Professionals & Artist Development


Pair 1: Giorgia Nardin (Artist) and Irene Bedin (Producer)

Giorgia is an Italian choreographer and performer. With a background in ballet and a BA in Contemporary Dance from Norther School of Contemporary Dance, she started making work in 2010 in collaboration with artists Francesca Foscarini and Marco D'Agostin. In 2010, they created Spic & Span, winner of a prize in Premio Scenario festival. Giorgia’s first solo, Dolly, which focuses on the multiple images related to female body, has won numerous awards and is still touring internationally. Another piece, All dressed up with nowhere to go is the winner of Premio Prospettiva Danza 2013 and is one of the top 20 works selected by the Aerowaves network 2015 and currently touring nationally and internationally. Her most recent work, Celebration, is a durational performance for gallery spaces created for Olivia Jacquet, a 30 year old woman who has tattooed entire body.

Giorgia has been selected to take part in numerous European projects, including ChoreoRoam Europe 2012, BProject 2013, Performing Gender and Communicating Dance. Giorgia's work is and has been supported by partners in France, The Netherlands, Spain and Germany. Giorgia is also an associate lecturer in contemporary dance at Balletto di Roma.

Irene graduated from The University of Padova in Visual and Performing Arts. She spent a semester at the Université Catholique de Louvain focusing on contemporary art, specifically on the work of Marcel Broothaers. Her passion in theatre, dance and performance began after her collaboration with Operaestate Festival in 2011. During the last edition, she worked as assistant at the administration office with particular responsibility for liaising with visiting artists. She is currently studying stage direction and set design at Iuav University in Venice.

Pair 2: Elena Giannotti (Artist) and Lisa Gilardino (Producer)

Elena is an independent dancer and choreographer. Her artistic practice looks at different fields of body- work and movement disciplines. For over 10 years, Elena has worked with Rosemary Butcher as her main performer in both films and stage creations. She has also worked with L’Ensemble Dance-Theatre, Virgilio Sieni, Yoshiko Chuma, Daghdha Dance, Company Blu and has been collaborating with artists like Nicole Peisl at the Forsythe Company, Fearghus O'Conchuir, Max Barachini and Parallelly. Her work Facsimile has toured in Italy, USA, Mexico and east Europe. Her piece Losguardo de Cane was selected to be shown at NID Platform 2014, Vetrina GDA in Ravenna and has been touring in Ireland and Italy. Since 2014, she has collaborated with Ioannis Mandafounis and is currently working on their new creation Ossip Mandelstam, which premiered in March 2016. Elena is interested in somatic studies and improvisation as integrating tools for composition. In addition, she is trained in traditional Chinese medicine and Tuina massage, as well as being a Qi Gong practitioner and teacher. Over time, she has also developed an interest in dream practice and is also a Social Dreaming facilitator. She is Artist in Residence at Atelierdelle Arti Livorno.

Lisa is a live arts manager, producer and curator. After studying contemporary arts history in Italy and France, she has been responsible for the promotion and the international relations of Lenz Rifrazioni company and has worked as General Manager and Programmer at Natura Dei Teatri Arts Festival from 2001 to 2011 (Parma, IT). In 2011, she was selected as participant of the one-year training workshop project Festival Lab for festival producers and curators. In the frame of this project she was invited to Festival Baltic Circle (Helsinki, FI) as a curator in residence to develop her project Dreamcatchers. Since 2011, she has worked as a freelance manager with artists focusing on promotion, development and advice. She is currently working with Motus and Alessandro Sciarroni. She has delivered workshops in Italy and abroad, advising artists and managers on strategies and practices to promote live arts projects. 

Pivot Dance is a project funded with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union