Frédéric Bevilacqua is the head of the Real Time Musical Interactions team at IRCAM – Institute for Music/AcousticResearch and Coordination in Paris. His research concerns the development of novel interactive sound systems controlled by body motions. He currently coordinates a project on sensori-motor learning in gesture-sound systems (ANR project Legos). He holds a master degree in physics (1991) and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Optics (1998) from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Swiss Federal Institute of Technolgy in Lausanne). He also studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (1992–1993) and has participated in different music and media arts projects. From 1999 to 2003 he conducted various research projects at the Beckman Laser Institute at the University of California Irvine. He joined IRCAM in October 2003 as a researcher on gesture analysis for music and performing arts.
Noam Carméli (1971, Israel) is a Dancer, Teacher, body-work therapist and Manager. He studied Architecture in Israel and Amsterdam and dance in London. Since returning to Israel in 2003 he is combining working in both the architecture and dance worlds.
Noam has been teaching and performing since 2004, and he is a practitioner of the Ilan Lev method of body-work therapy since 2008. He established – “Oktet”- Dance group in Tel Aviv and danced with “Echo Echo” in Northern Ireland and with “C.I.C.O” in Japan. With these groups he performed in improvisation based performances. Today Noam is the general manager of the “Israeli C.I Association” and manager of the Ilan Lev Method of body-work therapy training.
Noam practices C.I, Aikido, Gaga, group improvisation and Ilan Lev Method on a regular and consistent basis.
Luciana Chieregati is a graduate in Dance – specializing in somatic education – of Anhembi Morumbi University in São Paulo, Brazil. She finished the Intensive Accompanied Program in c.e.m (Centro em Movimento) in 2009, an 8-month program, and began to work with Ibon Salvador as “coletivo qualquer”. She studied with Sofia Neuparth, Lisa Nelson, Steve Paxton, Vera Mantero, Peter Michael Dietz, João Fiadeiro, Adriana Grechi, Lu Favoreto and others.
The “coletivo qualquer” is composed by Luciana Chieregati and Ibon Salvador, from the Basque Country. Since 2008 they have been working continuously on an investigation around the body and philosophical contemporaneous theories, observing the intersection of these two fields. Nowadays they are part of the c.e.m teamwork, where they give classes and workshops. They are the directors and permanent residents in “Seu Vicente Residências Artísticas”, a residence program that already received Lisa Nelson, Loïc Touzé, Jennifer Lacey, and others from all over the world.
Shannon Cooney is a Canadian choreographer, dancer/performer and dance educator living in Berlin. She danced and toured extensively nationally and internationally with Toronto’s Dancemakers (1994-2006), with the artistic direction of Serge Bennathan. She was co-Artistic Director for an artist-run dance company for international dance exchange, Platform 33, from 2000-2006. As a performer, she has worked with many choreographers including, Benoît Lachambre, Kim Itoh, Marie-Joseé Chartier, Peggy Baker, and Louise Bedard. She has also performed in installation works by visual artists including; Marla Hlady, Jan Komarek, Signe Theill and performed in improvisational events with musicians, dancers, and actors. Her video work has been presented in gallery exhibitions.
Parallel to her career in Dance, she is a Craniosacral therapist. She studied and assisted with Robert Harris at the Cranial Therapy Centre, Toronto since 1995, and completed Level I with the Upledger Institute (’98). Her teaching method Dynamic Expansion is a unique melding of the craniosacral system awareness and contemporary dance. Recently teaching for: Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Sasha Waltz and Guests, Cie. Toula Limnaios, Tanzfabrik, KIM Physical theatre, Berlin, P.A.R.T.S. Brussels, Dance House, Dublin-Ireland, CDC Le Pacifique à Grenoble, CND Lyon, France, Concordia University and Circuit-Est, Montreal, Dancemakers, Toronto.
Suzanne Cotto is a dancer, researcher and manual therapist. She has been dancing since her childhood and practices different kinds of body work and oriental moving arts.
