Programme Jury internationale tanzmesse nrw
Julia Asperska, Dan Daw, Natacha Melo and Quito Tembe are the current Associate Curators of the internationale tanzmesse nrw. Together with the co-directors they form the jury in order to select the performance programme and to co-curate the Talk & Connect section. The Associate Curators seek to broaden the network of the internationale tanzmesse nrw by engaging in a dialogue with artists, dance professionals, funding bodies and policy makers to gather a broad range of voices from the sector. Furthermore, they consult the co-directors on topics and values the internationale tanzmesse nrw should aspire to include in its future programmation.
Julia Asperska (Posen / PL)
Julia Asperska – art & culture manager, curator and organizer. Julia holds a Master in Ethnolinguistics from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (2006) and attended a postgraduate course on art history and curation at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (2013). Her passion for performing arts began with an internship at Brisbane Powerhouse, Australia (2008). Afterwards she worked in Teatr Dramatyczny in Warsaw and Warszawa Centralna Festival (2010). For 10 years she has been working in the field of international distribution for management companies such as Key Performance and Something Great. Currently she works with Something Great where she coordinates a newly founded project of a performing arts collection – Something Great Collectionwww.somethinggreatcollection.com Julia is also working for a non-profit organization PROAC in Uruguay www.proac.uycom, as artistic advisor, curator and manager
of international relations.
Dan Daw (Manchester / UK)
Dan Daw is Associate Director of Sydney-based performance company, Murmuration. Working in partnership with Sarah-Vyne Vassallo to commission, develop and produce new work by disabled artists, Dan plays an integral role in the development and delivery of Murmuration’s artistic programs and community activities. Dan began working as a performer with Restless Dance Theatre in 2002, and since then he has gone on to work with Australian Dance Theatre (AUS), Force Majeure (AUS), FRONTLINEdance (UK), Scottish Dance Theatre (UK), balletLORENT (UK), Candoco Dance Company (UK) and Skånes Dansteater (SWE). Dan has been a part of the National Theatre Step Change programme (2012), Dance UK’s Mentor Bursary (2013), Sadler’s Wells Summer University (2015 – 2018) and Belgrade Theatre’s Agent for Change (2018), furthermore evidencing his ambitions as disabled artist to impact and lead the conversation on dance and disability.
Natacha Melo (Montevideo / UY)
Natacha Melo - artist, curator and cultural manager. With training in dance and performing arts disciplines, she has oriented her work to the cross fields of art and social organization, promoting collaborative projects such as the South American Dance Network, the Ibero-American Dance Platform (PID) and the National Dance Plan of Uruguay. She has organized meetings of researchers, managers and artists in several regional countries, facilitating and designing training and articulation processes for the sector. As a curator, she has collaborated with programmes, festivals and meetings such as Linha de Fuga (Portugal), FIDAE (Uruguay), Mentor-Protegé de Rolex (Switzerland), IPAM (Barcelona), Southern Exposure (USA) and Conexions Danza (Iberescena-PID), as well as calls from the Ministry of Culture of Uruguay, Colombia and Ecuador. Currently, and with the aim of forming collaborative training spaces, she is part of a group that has been mapping, publishing and investigating the state of
management in the Ibero-American living arts.
Quito Tembe (Maputo / MZ)
Quito Tembe has a degree in management and cultural studies. He started his career as a dancer and theatre actor, but has also worked in set and lighting design for international films as well as dance and performance productions. As a cultural manager, Quito created one of the largest street festivals, Aldeia Cultural, as well as the contemporary art project Tridisciplinary. He is also the artistic director of the international platform for contemporary dance KINANI. He is currently involved in the development of artistic tours on the African continent and, on a national level, in the collaboration between platforms and festivals through the Othàma platform. Furthermore, Quito Tembe is co-curator of the festival Festival Afro-Vibes 2021 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and a member artistic director of the festival Danse l'Afrique Dance 2021 in Marrakech, Morocco.
Guest Curators Canada
internationale tanzmesse nrw has started its collaboration with Cathy Levy and Mirna Zagar in 2019. The two Canadian curators have selected together with our Co-Directors Katharina Kucher and Isa Köhler the Canadian artists and companies that will be presented at internationale tanzmesse nrw. The presentation of the Canadian dance field is funded by the Canada Council of the Arts and the Governemt of Canada.
Cathy Levy (CA)
Cathy Levy has led the National Arts Centre’s Dance Department for two decades and has earned an impressive reputation throughout the Canadian and international dance communities. She presents a full season of national and international dance companies and artists and has co-produced over 100 new works. She has also developed an array of outreach and enhancement activities to support artists, students and audiences. In the last months of the Covid-19 pandemic, she has initiated and collaborated on a wide variety of projects aimed at lifting up the dance milieu and keeping the art form at the forefront of audiences. In 2019, Cathy received the prestigious Order of Canada in recognition of her dedication to the field.
Mirna Zagar (CA)
Mirna Zagar has devoted her professional career to the field of contemporary dance both internationally and in her home country Croatia. In 1998, Mirna joined The Dance Centre, British Columbia’s primary resource centre for dance. As Executive Director, she developed programs that pivot Vancouver dance into the national and international focus as well as nurtures artists’ careers. Under her leadership, Scotiabank Dance Centre has become one of the most vibrant arts organizations in Canada. Having lived and worked on three continents and having worked with marginalized communities Mirna is passionate about supporting initiatives around inclusive practices in the performing arts, and those considerate of migration and cross-cultural initiatives.
Access All Areas - digital programme
For the first time, internationale tanzmesse nrw will have a programme section focussing on contemporary dance for digital and hybrid spaces. The programme "Access All Areas" is developed as part of "dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions" of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) with funding by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) through the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.
Anneliese Ostertag works between performance, curatorial practice and critical cultural anthropology. She has curated exhibitions at the Filmmuseum Frankfurt, Haus der Statistik and panke.gallery Berlin, among others. Until 2019, she worked with her association super filme on documentary and experimental film and founded Zentrum für Netzkunst, with which she currently runs the art space /rosa in Berlin. As a dramaturg, she works for Li Lorian, Carina Premer and Amina Szesödy and has shown productions at Mousonturm Frankfurt and Thalia Theater Hamburg, among others. She is co-editor of the anthologies en plein air: Ethnographies of the Digital, Akribie and Obsession (both published by Spector Books), and Material Affinities. Film and Society after Siegfried Kracauer (forthcoming). Anneliese Ostertag studied Performance, Curatorial Studies and European Ethnology and is currently researching the concept of hospitality,
as well as the intersection of ethnography and art.