Francesco Scavetta is borned in Salerno (Italy), Scavetta studied at National Academy of Dance of Rome, graduated in Theatre and Performing Arts and Post-graduated in Sciences of Communication. Choreographer, and dancer, Francesco Scavetta is the artistic director of the Norwegian dance company Wee. In the last years, Wee has been touring in 36 countries, becoming one of the leading companies of the Norwegian scene. www.wee-francescoscavetta.no
Scavetta has been giving workshops amount others at: P.A.R.T.S./Brussels, IMPULSTANZ/Wien, Henny Jurriëns Foundation/Amsterdam, SEAD/Salzburg Experimental Dance Academy, Greenwich Dance/London and in many dance/theatre festivals. Since 2012, Scavetta has established Vitlycke – Centre for Performing Arts, a new residency place, in the middle between Oslo and Göteborg. www.vitlycke.org
Scavetta’s theatricality have often been associated with the atmosphere of a weird dream or to a playful world of a child: strange, funny, poetic and, at the same time, surprising. The performances created changes in format and aesthetic: to the delicate memories of “Daddy always wanted me to grow a pair of wings”, that looked like an old black and white movie found in the loft, we contra-posed the complex use of technology of performances like "Live*", co-produced by the Biennale of Venice. Live* won the first price at 30° Edition of the International Competition for Electro-acoustic Music of Bourges/France. The latest projects, "Hey dude, let’s stick around a bit longer this time” and “And I just stood there, watching the sky and the people below” have their conceptual starting point from a curiosity in the theme of the “consciousness” and have a different unconventional dramaturgical structure.
Jose Agudo started his career in Andalusia where he began performing as a Flamenco dancer. Slowly the world of contemporary dance became more visible as he worked throughout Europe performing with Charleroi/Danses, Ballet de Marseille, T.R.A.S.H, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and Akram Khan Company. As a rehearsal director and assistant choreographer Jose has worked on several creations for Akram Khan Company, including DESH, iTMOi, TOROBAKA, Until the Lions, Chotto Desh, London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, and Sylvie Guillem’s farewell tour Life in Progress. In 2011, Jose started to study Kathak under Akram’s guidance. Finding many parallels between this training and his early studies of Flamenco, Jose reconnected with his roots and began to explore traditional forms in a contemporary context. As a result he created three works: Paradiso focused on Indian dance; Silk Road with Bharatanatyam artist Mavin Khoo; and Carmen with its strong influences from the Mediterranean and Flamenco. Jose’s independent choreographic commissions also include, Ki for Phoenix Dance Theatre and English National Ballet School; Selah and Carmen for ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble; TEN and A Thousand Shepherds for ACE Dance and Music, later restaged with Cape Dance Company; and Arctic for LCDS; amongst several other creations. During 2018 and 2019 Jose will create commissions for Area Jeune Ballet, Bodhi Project (SEAD), MAP and NORRDANS, premiere his first short film Selah with co-director Matthew Beckett, and perform in his UK and international tour of Silk Road. Jose is an international guest teacher with a unique dance vocabulary between east and west.
Lisi Estaras begins to dance in Cordoba (Argentina). After trying to combine her studies in social work with a professional dance training, she chooses dance. Thanks to a scholarship she leaves Argentina at age 19 to study at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. Quite soon afterwards she joins the ranks of the Batsheva Ensemble in Tel Aviv. After five years in Israel Lisi moves to Europe and starts her career with les ballets C de la B in 1997. She creates and dances Iets op Bach, Wolf, vsprs, pitié!, C(H)ŒURS and tauberbach by Alain Platel, and Tempus Fugit by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Learning how to walk by Benny Claessens (NTGent). Over the years she created her own work and in collaboration with other artists. Bartime with Einat Tuchman (Campo, Ghent), Cocina Erotica and No Wonder with Constanza Macras (Schaubühne, Berlin), Leche (Passerelle, Kortrijk) and A distancia (Teatro Real, Cordoba, Argentina). For les ballets C de la B she choreographed Patchagonia, Bolero, The Gaza Monologues, primero-erscht and Dans Dans, a coproduction with het KIP (Ghent). Lisi also makes choreographies for theater and coaches other companies . She works on Hiob by Sandra Strunz (Theater Bonn), Das Brennende Haus by Emilio Garcia Wehbi and Maricel Alvarez (City Theater Bern), Het Hamilton Complex by Lies Pauwels (hetPALEIS, Antwerp), Collective F (Dampfcentrale Bern)... In 2015 she creates the solo La esclava with choreographer Ayelen Parolin (La Biennale de Charleroi, les Brigittines, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles (Paris), Le Gymnase (Roubaix), Julidans (Amsterdam), ...). In 2016 she creates the performance Monkey Mind with three dancers with down syndrome for Platform K (Campo, Ghent) and the solo The speech for dancer Irene Russolillo (Festival Equilibrium, Rome). In 2017 Monkey mind feest for Kaap (Dansand Festival, Ostende). When I see a strawberry I think of a tongue a collaboration with Serge Aime Coulibaly, Sara Vanderieck and Mirko Banovic (Kaap, Grote Post, Oostende; Théâtre des Doms, Avignon). The Jewish Connection Project, (Festival Machol Shalem, Jerusalem). In 2018 Lisi will premiere two works, a collaboration with Constanza Macras Dorky Park (Berlin) and Sapiens for the Ballet Contemporaneo Teatro San Martin (Buenos Aires, Argentina). She gives masterclasses and workshops in Belgium and internationally as part of the pedagogic platform of les ballets C de la B. In 2017 she has been awarded with a grant for research on the themes of kinesthetic, empathy and the mirror neurons in connection with her monkey mind choreographic research.
