Jean Gaudin (FRA)
Dancer, choreographer, director and coach Jean Gaudin has for over thirty years worked on projects balancing on the edge of theatre, circus, opera, audiovisual and dance. He is author of dozens of choreographies and many dance videos. Before Jean Gaudin founded his own group Compagnie he cooperated with Maurice Béjart and Carolyn Carlson. The production of Jean Gaudin is specific with effort to tell human stories with humor and seriously at the same time, interaction with other artistic disciplines (musicians, composers, visual artists, filmmakers...) and mixing various artistic tools. Films in which he participated were presented at many various festivals, his choreographies were performed also in Parisian Théâtre de la Ville and at the Avignon festival. As an artistic advisor and coach he passes on his rich interdisciplinary experiences to dance groups and opera, theatre or circus productions. Since 2012 he has become a regular guest of the Centre of Choreographic Development SE.S.TA as a coach of the international residence and since 2013 he has every year created productions for KoresponDance festival.
Sébastien Fournier (FRA)
Countertenor Sébastien Fournier specializes in old music. He cooperated with Henri Ledroit, Michael Chance, David Pollard or Laura Sarti and sang in choirs Les Musiciens du Louvre (M. Minkowski), Les Arts Florissants (W. Christie) and Accentus (L. Equilbey). As a soloist he performed at many festivals in Europe and Hong Kong. He is the founder of Baroque music choir Sprezzatura which has also plenty of experiences with popularization of old music. Since 2010 when he represented France at the Shanghai EXPO he has closely cooperated with Chinese artists. His connection with dance began by production with French choreographer Paco Decina and within the KoresponDance he will lead with choreographer Jean Gaudin the annual master classes and special projects dedicated to children and youth.
Ghana Dance Ensemble (GHA)
he group was founded in 1962 on basis of a very successful cooperation of the governmental Institute of Art and Culture and Institute of African Studies at the Ghana University. Ghana Dance Ensemble is a group created with the goal to preserve rich heritage of the Ghana dance culture and support the creative work and creativity using Ghana dances as a basis. Since the beginning the group was supposed to be flag ship of professional global representation of Ghana and its musical and dance heritage and thus based on top-quality professional work and experimental research. In 160‘s and 1970‘s the group together with Ballet African of Guinea Conakry presented to the world breathtaking insight into African aesthetics and culture from the African point of view. The current form of the Ghana Dance Ensemble under the leadership of Ben Obia Ayettey maintains the authenticity of traditions but at the same time widens the repertoire and examines dance as tool of expressing contemporary questions.
Žďáráček is a children choir from Žďár nad Sázavou. Its goal is to educate children from 4 to 18 years of age in music and above all in singing and to develop the tradition of choir singing which has been present in Žďár nad Sázavou since 1848. Children are from early childhood raised to positive relationship to Bohemian and Moravian folk music culture and respect to works of Czech as well as foreign composers. By passing on the basic artistic and human values the choir strives for distinctive influencing of the children personalities for their future life. Music as a connection between generations and nations and singing as the most inner expression can in our times represent a suitable path to mutual understanding and tolerance. Currently Žďáráček unites over hundred singers in several departments. On the top level there is the concert choir which has over 30 members between 13 and 18 years of age. Žďáráček has on the repertoire works secular and spiritual, folk and artificial, classical and modern, Czech and foreign and each year it performs in the Czech Republic and aboard. Choirmasters of Žďáráček are Mgr. Dana Foralová and Mgr. Pavel Schmidt. This year it will be the third year that the Žďáráček will cooperate with French artists Jean Gaudin and Sébastien Fournier on a project for the KoresponDance festival.
The project is realized in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Akkra.