Member of the jury: Maurice Causey

Maurice Causey is an American born European based artist. He began studying Ballet at the age of 15 in his hometown of Florence,Alabama. His training includes; School of the American Ballet,the American Ballet Theatre school, and the Joffery Ballet in New York City

Maurice was for eight years a Principal Dancer with William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet. He has also danced with the Cleveland Ballet,  Pennsylvania Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and as Principal Dancer with the Gothenburg Ballet in Sweden.

Mr. Causey has been Ballet Master for both the Royal Swedish Ballet (2002-2003) and The Netherlands Dance Theatre 1 (2004-2010).   He has choreographed original works for companies including The Netherlands Dance Theatre 1,Northwestern Dance Project, Hubbard Street 2,Milwaukee Ballet, Company C, Stockholm 59 North, Augsburg Ballet, Tanz Luzern Theatre, O Dance and dance company iMEE of which he is Resident Choreographer. Maurice has also guest taught for companies such as  Norweigian National Ballet,Cullberg Ballet, NDT 1 and 2, Royal Swedish Ballet, Norwegian Institute of the Arts,HJS in Amsterdam  and Wayne McGregors Random Dance in London, England.  Maurice has choreographed for Galas,Schools and competitions through-out the US, Canada, Europe, Korea and Australia (Khio) and as well stages Ballets by William Forsythe. He has given workshops teaching Forsythe’s improvisational Technologies around the world and is currently a patron for the Austinmer Dance Theater in Australia directed by Michelle Forte.

Domdom Elmer in Bari for Tanzcompagnie Giessen!

Elmer Escurel Domdom starts his dance studies in Philippines and Manila, then hemoves to Geramy where he starts his carrer as dancer working with international choreographers: Marguerite Donlon, Jiří Kylián, Marco Goecke, Helena Waldman, Martino Müller, Pierre Wyss. At the same time he starts his career as Balletmaster and Dance teacher arriving in Giessen in 2017-18 season, where he works as company’s assistant.

Member of Jury: Anthony Taylor

British-born, Taylor trained at the Rambert School of Ballet in London and went on to perform with the company. He left England to work full-time in Germany, (“where my height – 6 foot 4 inches – was very welcome!” he says) first in Dortmund, then Bremen, where he was promoted to soloist. He became a principal dancer at the Opera House in Kiel, where he danced a wide repertoire of  classical works. Besides Giselle, he had particular success in Swan Lake, partnering Stuttgart Ballet’s Joyce Cuoco and The Royal Ballet’s Galina Samsova.

After several seasons, Taylor was promoted to resident choreographer in Kiel, and was eventually invited to take directorship of Ballet Koblenz, at age 37

Member of jury: Miki Ohlsen

Miki Ohlsen has been the Artistic Director of the Island Moving Co. since its inception in 1982. She studied with Herci & Myles Marsden in Rhode Island and graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Amsterdam, Holland. After performing with DANSGROEP KRISTINA de CHATEL for several seasons, Miki returned to RI and founded the Newport Academy of Ballet, home of the Island Moving Company. As Artistic Director, she has promoted the work of young choreographers and encouraged and enabled collaboration between disciplines. Miki has directed five projects for Meet the Composer and created works in collaboration with poets, musicians, actors and visual artists. In her tenure at IMC she has commissioned over 30 new works for the company, among them dances by Colin Connor, Scott Putman, Joe Celej, Mark Harootian, Stephanie Martinez, Andrea Dawn-Shelley and Spencer Gavin-Hering. She has been instrumental in developing the team building and leadership workshops that are presented for renowned graduate programs throughout the Northeast. She also led the creative team that designed the residency programs that are now presented in schools from Mass. to Palm Beach Fla. Miki has choreographed over 30 works for the company, including the NY Times critically acclaimed Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff and her signature Dracula for Belcourt Castle.

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