Board of Directors

The current board was elected by the General Assembly that took place on 31 May 2017 in Düsseldorf.

President

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.

Treasurer

Paul-Eric Labrosse
CDC Toulouse (FR)

Paul-Eric Labrosse was born in Marseille, France. During his PhD in History of Arts at the University of Aix-en-Provence, he started working in the cultural field, beginning with contemporary music, and has been engaged in this field until now both with individual artists and structures. He joined CDC Toulouse in 2008, and has been involved in several cooperative projects funded by the EU within this institution. He teaches administrative and financial management of cultural structures at the University of Toulouse – Jean-Jaurès.

Board members

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

Roberto Casarotto

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’s dancers, a project aimed at research the impact that the practice of dance has on people 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 January 2015 he was appointed Artistic Director of Balletto di Roma.

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. She 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.

Appointed Board members

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

A philosopher by training, Laurent 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 3 annual festivals; he coordinates the educational programme for artistic sharing and develops collaborations with cultural partners. Laurent is also responsible for preparing budgets for all of these activities. He is guest lecturer since 2006 at the Université de Provence for the Licence and Masters in Cultural Mediation and in the Art and Cultural Heritage programmes.

Catja Loepfe
Tanzhaus Zürich |Zürich (Switzerland)

Catja 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. 1999 she took over the direction of the Rote Fabrik Fabriktheater in Zurich. 2007-2012 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. She became the artistic director of Tanzhaus Zürich in August 2014.

Suzy Blok
Dansmakers | Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Suzy Blok (Dutch/Argentinean) is artistic and general director at the Dutch production house Dansmakers Amsterdam, and co-founder of the Moving Futures festival and network. Earlier she was choreographer, performer and artistic director of Blok&Steel company from 1990 until 2006 and artistic director of I Like To Watch too: a yearly performance festival produced by Paradiso and Julidans festival from 2007-2013. Over the years she directed and choreographed various stage- and film productions. Furthermore she’s artistic advisor for emerging artists and chairman of the board of Summer Dance Forever and chairman of the Dance and Theatre consult in Amsterdam representing the dance in the Amsterdam Cultural Organizations association ACI. She was international jury member of Czech Dance Platform 2013-2016. Her main focus and devotion since working for Dansmakers Amsterdam is to support the new generation of choreographers, passing on her knowledge and expertise to others. To help develop the contemporary dance discipline and to create new possibilities for emerging artists to expand their knowledge and make their work visible to a larger audience. Both on a local, national and international level. She is presenting partner of the European Aerowaves network and member of the European Dance House network. (picture: Diana Blok)