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Dr. Preston Dunlop is a consultant at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she pioneered the development of choreological studies. A practical scholar, she received her initial training from Rudolf Laban, Lisa Ullman, Kurt Jooss and Albrecht Knust. While a young teacher of modern dance  she developed Laban’s concepts for educational dance and for notation. Always innovative introduced and developed the Motif Writing.

Her current research interests are sacred geometry in human movement, recover and re-create the works of the twenties of Laban and the development of interactive mapping methods for documenting the creative process in the first place for the multimedia dance theatre William Forsythe. She published several books, including Rudolf Laban: An Extraordinary Life (winner of the Dance Perspectives book of the year 1999).


dott.ssa Rosa Maria Govoni, Psychologist, Psychotherapist registered with the E.R. 388, Dance Movement Therapist / New York Medical College) and Mills College CA; BC-DMT all’ADTA, USA, Training in Authentic Movement with Janet Adler. 

Former Director of the Department of Dance Movement Therapy (Arttherapy Italiana), now Co-Director of the Expressive Psychotherapy Institute, Ati, Bologna.

Dance Movement Psychotherapy guest teacher at Bilgi University, Istanbul, A.M. guest Teacher Jung Institute and Summer Intensive International Program Jung Institute Kusnacht Zurich, Switzerland, Dance Movement Psychotherapy teacher at “Inspirees Institute of Creative Arts Therapy” Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, China, at the “Institute of Practical Psychology and Psychoanalysis” IPP&P Moscow, Russia.


Dance historian and art critic for the magazine Esprit since 2009, Isabelle Danto was a journalist for the daily newspaper (Le Figaro) and contributed to various magazines (Danser magazine, Mouvement, la revue des deux mondes) and several publications. She conducts research on the period of modernity and her book ‘Monte Verita’ is to be published end of 2016 in Alma Publisher, Paris. As a regular contributor and programmer  to the Montpellier Festival - Dance and Festival Temps d'images (Cluj-Napoca and Lisboa) she also gives lectures at art schools (Ecole supérieure d’Art d’Aix en Provence, ENSBA Dijon), at national scenes of Marseille, Saint - Quentin en Yvelines and Besançon) as at the University Paris IV / Celsa. She has namely collaborated in the exhibition ‘Danser sa Vie’ (2011) and has come up with  film programming  ‘Is this dance? ‘ for the video cycle ‘et après’ (2016) at the Centre Pompidou where she is also in charge of audiovisual cultural production.


Anna Carlisle MA is a dance practitioner and choregrapher. She has taught extensivly on the national and international circuits and choreographic commissions and projects include work for the Brignton International Arts Festival and the Arts Council’s BIG DANCE 2006. She is President of the Laban Guild and director of the Phoenix Project, a new Professional Development Course in Laban Studies. Her research interests revolve around Dance, Architecture and Sacred Geometry. She was awarded the MBE for Services to Dance in 2002.


Alison Curtis-Jones, Artistic Director of Summit Dance Theatre, is an internationally recognised dance artist and leading exponent of Rudolf Laban’s Dance Theatre work (1913-1928). Ali is a specialist in Choreology and teaches on the Dance Faculty at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

Ali’s re-creations include Laban’s Nacht (1927), in London 2010, 2011 and 2014 and with Summit Dance Theatre for Laban Event in Ascona, Switzerland, 2013, Green Clowns (Die Grunen Clowns, 1928) with Transitions Dance Company for The Laban International Conference: The Dynamic Body in Space, 2009, with Trinity Laban dancers in 2008 and commissioned to re-create Green Clowns in 2014, to commemorate the centenary of World War One and the Auschwitz Memorial in the UK, 2015.

The Swiss Office of Culture awarded in 2014 the project to re-create two Laban works and Summit Dance Theatre will perform re-creations of Laban’s Ishtar’s Journey into Hades(1913) and Dancing Drumstick(1913) in Monte Verita, in October 2015.



Chiara Tassi (1978) graduated in Philosophy at the University of Bologna, archivist of the Fund Charlotte Bara at the Municipal Museum of Modern Art in Ascona was co-author with Arch. Tallone of the volume  Teatro San Materno in Ascona, Gabriele Capelli, Mendrisio.  Chiara was responsible of the archiving of the Marco Bonzanigo library (Magadino), currently she is in charge of the library and the cultural program of the Municipality of Gambarogno.