GN | MC Maria Campos and Guy Nader :
Maria Campos studied at SEAD in Austria and obtained a BA in Dance from the Amsterdam School of the Arts (MTD) in 2003. She has worked with various companies and independent artists, combining teaching and her own creation. She has worked with Meekers in co production with Hans Hof Ensemble in The Netherlands, Protein Dance and Tom Dale in the UK, with Sol Picó, Àngels Margarit/Cia.Mudances, John Jasperse, Susana Amarante Duarte, May Zahry, Bebeto Cidra and Roser López Espinosa, among others. Since 2006 she collaborates with Guy Nader creating their own works as an ensemble. She has also worked on several occasions as assistant and performer in community dance projects such as “Crossroads” produced by Mercat de les Flors. In 2006 created her first work EXPERIENCE CEMENT premiered in London at The Place during Resolution!07. Artist in residence 2014/15 at Graner – Creation Centre in Barcelona. MC regularly teaches workshops and classes worldwide at organisations, professional studios and schools such as Henny Jurriëns Stichting and MTD/ Theatreschool AHK in Amsterdam, Dansateliers in Rotterdam, Maqamat Dance Theatre Studio in Lebanon, Protein Dance and East London Dance in UK, Institut del Teatre/Superior Conservatory for Dance, La Caldera creation centre and La Piconera in Barcelona. Maria Campos solo work TARANNÀ created in several phases during 2012-2014 will be presented in January 2016 at Mercat de les Flors in Dan Dan Dansa for young audience.
Guy Nader obtains a BA in Theatre from the Institute of Fine Arts in the Lebanese University in Beirut and a diploma from Moveo, physical theater school in Barcelona. He has been granted the DanceWEB Europe scholarship in 2012. He has received several awards including first prize in the International Festival 15 Masdanza in Gran Canaria for his solo created in 2010 WHERE THE THINGS HIDE. He works and collaborates regularly with the dancer and choregrapher Maria Campos with whom has co-created severals works. He has also collaborated with Maqamat Dance Theatre, Bebeto Cidra, Oreet Ashery, Iliacan, Laida Azkona, Roser López Espinosa, Mickael Marso/Décalage Company, among others. Associated artist in La Caldera since 2012 and artist in residence 2014/15 at Graner – Creation Centre in Barcelona.
Alongside his work as choreographer, Guy Nader regularly teaches workshops and classes worldwide at organisations, professional studios and schools such as Henny Jurriëns Stichting, and MTD/ Theatreschool AHK in Amsterdam, 16th Dance & Non Verbal Theatre Festival in San Vincenti in Croatia, Maqamat Dance Theatre Studio in Lebanon, Institut del Teatre/Superior Conservatory for Dance, La Caldera creation centre, Area, Tragant Dansa in Barcelona and Danseu festival in Tarragona, Spain.
“Our approach to dance reconfigures from one project to another, with every work achievement it becomes a learning process where we discover new places to explore, that later on lay out into a specific language and contour.” Guy Nader and Maria Campos have a common ground in their individual approach to dance, where both look for a high demanding physicality aiming to push the body into its limits. Seeking for strength and delicacy of their own bodies, they allow a whole spectrum of imaginary to rise, discovering and providing an endless body landscape. Together they have drawn a common interest in the partnering work where they experiment new ways of approaching the relation between two or more bodies, developing strategies and tasks in order to provide the body a distinct image and perception.