Building a dancehouse Atelier 7 · Panel 4 · New buildings

Full video of the fourth panel of the Atelier “Building a Dancehouse” that took place in Bassano del Grappa. The second day of the Atelier took place on 21st August. Moderated by Gabriel Smeets, this round table focused on the new buildings, the definition of space and its design, content and sustainability. The participants were Catja Loepfe, Philippe Prost, Eva Martínez, Dimitry Ovtchinnikoff and Tuomo Hahl.

Catja Loepfe • Artistic Director • Tanzhaus Zürich
She worked for Gessnerallee Zürich as responsible for the Dance Program and, in her final year, as interimistic Director. In 2012 she was appointed as Director of Zürich tanzt, a three days performance festival in public space. Besides that, she was a member of the artistic board of the festival Zurcher Theater Spektakel. She became the Artistic Director of Tanzhaus Zürich in August 2014.

Philippe Prost • Architect, Urban Planner, Professor and President for the ENSAPB (Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris Belleville)
Some of his projects are the Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val de Marne, the reconversion of defence sites in Arras, the interpretation centre and archeological museum of Alesia Archeological Park and the restoration and development of the Citadel of Vauban in Belle-Ile-en-Mer. The notions of memory and context are at the root of all the projects he carries on, whether on a large or a small scale.

Eva Martínez • Artistic Programmer • Sadler’s Wells
She is Sadler’s Wells Artistic Programmer and Artist Development. She also works as an independent performing arts curator, producer and consultant. Born and educated in France with a Spanish heritage, she moved to the UK in 2000 and is currently based in London. She previously programmed dance at Southbank Centre and Dance4 with the festival Nottdance. She is interested in organisational change, communication and advocating for the role of arts in society.

Dimitry Ovtchinnikoff • General Administrator • Maison de la Danse Lyon
He was Cultural Attaché for the French Embassy in Brasil posted in Rio de Janeiro and was posted in Surabaya and Bratislava working for the French foreigh affairs in French Cultural Centers. As General Secretary of Cultures France (2000-2006) in Paris (now Institut Français) he spent 6 years promoting the French cultural cooperation with a lot of countries in the world.

Tuomo Hahl • Architect
He has mainly developed town planning projects and special building projects such as the spaces for the Academy of Fine Arts, the Finnish National Opera Ballet School and for private dance schools. He worked on the project for the Helsinki Music Center and is currently member of the board of Dance House Helsinki, a dancehouse project under development.