In 1994, he graduated as a folk dancer, finishing his studies at the department of folk dance and stage dance of the Hungarian Dance Academy. He started his career in Mecsek Folk Dance Ensemble, later he became a member of Hungarian Festival Ballet, Experidance, Compagnie Pál Frenák, Strike Theatre, Budapest Dance Theatre and Miskolc Dance Theatre.
He has worked with several companies as a guest artist, he was invited to choreograph together with Tamás Juronics at Szeged Contemporary Dance Company.
He is a multiple winner of the Viktor Fülöp Scholarship.
He has been choreographing since 2002, in 2004 he founded his own company, Gangaray Dance Company.
In the fall of 2005, he started to work in MU Terminal as a teacher and professional manager, and he created many choreographies for their evening shows.
He is a well-known contemporary dance master, he regularly teaches his own technique at companies and schools throughout the country and at major dance courses of Budapest.
In 2007, he was awarded as The best male dancer of the season.
In 2010, he received the Gyula Harangozó Award, which was followed by the Imre Zoltán Award two years later.
Since 2006, he had been teaching as the permanent training leader at the Central Europe Dance Theatre for 7 years. Together with Tímea Maday Kinga, he is a founder of Gangaray Artistic Program.
TÍMEA MADAY KINGA
She started as a folk dancer, attended the the department of folk dance and stage dance of the
Hungarian Dance Academy. She spent almost 9 years abroad and as of today she one of the defining
figures of Hungarian contemporary dance art. From 2002 she studied and worked at P.A.R.T.S.
(Performing Arts Research and Training Studio), attended by world-famous Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
of the Rosas Company and David Hernandez, and was a founding member of Hofesh Shechter Dance
Company. She started working on Cirque du Soleil's performance 'Zaia' in 2007 as a character dancer.
After completing her studies abroad, she was invited to festivals as a performer and choreographer:
London Resolution Festival, EDIT International Dance Film Fesztivál , Trafó Színház - Inspiráció Fesztivál, OZORA, Sziget Fesztivál, Solo Dance and Duo International Festival Prague, 20-20 Interarts' solo festival of Montreal. She worked with Balázs Kovalik, Andrzej Bubien and Falk Richter. She teaches Aikido partnering, repertoires, performing arts and release techniques. In 2011 she was awarded the Viktor Fülöp Dance Scholarship and in 2020 she received the "best female dancer" award. In recent years, she has been a regular guest at foreign projects and schools, where she also works as a creative teacher and lecturer. (P.A.R.T.S., PARTS Summer School, CCN- Balett de Lorranie , Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen, ect.) She is the founder of the Foundation for Contemporary Dance Art and the managing director of COTEDA Nonprofit Kft. She is a founding member of the Gangaray Artistic Program professional creative workshop, the Bethlen Dance Workshop intensive summer development program, and the G.I.T.T. improvisational dance theatre as well.
2020: Best female dancer of the season in modern - contemporary
2012: XV. Dance Festival Veszprém / Best choreography / Ocean's Five'
Rövidhullám Festival / Best Choreography
2011: Fringe Festival Individual Professional Award / Ocean's Five
Fülöp Viktor Dance Scholarship
EULALI AYGUADE FARRO
Lali Ayguadé was born in Barcelona in 1980. She joined the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona, the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona for dance in 1996 and after a year, decided to train in PARTS (Belgium). In her fourth year, she created the solo “Silence” coached by Wim Vandekeybus.
