Guest & Choreographers
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Born in Stockholm where he got his professional education at The Royal Swedish Ballet School followed by his first engagement at the Royal Swedish Ballet in 1980.

After nine years, 1984-1993, as Principle Dancer at The Hamburg Ballet he continued his dancing career at William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt, 1993-1999.

1999-2002 he took on the Artistic Directorship of The Gothenburg Ballet, during which he raised the company’s international and contemporary profile.

2004-2009 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Nederlands Dans Theatre. In this position he commissioned and introduced works by among others Crystal Pite, Marco Goecke, Wayne McGregor, William Forsythe, Alexander Ekman, Medhi Walerski into the repertoire.

After three years of international freelancing, he returned to NDT to take on the position of Curator & Artistic Producer 2013-2019.

Besides teaching and coaching the dancers of the companies he has been directing, Anders Hellstrom has been a regular guest teacher at the Royal Swedish Ballet, The Norwegian National Ballet, Berliner Staatsballett, Ballet National de Marseille to mention a few.

Presently he is teaching and coaching on a freelance base.

Amos Ben-Tal – choreographer and artistic leader of OFFprojects

Amos Ben-Tal (Israel, 1979) graduated in 1997 at The National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. Amos then moved to Holland where he danced at Nederlands Dans Theater, performing with the company for nine years. It is also at NDT where he developed his passion for choreography, making his debut in 2005 with the piece TRACK for NDT1.

In 2006 Amos left NDT to dedicate himself full time to developing his own work. He then created several independent works under the wing of Korzo Productions in The Hague. In 2012 Amos co-founded OFFprojects, a collective of former dancers from NDT and Batsheva.

OFFprojects has toured several successful productions (OFFline, Might, Howl, 60 and Interval) as well as several installations. In 2016, they won the prestigious Dioraphte Dance Prize.

Amos composes the music for all his pieces as well as for other choreographers such as Johan Inger and Marne and Imre van Opstal. He is also the lead singer of the rock band Noblesse.

Milena Twiehaus (Germany, 1984)

After training at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the Juilliard School in New York, Milena danced for several companies such as Europa Danse (FR) and IT Danza (ESP), eventually landing in Ohad Naharin’s Ensemble Batsheva in Israel.

In 2008 Milena returned to Europe to work as a freelancer. She has collaborated with Amos Ben-Tal/ OFFprojects, Edan Gorlicki, and Itamar Serrusi. She is a member of Emanuel Gat Dance.

Biography of Zoran Marković

Born in Belgrade in 1974, Zoran Marković started dancing at the National Ballet school “Lujo Davico”. Having placed 3rd at the Benetton Competition in Treviso in 1991, he was invited by Marika Besobrazova to continue his professional development at Princess Grace school in Monaco for a period of two month. Through a scholarship scheme, Zoran completed the Hamburg Ballet School John Neumeier.

His first professional engagement was with Dresden Ballet under V.Derevianko where he was a soloist for several years. In 1998 he followed choreographer Stephan Thoss to Thoss-Tanzkopanie in Kiel where he maintained a soloist. In 2001, the Company moved to Hanover where Zoran continued to be a soloist and took the position of Stephan Thoss assistant. As a guest soloist, Zoran performed with the Lyon Ballet in Mat Ek’s Carmen as Don Jose for the company’s Asia tour.

In 2006 he continued his carrier at Netherlands Dance Theatre in Den Haag, The Netherlands.

He danced solo roles in choreographies of: J.Neumeier (Sacre, Daphnes and Chloe, The Nutcracker, Afternoon of a Faun (creation), Mats Ek (Grass, Carmen, Fluke), Lightfoot/Leon ( Silent Screen, Speak for Yourself etc.); W. Forsythe ( Trio), Crystal Pite (Second person), G.Tetley (Volontaries), J.Lazinni (La Fille mal gardée), K.Gdaniec (Earth) , Stephan Thoss (Giselle M, Swanlake, Teufel und Engel, Interval, Mohnblume, Belullus, Solus, Nach Moskau, Vision Fugitive, Cha Cha and others), T.Willhelm, M.Goecke, F.Magadan, L.Timulak, F.Nappa and others. Throughout his carrier he performed in different theaters around the world.

