Irina Zavialova, received her ballet education at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, St. Petersburg from 1977 to 1985, under legendary teachers such as Natalia Dudinskaja, Konstantine Sergeev and Adol Hamzin.
From 1985 to 1991 she was a soloist and then principal in the Maly Theater, St Petersburg, and from 1991 to 1995 she was a principal in the Kirov Ballet (Mariinsky Theater), St Petersburg. She then danced as a principal in Staatsoper Ballet Bonn (1995-1997), in Royal Ballet of Flanders (1997-2001) and with Peter Shaufuss Ballet (2001-2004). Irina Zavialova has been a guest dancer with Tokyo Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Essen Ballet, Stuttgart Ballett, English National Balle. In her repertoire she danced Don-Quixot, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Le Corsaire, Les Sylphides, La Sylphide, Theme and Variations, Apollo, Serenade, La Fille Mal Gardèe, La Bayadére, Paquita, Nutcracker, Harlequinade, Legend of Love, Cinderella and others. She has worked with choreographers like Oleg Vinogradov, Yuri Grigorovich, Konstantin Sergeev, Jean Christoph Mallot, Christopher D’Amboise and Mauricio Wainrot.
Irina Zavialova is a teacher of classical ballet and repertoire. From 2004 she was teaching in the National Conservatory of Dance in Lisbon, Portugal, where she was also coordinator of the Dance Department from 2009 to 2013. As an associate professor at the Academy of Dance, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, she will work with the students in the bachelor programme in classical ballet.
Rafi Sadi was trained at The Bat-Dor Beer-Sheva/Tel-Aviv school of Dance, Israel.
He was a member of the Cullberg Ballet for 14 years where he danced many lead roles, including Carabosse in Mats Ek's "Sleeping Beauty", Don José in Mats Ek's "Carmen" and Romeo in Birgit Cullberg's "Romeo and Juliet".He has worked with many world known choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Jirí Kylián, Christopher Bruce, Oscar Araiz, Rudi van Dantzig, Didy Veldman, Robert North, and Kenneth Kvarnstrom to name a few.Before joining Cullberg, Rafi was a soloist at the Bat-Dor Dance company in Israel and a principal dancer with “Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève” for 7 years.
He has made guest appearances with Het National Ballet in Amsterdam and the Royal Swedish Opera’s soloist Company "59 North" in the U.S.A and Finland.Rafi has also been touring with Cristina Caprioli, and has recently been responsible for staging Mats Ek’s “ Casi Casa" on Danza Contemporánea de Cuba " in Havana, Cuba, and "The Sleeping Beauty" with the Zurich Ballet.In 2010 he danced in Orphée directed and choreographed by Mats Ek at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, and the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm with "The Tempest".Rafi has been invited to participate in many performances and galas around Europe, the USA and Israel.
Valentina begins her dance education in Torino, Italy at the Studio Danza Narcisa
where she studied for 10 years.
In 1995 she participates at the Prix de Lausanne and wins the ‘Prix Espoir’ and a
Scholarship (Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation) for the Hamburg Ballett School where
she finishes her dance studies until 1997.
She joins then The Hamburg Ballett under the direction of John Neumeier and dances
for 3 years the repertory of the company.
In 2001 Valentina joins the Nederlands Dans Theater II and three years later
Nederland Dans Theater I where she worked until December 2013.
In 2008 she is nominated for the “Zwaan” for the best female dancer (prestigious
In NDT she had the possibility to work and create with choreographers such as Jiri
Kylian,Paul Lightfoot/Sol Leon, Hans van Manen, Johan Inger, Wiliam Forsythe,
Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite among many others.
Working with all these big names and as well working with collegues and with her
husband, Lukas Timulak, she has the opportunity to grow and to always keep
searching and discover new and inspiring worlds as an artist and as a human.
She is mother of two beautiful daughters.
During the last years she has being coaching and teaching NDT repertory and worked
on few freelance dance projects as well as teaching young kids the magic gift of dance
as an expressive mean.
After few years of studies and practice she is a certified trainer for the
GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® method and keep deepening her education
with additional specialized courses.
Yevgeniy was accepted into the Ukrainian National Ballet School at the age of 10 and trained there until he was invited to join The Kiev Ballet as corps de ballet at the age of 18. He was promoted directly to Principal dancer two seasons later and danced the full range of main roles in classical and contemporary ballets.
Yevgeniy came to the Royal Ballet of Flanders as a half soloist in 2000 and was promoted to soloist in 2002, first soloist in 2005, and has been promoted to principal as of 2013. As a dancer he has enjoyed working with such choreographers as Kylian, Balanchine, Haydée, Forsythe, Elo, Spuck, Godani, Fonte, Dawson, McGregor and many others. He has been awarded three gold medals, “Best Dancer” and best solo at international ballet competitions in Brazil, Russia and the Ukraine.
As a choreographer Yevgeniy has created 6 pieces for the Royal Ballet of Flander’s annual choreography workshop Coupe Maison, two of which have been accepted into the International Choreography Competitions in Copenhagen and Moscow.
Géraldine started ballet training with Monique Bertagnol from Paris Opera Ballet. After wining 1st place at the International Ballet Competition of Houlgate (France), she joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium.
As soloist, she danced leading roles as Gisele and Juliet (Romeo and Juliet) and different roles from the Repertoire (Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La Bayadère, La Fille mal gardée, Coppelia, Cinderella…).
She performed Balanchine’s pieces and worked with many choreographers as W. Forsythe, K. Pastor, X.P. Wang, A. Prokovsky, J. Lazzini, D. Dawson, R. Tanner, M. Wainrot, C. Soto… Since 2011, she’s teaching at National Conservatoire of Avignon (France) and graduated with a “Certificate of Aptitude”. She is also often invited as Guest teacher in International Ballet dance intensive courses.
Ciro Carcatella’s interest in dance reveals an historical approach. Dance is matter, in the same way that it is for painters and sculptors, ever evolving, open to interrogation. Concept and form blend in harmony within the matter; it would be unfavourable to exclude form in its pure essence. Incessantly creating new forms in dance is in itself and intrinsically a concept.
“The analysis of movement takes me first to its technical development isolating various elements of movement composed throughout the creation. My scenic work is an assemblage of my rigorous choreographic vocabulary and its continuous development.”A rational evolution in contemporary dance necessitates a meeting between various artistic disciplines. Not to the detriment ofquality, on the contrary towards mutual and legitimate inspiration.“My work is not only about artistic discipline. Deep reflections on Science and Philosophy, which are natural nutrients of human evolution, are the driving forces on my choreographic body of work.”
Tamas is a Hungarian born dancer, teacher, choreographer most known for his decade long membership with William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. Apart from Forsythe’s oeuvre he’s performed in pieces by Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Jan Fabre, Jacopo Godani, Saburo Teshigowara, Jonathan Burrows, Crystal Pite, Tony Rizzi, composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and many more. Currently Tamas is a well-regarded teacher of both classical ballett and his own methodology called Movement and Awareness.
Lukáš Timulak works in the fields of performing arts and film. As a dancer he has worked with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and at Nederlands Dans Theater. He has choreographed for several companies around the world including NDT, Gothenburg Ballet, Balé da Cidade de São Paulo, Royal Swedish Ballet. His interest in cinematography led him to intensive study at New York Film Academy, which strengthened his skills as an editor and director for short films & documentaries. Most of his works since 2004 are in collaboration with designer Peter Bilak, concerning new concepts for contemporary dance. In 2017 they started Make Move Think foundation for interdisciplinary artistic collaboration.