Choreomundus

Career perspectives

See below.

After graduating from Choreomundus, students have entered a number of fields bringing their expertise to multidisciplinary and socially engaged projects:

  • Doctoral studies and other programmes in Europe and the United States.
  • Academia, as lecturers, adjunct professors and independent scholars.
  • Cultural management, employed fully and part time in public and private institutions and also as consultants.
  • Transmission of dance and other corporeal practices, including classes for children, adults.
  • Safeguarding and advising on ICH in museums and other public and private institutions.
  • Arts in a multiplicity of contexts, such as entertainment, event planning, working as independent artists in different companies, or in transdisciplinary and social projects.

Pie chart of the jobs occupied by Choreomundus alumni.

Choreomundus Alumni Positions Doctoral studies

Amin FARID (C3) is Ph.D. candidate in dance studies at the Royal Holloway in University of London, UK. The title if his research is: “Tarian Melayu: Negotiating Social Memory & Constructing a Community through Malay Dance in Singapore”. He is Co-Founder and joint artistic Director of “Bhumi Collective” in Singapore.

Ana STOJANOVIC (C3) follows Ph.D. studies in Culture and Performance at the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance of the  University of California Los Angeles, USA.  Her research title is: “Training for Yugoslavia: The Transformation of Sokolska Društva from Proto-Nationalism to Nostalgic (Re)enactment”.

Anna SZÉKELY (C2) is Ph.D. student, in the frame of the Modern Age Doctoral Programme at the Doctoral School of History of  Szeged University in Hungary . Her dissertation topic is “The myth of authenticity in the Hungarian revival movement”.

Aray RAKHIMZHANOVA (C2) is Ph.D. student at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. Her research topic is  “Kazakh society living in Istanbul and China, cultural memory, transnationalism; Kazakh folk dances as ethnic identity marker in diaspora communities”.

Kinga Zsofia SZEMESSY (C2) is a Ph.D. student in Arts at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, Hungary. Her research topic is “On the aesthetics of transformation in community and participatory dance performances” [working title].

Luiza BELOTI ABI SAAB (C3) is Ph.D. student at Colégio das Artes in the University of Coimbra in Portugal. Her research title (2016/2020) is. “Rabelados in Cabo Verde: Refugees’ Artistic Resistance”.

Ronald KIBIRIGE (C1) is Ph.D. Candidate at Faculty of Humanities, Department of Music for the Program of Dance Studies in NTNU Trondheim, Norway. The working title of his research is: “Dancing Reconciliation in Social-Cultural Reintegration Processes: Lamokowang and Ritual Dance-Musicking in the Acholi Post-War Communities of Northern Uganda”.

Yang ZHAO (C5) has been doing PhD in Education in dance at Moray House School of Education and Sport, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland since October 2018. The working title of the research is: Participation in Scottish Country Dancing in Edinburgh (https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/yang-zhao-student

Isabela BOREZATU (C6) started her Ph.D. studies at the University of Szeged, Hungary (Modern Age Doctoral Programme at the Doctoral School of History) in 2020. Her research focuses on socialization through dance in Moldva. She also taught dances and gave lectures in Csángó youth and adult dance camps in Romania. Before Ph.D. studies she was working as a Regional Dance Specialist at The Association of Csángó Hungarians from Moldavia in Bacău, Romania. She is working with the folk dances of the Csángó minority from Moldavia. She had to create a youth dance group and create choreographies for them for different festivals and events. She also helps the existing heritage keeper (adults and elderly) dance groups in case they need support with their choreographies, presentation on stage, in case they need to learn or re-learn dances, etc.

Academia

George KITAKA (C2) is Assistant Lecturer at Kyambogo University in Kampala, Uganda.

Juan Felipe MIRANDA MEDINA (C4) is an independent researcher and Deputy Administrator of the Choreomundus programme at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.

Kim-Lee CAMPBELL (C4) is Adjunct-Lecturer at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.

Michael NSIBAMBI (C3) after a Master of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies is an independent dance teacher in Trömso, Norway.

Sara AZZARELLI (C1) is Tutor for BA and MA students with learning disabilities at Universita de Bologna in Italy.

Senyo OKYERE (C1) is Adjunct-Lecturer at the Medical Sociology and Anthropology Department in Accra, Ghana.

Sumedha BHATTACHARYYA (C5) is currently working as a part time visiting faculty teaching Camera and Choreography at Ashoka University, India. She has been awarded residencies in India as an ethnographer and screen-dance practitioner in India, weaving multiple disciplines that bring the performing in conversation with visual: like screen dance film making, performance installation, sound design, performance art, sound sculpture. She was selected as one of the South Asian curator for curating a time-based exhibition on “Body as Archive” under the Curatorial Intensive South Asia 2018 by Khoj Artists Association and Goethe Institut New Delhi.  I was an Artist in Residence in Flame University Jan-Feb 2019, and then in Live Give Residency Goa, India. Recently in November was selected for a Choreographic Laboratory under Canadian Iranian dance artist Sashar Zarif , in Ocean Dance Festival Bangladesh 2019.

Robson FERRAZ (C6) is currently lecturing at his former university as a guest professor in dance and anthropology. The university is called Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP).

Artistic and cultural management

Abd Al HADI ABU NAHLEH (C4) is the director and producer of the artistic venue “Studio 8” which he co-founded in 2014 in Amman, Jordan; implementing now an international residency programme.

