Jean-Philippe Derail is a film editor, choreograph, performer and video artist, he lives and works in Paris.
Following an education in dance, theatre, and film studies at University Lyon II, he comes to audiovisual editing after an experience of 20 years of dancing, choreography, video dance. From 1993 to 2001, he is a full-time performer with the Groupe Kraft, he directs his first pieces inspired by the American photographer Diane Arbus. From 2001 to 2013, he develops a genre at the meeting-point of different artistic universes through hybrid forms (Do It Yourself, performance based on the roots of the punk movement - 2008). He works on the relationship between dance and cinema, concerned with how to make use of the camera as a choreographical tool (Triptyque - 2005 ; Slapsticks, a series of 11 choreographic short films - 2007/2008, Road Movie, an itinerary film in 7 stages - 2011/2013). Dancer-interpreter in several companies (Anne Lopez/Les gens du quai …), he participates in 2010 a module of Ex.e.r.ce at CCN of Montpellier. He takes part in the creation of the musical review Puttin' On a Show by Mark Tompkins. In 2012, he joined Myriam Lefkowitz around the project Walk, Hands, Eyes (a city). In 2013, and after resumption of studies in Dance Department of University Paris 8, he joined the long training "Editor, a Profession" at INA. After that, he focuses on writing and composition in audiovisual editing. Currently, he is working on several documentary projects, fiction and teasers for performing art. In 2006, he creates POST, a structure which hosts each of his project.
Valentina Desideri is an Amsterdam-based artist and active producer of her conditions of living, knowing and making. She trained in contemporary dance at the Laban Centre in London (2003-2006) and later on did her MA in Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (2011-13). She does Fake Therapy and Political Therapy, she co-organises Performing Arts Forum in France, she speculates in writing with Prof. Stefano Harney, she writes biographies by reading people's hands, she engages in Poehtical Readings with Prof. Denise Ferreira da Silva, she keeps involved in dance and she is often around.
Ben Evans is sometimes: a performer, a writer, a chef. His artistic work and collaborations have spanned across mediums to include projects that occur on the stage, within photographs, inside videos, over the internet, in museums, through cities and outdoor public spaces… His work in the past has focused on long-distance collaboration, walking, memory and gift-economies, and he is currently at work on a project that looks at the relationship between time and mirrors, sourcing transformations inspired by drag performance and early performance works of Dan Graham. He is originally from the USA, but most of his current work is made and shown in Europe. Change is on the horizon..
Alkis Hadjiandreou is a visual artist and architect. Born in Nicosia, Cyprus. He studied Architecture at National Technical University, Athens (2007) and Theatre Studies at Université Paris 8/St. Denis, Paris (2010). His work has been presented in group and solo exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, Athens, Istanbul and Cyprus. Recipient of the NRW Kultursekretariat Tanzrecherche #7 (2011) Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany in collaboration with performer and choreographer Ben Evans (USA) and the Open Call #2: Site specific installations, commissioned by Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre in collaboration with Pierides Foundation (2012), Nicosia, Cyprus. He has been invited as guest tutor at seminars and design studios by the Schools of Architecture, at the National Technical University of Athens and the University of Cyprus. In 2012, he co-founded art & research collective, pick nick, with visual artist, Panayiotis Michael, and writer, Maria Petrides.
Julie Laporte is a contemporary dancer, born in 1977, currently based in Paris. She was trained in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance in EPSEDANSE (Montpellier) and in P.A.R.T.S (Brussels) where she discovered release techniques, and improvisation. In 2009, she has the opportunity to participate in one chapter of Ex.e.r.ce (CCN, Montpellier), focused on Merce Cunningham work. She studied there with Mathilde Monnier, Foofwa d' Immobilité, Lisa Nelson and the video maker Charles Atlas. Since 2002, she has performed for different French choreographers such as Emmanuelle Vo-dhin, Hélène Cathala, Patrice Barthez, Marc Baylet, Didier Théron, Claire Engel, François Rascalou, Michèle Murray and Johann Maheut. She also danced in Germany, for Anna Konjetski, in Belgium, for Manuela Rastaldi and in Switzerland for Lucie Tuma. Currently, she's been collaborating to specific projects involving perceptive experiences in dialogue with the urban enviromnent, especially with Myriam Lefkowitz's Walk, Hands, Eyes ( a city) project which has been presented at the Venice Biennale in 2013, in the Center of Contemporary Art in Vilnius in 2013, in the show « Le Mouvement » in Biel in 2014, in les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers in 2014 and 2015. She also developps a taste for energetic practices such as shiatsu (Iokai Shiatsu Paris), yoga and hypnosis tools (transmitted by Catherine Contour). Julie is now pursuing her research through a teaching practice for kids and different workshops, espacially with Xavier Leroy around « Retrospectice », in the context of the University of Paris 8/ Performing Arts. In 2014, with Gisèle Vienne, Benoît Lachambre, Dominique Brun ...
Géraldine Longueville Geffriaud is born in 1981, in Frejus, France, she lives and works in Paris. She curates art projects that explore formats of exhibition; questioning parameters of visibility of art, the role of the artists and the art spaces. She escorts the artists' inventiveness by creating flexible and multiple modes of showing their works and sharing it with the audience taking the shape of a show, a residency, a song, a poem, or a dish. From 2005 - 2009 Geffriaud ran La Galerie Exterieure, a mobile gallery offering various contexts to make art happenings. Black garlic is Geffriaud’s most recent project, a restaurant where she invites artists and others personalities to have dinner together.