MASTERS STUDY IN CHOREOGRAPHY/ NEW MEDIA IN AMSTERDAM

CORE STAFF BIOGRAPHIES

Scott deLahunta began in the arts as a dancer and choreographer. He has been based in Europe since 1992 where, as a partner of Writing Research Associates, he has co-organised several international workshop/ symposia projects in the field of performance. In 1996, he organised 'Connecting Bodies', the first conference in the Netherlands to address the overlap between dance and emerging technologies. Since then, he has continued to research and write in this area and has co-facilitated and participated in a large variety of projects in over a dozen countries. Currently, he is an Associate Research Fellow at Dartington College of Arts and an affiliated researcher with Crucible, an interdisciplinary research network within the University of Cambridge. He lectures on the new Post Graduate study in Choreography/ New Media at the Amsterdam School for the Arts and serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Performance and Digital Media (Sheffield Hallam University Press) and Performance Research (Routledge, London, UK). For on line materials: http://www.sdela.dds.nl/

Sher Doruff is currently creative director of the Sensing Presence department of the Waag Society/for old and new media in Amsterdam and is a core member of the development team of KeyWorx a distributed, multi-user, multi-channel, performance platform. She is a digital artist working in the performative arts working with real time interactive performance technologies in collaboration with interdisciplinary artists and performance-makers. A doctoral student with the University of the Arts London/Central Saint Martins/SmartLab researching collaborative performance methods, she also works with the Augmented Performance Practice module of the Dance Unlimited MA program in the Netherlands and is a researcher with the ARTI lectoraat of the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. Her articles have appeared in books, journals and electronic journals.

Jeroen Fabius is the coordinator of Dance Unlimited Amsterdam. Born August 6, 1960 Netherlands, Jeroen completed his Communication Studies at the University of Amsterdam in 1985 before entering the School for New Dance Development (SNDO). After finishing the SNDO courses in 1990, he worked as performer and dancemaker and taught dance history and theory at the SNDO. His teaching work includes initiating the *Art Across Borders* module for the Amsterdam School for the Arts where he has been involved in developing an internet based course to prepare dancers for the business side of dance making. For two years (2000-2002) he was head of department of the School for New Dance Development in association with Robert Steijn before taking part in the initiation of Dance Unlimited Amsterdam. Jeroen has published in several magazines and held lectures mostly about dance and cultural studies (among others Performance Studies Conference, Vereniging voor Dansonderzoek, Landelijk Centrum Amateurdans, Ballett/Tanz, Danswetenschap in Nederland 3). From 2002 he heads the dance theory research at the Theaterschool within the ARTI research group of the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. He is editing a publication of 25 years of archive materials of dance research at the School for New Dance Development (due fall 2004). Since 2001 he is a member of the committee Choreografie opdrachten of the Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunsten.

Thomas Lehmen attended the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam from 1986-1990, where in addition to dance he pursued interests in music and kung fu. During his training, he soon took charge of the concept, choreography, and music composition for various solo, duet and group pieces. Since 1990 he has been living in Berlin and working as a dancer, choreographer, theater and film performer, light designer, teacher, and carpenter. After finishing his studies, Lehmen danced with Yoshiko Chuma, Pauline de Groot, Sasha Waltz & Guests, Detektor, Mark Tompkins, and others. In 1997, he created his first solo and has been making his own work since then. All of Lehmen's performances show a concern with transcending conventional forms of dance performance and in questioning the roles of and communication between choreographer, performer and the audience. For example, in the creation of the choreographic experiment Schreibstück (2002), Lehmen acted as the "author" of a dance script that is presented to three choreographers to interpret. For on line materials: http://www.thomaslehmen.de/

Since 1975, Susan Rethorst has created dances out of New York City. Since 1995, she has divided her time between New York and Amsterdam, teaching choreography throughout Europe and Scandinavia and continuing to make work in both Europe and America. Rethorst's work has been presented by The Museum of Modern Art; The Kitchen Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Saint Marks, The Downtown Whitney Museum, among others, as well as at various dance theaters, universities, and festivals throughout the U.S. Internationally her work has been produced by The Holland Festival, Spazio Zero Rome, The Kunsthalle Basel, The Aix-en-Provence Festival, among others. She has ongoing teaching relationships with Dansens Hus in Copenhagen, at Dartington College in England, and at Firkin Crane in Cork, Ireland. This past year she initiated, along with three others, a post graduate choreography program for the Amsterdam School of the Arts. She is, in 1999, the recipient of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.