PARASOL – a dance group of TQW

2024 Participants

2024 Participants

We are delighted to announce that the third edition of PARASOL will feature Helena Araújo, Elda Gallo, Yoh Morishita, Jennie-love Navoret, and Viltė Švarplytė. This group of five emerging dancers will get the opportunity to work with two choreographers on two pieces to be developed and performed at TQW in April and December. In 2024, PARASOL will be supervised by Ulduz Ahmadzadeh and Elizabeth Ward, who have also selected the participants.

Helena Araújo, born in Rio de Janeiro, is currently based in Vienna. She loves plot twists and a clown full of kitsch and bad jokes. Helena loves to give space for the imagination to flourish and the double meanings to arise. Her works have been shown in various places, such as the Radiant Nights Festival at De Singel Theatre, the Moving Futures Festival at De Nieuwe Vorst Theatre, the FDS Festival and the Zahrada Theatre, among others. As a performer, she has worked with artists like the TRASH performance group, Ivo Dimchev, Renan Martins, Martin Talaga, Petra Tejnorová, and Pietro Marullo.

Elda Gallo is a choreographer, dancer, and performer. She studied contemporary dance at the dance theatre school Paolo Grassi, Milan, where she worked with choreographers like Lucinda Childs, Michele Di Stefano, Ariella Vidak, and Shen Wei. She continued her studies in Austria, graduating from SEAD Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. Over the years, she collaborated with various choreographers such as Masako Matsushita, Rebecca Murgi, Luca Signoretti, and Matteo Marfoglia. In 2020, she received the BMKÖS START Stipendium. In the same year, she premiered her first choreography Ocean. In 2023, she premiered A forest to grow people and presented her work in progress 2070 at Kultursommer Wien and WUK.

Yoh Morishita, born in Kobe, Japan, is a dancer and dance maker based in Vienna. After she graduated with a BA in architecture and design in Japan, she studied for a BA in contemporary dance in Austria and Belgium. In 2023, she received a music and performing arts scholarship from the Austrian Federal Ministry for the Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sports, an ATLAS Scholarship at ImPulsTanz Festival and an In the Field scholarship at Wiener Festwochen.

Jennie-love Navoret, born in Haiti in 2001, is currently based in Austria. She began her dance journey at the Chambéry Conservatory during her school years, later joining the Annecy Regional Conservatory to explore contemporary and hip-hop and obtaining a DEC diploma. She completed her professional dancer training at SEAD in Salzburg. After a two-year further training at Edouard Hue’s Beaver Dam Company in Annecy, she performed in Hidden in plain sight, a dance piece by the Vienna-based Hungry Shark company.

Viltė Švarplytė is a dancer and performer based in Vienna and Salzburg. She studied contemporary dance in Scotland and Austria and performed for Jianan Qu, Sonja Pregrad, and Vytis Jankauskas, a.o. In 2016, she received a TQW Body and Performance Practices scholarship, and in 2020, she was nominated in the category ‘Best Dancer’ at the Lithuanian Golden Cross of the Stage awards. Viltė is fascinated by the quality of indeterminacy in performance and is currently developing her research practice around that. After a maternity leave, she welcomes the moment of transitioning back to a dancing body with all its possible unfoldings.

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