Liza Baliasnaja is a lithuanian choreographer and dancer living in Brussels. She studied dance in P.A.R.T.S and philosophy at the university of KU Leuven. As a dancer, she performed in the works of Eszter Salamon, Ula Sickle, Eglė Budvitytė, Mårten Spångberg and DD Dorvillier and worked as an artistic assistant for Christine de Smedt, Myriam Van Imschoot and Eszter Salamon. She teaches theoretical and practical courses at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Together with Christine de Smedt and Theo Livesey is involved in an ongoing research project that examines low intensity violence.
Orlando Bass is a French pianist and composer of British origin born in 1994. He studied at the CNSM in Paris in the classes of piano (Roger Muraro) and chamber music (Itamar Golan), accompaniment (Jean-Frédéric Neuberger), and composition (Thierry Escaich). Since June 2019, he has been a laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation, which actively supports him in his various projects. An album of Preludes and Fugues for solo piano, spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, was released in 2018 by Indésens. With Mireille Podeur he made several recordings of transcriptions for two harpsichords with the Maguelone record company. As a composer, his catalogue includes several works of chamber music and piano music, a saxophone concerto, and an opera. He regularly accompanies silent cinema by improvising live. He also carries out work around the music of the composer-painter-engraver Michel Ciry, accompanied by a recording and an analytical memory.
Jessica Batut works between Belgium and France. She followed the Lassaad training in Brussels and joined the fourth promotion of actors from the school of the National Theater of Brittany under the educational direction of Stanislas Nordey. In 2005, she followed Essais at the C.N.D.C in Angers. Since 2003, she has worked as performer for François Tanguy, Stanislas Nordey, Nathalie Garraud, Manah De Pauw, Latifa Laabissi, Pieter Ampe, Boris Charmatz, Hermann Heizig. She develops her own performance work: Je suis un samouraï (2006), Where id Bobby? (2009), For Rabbit (2010) and a duet with dancer Pep Garrigues: Couché, jai dit (2011). In Brussels, she is part of the cabaret Les Nuits Bas Nylon.
Alexia Caunille is a transdisciplinary artist, juggling with clothing design, performance and music. She begins her research on clothing its sociological significance at the School of Fine Arts of Bordeaux between 2013 and 2018. After her studies, she starts creating costumes for the work of Lenio Kaklea, Julie Gouju and Marcela Santander. She’s concerned of the importance and the significance of the “wearer” and how to renew the idea of costume in contemporary dance.
Jean-Claude Chianale is a graphic designer and author who lives and works in Paris. He works in the fields of publishing, contemporary art, architecture, performing art and design. His projects and graphic researches explore different fields and media such as posters, artist's books, typography, space, signage and visual identity. His work has been exhibited in different artistic places such as the Mucem in Marseille, La Ferme du Buisson, Le 104 in Paris, Le 116 - Contemporary Art Center in Montreuil, The graphic design center in Chaumont. Jean-Claude Chianale teaches inseveral art schools where he shares his passion and his know-how in the frame of graphic experiments laboratories. He is also a professor at the School of Art and Design in Amiens, France.
David Dubois is a freelance scenographer and designer. He graduated from the National School of Industrial Design (ENSCI) in Paris in 2003 and founded his own agency in 2005. He creates objects, furniture, fittings and theatrical sets and curates exhibitions of design, fashion, art and performing arts. His work revolves mainly around personal research projects, commissions and various forms of collaborations. He has notably developed projects for the Villa Noailles, the Mudam, the Palais de Tokyo, the Villa Arson, the International Center for Research on Glass and the Plastic Arts (CIRVA), the International Centre of Glass Art (CIAV) and the Kadist Art Foundation. He has also collaborated with the BLESS collective, produced installations for Issey Miyake and Comme des Garçons, as well as exhibition projects with choreographers Christian Rizzo and Fanny De Chaillé. His pieces are among the permanent collections of the FNAC (National Contemporary Art Fund), the Center Pompidou, the Mudam or the Grand-Hornu. He is represented by the kreo gallery and the A1043 gallery in Paris.
Jacquelyn Elder was a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company from 2005-2012, where she had the opportunity to perform some of Martha Graham's iconic solos. Currently she is based in Paris where she is performing with Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard, Vincent Thomasset, Olivier Dubois, Lenio Kaklea, Maud Le Pladec, and Boris Charmatz. Throughout the years, she has collaborated with Robert Wilson, Eleanor Bauer, Michael Helland, Aszure Barton, Rachid Ouramdane, Gus Giordano, and visual artist Fabrice Samyn. Jacquelyn has taught workshops in a variety of contexts such as NYU Tisch School of the Arts (NY), Hellerau (Dresden, Germany), DansenHus (Oslo, Norway), Ballet Du Nord/CCN (Lille, France), The Martha Graham School (NY), The Joffrey Ballet School (NY), as well as Alvin Ailey/Fordham University (NY). During a 5 year residency in Brussels, Belgium, Jacquelyn founded The Cold Press, an organic cold pressed juicery, exploring her interest in the healing power of food. The Cold Press’s research eventually culminated into a performance titled “Juicing the Juice with Jackie”, which was a part of R.E.C.E.S.S (Ritual.Experience.Concept.Event.Spa.Show) with Michael Helland at ZSenne Gallery in Bruxelles, Belgium in 2017. Jacquelyn is currently an MFA candidate at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. and working on a documentary film on the Martha Graham Dance Company titled, A High Wire of Circumstance.