She discovered Contact Improvisation in 1978 with Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson, then becoming one of the pioneers of Contact Dance in France. She has been involved in improvisation since that time, making performances, installations, videos…
As a physiotherapist, she initiates « Osteocinesy » as her own method after practicing cranio-sacral for 20 years. Her research – which she calls « Body Brain Storming » – focuses on the matter of thoughts, interfaces thoughts-body, body-imagination, etc…
Florence Daupias d’Alcochete is an alumna of the École Normale Supérience de Lyon. She is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III, France, supervised by Marlène Zarader. She is a member of C.R.I.S.E.S and the E.D. 58. In her recent works, she has focused on Canguilhem’s The Normal and The Pathological and it will now develop Merleau-Ponty’s Cezanne’s doubt and Eye and Mind. She also questioned the dialogue of science and philosophy in Merleau-Ponty’s work. She is currently preparing a seminar on the “dancing body” at the ENS Lyon with the Biennale de la Danse and the Maison de la Danse de Lyon. This event will strongly develop theoretical aspects on the subject which will in turn be put in practice and highlighted through artistic moments.
Her research explores a phenomenology of movement, using Merleau-Ponty’s writings, methods and conceptual tools. Why is it so hard for us to think what movement really is if we only rely on an objective thought? What does it mean for us to move our body, and how can we describe our experience of motricity? Do all movement imply a consciousness of movement? Is there a meaning carved into each one of our movements? Can motricty be more than the simple consciousness of a shift of localisation? What is the real connection between movement and expression? As she considers these questions, her work echoes very different but particular fields of research on movement: neurosciences, as Merleau-Ponty already did, but also the work of dancers and choreographers.
Nicole David has a PhD in Psychology and currently works as a researcher at the Department of Neurophysiology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. She has previously studied and worked at several Universities in Germany, such as the Universities of Göttingen and Cologne, and received several international research fellowships, such as at the Universities of California Davis (U.S.), University of Nottingham (U.K.) and University of Rome (Italy). In her research she pursues questions such as (1) How do we present and experience our own body and actions?, and (2) How does this self-awareness help us in understanding others? To this end, she conducts psychological experiments in typically developing individuals and individuals with an autism spectrum condition, and recently also body/ motor experts, also employing neuroimaging and neurophysiological methods.
Antonio Jesús de la Fe Guedes is a Spanish choreographer and dancer based in London. He approached ballet after studying physiotherapy in his home town, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria .In 2004, he began contemporary dance training in Madrid at the Escuela de Danza Carmen Senra first and at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza afterwards. In 2006, he moved to the London Contemporary Dance School where he danced in EDge ’08 and completed an MA in Performance.
He has trained in improvisation with Julyen Hamilton, Andrew Morrish and Camille C. Hanson and his praxis as a performer and choreographer has been immensely influenced by his studies with renown professionals. He has danced for several international choreographers. Antonio has presented his own dance works in the UK, Italy and Spain since 2008.
Since February 2012 he has been leading OPENLAB, a performative research group that explores the idea of presence as a trainable performance skill following practical exercises and tasks inspired by studies and theories about consciousness and mindfulness. As well as meeting regularly to develop and carry out a performance practice, the group had a one day residency at The Public House 2012 in London in July and Antonio has developed “red flesh black seeds”, a study in collaboration with Mariana Camiloti.
Joachim Forget is a radiologist at Centre Hospitalier Universtaire Vaudois and PhD candidate at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, under the supervision of Prs Olaf Blanke and Reto Meuli. He conducts research on the neural basis of the human vestibular system and bodily self-consciousness, using functional and structural neuroimaging techniques. He also studied cognitive science at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris where he worked on the topic of word reading expertise with Stanislas Dehaene. His artistic personal interests are mainly harpsichord and piano practice and he has a particular interest in the dialogue between art and science, confronting the empirical experience of contemporary visual artists with the scientific perspective.
Sebastian Dieguez is a post-doctoral researcher in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He currently conducts research on the topics of bodily awareness and its disorders, numerical cognition, and bilingualism. He has also written extensively on the relationships between art and neuroscience. His book Maux d’artistes: ce que cachent les oeuvres was published in 2010 (Belin). He is co-editor of the forthcoming Brain Disease and doctors in literature (Karger).
