Alma R. Selimović has a bachelor’s degree in Cultural studies and is finishing her master’s degree in Management of non-profit organization. She has also finished the European Diploma in Cultural Management at the Marcel Hicter Foundation and was awarded the British Council scholarship for Cultural Management studies in Great Britain. She has joined the festival Mladi levi in 2003 as part of the production team and has stayed with the festival ever since and also managed some other activities of Bunker. In 2009 she has worked for an advertising company in Ljubljana (Formitas BBDO Pleon) as an Account Director and Head of PR department. In 2010 she has returned to culture and is the producer of the festival Mladi levi, festival Drugajanje in Maribor, Festival of letters in Ljubljana and at Slovene dance platform Gibanica.
Annette Geller studied drama (Master of Arts), musicology and psychology and is educated as dancer. In the field of theatre for children and young people she is getting involved as director/author/producer. She works as production manager (SPIELART, Munich Biennale) and since 2005 for Festivals in Transition (F.I.T.)
Started with classical philology, but got BA in choreography at Tallinn University. After graduation switched sides from the position of artists into the structure that makes it possible for artists to create their work in reality. Joined the team of Priit Raud (2001), as a start a non-profit organization 2.tants promotion (as another kind of dance) introducing the developments in the contemporary dance scene in the world and producing the works of Estonian independent choreographers. Has witnessed the organization growing into independent venue Kanuti Gildi SAAL, uniquely offering seasonal programme without steady company, offering residencies to local and international artists while keeping the role of producing/touring local works. Natural part of the work has been to make happen various festivals, among them August DanceFestival (since 1996) by now an acknowledged international performing arts festival, experimenting also outsides of conventional theatre spaces. Still curious.
Dominik Zizka (*1987) lives, studies and works in Czech republic. He is currently doing his master degree at the Interactive media studio at the University of Jan Evangelista Purkyne in Usti nad Labem. He has got an abroad study experience in Belgium at the Experimental studio (Volta installation/ performance/ video/ sound). Dominik works mainly with video, sound and installations. He has an experience with documentation of several art projects, such as the documentation of the Cantalone group at the Histeria festival 2011 and 2012 that took place in Slovenia, documentation of parts of the Six Acts workshop and events at the Prague Quadrennial 2011, documentation of the "Kam Ustime?" project of students from the Prague DAMU (2012), documentation of one of the part of the 736Km art project that took place on a way from Prague to Gdańsk (2010).
Erica Campayne is Participation Producer at LIFT and has been responsible for developing and delivering ways that people can create amazing events with LIFT’s professional artists. Erica joined LIFT in 2004 as a Learning Placement before returning to work with LIFT as Project Assistant and then Learning Assistant.
Erica graduated in English and Drama BA (Hons) from Queen Mary, University of London in 2001. Upon graduating Erica worked as a freelance theatre practitioner – delivering education projects for National Theatre, Lewisham Youth Theatre and Haringey Shed, whilst running and directing a youth theatre. Erica is a Trustee for Dance Umbrella with particular focus on community engagement and creative learning.
Eva Neklyaeva is the Director of Baltic Circle Festival in Helsinki. Neklyaeva received her B.A. in Art Criticism from European Humanities University, Minsk, and M.A. in Arts Management from Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Her professional experience includes programming and producing two international festivals (Russian Seasons Festival and Stage Theatre Festival), managing a visual arts gallery (ROR Gallery in Helsinki), producing and curating projects in both visual and performing arts fields, as well as writing about contemporary culture.
Gundega Laiviņa runs the New Theatre Institute of Latvia, a project based organization working in the field of contemporary performing arts. Since 2009 she is artistic and managing director of the International Festival of Contemporary Theatre Homo Novus. Gundega has studied music, theory of culture and social anthropolgy. As anthropologist she has worked in the border territories of Latvia. Since 2010 she is a member of the artistic board of Riga – European Cultural Capital 2014.
Jon Davis is Assistant Producer at LIFT, working with Mark and Erica on new commissions, producing the festival programme and year round participation activities. He has worked as a project facilitator for The Reader Organisation and as a producer for Il Pixel Rosso.
Maja Vižin, born in 1979 in Celje, Slovenia graduated in Political Science, International Relations at the Faculty for Social Sciences in Ljubljana. After graduation she worked as an advisor at the governmental Office for National Minorities. Since 2006 she works as executive producer of contemporary performing arts group Betontanc, as an organizer of cultural events and festivals (international festival Mladi levi and Drugajanje), and as adviser or fundraiser for various projects in Bunker.
