TEAM
Artistic Director
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Mathieu Geffré
mathieu.geffre@rendez-vousdance.com

After graduating from the Paris Conservatoire in 2006, Mathieu Geffré has

danced across Europe. As a member of companies such

as Dansgroep Amsterdam, Noord Nederlandse Dans, and National Dance

Company Wales, he collaborated with numerous leading choreographers: Itzik

Galili, Johan Inger, Mark Baldwin, Christopher Bruce and Angelin Preljocaj

among others. In 2012 he started making choreography and took part in the

NDCWales emerging choreographers’ program (Alternative Routes), which led

to his first commission for NDCWales in 2013. Mathieu’s work has been

selected for many choreographic platforms and competitions in Europe

including Internationales Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Figueres es

MOU in Spain, Mermaid Dance Platform in Northern Ireland, Competition for

Choreographers in Hannover, Aids TanzGala and Regensburg-Germany.

Mathieu was awarded the 3rd Prize Choreography at the prestigious

Copenhagen International Choreography Competition in 2016. Past

commissions include Boston Dance Theatre, Nationaltheatre Mannheim, Rambert School, Eliot Smith Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre Youth Academy and Boston Dance Theatre. Early 2019 Mathieu launched his new company Rendez–Vous dance.

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Andrew Gardiner 
Dramaturg

Andrew Gardiner trained and received BA (Hons) in both Theatre and Dance, and has a PGDip from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, with a distinction. He currently performs as a dance artist and actor. Andrew has worked with a plethora of renowned choreographers and UK based Dance and Theatre companies such as Ben Wrights bgroup, Luca Silvestrini's Protein, Curious Seed, ZoieLogic, Riccardo Buscarini, Jamie Fletcher Company, James

Wilton, Casson and Friends, Smallpetitklein, Shaper Caper, Encounter, LaBanda, Steven Hogget for "How to train your Dragon 2" and Simon McBurney's The Rakes Progress (Igor Stravinsky) in collaboration with Festival of Aix en Provence and The DNO. Andrew has taught for Youth companies, adult classes and students of Scottish Dance, Theatre, National Dance Company Wales Associates, Smallpetitklein, The Space Dundee, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Ignite Scotland. Andrew is continuing to grow his practice

beyond performing and is a keen dramaturg. Having supported Zoielogic and Levantes Dance Theatre on their recent works, he fully contributes in the

dramaturgical development of Rendez-Vous dance works.

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Creative Collaborators
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Paolo Pisarra
Performer

Paolo Pisarra is from Puglia, Italy. He graduated from the National Dance

Academy of Rome with honors in 2015. Through his career, he has danced for companies such as Scottish Dance Theatre and BalletBoyz.

As part of those companies, he was fortunate to collaborate with choreographers such as

Colette Sadler, Botis Seva, Fleur Darkin, Emanuel Gat, etc... He participated in the “Night of 100 solos”, the Centennial event for Merce Cunningham.

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Tommaso Petrolo
Performer

Originally from Rome, Tommaso graduated from Balletto di Roma in 2009. he moved to New York to complete his studies in contemporary dance at Peridance Capezio Center where he graduated in 2012.

Tommaso joined Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, under the direction of Igal Perry. He has worked with choreographers such as Sidra Bell, Francesca Harper (William Forsythe company), Charlotta Hofverholm (DV8 Physical Theatre), Manuel Vignoulle (Cedar Lake Dance company), Gregory Dolbashian (The Ensemble), Marlena Wolfe (Robert Battle/Camille A.Brown)

Tommaso moved to the UK in 2016. He worked with Tavaziva dance company and Rob Heaslip Dance Company. He is currently involved in projects with Van Huynh Dance Company and Rendez-Vous Dance.

Tommaso is an active teacher delivering in renown institutes in the UK, across Europe, U.S.A., Latin America, India, and China.

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Creative Producer
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Rachel Jean  Birch
MovingArt Management
movingartmanagement@gmail.com
Rachel is co-director and founder of Moving Art Management, and is a freelance producer, teacher, dancer and creative entrepreneur, specialising in dance.

 

She also works part time with Live Nation/AMG to programme music gigs and comedy nights at O2 Academy Newcastle and City Hall.

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