Board of Directors

The current board was re-elected by the General Assembly that took place on 22 June 2019 in Pantin.

Co-Presidents

Pia Krämer
O Espaço do Tempo Montemor-o-Novo (PT)

Pia Kraemer

Pia Krämer was born in Nabburg, Germany and finished her studies in Dance and Psychology with a Master Degree at the University of Regensburg. As a student, she found her first Dance and Performance Space, Loft, an old soap factory in the city of Regensburg, where she worked as a dance teacher and choreographer and organiser of international workshops. In 1990 she went to New York to study again Contemporary Dance, Dance Movement Therapy and Contact Improvisation. Back to Germany she worked as Dance Movement Therapist at Loew, a private Institute for mentally and physically disabled people. In 2000 she moved to Portugal where she was teaching Master Classes in Dance Movement Therapy at several Universities. At the same time she started the community and educational work at O Espaço do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo, a 16th century monastery, transformed in a residence and production space. Since 2012 she is assisting Rui Horta, the artistic director. She is responsible for the international residences, the coordination of the Portuguese Platform of the Performing Arts and the collaboration with international partners and networks. She is the Portuguese partner for Aerowaves.

Pia Krämer will leave her position at O Espaço do Tempo by end of August 2019 and will join the team of Tanssin Talo Helsinki for one year as Senior Advisor. She also works in an artist development project for the visibility of the Portuguese Dance abroad.

Laurent Meheust
KLAP Maison pour la danse | Marseille (France)

A philosopher by training, Laurent Meheust got involved very early in the world of culture and specialised in supporting artists for the theatre and contemporary music at first, before devoting himself fully to dance. In 2008, he joined the choreographer, Michel Kelemenis and took part in the construction of KLAP Maison pour la danse (Marseille / France),  working to establish its status in local, national and international professional networks.

As Deputy Director, Laurent develops all the artistic residencies and the programmes of the three annual festivals; he coordinates the educational programme for artistic sharing and develops collaborations with cultural partners. Meheust is also responsible for preparing budgets for all of these activities. He is guest lecturer since 2006 at the Université de Provence for the License and Masters in Cultural Mediation and in the Art and Cultural Heritage programmes.

Treasurer

Mitja Bravhar
Kino Šiška (SI)

Mitja Bravhar has a degree in history and art history from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University in Ljubljana. He works at Kino Šiška Ljubljana, public institute, holding the position of Assistant Manager for Management and Finance, and Theatre and Dance Programme Manager.

Bravhar has 20 years of experience working in public institutes from the field of culture and non-profit organisations, and also in the private sector, particularly in fields of public relations, marketing, production, fundraising, as well as event and festival organisation (City Museum of Ljubljana, Ljubljana City Theatre, Špas Theatre and Mini Theatre). Since 2009, he has been employed in Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture. His tasks also include curating the performance art programme and heading international art projects. Next to his work at Kino Šiška, he is also a producer and a member of the artistic board of CoFestival – International dance festival in Ljubljana, and a part-time educator for Management in Culture at School of Business and Management Novo mesto. He successfully finished a residential seminar European Diploma in Cultural Project Management at the Association Marcel Hicter in Brussels.

Secretary

Kerstin Evert
K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg (DE)

Kerstin Evert studied Applied Theatre Studies in Gieβen, where she did her doctorate on the theme of “DanceLab-Contemporary Dance and New Technologies”. From 1997 to 2000, she was a doctoral candidate in the post-graduate program “Körper-Inszenierungen” at the Freie Universität Berlin and with Oliver Behnecke founded the production label “Stadt Raum Inszenierung” (Festival ZeitenWende, Gieβen 2000). From 2002 to 2006, she worked as dramaturge at Kampnagel.

Evert founded the choreographic center K3 in Hamburg in August 2006, and has been the director of K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg since then. She works as a lecturer at universities in Berlin, Bern, Gieβen, Hamburg, Frankfurt/Main and Salzburg, among other places, and she is member of several juries and advisory boards.

Board members

Roberto Casarotto
Centro per la Scena Contemporanea Bassano del Grappa (IT)

Since 2006, Roberto Casarotto has been director of the dance projects for the CSC di Bassano del Grappa and Operaestate Festival Veneto. Associate director of Aerowaves, he is currently involved in several international projects supported by the EU. He develops initiatives aimed at supporting the artistic research, mobility and artists’ development in the field of dance.

He is the Italian initiator of Dance Well-movement research for Parkinson, a project aimed at research the impact that the practice of dance has on people living with Parkinson’s. He is the author of the book Nigel Charnock published in 2009 by L’Epos, in the Dance forward/Dance for word series. In 2015-17 he was Artistic Director of Balletto di Roma.

(Picture: Sara Lando)

Catja Loepfe
Tanzhaus Zürich |Zürich (Switzerland)

Catja Loepfe was born in Zurich / Switzerland. She studied cultural anthropology (focus on theatre anthropology). During her studies she started as a freelance curator for art exhibitions and as organiser of theater and dance workshops for the International Theatre Institute. In 1999 she took over the direction of the Rote Fabrik Fabriktheater in Zurich. From 2007 to 2012 she worked for Gessnerallee Zurich, first as dramaturg responsible for the dance program and in her final year as interim director. In August 2012 she was appointed as director of ZÜRICH TANZT, a three days festival of dance and performances in public space. Besides that she was a member oft he artistic board oft the festival Zürcher Theater Spektakel 2012-2014.

Loepfe became the artistic director of Tanzhaus Zürich in August 2014.

Suzy Blok
Dansmakers | Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Suzy Blok (Dutch/Argentinean, born in Colombia) is director at the dance production house Dansmakers Amsterdam and co-founder/director of the Moving Futures festival and network.

After her dance studies at the Amsterdam High School of the Arts she became a professional dancer and choreographer. She was co-artistic director of Blok&Steel company from 1990 until 2006 creating more than 25 performances and collaborating with composers, dancers, actors, designers and visual artists and presenting nationally and internationally. After this period she continued to create performances and became also curator of I Like To Watch too: a yearly international performance festival produced by Paradiso and Julidans festival from 2007-2013.  As film-maker, she created award-winning short dance-films as well as feature films in collaboration with directors such as Pieter Kramer. In 2017 she completed her studies of Cultural Leadership (LINC) at the University of Utrecht.

Blok is currently also board-member of Summer Dance Festival, dance-representant of the Amsterdam Cultural Institutions (ACI). On international level, from her position as director of Dansmakers Amsterdam, she is partner in the Aerowaves network and the European Dance House Network (also board-member), both funded by EU Creative Europe 2017-2020. In 2019 Dansmakers is one of the partners of the inter-cultural Dialogues project Be Mobile – Create Together; a residency exchange project with Turkey.

Her main focus since working for Dansmakers Amsterdam is to support the new generation of dance-artists, passing on her knowledge and expertise to others. To help develop the contemporary dance discipline in all its width and potential, to create new possibilities and collaborations for emerging artists to expand and share their knowledge and make their work visible to a larger audience. Both on a local, national and international level.

(picture: Diana Blok)