Choreomundus Alumni

Since 2012, Choreomundus has trained 105 students from 56 countries over 7 cohorts.  63 already graduated with an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree (EMJMD). This has given rise to an expanding international network, covering 5 continents, enabling connections between people, between ideas and between cultures.

The following chart shows the number of students from each continent:

Africa 21

Asia 27

Europe 35 (23 EU and 12 non-EU)

Latin America 14

Oceania 1

USA 6

 

The Choreomundus Experience

 

“Take advantage of the vast amount of knowledge and resources available through the programme with a rich cross-cultural perspective; it’s like no other… Endeavour to connect within the host communities of the different universities – it enriches your experience and expands your network. Finally, expect to soak up the Choreomundus experience as much as you can; it is and of itself a lived experience!”  Oluwadamilare Adeyeri, cohort # 2

 

“Choreomundus is a lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss. It’s also life transforming and opens you to many possibilities in the world of dance, performance and heritage studies. You sure will come out a well-rounded student, properly equipped to transform the cultural sector in your country. You also get to connect with top professionals and enjoy the rich knowledge base of the lectures. I would gladly do Choreomundus again and again.” Nneamaka Igbonezim, cohort # 2

 

“I personally cherish the Choreomundus programme! Right from the beginning of this master’s programme, I knew it would impact a lot on my future undertakings. So, I took it very seriously – and indeed this has come to pass. Although I am employed as a Lecturer, I have a number of other voluntary projects I am running, not to mention my recent appointment to a Ph.D. programme, which I gladly accepted.” Ronald Kibirige, cohort # 1

 

“Apart from the excellent academic experience, for me, the journey in Choreomundus was also an opportunity for self-assessment and understanding. Believe that you will get exposed to and enriched with different perspectives. What I value the most is the capacity to integrate all of us, and the benefit of expanding my network to a worldwide level.” Sristi K. C., cohort # 4

 

“Choreomundus can benefit you with its best when you collaborate and learn from each other’s uniqueness.” Spyridoula Lymniati, cohort # 3

 

“Two years of amazing journey with wonderful people in wonderful places will give you a new knowledge, new experience and new perspectives. Of course, you will be homesick, have cultural shocks, but do not worry. You will survive together with your Choreofamily members, so, just follow your path. In the end of the journey, you will find another and better version of yourself.” Tsolmon Tserendorj, cohort # 4

 

 “Having colleagues from multiple countries and getting to learn and share from one another and our professors, the illumination gained as a result of the courses taken along these two years has better oriented my conception and approach to things and thus provided me the chance to adapt in diverse sectors.” Senyo Okyere, cohort # 1

 

Career perspectives

After graduating from Choreomundus, students have entered a number of fields bringing their expertise to multidisciplinary and socially engaged projects:

  • Doctoral studies and other programmes in Europe and the United States.
  • Academia, as lecturers, adjunct professors and independent scholars.
  • Cultural management, employed fully and part time in public and private institutions and also as consultants.
  • Transmission of dance and other corporeal practices, including classes for children, adults.
  • Safeguarding and advising on ICH in museums and other public and private institutions.
  • Arts in a multiplicity of contexts, such as entertainment, event planning, working as independent artists in different companies, or in transdisciplinary and social projects.

 

Full List of Former Choreomundus Students

COHORT #1 (2012-2014)

Antoni DURSKI

Chiao-Hsin CHEN

Text Box: Picture of graduationEric  AWUAH

Iva LONCAREVIC

Jana Al OBEIDYINE

Jared Jonathan LUNA

McDonald MALUWAYA

Natasa CHANTA-MARTIN

Parichat  JIRASAKWITTAYA

Ronald KIBIRIGE

Senyo  OKYERE      

Sebnem  SOZER OZDEMIR

Sandra AGUADO MUCIENTES

Sara AZZARELLI

Tamas  KORZENSZKY

Tone Honningsvåg ERLIEN

 

COHORT # 2 (2013-2015)

Anna SZÉKELY

Aray RAKHIMZHANOVA

Text Box: Picture of graduation Aneliya Ivanova TRAYANOVA

Bryan LEVINA VIRAY

Diana Teresa GUTIÉRREZ GARCIA

Filip PETKOVSKI

George KITAKA

József-Csaba VARGA

Jeremy Ellington CARTER-GORDON

Kinga Zsofia SZEMESSY

Nneamaka Augusta IGBONEZIM

Oluwadamilare Samuel  ADEYERI

Richard SHAMO SACKEY

Signa SCHIAVO-CAMPO

Shan Rann CHUAH

Volha SASNOUSKAYA

Yassmin Vivian FOSTER

 

COHORT #3 (2014-2016)

Ana STOJANOVIĆ

Text Box: Picture of graduation Brian Jay AMBULO

Ipshita RAJESH

Janos KOVACS        

Kafui TAY

Luiza BELOTI ABI SAAB

Michael NSIBAMBI

Madli TELLER

Muhammad Noramin BinMOHAMED FARID

Olivia BURNHAM

Onur ISTEK

Qingli CAO

Sekar SARI

Spyridoula LYNMIATI

Tsehaye HAIDEMARIAM

 

COHORT 4 # (2015-2017)  

Abd Al Hadi ABU NAHLEH

Claudio II RAMOS

Diana Anvarovna TAKUTDINOVA

Elizabeth ANAYA/ Elizabeth Raschal ROBINSON          

Elena LUPU

Eric Yao KEMEH     

Juan Felipe MIRANDA MEDINA

Kim-Lee Joyhanna CAMPBELL     

María PEREDO GUZMÁN

Maria Jose RIVERA CAMACHO   

Tsolmon TSERENDORJ

Thabile NOXOLO BUTHELEZI    

Sristi K.C.      

