Company & Collaborators

 
Claudia Bauer  ecotopia dance productions GmbH Producer and guest performances   The dance agency ecotopia dance productions was founded in 1992 by Claudia Bauer and Meinrad Huber. The agency works primarily in the field of production management, fund raising, international coproductions and international guest performance organisation. In the nineties ecotopia started a close collaboration with Theaterhaus Stuttgart where Johann Kresnik’s productions Francis Bacon and Othello starring Ismael Ivo premiered and then toured for many years worldwide. Since 1996 ecotopia has acted as producer for the Berlin-based dance director Helena Waldmann. As a result of the cooperation, about 20 pieces were put on stage and toured internationally. Other long-term collaborations include Compagnia Aterballetto from Reggio Emilia (I), Balé da Cidade de São Paulo (BR), São Paulo Dance Company, Grupo Corpo (BR) and Quasar Cia de Danca (BR), Nederlands Dans Theater (NL) as well as K. Kvarnström & Co (SE). In 1997 ecotopia initiated the founding of Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart (D) which met with instant success. Today, the company collaborates with the international star choreographers and tours the whole world. Over the last 24 years, ecotopia has done tour management for, among others, the Batsheva Dance Company from Israel, Galili Dance from The Netherlands, the Göteborg Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet, LaLaLa Human Steps from Canada, Ballet Gulbenkian from Portugal, Shen Wei Dance Arts from the US and Shaun Parker & Company from Australia.

Claudia Bauer 
ecotopia dance productions GmbH
Producer and guest performances

 

The dance agency ecotopia dance productions was founded in 1992 by Claudia Bauer and Meinrad Huber.

The agency works primarily in the field of production management, fund raising, international coproductions and international guest performance organisation.

In the nineties ecotopia started a close collaboration with Theaterhaus Stuttgart where Johann Kresnik’s productions Francis Bacon and Othello starring Ismael Ivo premiered and then toured for many years worldwide.

Since 1996 ecotopia has acted as producer for the Berlin-based dance director Helena Waldmann. As a result of the cooperation, about 20 pieces were put on stage and toured internationally.

Other long-term collaborations include Compagnia Aterballetto from Reggio Emilia (I), Balé da Cidade de São Paulo (BR), São Paulo Dance Company, Grupo Corpo (BR) and Quasar Cia de Danca (BR), Nederlands Dans Theater (NL) as well as K. Kvarnström & Co (SE). In 1997 ecotopia initiated the founding of Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart (D) which met with instant success. Today, the company collaborates with the international star choreographers and tours the whole world.

Over the last 24 years, ecotopia has done tour management for, among others, the Batsheva Dance Company from Israel, Galili Dance from The Netherlands, the Göteborg Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet, LaLaLa Human Steps from Canada, Ballet Gulbenkian from Portugal, Shen Wei Dance Arts from the US and Shaun Parker & Company from Australia.

Tobias Staab Dramaturgy   Tobias Staab studied Theatre Studies, Philosophy and New Literature at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich where he also taught at the Institute of Theatre Studies after his graduation. He also worked with the Research Centre of Theatre Studies Sound and Movement (SaM) for contemporary theatre and new media and published a number of articles in the specialist media. At the same time he produced concerts, appeared as a DJ and worked as a music journalist for Groove Magazine and as the chief editor of the Munich art magazine Super Paper. In 2012 he established Ritournelle, a festival for advanced electronic pop music at Munich Kammerspiele. From 2013 until 2015 he was engaged at Munich Kammerspiele as dramaturge working with theatre directors like Johan Simons, Stefan Pucher, and René Pollesch. Since 2015 Tobias Staab has been dramaturge for the Ruhrtriennale where he is curating the pop music program.

Tobias Staab
Dramaturgy
 


Tobias Staab studied Theatre Studies, Philosophy and New Literature at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich where he also taught at the Institute of Theatre Studies after his graduation.

He also worked with the Research Centre of Theatre Studies Sound and Movement (SaM) for contemporary theatre and new media and published a number of articles in the specialist media.

At the same time he produced concerts, appeared as a DJ and worked as a music journalist for Groove Magazine and as the chief editor of the Munich art magazine Super Paper.

In 2012 he established Ritournelle, a festival for advanced electronic pop music at Munich Kammerspiele.

From 2013 until 2015 he was engaged at Munich Kammerspiele as dramaturge working with theatre directors like Johan Simons, Stefan Pucher, and René Pollesch.

Since 2015 Tobias Staab has been dramaturge for the Ruhrtriennale where he is curating the pop music program.

Edda Gudmundsdottir Stylist   Edda Gudmundsdottir’s extensive knowledge of design has established her as an authority on style and a sought-after consultant for fashion brands. Born in Iceland and driven by an unparalleled imagination, Edda enjoys the bizarre and unique, and is known for creating looks that are simultaneously gorgeous and unpredictable. Currently based in New York, she counts international brands and celebrities among her clients, and has donated her talent to diverse collaborations, including Taylor Swifts Blank Space music video, Joseph Kahn’s Power Ranger film, working with Bjork for several years, designing uniforms for hotels and nightclubs, costume designing for the Cedar Lake Dance Company, NY C Ballet and several music videos and artist tours.  

Edda Gudmundsdottir
Stylist

 

Edda Gudmundsdottir’s extensive knowledge of design has established her as an authority on style and a sought-after consultant for fashion brands.

