Domenic Jarlkaganova is a Kazakh- Canadian composer, who immigrated to Toronto in 2004 where she completed her Bachelor Degree in Music Composition in the University of Toronto, before traveling to The Hague in 2017 and extending her studies in creation of Electronic Chamber music and large theatrical dance work, in the Koninklijk Conservatorium.
Her interest is experimental dance productions that address the problem of narrative in multidisciplinary performance: How can we manipulate perception of visual and auditory relations in the theatre hall?
Her recent work in “To Dream” and “At Sea” (both dance performances), take on research into visual illusion - and relationships between it, storytelling, and sound. Narrative is anything but simple, and can be told through various means: Body language, Words, Imagery, Dance - But what happens when all of them take on an artistic tone and become unreliable at narrating truth? Storytelling in the theatre hall gets curious.
The term “middle layer” was coined by her in relation to the perceptual trick the mind plays when presented by overpowering amount of stimulus information: As it picks out the details that serve the most purpose to the narrative, all multidisciplinary materials (music, dance, video) become to it the simplest form of data - what is told and what to accept in relation to the story. As the brain decides whether to accept or reject an action - the story moves ahead at its own unfolding tempo. This mixture of elements can now act artistically in counterpoint, and mix into a homogenous musical/visual relationship.
“This is the whole of the story and we might have left it at that had there not been profit and pleasure in the telling; and although there is plenty of space on a gravestone to contain, bound in moss, the abridged version of a man's life, detail is always welcome.”
- Nabokov: Laughter in the Dark
Ana F. Costa was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1997. She started dancing at the age of five at the Lisbon National Conservatory, where she graduated from in 2015.
Ana got her bachelor’s degree in Dance from The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in 2017.
Throughout her studies, she was able to get in touch with both intense classical and contemporary training and perform repertoire from choreographers such as Vasco Wellenkamp, Jirí Kylián, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, Hofesh Shechter, Jírí Pokorny, Fernando Hernando Magadan, Maurice Causey, Crystal Pite studies and Hans van Manen.
In this educational environment, Ana created and collaborated in different productions with different institutions like KABK (Den Haag), AMFI (Amsterdam), EDCN (Lisbon), KONCON (Den Haag).
She currently works as a freelancer; creating, performing and organizing.
Ana’s working fields of interest are various. She’s interested in the concepts of Intermedia or of interdisciplinary Art, as a method to base her research and of enriching and renewing our relationship to art, focusing on our human experience, creating awareness of issues that concern our modern society and the interaction between different artistic practices.
These brought-in elements from several sources meet a free contemporary dance vocabulary, with attentive care and importance given to the interaction with and content of Music.
She uses dance as a captivating vehicle to help audiences understand concepts presented in a more abstract field of expression and so as a valuable tool to finding a point of interaction between artist and audience where both parties are more connected to each other and art.
Nina van Rossem was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has a background in jazz singing (Conservatory of Amsterdam) and in 2017 got the opportunity to follow a one-year interdisciplinary program at the Royal Conservatory and Royal Academy of the Arts in The Hague, during which she took courses in the departments Composition, Sonology and ArtScience. She concluded the year with her project 'April 7th, 11.34: A Walk Through My Neighborhood'; a textual audio piece she created with the use of binaural microphones, in which she explored and tried to break through the causal structures and linear narratives inherent to verbal language. This same year she also helped produce the multi-disciplinary opera 'Harrison'.
Nina is currently interested in neuro-philosophy, one of her goals being to create science-inspired interdisciplinary work. In september 2019, she will start a bachelor in Philosophy, at the University of Amsterdam.