Léim Participants

GROUP PHOTO 3 PARTICIPANTS PAGE - Photo Credit Marcel Bassachs

Sheila Creevey – Ireland

Sheila Creevey is a dance artist, arts manager and consultant, specialising in creative and strategic development. She has worked in dance and arts management and production, in various contexts, over the past 15 years. Her interest and experience has crossed borders between the UK and Ireland, having worked with dance companies and agencies in roles that both delivered, and supported the delivery of, professional practice and creative learning.

Having actively sought opportunities to apply her skills across multiple art-forms and contexts, Sheila has worked in music, opera, theatre and street arts, as well as dance. Sheila has a BA(Hons) in Dance Studies and Music, an MA in Dance Performance, and an MBA in Arts Management. She held the position of Chairperson of Dance Research Forum Ireland from 2010 to 2014.

Sheila is interested in the curation of dance across multiple platforms, and has led and developed projects that have brought together artists, scholars and enthusiasts of dance – through publication (online and offline), conferences, festivals and performances. Her current research examines the role of the Dance Artist as Entrepreneur, innovation and the development of policy from practice.

Through the Léim project, Sheila hopes to develop new ways of supporting emerging talent, creating opportunities to share new work and ideas across Europe.

Eleanor Creighton – Ireland

Eleanor studied Dance with Psychology at Roehampton University, London. Following a brief foray into the world of international development, she became marketing manager of Dublin Dance Festival from 2009-2013, successfully delivering five festival campaigns.

She has also worked on a freelance basis with Croí Glan Integrated Dance and leading independent choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir in administrative and artist representation roles.

Giulia Galvan – Italy

Giulia began her career as a translator and interpreter. While studying abroad Giulia’s passion for contemporary arts began to grow, and on her return to Italy she had a happy encounter with the contemporary dance scene in Bassano del Grappa which has lead her to work on a variety of exciting new projects

Valentina Nicoli – Italy

Valentina lives in the north of Italy where she works as a contemporary arts and design promoter and event organiser. Valentina is the co-founder of Time To Play, a festival of vinyl music which supports young local designers. She also collaborates with Pulsart Restart working on their artistic residency programme.

Argyris Argyrou – Cyprus

Argyris is a product manager – software engineer with a strong background in product management and web technologies. He is a founder of coworkspace.com.cy, co-founder and CTO at wadja.com, member of StartupGrind.com Cyprus, co-creator of ooopa.com, co-creator of fundcy.com, and advisor at Dance House Lemesos. Argyris is interested in Art Management in all art forms, online product management, entrepreneurship and start-ups.

Maria Philippou – Cyprus

Maria graduated from the School of Dramatic Art, Theatro Technis “Karolos Koun” in 2008 and has since worked in theatre, dance, television and film. She is currently the administrative director at Dance House Lemesos.

Natalia Alvarez – Spain

Natalia has a BA in History of Arts, a PhD in Art History and Research Aptitude from the University of La Laguna, a Masters in Culture Planning and Management from Garcia Cabrera Fundation, and a MBA in Companies and Culture Institutions from the University of Salamanca.

Between 2005 and 2007 Natalia was co-ordinator of the project Canarias Crea, as part of International Culture Exchange from the Canary Island Government. In 2010 she carried out an artistic programme for Performing Arts Market of Madrid and has since become co-ordinator and curator of the Performing Arts Department in the Reina Sofia Museum.

Since 2007 Natalia has worked in Iberescena, a programme to support the creation of an Iberoamerican performing arts space. Iberoamerican fund support programmes of exchange, improvement and integration of Iberoamerican activities in the performing arts.

Marcel Bassachs Birosta – Spain

Marcel Bassachs is the director of Moviment Lantana, a dance company situated in the city of Banyoles, north east of Spain (Catalonia) in residence at the Performing Arts Center (La Factoria de les Arts). The company carries multidisciplinary art works encompassing both scientific, poetry and performing arts (dance and movement).

“Learning about dance and movement has led me to be involved in leading dance workshops in non formal places as for example jails and museums. In 2002 I founded Moviment Lantana, as a way to develop a transformative education throught dance with an inclusive point of view.”

The company has lately developed the projects: The Utopic Lake, Natural History, The Fractal Time, and The Collector’s Eye, with a clear defined intention to develop performing arts with a scientific basis. This relationship has created a post poetic and artistic language, well considered on an international basis. Its last project: The Collector’s Eye (2012-13) has been of international interest (exhibitions in France and Russia).

Marcel Bassachs / Moviment Lantana works in an international basis in collaboration with mainly full-time teachers of University of Girona, as well as by a set of dancers, and Altaïr Dance Company situated in the South of France, and has also developed workshops and master classes for dancers and youth public.

I am engaged in an educational project in collaboration with the University of Girona, through the Departments of Physics (Faculty of Science) and Specific Didactics (Faculty of Education and Psychology). The main objective is to work across the visual-spatial and logico-mathematical intelligences through movement (kinesthetic intelligence).

Béla Bisom – Germany

Béla Bisom is a producer based in Cologne, Germany and works for the contemporary performing arts. His main interest is to support and transmit performing arts.

In their company transmissions – founded in 2012 – he and his colleague Jessica Otten offer planning and organisation of cultural events as well as management and diffusion for performing artist. While Béla is specialized in the conception, organisation, and financial management of cultural events and companies, Jessica’s expertise includes the conception, texting and marketing for cultural events, companies, and institutions.

With an academic background of business- and theatre studies Béla worked several years for performing arts in Germany. He has organised festivals, such as the 100° Festival in Berlin and the GLOBALIZE:COLOGNE Festival in Cologne. As a manager he works and has worked with dance companies like MOUVOIR / Stephanie Thiersch, Omar Rajeh/Maqamat Theatre, and Constanza Macras / Dorky Park.

For three years, Béla lived and worked in Burundi/Africa in the development context. In collaboration with local NGOs and development organisations like GIZ and EIRENE International he has planned and organised cultural projects. He still works as a consultant for concepts and financing for projects in the region.

Maria Kirchhoff – Germany

Maria Kirchhoff started working in the dance field in 2012 after finishing her masters degree in arts management in Ludwigsburg. Throughout her studies she was involved in various contemporary art festivals in Germany and abroad which intensified her passion for contemporary dance. As project officer for young audiences at tanzhaus nrw she is involved in numerous regional, national and European projects for young people.

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