International Artistic & Programming Committee, Biographies
Vanessa Maria Mirza, Festival Director
Vanessa Maria Mirza is a choreographer, visual artist and curator based between London and Kolkata. Her recent choreographic works include Her Song, Stronger, Somebody and La Femme et La Mer. Her works have been performed in Taiwan, India and the United Kingdom, She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dance Bridges Festival. She has represented Dance Bridges Festival at international forums in Japan, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Bulgaria, Israel and USA where she is often invited as a guest speaker. She holds an MA in Arts Policy & Management (distinction) from Birkbeck, University of London and was awarded the Lorraine Lim Award, Runner Up Prize in cultural policy. She is a Trustee on the Board of Siobhan Davies Studios 2023-to present after successfully completing the ADF Board Shadowing Fellowship 2022 with Dance Umbrella and Without Walls. Vanessa also did an intensive producing placement with LIFT- London International festival of Theatre 2022 leading up to their summer festival. She has trained at Taipei National University of the Arts in the Master of Fine Arts (Choreography) program. She is an ARThink South Asia Fellow 2018-2019 and did a five weeks secondment in TanzfabrikBerlin. Vanessa also holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. As a visual artist she has had solo/group exhibitions in India and the United Kingdom.