Born in Iceland and driven by an unparalleled imagination, Edda enjoys the bizarre and unique, and is known for creating looks that are simultaneously gorgeous and unpredictable.

Currently based in New York, she counts international brands and celebrities among her clients, and has donated her talent to diverse collaborations, including Taylor Swifts Blank Space music video, Joseph Kahn’s Power Ranger film, working with Bjork for several years, designing uniforms for hotels and nightclubs, costume designing for the Cedar Lake Dance Company, NY C Ballet and several music videos and artist tours.

 

Caroline Geiger Choreographic assistant   Born in Munich, Caroline had her first dance class at the age of four. She graduated in 1993 from Münchner Ballettzentrum. From 1994 to 2001, she danced with the Bavarian State Ballet. It was Mats Ek who chose her as second cast for his Giselle. In 1998/99 she danced the lead in Jean Grand-Maître’s ballet Emma B. She was promoted to demi-soloist in 2000/2001. From 2001 to 2004 she was a dancer with the Cullberg Ballett in Stockholm. Caroline Geiger is currently working as a freelance dancer, choreographic assistant, and ballet mistress in projects by Richard Siegal, Jiří Kylián,and for the children’s program of the Bavarian State Ballet. Since 2006 she has been a Pilates teacher.

Caroline Geiger
Choreographic assistant
 

Born in Munich, Caroline had her first dance class at the age of four. She graduated in 1993 from Münchner Ballettzentrum.

From 1994 to 2001, she danced with the Bavarian State Ballet. It was Mats Ek who chose her as second cast for his Giselle. In 1998/99 she danced the lead in Jean Grand-Maître’s ballet Emma B. She was promoted to demi-soloist in 2000/2001.

From 2001 to 2004 she was a dancer with the Cullberg Ballett in Stockholm.

Caroline Geiger is currently working as a freelance dancer, choreographic assistant, and ballet mistress in projects by Richard Siegal, Jiří Kylián,and for the children’s program of the Bavarian State Ballet.

Since 2006 she has been a Pilates teacher.

 
Miria Wurm Project manager Miria Wurm (*1979, Weiden, Upper Palatinate) completed her Master of Arts in Theatre Studies, German Philology and Psychology at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich in 2005. In addition, she gained practical experience of organization and hospitality in internships at several theatres including the Prinzregententheater Munich and at the Spielmotor festivals SPIELART and DANCE. After her studies she worked as a creative team assistant for the fashion designer Baldessarini and as an editorial assistant for the magazine MERIAN before resuming her theatre and festival work. Since 2008 she has been working as a production manager for dance and theatre productions as well as arts festivals including Richard Siegal / The Bakery, Think Big – Dance and Performance Festival for Young Audiences, Arabien im Fokus 2015 for Muffatwerk Munich, City Works -Artistic Interventions for Urban Areas in Ten Containers 2013 for Spielmotor e.V., RODEO 2012. The free dance and theatre festival  -an initiative of the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich, 20 years of Muffathalle and many more. In December 2014 she founded, together with Simone Schulte-Aladag, the Tanzbüro München which is funded by the Department of Arts and Culture of the City Munich.

Miria Wurm
Project manager


Miria Wurm (*1979, Weiden, Upper Palatinate) completed her Master of Arts in Theatre Studies, German Philology and Psychology at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich in 2005.

In addition, she gained practical experience of organization and hospitality in internships at several theatres including the Prinzregententheater Munich and at the Spielmotor festivals SPIELART and DANCE.

After her studies she worked as a creative team assistant for the fashion designer Baldessarini and as an editorial assistant for the magazine MERIAN before resuming her theatre and festival work.

Since 2008 she has been working as a production manager for dance and theatre productions as well as arts festivals including Richard Siegal / The Bakery, Think Big – Dance and Performance Festival for Young Audiences, Arabien im Fokus 2015 for Muffatwerk Munich, City Works -Artistic Interventions for Urban Areas in Ten Containers 2013 for Spielmotor e.V., RODEO 2012. The free dance and theatre festival  -an initiative of the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich, 20 years of Muffathalle and many more.

In December 2014 she founded, together with Simone Schulte-Aladag, the Tanzbüro München which is funded by the Department of Arts and Culture of the City Munich.

Claudia Ortiz Arraiza
Dancer


Claudia Ortiz Arraiza was born in Puerto Rico and was educated at the Conservatorio de Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico under the direction of Carlota Carrera. Her teachers included Lourdes Gómez, Alex Ursuliak and Konstanze Vernon.

After her studies she danced with Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico until 2010 before joining The Bavarian State Ballet II, the junior company of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich where she danced in choreographies by Richard Siegal, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato and others.

In 2012 she was accepted in the main company, The Bavarian State Ballet and danced among others in Siegal’s UNITXT and Russel Maliphant’s Spiral Pass.

Since 2014 she has been a soloist with The Hessian State Ballet in Wiesbaden (D) where she danced in choreographies by Tim Plegge, Richard Siegal, Itzik Galili and Marguerite Donlon.

Léonard Engel Dancer   Born in France, Léonard got his dance education in the Paris Opera Ballet School. After graduating in 2005, he worked for 3 years in the Victor Ullate Ballet in Madrid, before moving to the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich where he stayed for 8 years, being promoted to demi-soloist in 2012 and to soloist in 2014. In 2016, he decided to focus on a more contemporary approach of dance and became a freelance dancer/performer in Berlin. Apart from Richard Siegal, he worked with choreographers like William Forsythe, Mars Ek, Aszure Barton, Russel Maliphant, Verena Billinger and Sebastian Schulz. He was also invited as a guest artist by the Wuppertal Pina Bausch during the season 2016-2017.

