TEAM & ARTISTS
Christine Devaney is the Artistic Director of Curious Seed and has an outstanding track record as a performer, choreographer and teacher. Born in Glasgow, she trained at London Contemporary Dance School and has been performing, choreographing and teaching throughout her extensive career, which started with Dundee Rep Dance Company (Scottish Dance Theatre). She performed and was associate director with V-tol Dance Company for 9 years. Her work spans across dance and theatre. Companies she has worked with include: Plan B, Quarantine, Frantic Assembly, Yolander Snaith Theatre Dance, TAG, The Unicorn, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and Lung Ha Theatre Company.
Her work for The National Theatre of Scotland includes movement direction on their production of Macbeth (2012, Broadway run 2013), The Wheel (2011), and co-directing the award-winning Venus As A Boy (2007). Christine was an associate artist with Imaginate 2011-2013 and was recently the recipient of a Creative Scotland Artists' Bursary. Passionate about dance and the transformative possibilities of experiencing dance, theatre and art through participating, creating or the observing of it, Christine has always been interested in, and continues to explore and develop her creative process in relation to, working and collaborating with high calibre, prolific and acclaimed artists and collaborators from a range of art forms.
Belgium-based dance artist, Hendrik Lebon has collaborated with Christine Devaney and Curious Seed over many years; performing around the world in our acclaimed production Chalk About and contributing to our workshops and learning projects in many different contexts. Hendrik was involved in the development of our MAKE project as well as being co-lead facilitator on our Teenage Times Remix project with teenagers in Kolkata in 2018.
VICKY RUTHERFORD O'LEARY
Vicky Rutherford-O'Leary is a producer and arts manager, currently working with the award-winning dance theatre company Curious Seed. Before joining Curious Seed, Vicky was the Director of Catalyst Dance Management at Dance Base which she founded in 2006, to nurture choreographic talent and to develop and produce the work of independent contemporary dance artists and companies in Scotland. She was producer for the award-winning productions Enclosure 44 – Humans! (Janis Claxton Dance), The Red Room (David Hughes Dance) and Found (Curious Seed) as well as the internationally acclaimed work Chalk About (Curious Seed).
Vicky trained in Arts Management in Edinburgh, before working on a variety of freelance projects with Edinburgh International Film Festival, Imaginate, and The Federation of Scottish Theatre. On taking up post at Dance Base in 2002 as Programme Manager, Vicky worked closely with the Artistic Director for five years managing the community, professional and outreach dance programmes, as well as a number of other dance projects, platforms and festivals, including the Dance Base Fringe Festival, and for New York City’s Tartan Week in 2005. Vicky also currently works with artist and curator, Luke Pell and sits on the board of Directors of The Federation of Scottish Theatre, Janis Claxton Dance and Independent Arts Projects.
Gaëtan Boschini is a dancer, choreographer and collector of ideas, encounters and movements.
He is at the origin of the company's first project, "Nivette" (2018), which brings together a French-Spanish artistic team.
He started dancing at the age of 25; two years later, he joined the Seed's training in Spain directed by Peter Mika and Olga Cobos, where he worked with many choreographers such as Anton Lachky, Roberto Olivan and Laly Ayguade.
Quickly spotted, he joined the Cobosmika company for the piece NMNW and also Alain Gruttadauria's company La licorne, with whom he toured throughout Europe.Questioning himself on the staging, the narration of the movement and the gesture, he turns to the theatre of movement and trains with the company Théâtre du mouvement directed by Claire Heggen and Yves Marc.
Patricia Canhoto is a multidisciplinary artist, who focuses her work on both, dance and theatre work.
Graduating from the Cuenca-Es Fine Arts, she has a special relationship with performance, installation and video art.
She has worked together with different dance and theatre companies and developed an interest in works combining performing arts and social inclusion, after participating in several exchanges across Europe, which led her to work with different associations, putting into practice the performing arts as a methodology for change and social inclusion within the Erasmus + programs.
Mélodie Cecchini is a dancer, choreographer and observer of gestures, bodies and situations and considers contemporary dance as a tool for personal development. After training with Anna Sanchez for three years, Melodie began her career as a dancer in 2009,at Cobosmika in Spain, where she performed until 2017. During that time, she also participated in numerous international projects directed by choreographers such as Akram Khan, Hofesh Schechter or Sharon Fridman.
