Artistic Collaborators

CHANTAL BILODEAU is a playwright and translator whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, art, and climate change. She is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle – an organization created to support the writing, development and production of eight plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight Arctic states, the founder of the blog and international network Artists and Climate Change, and a co-founder of Climate Change Theatre Action.  She is a recipient of the Woodward International Playwriting Prize as well as the First Prize in both the Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival, and the the Uprising National Playwriting Competition. She curates the HowlRound series Theatre in the Age of Climate Change and has written about the intersection of arts and climate change for American Theatre Magazine, the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, and the World Policy Institute. Bilodeau spent a month at IIASA in 2016 during the Citizen Artist Incubator Project and was subsequently invited to participate in the session 'The Arctic: New Narratives for a Disputed Territory' at the European Forum Alpbach with IIASA research scholar Anni Reissel. In 2017 Bilodeau co-authored The Art of Systems Analysis with Gloria Benedikt and Merlijn Twaalfhoven

CHRISTIAN FELBER is a linguist and contemporary dancer who studied Spanish, Psychology, Sociology and Political Sciences in Madrid and Vienna, where he lives and works. He is co-founder of Attac Austria, an internationally renowned speaker, contemporary dancer, lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and author of several bestsellers including: 50 Suggestions for a Fairer World, New Values for the Economy, Let's save the Euro!, Change Everything: Creating an economy for the common good, and Money. The new rules of the game. Felber is the initiator of the Economy for the Common Good (ECG) and the project Bank for the Common Good. He collaborated with IIASA on the dance film Post Truth? The Paradox of Progress, which premiered at the Viennese Science Ball in January 2017 and was a speaker in the Science Beyond Boundaries Series for the IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program in August 2017. 

KRISZTIÁN GERGYE is a Hungarian dancer, choreographer and stage director. After spending  a year in Java as a Darmasiswa scholar, studying ancient Indonesian dance, he started mixing eastern traditional and western contemporary dance, thus creating his own vocabulary for dance and body. He has been staging his own choreographies since 2001. Independent projects soon led to permanent collaborations and he founded his own company called Gergye Krisztian Tarsulata, which engages artists from across disciplines. As a dancer and choreographer, he has been a guest to nearly all established Hungarian dance companies and performed in all contemporary dance theaters and venues.  He has been awarded several prizes both for his creations and as a performer. Recently his work was performed in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Commissioned by the Austrian Cultural Forum Budapest, he collaborated with Gloria Benedikt on a new work about the Austrian painter Egon Schiele in 2013. In 2015 Gergye and Benedikt were invited to create a full length work on Alma Mahler and Oskar Kokoschka, which premiered at the Bridging Europe Festival and has toured internationally since. In 2017, he collaborated with IIASA on the dance - science piece InDilemma.

HANNAH KICKERT is an Austrian dancer, who attended the Vienna State Opera Ballet Academy for 9 years and graduated with honors. During her education she performed at the New Years Concert, the Viennese Opera Ball, various guest performances in Madrid, and took part in performances of the Vienna State Ballet many times. Directly after graduating she got a contract with the Vienna State Ballet with which she performed for 3 years. She choreographed and danced an extract of Edward Scissorhands for the Hollywood in Vienna breast cancer Charity Gala. Due to a variety of interests, she started studying political science at the University of Vienna. In 2016 she got a scholarship for the European Forum Alpbach, where she first encountered IIASA and the Science & Art Project. The following year she returned to the European Forum Alpbach collaborating with IIASA on the dance-science piece InDilemma.

MIRANDA LAKERVELD creates innovative staging for opera and classical music. As a director, she aims to develop a new form of opera that reflects cultural diversity and functions as a platform for dialogue across communities. For this purpose, she has founded World Opera Lab. Important creations include ‘Orfeo in India’ an Indian adaptation of  ‘L’Orfeo’ in Ahmedabad, ‘Erda’, a performance/lecture about ecology at the Dutch National Opera, ‘The homecoming of Ulysses’ and ‘Majnun and Leyla’ which were created with communities in Amsterdam-west. She also developed a series of debate-operas on conflicts in the Middle East. New works include ‘Temple of Time’ an inter-religious ceremony with gamelan for the opening of the prestigious Holland Festival Proms, Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’ and ‘The Sacrifice’.  To support her creative work, Miranda has done extensive research into traditional music-drama practices from India, Iran, Mexico, Japan, Guatemala and Tibet. Lakerveld spent a month at IIASA in 2016 during the Citizen Artist Incubator project. She has developed a workshop-method that she has taught at conservatories, universities and also as part of the Science Beyond Boundaries Series at IIASA in 2017. Through the project ‘Requiem for a river’, she is currently exploring how mythology and traditional music-drama practices can give new insights to dynamics of culture and ecology.   

MIMMO MICCOLIS is an Italian-born dancer and choreographer who has worked across Europe and the USA for the past decade. He is particularly interested in creating work around social issues. In spring 2015 he won the Outstanding Choreographer Award at the Youth American Grand Prix, New York, and in 2011 the BBC Performing Arts Award for his choreography of RIGHTS(?). Miccolis obtained his dance education at Fondazione Niccolò Piccinni and Balletto di Toscana. He currently serves as faculty teacher and choreographer at the Washington Ballet, and at George Mason University. He started to collaborate with Gloria Benedikt in 2014 on Growth, which premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. In 2015, they were consequently invited to create works for the House of the European Union Vienna and the European Commission’s Joint Research Center, Ispra. Miccolis collaborated with IIASA on a number of art-science projects including COURAGE, InAll, InDilemma and Contextual Matters 

MERLIJN TWAALFHOVEN is a Dutch composer who works in conflict areas, unconventional locations, and concert halls. He is founder of The Turn Club, a community of artist and change makers that create impact in society, tackling wicked problems with an artist-mindset.  He received a UNESCO award and collaborates with the Kronos Quartet and the New York Philharmonic. His projects explore the richness of cultural diversity and human interaction, often engaging musicians of contrasting styles, local traditions, or children in large events. He collaborates with artists, scientists, diplomats, and other idealists in new and creative ways. This results in a unique blend of sophisticated music and rough, unpolished sounds. Striving for a world without boundaries between art and society, his goal is to revive the creative and artistic potential in everyone in order to create meaningful connections and understanding between people. Advocating a larger role for artists in society, he has presented practical and direct ways for artists to become engaged in pressing global issues such as growing inequality, climate change, and disruptive technological change at conferences such as the European Cultural Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, TEDx Amsterdam, and at universities across Europe, the USA (Georgetown, Fordham, Columbia), and Japan (GeiDai).

He collaborated with IIASA on a number of Art Science projects including COURAGE and Contextual Matters, co-authored The Art of Systems Analysis,  was a member of the Alpbach- Laxenburg Group 2015, 2016 and 2017 and presented his work at the Concert for a Sustainable Planet 2017

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