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Antonia Katrandjieva – director/choreographer

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Antonia Ka is an internationally acclaimed dance scholar and choreographer and Artistic director ofOverground Physical Theatre. She is founder of “Cohera Move” an innovative method for training performing artists in interdisciplinary theatre. Antonia holds a B.A. in Physical Theatre, MFA in Theatre Directing, Ph.D. & D.Sc. in Dance Theatre from the National Academy of Theatre in Sofia, and is a graduate of Zurich Tanz Theater Schule in Switzerland. Antonia has traveled, lectured and researched dance and theatre traditions in Asia, South America, North Africa, Europe and the U.S., and has performed her groundbreaking works at dance and theatre festivals across the globe. As NY correspondent for Theater Magazine, she has authored numerous books and articles on theater. Her maverick vision of contemporary dance breaks new ground in the field of cutting-edge physical theatre and post-physical performance. Her original works have been performed at renown NY venues, such as BAM Fisher, City Hall, New York Live Arts, Dance Theatre Workshop, Alvin Ailey Theater, La MaMa, Danspace Project, Judson Memorial Church, Here Arts Center, Dance New Amsterdam, Salvatore Capezio Theater, New Dance Group, Carnegie Mellon University, White Wave, Ellens Hall, Connecticut University, Harvard Dance School, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, to mention a few. She currently runs an educational yoga platform on YouTube with award-winning filmmakers and producers Ana Atanassova & Kalin Ivanov, and is on the faculty of Peridance where she teaches Yogea and physical theater.

 

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Valentina Priolo – choreographer/dance educator

Born in Sicily, Italy, Valentina Priolo is an internationally recognized performing artist and choreographer, and repertory director of Overground Physical Theatre Company, a New York based experimental physical theatre company that utilizes expressionistic post-modern European “Tanz-theater,” contact improvisation and ultra-contemporary performance art to create a transpersonal experience. Valentina studied “Choreography and Interpretation Techniques” at the Conservatory School “Institut del Teatre”  in Barcelona, where she performed with illustrious companies and was exposed to a multitude of somatic approaches, and dance styles.  She has collaborated with renown companies in Spain and Italy, such as Maria Teresa de Sanctis, Gruppo Teatro Totem, Paola Cassara’, Lollo Franco and Mizar Martinez Dance Company. She came to New York to expand her dance theatre training at the Limon Institute and explore the vibrant multi-cultural New York dance scene. She has integrated her rich European theatre background into the “fall and recovery” philosophy of Limon to coin a new dramatic and visual movement language that borders the quotidian and the existential. Her maverick vision of modern dance forges new horizons in the complimentary fields of visual design and coherent movement. Her choreographic quest reflects the intimate relationships of family, friends and society. She is currently completing her degree in Communication Design at FIT, New York where she continues to bridge the fields of contemporary dance and sacred design. Valentina has integrated her rich European theatre expertise in coining a new dramatic and kinesthetic language that borders the quotidian and the existential. Her credits as a dancer and choreographer include BAM Fisher, New York Live Arts, Alvin Ailey Theater, Danspace Project, Judson Memorial Church, Here Arts Center, Dance New Amsterdam, Salvatore Capezio Theater, White Wave, Ellens Hall, Connecticut University, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, among others.

 

Ana Ivanova – video artist, filmmaker

Ana Atanassova is a co-founder of ArtVanguard, an independent film production company. She has produced, directed, edited and written several short films, amongst which Freaky Forest (writer/director), Hello (writer/director; Golden Palm Award at Mexico International Film Festival; official selection Portland Film Festival, Soho Film Festival etc.), Lost & Found web series (producer/editor), The Date (producer), Feeling To Dive And Other Stories (co-director/editor), The Gift (producer/editor). Ana is a member of Overground Arts Alliance, a non-for-profit arts and culture promoting organization, based in NYC. She has created original video artwork for numerous Overground productions, presented at illustrious NY venues such as NY Live Arts, BAM, Alvin Alley, La Mama etc. Ana is a graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Communications at Sofia University and holds an M.A. in Communications. In 2010 she furthered her studies at the School of Visual Arts.

 

Kalin Ivanov – video artist, filmmaker

Kalin Ivanov is an award-winning cinematographer, producer, photographer and video artist. He has many film, television and web series credits as a director of photography, director, producer and editor (Freaky Forest, Hello, Lost & Found, The Date, The Gift, Feeling to Dive and Other Stories, Houben Paints Money, The Gates of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Irish Writers in America, Theatre Talk, Canapé, Nueva York, Art or Something Like it, Sloan at 75 etc.) Kalin is the recipient of 3 EMMY® Awards for his work at the cultural magazine show Nueva York (CUNY TV) and the educational program Study With The Best (CUNY TV).
His work was also distinguished with a Telly Award and several Communicator Awards. Kalin is a member of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (USA). He has served as a judge at Early Bird International Film Festival (Sofia 2015) and at the EMMY awards (2016). Kalin’s photographs have been selected for various exhibitions (Soho 20, NY) and private collections. His 9/11 photographs were selected for the permanent exhibition of 9/11 Memorial.

Kalin holds a B.A. and M.F.A. in Cinematography (NATFA Sofia, Bulgaria) and M.F.A. in Television Production (Brooklyn College, New York).

 

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Vessela Warner – professor, writer, dramaturg

Vessela S. Warner teaches theatre history and dramaturgy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research focuses on South Slavic drama, cultural identity, postcolonial studies, and theatre criticism. She has contributed to Theatre and Performance in Eastern Europe: The Changing Scene (Scarecrow Press, 2008), Performing Dreams into Being: Native American Women’s Theatre (Miami University Press, 2009), and International Women Stage Directors (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming in 2013). Her articles were published in TheatreForum, Slavic and East European Performance, New England Theatre Journal, Balkanistica, Serbian Studies, and others. Vessela has dramaturged for Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and Overground Physical Theatre Company, New York. Warner holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History and Dramatic Theory from the University of Washington, M.F.A. in Stage Directing from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Bulgaria, and M.A. in Slavic Literature from Sofia University, Bulgaria.

 

Nannette Bevelander – writer, composer, singer, Reiki practitioner

 

 

Nannette Bevelander –  writer, composer, singer, Reiki practitioner

Nannette continues to explore and open to the non defining energies of Life which move and transform us in ways that are cathartic and uplifting, and always with the spirit of Beauty ever present. Born in Den Haag, Holland, she grew up in Canada and continues to grow up in New York, where the call of the theatre first brought her to the Broadway Stage, among others.  She has worked in many areas including opera, oratorio, comedy, drama, and also made the study of dance a part of her life.  Ultimately she embraced the energy-based dance and yoga of Antonia  Katrandjieva, with whom she collaborated on several theatrical projects and with whom she continues to  explore ontology and cosmology.