International art commission of NID Platform 2017:

Natalia Alvarez – Spain
John Ashford – England
Natalia Casorati – Italy
Pier Giacomo Cirella – Italy
Angela Fumarola – Italy
Gordana Vnuk – Croatia

Natalia Alvarez has a PhD in Art History and Research Aptitude from the University of La Laguna, a Master 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. Between 2007 and 2016 Natalia has worked in Iberescena, a programme to support the creation of an Iberoamerican performing arts space. She took part in the project Leim on leadership in the management of the dance in Europe and co-ordinated the project A Hundred, an initiative of EDN – European Dance House Network to map contemporary dance resources in Europe. Nowadays is Director of Teatros del Canal and Canal Dance Center in Madrid.

John Ashford is a contemporary dance producer, Director of Aerowaves, the European network for research and presentation of emerging dance companies which he founded in 1997. It has representatives in 34 countries and promotes performances in 24 of them. He started Aerowaves’ annual festival Spring Forward in Ljubljana in 2011 and has presented subsequent editions in Bassano del Grappa, Zurich, Umea, Barcelona and Pilsen. Further festivals are planned for Aarhus, Sofia, Paris, Rijeka and Elefsina in 2021. Aerowaves is currently funded by EU Creative Europe. As Theatre Director of The Place in London from 1986-2009, Ashford was instrumental in the growth of contemporary dance’s popularity in the UK. He established the theatre as Britain’s busiest dance venue, promoting the early works of choreographers including Lloyd Newson, Matthew Bourne, Wayne McGregor and Hofesh Shechter, and presenting the first UK performances from international artists such as Wim Vandekeybus and Sasha Waltz. In 2004 he created The Place Prize, a biennial choreography competition which over a decade became the richest and most prestigious in UK dance. In 2002 Ashford was awarded a CBE for services to dance.

Natalia Casorati is the artistic director of Mosaico Danza. She has been the curator of the site-specific dance festival Contrappunti since 1993. Contrappunti has now merged into the section “Blitz Metropolitani” of Interplay Festival, which she has been directiong since 2001. The festival has taken to Turin the major schoreographers of the new contemporary scene over the last 23 years. She has been the curator of the festival Inside/Off since 2007, which hosts choreography residences, open reharsals and meetings with the public in the performing space of the association Mosaico Danza. Natalia Casorati is also the coordinator and promoter of many network initiatives at the European level: amongst others she works with Dance Roads, the biennial festival of young choreographers, which is supported by the European Commission for Europe Culture. At the national level she is a member of Anticorpi XL Network, where she is the curator of “Collaboraction”. Over the years she has contributed to the organisation of many events in the field of live performing in Turin and Milan over the years, and taken part to many conferences also at NID Platform. She is a member of many national and international judging panels.

Pier Giacomo Cirella started out as a stage and costume designer in Milan and at the Biennale in Venice. In 1991 he was the artistic secretary to Sylvano Bussotti for the music sector at the Biennale; and two years later he devoted himself to music, organising concerts, exhibitions, conferences and festivals for several institutions, including the Theatre of Treviso. From 1996 to 2015 he worked with ARTEVEN – Circuito Teatrale Regionale del Veneto (the regional network of theatres in Veneto), where he was in charge of the dance sector. He was a professor of “Showbusiness Industry” at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice for several years, and in 2007 he was a member of the international judging panel at the fifth International Festival of Contemporary Dance of the Biennale directed by Ismael Ivo. In the same year he was among the promoters of the project Anticorpi XL for young auteur dance. From 2003 to 2010 he was the national president of ADEP – Associazione danza esercizio e promozione, member of AGIS – Federdanza, which brings together all the main promoters and distributors of dance in Italy, and the vice-president of Federdanza – AGIS.

Angela Fumarola is the artistic co-director of Armunia/Festival Inequilibrio.
She graduated in Political Sciences and gained a diploma in European Studies.
In 1997 Angela Fumarola was in the training programme in Management for Cultural Enterprise organised by Atelier della Costa Ovest, and in 1998 she started working with Armunia, directed by Massimo Paganelli.
She has been working mainly in the dance sector since 1999, dealing with international projects: from 1999 to 2002 she was the coordinator for the organisation of the Gran Galà created by Vittoria Ottolienghi for Castiglioncello, from 2001 to 2003 she was in charge of the activities of the Tuscan Regional Dance Center with Cristiano Carpanini, and from 2014 she has been sharing the artistic direction of Armunia Festival Costa degli Etruschi with Fabio Masi.

Gordana Vnuk is the Artistic Director of Eurokaz (Festival of New Theatre) that she founded in 1987 in Zagreb. Since 2013, the festival has been working as a production house for performing arts. 
As a member of the theatre group Coccolemocco, in the seventies one of the most important alternative theatres in ex-Yugoslavia, she took part in the organization of the international theatre festival Young People’s Theatre Days set up by the company in Zagreb (1974-1977) and Dubrovnik (1980-1982).
For three years she was the Theatre Programmer of Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales. From 2001 to 2007 she was the Artistic Director of Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany. Dramaturg for theatre projects in Croatia and abroad, she is also the author of theatre reviews, texts about theatre, symposium papers etc. published all over the world. Since 2009 she has been a lecturer at the Theatre Academy in Zagreb. In 2013 she was awarded the French order “Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres”.