Mark Ball was appointed as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of LIFT in April 2009. Prior to his appointment at LIFT, Mark established Fierce Earth Ltd in 1997, which specialises in the production and presentation of cultural events, festivals and programmes. From 1998 – 2007 he directed Fierce!, an annual international festival of theatre, live art and contemporary dance taking place across the West Midlands which is now widely recognised as one of the UK’s most vibrant contemporary arts festivals. In January 2008 he was appointed Head of Events and Exhibitions at the Royal Shakespeare Company, leading a new department responsible for developing the profile of the RSC amongst new audiences by producing and delivering a range of high profile artist-led projects and commissions.
Priit Raud is the artistic director of the Baltoscandal festival, one of the first international theatre festivals in Baltic States, held in Rakvere, Estonia. He is also responsible for setting up an organization called 2.tans, originally created to spread information about what was happening in the dance scene, and now a production and receiving office which provides touring management for most of Estonia’s independent choreographers and dancers. His venue Kanuti Gildi Saal at the time of its inception was the only one for alternative theater in the country. Priit told artists who were potential guests of the theater, “If you can do it somewhere else, do.” He is responsible for kick starting the contemporary dance and theater scene in Estonia, and is arguably the main organizer, catalyst and publicist for the art form in Estonia.
Rainer Hofmann (born 1965 in Germany) is since September 2011 artistic director of Huis en Festival a/d Werf Utrecht and will be artistic (co)director of the new festival, that results from the merger of Springdance and Festival a/d Werf. In 2008 he was curator and artistic director of the 7. Festival Politik im Freien Theater („politics in off theatre“) in Cologne. in 2010 he was head of production at Theater der Welt in Essen and Mülheim/Ruhr. Before he had worked in different jobs and in different theatre structures. He was working as dramaturg for Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Zürich, Theater Neumarkt Zürich, Schauspiel Köln and Stadttheater Bern, as director (Theater Winkelwiese Zürich, Schauspiel Köln) or as free-lancing writer and dramaturg. Besides he worked for media like Westdeutscher Rundfunk or Kölner Stadtrevue and in commissions and juries.
Sodja Zupanc Lotker
Sodja Zupanc Lotker is the artistic director of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Previously she has worked for the International Department of the Arts/Theatre Institute Prague, of which she was the Director in 2006 – 2008. She works as a dramaturg for independent theatre, dance and site specific projects in Czech Republic, USA, Brazil etc., and has lectured/taught at Visual Arts Academy in Brno, Prague Performing Arts Academy, Columbia University, Central School of Speech and Drama and a number of festivals and symposia. She is a PhD candidate in theatre theory at Vienna University.
Born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1965. Studied History of Art and Anthropology, and specialized in the nomadic societies of the Sahara and Sahel. From 1986 until 1992 collaborator of the Antwerp arts Centre Monty (promotion and production). Worked with a large number of Flemish, Dutch and international companies, among others Forced Entertainment (UK), Peter Halash & Love Theatre (US/Hungary) and Maatschappij Discordia. Since 1991 a core member of theatre company TG STAN (BE), collaborating in over 50 productions as light, set and/or graphic designer. Worked (and sporadically continues to work) as light and/or set designer with various choreographers and theatre companies, in Portugal and abroad. Since 2009 artistic director of the Lisbon based performing arts organization alkantara. In this function runs a residency place (espaço alkantara) as well as a biennial international performing arts festival, the alkantara festival. Teaches light design and programming strategies. Lives in Lisbon, Portugal.
Tilmann Broszat studied Sociology. From 1983 to 1985 he was administrative director of the Munich Theater Festival, from 1986 to 1993 he worked as producer and co-owner of ART BUREAU Munich in international productions and co-productions. In 1993 he was managing director of the Theater der Welt festival in Munich. Actually, he is artistic and managing director of the Theatre Festival SPIELART Munich (since 1995), an executive producer of the Munich Biennale - International Festival for Contemporary Music Theatre (since 1988), coordinator of the festival DANCE (since 1998). In 2008 he received the Theatre Award of the City of Munich. Since 1995 he has edited several publications and has been a member of several juries (Plateaux, Impulse, City of Munich).