Sara FABRIZI          

Urvi VORA

Some Examples of Positions Occupied by Choreomundus Alumni

Doctoral studies

Amin FARID (C3) is Ph.D. candidate in dance studies at the Royal Holloway in University of London, UK. The title if his research is: “Tarian Melayu: Negotiating Social Memory & Constructing a Community through Malay Dance in Singapore”. He is Co-Founder and joint artistic Director of “Bhumi Collective” in Singapore.

Ana STOJANOVIC(C3) follows Ph.D. studies in Culture and Performance at the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance of the  University of California Los Angeles, USA.  Her research title is: “Training for Yugoslavia: The Transformation of Sokolska Društva from Proto-Nationalism to Nostalgic (Re)enactment”.

Anna SZÉKELY(C2) is Ph.D. student, in the frame of the Modern Age Doctoral Programme at the Doctoral School of History of  Szeged University in Hungary . Her dissertation topic is “The myth of authenticity in the Hungarian revival movement”.

Aray RAKHIMZHANOVA (C2) is Ph.D. student at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. Her research topic is  “Kazakh society living in Istanbul and China, cultural memory, transnationalism; Kazakh folk dances as ethnic identity marker in diaspora communities”.

Kinga Zsofia SZEMESSY(C2) is a Ph.D. student in Arts at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, Hungary. Her research topic is “On the aesthetics of transformation in community and participatory dance performances” [working title].

Luiza BELOTI ABI SAAB (C3) is Ph.D. student at Colégio das Artes in the University of Coimbra in Portugal. Her research title (2016/2020) is. “Rabelados in Cabo Verde: Refugees' Artistic Resistance”.

Michael NSIBAMBI (C3) after a Master of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies is an independent dance teacher in Trömso, Norway.

Ronald KIBIRIGE (C1) is Ph.D. Candidate at Faculty of Humanities, Department of Music for the Program of Dance Studies in NTN Trondheim, Norway. The working title of his research is: “Dancing Reconciliation in Social-Cultural Reintegration Processes: Lamokowang and Ritual Dance-Musicking in the Acholi Post-War Communities of Northern Uganda”.

 

Academia

Diana TAKUTDINOVA(C4) is an independent scholar, artist and event coordinator in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Juan Felipe MIRANDA MEDINA (C4) is an independent researcher and Deputy Administrator of the Choreomundus programme at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.

Kim-Lee CAMPBELL (C4) is Adjunct-Lecturer at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.

Sara AZZARELLI(C1) is Tutor for BA and MA students with learning disabilities at Universita de Bologna in Italy.

Senyo OKYERE (C1) is Adjunct-Lecturer at the Medical Sociology and Anthropology Department in Accra, Ghana.

George KITAKA(C2) is Assistant Lecturer at Kyambogo University in Kampala, Uganda.

Urvi VORA(C4) is an independent scholar, choreographer and writer for Latvian Dance Journal.

 

Cultural management

Jana Al OBEIDYINE(C1) has worked as Project Coordinator at The Arab Fund of Arts and Culture (AFAC) in Beirut, Lebanon.

Kafui TAY (C3) works as cultural officer at the Centre for National Culture in Accra, Ghana.

Natasa CHANTA-MARTIN (C1) works as Cultural Manager of Start Greece Project, an artistic initiative in Athens, Greece.

 

Transmission

Madli TELLER (C3) teaches historical dance at the Estonian Music and Theatre Academy amongst other educational institutions in Estonia, as well as folk dance for children and adults. She is Artistic Director of Juhukse dance ensemble.

Sandra AGUADO MUCIENTES (C1) works as an independent artist and teacher at a bilingual school in Valladolid, Spain.

 

Related to Intangible Cultural Heritage

József-Csaba VARGA (C2) is Cultural Organiser at the Hungarian Heritage House “Hagyományok Háza” in Budapest, Hungary.

Tone HONNINGSVÅG ERLIEN (C1) has curated three interactive dance exhibitions and works as project manager of the Norwegian Center for Traditional Music and Dance in Trondheim, Norway.

Tsolmon TSERENDORJ  (C4) is a specialist in ICH  at the National Center for Cultural Heritage in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

 

The Arts

Chiao-Hsin CHEN (C1) is Administrative Manager at “MeimageDance” contemporary dance company in Taipei, Taiwan.

Ipshita RAJESH (C3) is the founder and creative head of “Art Stories Kalaa Kathaa” in Stockholm, Sweden.

Volha SASNOUSKAYA (C2)works as independent artist and scholar in Minsk, Belarus.

Abd Al HADI ABU NAHLEH (C4) is the director and producer of the artistic venue “Studio 8” which he co-founded in 2014 in Amman, Jordan; implementing now an international residency programme.

 

Socially engaged projects

Claudio II RAMOS (C4) is the Director for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Development Academy in Isabela Basilan, The Philippines. This is an agency focusing on capacity development, heritage, tourism and peace/governance.

Diana Teresa GUTIÉRREZ GARCIA (C2) in collaboration with her colleague Signa SCHIAVO-CAMPO (C2) co-founded the multidisciplinary and social-artistic project “Embodying Reconciliation” in Bogotá, Colombia.

María PEREDO GUZMÁN (C4) is a transnational artist and researcher engaged with migration issues in Italy, Belgium and France. Communications manager in Choreomundus, at the University of Clermont Auvergne, France

Sristi K.C. (C4) continues her mission with the organization “BlindRocks”, foundation for the empowerment of visually impaired in Bhaktapur, Nepal.