Prof. Paolo Apolito teaches Cultural Anthropology at the University Roma III. He studies religious and ritual phenomena, celebrations, visions of Mary and recently rhythms and musical communication. His books include: Il cielo in terra. Costruzioni simboliche di un’apparizione mariana (il Mulino, 1992); La religione degli italiani (Editori Riuniti, 2001); Internet e la Madonna (Feltrinelli, 2002); and Il gioco del festival. Romanzo del Giffoni Film Festival (L’Ancora del Mediterraneo, 2004). His latest work is Ritmi di festa. Corpo, danza, socialità (il Mulino, 2014) which served as the basis for a theatrical monologue that he presents as the “anthropologist making house calls”.
Eleanor Barrett is co-director of The Brick Box, an artist-led Community Interest Company with a socially engaged, place-based practice. Currently based in the city of Bradford, through live art experiences the Brick Box transforms neglected spaces, brings people together and invites them to see things differently. The team are producers and artists, enablers and provocateurs, stimulating creative and economic growth, and a regeneration of both spirit and place. Eleanor has created over forty original artworks for venues and festivals including the Brighton Festival, LIFT, Bradford Mela, Shunt Vaults and the ICA; as a producer, she has created hundreds more.
Kate Boschetti was born in Monza (Italy) in 1994. After graduating from Parentucelli Scientific High school in Sarzana, she attended a two-year training for contemporary circus artists at FLIC Circus School in Turin, specialising in juggling and club manipulation. After that she has attended multiple workshops and training sessions in juggling and object manipulation as well as workshops in “acting for circus” with some of Europe’s finest teachers. Kate has performed with Gandini Juggling and Critical Mess, among others.
Orlagh De Bhaldraithe is a musician, composer and theatre practitioner based in the west of Ireland. She has been the musical director for Macnas Theatre Company on many of their outdoor street spectacle shows. She has been a contributing artist with numerous Irish theatre companies including Moonfish and Mephisto and most recently THEATREclub.
Giulia Cantaluppi is an independent researcher, who graduated in Contemporary Cultural Heritage at the University of Genova, and with a PhD in Territorial Planning and Public Policy from the University Iuav of Venice. From 2009, she has been a founder member of temporiuso.net, a cultural association based in Milan that promotes temporary reuse projects in abandoned spaces and a network of local and international partnerships with associations, activists and researchers.
Marie-Yvonne Capdeville was born in Ponte-Nova, a small city on the red land of Brazil, and now lives in Marseille. Finishing her studies of European Communications, Marie integrates her formation ‘Extensions’ of the centre of Choreographical Developement of Toulouse. Currently “apprentie” at the FAI-AR, training for art in public space at Marseille. She investigates how the work about intimacy can exist in public space, how is possible to do one piece of dance without upsetting the landscape by integrating the body and the movement like a poetic fulgurance.
Francesca Castellano is an activist, circus and performance artist from Rome who lives in Ireland. She has worked as a performer, aerialist and teacher for over 15 years, developing ensemble performances, cabaret and parades with various communities. In recent years she has connected her performance art with her activist work as a dissident, anarchist and feminist. She combines her passion for embodied experiences with the struggle to find meaningful connections that can instigate autonomous identities within our coded behaviours.
Bruno Costa is Co-director of Bússola, a Portuguese structure with a mission to support strategic development of artistic and cultural projects. He has a Master’s degree in Management for the Creative Industries with academic research based on the international mobility of artists, with a special focus on outdoor arts. Over the last years he has collaborated in several projects as cultural strategy and artistic programming consultant, in Portugal and abroad.
Dagmara Gumkowska is a Programmer, promoter, impresario, arts and cultural events manager and fundraiser, experienced and involved over time in public relations and marketing activities and in numerous educational projects. For many years Dagmara has been Artistic Director at TEATROMANIA International Festival and Chief Specialist in cultural projects organisation at the Bytomskie Centrum Kultury. Since June 2017 Dagmara is Manager for International Cooperation & Impresario at Teatr Ślaski in Katowice and Programme and artistic curator of Open the Door International Festival.
