James O'Shea has acted internationally with the dance company Candoco, In praise of folly and The journey, the A. Röthlisberger company, Brain Game and Croi Glan Dance, Postcards and This is. He won the BBC 3 dance show Dancing on wheels and acted in Postcard in The Place prize final in 2006. He has also starred in 2 short films, Locked in directed by Pedro Machado and the multi-award winning Outcasts directed by Ian Clark. James is now training to compete in the 100m breast-stroke in the 2012 Paralympics in London.
Dancer and Choreographer
Co-director of Contrapunctus Danceport
Nora Sitges-Sardà was born in Barcelona and started her dance studies at the Laura Mas School. Her experience in the professional word started at the Jove Compnyia de Ballet Clássic de Catalunya, directed by Elise Lummis and Peter Smith (1994-1997).
In 1997, she joined the I.T. Dansa del Instituto del Teatro de Barcelona, directed by Catherine Allard, and in 2000 she began her European circuit working with Roberto Galván, Robert Poole and finally at ABC Dance Company, directed by Nicolas Musin, where she worked until 2005.
For the majority of her career she interpreted pieces by important choreagraphers such as W. Forsythe, I. Galili, W. McGregor, J. Godani, N. Duato, J. Kilyan, W. Vandekeybus, and Ohad Naharin
As a choreagrapher, she worked on pieces such as Mai Pen Rai, which won choreography awards from Les Corts and Nou Barris in Barcelona, and from which she realized the video dance Mai Pen Rai in 2002 in 16mm; Reverse, 3/4 and Ain’t No Sunshine, for the official program of the ABC Dance Company; a joint creation with Karl Schreiner over Le sacre du Printemps by Stranvisky for the Krems Dance Festival in Austria. Her last work as a choreographer is the piece CARA B, which premiered at the Mercat de les Flors in 2008, for I.T. Dansa's 10th anniversary.
Since 2005 she codirected her own company, Contrapunctus Danceport, with Claudi Bombardó and worked freelance on diverse international projects. She collaborated with choreographer Emanuele Soavi of the German company, movingtheatre.de, and worked for Karl Schreiner, Liz King, Robert Poole, Jacopo Godani among others.
Since 2008 she has particpated in improvisation workshops for the Forsythe Company and in April 2010 danced THE THE with Jone Sanmartín in the program Chamber Works, also by the same company. She also works as a movement advisor on different operatic projects and collaborated as an assistant with the internationally recognized choregrapher, Jacopo Godani. She is currently restaging Godani´s piece Light Years for the company TheProject, which premieres at the Tel Aviv Opera House on the 30th of November 2010.
Claudi Bombardó Oriol
Co-director of Contrapunctus Danceport
Claudi Bombardó started his dance and music training in Barcelona (Escola NAU, Institut del Teatre, Conservatorio Superior de Música) and finished in Germany (John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart, Heinz Bosl Stiftung in Munich).
He was a member of the Wiener Staats Opern Ballett (Viennese State Opera Ballet) for 10 years, combining his carrer as a dancer with choreography. He choreographed for several dance companies, (ABC Dance Company, Interplay Dance Theater, Tanz Graz, Contrapuntus Danceport and the Wiener Staats Opern Ballett). In his repertoire as a choreographer he has more than 30 pieces, which premiered in a number of other European theatres such as in Vienna, Dresden, Thessaloníki, Rome, Venice, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Spoleto, Segovia, and Torrevieja.
Bombardó currently resides in Barcelona where he directs his own company, Contrapuntus Danceport, with Nora Sitges-Sardà. With this company, he premiered the pieces Light, light object, MAI and TOK, Dos, Superfície emocional and Pols. Amongst others, he won the Dansa + a prop award in Barcelona and the special award for D.A.N.C.E. from the XXI Certamen Coreográfico Awards in Madrid. In 2008 he premiered Quaranta Cadires / unplaced, a full-length evening for five dancers and an actor, at the Mercat de les Flors de Barcelona.
