Aira Naginevičiūtė is a choreographer, performer and teacher. She studied dance at the Department of Choreograpfy at Lithuania State Conservatory. In 1989 she founded Fluidus Dance Company.
In 1998 Aira started working as a contemporary dance technique and improvisation teacher in Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and was the first to teach contemporaray dance, choreography, improvisation and composition in the Academy. Since 2010 Aira has been Associate Professor in the same educational institution.
In the last ten years she created over 20 dance theatre performances, the most prominent of which are „Processus (2002), „Pregnant Silence“ ( 2005); „Ego and ID“ (2007, 2009), „The Moon Does Not Care About Barking Dogs“ (2008). Aira has been awarded with the highest Lithuanian award for performing arts established by the Ministry of Culture (later renamed Golden Stage Cross Award) for the performance „Processus“.
The works created by Aira have a strong identity characterised by intensely visual stage images, Butoh-inspired way of thinking and examinations of inner states of a human being through movement.
As a choreographer, Aira is always in quest for artistic innovations, which involve contemporary music, dance cinema, improvisation, voice and poetry. The essence of her teaching method is to educate students in the spirit of search and discovery, develop their personal identities through the encounters with dance and the junctions of dance and other art forms.
An award-winning cinematographer, Arledge Armenaki has more than 30 feature film and documentary television credits and decades of behind-the-camera experience.
He finds dance in film to be a beautiful marriage of movement and artistic expression. From disco to ballet, street dance to modern, he has worked with the moving image and human rhythmic forms in many of his films. “WHIMZIK” – a music, mask and dance video – has just been released on DVD.
Film festival awards recognizing Armenaki's work include: Telly Award in Lighting for “Wesley, A Fire Within,” Best Cinematography for “A Letter From my Father” and the North Carolina Filmmaker Award for "Surrendering in a Champion’s World."
Not only has Armenaki worked on films such as ”Wesley,” “South of Hell,” “Club Fed”, “Howling V” and “Dennis the Menace,” but also on documentaries such as "Focus on Africa."
In addition, Armenaki has helped train many other cinematographers. He served as head of the cinematography program in the Department of Film at the Brooks Institute of Photography, where Armenaki himself earned his Bachelor of Performing Arts in 1974. He completed a one-year fellowship at the American Film Institute and was a filmmaker-in-residence and instructor of cinematography at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Armenaki currently is an associate professor of cinematography in the Stage and Screen Department at Western Carolina University.
“Our own creativity is limited only by the level of denial we are in towards our true capacity.”
Helena Jonsdottir studied at the National Theatre Ballet School of Iceland, with additional studies at Alvin Ailey, New York. She has performed in and choreographed countless productions for television, film, music videos and the stages. Helena has also written, choreographed and directed many dance films, including Breaking voices (2002) and Zimmer which won the IV. Videotanzpreis 2003/2004 of SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne.
Besides being recognized internationally the last years for her work in Scandinavia, UK and USA – in 2003 she was nominated as Best Choreographer at the Music Video Production Association Awards, Los Angeles – Helena Jonsdottir has been highly respected in Iceland for many years as one of the leading contemporary choreographers, both for television and stage.
Open Source won the first prize in the Icelandic Dance/Theatre awards in June 2003. Since then Helena has further developed the piece and made an Irish version of it, which was premièred at the Galway Arts Festival 2004. Helena has also created a new full-length version of Open Source for the Iceland Dance Company at the Reykjavík City Theatre in 2005. The piece deals with the idea. Whose is the idea? Every individual is influenced by everything and everyone, and has at the same time the possibility to influence others.
Professor Olga Zitluhina in 1998 started the BA program of Contemporary Dance Choreography at the Latvian Academy of Culture. She is the tutor of the course and teaches Dynamic Release technique and Dance composition. Olga is also choreographer, dancer, founder and artistic director of Olga Zitluhina Dance Company and artistic director of the International Contemporary Dance Festival Time to dance. Studied at St. Petersburg’s Culture Academy (Choreography department) and got her MA in choreography at the J. Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. Olga teaches contemporary dance and character dance at Riga Choreography School.
Louis – Philippe Capelle is general secretary and treasurer of IMAGO (European Federation of Cinematographers) and founder of the production company „Akarivisuals“. He is a lecturer in Institut des Arts de diffusion (Belgium), Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Lisabona) and Santiago de Compostella (Spain) universities, jury member of CINEC and CAMERIMAGE festivals. Louis Philippe Capelle has filmed more than 45 movies and he was awarded in many international film festivals as a cinematographer.
Bart Jilesen was born in 1968. He studied Music Technology at the Utrecht School of the Arts and graduated in 1994 with a double major in 'sound design' and 'composition for the media' with honors.
He has worked on more then seventy-five films and documentaries, eleven television series, six theater shows, four installations, and two theater registrations.
In 1992 Bart co-founded the collective Soundpalette, where he worked for 19 years doing sound design, composition and mixing.
Bart has been a teacher at the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) since 1994. He teaches sound design and audiopostproduction-techniques. He also teaches music production classes studying recording techniques, the use of microphones and DAW music mixing.
Bart was awarded a Golden Calf in 2005 'Best Sound Design' for the film "Black Swans" (Zwarte Zwanen). Many films he worked on have won awards. Silent Snow is the best performing film and has now won twenty-one international awards, Deacon of Death and "Nine days of the Vulture" (Negen dagen van de Gier) have won Golden Calfs, "The Oath" has won more the ten international awards and "The Bitch is Back" has won the "Best fantasy film" award.
In 2006 Bart set up his own business and has been working since then in an inspiring team involving employees and freelancers. A unique feature is Bart's sound library, which he has built up over the years. New recordings are made for every project and previous recordings can always be drawn on. The library contributes to make every production unique and means there is almost never a need to make use of sample CDs.
Bart has recently built his seventh sound-studio and thinks this could possibly be the last one.
He has also been playing keyboards (Rhodes and Hammond) on stage in bands for the last 30 years, but stopped playing bands when his daughter was born, three years ago.
Senior lecturer Ramona Galkina works at the Latvian Academy of Culture since 2003. She is second tutor of the group and teaches Modern dance technique, History of dance and Body conditioning. 1996-2012 was a dancer at Olga Zitluhina Dance Company and since 2009 is organizing Contemporary Dance Festival Time to dance. BA of Arts (Latvian Academy of Culture) MA in Choreography (J. Vitols Latvian Academy of Music), certificated Feldenkrais Method practitioner (Vienna).