Gyula Berger is one of the founding members of the contemporary dance scene in Hungary, who - following thorough studies of various dance techniques - started his career as a choreographer in 1984. He had been running his own company, which was at that time the only semi-professional group, working without official support but on a regular base for almost 10 years. In the beginning of the 90’s, Gyula’s thirst for knowledge took him to The Netherlands where he studied post-modern dance at the European Dance Development Center for 4 years. His masters were the most renowned personalities in American post-modern dance. Returning to Hungary in 1997 he continued teaching and choreographing while also participating in international collaborations. With some of his colleagues, he formed L1 Association - a unique collaboration group of artists - in 1998 and was chairman until February 2011. For many years he had a very successful cooperation with the artistic director of the Association, Márta Ladjánszki.The formations have changed over time (Gyula Berger and Friends Dance Theater, L1 Association, Zero Ballet), creation and teaching remained uninterrupted. Currently he is running ZeroPlus DanceWorks (education and creation) in Jurányi Production House.
I started dancing at the age of 24 being employed by Chinese discos, then went back to Europe to become a dancer. Meanwhile studying intensively contemporary dance in Budapest, I discovered Contact Improvisation and made it my main practise. I travelled to Vienna to complete a dance teacher training in 2012 guided by Sabine Parzer specialised into Authentic Movement followed by five years learning and assisting Body Mind Centering training in Budapest led by Ferenc Kálmán. I teach Contact Improvisation, body consciousness based improvisation and Authentic Movement in weekly classes, weekend workshops, international festivals (Georgia, France, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland), schools and professional trainings. I early started to combine my practise together with performing. First with the contemporary dance company Zero Balett then with Living Picture theater, now my performances are mainly inspired from Real Time composition, Butoh and audience presence. I tend to nurish my teaching from the roots of the practise, that’s why I constantly refer to Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen's works. I organise Underscores, jams and the Hungarian Contact Improvisation festival with the Kontaktland team (www.kontaktland.com).
András Déri (born in 1989 in Debrecen, Hungary) has been practicing various forms of urban dances since his early childhood. His professional training started at the Duncan Centre in Prague, and the Rotterdam Dance Academy, than he graduated the Training and Research Cycle of P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in 2014 in Brussels .
Since 2015 he is freelancing across Europe (Germany, Hungary,Belgium, Italy, Austria, Croatia) currently based in Budapest, where he also makes his own works. He has worked or collaborated with artist such as Mia Lawrence(US/B), Taha Akram Khan Gauri(GB), Jan Jakubal(AUT/CZ), Jared Onyago (KE), Alessia Gatta - Ritmie Sotterani (IT), Sven Bahat (HR), Ádám Fejes (HU), Zsuzsa Rózsavölgyi (HU) and has been working with Kata Juhász (HU) and László Fülöp (HU) - Timothy and the Things.
In his own work he is focused on improvisational structures, analytical and instinctual movement qualities, choreographic games and experimentation with life music. In his artistic, technical and teaching approach he has a holistic aim to integrate theory and practice, soul and body, exploring mental - physical awareness sourcing spiritual and somatic practices.
Helena Hrotkó received her contemporary dancer diploma at the Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy in 2010. After that she travelled to Italy (Pontedera) and gathered experiences both as a dancer, performer and dance teacher in the studio “Spazio Nu”. In the meanwhile she finished the Holistic Dance Teacher's Training in the Institute for Holistic Dance and Movement Pedagogy.
Since then she gives regular classes in Budapest different schools (Schola Europa: Modern and Contemporary Dance faculty; French School of Budapest: Creative Dance for kids) and studios (ZeroPLus Dance Studio: Embodied Dance, Kontakt Budapest Studio: Authentic Movement) and she works as a dancer and performer at Living Picture Theatre.
In 2013 she finished the “Body-Mind Centering based 1 year Somatic Movement Course”. The classes of Heléna are combining and integrating different techniques that she met and mastered during her movement and dancing education and research (BMC, Alexander Technique, Body Work, Authentic Movement, Tai-Chi, Yoga, etc.) and she makes them alive trough different somatic focuses.
Studies at Pécs Secondary School of Arts and the Hungarian Dance Academy on dance artist training, modern specialization. Receives her dance pedagogue diploma with modern specialization in 2013, at present she continues studies in classical ballet specialization. In the course of her studies she is an Erasmus scholarship holder at Codarts Academy of Dance, Rotterdam.
Performs succesfully at domestic and international competitions (Hungarian Classical Ballet and Contemporary Competition, AURA International Dance Festival Kaunas, Dance Week Festival Zagreb, Front@ Contemporary Dance Fertival Murska Sobota). In 2009 receives 1st prize at Transit Contemporary Competition with her coreography Zenon's paradox. During her dance artist career she works with several companies: National Theatre of Győr, Derida Dance Company Bulgaria, Zagreb Dance Center, Budapest Dance Theatre, Zero Ballet, Street Art Project Performances, Erkel Theatre, DanceArt Project.
She has been teaching Graham, European modern, Ballet, Art Jazz, Cunningham, Improvisation, Contemporary at private schools since 2009. In 2012, with her coreography The Growing Blow, her students in Békéscsaba won the national championship and made it to the world championship in Frankfurt at IDO in modern dance cathegory.
Since 2014 she teaches in Pécs Secondary School of Arts and Rajkó-Talentum Secondary School of Music and Dance, Budapest as modern dance teacher. In 2015 she held workshops at Agitart Festival in Spain and at International Dance Course in Hungarian Dance Academy.
Luiza Moraes is a dancer/performer and choreographer. She has had extensive training in modern and contemporary dance, with special focus on somatic practices. Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, she worked as a dancer for several companies and choreographed short pieces, being an active member in the local performing arts community. Since 2011 she has lived in Europe, where she obtained a master's degree in contemporary dance and choreography from CNDC/Angers and the University Paris 8. In Budapest, she initiated Still Untitled, horizontally organized performance research platform, co-founded the performance company AVOEC and the collaborative art event SLANT. She performs regularly in events across Europe.
Ayumi Toyabe is from Tokyo, Japan. She has trained and performed both nationally and internationally, including ZeroPlus Contemporary Dance Training Program in Budapest, (2016-2017), professional contemporary and ballet training at Art Factory International in Bologna, Italy (2015-2016). In Italy her professional activities included improvisations with orchestra, performance for blind people, research work with technical devices, voice, and text as well as some flash mob events in Bologna.
In 2015, she completed the 3 years professional diploma program in Ballett-Akademie Fürth (Germany). She started her ballet training and performing in 2005 (Japan) under the artistic direction of Michiko Aoyama. Besides attending the spring course at San Francisco City Ballet School (2007), and the summer intensive course at San Diego Ballet School in USA (2010) she has also participated in various workshops and seminars in Europe and Japan. She has learned Forsyth technique, Laban Movement Analysis, Ultima Vez's repertoire, Butoh, Body-Mind Centering, Pilates, Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, dance and science, and technology. She is collaborating with various artists in Hungary and abroad.