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23MASDANZA counts with an International Jury formed by prestigious personalities that come, primarily from dance, but also from the world of culture and the arts.

A Jury with experience in all fields of dance, dancers, choreographers, directors of festivals and artistic institutions, with the ability to value all the avant-garde proposals of the new choreographers of contemporary dance.

HELENA BERTHELIUS – President of the Jury

Helena began studying dance with Teddy and Dorrit Rhodin at the Principal Theatre in Malmö (Sweden), ), Balettakademien (extension of the University of Stockholm), then went to MUDRA (on a scholarship of the Karina Ari Foundation), Centre fort the Advancemnt of the Performer directed by Maurice Béjart in Brussels (UNESCO). Helena has been trained in academic classical dance (Danish, English and Italian schools), self-expression through movement, contemporary dance (Graham, Cunningham, Lemon, Release), Butoh, flamenco, Hindu Dance, Pilates, Yoga, fasciatherapy, Drama (Stanislavski and Grotowski), musical language, direction and improvisation techniques, choreographic composition. Helena owns a degree in Dance Education, Choreographic Arts and Fasciotherapy.

She toured internationally with the Compagnie Maguy Marin (Paris), The Lindsay Kemp Company and Compañía Cesc Gelabert / Lydia Azzopardi. Helena worked as choreographer and assistant choreographer with the La Fura dels Baus and Els Comediants Companies under the direction of Judit Chabola in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Her choreographies ZINO and YUNS received awards in the Madrid and Barcelona Choreographic Contests respectively.

When she moved to Tenerife she created The Danza Berthelius Company (Danzaforo SLU) in 1997. In 2003 the company was nominated to a MAX Award as Best New Act in The Canary Islands. In 2006 she participated in the creation of TenerifeDanzaLab and up until 2017 she was Artistic and Educational Coordinator. With the structure of TenerifeDanzaLab, she is the Educational and Didactic Coordinator. For 23 years Helena directs the Municipal Dance School of Tacoronte (Tenerife) and is a teacher in the Canarian Acting School (Authorized Superior Centre of Dramatic Arts).


Batarita has graduated as a choreographer at the Hungarian Dance Academy and later on as an Art Manager at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. Now she is one of the independent choreographer of National Dance Theater in Hungary but she also works as a dancer, as a director, as a set, costume and light designer, as an actress and as a festival director. In 2000 she established her own company under the name Batarita Dance Company. In 2009 she founded the BODY.RADYCAL International Performing Arts Biennial and since that time she is the director and the curator of it in Budapest (Hungary) and its Eastern-European touring program.
She has been awarded international performing art and choreographer grants by DanceWeb (Aus), Asia-Europe Foundation (Jpn), Unesco Ashberg (Th), Foundation Royaumont (France), the Uchida Fellowship of the Japan Foundation (Jpn), CPI-SIDance (Kor).

In 2009 she has debuted as an opera director at the Hungarian State Opera House.

In 2016 she has directed her first film.

Nowadays she perform and choreograph all over the word, already more than 20 countries.

In 2006-2007 she was a guest professor of Dance Centre School of Performing Arts in Bangkok, Thailand. From 2003 until 2010 she was professor and teaching her own unique method at Liszt Ferenc Music Academy and in 2011 at Theater Academy in Budapest, Hungary. She had already have workshop in 19 countries.

In 2013 she got the „Parallel Culture” life achievement award by Mediawave Foundation (Hungary).


Jang is currently Head of International Performing Arts Project (iPAP),which covers a wide variety of international exchange programs focusing on dance. Jang is artistic director both for Seoul International Improvisation Dance Festival & Jeju International Improvisation Dance Festival and for International Comic Dance Festival. Jang is coordinator of Busan International Dance Festival. Jang is board member of Korea Foundation and Korean Academy of Arts and Cultural Management. Jang is guest professor of Korea National University of Arts and Sookmyung Womens University. Jang is chief editor of monthly magazine <Dance Webzine> and board member of The Korean Association of Dance Critics and Researchers. Jang is an author of three books, <Change and Conversion> <I want to Kiss Your Feet> <Dancing High Up In the Air>.


French dancer and choreographer born in Toulouse in 1960.

After training as a gymnast, Michel Kelemenis begins dancing in Marseille at the age of 17. In 1983, he performs in the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier with Dominique Bagouet and choreographs his first works, among which Aventure coloniale with Angelin Preljocaj in 1984. He was awarded the Villa Médicis Hors les Murs prize in 1987, and founded Kelemenis & cie (Association Plaisir d’Offrir) in the same year. In 1991, he received the Leonardo da Vinci scholarship and Japan’s Uchida Shogakukin fund. His numerous works (more than 60, of which 40 for his company) are performed throughout the world.

In love with movement and dancers, with those exceptional moments when gesture topples a role, Michel Kelemenis structures his works around the search for a balance between abstraction and figuration.

For his personal style, which combines finesse and athletic performance, the choreographer is invited to work with the ballets of the Paris Opera, the Rhin Opera, the Opera du Nord, the Geneva Opera and the Ballet National de Marseille.