Léonard Engel
Dancer

 

Born in France, Léonard got his dance education in the Paris Opera Ballet School. After graduating in 2005, he worked for 3 years in the Victor Ullate Ballet in Madrid, before moving to the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich where he stayed for 8 years, being promoted to demi-soloist in 2012 and to soloist in 2014. In 2016, he decided to focus on a more contemporary approach of dance and became a freelance dancer/performer in Berlin.

Apart from Richard Siegal, he worked with choreographers like William Forsythe, Mars Ek, Aszure Barton, Russel Maliphant, Verena Billinger and Sebastian Schulz. He was also invited as a guest artist by the Wuppertal Pina Bausch during the season 2016-2017.

Katherina Markowskaja Dancer and company teacher   Katherina Markowskaja was born in Kiev, Ukraine where she completed her training at the National Ballet Academy of Arts. As a student, she was cast in performances of the National Ballet of Kiev. At the age of sixteen, she accepted a scholarship of the Heinz-Bosl-Foundation, offered to her by Konstanze Vernon. Ms. Markowskaja graduated from the Ballet-Academy Munich and subsequently joined The Saxon State Opera Ballet Dresden under Artistic Director Vladimir Derevianko. She was promoted to the rank of First Soloist two years later. In 1999, she received the Mary Wigman Award. Her repertoire includes classical principal roles such as Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Giselle, Kitri (Don Quijote), Lise (La Fille mal gardée), Bianca (The Taming of the Shrew by John Cranko) and Ottilie (Wahlverwandtschaften by Tom Schilling) as well Natalia and Princess Claire in John Neumeier's Illusions – Like Swan Lake, Marie (The Nutcracker), Hermia (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Rosalind (As You Like It) and Chloé (Daphnis and Chloé). From 2010, she has worked as a freelance ballerina and trained with the Bavarian State Ballet, where she became First Soloist at the beginning of the season 2012/2013.

Katherina Markowskaja
Dancer and company teacher

 

Katherina Markowskaja was born in Kiev, Ukraine where she completed her training at the National Ballet Academy of Arts. As a student, she was cast in performances of the National Ballet of Kiev.

At the age of sixteen, she accepted a scholarship of the Heinz-Bosl-Foundation, offered to her by Konstanze Vernon. Ms. Markowskaja graduated from the Ballet-Academy Munich and subsequently joined The Saxon State Opera Ballet Dresden under Artistic Director Vladimir Derevianko. She was promoted to the rank of First Soloist two years later.

In 1999, she received the Mary Wigman Award. Her repertoire includes classical principal roles such as Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Giselle, Kitri (Don Quijote), Lise (La Fille mal gardée), Bianca (The Taming of the Shrew by John Cranko) and Ottilie (Wahlverwandtschaften by Tom Schilling) as well Natalia and Princess Claire in John Neumeier's Illusions – Like Swan Lake, Marie (The Nutcracker), Hermia (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Rosalind (As You Like It) and Chloé (Daphnis and Chloé).

From 2010, she has worked as a freelance ballerina and trained with the Bavarian State Ballet, where she became First Soloist at the beginning of the season 2012/2013.

Matthew Min Rich Dancer   Min Rich hails from Las Vegas, Nevada, where he studied at the Dance Zone under the direction of Jami Artiga and Kaydee Francis. Rich graduated from the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts in 2004. From 2005 through 2015 Rich danced with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York City, working with world renowned choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Schechter, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jacopo Godani, and Alexander Ekman, among others. With Cedar Lake, Rich appeared in the 2011 Hollywood Motion Picture The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. In 2015 Rich joined the LA-based repertory dance company BODYTRAFFIC dancing works by Barak Marshall, Stijn Celis, and Victor Quijada. Rich was named one of Pointe Magazine's Top 12 performances of 2015 for his work in Richard Siegal's My Generation.

Matthew Min Rich
Dancer

 

Min Rich hails from Las Vegas, Nevada, where he studied at the Dance Zone under the direction of Jami Artiga and Kaydee Francis. Rich graduated from the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts in 2004.

From 2005 through 2015 Rich danced with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York City, working with world renowned choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Schechter, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jacopo Godani, and Alexander Ekman, among others. With Cedar Lake, Rich appeared in the 2011 Hollywood Motion Picture The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. In 2015 Rich joined the LA-based repertory dance company BODYTRAFFIC dancing works by Barak Marshall, Stijn Celis, and Victor Quijada.

Rich was named one of Pointe Magazine's Top 12 performances of 2015 for his work in Richard Siegal's My Generation.

Joaquim de Santana Dancer   Was born in Brazil and started his professional career in 1999 as a dancer with Balé Folclórico da Bahia. He received his Bachelor in Dance at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, The Netherlands  In 2004 he danced with the Introdans Ensemble for the Youth, moving on to Scapino Ballet in Rotterdam in 2005. From 2008 to 2011, he danced with The Cullberg Ballet in Sweden and from 2011 to 2015 with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York City. In the season 2015/2016 Joaquim played the title role of Macbeth in the Emursive Dance Theater production Sleep No More in NY. He danced works and creations by choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Marco Goecke, Mats Ek, Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Regina van Berkel, Johan Inger, Jo Strømgren, Hofesh Shechter, Ina Christel Johannessen, Ed Wubbe, Andonis Foniadakis, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Johan Inger and Richard Siegal. As a commercial dancer he performed with Jennifer Lopez, Ellie Goulding and Mariah Carey.

