project team

Nataša Zavolovšek

producer and the director of Exodos Ljubljana

As executive producer or leader of the projects she completed: 50 theatre or dance projects with Slovene and foreign artists, 20 festival editions (Moving Cake, Exodos festival, Transdance Europe festival), organization of 163 touring in Europe and abroad, one real park, the Labyrinth of Art in Ljubljana. In 2012 she was also executive producer for international performing projects in Cultural capital city Maribor 2012. She was coordinator producer for Corners project 2013-2017, One space project 2015-2017 ( Europe, Middle east-Africa) and she was the producer of 1st and 2nd. Summer dance camp In China 2015-2016. In 2017 she produced first dance coproduction between China and CEEC counties, The Cradle.  At the moment she is the lead producers and coordinator of new EU: Africa: Middle east project Share 2019-2025.

Borut Cajnko

free-lance theatre artist & translator

Born in 1956. Graduated 1981 from the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana.Created, collaborated, and worked in countless projects and productions in theatre, film, fine arts, music, video and performance by different artists, groups, and institutes in Slovenia and abroad (as founding member, lighting designer, sound designer, actor, organiser, tour manager, technician, technical producer/director). Technically produced and coordinated numbers of international performing arts festivals in Slovenia (Ana Desetnica, Ana Mraz, Moving Cake, Exodos, Lighting Guerrilla, Spider, Naked Stage, Sonica, Terminal/ECC Maribor 2012) and abroad (Black/North Seas, Corners of Europe, 1Space, Share).Organised and led several study expeditions for the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana (Kenya, China, Peru, Spain).Translated over 30 books and countess essays and other papers in the domain of sociology, anthropology, culture, and art.

Sophie Bulbulyan


Sophie Bulbulyan, French choreographer lives between Paris and Athens. She cofounded the DK-BEL Company, which welcomes dancers with disabilities. She was one of the two choreographers of the “Drops of Breath” show, the first underwater dance performance in the world, which took place in Greece in 2015. She is also the artistic director of the International Anamesa Festival, a European meeting for youth on Art and Disability, initiated in Athens, Greece in 2013. In her personal life, she is very involved in welcoming refugees to the Greek territory. In March 2018 the newspaper “ Le Monde “ honoured Sophie as the laureate of the French Citizen living abroad Trophy for her artistic and cultural work.

Martina Nevistić

Contemporary dance artist

Martina is an artist in field of contemporary dance, born in 1983 in Zagreb. She is doing author work in the
field of contemporary dance and multimedia, also she is doing organization. She gained her MA
degree from the Faculty of Economics and Business, department of organization and management,
University of Zagreb, and in dance from Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Austria. From
2008 to 2017 she was leading art organization O.N.E. She was a scholar of two international
programs, Nomad Dance Academy (2009) and Communicating dance (2014-2015). From 2009 to
2017, she was a member of Zagreb Dance Company. Also, she teaches in contemporary dance field
and yoga- she is certified yoga teacher for Vinyasa yoga, Prenatal and postnatal yoga (RYT200 from
Yoga Alliance- Sangha Yoga studio in Zagreb and Spanda Yoga Institut). Since November 2016, she is
Program Director of Zagreb Dance Centre.

Aguibou Bougobali SANOU

Fellow Fulbright Artist, performing artist, choreographer, International Dance Festival Director

Winner of the highly selective and prestigious US StateDepartment Fulbright Scholarship 2018-2019, The Center for Ballet and the Artsat New York University fellow 2020-2021, Joe’s Pub Grant beneficiary in2021.

Aguibou Bougobali SANOU is a dancer, performing artist,choreographer, musician, storyteller International Dance Festival Director anddance educator. In 2016, he was a semi-finalist on “Africa’s Got Talent,”and  won the Visa pour la creation fromthe Institut Francais de Paris, Facets Choreographer residency in India.  Born in Burkina Faso and raised in BurkinaFaso and Mali, West Africa, Aguibou’s work is a mix of West African Mandingotraditional dances, Brazilian capoeira and theater expressions drawn from hisexperiences with influential European stage directors. His dance goes beyondthe simple beauty of movement, it speaks, questions and disturbs. His dancedeconstructs and rebuilds, it balances, touches the heart and soothes souls.Simply stated, his dance Heals. He designed an African dance curriculum atNaugatuck Valley Community College 2018-2019 and created dance program at thecivil prison of Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso)

Aguibou Bougobali SANOU is currently a Low Residency MFAstudent at University of the Arts Philadelphia. Aguibou found and runs theInternational Dance Gathering in Public Spaces (IN-OUT DANCE FESTIVAL) as wellthe international meeting around tea for youths.

Ahmed Tobasi

Actor, director and educator

Ahmed Tobasi is an accomplished actor, director and educator with experience working in theatres throughout Palestine and internationally. Born in Jenin refugee camp in  Palestine, restricted and frustrated by the occupation, Tobasi joined an armed resistance and was in prison before his 18th birthday. Upon his release 3 years later, Tobasi embraced the idea that he could become an agent of change and resistance using the medium of theatre. After 2 years studying at The Freedom Theatre, Tobasi  undertook further education in Norway, followed by a 3- year professional career abroad.  In his work, Tobasi is not afraid to tackle contentious issues and controversial ideas, rather relishing the opportunity to challenge and question the status quo. Tobasi is currently working as the artistic director of The Freedom Theatre, Palestine and continues to  act and work in international productions sharing the Palestinian  experiences and narrative with new audiences.

