Konstantina Georgelou is an Amsterdam-based performing arts theorist, dramaturg and researcher. She works as a core lecturer and a research advisor at the ArtEZ Master of Theatre Practices (and previously at the ArtEZ Master of Choreography). Konstantina has also been a lecturer at the Department of Media and Culture at Utrecht University, where she completed her PhD research (performless: operations of l’informe in postdramatic theatre, 2011) and was later on appointed as a post-doc fellow at the Centre for the Humanities. Since then, Konstantina has been teaching in various university departments and art schools in Europe and she regularly acts as an advisor for dance and theatre makers who pursue artistic research (ArtEZ, DAS, THIRD etc.). Her research spans over the areas of dramaturgy, choreography, philosophy and artistic research. The driving question for her work seem to always be ‘How can we be and act together?’, which motivates her to explore artistic, discursive and activist practices as articulations of the political. Konstantina also has an ongoing engagement with modes of production in theory and in the arts, which has been taking different formats in primarily collaborative projects. She has published writings internationally, such as in Performance Research Journal, Performance Paradigm, ArtEZ Press, Maska; she recently co-authored The Practice of Dramaturgy: Working on Actions in Performance (Valiz, 2017) and co-edited the issue ‘On Names’ (Performance Research Journal, 2017). She has worked together with several artists including Zhana Ivanova, Danae Theodoridou, Janez Janša, Efrosini Protopapa, Mladen Alexiev, Katja Heitmann, Ingrid Berger Myhre and Apostolia Papadamaki, and she collaborates with several artistic and educational institutions in Europe.
João da Silva studied choreography and performance at the European Dance Development Centre in Arnhem, where he also learnt Release, Body Mind Centering, and various approaches to improvisation. In 2004 he became a master NLP practitioner, being certified by the Neuro Linguistic Programming Center in New York City. In 2010 he obtained his Master Degree (cum laude) in Theater Science at the University of Utrecht, where in October 2016 he finished his PhD research (Risk-Taking and Large-Group Dance Improvisation). He has danced, among others, with Quilombo (Brazil) and Dance Alliance (directed by Mary O'Donnell Fulkerson ), and has over the years choreographed a number of small scale works, also for theater. He has taught dance technique, improvisation and composition in Europe, Israel, Asia and South America and since 1995 he has been a lecturer at ArtEZ School of Dance, Arnhem, and from 2002 to 2014 the head of the ArtEZ Master of Choreography Program (now MTP). He is currently senior teacher and researcher at ArtEZ University of the Arts (Bachelor Dance, International Master Artist Educator and Professorship Theory on the Arts). He has published articles in Kinesis, ArtEZ Press, Dutch Society for Dance Research, Inflexions and Transcript and his current interests revolve around artistic research, intimacy and ‘going public’.
Nienke Terpsma is an artist and book designer. She studied fine art at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, now Artez. From 2001 till 2003 she did a masters in Typography and book design at Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem, with a focus on editorial design. Since 2003 she and Rob Hamelijnck have been the editors of the self initiated magazine and traveling artistic project Fucking Good Art that focuses on the social, political and personal context of the contemporary art practice. In the past, they settled for shorter or longer periods in places, among others, like Berlin, Dresden, Copenhagen, Riga, Basel, Zurich, Tbilisi and Italy, to make editions (publications and web-radio) of Fucking Good Art from the local context and in a constantly changing collective of thinkers and makers. Next to her own practice Nienke Terpsma worked till 2001 as a photographer for magazines, institutes and for commissioners from different cultural fields, among which the CNDO/EDDC. As an independent book designer she has since 2003 worked for institutes and publishing houses such as Piet Zwart Institute, NAi Publishers, Valiz, Routledge, as well as for, and in close collaboration with, various artists and authors. She is interested in documentary and in the interaction between concepts, experience and action.
Pedro Manuel is a Portuguese artist and researcher. He graduated in Philosophy and completed a Master in Theatre Studies in Lisbon, where he worked as actor and theatre director, as well as a theatre programmer, critic and teacher. In The Netherlands, Pedro completed DasArts - Master of Theatre and developed a PhD dissertation at the University of Utrecht. He is the Coordinator of the Master of Theatre Practices at ArtEZ.
His dissertation researches how contemporary performances without actors (such as performances with spectators, non-actors, technology or natural phenomena) contribute to understand forms of acting beyond actors and reconfigure relations of co-presence between humans and non-humans. In his recent theoretical writings and artistic practices, Pedro has been interested in forms of expanded acting, particularly, in the performativity of appearing and of apparition. This has led him to research practices of visualizing the visible and invisible, or the perceiving of the natural and of the supernatural. His performative works relate with approaches which are participatory, intermedial, posthuman, combining humour, theory and visual effects.
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Zhana Ivanova’s practice involves rearranging and reconfiguring daily patterns and structures to which we have grown accustomed. Interpersonal relations are of central interest. She often uses performance in order to artificially induce situations in which social, gender and power relations fluctuate. Her constructions are formal and rule-governed; yet within them she insistently exposes the ambiguity of her own rules.
Ivanova (Bulgaria, 1977) lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied Russian language and literature at Queen Mary University College in London. She began her career as a legal interpreter, followed by a choice to pursue her interest in art and performance full time. In 2009 she graduated from DasArts in Amsterdam and in 2013 she completed a residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Her works are mostly shown within a visual arts context.
Recent presentations of her works include a.o. Fondation Ricard, Paris (2017), Playground Festival, Leuven (2017), Kunsthalle Basel (2016), Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo (2016), Ellen De Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam (2016), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015), David Roberts Art Foundaton, London (2015), Fondation Galeries Lafayette, Paris (2014), Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2013). Ivanova's "Ongoing Retrospective" - a cumulative exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel, is periodically presented in chapters since 2015.