Joaquim de Santana
Dancer
 

Was born in Brazil and started his professional career in 1999 as a dancer with Balé Folclórico da Bahia. He received his Bachelor in Dance at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, The Netherlands

 In 2004 he danced with the Introdans Ensemble for the Youth, moving on to Scapino Ballet in Rotterdam in 2005. From 2008 to 2011, he danced with The Cullberg Ballet in Sweden and from 2011 to 2015 with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York City.

In the season 2015/2016 Joaquim played the title role of Macbeth in the Emursive Dance Theater production Sleep No More in NY.

He danced works and creations by choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Marco Goecke, Mats Ek, Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Regina van Berkel, Johan Inger, Jo Strømgren, Hofesh Shechter, Ina Christel Johannessen, Ed Wubbe, Andonis Foniadakis, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Johan Inger and Richard Siegal.

As a commercial dancer he performed with Jennifer Lopez, Ellie Goulding and Mariah Carey.

Diego Tortelli Dancer Italian Diego Tortelli received his education as a dancer in Italy first at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza a Roma and subsequently at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Starting out in Italy as a freelancer at the age of 18, he danced with Balletto dell'Esperia in Turin under the direction of Paolo Mohovic, and with the Teatro alla Scala and the DanceHaus Susanna Beltrami in Milan before his engagements led him to Valencia in Spain where he was a part of the Ballet de Teatres de la Generalidad for three seasons. At Valencia, he interpreted and performed pieces of well-known choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Jiří Kylián, Angelin Preljocaj, Thierry Malandain, Asun Noales, Goyo Montero, Carolyn Carlson and Ramon Oller. After four seasons in Valencia he was invited by choreographer and artistic director Gustavo Ramirez Sansano to join his company Luna Negra Dance Theater Chicago where he danced for two seasons working with Fernando Hernando Madagan, Fernando Melo, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Eduardo Vilaro – on top of dancing in a great number of works by Gustavo Ramirez. In 2012 he left Chicago to join Le Ballet National de Marseilles under the direction of the architect/choreographer Frédéric Flamand. Diego was involved in all the works by Flamand and the collaborations with international architects. He was working with choreographers such as Emio Greco, Pieter Scholten, Olivier Dubois, Richard Siegal, William Forsythe, Lucinda Childs and an installation by Christian Rizzo. Since 2015 he has worked as a freelancer in projects like Frédéric Flamand's restaging of Orphée et Eurydice with the Teatro Massimo in Palermo where he was also engaged as Maître du ballet. He also created a cultural association called Kor’sia together with three other artists in Madrid. He designed costumes for Luna Negra Chicago, Norrdans and for Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich. As a choreographer he created a duo for Introdans and Compañia Nacional de Danza/Madrid, Teatro Massimo in Palermo and Eko dance project/ Pompea Santoro. During the last few months he worked as a dancer with Korzo in The Hague and with MM Dance in Reggio Emilia. Right now he is working as a guest contemporary dancer for the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich and as a freelancer/assistant for Richard Siegal's The Bakery.

Diego Tortelli
Dancer


Italian Diego Tortelli received his education as a dancer in Italy first at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza a Roma and subsequently at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

Starting out in Italy as a freelancer at the age of 18, he danced with Balletto dell'Esperia in Turin under the direction of Paolo Mohovic, and with the Teatro alla Scala and the DanceHaus Susanna Beltrami in Milan before his engagements led him to Valencia in Spain where he was a part of the Ballet de Teatres de la Generalidad for three seasons.

At Valencia, he interpreted and performed pieces of well-known choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Jiří Kylián, Angelin Preljocaj, Thierry Malandain, Asun Noales, Goyo Montero, Carolyn Carlson and Ramon Oller.

After four seasons in Valencia he was invited by choreographer and artistic director Gustavo Ramirez Sansano to join his company Luna Negra Dance Theater Chicago where he danced for two seasons working with Fernando Hernando Madagan, Fernando Melo, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Eduardo Vilaro – on top of dancing in a great number of works by Gustavo Ramirez.

In 2012 he left Chicago to join Le Ballet National de Marseilles under the direction of the architect/choreographer Frédéric Flamand. Diego was involved in all the works by Flamand and the collaborations with international architects. He was working with choreographers such as Emio Greco, Pieter Scholten, Olivier Dubois, Richard Siegal, William Forsythe, Lucinda Childs and an installation by Christian Rizzo.

Since 2015 he has worked as a freelancer in projects like Frédéric Flamand's restaging of Orphée et Eurydice with the Teatro Massimo in Palermo where he was also engaged as Maître du ballet. He also created a cultural association called Kor’sia together with three other artists in Madrid. He designed costumes for Luna Negra Chicago, Norrdans and for Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich.

As a choreographer he created a duo for Introdans and Compañia Nacional de Danza/Madrid, Teatro Massimo in Palermo and Eko dance project/ Pompea Santoro.

During the last few months he worked as a dancer with Korzo in The Hague and with MM Dance in Reggio Emilia. Right now he is working as a guest contemporary dancer for the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich and as a freelancer/assistant for Richard Siegal's The Bakery.

