Vikram Iyengar is an arts leader and connector based in Calcutta, India and working internationally. A dancer-choreographer, arts writer, and curator-presenter, he heads the performance company Ranan and the Pickle Factory Dance Foundation. His scope of work spans practice, discourse, critique and management, and revolves around the central tenet of creating deep connections with and through the arts. An ARThink South Asia Arts Management Fellow, Global Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts, and alumnus of the Australian International Arts Leaders programme, Vikram was awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Government of India for his work in contemporary dance in 2015.
Sharvari Sastry has been working as a theatre administrator and researcher in Mumbai since 2009. She has worked in an administrative and editorial capacity with Theatre Professionals Pvt. Ltd., Prithvi Theatre, India Theatre Forum and Junoon.
She has also been involved in the documentation of two SMART (Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre) residencies. She is currently working on a collaborative project that seeks to identify small, alternative performance spaces in various parts of India, document the vision that underlies in the creation and curation of such spaces, and assess their impact within the local and national context.
Sharvari is currently a PhD candidate in the departments of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation project focuses on archival discourses within modern and contemporary Indian theatre practice, with particular focus on the ways in which “folk” forms like tamasha and lavani are preserved, revived and repurposed in the modern Marathi theatrical context.
After studying law, Christophe Knoch worked for different institutions in the fields of opera and theatre. He worked for theatre director and performance artist Christoph Schlingensief as his assistant up until his death in August 2010 when he was entrusted with running operations, notable for the construction of the Opera Village in Burkina Faso.
In Spring 2011 Christophe Knoch started the Mica Moca project in Berlin, which evolved to make a strong transdisciplinary impact on the Berlin venue scene.
He currently drives the public discussion on how to repurpose public spaces in Berlin. In his last project he combined his commitment to artistic and urban development in suggesting the creation of a forest in Berlin’s closed airport Tempelhof.