Emilie Gallier is a French choreographer, artist researcher, teacher and director of the PØST Cie (based in The Netherlands). Her work probes ways to expand boundaries by using scores, senses, audience participation, and collaboration. Emilie Gallier studied at the Conservatoire and in the PRCC (Paris) directed by Myriam Gourfink where she confirmed her use of notation and new modalities of writing dance in intertwinement with the imaginary. In the frame of the Master in Choreography (cum laude) in ArtEZ (Arnhem, NL), she studied with Eva Karczag, Bruno Listopad, Alison Isadora, Jonathan Burrows, Peter Pleyer, Joao da Silva, Ric Allsopp. Her research investigated on Writings and Spectatorship through the philosophical lens of Dorsality. It unraveled topics of expertise, transmission, and knowledge, that she further develops. Her works show recurring subjects of relation between spectators, performers, authors, and of the juxtaposition of imaginary with sensation and thought.
After studying psychology, Antje Gentsch completed a 4-year PhD program at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain (2007-2011) and wrote her thesis on “The sense of agency: neural and cognitive correlates of the self in action”. Currently, she is working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Neuroscience in Leipzig, Germany, as a member of the research group “Body & Self” led by Dr. Simone Schütz-Bosbach. In her research, she conducts neuroimaging and behavioral experiments to investigate the role of the physical body in creating the sense of self. In particular, she is focusing on the sense of agency, that is, the subjective experience of causality between one’s own actions and changes in the external world, in healthy individuals as well as in pathological conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Konstantina Georgelou works in the fields of performing arts theory, dramaturgy and dance as lecturer and researcher. She recently completed her PhD dissertation at the Theatre Studies department of Utrecht University, entitled “performless: the operation of l’informe in postdramatic theatre”. She is currently lecturer at the ArtEZ Master of Choreography in Arnhem and postdoctoral fellow researcher at the Centre for the Humanities of Utrecht University, where she explores the scholarship on the intersection between cognitive neuroscience and movement, dance and performance. Previously, she studied philosophy, psychology and education in Athens, art theory in London and cultural analysis in Amsterdam. In 2011 she co-curated the PSi Regional Research Cluster in Athens “encounters in synchronous time”, and is founding member of the Institute for Live Arts Research in Greece. She has presented and published papers in conferences and journals internationally and has collaborated in artistic, research and educational projects with institutes in Holland and abroad (DasArts, SNDO, Dansateliers Rotterdam, Kalamata Dance Festival etc).
Isabelle Ginot is professor at the dance department at the university Paris 8 Saint-Denis Vincennes, and a Feldenkreis practitioner. Her early research, on the analysis of contemporary dance, focused on perception, and led her to question dancers’ practices, especially « marginal » techniques such a somatic practices. These practices are now the focus of her teaching and researches: investigating on the one hand their epistemology, and on the other their use in the dance world as well in the medical and medico-social worlds. Co-founder of the company A.I.M.E. (« Association of engaged moving individuals »), she also collaborates with artists (Julie Nioche, Rosalind Crisp) for a somatic approach of the viewer’s gaze. She animates the research group « Soma&Po – Somatics, aesthetics, politics » within the laboratory « Analysis of discourses and practices in dance » and directs the diploma « Body techniques and the world of care ». Many of works are available online.
Arnaud Halloy is a Belgian anthropologist, assistant professor at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France) since 2007. He graduated in Anthropology at the Free University of Brussels (Belgium) and he received his PhD in 2005 from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris-France). After studying an Afro-Brazilian cult in Belgium during his graduation, he traveled to Brazil where he conducted extensive fieldwork in the Afro-Brazilian Xangô Possession Cult of Recife, in the North-East Region of Brazil. His main interest goes to the mutual influence between contextual and cognitive dimensions of religious transmission, exploring the tight links between cognition, emotion, perception and cultural environments. He is now focusing his research on emotions and the senses, and their specific role in possession learning process, oracular systems, “empowerment” of artifacts and “traditional” transmission. He emphasizes the necessity of a closer collaboration between cognitive and social sciences in order to elaborate a “cognitive ethnography of cultural learning (CECL)”.