In 2013 Zoran took the position of a rehearsal director and assistant of a director of Lucerne dance company where he taught classical ballet, assist choreographers, rehearse repertoire, organize and co-direct the company. As a ballet master in Lucerne, Zoran assisted and rehearsed choreographies of Stijn Celis,Fernando Magadan,Cayetano Soto,Crystal Pite,Johan Inger,Andonis Foniadakis,Lukas Timulak,Patrick Delcroix,Bryan Arias,Stephan Thoss,Idan Sharabi,Fernando Melo,Georg Reischl,Didi Veldman,Marco Goecke and Jo Stromgren. Side project such as workshops with amateur kids between 10-15, disabled people and refugees were part of the company’s philosophy.

Since 2018. he is independent artist where he teaches ballet, repertoire and is setting Johan Inger’s Peer Gynt and different works of Stephan Thoss.

As a guest teacher for ballet he taught for Basel Ballet, DresdenFrankfurt Company, Slovenian National ballet, Wiesbaden Company, Croatian National ballet, Serbian National ballet, Lucerne Company, IT Dansa, Codarts, Institute dal Teatra, Institute O.Martorell etc., and for repertoire Zoran taught at workshops such as SHARE,DART,TANZWERKSTATT MUNICH,DAP Sitges and other places in Europe.

As a choreographer Zoran has created full evening pieces with Sandra Marin Garcia “Cosa Nostra”(Lucerne dance company) and “Insight” (Nanine Lininng company).Other creations: “Othello” for Bitef Dance Company, “The Golden age” for Maribor ballet, “Once upon a time..” and “Shake your booty”. As dancer and choreographer Zoran created duet “Bonet” and “The morning after the night before” and movies “Color Lab” and Happily ever after”.

Zoran’s first choreography “Bonet” got invited to Huston dance salad and Gala in Japan.

Awards:
-3rd award in Benetton competition in Treviso, Italy
-“Bonet” received the Audience Award at the Choreographic competition in Copenhagen and the Production Award of Dance Week Festival in Croatia.
-Outstanding dancer award in Australia 2008.
-VIP award at the Belgrade dance festival 2016
Zoran speaks: Serbian, English, German and Bulgarian

Mail:markovic.zoran@gmx.net
Web: www.zoranmarkovic.com

Urtzi Aranburu Adrada
San Sebastian- Gipuzkoa

He studied dance at the Thalia Dance Studio in San Sebastian directed by Mentxu Medel and finished her studies at Luis Fuente’s school in Madrid. He obtained his degree in Classical Dance at the Conservatory of Dance in Madrid.
Since 1991 and during 16 seasons he was part of the dance company Nederlans Dans Theater in Holland, under the direction of Jirí Kylián

Urtzi has performed in shows of world renowned choreographers such as Jirí Kylián, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Hans Van Manen, Saburo Teshigawara, Ohad Naharin among others.

After finishing his career as a dancer, he became rehearsal director and assistant to company director Gerald Tibbs, at Nederlands Dans Theater 2,

For the last ten years he has been working as assistant to choreographer Jirí Kylián, remounting and rehearsing his choreographies in world-acclaimed dance companies.

He has also worked as assistant to choreographer Johan Inger on creations such as Carmen for CND, NDT and Basel Ballet, as well as a ballet teacher for many different companies.

Sandra Marín studied dance at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona, specializing in classical dance with teachers such as Guillermina Coll, Barbara Kasprowicz and Mirtha Pla. Upon finishing his studies, he joined the company Danza Dark, directed by Guillermina Coll. After two years, he began a long professional career abroad dancing in companies such as: Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Cullberg Ballet, Netherlands Dans Theater I and Kidd Pivot, among others. Throughout these years, Sandra has had the pleasure of working with choreographers like Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Johan Inger, Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, Paul Lightfoot & Sol León, Crystal Pite, Itzik Galili, Tero Saarinen, Birgitte Cullberg and William Forsythe, among others.

