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DOUGLAS IRVING REPETTO
Douglas Irving Repetto is an artist and teacher. His work, including sculpture, installation, performance, recordings, and software is presented internationally. He is the founder of a number of art/community-oriented groups including dorkbot: people doing strange things with electricity, ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show, organism: making art with living systems, and the music-dsp mailing list and website. Douglas taught for many years at Columbia University, where he was the Director of Research for the Computer Music Center and later, the founding director of the Sound Arts MFA program in the School of the Arts. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his with his wife, writer Amy Benson, their young son, a thriving worm bin, and a small garden.
Friends, teachers, mentors, and collaborators, from whom I've stolen most of my good ideas: Larry Polansky, Jody Diamond, Tom Erbe, Joel Fox, Amy Benson, Johnny Lorenz, David Rosenboom, Sara Roberts, Vincent Carte (Akira Rabelais), Chris Mann, Barbara Bloom, Brad Garton, Terry Pender, Luke DuBois, Jon Kessler, Kyle Lapidus, Tali Hinkis, Nick Didkovsky, Phil Burk, David Birchfield, and many more!
For 15 years Johnny Lloyd has been traveling the world as a Lindy Hop and Charleston teacher. His genres eventually expanded to include most of the dances coming from African American dance culture including the various forms of Hip Hop.
In 2003 he created his first full length solo “Accidental Artist”, which was praised by critiques. After self producing several more evening length dance productions, he started receiving support from the German Culture Office to create large scale dance production in coproduction with Kampnagel in Hamburg. In 2007 he was picked up by the popular German contemporary choreographer Antje Pfundtner. He also started choreographing shows or music videos for avante garde German Hip Hop artists like Fettes Brot, Die Ärtze, Sammy Delux and Juli. In Germany he created over 10 feature dance productions, all of them critically acclaimed, and worked as a guest choreographer for various Stadttheater.
In 2011 he was invited to Fontys Dansacademie as a guest lecturer to help co-create a profile for curriculum for the Contemporary Urban department. In 2012-2013 he toured with the co-creation “Unpunished”, made together with Guilherme Miotto and Bodies Anonymous.
In 2013 Johnny started dancing for the renown choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. He danced in “M¡longa” and “Genesis”, and in 2014 worked as assistant choreographer in the current Cirque du Soleil creation “Kurios”. He recently danced for Eastman/Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for the trio “Fractus (Work in Progress)”, commissioned for the 40th anniversary of the Pina Bausch company, and the Opera “Shell Shock” for La Monnaie in Brussels. In 2015, Johnny started the production process for the full version of ‘Fractus V’ which is currently on tour.
In 2014 Johnny created the contemporary hip hop piece ‘Traces’, in collaboration with Andre Grekhov and Parktheater. In September, 2016 ‘Other Tales from the Underground’ premiered at Best of the Fest Parktheater, staring the amazing dancers: Ksenia Parkhatskaya, Liam McCall, Nemo Oeghoede and Andre Grekhov and original live music from Sven Kacirek.
MARKO CICILIANI curator
Marko Ciciliani is a composer, audiovisual artist and researcher based in Austria. The focus of his work lies in the combination of instruments and electronics, often in audiovisual contexts. Light- or laserdesigns are frequently an integral part of his compositions. More recently he also included live-video in his works, by making the manipulation of images part of an extended instrument design. The artistic combination of sound and light was also the topic of his PhD research that he completed at Brunel University London in 2010.
It is characteristic of Ciciliani’s compositions that sound is not only understood as abstract material but as a culturally shaped idiom. The exploration of a sound’s communicative potential is as much in the foreground of his work as its objective sonic quality.
Ciciliani’s work is characterized by a conceptual approach in which aspects of classical composition, sound- and media-studies play tightly together.
The different “genres” in which Ciciliani’s music can be heard and seen, are reflecting his manifold artistic activities. His music has been performed in more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. It has been programmed by festivals and concert series of alternative experimental music like Experimental Intermedia/NYC, Club Transmediale/Berlin, SuperDeluxe/Tokyo or the NowNow Series/Sydney; just as much as by festivals for post-avantgarde music as Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Zagreb Biennale, Maerzmusik and many more.
In 2005 Ciciliani founded the group Bakin Zub, an ensemble comprising a small group of distinguished musicians with a focus on the use of technology. In the work for Bakin Zub Ciciliani places an emphasis on the combination of instrumental writing, live-electronics and light, laser or video designs. Since the foundation of the group, Ciciliani has composed four program-length works for this combination, the most recent ones being "Heterotopolis" which was co-produced by the ZKM and premiered as part of the ARD Hörspieltage 2012, and "Suicidal Self Portraits", premiered in April 2014 at the „Forum Neue Musik Deutschlandfunk“ in Cologne.
In 2009 Marko Ciciliani was recipient of the prestigious Villa Aurora Stipend, a three-month artists residency in Los Angeles. Also in 2009 he was composer-in-residence of the 14th Composers Forum in Mittersill/Austria. He received numerous project-residencies at STEIM, ESS, ICST and ZKM. In 2014 Ciciliani has taught at the “Summer Courses for Contemporary Music Darmstadt” where he also presented a portrait concert. He also often appears as a presenter on international conferences on computer music and media art as ICMC, SMC, ICLI, Sonorities and others.
Since October 2014, Ciciliani is full professor for computer music composition and sound design at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics – IEM – of the Arts University in Graz/Austria.
Dr. Guy Cools is a dance dramaturge. Recent positions include Associate Professor for Dance Studies at the research institute Arts in Society of the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg, and Postdoctoral Researcher at Ghent University, where he finished a practice-based PhD on the relationship between dance and writing. He has worked as a dance critic, artistic programmer, and policymaker for dance in Flanders. He now dedicates himself to production dramaturgy, contributing to work by choreographers all over Europe and Canada such as: Koen Augustijnen (BE), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (BE), Danièle Desnoyers (CA), Lia Haraki (CY), Christopher House (CA), Akram Khan (UK), Arno Schuitemaker (NL), and Stephanie Thiersch (DE). He regularly lectures and publishes, and has developed a series of workshops that aim to support artists and choreographers in their creative process. His most recent publications include The Ethics of Art: ecological turns in the performing arts, co-edited with Pascal Gielen (Valiz, 2014); Body:Language (Sadler’s Wells, 2012), a series of published, live interviews with major contemporary artists which Cools curated from 2008 till 2013 and In-between Dance Cultures: on the migratory artistic identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan (Valiz, 2015). With the Canadian choreographer, Lin Snelling, he developed an improvised performance practice ‘Rewriting Distance’ (see also: www.rewritingdistance.com) that focuses on the integration of movement, voice, and writing.