Estefania SOLÓRZANO (C6) has developed a movement research project called Forgetting Flowers, with the first solo performance of this research titled “Hug” as a choreographer and performer. She performed it in her home town Guayaquil, which was born from the module Performance of Heritage. She is planning to do a practical masters in dance or performance.

Chiao-Hsin CHEN (C1) is Administrative Manager at “MeimageDance” contemporary dance company in Taipei, Taiwan.

Ipshita RAJESH (C3) is the founder and creative head of “Art Stories Kalaa Kathaa” in Stockholm, Sweden.

Kafui TAY (C3) works as cultural officer at the Centre for National Culture in Accra, Ghana.

Natasa CHANTA-MARTIN (C1) works as Cultural Manager of Start Greece Project, an artistic initiative in Athens, Greece.

Volha SASNOUSKAYA (C2) works as independent artist and scholar in Minsk, Belarus.

Daniel Ceeline RAMONAL (C6) took on an initiative which she started as an extension of her Dialogue of Culture project (under the Performance of Heritage course) which has been growing since. The original idea came from an essay she submitted for the People Dancing, People Moving course. She developed the idea into a dance choreography and performed it in different venues. The performance piece is entitled: Finding the Mindanao Body. She has used her experience and presented a paper at the Performing Tangier Festival, Morocco in November 2019. Link: https://bit.ly/2P9cN3T  She has published ethnographic research (the expanded version is the master thesis with Choreomundus) entitled Ebola and Moving People: Understanding the Role of Embodied Techniques in Funeral Ceremonies to the chain of transmission of the Ebola Virus in Sierra Leone Through Movement Analysis, in December 2019. She is currently working as an independent researcher.

Olga GERMAN (C6) did her professionalisation with Break’in Convention Hip Hop Theatre and gained experience helping organise and run festival and dance events. She has since continued with her passion for dance festivals and events and attended the European Heritage Volunteers and Casa Batlló that recently joined UNESCO list. The project is about preservation of cultural heritage of Gaudí and raising awareness of its importance among young generation. She is currently in Barcelona where she recently attended and took part in the Hop Festival – she attended different performances experimenting with street styles and multi-media, workshops, battles and talks she also took part in.

Abanti BANERJEE (C6) joined as an intern in Akademi, London which is a South Asian Arts Organisation. After working there for a month the company offered her an Archiving Assistant for an ongoing project with the Victoria and Albert Museum. She curated the theme of the archive and wrote an unpublished article about ‘Archives: Akademi’ under Dr. Ellie Pridgeon and Mira Kaushik OBE and worked with the company until the end of October. Currently she has applied for the position of Project Manager in the same company and hopes to return to London soon.

Transmission

Madli TELLER (C3) teaches historical dance at the Estonian Music and Theatre Academy amongst other educational institutions in Estonia, as well as folk dance for children and adults. She is Artistic Director of Juhukse dance ensemble.

Sandra AGUADO MUCIENTES (C1) works as an independent artist and teacher at a bilingual school in Valladolid, Spain.

Intangible Cultural Heritage

József-Csaba VARGA (C2) is Cultural Organiser at the Hungarian Heritage House “Hagyományok Háza” in Budapest, Hungary.

Tone HONNINGSVÅG ERLIEN (C1) has curated three interactive dance exhibitions and works as project manager of the Norwegian Center for Traditional Music and Dance in Trondheim, Norway.

Tsolmon TSERENDORJ  (C4) is a specialist in ICH  at the National Center for Cultural Heritage in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Adebayo ADENIYI (C5) assisted in the organisation of the Africa Fashion Reception at UNESCO in October of 2019. After Choreomundus he started the NOMADS programme. Nordic Masters on Dance studies with another consortium of 4 universities (NTNU, NORWAY, UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, FINLAND, UNIVERSITY OF OULU, FINLAND AND STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY, SWEDEN). 

Socially engaged projects

Claudio II RAMOS (C4) is the Director for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Development Academy in Isabela Basilan, The Philippines. This is an agency focusing on capacity development, heritage, tourism and peace/governance.

Diana Teresa GUTIÉRREZ GARCIA (C2) in collaboration with her colleague Signa SCHIAVO-CAMPO (C2) co-founded the multidisciplinary and social-artistic project “Embodying Reconciliation” in Bogotá, Colombia.

María PEREDO GUZMÁN (C4) is a transnational artist and researcher engaged with migration issues in Italy, Belgium and France. Communications manager in Choreomundus, at the University of Clermont Auvergne, France

Sristi K.C. (C4) continues her mission with the organization “BlindRocks”, foundation for the empowerment of visually impaired in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

Heidi SEPPALA and Sherin Asad ZIADA (C6): Heidi spent three months (also as part of her professionalisation) in Ramallah helping Sherin manage her Ballet School and looking for potential future collaboration, creating jobs and training opportunities for dance artists working with refugees, incarcerated people and the community.

Isabela BOTEZATU, Ximena BANEGAS, Estefania SOLÓRZANO and Valentina POLCOVNICOVA (C6): For their professionalisation and long term project post Choreomundus, they set up Dans Humaine – a dance/bodily movement programme based on the theories of community dance practice in the UK and their individual knowledge of dance (from their personal backgrounds).

Ximena BANEGAS (C6) is actively developing events with her group Dans Humaine, which was also part of her professionalisation. She has started her own organisation called Action for Bolivia.  She is also working as a campaigns adviser at Changing Markets Foundation, in London.