Her immersion in the artistic world and the style of Crystal Pite, director of Kidd Pivot, began in 2010 and also involved an immersion in the world of improvisation and creation. Likewise, Sandra began to develop the task of répétiteur and creator in different fields and international companies.

As a choreographer, in 2010 she created “Almost”, a piece for the elderly, at the Maximum Dans Course in Den Haag, organized by the Nederlands Dans Theater. In 2011 he created “Stringing Light”, together with Jiri Pokorny, for the production “Works- by members of Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM” and, together with Zoran Markovic, she created “Insight”, for the Dance Theater Heidelberg and “Cosa Nostra” for the Tanz Luzerner Theater. Sandra collaborated with La Fura dels Baus as a choreographer in their opera “Cantos de Sirena”, created for the Luzerner Theater (2015) and the Cologne Opera (2016). In 2017, Sandra created another piece for the elderly, ” Look at Me”, for the Luzerner Theater.

Sandra has been working as a répétiteur, teacher and coreographer for more than a decade. She has taught workshops in programs such as the Maximum Dans Course in The Hague, the Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive, the DAF Center in Rome, Strut Dance in Australia, Dance Italia in Lucca and the Maria de Ávila Conservatory in Madrid, among others. Likewise, she has collaborated as a repeater with Crystal Pite, Johan Inger and Fernando Hernando Magadan.

In 2018 Sandra returned to Barcelona. She currently works at the Institut del Teatre as a teacher for the CSD, the CPD and the young company Itdansa, and continues to collaborate with different training platforms throughout Europe, giving workshops.
Trained in Yiquan – Martial and Therapeutic Arts – in Switzerland by the Chen Akademie, she currently combines her training in the Armor Liberation Method (MLC) with her Bachelor’s degree in Catalan Language and Literature at the UOC.

Born in Belgium (1981), Ralitza Malehounova completed her education at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp.
She danced with the Stuttgart Ballet, Mannheim Ballet and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam.

Throughout her career she worked closely with several choreographers on new creations and performed in a diverse repertoire from the traditional classics to contemporary works by renowned choreographers such as: John Cranko, John Neumeier, Marcia Haydée, George Balanchine, Uwe Scholz, Christian Spuck, Douglas Lee, Marco Goecke, Ed Wubbe, Jiri Kylián, Hans Van Manen, Dominique Dumais, Kevin O’Day, Felix Landerer, Georg Reischl.

Later Ralitza continued her path as a free-lance dancer, teacher and assistant choreographer. She started staging Marco Goecke’s work for several companies and throughout the years has worked as a teacher and repetitor with Codarts Rotterdam.

From 2017 till 2021 Ralitza was a ballet-master at NDT working closely with Choreographers Marco Goecke, Medhi Walerski, Edward Clug, Paul Lightfoot, Jiri Kylián, Sharon Eyal, Marne&Imre Van Opstal, Yoann Bourgeois and Damien Jalet on existing repertoire and new creations within the company.
In 2021 she returned to her freelance career staging and teaching classes and workshops all around the world.

PEDAGOGICAL TEAM

Born in Stockholm, Sweden (1967). He completes his dance training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and the National Ballet School (Canada). From 1985 to 1990 he danced in the Royal Swedish Ballet. In 1990 he entered the Netherlands Dance Theater (NDT) and soon became one of the dancers with the most character and charisma of the Company.

Since his debut, Inger has created various works for the NDT. For his ballets Dream Play and Walking Mad, he received the Lucas Hoving Production Award in October 2001. Walking Mad (later danced by the Cullberg Ballet) was awarded the Dance & Dance Award 2005. Inger was nominated in various Dutch Awards such as the Golden Theater Dance Prize 2000, the VSCD Dance Panel and the 2002 Merit Award from the Stichting Dansersfounds’79.

