Konstantina Georgelou works as a performing arts theorist, dramaturge and researcher. She is currently a core lecturer of Discursive Practice and a research advisor at the ArtEZ Master of Theatre Practices (and previously at the ArtEZ Master of Choreographer). Konstantina is also a lecturer at the Theatre Studies Department of Utrecht University, where she completed her PhD research (‘performless: operations ofl’informe in postdramatic theatre’, 2011) and was later on appointed as post-doc fellow at the Centre for the Humanities, to conduct research on the intersection between dance and cognitive sciences. In 2011 she co-curated a PSi Regional Research Cluster in Athens, and she is a founding member of the Institute for Live Arts Research in Greece.
Konstantina’s research interests concern modes of working together, the intersections between theory and practice, dramaturgy and ethics, while she explores discursive, artistic and activist practices as articulations of the political. She has published writings internationally, such as in Performance Research, Performance Paradigm, ArtEZ Press, Maska, On Air, and is currently co-editing and co-authoring a book about contemporary dramaturgical practices. She has worked together with the artists Danae Theodoridou, Janez Janša, Efrosini Protopapa, Mladen Alexiev, Katja Heitmann, Ingrid Berger Myhre, Valasia Simeon and Apostolia Papadamaki, and collaborates with the SNDO, ICKamsterdam, Dansateliers, HetVeem theatre, DasArts and the Amsterdam Master of Choreography.
João da Silva studied choreography and performance at the European Dance Development Center 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 and for 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. In September 2014 he became senior lecturer, helping, among others, in the conception of the professorship-to-come for Theatre and Dance.
He has published articles in Kinesis, ArtEZ Press, Dutch Society for Dance Research, Inflexions and Transcript, and has edited a book on artistic research occurring within the ArtEZ Master Program in Choreography. He is currently a member of the editorial team for the Artist_Educator Journal of ArtEZ and has embarked upon a new publication in collaboration with Peter Sonderen, professor of Theory in the Arts at ArtEZ.
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.