After her training, she joined Publik Eye Company in Denmark, directed at that time by Carmen Mehnert. In 2003, Lali joined the Akram Khan Company as a full time member creating and performing in the productions: “Kaash”, “Ma”, “Bahok” (together with the National Ballet of China), “Vertical Road” and “Confluence” collaborating with Nitin Sawhney and Ricardo Nova. She has worked with Roberto Olivan (Enclave Dance Company) in the production “Homeland” and with Hofesh Shechter in the productions “In your rooms”, “Cult” and “The Art of not looking back”. She also worked with Marcos Morau from La Veronal (Spanish Dance National Award in 2013 as Best Choreographer) in the piece “Portland” and with the contemporary circus company Baró d’Evel with whom she performed “Mazut” and “Besties”. In 2005, Lali choreographed “Twice Read” together with the Slovak dancer and choreographer Anton Lachky (one of the founders of Les Slovaks dance collective). Between 2007 and 2009, she choreographed other small works with the acrobat and clown Joan Ramon Graell (director of Circus Association in Barcelona). In 2012, she created the trio “Little Me” with the Korean dancer Young Jin Kim and Joan Català for the Salmon Festival in Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona; and for the Ramon Llull’s anniversary, she created “Encontre” with Joan Català and Jordi Molina. In 2013, she created two short duets: “Incognito” and “Saba”. In 2015, she created her first full-length work with four performers, “Kokoro”, co-produced by Mercat de les Flors and Temporada. The following year, she co-created “De Camino al Otro” with the acrobat Julian Sicard. Lali is currently working on “iU an Mi” co-produced by Mercat de les Flors, Bolzano Danza Festival and Temporada Alta. In 2010, she was nominated as “Exceptional dancer” for the Critics awards of London, and in 2014 as “Best Creator”. In 2016, she was also nominated as “Best Dancer” for the “Recomana.cat” Critics awards in Barcelona. She starred the short movie “TIMECODE” which was awarded with the Palme d’Or at Festival de Cannes, the Goya Award, the Gaudi Award and was nominated at the Oscars 2016 among others. Lali shares her technique and the investigation linked to her creations around the world through workshops.
I base my work on exploring the abstraction of dance or movement and I place it into a concrete situation which converts into something more conceptual. It enables me to emphasize feelings and emotions of people on stage. Movement may seem very abstract, but as humans, we are using something very tangible, which is our body. The link between the realness and the unrealistic side of things is fundamental in my investigation. As performers, we have the opportunity to play with this thin line where nothing is completely one or another, so I create it in the bodies, but also spatially. Our bodies end up being small in the space after all, but our imagination gives us the chance to go above the physical boundaries and make everything limitless. Our mind has a underestimate power and it’s a precious tool that makes everything you connect with your body become another path to research and reach virtuosity. But it takes time to achieve and actually, the concept time is also something I like to play with. I feel a lot of adrenaline whenever I see speed because as a performer, I can feel the effort and the complexity of the path that leads to it. But it has to be well managed so you do not disappear in it: to emphasize it, you need to bring the silence and the slowness in the body which is even more powerful and difficult to accept and achieve. As a creator and an artist, when you find a concept that you like to play with, it’s always important to play with its opposite. It will give you a wider range of opportunities and let your body and your mind showing the beauty of it through the most simple gesture.