In 2013 Inger received the prestigious Carina Ari Award in Stockholm for the international dissemination of Swedish art and dance. Inger left the NDT in 2003 to take over, as artistic director, of the Cullberg Ballet, a company he ran until 2008.
His work is commissioned by numerous ballet companies around the world. He was nominated for the prestigious “Benois de la Danse” award for the best show of 2016. Since 2009 he lives in Seville.

PILAR PEREZ CALVETE

Higher Degree in Dance in the specialty of Choreography and Interpretation Techniques. Trained in classical and contemporary dance. In 1987, she founded Hidra Danza, the first Andalusian contemporary dance company where she was a dancer, choreographer and teacher. He has been part of the teaching staff of the Seville Theater Institute for 14 years.

And since 1997 she has been a contemporary dance teacher at the Andalusian Dance Center. The development of his professional career has focused on teaching, a large part of his students are in companies around the world. She combines this activity with creation, participating as a choreographer in various Andalusian theater and dance theater companies. She has choreographed two versions of the opera Rigoletto, directed by G. de Tomasi and L. Iturri for the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, and as a repeater of Ramón Oller in Aida directed by José Luis Gutiérrez and Pedro Halffter.

Together with Manolo Marín, he co-directs the work “A Contratiempo”, a fusion of flamenco and contemporary dance, premiered at the Sitges Festival in 1999. Pilar has directed and co-directed with Ramón Oller several shows for the Andalusian Dance Center. Between 2006 and 2008 she choreographed two children’s shows with La Tarasca Company.

In 2009 and 2019 she is the choreographic director of three works of the Cía. El Velador/Chinabaus, Hildegard (2009), Upper (2010) and La cocina de los Ángeles (2019), that where premiered at the Itálica International Dance Festival.

In 2014 and 2015 she was part of the group of artists “Música en Movimiento” together with the composer, director and violinist Bruno Axel, premiering the works Muk & Move and El bosque de los submergidos at the Teatro de la Maestranza.

Between 2010 and 2020, she has been a contemporary dance teacher, head of studies and co-director of the Andalusian Dance Center.

RAUL HERAS

Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher of Contemporary Dance.

He began his classical dance studies at the Kina Jiménez Professional Dance Conservatory, Almería. In 2002 he moved to Seville, after receiving a scholarship for the contemporary dance program at the Andalusian Dance Center, where he trained in various techniques; Graham, Simonson, Release and Humphrey, specializing in partnering work and the Limón methodology, with teachers such as Risa Steinberg, Maxine Stainman or Ramón Oller, his artistic godfather… (2005 – 2013).

He began his professional career in Barcelona, in companies such as Trànsit Dansa by María Rovira, Roberto G Alonso dance theater or Metros Dansa by Ramón Oller, among others, making numerous national and international tours in important theaters such as Tel Aviv Opera House, Sadler’s Wells Theater London. , Joyce Theater NYC or the Mercat de las Flors, and at festivals such as the Peralada Festival, the Manizales Colombia Festival or Danza Valencia, etc. He performs several choreographic assistances, among which Ramón Oller stands out, at the same time that he collaborates in various Opera productions and participates in TV Klan as choreographer and jury of the Star Academy Talent Show, Albania.

From 2014 to 2020, he works at the Andalusian Dance Center (Seville), as a teacher and choreographer, teaching Limón Technique, Pas de Deux and Choreographic Workshops. At the same time, he collaborates in several productions with other artists, such as Bueno Axel and Pilar Pérez Calvete in Music in Movement (Maestranza Seville), BCN City Ballet (Barcelona – New York) or with Patricia Guerrero in the International Festival of Dance Itálica (Seville), among others.

