by Lorenzo Hernandez
Maria Concetta Cariello3
Russell Leon Adamson was born in Jamaica and moved to England with his family at the age of 10. He attained three city and guild certificates in electronics and engineering at Gloucester City College. His athletic abilities lead him to the Gloucester Youth Gymnastics team and to amateurs as well as Thai boxing. He carries the black belt status in various Martial Art Techniques. With this physical background he was granted a 4-year scholarship at the London School of Contemporary Dance. At the same time he took classes in Classical Ballet at the Central School of Ballet in London.He studied Ballet with Marian Lane and Laura Conners of the Royal Ballet School and Company (UK) and Jazz with Deirdre Lowell and Wayne Babeist (Alvin Ailey Company), Daniela Lorenz (Matt Mattox Company), Charles Augins (USA) and also Claude Paul Henry (London) and Max Stone (New York).He also studied Modern with Bill Louther (Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey Company), Carolyn Carson and Jorma Uotinen (Helsinki City Theatre, Finland), Viola Farber from the Merce Cunningham Company, Jane Dudley and Robert Cohan from the Martha Graham Company.
Russell Adamson is an innovative teacher, motivating his students to focus on their work, so they can do more than they expected. With his support many young dancers have chosen dance as their profession. He has also created many choreographies, which received a lot of recognition in Finland and abroad.
Jorge’s work is renowned for merging the athleticism and excitement of sports with the compelling visuals of an art installation. He is passionate about showing off the dancers as resiliently virtuosic individuals that together forms a strong and compact team.
Jorge holds a degree in Sport Sciences and studied contemporary dance at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid. After working as a professional dancer for different companies throughout Europe, he became a full-time lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School (The Place) for four years. Currently, Jorge is an award winning choreographer whose work has been performed in the main theatres around the world: from the prestigious New York City Centre (USA), to the avant-garde 798 District in Beijing (China) or Sadlers Wells and the Royal Opera House in London (UK). Following this motto and based upon his synthesis of sport and dance movement patterns, Jorge founded SQx (somoSQuien eXperience) leading workshops internationally and coaching professional companies such as Akram Khan Company, DV8, Punchdrunk, Rambert, etc.
photo by Lorenzo Hernandez
Over the last years Jorge has been commissioned by companies such as: Scottish Dance Theatre (UK), Beijing 9 Contemporary Dance Theatre (China), Acosta Danza (Cuba), among others. His work has been described as: “irrepressible good fun” (The Guardian), “perfect” (The Independent) or “a Sudoku brought to life” (Londondance.com). His latest creation for the company directed by Carlos Acosta has been awarded as the best dance piece presented in Cuba in 2017.
In 2014 Jorge co-founded min tala, a Pan-Arab dance company that uses contemporary dance as a peacekeeping, personal and professional development tool in areas of conflict in the middle East. He also served as Artistic Director for Aerowaves Festival in Burgos in 2011.
In 2018, he obtained his PhD degree by Goldsmiths University of London. For the last 20 years, Jorge has been working to crack the secret of how to replicate altered states of consciousness using neurosciences, anthropology and phenomenology. The result is a cutting-edge methodology that he shares through workshop and a one of a kind online training: Towards Vivencia.
Due to his outstanding work in dance research, he has been appointed as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Derby. Jorge also applies this research to music and film personalities.
Jorge Crecis´ Creations
Contemporary Ballet, Youth, Open
Minna Tervamäki is the star dancer of the Finnish National Ballet. During his third decade, he has performed in almost all of the most prestigious lead roles in classical ballet, as well as in the works of prominent contemporary choreographers.
Tervamäki has performed at various galas both in Finland and abroad. After retiring from the National Ballet in spring 2012, Tervamäki's activities have increasingly focused on interdisciplinary collaboration. Tervamäki debuted as a choreographer with Something Else? in 2005. Tervamäki also collaborates with many other well-known artists, such as violinist Pekka Kuusisto, pianist Heini Kärkkäinen, flamenco dancer and choreographer Kaari Martin, accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen, multimedia artist Marita Liulia and artist Hannaleena Heiska. Tervamäki has received the prestigious Philip Morris Dance Flower Award in 1997, the Edvard Fazer Award in 2000, the Libris Award in 2006 and the Imatra Ballet Gala Recognition Award in 2009. In autumn 2011, he was awarded the First Class Order of the Finnish Lion. In October 2011, Minna Tervamäki was awarded the Musicians' Association's recognition award. In addition to her artistic work, she teaches dance, relaxation skills and Minna's methods, among other things, and lectures in companies.
