Choreographers 2012/13

Marco Torrice (Italy) studied Philosophy at La Sapienza University of Rome, and at the same time he started to take dance classes and workshops in Italy and all around Europe (Adriana Borriello, Annapaola Bacalov, Diana Damiani, Dominique Dupuy, Hervè Diasnas, Khosro Adibi, Paola Rampone, Vera Mantero...). In 2006 he moved to Brussels to study at P.A.R.T.S (performing arts research and training studios, directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Bruxelles) where he graduated in 2010. During his studies he started to develop a movement research based on improvisation, with the purpose of increasing body awareness, movement vocabulary and performance skills. Marco's works is often focused on how the body can discover new patterns of movement and communicate its kinesthetic perception to the external world (i.e. to the audience). He worked for different choreographers such as David Hernandez, David Zambrano, Jerome Bell, Mia Lawrance, Salva Sanchis and Thomas Hauert. Beside his own works he his currently giving workshops around Europe, dancing with the Belgium company Mossoux-Bontè, and the Hungarian company Hodworks.

Stella Zannou has studied dance and choreography in London College of Dance, London Studio Centre, the American college of Greece (BA) and at the Greek state school of Dance. In 2006 she founded Smack Dance Company, in Athens which has been invited in festivals such as the 5th and 6th Athens International Dance Festival, Tanzwelten 2009 in Braunschweig, No Ballet Festival, and others. Stella has collaborated as a dancer with Maya Lipsker, Clint Lutes, Walter Bickmann, Richard Siegal, Nana Vahla, M.Klien, Yannis Antoniou and Kunst – stoff, Editta Braun, Thomas Mettler, Apostolia Papadamaki, Xaris Mandafounis, and others. She is currently working as a freelance choreographer, dancer and teacher of contemporary dance, based in Berlin and Athens.

Martin Nachbar (Germany) is one of the leading free choreographers in Germany. After his studies in Dance and Choreography at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam and at P.A.R.T.S., he worked with the Les Ballets C de la B/Alain Platel in Gent from 1996 to 1998. Afterwards he founded the Gruppe B.D.C. with Thomas Plischke and Alice Chauchat in 1999 with whom he realized several projects, a. o. affect/ rework. Martin has been also working with performers like Vera Mantero, Thomas Lehman, Bernd Ernst. One could call Martin a "Situationist": together with Bernd Ernst he set up the Private Limited Company Ltd, which searches for theater situations outside the theater with the purpose to divert them and to reconstruct them on stage. Martin has been teaching at schools such as the SNDO, the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT), P.A.R.T.S. and the Laban Dance Centre.