In 2000, he directed the lyric and choreographic drama, L’Atlantide, by Henri Tomasi for the Marseille Opera. He has since collaborated with the Festival d’Art Lyrique of Aix-en-Provence: in 2003, he put to movement 4 animalacrobats in Stravinsky’s Renard, directed by Klaus-Michaël Grüber and conducted by Pierre Boulez; in 2004, he assisted Luc Bondy for the chorus movements in Handel’s Hercules, conducted by William Christie.

Since 2008, he starts a reflexiona bout narration concept, with an approach of creation for young audience.

Through Franch Institute, he participates regularly with French cultural services abroad in Krakow, Kyoto, Johannesburg and Los Angeles, in India, Korea and China. These trips engender training projects, new productions and bilateral exchanges with foreign companies and artists employing various modes of expression.

Numerous programs are organized in higher education and professional training institutions (Coline, Ecole Nationale de Danse de Marseille, and especially with the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon).

The 10th of december 2007, after 10 years of activity at the Studio/Kelemenis, the Conseil Municipal of Marseille votes in favor of the project Centre de danse en résidence conceived and initiated by the choreographer. Intituled KLAP Maison pour la danse, Construction begins in February 2010 with a completion date planned for spring of the following year.


Yoshiko Swain Sugimoto is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, festival director, and event coordinator from Fukuoka, Japan. She founded a Fukuoka based non-profit organization Co.D.Ex. In 2008 which is dedicated to share and promote the beauty and benefit of dance as an art and vocation, believes the art of dance has the great possibility to vitalize people and society in our chaotic time.

In February of the same year, Yoshiko Swain Sugimoto founded the Fukuoka Dance Fringe Festival (FDFF), a grass-roots dance festival to improve the environment for dance creation and to reinforce the relationship between arts and people in different regions in the world. Yoshiko Swain Sugimoto thinks it’s important for people of today who work in different environments to have the opportunity for sharing the information and connecting each other to begin new idea, and being able to enjoy own arts.


Born in Cádiz, Andalusia. Actress, Director, Script Adaptor and Drama Teacher.

She arrived in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria when she was 10 and determined to become an actress. She begins to develop her career in this city and where she has gained the respect of audiences and peers. In 2017 she received the title of Adoptive Daughter of the City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in recognition to her work and dedication to the world of interpretation in and out of The Canary Islands.

In cinema, she has been directed by Benito Zambrano (La Voz Dormida, 2011), Juan Carlos Falcón (La Caja 2007), Félix Sabroso and Dunia Ayaso (La Isla Interior, 2009), among others. Her latest work in cinema has been under the direction of Oscar winning director Asghar Farhadi in “Everybody Knows”, with actors Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem and presented in the Cannes Film Festival 2018.

Her work for television include her role as Candelaria in the series “The Time In Between” which gained her the recognition of larger audiences and won her the FYMTI Award for an Actress in a Supporting Role in Buenos Aires. Other series in which she has participated are: “El Secreto de Puente Viejo”, “El Ministerio del Tiempo”, “Aida”, “Tierra de lobos”, “Servir y Proteger”, “La Sonata del Silencio”, “By B” and “Operación Malaya”, among others. Her latest work for televisión is in teh series “Hierro” for Movistar+, directed by Jorge Coira.

It is in theatre where Maricarmen has consolidated her trait and where she has developed most of her career: “Soy lo prohibido” , “La Gatita y el buho” , “Divorciadas, Evangélicas y Vegetarianas”, “Perdona, bonita pero Lucas me quería a mí” (Infanta Isabel THeatre), “Don Juan Tenorio in Vegueta”, “La Cuñadas” (Español Thatre) “Electra” (Mérida Roman Thatre), “La Ratonera” (Cuyás Theatre), “Siempre, Alice” (Cuyás Theatre), “Lo que no se dice”, “Zalakadula”, “La Bella Durmiente”, “Las Histéricas somos lo máximo”, “Ponte en lo peor”, “Uniformadas”, “El Hombre que plantaba árboles” and many others. These productions have been directed by Israel Reyes, Luífer Rodríguez, Profetas de Mueble-Bar, Natalia Menéndez, Ferrán Madico, Víctor Formoso, Quino Falero, Dunia Ayaso and others.

As director and script adaptor, she has worked with Victor Formoso for Camino Viejo Productions in Works for children such as: “El Soldadito de Plomo”, “La Ratita Presumida”, “El Flautista de Hamelin” and the newly premiered “El Sastrecillo Valiente”.

As a teacher, she has taught different workshops in the Aula de Teatyro of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Maricarmen also created the Aula de Teatro of the Artistic Schools of the city of Guía (Gran Canaria) where she worked for seven years.


Agustín Díaz Rodríguez holds a degree in Economic Sciences and is currently General Manager of the Municipal Company Promotion of the City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which handles the areas of Culture, Tourism and Carnival. Within his responsabilities of this Municipal Company, Agustín is responsible of: TEMUDAS: Theatre, Music and Dance Festival, The International Cinema Festival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Carnival, The Across Hip-Hop Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Project, WOMAD, Festival Cero, Performance of Don Juan Tenorio in Vegueta, Founding Festivities of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, The District Culture and Musicando Programme, Cultural Programming of the Rodríguez Quegles Palace, Touristic Promotion of the City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Agustín is an inveterate traveler and loves the sea and biking.

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