Choreographers 2008/09

Diego Gil (Argentina) studied philosophy and dance in Buenos Aires. Since his graduation from the School for New Dance Development in 2003 he is making performances that mixes philosophical quest with dance practice. Investigating the potential of the body and (its) movement to produce thoughts and feelings that shifts away from common sense frames of interpretation. Diego Gil sees choreography as a dynamic practice that transforms personal, social and existential concerns into concepts in motion. He uses the concepts to embed the choreographic practice with chance and indeterminacy keeping it as an ever growing process of becoming. Choreographies as Emotional Architecture of Movement, Creating Sense and About falling, had been presented at International dance festivals in Europe and abroad (Tanz Im August, Rencontres Choregraphiques, ImpulsTanz, etc). His latest performances are Outdoors, a 45 dancers performances for the Austrian open air festival SommerSZENE and The Half a one and a half long year project dealing with a flexible mode of production for an artistic community.

Robert M. Hayden began his studies in movement and theatre at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1991. Between 1995 and 1996 he was invited to work with the Mexican company UTOPIA Danza-Teatro (art. dir. Marco Silva and former Ultima Vez dancer Vivian Cruz). Robert continued his training throughout these and the following years with a multitude of divergent disciplines, workshops and forms (yoga, aidkido, contact improvisation, capoeira, crisis negotiation, massage therapy...). Work with various companies and independent choreographers include Bill Evans (Albuquerque), Keshet Dance Company (Albuquerque), Zack Fuller and Co. (New York), Trajal Harrell (New York) and Q-staff under the artistic leadership of Richard Van Schouwen (Albuquerque). Prior creations with Ultima Vez include Blush (2002), Sonic Boom (2003) and PUUR (2005) and Spiegel (2006/2007) and the dance films Blush (2005) and Here After (2007). Robert regularly teaches Ultima Vez workshops.

Vanessa Justice (New York) studied dance at Ohio State University. Among others she danced with Hannah Kahn Dance Company and founded her own Company, showing works in New York, Honolulu, Denver, Columbus and Salzburg. As “artist in residence” she was invited to Movement Research/New York, Corporation of Yaddo and Liguria Study Center/Italien. In summer 2008 she hold a residency in Salzburg to work on and present her newest piece. Awards: Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Ohio State University, Bogliasco Fellowship, Research Award 2001 Congress on Research in Dance. Vanessa Justice about her approach to dance: "Dance speaks about life's poetic ambiguity and our experience of being in the world."

Matej Kejzar (Slovenia) is a young, upcoming choreographer and dancer. He studied at the Amsterdam School for New Dance Development (SNDO). After his studies he worked as teacher and choreographer. He taught at renowned European dance institutions such as SNDO, Amsterdam, SEAD/Salzburg and Tanzquartier Wien, as well as in India, China and Taiwan. In his work as a choreographer and teacher, he collaborates with musicians, actors and painters, among others, W. Prager. His productions are presented at festivals and on theatre stages around the world. His artistic development is mainly influenced by Katie Duck and Martin Sonderkamp.

Jeremy Nelson who received a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2004, was born in New Zealand, trained at The London School of Contemporary Dance and went on to dance for The Siobhan Davies and Second Stride Dance companies in London before coming to New York in 1984. He was a dancer with The Stephen Petronio Dance Company in New York from 1984 – 1992, returning as guest soloist in 1995. In 1991, he won a New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award for outstanding performance with that company and in 2004 was a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for choreography. He now works as an independent choreographer, teacher and dancer. He has performed in the work of David Zambrano, Mia Lawrence, Luis Lara Malvacías and Susan Rethorst as well as in his own work.