The In December 2013, Minna Tervamäki's first book, Minna's Methods, was published. Minna's Methods is a book for anyone interested in mental and physical well-being. The book introduces Minna’s own toolkit, with which she has risen to the top as a dancer, returned to the stages after injuries, found new energy and resources despite hard training, and maintained a childlike enthusiasm to always learn but new things. The
Susanna Leinonen is one of the most interesting and internationally acclaimed Finnish choreographers. Her first work No One, Just Your Friend (2000) introduced a unique movement language, a refined visual aspect and a comprehensive artistic refusal to compromise, which in the light of later works have become Leinonen’s trademarks. The subsequent choreographies have received positive reviews in Finland as well as abroad.
Susanna Leinonen graduated from the Theatre Academy’s Dance Department with a MA degree in 2000. Four years later she received the Finland prize and the Dance Work of the Year award and in 2012 Helsinki Culture Award. Leinonen’s choreographies have been presented in nearly 30 countries around the world.
Susanna Leinonen has also created works for major companies such as The Finnish National Ballet, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Nürnberg Ballet and Danish Dance Theatre.
“A Susanna Leinonen premiere is always an Event.” Helsingin Sanomat.
Maria Concetta Cariello
Contemporary Soma, Contemporary Ballet
Maria Concetta Cariello works as a freelance dance practitioner, she is co-founder of Sirius Dance Collective (Malta, 2019), and dance assistant for Opening Doors Malta, an art association that works with adults with learning disabilities. Currently living in the Georgian mountains at Gomarduli Zen Garden as resident teacher and artist to deepen her experience in somatic practice, contact improvisation, and contemporary dance teaching, within a dancing community.
Originally stemming from a ballet background, Concetta has realigned her focus training in contemporary dance and obtained a BA in Dance Studies at the School of Performing Arts, University of Malta, jointly with an Erasmus program at the BCDA - Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy.
Her previous background in Building Engineering-Architecture have provided her with a passion for architecture and design, which surely enriches her approach to dance and space dynamics. Drawing from this, in 2018, she started ‘Archi-Humans Go Public’, a research project that puts in conversation dance and public spaces.
She has performed various works by Gil Kerer, Willi Dorner, Marie Keiser-Nielsen, Azul Teatro Company, La Fura dels Baus Company, Contact Dance Company, and others.
As a dance creator, she choreographed “I Cannot Walk Around My Body, I Cannot Leave It Behind” for 5 dancers, performed within University of Malta (2018); her own solo research “PRIMA MATERIA: A Study On My Bodies” (2019-20) funded by Arts Council Malta; and the solo “Non Linear Body/ies” for the company ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble (2020).
Joel Alalantela is a dance artist from Pirkanmaa and currently works as a choreographer, dancer. Joel graduated as a dancer from the Tampere Conservatory in 2012 and has been active in the field of contemporary dance from works to musicals ever since.
Joel has worked e.g. in various musicals and dance groups. Recent works, Alalantela Company, Hearken (Tampere 2021), Dance Theater MD, My Friend's Little Pörriäinen (Tampere 2020), Alalantela Company, Second Floor People (Tampere 2020) Dance Theater MD, Secunda Prattica (Tampere 2020) Oulu Theater, Peppi Longstocking musical (Oulu 2019), Oulu Theater, My Fair Lady (Oulu 2018),
Joel 's area of expertise is based on contemporary dance and jazz dance techniques. The You can learn more about Joel from Dance_Joel's Instagram account. More information about Alalantela Company can be found on alalantelacompany (Instagram) or on the website at https://alalantelacompany.wixsite.com/home
HEARKEN repertoire, Open, Youth
Margherita Tassi is an artist, trainer, educator and researcher in the field of performing arts since the age of fourteen. She studied in Italy, Switzerland and Senegal, now graduated in Rhizoma/the practices of listening. School of training in somatic movement education with an eco somatic and artistic address led by Cinzia Delorenzi.
