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Avatâra Ayuso
Avatara AyusoBorn in Madrid (Spain) and now based in London, Avatâra Ayuso graduated in ballet (Conservatorio Profesional de Mallorca) and Linguistics (BA and MA, Universidad Complutense de Madrid) before moving to London in 2004, where she obtained a Certificate in Higher Education (London Contemporary Dance School). In 2005 she joined the D.A.N.C.E. programme where she worked and performed internationally under the artistic direction of William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Frédéric Flamand and Angelin Preljocaj. In 2008 she got a Master of Arts in Professional Dance by Palucca Schule Dresden. Since 2007, she is a member of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company working as a performer and teacher.

In the last years, she has received several artistic and study grants —including the Instituto Nacional de Artes escénicas INAEM (2004), Conselleria de las Islas Baleares (2005), Roviralta (2006), Sa Nostra (2007) and Caixa Galicia (2008) Foundations. Her work has been presented in Belgium (Charleroi Danses; La Reffinerie), France (Opera de Toulon; Théâtre de la Cité du Livre d'Aix en Provence), Spain (Sa Màniga; Xesc Forteza; Fundación Caixa Galicia de A Coruña), Denmark (Aarchauz Theater), Germany (Festpielhaus Hellerau) and United Kingdom (The Place; South Bank Center; Hackney Empire). Recently, she has been artist in residence at the European Center for the Arts Hellerau, where she has presented her latest full-length production Looking Backward to To-Morrow, a collaboration between dance and architecture, in co-production with TanzPlan Dresden. In 2010 Avatâra has been awarded with the "Arras Preis für Kunst und Kultur 2010" from the Arras Foundation in Dresden in recognition for her career as an emergent choreographer. She is the artistic director of the Avatâra Ayuso Dance Company.


Alexander Whitley
Alexander WhitleyBorn in Penrith, U.K. Alexander Whitley trained at the Royal Ballet School. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2000 and was promoted to first artist in 2002. His repertoire included Widow Simone in La Fille Mal Gardee and Kangaroo Rat in David Bintley's Still Life at the Penguin Café. He choreographed for two of BRB's workshop seasons. Mr. Whitley joined the Rambert Dance Company in August 2004 and whilst there worked with choreographers such as Rafael Bonachela, Christopher Bruce, Michael Clark, Javier de Frutos, Siobhan Davies, Garry Stewart, Karole Armitage, Itsik Galili and Mark Baldwin. He received a nomination for the Spotlight Award in the 2008 Critics' Circle Awards.

In 2010 he joined Sydney Dance Company for six months and joined Wayne McGregor|Random Dance in September 2010. Whitley choreographed five pieces for Rambert's Seasons of New Choreography. In 2008 one of them -'Solo?' was taken into Rambert's repertoire and toured the UK. He has also shown work at the Royal Opera House's Summer Collection programme – 2009 and has recently made his first work for the Royal Ballet as part of their 2011 Draft Works programme. Whitley has also choreographed for a Discovery Channel film, directed by Tim Meara and a short film made with London film collective DuckEye. In summer 2008, he joined Michael Clark Company as a guest artist for its New York tour.


Khamlane Halsackda
Khamlane Halsackda
Mr. Halsackda's family moved from Laos, Vientiane, to the United KIngdom when he was four. But for one year in Brighton, he has lived in London and has worked throughout Europe.

In 1991, Halsackda attended Lewisham College on their Drama foundation course and followed this with a Dance foundation course, after which he went to the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary dance. Whilst there he was also with National Youth Dance Company for two years. Halsakda graduated from the Rambert School in 1998 and was employed by Richard Alston Dance Company. Since then he has worked for Henri Oguike Dance Company, Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Glenn Wilkinson, Niklas Laustiola, Alicia Herrero, Bonachela Dance Company, 2007 Bank Project, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Art of Spectra (r&d), Shobana Jayesingh Dance Company and most recently Maresa Von Stockert of Tilted Productions. He has also danced for a number of Opera productions at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Opera, Opera North and Malmo Opera. Commercial employment includes dancing for Kylie Minogue and Christina Aguillera. He was choreographer's assistant to Wayne McGregor on 'Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire'. & Philips Lumiblade, with Laila Diallo, 'You Fade to Light'. www.khamlanehalsackda.com | ribbinghalsackda.wordpress.com/video/

 
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