Natalie Heller is a movement artist whose work is a result of cross-disciplinary collaborations with experts from different fields. Her creative interest is centered on giving a first person account of lived experience. In her current research she is in dialogue Dr. Vincent Walsh, human brain scientist University College London, and Dr. Frank Chouraqui, philosopher Koç University Istanbul, as she explores how we are in relationship to other people through the context of performance art. She earned a BA from Oxford University in Philosophy and French (2006) and an MA in Creative Practice at TrinityLaban and is currently based in Istanbul. She is a co-founder of ‘Spirals and Horizontal Connections’ that is a platform for artists and academics to exchange research ideas.
Dr Corinne Jola is a cognitive neuroscientist (PhD, University of Zurich) and a trained Choreographer (MA, Laban Trinity College London) from Switzerland. After studying Psychology at University of Zurich and Freiburg i. Br. in Germany, she attained a teacher certificate at IWANSON (Contemporary dance School) in Munich. During her PhD on motor imagery and body representations, she also qualified in the first DanceCulture programme at the University of Berne. Her postgraduate diploma thesis was a practice as research project on dance notation and transmission in 2004. She has worked in the field of science and dance in the UK in the last 8 years and she is currently in the transition from the University of Surrey UK (Research Fellow) to continue her work on the perception and cognition of dance at Paris 8 & Neurospin. Since 2006 she has repeatedly collaborated and trained with the dance Company EG|PC in Amsterdam. From 2008-2010, she worked on the AHRC funded project “Watching Dance: Kinesthetic Empathy” at the University of Glasgow where she studied audiences’ experiences when watching dance. Her main research interest is the underlying social, cognitive, and neural nature of dance and choreography. Under the premise of a brain-body correspondence, she locates somatosensory experiences of the dancer and the spectator in the brain.
Tihana Jovanic is a postdoctoral research associate at the Janelia Farm Research Campus (USA). She is currently studying the neural basis of sensori-motor integration and decision-making using as a model the somatosensory and motor system of Drosophila larva. She also has a background in dance: she has taught dance improvisation and is the author of several choreographic projects. She is interested in exploring ways to make scientific and experiential knowledge communicate to give rise to a more holistic approach to the study and understanding of the workings of the brain.
Christophe Lopez is a neuroscientist with training in biology. Over the last 12 years, he has investigated vestibular and multisensory integration in healthy humans and described functional recovery in patients with lesions of the vestibular system. He is experienced in using a variety of devices for stimulating the vestibular receptors including caloric and galvanic vestibular stimulation and full-body motion platforms, as well as devices for measuring postural control and human movements. After a 6-year post-doctoral training at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and at the University of Bern, Christophe Lopez received a permanent researcher position at the French Centre National de La Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in October 2011. He is developing a new and interdisciplinary field of research, establishing connections between human vestibular physiology and cognitive neuroscience of human body representation, by combining neuroimagery, vestibular stimulation and psychophysics in healthy participants, oto-neurological patients, brain-damaged patients and epileptic patients.
Malcom Manning (UK/Helsinki) is a somatic movement researcher, educator, mentor and artist. He teaches the Feldenkrais Method, Experiential Anatomy, Dance Improvisation/Composition, Contact Improvisation and Authentic Movement. He teaches in the dance department of the Theatre Academy of Finland (TEAK) and has helped to develop the Dance and Somatics one-year course at ISLO in Joensuu, Finland. He also teaches at dance centres and festivals in Europe throughout the year.
Guido Orgs received his training in both Dance (Folkwang University, Essen) and Cognitive Psychology (University of Düsseldorf). He completed a PhD in Psychology on “Non-verbal processing of meaning” in 2007. From 2008 until 2011 he performed with the German dance Company NEUER TANZ/VA WÖLFL at theatres and dance festivals throughout Europe, including kunstenfestivaldesart (Brussels), Tanz im August (Berlin), Julidans (Amsterdam) and Theatre de la Ville (Paris). In 2009 Guido was awarded a DAAD fellowship to study visual and aesthetic perception of human movement at University College London in the UK, where he currently works with Patrick Haggard as a member of the Action & Body Group at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. His research in London focuses on the ability to perceive and understand other people’s movements through empathy, simulation and prediction using behavioural and neuroimaging methods.
