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Nocturnal discussion no.3

Presenting the speakers for the third online panel

Art Pedagogy in time of a Pandemic: How has Covid-19 affected your practice?

Writing: David Scarantino

Livestream on Zoom at 19:00-20:30 on 8.5!
Panel speakers are Elinor Tollerz Bratteby, Marisa Martin, Mary Kate Sheehan, and the Artist Duo: Jenna Broas and Fabian Nyberg
Panels duration 90min.

Panel will be facilitated by David Scarantino who is graduating from the Dance Pedagogy MA Program at the Theater Academy of UniArts Helsinki. The topic will be a discussion on how different embodied practices have been impacted during the time of COVID-19.

Language: English
Platform: Zoom

Meeting ID: 839 2439 3541
Password: 380839

Elinor Tollerz Bratteby is a dance artist working in Sweden and internationally. She collaborates with independent artists and groups, and she runs the duo Uncover Choreography together with choreographer Sanna Söderholm.

Elinor dedicates herself to ongoing embodied studying. She dives into artistic collaborations open-heartedly with a sensitive yet sharp sense of direction. The central motivation in Elinor’s practice is her infinite fascination for dance as a craft. Her interest is to carry out experimental projects related to dance and choreography, and to create contexts that are human and fantastic.

Marisa Martin is a dancer and yoga teacher from the United States living in New York City. She holds her BFA in Dance from Fordham University/The Ailey School and her dance career has given her the opportunity to perform on stages across the US, Sweden, Taiwan, Guatemala, and Mexico, as well as on screen in dance films, commercials, and music videos. She received her 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga certification from Yoga Vida and completed a five month intensive mentorship program under the guidance of her teacher and mentor, Nathan Lowry. She went on to continue her studies focusing on Trauma Sensitivity, Restorative Yoga, and the fundamentals of Iyengar Yoga. She continues a regular and ongoing study of anatomy and yoga philosophy and draws inspiration from her students, teachers, peers, and self-practice. She currently teaches at Peridance Capezio Center and Yoga Vida and sees private clients. She has been a guest teacher at many different dance schools and training programs, including The Juilliard School and Seed Dance Center in Taiwan. Through her teaching, Marisa hopes to encourage students to become their own teachers, to revel in the practices of self-study, self-healing, and self-love. 

Mary Kate Sheehan (San Diego, CA) is a modern and contemporary dancer in both New York City and Europe. She holds a B. A. in Performing Arts with an emphasis in Dance from St. Mary’s College of California and is a highly-acclaimed world champion Irish step dancer. Mary Kate has performed with a number of companies and choreographers including Yvonne Rainer, KEIGWIN + COMPANY, and Sean Curran Company at theaters including Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and New York City Center. She participates in many dance and art events for other choreographers including Julia Ehrstrand/Ehrstrand Dance Collective, Tyler Gilstrap, Darrah Carr, and The Windmill Factory, and she is the General Manager of Sidra Bell Dance New York. Mary Kate has performed in the USA, Mexico, Sweden, Ireland, Ghana, Cyprus, and Taiwan. She teaches master classes in New York City, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK,  Greece, Taiwan, Mexico, and South Africa in professional, pre-professional, and outreach settings.

The artist duo Broas & Nyberg was founded in 2018 by Jenna Broas and Fabian Nyberg.  Together they work on notions and concepts related to humanity and the future of contemporary human. Their collaboration has embarked from the desire and need to create visual and current art at the interface between stage and installation art as well as extend choreographic thinking to animation and video art.  Their work has a strong presence in the relationship between organic and inorganic, the dialogue between technology and human as well as the exploration of a virtuosic movement. As artists, their backgrounds are in space art, space design, dance and choreography.


Pedapproach on teatteri- ja tanssinopettajan maisteriopiskelijoiden 4.-8.5. järjestämä seminaari, joka kokoaa opiskelijoiden ajattelua ja opinnoissa tutkittuja taiteellis-pedagogisia kysymyksiä ja aiheita. Tutustu seminaariin ja sen teemoihin opiskelijoiden päivittämässä blogissa.

Pedapproach is a seminar organised by theatre and dance pedagogy students in 4-8 May that gathers the artistic-pedagogical questions and topics that students have explored during their studies. Learn more about the seminar in the students’ blog. Updates are in Finnish or English.

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