Artist Portraits

From now through to April 2010, project collaborators are developing I-X-HERCULEAN as part of an ongoing process of open exchange. Each Artist brings to the group a strong artistic background in experimental and non-classical art forms and as well as a passion for developing new ways of artistic expression be it for the fields of music or dance.

Six artists representing four different European nations will be involved in the project.

Nuno Aroso, percussionist/performer, Portugal
Julia Mota Carvalho, dancer/performer, Brazil/Holland
Francesco Dillon, cellist/performer, Italy
Jana Griess, dancer/performer, Germany
Michael Kleine, stage director, Germany
Luis Antunes Pena, composer, Portugal/Germany

Nuno Aroso

nuno aroso

Nuno Aroso was born in Porto, Portugal. After completing his degree at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo do Porto with the highest marks, he attended the Conservatoire National de Strasbourg where he specialised in Marimba and Vibraphone. As a performer he focuses particularly on the contemporary repertoire, and has frequently appeared in important venues and festivals in Portugal, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Brazil, Macau etc. Nuno has performed over 60 world premieres and also recorded a great deal of this repertoire. He is a member of Drumming (Grupo de Percussão and the Oficina Musica), also performing with the Remix Ensemble as an extra player. More recently he has initiated projects in which, working as a soloist directly with the composers, he can explore many new possibilities in percussion. Nuno Aroso is Professor of Percussion at the Escola Superior de Música do Porto and at the Escola Profissional de Música de Espinho. top of page

Julia Mota Carvalho

Julia Mota Carvalho

Julia started her artistic career at the age of thirteen, as a member of a dance-theater company in Cologne, Germany. Soon, she started developing her own solos and directing the group’s choreographies, while performing and touring in Europe. Alongside her dance education at the Royal Ballet School in Cologne, she continued to pursue her own creative work, again as a director of a young group of performers until 1998. In 2001 she started her dance studies at the Folkwang Hochschule, where she got to work with choreographers such as Samir Akika, Kuo-Chu Wu and Pina Bausch. After finishing her education at Folkwang in 2005, Julia has been working as a free-lance dancer and performer and has collaborated with various choreographers in Brazil and Germany. She is now based in Amsterdam. top of page

Francesco Dillon

francesco dillon

Francesco Dillon was born in Torino in 1973.He graduated with the highest Honors at the Conservatorio “L.Cherubini” in Firenze under the inspirational guidance of Andrea Nannoni. Other very influential teachers where David Geringas, Mario Brunello and Amedeo Baldovino and for the composition studies Salvatore Sciarrino. Beside his solo activity (with Orchestra nazionale della RAI, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Orchestra Haydn among the others) he’s very active as cellist of the Quartetto Prometeo (wich tours regularly in Europe, Japan and South America). His deep interest in contemporary music led him to collaborate closely and regularly with some of the most important composers of today such as Gavin Bryars, Ivan Fedele, Luca Francesconi, Philip Glass, Vinko Globokar, Jonathan Harvey, Toshio Hosokawa, Giya Kancheli, David Lang, Henri Pousseur, Steve Reich, Kaja Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino, John Zorn and with well renowned electronic musicians such as Matmos, Pansonic, Scanner, Alva Noto, Midaircondo. As a member of the internationally acclaimed group AlterEgo and for his solo projects he has performed in all the major contemporary music festivals (Stockholm New Music, MaerzMusik, Festival Archipel, Ircam, Romaeuropa Festival, Ultima Festival Oslo, Wien Modern, Gaida Festival, Huddersfield Festival, Nous Sons Barcellona, Taktlos Berna, Musica Electronica Nova Wroclaw, Teatro San Martin Buenos Aires, Munich Biennale, Bologna Festival, Milano Musica, Biennale Venezia among others).

He regularly plays chamber music with partners such as I.Arditti, G.Carmignola, M.Campanella, P.Farulli, V.Hagen, A.Lonquich, A.Lucchesini, E.Pace, R.Schmidt (Hagen string quartet),P.Vernikov. He won several competitions and with the quartet prizes at Pague spring (1st prize 1998), ARD Munich, Bordeaux. His performances were broadcasted by the German ARD, Saarländischer Rundfunk and Bayerische Rundfunk, the English BBC, Radio France, the Austrian ORF, Australian ABC and regularly for the Italian RAI Radio 3. He recorded for the labels Aulos,Dynamic,Ricordi,Stradivarius and Touch. His most recent releases are the first world recordings of Variazioni for cello and orchestra by Salvatore Sciarrino, rewarded with the prestigious “Diapason d’or”, the recently discovered Ballata by Giacinto Scelsi with the Italian National Radio Orchestra,and the debut album of his improvisation project with David Marana, Bowline. He teaches at the Scuola di musica di Fiesole. top of page

