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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.



MA, Dance, University of Oregon (1977), CMA (Certified Movement Analyst in Laban Movement Analysis, 1984), further study in dance/movement therapy.

Professional affiliations:

Vice Chair of the Board and Director of Research, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, Government Affairs Liaison, National Dance Education Organization, former President, Congress on Research in Dance.

Karen Bradley collaborates with the Association for Cultural Heritage and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies to digitize, re-analyze and disseminate Choreometrics materials and will continue her work with Dr. Jose Contreras-Vidal's team at the University of Houston in order to determine brainwave patterns for particular qualities of expressive movement. He is also part of the steering group for a Canadian government grant entitled "Moving Stories: Digital Tools for Movement, Meaning and Interaction". The project is a partnership between the Laban / Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York, the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC and the eDream Center at the University of Illinois.


Marcia’s background has taken her from performing artist, choreographer and dance teacher in New York city, to Italy where, she studied to became a board certified dance movement therapist (DMT), an American board certified counselor and Italian psychologist, to pioneering DMT in Italy, Finland and Turkey. Co-founder in 1993 of the training program Creative movement- method Garcia-Plevin, the book which describes the training, Creative Movement and Dance has been  published in Italian, French and English. She received DMT training from Art Therapy Italiana in collaboration with Goldsmith College, University of London with a certification of  art psychotherapist.  She is a senior faculty member and supervisor for the Institute of Expressive Arts Psychotherapy, Art Therapy Italiana. Clinical practice in the past 20 years has been with patients recovering from substance abuse, adult psychiatric patients and with hemo-oncological unit patients on the pediatric unit of the Vatican children’s hospital. Authentic Movement teacher and trainer she has begun and followed groups in Italy, Finland and Turkey. Marcia is a recent member of the faculty of Inspirees DMT programs in China.


Created by the choreographer and multidisciplinary Swiss artist Ela Franscella for more than ten years, MOPS_DanceSyndrome - unique in Europe - it is a school and contemporary dance company composed solely of down dancers (Trisomy 21) and it’s recognised for its quality and professionalism by Pro Helvetia – the Swiss Foundation for Culture, Danse Suisse, the British Council and others. A recent winner of a further acknowledgement in the shape of the Pro Ticino Award 2018, the association pursues the objective of safeguarding individuals and maximising the recognition of their value through diversity, becoming the first dance company to act as an ambassador of a universal message of respect, equality and co-evolution, promoting activities and exchanges worldwide. A scientific-emotional book is soon to be published, edited by the University of Turin, on over 10 years of MOPS activity and on the uniqueness of its methodology.


Kristina Casali, lic. oec . HSG (= Master of Arts HSG) is a Human Resources expert. She has studied Business Administration and Management of Social Processes at the University of St. Gallen and completed her curriculum with Training and Coaching Certificates. As a passionate dancer, she gathered her professional experience in a wide range of sectors and functions in the field of Business and Corporate Development as well as Human Capital Management. As a Management Consultant, she concentrates her activity on a new team streamlining method – TeamStreaming – created in the telecommunications sector to solve critical change management situations and to align reorganized working groups to corporate targets.

TeamStreaming is an innovative method that integrates principles of Business Administration, Safe Agile Framework Methods, Neuroscience and Coaching leading managers and collaborators to connect in a self organised, agile and especially reflected and goal oriented way. The method also integrates principles of Laban fostering the development of new collaboration patterns.


My research merges Cognitive Neuroscience with the performing arts, i.e., dance, theatre and music. I am one of the founders of modern empirical psychological research in dance with over 15 years of experience in this interdisciplinary field. 

I hold a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, and an MA equivalent licentiate in Psychology both from the University of Zurich. In addition, I am also a trained and practicing choreographer. I hold a MA with distinction in Choreography from Laban Trinity Conservatoire of Music and Dance and a postgraduate degree in Dance Culture from the University of Berne.  Studying the cognitive and neuronal responses in relation to the performing arts can provide us with extraordinary insights into the human brain and behaviour. How can a dancer train his or her mind to perform to absolute perfection? When do we experience presence? What does an actor do? The empirical study of such questions can provide us with basic psychological knowledge as well as a huge potential for impact. I am intersted in how dance can help improve the health and wellbeing for people in general and those who suffer from long-term mental and physical issues (i.e., rehabilitation of stroke patients, dealing with depressive symptomes, enhancing confidence and managing body image issues).


- Practical Choreologist, “Specialist diploma in Choreological Studies” contemporary principles and practice of Rudolf Laban’s work at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.
- Dance-movement therapist (Art Therapy Italiana Bologna).
- CMA (Certified Movement Analysis), issued by the LIMS, New York.

Between 1978-1990 she studied and worked as a dancer with choreographers who have traced the history of modern and contem-porary dance. 1990-2002 she travels and works extensively with Teatro delle Radici absorbing the methodology of its founder Cristina Castrillo, as a dancer, actress and assistant. Since 2002, she researched and studied the art of movement in its perfor-mative, somatic and deep aspects, she also practices the discipline of Authentic Movement, an exploration of the uncon-scious through movement. Since 2013 she promotes and organizes the LABAN EVENT in Monte Verità, Ascona Switzerland. One of the winners of the Swiss Dance Award 2014 “dance as cultural heritage” with the project "The Dancing Drumstick and Ishtar's Journey into Hades”. 2018 Member of the Jury Swiss Dance Award Federal Office of Culture.

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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.


Magali J. Rochat, Graduated in Clinical Psychology and of Community at the University of Torino, Ph.D in Neurosciences under the guidance of prof. V. Gallese in Parma.

Trained in the group of researchers who discovered the existence of mirror neurons, she studied the macaque’s premotor cortex for more than 10 years, hence the crucial role of action and its programming in social cognition. She taught at the Faculties of Educational Sciences in Brescia, of Psychology in Bergamo and at the School of Psychology and Educational Sciences in Bologna. She held a post-doc in Tours, France in the laboratory of Pr. Barthélémy, then in charge of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Since then she dedicates her research to the study and early diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders.



Art therapist, President of the Italian Association of Art Therapists (APIArT), head of the ATLAS Center: headquarters of the Associazione Sementerà Onlus, co-founded in 1995 in Perugia. President of the ATLAS Onlus Association. Educational Director of the School of Art Therapy of Assisi and co-founder of the Gaetano Benedetti Institute, School of Psychotherapy. Since 2017 he is a contract professor for the teaching "The art therapies and the challenge of the digital age" - Department of Scienze della Formazione” Università degli studi ROMA TRE. Since 2002 he is a trainer  in the social-health field with public and private companies. He regularly holds seminars, conferences and supervision sessions in Mental Health Centers in Italy, at the University of Perugia and the New York University Steinhardt.


Training in psychology at the department of Neuropsychiatry Infantile and Clinical Psychology of the Età Evolutiva of Perugia, Doctor of Psychological Sciences and Techniques of Mental Processes, graduated from the Master of Science in Evaluation of Individual Functioning in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Studies of Perugia. Lives and works in Perugia. He is a member of the board of directors of the ATLAS Center in Perugia, where he is responsible for conducting expressive laboratories with technological mediation with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.