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Choreographer, Director, Writer: Alireza Keymanesh

(b. 1985, Iran) is an independent artist currently living in Toronto, Canada. He is adventuring in the world of art as a filmmaker, actor, choreographer, lecturer as well as contemporary dance and acting teacher focused on body-mind techniques. Alireza earned a BA in acting from Tehran University of Arts in 2009 and likewise carried out a dance theater research project, entitled “The Society’s Influence on the Human Body” in the context of partaking in dance, choreography, and DAI (Dutch Art Institute) courses at ArtEZ University in the Netherlands in 2013. Currently, he is studying at York University's MFA in Film Program. Alireza had been a main member of “84 Theater Group” from 2007 to 2017. Furthermore, he is one of the co-founders of “33Projects”, an underground multidisciplinary art company in Tehran besides being the co-founder of “33School”, an underground dance school, which was located in Tehran, and currently, its goals are improving through the virtual world. Additionally, he has been introducing and developing the Ideokinesis method in Iran by holding numerous workshops, and lectures as well as translating the Ideokinesis book written by André Bernard into the Persian language. His physio-philosophical knowledge of this technique and other eastern practices has been deepened since 2013 by studying with Eva Karczag.

Keymanesh, as a filmmaker, has succeeded in being given several international awards from various festivals around the world. On the other hand, as an actor, he has been known and awarded twice as one of the Best Actors of the year in the Annual Iranian Theater Ceremony in addition to receiving the International Jury’s Laudatory Acting Prize at the 35th Fajr International Theater Festival. In 2022, he was nominated as one of the best actors on the Iranian theater scene between the years 2019-2022 at the Hafez Awards.

He has appeared in distinct styles of theater such as classical and realistic scripts modern and contemporary plays, absurd theater, comedy genera, puppet theater, physical and dance theater as well as acting in cinema and movies.Currently, Alireza's main intention is to take the most advantage of his knowledge and skills in theater, dance, cinema, and creative writing to express his perspective in his personal cinematic way.

Visual artist, Stage production: Nava Messas-Waxman

Nava is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher working with performance, choreography, moving-image and multimedia installation. Her work engages identity, memory, liminality, and the body. Growing up in a Moroccan Judeo-Amazigh immigrant family shaped her interest in themes of movement, migration, diaspora, archive, time, and space, delving into the transitory nature of gestures, often embedded within complex artistic, cultural, and personal registers.

She is a doctoral candidate in Visual Arts at Toronto's York University. Messas-Waxman holds an MFA from York University in Visual Arts and a BA from The Open University in Social Science and Communication. Recent projects include Nuit Blanche Toronto (Variations on Broken Lines) 2022, Shared-View (2022), Variations on Broken Lines ( 2020), and Choreographed Marks ( 2019).

Consultant: Erika Batdorf

Erika Batdorf is an international artist lives in Toronto and has been performing, directing, animating art openings and creating award-winning performance work for over 30 years shared in 14 countries and 14 US states. She works in a number of mediums, mostly performance... though for many years primarily a

solo performer and theatre director/devisor, lately she has been developing large site specific immersive projects. She also created the performance training technique called The Batdorf Technique, and runs the Batdorf Spring Intensive annually in Toronto. Batdorf teaches at York University in Toronto where she received the Faculty of Fine Arts Dean’s Senior Teaching Award (2010) and in 1996 was voted Most

Outstanding Faculty at The Boston Conservatory where she taught for 12 years. She has been a guest teacher at universities internationally and is listed in the Who’s Who of American Teachers. She ran The Batdorf School for Movement Theatre in Boston for several years and currently runs the Batdorf Intensive annually in Toronto.

Composer: Ilyse Krivel

Ilyse is a Toronto-based sound artist. Wavering in a universe between darkness and transcendence, Krivel pursues imagined worlds, altered-states, rhythmic and textural play through electronics. Dark heavy beats, whispered vocals concerning the nature of perception, and manipulated field recordings float in and out creating a cerebral space that drifts across dimensions. Krivel has releases on Halocline Trance, The Jewel Garden, and Aural Tethers, as well as several digital self-releases.

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