Luka Piškorič

Managing director of Poligon Creative Centre

Luka Piškorič is a co-founder and managing director of Poligon, Institute for development of creative industries and Poligon Creative Centre - the first Slovenian creative hub. With over 25 years of experience in the cultural and creative sectors, he works internationally as an expert focusing on bottom up development, creative and cultural hubs, audience development and new economic models. Luka is a member of the council at Cultural Policy Designers Network and member of the board of directors of European Creative Hubs Network.

Chris Torch

independent cultural expert, project designer and policy consultant

Chris has broad experience with audience engagement, artistic curation and intercultural policy.

He led the Artistic Unit at Timisoara 2021 - European Capital of Culture (Romania), during the StartUp Phase, February 2017 - July 2019. (

In 1996, he founded Intercult (, a production and resource unit focused on culture, ideas and arts. He acted as Artistic Director until February 2017.

Torch has initiated and led co-productions within the European Neighborhood, reflected in the long-term project SEAS, 2003-2010 ( and CORNERS, a complex partnership of cultural organizations at the ”edges of Europe”, 2011-2018 (, both financed by the EU Creative Europe program.

Torch joined the artistic leadership for winning bids to become European Capitals of Culture at both Matera 2019 and Rijeka 2020. In Rijeka, he served as Program Director, until December 2016, when he was recruited to Timisoara.

He co-authored, in 2016, a major study on Audience Development, commissioned by the EU. (

Apart from large-scale project design, Torch contributes to intercultural policies. He served on the Executive Committee for Culture Action Europe (2006-2018), earlier on the Boards of TheEuropean Museum Forum and IETM.

Emina Visnjić

freelance expert in cultural management and policy

Emina Visnic is currently a freelance expert in cultural management and policy. She has excellent experience in the management of various types of organizations and complex international projects in the field of arts and culture. With more than 15 years of op-management experience, both in public and private (civil) sectors, she gained specific knowledge and skills in designing, programming and managing projects, internal and external communication strategies, as well as in fundraising, financial planning and budget management. In parallel, she was an active member of boards of national and international organizations, such as Culture Action Europe or Kultura Nova Foundation, and worked as an expert and trainer. Most recently, she was the C.E.O. and programme director at RIJEKA 2020 Llc. responsible for the implementation of the programme of Rijeka 2020 - European Capital of culture.

Andreja Kopač

Publicist, writer, editor, mentor & dramaturge

Andreja Kopač, PhD, is a publicist, writer, editor, mentor and dramaturge in the field of contemporary dance and theatre. In addition to that she is holding an M.A. in the Linguistics of Speech and Theory of Social Communication at the ISH, Ljubljana Graduate School of the Humanities. In 2016 she finished PhD in Sociology of Culture at the Faculty of Art at University of Ljubljana. As a publicist she works with Maska, Mentor and Rast magazines. She has recently been engaged as a dramaturge; between 2009 and 2022 she has been participating in more than 100 projects, collaborating with a number of local and international authors. She works as a teacher in High school in Ljubljana (theater & dance department) and at AMEU Alma Mater Dance Academy:  In 2013 she obtained the award for the special achievements in slovenian contemporary dance – Meta Vidmar Award. In 2016 she obtained a special national award for her dramaturgical and coaching work  – Ksenija Hribar Award. Between 2017 and 2018 she was  an editor-in-chief of Maska, a journal for contemporary performing arts. In 2019 she was a part of the jury in the national Slovenian theatre festival Borštnikovo srečanje. Since 2021 she is opening her own space (Residency) for art development in Novo mesto Slovenia, and she is continuously collaborating on domestic and international contemporary art projects.

Iker Tolosa

Head of Culture in Errenteria

Graduated in Information Sciences, Iker Tolosais currently Head of Culture in Errenteria and director of the interculturaland music Atlantikaldia festival. He has worked for morethan ten years in Donostia Kultura, half of them directing culturalcenters in various neighborhoods of San Sebastian. At the end of 2011, hejoined San Sebastian European Cultural Capital project as head of one of itsprograms, Hazitegiak, focused on educational programs, artistic residencies andinternational projects. During this time, he has participated as coordinator ofAudience Link and evaluation of the European project Corners Of Europe, has directed several editions ofthe Olatu TalkaFestival,and has launched or collaborated in many other cultural initiatives.

Momar Ndiaye

Artistic Director of the Association Cadanses

Momar Ndiaye is a dance artist, videographer, activist, and actor of social-cultural development from Senegal with thirty years of experience—making, performing, teaching, collaborating, and developing initiatives for a sustainable creative industry in West-Africa through his company, Cadanses. He has an established international profile as a choreographer and has danced in the international Company Premier Temp as well as other significant choreographers. Momar has joined the department of Dance at the Ohio State University since 2020 as Assistant professor and has served as faculty for seven consecutive years at the highly acclaimed American Dance Festival, a leading summer intensive training center for contemporary dance, teaching in their Pre-Professional and Professional programs, and co-directing their International Choreographers in Residence program.

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