Since 2018 she opened MIRARI looking at the world with a body of wonder with which she develops local projects in Ticino (CH) and the CO-CREATION PROJECT, at an international level, conceived for personal and group development for the creation of authentic performance material. With MIRARI she produced HYBRID her first dance solo directed by Giuseppe Asaro.
An explorer and lover of the humanity of the body, she researches more and more in movement and creation. She says, "only by crossing the body is it possible, for me, to know, to heal and to make poetry."
Repertoire, Youth, Open
Valentine trained at CEPA in Le Mans as well as at Le Studio de la Danse in Nantes (France ), graduating with EAT Jazz in 2015. Over the years she has participated in many workshops with Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Amala Dianor company, Humanhood and others, to specialize in contemporary techniques.
She is co-founder of dance company SKANDA which creates work with influences of contemporary, jazz and hip hop styles. She has danced in different projects in France and participated in diverse video projects.
In Malta she has been teaching, training and performing since 2019. She had the chance to perform all over Europe such as France, Germany, Malta, and Spain for the past 2 years.
Repertoire, Youth, Open
Miro Puranen is a dance artist living in Helsinki. Miroa is interested in the possibilities of dance as an institution to make a person look at himself from the body, and thereby sensitize himself to information from the world outside the body. In her work, she attaches importance to equality, transparency and enjoyment of work.
The Miro graduated from the Tampere Conservatory in the spring of 2018 and is currently continuing his studies in the first year of the Bachelor of Arts in Theater Studies. She performed her civilian service, working for Routa Company as a dancer and communicator. In addition, he has worked in co-operation with e.g. With Pori Dance Company, Dance Theater MD and Samuli Emery
Repertoire, Open, Youth
Laura is an enthusiastic personality that easily adapts to new challenges and takes them on fully embracing the possibilities they bring on. She has been said to be a creative thinker with a (good) sense of humor; and a reliable work partner. Despite her passion for dance and movement, she worked nearly 10 years as an engineer for environmental and energy field. 2019 she got her degree of Bachelor of Dance Studies from School of Performing Arts, Malta University. Since then she has started to take small steps towards becoming a professional dance practitioner. She has co-founded Nytke Contemporary Dance Festival in Finland as well as a dance company Sirius Collective, which is based on Malta. She has worked with and learned from numerous of professionals in the field such as Kerry Nicholls, Jorge Crecis, Riccardo Buscarini, Emma Rozgoni, Noam Carmeli, Sade Alleyne, Kristina Alleyne, Charlie Morrissey, Francesca Tranter, Lucia Piquero-Alvarez , Sara Accettura , Malaika Sarco-Thomas, Russell Adamson and many many more. She believes that learning never ends, whether it is to do with widening physical, mental or spiritual awareness.
Last year she has dive deeper into her yoga practice, and have actively also taught yoga. She believes yoga helps us to widen our understanding regards to ourselves and the world.
Cloud Forms, OPEN
Rochelle was born on the rock of Malta in 1989. She took her first ballet class at age 2. From then on she continued to taste movement in a variety of disciplines including contemporary dance, acrobatics, tai chi and capoeira.
From 2007 to 2015, Rochelle graduated twice at the UOM, within the fields of radiography and dance studies. She continued her master education for Physical Theatre at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in Switzerland. There she produced her own production The Nose Knows. Currently Rochelle is a lecturer for Performing Arts at MCAST. For three years, Rochelle has been regenerating her pedagogical skills with Fighting Monkey.
In 2020 and in 2019 she was selected for an artistic residency supported by the national company of ŻfinMalta to research her theatrical interests related to acrobatics and physical theatre. Later in November 2020 she was also invited to choreograph for ŻfinMalta. She has performed both locally and internationally in Malta, Lugano, Greece, Serbia amongst others. She is currently working on a production of contemporary circus, The Disguised Line with Matthias Camilleri supported by Spazju Kreattiv.