Jens Frimann Hansen is the Director of Helsingør Teater and the Artistic Director of Passage FESTIVAL (DK) and SO-Festival (UK). He is also in the board of The Copenhagen Theatres and he holds several positions of trusts in both Denmark and Sweden. His key interests are working cross genres and cross borders and he has developed PASSAGE Festival as an international cooperation in border regions between Denmark, Sweden and UK. In future years he will explore the connection and relation between street arts and institutional art work.
Mike Leahy leads Waterford Spraoi and is a founding member of the company. He and a team of resident artists, technicians and crew create and present Waterford Spraoi’s original productions. Additionally to being responsible for Spraoi’s own artistic output, he is also the overseer of content for the Spraoi Festival. His credits include: European Walled Towns Conference, Waterford Spraoi Festival, Tall Ships Festival, GLOW Cork, Bram Stoker Festival, World Fire and Police Games Belfast and the official opening ceremony of Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture.
Prof. Kevin Leyden is a Professor of Political Science & Public Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway and Director of the Social Science Research Centre within the Whitaker Institute. His research focuses primarily on the relationship between urban design, transport, social capital, health, happiness and urban liveability. He recently led the research workgroup associated with a EU funded COST Transit & Urban Development grant titled ”People Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World”. The purpose of the action was to promote research and practitioner networks focused upon improving the liveability of cities and their neighbourhoods.
Angus MacKechnie is the Executive Director of OutdoorArtsUK. Previously he worked at the National Theatre, where he was Producer of the Watch This Space Festival and the Platforms programme and was given the Rayne Award for his services to the company. He worked as director on two pieces with the circus/dance company Joli Vyann and served on the boards of Mimbre and Upswing. He was a fellow on the 2014/5 Clore Cultural Leadership Programme. Previously, he ran a small-scale touring theatre company and worked as an actor, director and writer, after training at Guildhall.
Muriel Ann Macleod has been producing and directing bilingual theatre and film projects from the Islands for over 20 years. Notable theatre includes, The Callanish Stoned by Kevin MacNeil and the suffrage show Deeds not Words. Her work features comedy, physical theatre and visual imagery. Film work with Eve vs Lucy places actors in extreme environments and this is a current area of experimentation. Muriel Ann is also a puppet designer/maker specialising in arm puppets, mechanism and large scale creature builds for rural Carnival events.
Jo Mangan is Director of Carlow Arts Festival which has a focus on site-specific, outdoor, street arts and circus. She is also Artistic Director of the company she co-founded The Performance Corporation. Current projects include directing the upcoming theatre/aerial dance show for Fidget Feet, as well as being Curator of the Ireland exhibition for the Prague Quadrennial Design Exhibition through the creation of a Virtual Reality film.
Dara McGee has been Artistic Director at Áras Éanna since March 2017. Previous to this Dara worked as a freelance artist, set designer and scenic painter working in film, theatre and television. Dara has worked with theatre companies such as Druid, Macnas, Siamsa Tíre, An Taibhdhearc and Decadent. Dara has also performed live art shows in Ireland, Scotland Wales, USA, Canada, Norway, Belgium and Africa. As an artist Dara hopes that his artist-led approach to the programming and activities will see Áras Éanna flourish to be a unique, special and creative space on the beautiful island of Inis Oírr.
Didacienne Nibagwire has been working since 2002 as playwright, actress, project manager and festival producer at Ishyo Arts Centre, the Rwandan creative hub in Kigali. With a background in writing and acting, Dida has worked as an actress in local and international theatre plays and films and has produced festivals, radio and stage theatre plays, films and street artworks.
Dr. Niamh NicGhabhann is Assistant Dean, Researcher for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Course Director of the MA Festive Arts Programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. The MA Festive Arts Programme was awarded the ‘Best New Postgraduate Programme’ at the 2015 GradIreland Awards, and focuses on the creative festival development and the role of art and art engagement in liminal and non-traditional spaces. She is also engaged in research projects on the subject of interdisciplinarity and on the creative and cultural industries.
Jay Pather is a Curator and Academic. Based in Cape Town, he directs the Institute for Creative Arts, curates Infecting the City Public Art Festival and the ICA Live Art Festival. He also curates festivals in the Netherlands, Madrid and Munich. Recent addresses include for Festival of the Future City (UK), Independent Curators International (New York) and at the Haus der Kunst (Munich). Recent articles appear in Changing Metropolis ll, Rogue Urbanism, Performing Cities, Where Strangers Meet and the book, Transgressions, Live Art in South Africa.