PhD candidate in Paris 8 dance departement and “danced movement” practitioner in medico-social contexts. Trained in classical and mostly contemporary dance (Cunningham, Limon, and release technics, and various improvisation technics), but also in other movement practices practices such as butô (body weather), Iyengar yoga, Feldenkreis, Body-mind centering, Rolfing, movement analysis, She collaborated as a dancer and performer with several choreographers, companies and artistic collectives.
After her MA on the topic of dance performance as a social action tool, she has worked with various medico-social and prison associations, by offering dance and somatic education workshops and taking part in collective researches on the impact of somatic practices with HIV-infected patients and populations at risk (in collaboration with association A.I.M.E., Carla Bottiglieri, and within the collective « Le moindre geste », with choreographer Laurence Pagès). As a PhD candidate within the laboratory « Analysis of discourses and practices of the choreographic field » at the dance department of Paris-8 university, she focuses her research on the use and impact of somatic and choreographic body practices in the care of patients treated in psychiatric and medico-social institutions.
Dr Ana Tajadura-Jiménez received her BSc degree in Telecommunication Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. She received a Master’s degree in Digital Communication Systems and Technology in 2002 and a PhD degree in Psychoacoustics in 2008, both at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. From 2009, she is a post-doctoral researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, where she is investigating the plasticity of the mental body-representation in response to multisensory stimuli. From November 2012, she will be an ESRC Future Research Leader at University College London, with a project investigating the influence of self-produced action sounds on body-representation. Due to her strong interdisciplinary background she was selected to be part of the VolkswagenStiftung “European Platform for Life Sciences, Mind Sciences and the Humanities”, in which she is a co-Principal Investigator in a multidisciplinary project on body-representation. Recently, she organized a panel on “Embodied Multisensory Emotion” at the IMRF 2010. Dr. Tajadura-Jiménez has co-authored a number of papers and book chapters on auditory and multisensory perception, emotional processing and self-perception in everyday contexts and new media technologies.
Mark Lewis Tompkins is an American dancer, choreographer and teacher living in France since 1973. After a series of solos and group collaborations, he founds the company I.D.A., International Dreems Associated, in 1983. Over the years, Tompkins’ unique way of fabricating “unidentified performance objects” has become his signature. Solos, group pieces, concerts and performances that mix dance, music, voice, video and text are steps of this journey initiated in the 70’s, and continued with the complicity of the set designer Jean-Louis Badet since 1988. His interest in improvisation and real time composition leads him also to collaborate, through teaching and performing, with many dancers, musicians, light designers and video makers. His recent performances evolve towards musical theater, inspired notably by music hall – ANIMAL, cabaret – kings&queens, opérette – LULU, vaudeville – OPENING NIGHT and minstrel shows – BLACK’N’BLUES. In 2008, he receives the prestigious SACD Choreography Prize for all his work. (Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers)
After a PhD on the neural basis of spatial and episodic memory (with Neil Burgess, at UCL), Iris Trinkler began working with patients with Hungtington’s Disease, with a specific interest in how we represent others, how we represent ourselves (in body and mind), and how self- and other-representations might interact or even overlap.
Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a hereditary neurodegenerative disease leading to unvoluntary movements, other movement and also cognitive and often psychiatric disorders. Her previous work with HD patients investigated their difficulty to recognise emotions in others. Her studies have shown that patients are firstly impaired in emotional facial expressions, and this impairment correlates with their impairment to recognise emotions in others. Further, they are also impaired in imitation but not in accessing the meaning of their own emotions, and their moral reasoning and empathy when thinking about other people is intact (thus in the verbal and not gestural domain).
This work has led her to focus more on the self- and other-representations not only of the patient but also of the people living with the patient and she just won funding to investigatehow HD patients and their caregivers recognise their own and each other’s actions and feel in control of their own actions. The project also comprises having both patients and caregivers take part in a 6-month intensive contemporary dance training and observe the effects of this training on the brain, on agency, action recognition, on movement and body consciousness, and finally on their own introspective sense of self and of other, of their relationship, and of course, wellbeing. This project starts in September in collaboration with Alexandra Dürr and her team at the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moëlle Epinière.