Dario Tortorelli – Choreographer, dance teacher
Tim Persent – Dancer at LeineRoebana, artistic leader of the ITS festival 2005-2016
Maria Chiara Mezzadri – Freelance dancer, artistic adviser Ferrara off theater, dance teacher
Alida Dors – Choreographer, dancer
Maya Roest – Founder RIDCC, dancer at Scapino Ballet Rotterdam
Mischa van Leeuwen – Founder RIDCC, dancer at Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, choreographer
Choreographer Dario Tortorelli approaches dance through the process of visualization and incorporation of images, taking a solid direction towards researching the physicality of the human body in life. Originally born in Italy Tortorelli studied classical and contemporary dance in Florence and Cannes. He danced for the Ballet of the Opera of Nice, and afterwards for the repertoire company Introdans. In 2004, Tortorelli became an independent artist and collaborated as performer, choreographer, coach and guest teacher with Conny Janssen Danst, Ann Van den Broek, The Dutch Dance Festival, Opera Estate – in the contest of the B.motion Festival, Scapino Ballet and Project Sally, among others. He has been creating work for various international dance academies in The Netherlands. Tortorelli is the founder of DIVEinD – Visual Poetry of Performing Bodies, an art foundation through which he creates dance performances/visual installations, like the D NO BODY-series, HARY and the ROMEO HEART-Studies.
Tim Persent has been dancing with LeineRoebana since 1994. He followed his education at the Rambert Ballet School in London and danced with De Rotterdamse Dansgroep. In New York he worked with Ton Simons and the Brenda Daniels Dance Company, in the Netherlands with Krisztina de Châtel, Paul Selwyn Norton, Michael Schumacher and Roland Shankula. In 1993 he received the Zilveren Theaterdansprijs, and in 2004 the Gouden Zwaan for his complete oeuvre, this is the most important Dutch dance prize. From 2005 until 2016 Tim was artistic leader of the ITS festival.
Maria Chiara Mezzadri
Maria Chiara Mezzadri is an Italian dancer. She has previously danced with companies such as the Scapino Ballet in Rotterdam, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Europa Danse and Vienna State Ballet and GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. In 2015, the prestigious German magazine Tanz-Zeitschrift nominated Maria Chiara Mezzadri “Best Dancer 2015”. Since 2016 she is freelancing as a dancer and a choreography assistent of Saburo Teshigawara and guesting with Wuppertal Tanztheater Pina Bausch. Since 2016 she is artistic adviser of Ferrara off theater.
After completing her degree in Fiscal Economics in 1999, she decided to focus entirely on dancing. She became a popular dancer and was on stage with several big stars, such as P. Diddy and Usher. She also appeared in video clips, theater and dance performances. As a choreographer Alida Dors has her roots in hip hop and this is the source of her work. In terms of form, she always looks for unorthodox encounters with other disciplines. This open attitude, through which the constant encounter brings a continuous change, is in her eyes the core of hip-hop. With her own dance vocabulary Alida shows her voice about social issues that are relevant in our current time. Her work did not go unnoticed: she received an international scholarship from the Van den Ende Foundation, received the Kunstfactor Award in 2008 and was named ‘artist in residence’ at production house MC for two seasons. Furthermore, in 2010 she was selected for the Blind Date Tour. And in October 2012 Alida Dors won the Prize of the Dutch Dance Days.