Kaisha Essiane, born in 1989 in Libreville, trained as a dancer at l’École de Sables in Senegal. She participates in several choreographic projects in Senegal, Gabon and the Netherlands as well as cultural projects.
Philippe Gladieux first became interested in photography and then followed a series of workshops organized by Didier-Georges Gabily. He staged hybrid theatrical forms (CDROM and médiances) and works as a light designer with Caterina and Carlotta Sagna, Fabrice Lambert (To po, Imp-posture, Solar), Yves-Noël Genod (Chic by Accident, I Take Care of you Personally, A Little Bit of Zelda, April 1), Olga de Soto (Overhang) and François Chaignaud (Dumy Moyi).
Agnès Henry has been leading the extrapole project since 2007. Created as an agency for artistic and cultural production, extrapole had today transformed into a support structure for intercultural and interdisciplinary experiences at the crossroads of art and social sciences. In the frame of extrapole, Agnès Henry develops companionships, artistic experimentation, pedagogical, innovative and cooperative projects on a European and international scale. At the same time, she has taught cultural project engineering in the Master of international cooperation in Paris 8 (arts department 2015-2019) and cooperates with the university on programmes of pedagogical innovation (UP8: CREATIC, MIP ARTEC 2015-2020, University and Science gallery of Melbourne (2019), University of Arts Belgrade (2020). She was a lecturer at Sciences PO Lyon (2010-2013), and today for the ICP of Paris (2018-2020). She is affiliated to the research laboratory “Scenes of the world, creation et critical knowledge” of Paris 8 University (sub-axis sociology of arts and culture) as a doctoral student. Her research focuses on the making of art as a space for cultural and democratic experimentation and the contributions of cultural rights to contemporary professional practices in the world of the performing arts.
Anastasio Koukoutas is a dance theorist, dramaturg and dance writer. He has been a contributor and publishing editor for various art institutions and organizations in Greece and a frequent collaborator with the websites dancepress.gr, artivist.gr and springbackmagazine.com.
Macklin Kowal is an artist, writer, and curator. A PhD candidate in Political Theory at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, he is additionally Founding Director of Sub Rosa Space, an independent venue for performance in central Athens. His theoretical and curatorial works prod the imbiratications of power, authority, and language.
Florian Leduc graduated from the Fine Arts School of Villa Arson in Nice. In 2010, he was the assistant of the Belgian artist Erik Duyckaerts. Since 2005, he collaborates with Joris Lacoste as a light and set designer for the stage works Suites N°1, Suite N°2 and Suite N°3. He also collaborates with directors and choreographers such as Yan Duyvendack, Lenio Kaklea, Pol Pi, Émilie Rousset, Pauline Simon, Pauline Brun, Céline Cartillier, Aurélien Patouillard, Thomas Gonzales, Claire Dessimoz, Adina Secretan, Malika Djardi, Camille Cau, Beppe Chicco and Barbara Matijevic.
Sabine Macher is a dancer, writer, translator and photographer, born in West-Germany and based in Paris, France. She conceives stage projects enhancing the minimal conditions of the performing arts: gathering at the same time in the same place for a limited duration in order to emit and receive what can be heard or seen. Her work is triggered by observation, description and synesthetic close up, as well as attracted to immance and its forms.
Dimitris Mytilinaios is active in the dance field since 2012. He is a graduate of the Greek National School of Dance and the exerce master’s program in Montpellier. In 2016, he was a fellow of the Onassis Foundation scholarship. He has collaborated with choreographers such as Yvonne Rainer, Romeo Castellucci, Iris Karayan and Lenio Kaklea, and develops his own choreographic work. He also takes part in the Artworks Fellowship conducted by Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the educational program Dancing to Connect.
Loren Palmer is a light designer, active in the field of live arts since 2019. Born in New Zealander and French by adoption, she studied dance at the CNDC in Angers and performed with Joëlle Bouvier, Charles Création Ange, Guillermo Botello, Lionel Hoche, Héla Fatoumi and Eric Lamoureux, Khalid Benghrib, Jean-Luc Verna and Olivier Dubois. She is a certified teacher in Contemporary Dance and Yoga and teaches in France and internationally to audiences of all ages, from multiple social and cultural backgrounds and from all disciplines. In 2004 she co-founded the Co. 2k_far “contemporary creation of all kinds” in Casablanca and in 2009 the Co. Porte L / K in Paris. Her artistic evolution manifests through her solo and collaborative experiences, developing spaces for choreographic expression, plastic object installations, experimental videos and light. As a light designer, she graduated from the CFPTS in Paris in Light Technique and Management where she extended her choreographic reflection by a physical and organic approach to scenic lighting. Since 2019, she creates light installations and scenography for multiple projects and artists such as Co. Arthesic, PlanK, Lenio Kaklea and M. Barbin.
