Our jury

Frédéric Mazelly

Artistic Director at the Parc et Grande Halle de la Villette from 2000 to 2007, Frederic Mazelly has been the project initiator of the festivals 100 Dessus Dessous (dance, theatre and performances), Villette Sonique (musiques actuelles), Villette Numérique (digital and electronic arts), and many more outdoor projects oriented to fine arts and world music with Scènes d’Eté.

In October 2007, he becomes Director of the Performing Arts Department, still at the Parc et Grande Halle de la Villette (EPPGHV).

He particularly pays attention to the young international Creation in performing arts and actively seeks to encourage creative works, (welcoming artists in residences, allowing joint productions).

Former administrative and artistic director of the Théâtre de Châtillon, he graduated from the French school of political Science and studied lyric singing at the Paris Conservatoire.

Claire Verlet

After a career as a dancer and professor, Claire Verlet became producer for major American artists (Lucinda Childs, Karole Armitage John Cage, Robert Ashley). From 1996 till 2000, she was artistic counsellor at La Filature - Mulhouse as well as consultant at AFAA (now Institut Francais), which, in 1999, appointed her as head of its dance section. Claire Verlet joined the Centre National de la Danse in early 2000 as director of the Maison des companies et des spectaclesuntil 2008 when was asked to take the responsibility of the Artistic programme at Theatre de la Ville, Paris.

Elena Carmona

Córdoba (Andalusia, Spain) 1981

Since 2012 Elena has been part of the team of GRANER, a centre for research and creation in dance and movement in Barcelona, where she coordinates different projects and co-curates the SÂLMON< festival in Mercat de les Flors. She coordinated Dance Connection in Barcelona in 2015, which is a residency programme that promotes mobility of emerging Indian choreographers in Europe.

Elena started to work in the dance field in Barcelona in 2005, focusing first on projects of dance and community. She was co-director of the street arts festival Per Amor a l’Hart from 2009 to 2012, and invited by CoNCA (Arts Council of Catalonia) to be member of the Dance Expert Commission (2010-2011-2012). In 2010 she became part of the contents department of Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona).

She has a degree in journalism and two postgraduate diplomas in Cultural Management.

Renuka Narayanan writes on religion and culture. She lives in New Delhi. She was formerly Arts Editor and Religion Columnist, The Indian Express, Editor, Religion and Culture, Hindustan Times and the start-up Director of the Indian Cultural Centre, ICCR-Embassy of India, Bangkok. Her published books include The Book of Prayer (Viking), Faith - Filling the God-sized Hole (Penguin) and The Little Book of Indian Wisdom (Penguin).
Arundhathi Subramaniam is a poet and writer who has worked over the years as arts journalist, curator and poetry editor. She has written on Indian classical dance, theatre and literature for several publications over the past two decades, including The Times of India, The Indian Express, The Hindu, among others. She has been a columnist on culture and literature for TimeOut (Mumbai), The Indian Express and New Woman. She has worked at Bombay's National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) for several years, as the Head of 'Chauraha', an interactive arts forum, and later as Head of Dance. She has collaborated with Bharata Natyam dancer Alarmel Valli on a production on love poetry, entitled 'Only Until the Light Fades'. In 2013, she curated a festival of Indian dance and Bhakti poetry at the NCPA, entitled 'Stark Raving Mad'. Widely translated and anthologized, her poetry has won various awards and fellowships. Her recent book of poems, When God is a Traveller, is the Winter Choice of the Poetry Book Society, UK, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. As editor, her most recent anthology is Eating God: A Book of Bhakti Poetry (Penguin, 2014).

Eddie Nixon

Eddie is Director of Theatre and Artist Development at The Place in London.

Eddie started tap and’ modern’ dancing classes when he was 5 years old. He also loved singing and acting and appeared in The Sound of Music and Bugsy Malone in London’s West End. As a teenager he was a member of the youth dance company at Swindon Dance. After studying Chemistry at Bristol University he changed career direction somewhat and gained a BA (Hons) and MA at London Contemporary Dance School. For 12 years he performed for a wide range of companies and choreographers including New Adventures, The Featherstonehaughs, Protein Dance, DV8 Physical Theatre, Adventures In Motion Pictures; Rosemary Lee, Aletta Collins and Mark Bruce. In 2004 Eddie was awarded a Fellowship from The Clore Leadership Programme. He began working as Associate Director of The Place in 2005, programming theatre seasons and leading the theatre’s projects and artist development programmes. He was appointed to the role of Director in 2009. During this period he has initiated many new seasons and projects at The Place – Work Place, Pivot Dance, Exit Visa, Choreoroam, Summer House, Currency, Touchwood and Fringe at The Place, as well as developing established seasons such as Resolution!, Spring Loaded and the Place Prize for Dance. He is the UK representative for the Aerowaves network and represents The Place on the National Dance Network and European Dancehouse Network.