Vittoria born in Rio De Janeiro, with italian nationality she moved to Bruxelles in 2002 and since then she has been dancing and touring the world for several choreographer like: Jan Fabre (Prometheus-landscape2), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Puzzle), Damien Jalet (Les Medusee), Quan Bui Ngnoc (Untold)Coproduction Les Ballets c.de la B., Akram Khan (Abide with me, olympics game 2012 London), Romeo Castellucci (Uso umano di esseri umani), Arco Renz, Andy Deneys, Davis Freeman, Felix Rukert, Frey Faust. Since 2013 she starts her own project and collaboration that brings her to be a resident artist in Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, while there she creates a solo "Reborn" for the Little Victories gallery, and a dance video "Closer " that was projected in a loop in the Arsenal of the biennale of Venice 2015. In 2014 she create another site specific solo "088" that was presented in Belgium,Italy, Macedonia, Mexico,Spain. In 2015 she joined the dance company Virgilio Sieni and performed with them in “Atlante del gesto” , “1265 Divina Commedia” and touring with “Preludio” and “Le Sacre” and “La mer”. in 2016 she start to be an associate artist of the company DEJADONNE and she create together with the jazz pianist Simone Graziano “In Pasto al Pubblico” premiered in festival Fabbrica Europa 2016 ,Florence ;and a dance duo together with Andrea Valfre’ called “365”. She was assistant-coreographer for “BABEL 7.16” from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet for the festival In of Avignon 2016, “cour d’honore” . In 2017 she choreographed and danced in the film “BEAUTIFUL THINGS” premiered at Festival of Cinema of Venice and won several Prizes. In 2022 she will choreographe a new show “MIKADO” for the European Capital of Culture (Kaunas) She teaches and gives workshops around the world with the title of “ARTYLOGICA” and a partnering tecquique inspired my kinomichi martial art called “Ki-contact” together with Andrea Valfre’ .These is the list of the main festival and dance academy where she teach: SEAD accademy in Salzburg, Artesis Antwerp, La Raffinerie Bruxelles,HJS Amsterdam, K3 Hamburg, B12 Berlin, Attakalari Bangalore, Circuit-Est Montreal, Ensimismados San Jose- Costa Rica,Trip Space London,Conde Duque , Descalzinha Madrid, UNAM Mexico city,INBA Mexico city,CCDC/MAAT El Cairo, To love -in Toronto, Gibney studio New York, Summer intensive Portugal,Goa Residency, SANSKAR Festival, DAAR and DAAS festival St. Petersburg-Russia.
VITTORIA DE FERRARI SAPETTO
Tijen Lawton is a professional dancer, performer and teacher, mentor. and coach She studied at The Arts Educational School London, The Place London, The Juilliard School New York. Her main body of works spans over a period of 28 years. For 15 years, she was a constant presence in all of Needcompany’s work performing, creating and touring worldwide. Thereafter furthering her performance and teaching career and research as an artist and mentor for students worldwide. Performing & collaborating with Caterina & Carlotta Sagna, Mauro Paccagnella & Wooshing Machine, Harold Henning, Erika Zueneli, Inaki Azpillaga & Rodrigo Fuentealba & Manngold, As Palavras / Cie Claudio Bernardo, Rebecca Lenaerts, Greet Vissers & Kunstz, Mokhallad Rasem & Toneelhuis Antwerp. Tijen continues creating and performing her own solo work. Constantly investigating and challenging her own body as an archive…Between destruction and preservation…a mission which is the sum of all influences… sculpting bones, skin, the entire cellular system, enveloping each other, intertwined, bewildered by their collaboration in time and space…the bodies never ending research within its self, its ability to adapt and survive, living within a society with norms and values which are often against human nature. Constantly investigating and challenging her own body as an archive. Parallel with all other teaching, performative & creative quests / endeavours, since 2017 Tijen started working with Greet Vissers & KunstZ , an organisation working with diversity within our sector and society, bridging gaps between, newcomers, professional artists and future artists. The programme also takes a responsibility to empower the individual artist to own their ideas and make relevant choices. Both in her creative work and teaching Tijen challenges the body as an archive of sensorial layers and a communicative vessel. Inspired by the purity and complexity of the body and it’s deeply embedded knowledge. The material quality of the body and the life it lives within an ongoing & sustainable inquiry, the ability to remember and integrate experiences are central components of the creative work of the dancer or the performer. “My aim of endeavour is to keep moving, sharing and challenging myself, defining and redefining movement to find the beauty, liberation, despite the dangers and the fear. Kinaesthetic intelligence, persistence and stacking, layering of crisscrossing wavelengths of physical, technical and mindful challenges, inner drive and cellular structure, a knowledge so deeply embedded in the body, nourishing the constant creative body. The exposing of bare energy is my motivation and questioning the internal limit of thinking as inspired by the purity and complexity of the body and the life it lives.”
I am a Budapest based performer, working on stage since 2002. My experiences coming from a wide range of performative arts, -from physical theater, dance, circus, and also from stunt.