Pierre Paulin inscribes his artistic work in today's visual culture, through poems, notes, essays, translation, publishing and the reproduction of clothes from his own wardrobe. The use of the term "look"—which could refer to his poetic work or the sets of garments he copies—is a common denominator in a writing and art practice centered around the combination of cultural formats and symbols. The presence of text is everywhere in his work: in the copies of his own clothes (pockets and linings), in his videos, and in his editions and books. His work has been exhibited in various institutions including the Palais de Tokyo, the Ricard Foundation, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and The Emily Harvey Foundation, New York. Solo exhibitions took place at Plateau, Frac Ile-de-France and at Circuit, Lausanne. In 2019, he was the recipient of the grant "Étant Donnés" from the Institut Français, New York. Paulin is also the editor of his own bilingual (French/English) magazine, la robe, and co-founder of the independent publishing workshop Presse Offset.
Chloé Schmidt lives and works in Paris. After completing her studies at the Institut d’Etudes Théâtrales de Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle, she started supporting cultural projects and collaborating with a multitude of artists, mainly in the contemporary dance sector: Daniel Larrieu, Ivana Mûller, François Chaignaud and Cécilia Bengolea, Gaëlle Bourges in particular. In fall 2020, Chloé Schmidt joined Lenio Kaklea and abd, as production administrator.
Pierre Simon was born in 1985, he lives and works in Aubervilliers. In 2008, he obtained a Master 2 Sciences, Arts Culture Innovation and Multimedia at the University of Versailles - Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. From 2007 to 2014, he worked at CAC Brétigny where he assisted Pierre Bal-Blanc, director of the art center. After a mission as public manager at the Maréchalerie - Contemporary Art Center of Ensa-V, he joined the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers team in 2015 (co-directed by Alexandra Baudelot, Mathilde Villeneuve and Dora García) where he is in charge of coordinating projects and editions. He regularly collaborates with the choreographers Lenio Kaklea and François Laroche-Valière. In 2019, he co-founded and co-directs Collective a cultural café located in Aubervilliers.
Studio Lialios Vazoura is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Athens, founded in 2002 by Christos Lialios and joined by Katerina Vazoura in 2013. Over these years, the Studio Lialios Vazoura has been interchanging the boundaries between exhibitions, books, identity systems, type design, publishing, furniture and textile design. It has estabished a long-term relationships - collaborations with artists as Hilde Aagaard, Sharon Kivland, Maria Konti, Lenio Kaklea, Leda Papaconstantinou, Yiannis Theodoropoulos, Thanasis Totsikas and Vangelis Vlahos as well as accomplished projects for institutes as DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Iset Contemporary Greek Art Institute, Jan van Eyck Academie, Hedah Centrum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Maastricht, FIH Field Institute Hombroich and Onassis Foundation. The studio has set up a workshop at Marres House for Contemporary Culture, while, since 2006 has designed most of the books published by Cube Art Editions. Studio Lialios Vazoura has been invited to exhibit and talk in Museums and Festivals such as Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts, Montreal and International Poster and Graphic Design Festival, Chaumont.
Eleni Tranouli is a curator and creative director driven by art as experience. She holds a BSc-MSc in Architecture, an MA in Film and Audiovisual Studies from the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, and has worked in IFA, Athens, Jeu de Paume, Paris, and MoMA, New York. A guest at Le Magazine du Jeu de Paume since 2013, she has also contributed film and culture stories to La Furia Umana, Revista Lumière, and The International Journal of Screendance. Her research on the uncharted writings of Maya Deren was presented at the Museo Reina Sofia, in France, Greece, the US, Morocco, and South Korea. Kantharos Gathering is a hybrid cultural project she created and organized at Dexamenes, a member of Design Hotels. Eleni regularly provides content for artists, creatives, designers, and lifestyle brands, and has been involved in various editorial projects by abd since 2016.
Sotiris Vasiliou graduated from the School of Architecture in Patras, Greece. Since 2008, he has worked with the architect and visual artist Andreas Angelidakis and often collaborates with artists such as Angelo Plessas and Danae Anessiadou. He works in close collaboration with Alexandra Bachzetsis, Lenio Kaklea and Vasilis Vilaras as a performer and scenographer.
Eric Yvelin started playing in a punk band in the 1990s until he enrolled in the National School of Fine Arts in Nantes. Since then, he has been developing a diversity of musical projects in collaboration with Rémy Héritier, Christophe Fiat, Loïc Touzé, Mickaël Phelippeau, Carole Perdereau, Antonia Baehr, Guillaume Robert, Nathalie Collantes, Lenio Kaklea, Sabine Macher, Pauline Simon, Katerina Andreou, Audrey Gaisan Doncel, Bryan Campbell.