creative team

Photo Martin Miseré

Photo Martin Miseré

ALLA KOVGAN (Director & Writer)

Born in Moscow, Kovgan has divided her time between Europe and the US working with dance and film collaborations on screen, VR and in theatre. She also brings a strong record as a documentary writer/editor. Her film NORA has received 30 awards in every genre and was broadcast worldwide. She co-wrote/edited the Emmy-nominated TRACES OF THE TRADE (Sundance, PBS), MOVEMENT REVOLUTION AFRICA (ZDF/ARTE) and edited MY PERESTROIKA (Sundance, PBS). Her first VR piece with Finnish music duo Puhti DEVIL’S LUNGS won Grand Prix at the Vienna Shorts Festival, which made her an artist-in-residence at Vienna’s Museum Quarter 21 in 2019.

Photo Martin Miseré

Photo Martin Miseré

JENNIFER GOGGANS (Director of Choreography, US)

Jennifer Goggans, a Kentucky native, holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase and performed as a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for 12 years. She was the Assistant to the Director of Choreography during the company’s final Legacy Tour. She has taught Cunningham Technique® classes and staged his works across the globe, notably, the Paris Opera Ballet, the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Bayerisches Staatsballet, L.A. Dance Project, the Stephen Petronio Company and the Juilliard School. Goggans has performed with the Louisville Ballet, MOMIX, Chantal Yzermans, and Christopher Williams and has appeared as a guest artist with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She also studied fashion design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and has created costumes for Tere O’Connor and RoseAnne Spradlin. Currently, she is also the Program Coordinator for the Merce Cunningham Trust.

Photo Thierry Bonnet

Photo Thierry Bonnet

ROBERT SWINSTON (Supervising Director of Choreography, US)

Robert Swinston joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) in 1980 and became Assistant to Merce Cunningham in 1992. Following Cunningham's death in 2009, he was named Director of Choreography and a Trustee of the Merce Cunningham Trust. He oversaw the MCDC, the Repertory Understudy Group, and the Cunningham Educational Outreach Program until the closure of the MCDC in 2011. Swinston reconstructed many Cunningham dances for the MCDC and staged hisworks worldwide – for Boston Ballet, White Oak Dance Project, New York City Ballet, and the Paris Opera Ballet. In 2003, Swinston received a Bessie Award for his performance in the revival of Cunningham’s How to Pass, Kick, Fall, & Run. Since 2013, he has acted a sthe Artistic Director of the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers, France and formed a new company that has 8 Cunningham dances in its repertoire, and performed numerous Cunningham Events. His tenure at the CNDC will expire in June 2020, and he is dedicated to continuing sharing the Cunningham legacy throughout the world.

Photo Martin Miseré

Photo Martin Miseré

JOSÉPHINE DEROBE (Director of Stereography, France)

Josephine Derobe is one of very few female 3D filmmakers in the industry, Josephine has been an award-winning Director of Stereography for almost a decade. For 3D cinema, she collaborated many years with Wim Wenders (PINA, CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE, EVERYTHING WILLBE FINE...) and continues developing the "Natural Depth Method" devised by her father Alain Derobe, a pioneer of stereoscopic 3D. As a film director and an artist, she explores creating narratives at the crossroads of cinema, visual art, and interactive storytelling.

MKO MALKHASYAN (Director of Photography, US/Armenia)

Mko Malkhasyan is an Armenian-born cinematographer who relocated to the United States in 2009. For the last 15 years, he has been working on features, documentaries, music videos and commercials in the US, Europe and Russia. Considered the top cinematographer from Armenia, he won multiple awards including the Armenian National Cinema Award (2013) and 10 Best Cinematography at such festivals as KINOSHOCK (2013), GOLDEN EYE (2012), and the Newport Beach Festival (2011). Hailed as a true master of light, he has also a deep understanding of choreography on screen, having worked with Kovgan on all her projects for screen and stage.

Photo Carsten Sander

Photo Carsten Sander

HAUSCHKA (Volker Bertelmann) (Composer, Germany)

The Düsseldorf-based composer Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka) is regarded as one of the most remarkable modern proponents of the prepared piano. His most recent scores for film include the music for series such as Patrick Melrose(Edward Berger),The Name of the Rose(Giacomo Battiato) and Dublin Murders(Saul Dibb a.o.) as well as for feature films like Adrift (Baltasar Kormákur),What doesn’t kill us(Sandra Nettelbeck), Gut gegen Nordwind(Vanessa Jopp), Hotel Mumbai(Anthony Maras) and Summerland (Jessica Swale).For their collaborative score for Lion (directed by Garth Davis), Bertelmann and Dustin O'Halloran were nominated for the Golden Globe, the BAFTA Award and the Oscars. In 2018, Volker Bertelmann was chosen to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

MIEKE ULFIG (Archival Sequences Designer, Germany)

Mieke Ulfig is a Berlin-based artist and co-founder of Riedel & Ulfig GbR, film and graphic arts studio. Her works include conceptualizing and executing visual design for film and television productions (including title design and archival treatment), animation, exhibitions and theatre. Since 1999, she has been also a member of the artist performance group Super school. Her works have been presented at Transmediale, Winterthur Festival, Oberhausen Festival, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k., Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Carrousel du Louvre, Film and Television Museum Berlin, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz among others.