Beside performing, from the beginning I was also creator, as director/choreographer. I was member of ARTUS company for five years, then my interest turned to the direction of experimental theater, and I started a long period collaboration with Stereo Akt.
The first time I meet contemporary circus was in 2007. With offline:ontheater we produced the first contemporary circus show in Hungary.
In 2013 I established a freeform circus collective called Grotesque Gymnastics.
In 2018 I was invited to co-direct a circus show with Samuel Tetreault from The 7 Fingers.
Now I am working as guest artist with Recirquel company.
In 2017 I started to develop a training method based on my collected experiences during years working in physical based performance art.
In 2018 I was invited to teach at the University of Theater and Film Arts.
Now I am working with actors and also dancers.
My method is focusing on understanding the anatomical structure of the human body throw physical exercises, build up strength reserve, and also improve central nervous activation. I use the combination of functional strengthening methods and training system from martial arts, and from stunt training.
Tamás Bakó has finished his dance education in the Budapest Dance School in 1995. Since then he was a member in Company Ismael Ivo, Marco Santí Danse Ensemble, Off Dance Company and Artus – Company of Gábor Goda.
He has also worked and collaborated with choreographers such as Iván Angelus, Rui Horta, Zsuzsa Rózsavölgyi, Eszter Gál, Vicky Shick, Scott Wells, Laura Vera Esperanza, Patrik Kelemen, Zoltán Nagy, Peter Pleyer.
Currently he is working at the Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy, giving contemporary dance technique and Contact Improvisation classes. Eventually he's a guest teacher in other schools and festivals like the SEAD, La Manufacture or the Kontakt Budapest International Improvisation Festival. In the last yeras he has been participating in international and local labs and workshops researching the artistic and pedagogical aspects of contemporary dance. Búvár kör, Nyitott Tér, Tánc Zóna, T.T.T., IDOCDE, Teach Back.
Kornélia Mangi is a professional dancer, dance teacher and artist. 2017 she got her master degree as a classical ballet teacher and in 2014 she finished mher dance studies at Hungarian Dance Academy. Since than she is a freelance dancer and dance teacher who tries to share the passion, quality, richness of pure dance and continuously improve herself. She have diverse experience with different dance techniques, and styles, but she like don’t like to put them in separate boxes, rather think about moving and dance as a worldwide language with different dialects. Looking for the rhythm, dynamics, articulations, lines, qualities, energies in it. From 2014 she acts as a dancer, choreographer assistant, rehearsal director, creator and she also teaching repertoire for different companies. Kornélia was participating in many projects (Experidance; Pr-Evolution; CEDT; Seberg Showproduction; Corpo Barocco etc.) in Hungary and internationally too. The last years she mainly works with Gangaray Dance Company and teaching in Gangaray Artistic Program as well. She is also working with kids, adults, seniors too and she is devoted to share the joy and freedom of dancing.
I began my training at the Hungarian Dance Academy and then went on to dance for several companies in Budapest including Gangaray Dance Company, Inversedance-Fodor Zoltán, PR-Evolution Dance Company, Central Europe Dance Theatre and Eva Duda Dance Company, before going to Brussels to create with Ugo Dehaes. Then I joined the Hofesh Shechter Company as an Apprentice for one year before joining the main company where I have remained for seven years. While dancing for Hofesh Shechter Company I have taught several local and international workshops, classes and assisted for Hofesh in his creation for the GöteburgOpera.
In december 2019 i choreographed a piece in Torino by Nuova Officinal Della Danze.
I always find great inspiration from music and put importance on dynamic, flow and totality of the body.
Elisa Insalata graduates at the John Cranko School of Stuttgart, Germany, as a classical ballet dancer. She then joines the professional program of the Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, France, where she also becomes a member of the Cannes Jeune Ballet. Afterwards, she joines the Eko dance project of Pompea Santoro, in Turin. In 2014, she startes working at Theater Hof, Germany, as a member of the ballet company. In 2019, she joines Székesfehérvári Ballet Színház as a soloist dancer. In September 2021 she joines Gangaray dance company as a guest ballet teacher and is a freelance dancer and choreographer.