Aurélien Prost is an Artist, co-founder and co-artistic director of the Cirque Rouages. Aurélien left school early after spending his childhood in his parents’ workshop, painting and welding. He finds interest in circus quite late and starts getting into funambulism only around the age of 20 years old but quickly combines these disciplines into his scenographic works. Fascinated by the object in movement he suggests Rouages (translated as cogs) as a name for the company and creates many innovating set designs as seen in ...Sodade... (2015) and La Danseuse de Corde (2010) which are built around an endless wire.
Matthias Rettner is a Theatre Producer and the CEO of Aktionstheater PAN.OPTIKUM. Through the interdisciplinary work of this company with large scale productions in public space and art projects with Peter Zizka he gained experiences with bureaucratic details, administration, technical and organizational challenges in all continents. Recently he was project leader of a large scale cooperation project with ten partners in the frame of the Creative Europe program. He is based in Freiburg, Germany.
Mike Ribalta is a Producer and Cultural Manager. Since 2001 he was head of the Department of Professionals of FiraTàrrega. As such he is responsible of the performing arts market and coordinator of international relations of the arts fair. He has been the coordinator on behalf of FiraTàrrega of the EU projects Meridians from 2007 to 2013, and CASA from 2015 to 2017. Currently he is a proud member of the steering committee of Circostrada.
Tanja Ruiter is Co-director of HH Producties, a theatre agency based in Amsterdam. She obtained her Bachelor of Economics in 2006 and joined HH Producties. Today HH Producties is an innovative street arts, circus and theatre agency that cooperates with national and international companies and organisations. Tanja is responsible for touring and accompanying the companies across the globe. She is also involved in the creation of the programme for several street theatre festivals in the Netherlands.
Sho Shibata was born in Japan and moved to the UK in 1995. He graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005 with a degree in Philosophy and Social Psychology. His studies gave him a theoretical understanding of how discrimination and segregation come about in social settings. After graduation, Sho worked at the Arts Council England, South East and joined Stopgap Dance Company in 2008 to manage touring, outreach and dance development projects. He is now the company producer.
Christine Sisk is the Director of Culture Ireland, which promotes Irish arts worldwide. Culture Ireland supports Irish artists and companies to platform their work at international festivals and venues and generates career opportunities for Irish artists to present their work internationally through showcasing at key global arts events and engagement with international presenters. Ms. Sisk is also responsible for developing Ireland’s international cultural policy and relations, the Government’s coordination of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture, UNESCO cultural matters including Intangible Heritage, City of Literature and City of Film.
Julia von Wild, Co-director of zweifellos.net and freelancer for cultural projects. Julia started her experience in the outdoor arts in 2004 at La Strada in Bremen. In 2012 she and Kathrin Bahr founded their own business: zweifellos.net. Their experience, their sense for new talents and trends and their international network have a strong implementation on the festivals they are in charge of: La Strada Rotenburg, ParkPerPlex Norderstedt and tête-à-tête in Rastatt. Besides the outdoor arts Julia is working in the music sector, running a European exchange network for newcomer bands and working as Chair of the regional and the national association for live music venues.
Liam Wilson grew up in Scotland, climbing trees, hillwalking and teaching himself to juggle. In 2010 he became a full-time performer and left Scotland to explore the European circus scene, developing a solo street show that became the key to combining his passion for travel and new circus performance. His experience of street performance is vast and focused on working outside of festivals, enjoying the freedom and spontaneity of ‘pure’ street performance. Since 2015 Liam has also worked with the circus company Critical Mess, under the direction of Stefan Sing.
Jerzy Zoń is the Co-founder of KTO Theatre and has directed the company for 42 years. He is responsible for KTO Theatre’scharacteristic language of emotional theatre images without words. Jerzy is also the creator of the International Festival of Street Theatres ULICA – STREET and has directed some of the most emblematic shows for Polish street theatre like The Tower of Babel, The Fragrance of Time, Quixotage, The Blind or Peregrinus.