Tuesday, December 18, 2018



CLAUDIO KOGON – President of the Jury

A graduated of The Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, Claudio Kogon divides his time between arts administration and advising, and EuroMed youth work, concentrating in the non-formal education.

In 2002 he was awarded the Lones Matoub Prize for Conflict Resolution Initiatives, n collaboration with a Palestinian colleague.

In 2003 he completed his MA in Peace and Development Studies, which focused on youth arts programs as a tool for conflict resolution.

He is currently the Deputy Director of the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre in Tel Aviv, as well as trainer, coordinator and evaluator for the EuroMed Youth Programme.

During 2013-2015, Claudio is a fellow at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC (USA).


Cathy joined Canada’s National Arts Centre in the fall of 2000 as the head of Dance programming. Prior to that, she was Producer of the Canada Dance Festival for over a decade, commissioning and presenting new Canadian dance works, and was Dance Programmer for Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre for nine years where she ran an annual international contemporary dance series. Through her company Levy Productions, she managed a variety of contracts including serving as Performing Arts Coordinator for the Cultural Component of Canada’s Year of Asia Pacific. Cathy founded Dance Umbrella of Ontario in 1988, a service organization for independent dance artists, and served as its Executive Director for four years. Throughout her career, Cathy Levy has worked with a variety of dance, theatre and music artists in Canada and abroad, and has participated in numerous national and international juries and advisory panels. She lives in Montreal with her husband, documentary producer Martin Bolduc, and their two sons, Jonah and Luka.


He began his career as a reporter at the “Courrier de la Corée,” a French weekly published in Korea. During his career at YONHAP News Agency, he was assigned to many posts, including a reporter on the city desk, a foreign correspondent in Brussels, the chief editor of the Culture Section, and most recently, the Vice-President YONHAP News Agency until March 2009.

He has been active in reviewing the performing arts since 1980. He established the Seoul Section of the Int’l Dance Council CID-UNESCO (Conseil International de la Danse) in 1996. His tireless devotion to the organization led to the success of the 13th CID-UNESCO General Assembly held in Seoul in 1998. Its related event, SIDance (Seoul International Dance Festival), first held in the same year, has grown into an annual event ever since. SIDance is now considered to be the biggest and the best dance festival throughout the nation.

In 2004 he became an executive council member of AAPAF (Association of Asian Performing Arts Festivals) as an artistic director of SIDance and strongly promoted cultural exchange among Asian countries in light of worldwide cultural exchange.

Mr. Lee received the honors as Chevalier dans l’Ordre National des Arts et Lettres in 2007 from the Ministry of Culture and Communication of France in recognition of his contribution to the field of dance and international cultural exchange.

He is also active as Advisor and Juror for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Arts Council Korea, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Korea, Korea Foundation, as well as various performing arts festivals. He is a juror for various awards and numerous public funds.

He is also deeply interested in building up the social and economic status of dance and dancers. This is why he is a council member of IOTPD (International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers).