Brief biographies of the Federal Dance Jury members

Chair: 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.

Alexandre Demidoff (born 1966) is a journalist on the Culture and Society section of "Le Temps", where he covers theatre and choreography. He studied stage production at the Institut national supérieur des arts et techniques du spectacle (INSAS) in Brussels. He holds a Master's degree in French literature from the University of Geneva and a Master of Arts and Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania (USA). A culture journalist and critic since 1994, he was involved in the launch of "Le Temps" in 1998, editing the Culture and Society section from 2008 to 2015. He received the Fondation Greulich award in 2008 for his work as a dance critic.

Isabelle Fuchs (born 1963) has been an inspector at the French Ministry of Culture since 2010. Originally from Strasbourg, she was a classical dancer at the Ballet de l'Opéra National du Rhin before moving on to contemporary dance in the US and Germany. She has worked as a choreographer, lighting designer, teacher and manager at La Filature - Scène nationale Mulhouse and also for individuals in various countries, notably Felix Ruckert in Germany and Olga Mesa in Spain and France, bringing international recognition to both. Her passion for dance in all its forms prompted her to offer 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.

Guillaume Guilherme (born 1985) works 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. He subsequently danced for Mathilde Monnier, Yvonne Rainer and David Zambrano and was invited to appear in museums and create gallery performances. He was responsible for archiving the Sigurd Leeder holdings of the Swiss Dance Collection. In 2015, he was in charge of promoting the Compagnie Nuna and obtained a specialist diploma in communication.

Philippe Olza (born 1961) is a freelance project consultant to various institutions, companies and artists. He trained at the Scuola Teatro Dimitri and the Mudra school in Brussels, where Maurice Béjart engaged him to work with the Ballet du XXe siècle as a dancer, actor, acrobat and designer. As a freelance performer, he built a career at institutions internationally, and has produced his own dance theatre projects since 1998. In 2008 he became involved in promoting theatre arts throughout the world. In 2013, he was a member of the jury of the Journées de danse contemporaine suisse. Philippe Olza is a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres.

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”.

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