the University of Padua, with her tesi: Diary from the Accomodation Centre for Asylum Seeker/ Identification and Expulsion Centres (C.A.R.A./C.I.E.) of Crotone (South Italy), and Due Palazzi Prison in Padua: the experience of two different settings in order to observe the conditions of non-citizens in Italy. She never needed a visa or residence permit herself to travel and study elsewhere in Europe.
For several years (2000–2006) she worked for D.M.T. (Dance–Music–Theatre) of the Venice Biennale. She also collaborated with their Art and Architecture department for several editions, as the official guide for the International Jury during the Golden Lion awards.
She is passionate about the “migrant question”, which she has been actively involved in since 2006. She has worked as a volunteer in Africa over the summer, then taught Italian to local adult immigrants over the winter at the Scalabrini Missionary Institute, for seven years. As an Italian L2 teacher, she has worked in local public schools for several years, teaching immigrant women and children, thanks to a project sponsored by her town. She has worked as intercultural operator at the Immigrant Help-Desk, where she listened to multifarious life stories.
She is editor of the cultural magazine Finnegans. She is the editor and one of the founders of ABCDance, a dance blog, together with three other colleagues. She has reviewed art exhibitions, dance performances and theatrical productions for over ten years for the cultural listings magazine Venezia News. She collaborates with the website Cult TV Live Reviews and continues to write for its blog Multiculti.
She participated as writer in the first edition of the European project Migrant Bodies, for which she published a report. She also wrote two brief theatrical works, performed in the Italian version of the show Ethnoscape by Cécile Proust (Operaestate Festival -B Motion, 4 July 2015, Palazzo Bonaguro, Bassano del Grappa).
Additionally she has published short stories for Tracciati Editore: In viaggio verso dove (On the way to wherever) in the collection Tre d’amore, 2014 and La bicicletta (The bicycle) in the collection Dammi Cinque 2017. Both of them are dedicated to the life of two immigrant women in Italy.

John Mpaliza

John Mpaliza

CSC – Democratic Republic of Congo / Italy

John Mpaliza, also known as “Peace Walking Man”, is an activist for peace and human rights, an Italian citizen of Congolese origin. For political reasons, in 1991, John had to leave his homeland, the Democratic Republic of Congo and he landed in Italy in 1993. After various adventures related to the “life of migrants”, he managed to resume his studies graduating in Computer Engineering at the University of Parma. He worked 12 years as a programmer at the Municipality of Reggio Emilia but, on May 30, 2014, by his choice, he fired himself and he leave everything, including home, devoting himself, full time, to the organization of marches national and international peace programs.

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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.

 

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