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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.


freelance dance teacher, dancer, choreographer and movement analyst. She is a co-founder of the Tanzfabrik Berlin and EUROLAB e.V. (European Association of Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies) based in Berlin.

She has taught at several dance trainings and at various universities in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Bremen and Berlin. She is teacher and director the EUROLAB Certificate Programs in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies. She has published several articles and a book in German ("Bewegtes Wissen"). A recent article in English was published in BODY-LANGUAGE-COMMUNICATION, an International Handbook on Multimodality in Human Interaction (to download the pdf:

She has done lots of Solos over the years and is a part of the steering committee of Global Water Dances and has directed the performances in Bremen (2011), Bremerhaven (2013) and Steyerberg (2017).


Eugenia the first graduate in 1974
in Disciplines of arts, music and performance. Former professor of “Storia dello spettacolo”, she was until 2009 associate professor of “History of dance and mime” at
the DAMS of Bologna University.
In 2004 she created in Bologna the first degree to historical-critical dance. Scholar of theatre and dance of the twentieth century and President of DES (Dance Education Society) and directs the online magazine “Danza e Ricerca”.


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.



Afshin Ghaffarian, Choreographer / Dancer and Performer.

Born in Mashhad/Iran in 1986. He has a triple training in cinema, theatre and dance.

He lives in France since 2009 where he founded Reformances Company.

He created “The shout” in 2010 and “Too Loud a Solitude” in 2013 and several performances in France and around the world. Currently he works with a sociologist Baptist Pizzinat with whom he also published a book titled “Café des Réformances” in 2013; questioning art and the artists and their relationship to society.