Chair: Guillaume Guilherme (born 1985) works as a cultural mediator at the Tanzhaus Zurich. He trained as a dancer and performer at Le Marchepied in Lausanne, Coline in Istres and the Research Cycle of P.A.R.T.S., and subsequently danced for Mathilde Monnier, Yvonne Rainer and David Zambrano. Since 2004 he has been creating discreet on-site performances with Rhodia. He was responsible for archiving the Sigurd Leeder holdings of the Swiss Dance Collection, and was then in charge of promoting Compagnie Nuna before obtaining a specialist diploma in communication. He is also president of the association that organises the Premio award for up-and-coming theatre and dance artists.
Marco Cantalupo (born 1961) runs Compagnie Linga along with Katarzyna Gdaniec. Marco Cantalupo was born in Genoa. After briefly studying circus he enrolled in the La Scala ballet school in Milan and received his dance diploma from the Staatsoper in Hamburg. He danced in a number of ballet ensembles, including the National Ballet of Portugal, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Stadttheater Bern, and finally the Béjart Ballet in Lausanne. From 1989 onwards he began choreographing for various independent companies in Italy. Compagnie Linga has been resident at the Octogone, Théâtre de Pully, since 1993. The company’s piece “Flow” won a Swiss Dance Award in the Current Dance Works category in 2019.
Isabelle Fuchs (born 1963) has been an inspector and advisor for dance at the French Ministry of Culture since 2010. Originally from Strasbourg, she began her dance career at the Ballet de l’Opéra National du Rhin before moving to the United States and Germany, where she was a successively a choreographer, lighting designer and educator. As a manager, she was responsible for securing international visibility and recognition for the choreographers Felix Ruckert (Germany) and Olga Mesa (Spain and France). She subsequently worked on dance at La Filature – Scène nationale performing arts theatre in Mulhouse, before offering her services to cultural policy on dance in France.
Béatrice Goetz (born 1959) is a sports scientist and dancer who studied at the University of Basel and “Dance experience”. After completing her training she danced for the MAJA LEX group in Cologne and in the Cathy Sharp dance ensemble in Basel. Since 2002 she has headed miR Compagnie, with which she won a Current Dance Works award in 2015 for “bits C 128Hz”. She lectures in dance and gymnastics in the University of Basel’s Department of Sport, Exercise and Health and works as a freelance choreographer. Béatrice Goetz heads the dance play club at the Theater Basel, which gives children and young people a chance to become actively involved in dance. In 2008 she choreographed the opening and closing ceremonies for the European Football Championship in Switzerland.
Nunzia Tirelli (born 1958) Analyst of Movement CMA issued by LIMS, New York, is a trained choreologist (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance/London) and dance therapist (Art Therapy Italiana/Bologna) who previously worked as a dancer and actor in various ensembles. She is closely involved in projects teaching dance and theatre at primary and secondary schools in Italian-speaking Switzerland. Since 2002 she has been researching and working on Rudolf Laban and organising the Laban Events on Monte Verità. In 2014 she received a Dance as Cultural Heritage award for her reconstruction of Rudolf Laban’s dance works “Der Trommelstock tanzt” and “Istars Höllenfahrt”.
Simona Travaglianti (born 1976) is a researcher in the field of theatre and dance. She studied theatre, the history and aesthetics of the cinema and art history at the universities of Bern and Lausanne. In 2013 she received a doctorate from the Hochschule der Künste Bern with an interdisciplinary work entitled "Spaces in situation: On the emergence of theatrical spaces in site-specificity". She has acted as assistant to the chair of dance studies and as an independent dance dramaturge. Simona Travaglianti has worked in various mediation formats, including mentoring workshops, introductions and encounters with artists for dance festivals and productions.
Mark Wuest (born 1961) trained as a dancer and now lectures in dance and body work on the BA and MA courses in contemporary dance at the Zurich University of the Arts and the Höhere Fachschule für zeitgenössischen und urbanen Tanz in Zurich, where he was involved in constructing the programme. Mark Wuest comes originally from the USA. He was a competitive swimmer and obtained a BA in dance from the University of Iowa. After further training he danced with, among others, the Kansas City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet in New York, the ballet of the Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Zurich Ballet. He has worked as a choreographer for ballet, contemporary dance, opera and musicals and is currently a member of the City of Zurich Dance Commission.