Ebony Williams Dancer Ebony began her training at the early age of eight with the Boston Ballet focusing on ballet technique and The Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts where she trained in tap and jazz. After High School, Ebony went on to attend the Boston Conservatory where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Shortly after graduation, Ebony earned a spot in one of her dream companies – Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. A ten-year veteran of Cedar Lake, Ebony has had the honor of performing works by esteemed choreographers such as Donald Byrd, Hofesh Shechter, Crystal Pite, Luis Fuente, Alexander Ekman, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Andonis Foniadakis, Johan Inger, Ohad Naharin, Jacopo Godani and Richard Siegal as well as a host of others. Her works as a performer also include a guest appearance with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet on So You Think You Can Dance, and the film The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. In addition to her concert dance career, Ebony's versatility has afforded her the opportunity to perform several commercial and entertainment works with award-winning artist such as Rihanna, Ciara in the Love, Sex and Magic video featuring Justin Timberlake or Jennifer Hudson's No one gonna love you video, Fergie, Jason Darulo, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and many more. One of her career highlights as a dancer in the iconic 2009 MTV Music Video of the Year Single Ladies has allowed her to grace the stage with Beyonce on her I am...Sasha Fierce promo tour where she appeared in the American Music Awards, the Today Show, Saturday Night Live, the XLVII Super Bowl and in her Countdown video. Ebony is frequently invited to conduct master classes nationally and internationally.

Ebony Williams
Dancer


Ebony began her training at the early age of eight with the Boston Ballet focusing on ballet technique and The Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts where she trained in tap and jazz. After High School, Ebony went on to attend the Boston Conservatory where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Shortly after graduation, Ebony earned a spot in one of her dream companies – Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. A ten-year veteran of Cedar Lake, Ebony has had the honor of performing works by esteemed choreographers such as Donald Byrd, Hofesh Shechter, Crystal Pite, Luis Fuente, Alexander Ekman, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Andonis Foniadakis, Johan Inger, Ohad Naharin, Jacopo Godani and Richard Siegal as well as a host of others. Her works as a performer also include a guest appearance with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet on So You Think You Can Dance, and the film The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.

In addition to her concert dance career, Ebony's versatility has afforded her the opportunity to perform several commercial and entertainment works with award-winning artist such as Rihanna, Ciara in the Love, Sex and Magic video featuring Justin Timberlake or Jennifer Hudson's No one gonna love you video, Fergie, Jason Darulo, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and many more.

One of her career highlights as a dancer in the iconic 2009 MTV Music Video of the Year Single Ladies has allowed her to grace the stage with Beyonce on her I am...Sasha Fierce promo tour where she appeared in the American Music Awards, the Today Show, Saturday Night Live, the XLVII Super Bowl and in her Countdown video. Ebony is frequently invited to conduct master classes nationally and internationally.

Navarra Novy-Williams Dancer   Navarra Novy-Williams is a New York City based dance artist. In 2006 she graduated from the Juilliard School with a BFA in Dance. She danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal 2006-2009, The Batsheva Ensemble 2009-2010 and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet 2010-2015 performing original works by Mauro Bigonzetti, Stijn Celis, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Eckman, Emanuel Gat, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Schecter, Richard Siegal, Jo Stromgren, and Shen Wei et al. She’s currently dancing with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Zoe|Juniper and Mark DeChiazza and has recently worked with Sonya Tayeh, Manuel Vignoulle and Gregory Dolbashian. In 2016 she was featured in original short dance films Just Dandy, directed by Annika Sheaf, and The First Date, directed by Mary John Frank. Navarra also teaches Gaga in NYC. She’s happy to be joining BoD in 2017.

Navarra Novy-Williams
Dancer

 

Navarra Novy-Williams is a New York City based dance artist. In 2006 she graduated from the Juilliard School with a BFA in Dance.

She danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal 2006-2009, The Batsheva Ensemble 2009-2010 and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet 2010-2015 performing original works by Mauro Bigonzetti, Stijn Celis, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Eckman, Emanuel Gat, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Schecter, Richard Siegal, Jo Stromgren, and Shen Wei et al.

She’s currently dancing with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Zoe|Juniper and Mark DeChiazza and has recently worked with Sonya Tayeh, Manuel Vignoulle and Gregory Dolbashian.

In 2016 she was featured in original short dance films Just Dandy, directed by Annika Sheaf, and The First Date, directed by Mary John Frank. Navarra also teaches Gaga in NYC. She’s happy to be joining BoD in 2017.

Zuzana Zahradníková  Dancer   Zuzana Zahrdaníková was born in Olomouc, Moravia and trained at the Prague Conservatory. She became finalist at competitions in Vienna and Budapest and danced in several gala performances. After being a trainee in the season 1999/2000, she joined the Bavarian State Ballet one year later as a Corps de ballet dancer. In autum 2004, Zuzana Zahradníková was promoted to soloist,  in the season 2007/2008 to First Soloist. Her repertoire includes solo roles in M. Petipa/P. Bart's La Bayadère, Don Quijote, Balanchine's Brahms-Schönberg Quartet, the second detail and Limb's Theorem by William Forsythe, as well as the White Lady in Ray Barra's Raymonda, Hermia in Neumeier’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the bride's mother in Kylián's Svadebka.