Zsuzsa Rózsavölgyi is a choreographer, dancer and educator who has been making choreographies in Europe. She is interested in broadening the denotation of what choreography is and in giving significance to organizing and constructing space and time. Her interest is to find different life experiences that can be translated into movement. The inspiration for her movement material is taken from natural sources such as living creatures and natural forces.
She had been supported by Life Long Burning (LLB) (a project supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union), Sin Cultural Centre (Budapest), Workshop Foundation (Budapest), Hungarian National Cultural Funds, WP Zimmer (Antwerp) and Flemish Community (Brussels). She started her education with singing and playing violin in the Kodály method. She studied dance at Budapest Dance Academy, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria and P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels, Belgium. In 2004 she started working for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker at Rosas Dance Company, where she worked for 5 years. Her personal style had been formed by Vicky Shick, Mia Lawrence, Chrysa Parkinson, Thomas Hauert, David Zambrano, David Hernandez, Salva Sanchis, Eszter Gál and Tamás Bakó. Her last two pieces were nominated for the Lábán Prize in Hungary. She is currently working with the composer Thierry De Mey.
Akira (Pamplona, Spain), started dancing Breakdance informally with his friends. Over the years, he
began to compete, obtaining more than 60 awards in Spain, France, Austria, Argentina, etc. At the
age of 23 he began a transition towards contemporary dance and performing arts. He performed the
duet Azala by Jordi Vilaseca Company. After receiving the Main Artistic Grant of Navarre , he did his
artistic studies at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance). He has worked as a performer
with the companies "Hungry Sharks" in Hidden in Plain Sight, with the company of Francisco Córdova
"Physical Momentum" in the play TO BE, with "Roberto Oliván Performing Arts ”in its production“
Cuculand Souvenir ”, with Lali Ayguadé Co in the piece “Hidden”, with “Ceren Orán” in the durational
piece “Who is Frau Troffea”,and he choreographed “ Ahotsak ” for Ziomara Hormaetxe Company. He
also created his own solo "Home", with which he has been touring for three years, and co-created the
duets “Gizaki” with Lali Ayguadé (from which a short movie was created), “Hito” with Chey Jurado
(Award of the audience in MasDanza, and 3 prizes in Paso a 2)., and "The Inglorious Fortune of Being
a Performer" with Dunya Narli.
Akira has also worked as the choreographer assistant with Lali Ayguadé for the creation “Shelter” for
He currently combines the performances with workshops all around the World.
I studied in Mas music,arts &show in Milan and apprenticed in Spain with Valencia dancing forward. I danced professionaly for Izadora Weiss, in Biały teatr tańca and Polish National Opera for "Manru" and "Turandot". Worked as a performer in musicals like "Priscilla Queen of the desert" and "Geronimo Stilton" in Italy. In Budapest, i joined Gangaray dance Company for the performance "Shreds" "Feeling every movement Is feeling every emotion, that's why dance Is healing and has the unique capacity to get to the deepest layers of our soul."
Fanni started her professional training as a dancer at Madach Art School, and then she continued her studies in the London Contemporary Dance School (The Place). She worked with renowned choreographers and masters like Kerry Nicholls, Tony Adigun, Joe Moran, Delphine Gaborite, Baptiste Bourgougnon, and Jeannie Steele. After she moved back to Hungary, she joined the Kecskemét City Ballet, led by choreographer Dora Barta, and worked here until 2016. Then, she met Pál Frenak, and she was asked to play the female role in Frenak’s next piece, Lutte, as a freelancer, and ever since then, she can be seen in the Compagnie Pal Frenak creations. Besides working as a professional dancer, she also leads workshops and special physical education programmes. She has also attended projects in Ireland and Germany, while in Budapest, she teaches dance courses for beginners and for advanced dancers too.