Einav Katan-Schmid, PhD, works in the intersection of dance practice, technology, philosophy and cultural criticism. Most recently she led the interdisciplinary practice-based research project Playing with Virtual Realities at the Excellence Cluster An Interdisciplinary Laboratory at Humboldt University of Berlin. The project staged and explored the philosophical, as well as the artistic, implications of interacting bodily techniques within VR technology. Einav is a core convener for the international network Performance Philosophy and a co-founder of Mo.Ré, a collective for movement research (Berlin). She published on dance practice from the perspectives of embodied philosophies of perception, aesthetics and hermeneutics. Her book Embodied Philosophy in Dance; Gaga and Ohad Naharin’s Movement Research was published with Palgrave Macmillan (2016). https://independent.academia.edu/EinavKatanSchmid
Ella Tighe is a dance artist & yoga teacher from Yorkshire, based in London. In 2015 Ella gained a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Dance Making & Performance. A contemporary dancer, Ella’s practice is informed by improvisation, yoga, somatic based practices and an expanded idea of what dance and choreography could be. Ella has performed and worked with a variety of different independent dance artists including Flux Dance, Joon Dance, Lizzy LeQuesne, Florence Peake, Gaby Agis etc. An important part of Ella’s practice is the practice itself and the commitment to a continuous dance practice. Interests within this include perception, attention, seeing/not seeing, vision, darkness, philosophy, deconstruction of a yoga movement vocabulary, the emergence of form in improvisation and many more curiosities. Ella has started to input this ongoing process into a making/research practice entitled @etdd . Her work has been supported by Kala Sangam Bradford, Ponderosa Berlin, Clarence Mews London and Creation Box London. As a yoga teacher, Ella teaches across various different London based Yoga Studios and is trained in Ashtanga, Dynamic Vinyasa, Rocket and Mandala Vinyasa. Ella regularly facilitates dance and movement within a variety of different contexts and is a lead facilitator for Flux Dance. In September she will begin a Masters degree at ArtEz Amsterdam. Website: www.ellatighe.com Instagram: @ellatighe
Hanna Pajala-Assefa is a contemporary artists whose work orients around the disciplines of contemporary dance and performance and it’s expressed in forms of media art, dance film, contemporary performance and embodied interactivity in VR. She has led and carried out multiple interdisciplinary projects involving contemporary dance, tangible technology, music and multimedia. Her extensive experience spreads over choreography, concept design, content curations as well as event and project production. Her strength lays in developing and facilitating multidisciplinary creative projects and managing complex challenges of production and drive them to success. She is driven by curiosity and the desire to keep learning and discovering ways to express our embodied experience through art.
Sylvia Rijmer (M.A, B.F.A) is an independent dance practitioner. She studied at The Juilliard School and Elmhurst Ballet School, and danced professionally at Ballet Gulbenkian, Stageworks Rui Horta, Bern Ballet, Stadttheater Giessen, and Cie. DRIFT, to name a few, dancing works by Örjan Andersson, Mauro Bigonzetti, Stijn Célis, Marie Chouinard, Jacopo Godani, Gilles Jobin, Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, David Parsons, Hervé Robbe, Phillipe Saire, Didy Veldman, and more. She teaches and choreographs contemporary dance globally. As a dance researcher, her work is framed around cognitive attention and the exposure of habitual movement patterns in subjective dancing as creative potentials for “new” artistic expression. As a guest choreographer with the BlackBox Team (Nova University in Lisbon) she is currently researching her choreographic practice within an interdisciplinary and multimodal dance and cognition process: http://blackbox.fcsh.unl.pt/sylvia-rijmer.html