Zuzana Zahradníková 
Dancer

 

Zuzana Zahrdaníková was born in Olomouc, Moravia and trained at the Prague Conservatory. She became finalist at competitions in Vienna and Budapest and danced in several gala performances.

After being a trainee in the season 1999/2000, she joined the Bavarian State Ballet one year later as a Corps de ballet dancer. In autum 2004, Zuzana Zahradníková was promoted to soloist,  in the season 2007/2008 to First Soloist.

Her repertoire includes solo roles in M. Petipa/P. Bart's La Bayadère, Don Quijote, Balanchine's Brahms-Schönberg Quartet, the second detail and Limb's Theorem by William Forsythe, as well as the White Lady in Ray Barra's Raymonda, Hermia in Neumeier’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the bride's mother in Kylián's Svadebka.

Yvonne Compaña Martos Dancer   Yvonne Compaña Martos was born in Madrid, Spain. She started her dance studies at Conservatorio de danza Jose Uruñuela in Vitoria and later with Carmina Ocaña in Madrid. After her studies she worked with Corella Ballet in Spain and then continued dancing with Ajkun Ballet Theater in New York. She joined Augsburg Ballet in 2010 and danced there until 2016. During her career she performed in works by choreographers such as William Forsythe, Edward Clug, Itzik Galili, Regina Van Berkel, Marco Goecke, Stephen Shorpshire, Maurice Causey and Cayetano Soto.  Recently she has been a guest dancer at Staatstheater Nürnberg, performing works by Mauro Bigonzetti and Goyo Montero.

Yvonne Compaña Martos
Dancer

 

Yvonne Compaña Martos was born in Madrid, Spain. She started her dance studies at Conservatorio de danza Jose Uruñuela in Vitoria and later with Carmina Ocaña in Madrid.

After her studies she worked with Corella Ballet in Spain and then continued dancing with Ajkun Ballet Theater in New York. She joined Augsburg Ballet in 2010 and danced there until 2016.

During her career she performed in works by choreographers such as William Forsythe, Edward Clug, Itzik Galili, Regina Van Berkel, Marco Goecke, Stephen Shorpshire, Maurice Causey and Cayetano Soto. 

Recently she has been a guest dancer at Staatstheater Nürnberg, performing works by Mauro Bigonzetti and Goyo Montero.

Bernhard Willhelm Fashion Design   Bernhard Willhelm (born November, 1972) is a German fashion designer. Willhelm studied fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, during which he assisted Walter van Beirendonck, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Dirk Bikkembergs. In 1998, he established his name sake fashion house together with Jutta Kraus. They debuted their first womenswear collection in 1999 and their first menswear collection was introduced in 2000. In 2002, Bernhard Willhelm moved their design studio from Antwerp to Paris, at which time Willhelm also took upon the position as creative director for the fashion house Capucci through 2004. From 2009 up until 2014, he held the position as head of the fashion department at Universität für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Austria.   In 2011, Willhelm relocated his team temporarily to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and later in 2013 to Los Angeles, where the company has been based since.

Bernhard Willhelm
Fashion Design

 

Bernhard Willhelm (born November, 1972) is a German fashion designer. Willhelm studied fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, during which he assisted Walter van Beirendonck, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Dirk Bikkembergs.

In 1998, he established his name sake fashion house together with Jutta Kraus. They debuted their first womenswear collection in 1999 and their first menswear collection was introduced in 2000.

In 2002, Bernhard Willhelm moved their design studio from Antwerp to Paris, at which time Willhelm also took upon the position as creative director for the fashion house Capucci through 2004.

From 2009 up until 2014, he held the position as head of the fashion department at Universität für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Austria.  

In 2011, Willhelm relocated his team temporarily to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and later in 2013 to Los Angeles, where the company has been based since.

Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design   Konstantin Grcic was trained as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace School (Dorset, England) before studying Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Since setting up his own practice Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID) in Munich in 1991, he has developed furniture, products and lighting for some of the leading companies in the design field. Amongst his renowned clients are Authentics, BD Ediciones, ClassiCon, Flos, Flötotto, Laufen, Magis, Mattiazzi, Muji, Nespresso, Plank, Serafino Zani, Thomas-Rosenthal and Vitra. For Galerie kreo in Paris, he has created a number of limited edition pieces since 2004. Many of his products have received international design awards such as the prestigious Compasso d`Oro for his MAYDAY lamp (Flos) in 200 and the MYTO chair (Plank) in 2011.  Work by Konstantin Grcic forms part of the permanent collections of the world´s most important design museums (a.o. MoMA/New York, Centre Georges Pompidou/Paris). 

Konstantin Grcic
Industrial Design

 

Konstantin Grcic was trained as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace School (Dorset, England) before studying Design at the Royal College of Art in London.

Since setting up his own practice Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID) in Munich in 1991, he has developed furniture, products and lighting for some of the leading companies in the design field.

Amongst his renowned clients are Authentics, BD Ediciones, ClassiCon, Flos, Flötotto, Laufen, Magis, Mattiazzi, Muji, Nespresso, Plank, Serafino Zani, Thomas-Rosenthal and Vitra. For Galerie kreo in Paris, he has created a number of limited edition pieces since 2004. Many of his products have received international design awards such as the prestigious Compasso d`Oro for his MAYDAY lamp (Flos) in 200 and the MYTO chair (Plank) in 2011. 

