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Pablo Ventura

Pablo Ventura (CH/E), choreographer and media artist. He receives a distinction Diploma in dance and choreography at the London Contemporary Dance School in 1985. Engagements as a dancer includes Arc Dance Company, Second Stride Dance Company, Triveni Dance Company, Málaga Danza Teatro, Covent Garden Opera House and Zurich Ballett. He was „Choreographer in Residence“ of London’s The Place Theatre in 1986 and founder of the Ventura Dance Company for which he will create and dance in London, Madrid and Zurich numerous choreographies and dance videos to date. Since 1999 he has been producing and touring worldwide numerous full evening dance-media productions and Installations in collaboration with electronic music composers, video artists and software designers. Other collaborations includes choreographies and performative Installations with robots. “Zone” for 6 dancers, industrial robot and multimedia was performed at CynetArt 2001 in Dresden’s Festpielhaus Hellerau and in S. Corea’s Sidance 2002. “Kubic’s Cube”, a performative Installation for a robot, was developed in an artistic residency in Tesla-Berlin and is presented at Berlin’s Transmediale 2006 and at the International Symposium for Electronic Arts in Singapore (ISEA 2008). In 1999 he receives the City of Zurich Dance Award. In the year 2000, Dresden’s CYNETart award for computer aided performacnes for „MADGOD 2.001“. The same work is extensively reviewed in „Ballett International/Tanz Aktuell“ and is selected „most innovative production“ in it’s yearbook 2001. Pablo Ventura is the winner of the computer aided performances award at CYNETart 2001 and of the Canton Zurich Dance Award 2002 „in recognition of his merits in dance-aesthetic research and innovative choreography“. His experience also entails research collaborations with scientists: in 2007 he was selected for the „Artists in Labs“ program during which time he developed a software application for computer generated choreographies with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zürich. Since 2010 he was invited to participate at the “Swiss Artists in Labs” exhibition at the Arts Sta. Mónica in Barcelona and at the Kunsthalle in Luzern and tours his latest dance media productions <<2047>> and „Dancescapes“. Website: http://www.ventura-dance.com

Mark Coniglio

Recognized as a pioneering force in the integration of dance and media, composer/media artist Mark Coniglio creates large-scale performance works that integrate music, dance, theater and interactive media. A native of Nebraska, Mark received his degree in music composition in 1989 from California Institute of the Arts where he studied with electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick. From that early time, Coniglio’s artistic practice has included the creation of custom interactive systems that allow performers to manipulate video, sound, and light in real-time. His first technological breakthrough came in 1989 when he created MidiDancer, a wireless system that allowed a performer to interactively control music. His passion for giving control to the performer led him to create the award-winning software Isadora®, a flexible graphic programming environment that provides interactive control over digital media. Mark’s writings about new media in performance have appeared in numerous books and journals, including “New Visions In Performance”, “La Scena Digitale: Nuovi Media Per La Danza” and Movement Research Journal. He relocated from New York to Berlin, Germany in 2008. http://www.troikaranch.org/