Thursday, January 17, 2019



Francesc CasadesĂşs – President of the Jury

Is the Director of Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, a space dedicated to the arts of movement. Previously he worked as Director of Communications for MACBA (The Barcelona Contemporary Arts Museum) in Barcelona, Manager of the Culture Institute of Vic and as a producer in several shows. His first steps in the scenic arts as actor and dancer. He holds a University degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Cultural Management.

Helena Berthelius

Her formation as a dancer took place mainly at the Malmö Theater (Sweden), Balettakademien ( an extension of the University of Stockholm) and MUDRA (The Karina Ari Foundation Scholarship) and the center for the performers’ improvement directed by Maurice Béjàrt in Brussels.

She has collaborated with the following and choreographers, among others: Maguy Marin Company (Paris), The Lindsay Kemp Company, Cesc gelabert and Lydia Azzopardi. In 1992 she was chosen as choreographic assistant for the inauguration and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Barcelona ’92 under the direction of Judith Chabola, along with La Fura del Baus and Els Comediants.

She then moves to Tenerife, where she creates the Berthelius Dance Company (Danzaforo, S. L.) in 1997.

Currently she is coordinator and artistic and pedagogic director of TenerifeDanzaLab (TDL).

At the same time, she directs the Municipal Dance School in Tacoronte and teaches at the Canary Islands Acting School. She has a university degree in Dance Pedagogy. She also has professional formation as a dance teacher by the Ministry of Culture and Communication of France (CND, Paris) and the Ministry of Education of Spain.

Abdiel Villaseñor Talavera

Born in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. Choreographer, Dancer and holds a university degree in Communications. He is Co-Director of La Serpiente Contemporary Dance Company, based in the same city. His dance training took place at the Centro Pro Ballet de Michoacán and the Professional Dance School of Mazatlan, and his academic training was at the Latin University of America where he obtained his degree in Communications graduating with Honours, writing his essay on the communicative phenomenon of dance. In 2007 he finished his Postgraduate studies in Cultural Management at the Metropolitan Autonomous University, The National Institute of Fine Arts and The Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI).

Since 2003, Abdiel co-directs de International Dance Festival RED SERPIENTE, that takes place every year in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.

Beginning in 2007 he is also Co-Director of PROYECTO SERPIENTE, a Civil association that works in five different areas in a effort to give a professional status to dance in Morelia and the creation and formation of audiences for it.

In 2008, along with Laura MartĂ­nez Ayala, Abdiel established the First center for the Documentation of Dance of Michoacan (CENDDAMI), a Project that consolidates a year later with its opening in November 2009 in Morelia.

In 2010, he continues with his artistic projects and at the same time promotes dance and the creation of audiences in Morelia.

Jong-Ho Lee

He began his career as a reporter at the “Courrier de la CorĂ©e,” 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).

Anita van Dolen

Anita van Dolen studied dance education and contemporary dance at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. After finishing her studies, she continued her education in Arts Management by following the post-graduate study Cultural Management also at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. After this, she started to work as a production assistant at the Netherlands Dance Theatre (NDT I-II & III, Den Hague). In the years that followed she was the production manager of different companies like Danstheater Arena (Amsterdam) and Circle Percussion (Loosdrecht). From 2000 till 2002 she accompanied the Springdance/team as the production manager of the Springdance/festival (Utrecht), an international festival for contemporary dance.

For the last eight years Anita worked as the dance and theatre programmer at Melkweg (an arts centre in the centre in Amsterdam). In this function she supported the development of contemporary dance by presenting and co-producing the work of artists that are looking for new forms in movement. In 2007 she initiated and started to organize an international platform for emerging choreographers within the frame of the Julidans festival called: Julidans NEXT.

Besides programming and functioning in several boards, Anita van Dolen is an adviser of the dance committee of the Fund for Performing Arts. In August 2010 she started working as programmer for the Citytheatre in Amsterdam and in this function she is also the programmer of the Julidans Festival.

For many years she has collaborated with MASDANZA and several artists shown here have performed in Melkweg and during Julidans.