Work by Konstantin Grcic forms part of the permanent collections of the world´s most important design museums (a.o. MoMA/New York, Centre Georges Pompidou/Paris). 

Lorenzo Bianchi Hosch Composer   Lorenzo Bianchi (Milan, 1973) is a composer. He graduated in architecture (Italy) and composition (France) and after living in Spain, he moved to Paris where he now lives and works. He has composed music for albums, installations, theater, images and performances, including many contemporary dance shows of the dance company MK, (Rome) commissioned by: Biennale di Venezia, Festival Sant’Arcangelo, Roma Europa…) and on tour worldwide (Europe, Japan, Indonesia, USA). Bianchi has had many in-depth professional musical experiences and since 2004 has been a lecturer in multimedia composition at Franche Comté University in France, in the Multimedia Department. He is also a professor in the conservatory of Montbeliard, France. His interests range from instrumental composition with real-time electronics (mixed music/MAX-MSP-jitter), to audio and video installations, to soundtracks and compositions for theater and dance, stemming from a formally strict process of experimentation using electronic implemented improvisation. All this is created as a means of creation of new electro-acoustic sounds.

Lorenzo Bianchi Hosch
Composer

 

Lorenzo Bianchi (Milan, 1973) is a composer. He graduated in architecture (Italy) and composition (France) and after living in Spain, he moved to Paris where he now lives and works.

He has composed music for albums, installations, theater, images and performances, including many contemporary dance shows of the dance company MK, (Rome) commissioned by: Biennale di Venezia, Festival Sant’Arcangelo, Roma Europa…) and on tour worldwide (Europe, Japan, Indonesia, USA).

Bianchi has had many in-depth professional musical experiences and since 2004 has been a lecturer in multimedia composition at Franche Comté University in France, in the Multimedia Department.

He is also a professor in the conservatory of Montbeliard, France. His interests range from instrumental composition with real-time electronics (mixed music/MAX-MSP-jitter), to audio and video installations, to soundtracks and compositions for theater and dance, stemming from a formally strict process of experimentation using electronic implemented improvisation. All this is created as a means of creation of new electro-acoustic sounds.

Alexandra Bertaut Costume Design   Alexandra Bertaut was born in1973 in Brittany, France. She lives and works in Paris and elsewhere as a costume designer.  To dress to be (or not to be...), the body is the subject and not just a pretext. She works with the following essentials in mind: Identity, individuality, multiplicity, character roles, sociocultural bodies, inward/outward limits. After studying applied arts and fashion, she has collaborated on a host of projects and experiments with, among others, Carlotta Sagna and Caterina Sagna, Edmond Russo and Shlomi Tuizer, Herman Diephuis, Maud le Pladec, Fabrice Lambert, Richard Siegal, Benoît Lachambre and Su-Feh Lee.

Alexandra Bertaut
Costume Design

 

Alexandra Bertaut was born in1973 in Brittany, France. She lives and works in Paris and elsewhere as a costume designer. 

To dress to be (or not to be...), the body is the subject and not just a pretext. She works with the following essentials in mind: Identity, individuality, multiplicity, character roles, sociocultural bodies, inward/outward limits.

After studying applied arts and fashion, she has collaborated on a host of projects and experiments with, among others, Carlotta Sagna and Caterina Sagna, Edmond Russo and Shlomi Tuizer, Herman Diephuis, Maud le Pladec, Fabrice Lambert, Richard Siegal, Benoît Lachambre and Su-Feh Lee.

Gilles Gentner Light Design   Gilles Gentner began his training by working in French cultural centers as a sound and light technician. In 1991, he met Olivier Py who made him assistant to his light designer, Patrice Trottier. In 1994, he began a longstanding collaboration with Laurent Gutmann, creating all of the light design for Gutmann’s work since that time. Gentner’s work spans theater (Catherine Marnas, Arnaud Churin, Etienne Pommeret, Jean-Baptiste Sastre, Anne Caillère, Louido De Lenqueseing, Gloria Paris), dance (Jérome Bel, Boris Charmatz, Olga De Soto, Sylvain Prunenec, Tomeo Verges, Cuqui Jerez, Claudia Triozzi, Richard Siegal, Julie Nioche), fashion (Cartier, installations with Laurent P. Berger and Tomeo Verges), opera (Guiseppe Frigeni, Emmanuel Rousseau) and music (Xavier Boussiron).

Gilles Gentner
Light Design

 

Gilles Gentner began his training by working in French cultural centers as a sound and light technician.

In 1991, he met Olivier Py who made him assistant to his light designer, Patrice Trottier. In 1994, he began a longstanding collaboration with Laurent Gutmann, creating all of the light design for Gutmann’s work since that time. Gentner’s work spans theater (Catherine Marnas, Arnaud Churin, Etienne Pommeret, Jean-Baptiste Sastre, Anne Caillère, Louido De Lenqueseing, Gloria Paris), dance (Jérome Bel, Boris Charmatz, Olga De Soto, Sylvain Prunenec, Tomeo Verges, Cuqui Jerez, Claudia Triozzi, Richard Siegal, Julie Nioche), fashion (Cartier, installations with Laurent P. Berger and Tomeo Verges), opera (Guiseppe Frigeni, Emmanuel Rousseau) and music (Xavier Boussiron).