Jana Griess

Jana Griess

Jana Griess was born 1983 in Hamburg/Germany. During her first dance education at “ Gynasium Essen- Werden” she gained her first professional experience as a member of “Junges Tanzensemble NRW” performing in festivals like „Tanzmesse“ and „Folkwang- Fest der Künste“. She started her studies at “Folkwang Hochschule- Essen” in 2002 and graduated with a diploma for dance in 2005 and continued with a two years masterstudies for Solodance. During this time she was working with Samir Akika, Kuo Chu Wu, Susanne Linke and joined the “FTS- Folkwang Tanzstudio” to work with Rodolpho Leoni. She is living in Essen and worked as a freelancer as a dancer, actor, singer in different projects, like “Mund” by B.Goetz (Theater im Depot-Dortmund), “usw.Sie” by . Romero at “Tanzhaus NRW” (Düsseldorf) in the festival „Side-by-side“, a film by Söhnke Wortmann with the choreography from Arthur Kuggeleyn for Essen Cultural Capital of Europe 2010 or the danced installation of Trisha Brown (“Floor of the forest” and “Accumulation”) in “documenta 12” in Kassel for 100 days .

In March 2008 Jana Griess became a member of the company “Neuer Tanz” in Duesseldorf directed by VA Wölfl, with whom she was working in three productions, performed in “KunstenFestivaldesArts” in Brussels, in “Rotterdamse Schouwburg”, in “Rencontres chorégraphiques de Seine-Saint-Denis” in Paris, “Tanz im August” in Berlin, in “Dance” in Munich, in “20 years Mousonturm” in Frankfurt and several times in “Marstall Schloß Benrath” in Düsseldorf. top of page

Michael E. Kleine

Michael Kleine

Born in 1981 in the Black Forest; studied Music-Theatre-Directing at the Theaterakademie in Hamburg; in collaboration with the dramatic adviser Judith Schneiberg he developed productions between performance, dance and modern music-theatre involving fine artists, amateurs as well as professional dancers and musicans such as: „musikalische handlung“ (Hamburgische Staatsoper 2006), „One-Woman-Opera“ of C. Seither (Theater Osnabrück 2007), „Jasomirgott“ (Hamburgische Staatsoper 2007), „Ich bin der Welt“ (Hamburger Sprechwerk 2008).

Besides he worked as a set and costume designer like in the staging of „Salomé“ from O. Wilde directed by D. Aumayr (Kampnagel Hamburg, Theater an der Sihl Zürich 2007) and as an actor/performer in various productions and performances. top of page

Luís Antunes Pena

CV (pdf)

Luis Antunes Pena

Luís Antunes Pena, composer of electroacoustic and instrumental music, was born in 1973 in Lisbon. He studied composition in Portugal and Germany where he was a student of Nicolaus A. Huber, Dirk Reith and Günter Steinke at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen iand the Institut für Computermusik und Elektronische Medien (ICEM).

His compositions result from the intensive work on computer generated structures based on the development of his own computer tools, reflecting his interest in new forms of sound and rhythm through the electronics.

His music has been played all over Europe and USA. He won composition prizes at the ECMC 25th Anniversary International Electroacoustic Music Competition (USA) at the 11th Summer Seminar from Vienna, at the contests Óscar da Silva and Lopes Graça (Portugal), and his music has been distinguished and selected for the ISCM Festivals in Miami, the World Music Days Stuttgart, the 32e Concours International de Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges, the International Computer Music Conference, the Festival Internazionale di Musica Elettroacustica del Conservatorio Santa Cecilia di Roma, or the Mantis Festival of the University of Manchester.

He was granted the scholarship of the Foundation for Science and Technology from the Portuguese Ministry for Science and Education, the “MozArt 250” scholarship from the Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland, the ZKM | Karlsruhe, and from the Experimentalstudio Freiburg. He worked at the studios of the ZKM and at the Visby Composers Centre (Sweden).

He has had commissions from different institutions such as the Philharmonie Essen, DeutschlandRadio, Deutscher Musikrat, the theater im Depot, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Jeneusses Musicales Deutschland, the ZKM | Karlsruhe, the Caloust Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), and the Christoph Delz Stiftung (Basel). He worked at the Hochschule für Musik Karslruhe teaching Computer Music and Analysis.

In 2008 he joined the music publisher sumtone ( of page