Melodie has been invited to share her vision in many training centres for dancers in Europe, and is continually transmitting her experience to various groups of students.
ARTMAN / APPART
Bernadett Jobbágy is a Budapest-based choreographer, performer, multimedia artist and founder of Onopordum Performance. She graduated as Landscape Architect on BCE. Later she studied as a contemporary dance artist in BCDA and then completed the audio-description study program provided by the SZFE (University of Theatre and Film Arts) & FSZK. She works as choreographer, performer, movement pedagogue and audio-describer; in collaboration with the ArtMan Association and with other artists and groups. Her work focus at ArtMan lies on inclusive dance creation and somatic approaches. Currently she studies film making at the Lumiere Film School.
CONTWEEDANCECOLLECTIVE / DE DANSERS
Johanna Knefelkamp-Storath completed her Master's degree in 2017 as International Artist Educator at the ArtEZ University of Arts in Arnhem. For several years she has been working in various fields of dance on an international level and with interdisciplinary colleagues. In the art and culture scene, she enriches festivals, congresses and workshops, works as a guest lecturer at universities and accompanies theatre projects that integrate movement and dance.
Since finishing her studies in Barcelona and Arnhem in 2017, Laura Saumweber has been invited to perform and create at and for various festivals in Spain, Hong Kong and Cyprus. Her focus and means of expression is the body as a medium, repository of memories and experiences, and as a space for non-verbal exchange. In this context, she is strongly engaged in creations for children and elderly people. Besides her artistic work, Laura is educating herself as International Arts & Cultural Manager at the professional school of Leuphana University.
JOSEPHINE VAN RHEENEN
Josephine van Rheenen (1988) studied Dance at the Theaterschool Amsterdam and started as a dancer at De Dansers directly after her studies. After being on stage for five years with, De Dansers, Vloeistof en Breekgoed -among others-, she succeeded Wies Merkx as artistic director of De Dansers, together with composer/musician/dancer Guy Corneille. Since then she has been making her own work for De Dansers for both children and adults. As a choreographer, Josephine searches for humanity in dance and strives for an intuitive dance language based on simple instincts.
Sanne Wichman (1988) originally graduated as a dancer and holds a Master of Education. She is in charge of the education projects and context programs of De Dansers, besides she’s a lecturer at Fontys university of applied science (School of Fine and Performing Arts). In her work she facilitates the connection between people and dance. Without compromising on the art, Sanne likes to create good contexts in order to make dance approachable.
FOKUS TANZ / TANZ UND SCHULE E.V.
Domenica Ewald is a Munich-based dance mediator and choreographer working in and with different schools, refugee centres, theatres and museums. In addition, she has been working as a production manager and PR agent for various organisations and artists. In all of these different roles, her focus lies on an interdisciplinary, intercultural approach to art, through which she aims to not only express something through art, but to move and connect people on different levels.
Barbara Galli-Jescheck is a dance mediator and initiator of dance projects for and with young people in Munich. Apart from teaching in schools, she teaches in refugee camps and in the Schauburg, a theatre for young audiences. What she enjoys most about her work with this generation is observing how different young people develop their own ideas and movements, while figuring out what their individual topics and perspectives are.
Andrea Marton is a freelance dance artist based in Munich and is part of the management team of FOKUS TANZ, responsible for further training, specialist support and projects. She is active in both dance-artistic and dance-mediated contexts in the context of participatory projects. She works with different people between 14 and 90 years, with and without disabilities, and with different backgrounds – from refugees to pupils.
Daniela is a dance artist and Yogi from Munich. She graduated from Iwanson International School of contemporary dance in 2012 and since then works as a dance teacher for young people. She dances and choreographs in various art projects in and around Munich. Besides that, she studied social work at the Munich University of Applied Science, which allowed her to combine dance and cultural studies. Recently, she has been working on a film project with different choreographers, artists and musicians from Munich to show the importance of dance for young people during the lock down. Daniela's main interest lies in getting new perspectives through connecting and exchanging with other artists.
Ellen Steinmüller is a professionally trained contemporary dancer and performer, a highly established Community Dance artist and experienced choreographer as well as a qualified Dance Movement Psychotherapist.
Underlying all her professional practice is the profound belief in the transformative power of dance. Her key aim is to encourage innovative artistic development through inspiring and nourishing social change and empowerment.
The project "conchances" is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.