Bea Debrabant [France]
Bea Debrabant born in France, has always mixed physical and musical education. Read More
She started playing the flute and drums when she was 6 years old. She did a 5-year degree in Physical Education at the Academy of Sciences, Sports and Technologies in Lille (France). This pushed her at the age of 23 to melt these two disciplines and she started to dance. She got to La Manufacture des Arts, a French dance academy, where she practiced various dance forms. After having graduated in contemporary dance, she assisted Vendetta Mathea in different performances like “Homme/Animal”. She joined the company and travelled between La Manufacture des Arts and the United States to perform and teach. Between 2009 and 2011 she created 3 plays entitled “Parachutes Ending” where she performed as a soloist, in a quartet named “Avec ou Sans” and a duet “Matiere Androgyne”. In 2013 Bea Debrabant settled in Belgium and met Anton Lachky. She integrated his company in the piece “Mind the Gap”. Two years later, she joined hip hop dance companies, X-press directed by Abderzak Houmi and worked with Afid Zeckhnini. Then she took part in the productions “Homo Urbanus” and “Mind’s Mausoleum” with Untamed directed by the Brazilian choreographer Ricardo Ambrosio. She is also the co-founder of the group 2^2 with Audrey Pascal and they created together Bea’s solo entitled “Esperanza”.
Buoyant Performing Arts [India]
Buoyant Performing Arts is a dance company, artistically led by Saurabh Sureka.Read More
He did his intensive studies and research in dance and movement in Bangalore and New Delhi under recognized dance companies and artists. He is also a graduate in Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.). He is the force behind the company producing dance performances in various dance styles, and a wide range of accessibility and educational projects. The company has 10 artistically versatile dancers who are a part of the Repertory Company. Buoyant Performing Arts, being a non-profit International Dance Company in Eastern India, extends itself into the realm of arts education and community service by providing community classes in various dance forms for children and adults such as dance workshops or fitness classes. The company is also involved in various innovative projects like Professional Training programs for potential dancers and Dance-For-All which connects the arts with under-priviledged and challenged youth. The Dance-In-Education program reaches schools and the All-Artist-Collaboration pairs dancers, photographers, contemporary artists, musicians, theatre artists to work together with the company dancers and choreographers. The non-profit part of the company is also dedicated to supporting exceptional artists creating alot of opportunities and inviting them despite various background. The company is associated with international artists such as Nicole Lam (USA), Pascal Hulin (France), Daniel Glaska (USA), Janet Reed (USA) and many more.
Crystal Yukumoto [USA]
Crystal Yukumoto was born in Hawaii and began her classical ballet training in Europe. Read More
She received her BFA and Masters of Education degrees from Texas Christian University. She has danced professionally with domestic and international dance companies such as: Ballet Frontier, Commedia Ballet Theater, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, New World Ballet, North Texas Ballet Theatre, and Skånes Dansteater in Sweden. Crystal has taught ballet at various studios in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex as well as for the Swedish National Ballet School in Malmö, Sweden. Before moving to Hawaii, she on faculty at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA), helping to create the Elementary Dance Program, as well as being the Director of the Junior Dance Company. She has also taught ballroom dance through the Dancing Classrooms North Texas program, and is a 500 hour RYT certified yoga instructor. She currently teaches for Prisma Dance and Ballet Hawaii.
Diya Naidu [India]
Diya Naidu is an independent dancer and choreographer from Bangalore. Read More
Her works are inspired by explorations of gender, old age, existential angst in urban chaos, Bardo in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy among others. In 2015 she was a resident at the Facets choreographic residency of the Attakkalari Biennial and made her piece “Today Don’t Insist on Leaving”. The same year she was ProHelvetia’s artist-in-residence in Zurich where she created “Red Dress Waali Ladki”. In 2016, she developed “Hand and Face Project” which won a Jury Award at The Prakriti Excellence In Contemporary Dance Awards. In 2011 she was joint awardee of The Robert Bosch Young Choreographer’s Award under which she created her first solo “Nadir”. She was a member of The Attakkalari Repertory Company for many years, after obtaining a Diploma in Movement Arts from the same. In 2016 she acted in her first play “A Brief History About Your Hair” by Deepika Arwind. Now she has choreographed and is performing in The Company Theatre’s – KHWAAB SA, directed by Atul Kumar. She teaches at LshVa and Shoonya art spaces, Bangalore. She is interested in developing a module that imparts tools for creative expression, mindfulness, collaborative activities, conceptual thinking, body awareness and more, to corporate employees, to enrich their life experience and well being.
Gustavo Monteiro [Portugal]
Graduated in 2014 from the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) in Austria under direction of Susan Quinn. Read More
In 2012, SEAD rewards Gustavo with a “Mentors’ Award” in recognition of his outstanding work as a student and dancer. As a professional dancer/performer, between 2010 and 2014 he was involved in creations with Michicatzu Matzune, Hubert Lepka and with Rootlessroot and Martin Nachbar as a Bodhi Project Company member. In 2015, Gustavo worked with Marco da Silva Ferreira for the opening ceremony of “Loulé. European City of Sport”, and with Cie LaFlux for a piece with premier in Paris. In 2016, he performed the piece “Assim, tipo…dança contemporânea.” by Tiago Rodrigues/Companhia Instável and from mid 2016, Gustavo joined Compagnie Thor under the artistic direction of the choreographer Thierry Smits for the creation of the piece “Anima Ardens” and subsequent world tour. In 2018, Gustavo is going to work again with Compagnie Thor for a new creation. As a choreographer, in 2015, he started developing his own work with Francesca Perrucci. On that year, they created “Looking for the face I had before the world was made”. For 2016, they are created “Persona”, that will have premier in Portugal at Teatro Municipal do Porto. During these two years, they had as support, research and creation artistic residencies at WorkSpaceBrussels in Belgium, DansiT in Norway, Companhia Instável and A22 in Portugal and Espace Darja in Morocco. For the up-coming creation, Gustavo is going to collaborate with the Belgium dancer Peter De Vuyst and with the laptop experimentalist, sound and visual artist Vitor Joaquim.