Lucas Valente Dancer   Lucas Valente was born in Brazil, where he started his training. After pass by several schools in São Paulo he started to work as a free lancer. Attended, between 2008 and 2010 the Performing arts University at USP (Universidade de São Paulo), and received in 2016 the bachelor in Philosophy in the same university.  In 2010 he was invited to join the Ballet Laura Alonso, in Havana – Cuba, company in which he danced for two years. In 2011 he joined with a temporary contract the “Cisne Negro companhia de dança”, in São Paulo. In 2012 he worked in a project from Venice’s biennial called “Arsenalle dela danza”, which was focused in bring together artists from different cultures to share their knowledges. In the same year he started to work with “São Paulo companhia de Dança”, performing Works by Edouard Lock, Marco Goecke, Willian Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, Richard Siegal, George Balanchine and several brazilian choreographers.  For the season 2017/2018 he will join the Zurich Ballett.

Lucas Valente
Dancer

 

Lucas Valente was born in Brazil, where he started his training. After pass by several schools in São Paulo he started to work as a free lancer. Attended, between 2008 and 2010 the Performing arts University at USP (Universidade de São Paulo), and received in 2016 the bachelor in Philosophy in the same university. 

In 2010 he was invited to join the Ballet Laura Alonso, in Havana – Cuba, company in which he danced for two years. In 2011 he joined with a temporary contract the “Cisne Negro companhia de dança”, in São Paulo.
In 2012 he worked in a project from Venice’s biennial called “Arsenalle dela danza”, which was focused in bring together artists from different cultures to share their knowledges. In the same year he started to work with “São Paulo companhia de Dança”, performing Works by Edouard Lock, Marco Goecke, Willian Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, Richard Siegal, George Balanchine and several brazilian choreographers. 

For the season 2017/2018 he will join the Zurich Ballett.

Margarida Isabel de Abreu Neto Dancer   Portuguese Margarida Isabel de Abreu Neto started her training at the Lisbon Dance Conservatory and graduated, thanks to a scholarship she was awarded with for the successful reached semi-finals of Youth American Grand Prix, from Zurich Dance Academy in 2015. With the beginning of the 2015/2016 season, Margarida Neto joined the Junior Company as a Trainee of Bayerisches Staatsballett until she joined Richard Siegal / Ballet of Difference in April 2017.

Margarida Isabel de Abreu Neto
Dancer

 

Portuguese Margarida Isabel de Abreu Neto started her training at the Lisbon Dance Conservatory and graduated, thanks to a scholarship she was awarded with for the successful reached semi-finals of Youth American Grand Prix, from Zurich Dance Academy in 2015. With the beginning of the 2015/2016 season, Margarida Neto joined the Junior Company as a Trainee of Bayerisches Staatsballett until she joined Richard Siegal / Ballet of Difference in April 2017.

Marta Jabkubowski Costume Design   Marta Jabkubowski is a London based designer who was born in Poland and raised in Germany. she graduated with MA Womenswear from the Royal College of Art and got selected to show her A/W 15 and S/S 16 collection during London Fashion Week as part of  British fashion Council's NEWGEN sponsored by Topshop. Marta gained experience woking with Hussein Chalayan, Alexander wang, Jonathan Saunders and Bruno Pieters before setting her own label.

Marta Jabkubowski
Costume Design

 

Marta Jabkubowski is a London based designer who was born in Poland and raised in Germany. she graduated with MA Womenswear from the Royal College of Art and got selected to show her A/W 15 and S/S 16 collection during London Fashion Week as part of  British fashion Council's NEWGEN sponsored by Topshop. Marta gained experience woking with Hussein Chalayan, Alexander wang, Jonathan Saunders and Bruno Pieters before setting her own label.

Becca McCharen-Tran Costume Design   Becca McCharen-Tran is the founder of architectural womenswear line CHROMAT. Raised in Lynchburg, VA, the UVA School of Architecture graduate fuses a technical background with a focus on the body as site to create architectural pieces for boundary-breaking women like Beyonce, Madonna, and Nicki Minaj. A Forbes 30 under 30 pick for “People Who Are Reinventing the World”, McCharen-Tran is focused on bridging the worlds of technology and fashion through collaborations with engineers, artists and scientists. Chromat is architectural swim and athletic wear designed for strong, powerful women. Chromat began in 2010 drawing from founder Becca McCharen-Tran's background in architecture. Each Chromat collection explores the intersection of architecture, fashion and technology, producing garments that augment and enhance the body’s performance through innovative design and cutting-edge technical fabrics. Chromat is focused on empowering women of all shapes and sizes through perfectly fit garments for every body.

Becca McCharen-Tran
Costume Design

 

Becca McCharen-Tran is the founder of architectural womenswear line CHROMAT.

Raised in Lynchburg, VA, the UVA School of Architecture graduate fuses a technical background with a focus on the body as site to create architectural pieces for boundary-breaking women like Beyonce, Madonna, and Nicki Minaj. A Forbes 30 under 30 pick for “People Who Are Reinventing the World”, McCharen-Tran is focused on bridging the worlds of technology and fashion through collaborations with engineers, artists and scientists.

Chromat is architectural swim and athletic wear designed for strong, powerful women. Chromat began in 2010 drawing from founder Becca McCharen-Tran's background in architecture.

Each Chromat collection explores the intersection of architecture, fashion and technology, producing garments that augment and enhance the body’s performance through innovative design and cutting-edge technical fabrics.

Chromat is focused on empowering women of all shapes and sizes through perfectly fit garments for every body.