Jorge León

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paths with many performing artists including Olga De Soto, Meg Stuart, Benoît Lachambre and Simone Aughterlony, leading to numerous joint artistic projects. His most recent productions, the films Before we go (2014), Vous êtes servis (2009) and 10 min. (2009) have been widely screened on the international festival circuit and have garnered numerous awards, including the FIPRESCI Prize, the prix de la critique internationale, in 2015, and the SACD/SCAM Prize for best documentary. Parallel to the screening of Vous êtes servis at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels León presented Deserve, a play created together with Simone Aughterlony. They continued their collaboration with the production UNI*FORM (2015, Theater Spektakel, Zürich) and Mitra, which premiered in May 2018 during the Kunstenfestivaldesarts. The script of his documentary film Mitra was awarded a prize by FIDLAB Marseille. Mitra was also one of the winners of the 2018 Music Theatre NOW competition. Born in Vienna, Eva Reiter studied recorder and viola da gamba at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and received a diploma with Honors. She continued both studies at the Sweelinck-Conservatory in Amsterdam. Both master's degrees cum laude. Currently she is active giving concerts as a soloist as well as performing with different baroque orchestras and with ensembles for contemporary music (Ictus, Klangforum Wien, Unidas, Elastic band and others). Since 2015 she is a permanent member of Ictus. She was awarded the Publicity Preis of the SKE and the Förderungspreis of the City of Vienna in 2008, the Queen Marie José International Composition Prize 2008, the Staats stipend of the Federal Chancellery for the Arts, a working stipend at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, the Erste Bank Kompositionspreis 2016 as well as other prizes. In 2009 her piece Alle Verbindungen gelten nur jetzt was one of the works selected for the Rostrum of Composers (IRC). Eva Reiter's compositions were performed at international festivals such as Transit/Leuven, Ars Musica/Brussels, ISCM World New Music Festival, Generator and Wien Modern at the Wiener Konzerthaus, MaerzMusik in Berlin, Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and others. She regularly performs at renowned festivals for early and contemporary music. Born in Namibia, Belgian violinist, harpsichordist and composer George Alexander van Dam studied at the Brussels Royal Conservatoire where he was taught by Georges Octors and Arie van Lysebeth. In 2012 he took up his harpsichord studies again under Robert Kohnen. Van Dam is a passionate performer of contemporary music. He has worked with prominent composers including Thomas Adès, Georges Aperghis, George Benjamin, Peter Eötvos, Karel Goeyvaerts, Jonathan Harvey, Maurizio Kagel, György Kurtàg, György Ligeti, Steve Reich and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He works as a soloist and a member of several contemporary groups including Ensemble Modern, MusikFabrik and the Brussels ensemble Ictus, of which he is one of the founding members. Van Dam’s compositions include a concerto for violin and timbila orchestra, chamber music and various song cycles such as Melanchotopia Songs (written in collaboration with Claron McFadden for Witte de With, Rotterdam 2011). Van Dam also composes music for film, theatre and dance productions and he has worked with visual artists and film makers including Manon de Boer, Angela Bulloch, Trudo Engels and Jorge Léon. He recently created new music for Collegium Vocale Gent as part of Escorial, a production by Ghelderode/Josse De Pauw (Transparant, May 2013). Van Dam has also performed as a soloist in dance productions such as Rosa, Achterland, Kinok and Partita2, by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. Soprano Claron McFadden was born in the Unites States, where she studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She made her opera debut during the 1985 Holland Festival, in a production of Hasse’s L’Eroe Cinese, was first seen at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 1990 in a controversial staging of Rameau’s Les Indes galantes directed by William Christie, and has built up an impressive career since then. McFadden performs a wide repertoire spanning early and contemporary music to jazz and cross-over projects. She has worked with leading conductors such as Kurt Masur, John Eliot Gardiner, Marc Minkowski, Neeme Järvi, Ton Koopman and Frans Brüggen, and large orchestra’s and ensembles including the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, The King’s Consort, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Arditti Quartet and the Nash Ensemble. McFadden is much in demand as an opera singer and has performed in productions of the Théâtre du Chatelet, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Salzburger Festspiele, the Bayerische Staatsoper, De Nationale Opera and Muziektheater Transparant. She sang in Claude Vivier’s Rêves d’un Marco Polo directed by Pierre Audi and in 2018 she received plaudits for her performance of the title role in the Muziektheater Transparant production Harriet. During the 2013 Holland Festival she performed in the 3D opera Sunken Garden by Michel van der Aa. McFadden has made various recordings for EMI and other companies and performed in many radio and television productions. In 2006 she was awarded the Amsterdam Prize for the Arts. Ictus is a Brussels-based collective for contemporary music, made up of around twenty musicians including conductor Georges-Elie Octors and sound designer Alex Fostier. From its very first beginnings Ictus has presented itself an ‘electric ensemble’, with amplification, live and recorded electronics and electric instruments forming part of its everyday practice. Since 1994 Ictus has shared the same premises with P.A.R.T.S and the Rosas dance company. Headed by choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Rosas and Ictus have worked on fourteen dance productions together, ranging from Amor Constante and Drumming to  Rain  and, more recently, Vortex Temporum (which opened the 2014 Holland Festival). Ictus has also worked with choreographers including Wim Vandekeybus, Maud Le Pladec, Eleanor Bauer and Fumiyo Ikeda.  Ictus has released some twenty CDs on the label Cyprès, including two albums devoted to Fausto Romitelli. Their latest release, featuring work by composer Pierluigi Billone, part of the new collection Contra Naturam, was launched under the Sub Rosa label in 2018. Joining forces with its Brussels partners the Kaaitheater and Bozar, Ictus annually develops a new concert season for a wide audience of theatre, dance and music lovers. Since 2004 Ictus has also been the resident ensemble at the Lille Opera. In addition to the themed concerts and educational activities it organises with the Opera, Ictus also puts on a stage production every year (Georges Aperhis’s Avis de Tempête in 2004, Michaël Levinas’s  La Métamorphose  in 2011 and Wolfgang Mitterer’s Marta in 2016). An important aspect of its activities is exploring new forms: mini or maxi concerts, concerts with commentary, Blind Dates or concerts where the audience can circulate between various stages (such as the unique, location-specific Liquid Rooms, which were staged across Europe). Muziektheater Transparant (founded in 1994) is an internationally active production company for opera and musical theatre based in Antwerp. The artistic directors are Guy Coolen and Wouter Van Looy. Based on topical artistic and social issues, Transparant engages in an intensive dialogue with artists from a range of disciplines. A special focal point lies in supporting contemporary musicians and composers in developing their work. This has resulted in long-lasting collaborations with artists including Wim Henderickx, Annelies Van Parys, Luigi De Angelis and Claron McFadden. Transparant has also collaborated intensively with Jan Van Outryve, Eric Sleichim van Bl!ndman and Liesa Van der Aa. With Translab Transparant brings a new generation of performing artists into contact with inspiring artists as coaches. Muziektheater Transparant stages productions with artistic and social relevance, for a wide audience. The company has performed at the Salzburger Festspiele, the KunstenfestivaldesArts, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Holland Festival and various European Capitals of Culture. Its regular partners include the Concertgebouw Brugge, deSingel (Antwerpen), De Vlaamse Opera (Antwerpen en Gent), OPERA21 (a biennial festival for contemporary musical theatre), De Munt (Brussel), Muziekcentrum De Bijloke (Gent), Grand Théâtre Luxembourg, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ (Amsterdam), Théatre de la Croix-Rousse (Lyon) and the Beijing Music Festival.