Tony Whitfield, director, photographer, producer, writer.
Tony is an artist, designer, producer and curator whose work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums including the New York’s Museum of Art and Design, Leslie Lohman Museum of Lesbian and Gay Art, The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano in Lima, Peru and published in the US and abroad. Whitfield has also written about art, new media, film, performance and design. Recently, Tony has produced short video works including the Silver Rainbow Project, a collaboration with videographer Joe Lumbroso and composer Andrew Alden. He has also held leadership positions in New York’s arts community including Director of Printed Matter, Inc., Associate Director of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council where he produced over 100 performing arts events annually and Senior Policy Analyst for Cultural Affairs in the Office of the Manhattan Borough President, as well as Program Director at Just Above Midtown, Inc. Whitfield’s writing about art, design, performance, film and video as a medium for cultural criticism has been included in numerous publications over the last three decades. As an educator, he is an Associate Professor of Art and Design Studies at Parsons The New School for Design, where he has served in various leadership roles including Associate Dean for Civic Engagement, Chair of the Product Design Department and Director of the Furniture Program.
Yoshiko Chuma, associate director.
Since 1984 Yoshiko has been the Artistic Director of The School Of Hard Knocks, a collaborative effort of multidisciplinary artists. Over the course of the company’s history, more than 2,000 people have performed under her direction in situations ranging from theatrical dance concerts to street performances, parades, and large-scale spectacles in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, especially the Middle East.
Alexandre Bado, choreographer.
Alex has lived in France since 2010. In Porto Alegre, Brasil he joined the first team of the Sunflower Theater Circus in 2000 and founded his own company with Vera Carvalho in 2002. Since then, Alex has worked with numerous dance companies in Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro including Dilmar Messiah, Nestor Monasterio, Eva Schul, Intrepid Troupe, Ana Vitoria, John Saldanha, and Tapias Group. In 2006, he became responsible for the creative group at Faculdade Angel Vianna in Rio de Janeiro and professor at the Intrepid Troupe. In 2009 he produced three solo works in Rio de Janeiro, including “Perhaps But I Suffocate,” for which he won Best Performer awards and was invited to the Solos of SESC. That year he begabn to collaborate with French chorographer, Thomas Lebrun and performed a solo by Lebrun at the Avignon Festival. Since that time he has performed at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris, the Opera Comique of Paris, at the Cabaret Alcazar, and with the Theatre An der Wien in Vienna in a work by Robert Carsen. Since 2014, he has performed with Tango Ostinado.
Andrew Alden, composer.
Andrew is an American composer from New England where he received his BFA in Film Scoring and Composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is the director and composer of the Andrew Alden Ensemble, which is dedicated to exploring new music in the tradition of Bang on a Can All-Stars, Alloy Orchestra, Kronos Quartet and Alarm Will Sound. Andrew has performed with Evan Ziporyn and Terry Riley as a member of Gamelan Galak Tika, has scored 20 different films, including spots on NBC, and has toured nationally. Andrew currently lives in Rochester where he is freelance composer and visual artist.
Klaus Fruchtnis, technical and media consultant.
Klaus is a photographer, digital artist and lecturer. He has a degree in visual arts from Rennes and a master in Arts and Digital Media from the Sorbonne. His research is based on the areas of photography, multimedia, digital drawing and media experimentation and is related to the word “space”, and it has been characterized by its itinerary and its way of evolution over the last years. He questions the image, its origin and its incidence in the current art world, through new technologies and different ways of perceiving art, as well as how they influence our daily life. In November, 2014, he was named Photography Chair of the Paris College of Art. Klaus Fruchtnis was born in Colombia in 1978.[
Paul Wright, radio producer.
Paul is a radio writer, producer and editor for World Radio Paris and Spotted by Locals. Between 2005 and 2009 he was the Curriculum Leader at Cavendish International College in London for technical workshops on integrated workflow; from 2000-2005 he was Multimedia coordinator for Light House Media Center in