He is currently the Founder and Artistic Director of Dance Meeting Seville, High Performance Dance Campus, in collaboration with the Pablo de Olavide University of Seville in which he brings together several international artists. Guest teacher in different schools in Andalusia and Professional Conservatories or for the CEP (Centro Enseñanza Profesorado), among others. He combines his projects by collaborating as a dancer and performer in the productions of the Andaluza Teatro del Velador Company.

It has recently received the TEJER DANZA 21 Award, at the XII Edition of the PAD awards. Recognition of the work in the development of the dance fabric in Andalusia with projects like “Dance Meeting Sevilla”.

Javier Perez studied dance at the Andalusian Dance Center (Seville) and the Institut del Teatre (Barcelona).

He began his professional career in 2008 working in different spanish companies and projects, dancing pieces by Johan Inger, Eva Bertomeu, Fernando Hurtado, Pilar Pérez Calvete, etc.

In 2012 he joined the Swedish company NORRDANS, where he worked with choreographers such as Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Marcos Morau, Fernando Melo, Roy Assaf, Martin Forsberg among others.

As of 2015, he returns to the freelance environment working with companies and choreographers around Europe, like Andersson Dance (Sweden), Isabel Vázquez (Spain), Alexander Whitley Dance Co (UK), Mari Carrasco (Sweden), Gustavo Ramírez (Spain), among others.

She begins her studies at the “Manuel de Falla” Conservatory of Cádiz to later move to Madrid where she continues to train in Classical and Contemporary Dance at the Carmen Roche school and graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Music and Dance of Madrid.

With specialty in Choreography and Dance Performance Techniques, she is rehearsal director of renowned choreographer Johan Inger. Carolina has staged works by Inger in companies such as SemperOper Dresden, Gauthier Dance and Alto Ballet Essen in Germany, Cullberg Ballet, Göteborgs Operans in Sweden, Aterballetto in Italy, Ballet de la Opera de Lyon in France, Cedar Lake Dance in New York, among others.

Between 1989 and 2003 she danced with the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) in Holland, under the direction of Jirí Kylián and later between 2003 and 2008 with Cullberg Ballet in Sweden, under the direction of Johan Inger. Carolina has performed works by Jírí Kylian, Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Hans Van Manen, William Forsythe and Jean Christophe Maillot, among others. Since 2010, she has thought classical ballet and choreographic workshops at different institutions in Sweden and Spain, teacher at “Centro Andaluz de Danza” in Seville, for the past 10 years.

ISABEL VÁZQUEZ

Sevillian director, choreographer and performer with an intense professional career linked to Dance and Theater.
Degree in Art History from the University of Seville.

Trained in Classical Ballet and later in Contemporary Dance at the Andalusian Dance Center, and at The Place-London Contemporary Dance School.

Entrepreneur of educational and scenic projects such as the Center for the Performing Arts of Seville and Excéntrica Producciones, the umbrella under which some of her shows have been born.

As a dancer, she has worked for numerous companies on the national scene, including 10&10Danza and L’Anónima Imperial. She has worked in productions directed by choreographers like Ramón Oller, Emio Greco, Jordi Cortés, Rober Tannion and Nigel Charnock.
His choreographic works, endorsed by critics, have been awarded numerous prizes.

Isabel has made choreographies and scenic movement for theater companies, collaborations with other artists and short pieces for the Andalusian Dance Center, where she developed his role as a teacher from 2009 to 2020.

www.isabelvazquezdances.com

Trained at the Institute of the Theater of Seville, the Abadía de Madrid and the Ecolé de Phillippe Gaulier, he has worked with important companies such as La Cuadra, Comediants, la Cía. National Classical Theater and Tricicle. In 2004, he created the Centro de Artes Escénicas de Sevilla and Excéntrica Producciones.

As an actor he premieres “Waiting for Godot” by Beckett, for which he received the Lorca Award for Best Actor. He has also worked with Maurizio Scaparro, Josef Svoboda, Götz Loepelmann, Achim Thorwald, Johan Inger and José Carlos Plaza, among others.
Between 2016 and 2018 he served as Secretary General of the Union of Actors and Actresses of Andalusia.