His last piece, STILL HOUR – What was, might have been, or will be…- premiered in April 2010 at the Teatre Estruch de Sabadell–Barcelona and was presented in the Danza Venecia Festival at the Teatro Malibran de Venecia and at the movingtheatre meets friends Festival in Cologne, Germany.
Bombardó is currently preparing a dance video with director Àlex Rademakers and dancers Emanuele Soavi, Karl Schreiner and Nora Sitges-Sardà with the support of the Mercat de les Flors, the Film School of Barcelona (ESCAC) and the Estruch Theatre. Parallel to his projects and personal productions, Bombardó offers choreography workshops and performance practice classes at the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza del Institut del Teatre de Barcelona and at the Conservatorio de Danza de Valencia and is continually participating in diverse international projects and workshops.
Studied Scenography at Central St.Martin's and the Slade Schools of Fine Art in London.
Work includes Hamlet, The Trojan Women and Woyzeck with Teatrale Dioniso Palermo / Teatrul Mic Bucharest, Die Schweigsame Frau, Intermezzo, Die Liebe der Danae at Garsington Opera, The Turn of the Screw, Rinaldo at Grange Park Opera, Manon Lescaut at Holland Park Opera , Thomas Bernhard's The Ignoramus and the Maniac The White Bear, London (Both with Matthias Janser), Back to Methuselah with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford on Avon and London, Bernhard's Eve of Retirement at The Gate, London, Early Morning and Blue Light in Delphi at Oval House, London. As an assistant work includes Der Ring des Nibelungen at the New National Theatre, Tokyo.
Giuseppe di Iorio
Born in Naples, Italy. He moved to London in 1986 to explore his interests in photography, dramatic art and to improve his knowledge in the English language and culture.
He began to work at the Royal Opera House of London in 1989 with several positions in production that led to training in scene and technical direction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
From the beginning of the 90s, di Iorio has been working as a scene and lighting designer around the world for operatic and theatrical events.
His past collaborations in opera are:
Elisir D’Amore, National Center of Performing Arts, Beijing, China. Die Gezeichneten, Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Italy. Manon Lescaut, Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Italy. Elisir D’Amore, Glyndebourne, Houston Grand Opera, Texas, U.S.A. Zaide, Festival Mozart, La Coruña, Spain. La bohème, Rigoletto, Xerses, Greek National Opera, Greece. Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung, Teatro Sao Carlo, Lisbon, Portugal. Otello, Festival de Salzburg, Opera di Roma, Italy. Faust, Òpera de Bordeus, Baluarte, Pamplona, Spain. La Traviata, Salome, Malmö Opera, Sweden. Der Zwerg, Faust, La clemenza di Tito,Teatro Regio, Torino, Italy. Anna Bolena , Filarmònica de Verona, Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Italy. Zauberflöte, Bolshoi, Moscow, Russia. Ascanio in Alba, Scala, Milan, Italy.
Xavier Bonet i Casals
Born in Lleida, he studied English, French, German, Italian, Arabic, Aranese, and sign language, along with other training courses.
During 2002 and 2003, he completed theatre courses in Lleida and Barcelona. He began working for L’Esponja with animation and comic entertainment for all ages.
Since 2007 he collaborated with the Lleida Puppet Fair (Fira de Titelles) as a stage manager and guide/interpreter for the international jury.
In 2008 he was awarded the Sebastià Serrano Grant from the Official School of Languages in Lleida for completing an outreach project entitled: “The Investigation of a Universal Language.”
In 2009 he worked as a Technical Secretary for the Lleida Boy Scouts and Sant Jordi Guides of Catalonia.
In 2010 he was awarded another grant from the Official School of Languages, Jauma Magre, for the project: The World Remains without Words: Endangered Languages.
In 2011, he began his studies in Translation and Interpretation at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.