Risima Risimkin – Choreographer and art director
Risima Risimkin is one of the leading Macedonian choreographers and artistic director of Dance Fest Skopje and Skopje Dance Theater. She received her PhD in the University of “St. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje, Macedonia on the thesis: “Comparative poetics of contemporary dance styles in 20 century – Europe” and her MA from the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, at the Academy for Music and Dance Art (AMTI) in the section for Choreography, Ballet Directing and Pedagogy and was awarded the title ballet master. In the moment she is also, a professor of the State University “Goce Delchev” in Shtip, Macedonia, where she leads the contemporary dance department. Risimkin is the founder of the Interart Centre for Culture (1996), whose activities have helped the development of the Macedonian contemporary dance scene. In the season 2012/2013, she was working as Head choreographer of the State Ballet of Antalya, Turkey. Risimkin is one of the most prolific contemporary Macedonian choreographers-an avant-garde representative in contemporary creation. She has actively represented Macedonia on the international contemporary dance scene with her own performances, which have received excellent reviews both in the country and abroad. Risimkin is the recipient of several awards, including the award for exceptional contribution to the development of culture in the Republic of Macedonia. In 2011 she was awarded as one of Top Ten Women – managers in Macedonia. With her work, Risimkin is in a constant movement in direction of development of contemporary dance in Macedonia. Risimkin has made more than thirty authorial projects, which established her as one of the most fruitful Macedonian creators in the contemporary dance area. Risimkin has represented Macedonia as a choreographer in Denmark; Germany; Serbia; Bulgaria; Montenegro; Greece – European Capitol of culture; Portugal, Lisbon – EXPO – National day of Macedonia; Niamey, Niger; Rotterdam, The Hague, Netherlands, Beijing, China, Ljubljana, Slovenia etc. In 2010 she was guest choreographer in the National Ballet of Ljubljana, Slovenia; in 2012 she participated in the Culture Olympiad in London with the choreography for the play Henri, VI of National Theater Bitola, Macedonia, for the Globe to Globe program of Globe Theater, in 2013 she was participating with the Skopje dance Theater performance on ITS festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her performance “Hope” made with National Ballet of Antalya, Turkey has excellent review in Dance Europe magazine. In 2015 and 2016 she was a part of the First (second) International Chinese Summer Camp for contemporary dance and has two different programs guest performance on “Meet in Beijing” festival in Beijing, China with Skopje Dance Theater. Her last premiere “R.E.M. – A dream section” was on 30 August, 2016, with Nine Contemporary Dance Company in Beijing, China. The same performance was on European tour in April 2017 in Dance Fest Skopje, Macedonia; Exodos Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia and De Nieuwe Regentes Theater in the Hague Netherlands.
Toni Kitanovski – Jazz musician
Toni Kitanovski likes to describe himself as composer who plays the guitar. After eight years of musical studies with Dragan Gjakonovski – Shpato he moved to Boston. As an already advanced guitarist it wasn’t in his character to be told how to play the instrument so in order to master the guitar he started composing. Thanks to Robert Share Memorial Award he completes his studies at the famed Berklee College of Music, while studying he became the recipient of the Charles Mingus Award for extraordinary musical achievements.
He studies composing from his mentors Greg Hopkins and Herb Pomeroy, special studies about composition and arrangement with Denis Grillo (a student of Paul Hindemith), seminars regarding composition held by Georgy Ligeti and Liciano Berio at New England and Harvard conservatory also complemented his studies of musical composition. He used that knowledge and experience to advance his guitar concepts.
He has written a large body of compositions in jazz idiom as well as symphonic pieces, music for film, theatre, performance and contemporary dance.
Currently collaborates with guitarist Eric Malu Malu on an album with musicians from Kinshasa, DR Congo.
He holds position as professor of jazz guitar and composition, and serves as Dean of Music Academy at UGD – Stip.
Zharko Basheski – Sculptor
Born in Prilep on August 11-th, 1957. In his student days, while studying he stayes in London, between 1979 and 1982. In 1988 he graduates from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje in the class of Petar Hadzi Boshkov. He completes his postgraduate studies in 1998, at his parent Faculty in the class of Dragan Popovski – Dada, where he simultaneously works as a professional associate. He is a member of the Association of Fine Artists of Macedonia since 1988, where he has accomplished many activities and achievements, among which are a great number of group and independent art exhibitions. He lives in Skopje and works as a full time professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts. He is counted among the best and most prominent Macedonian sculptors.
Simonida Filipova – Painter
Simonida Filipova Kitanovska is a painter with a rich and varied opus. She was born in Skopje in 1965. She graduates from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje in 1988, under the mentorship of the professors Dimitar Kondovski and Radoljub Anastasov. In the same year she became a member of the Association of Artists of Macedonia. From 1991 to 1997 she lives and works in Boston, USA, after which she returns to Macedonia. In addition to traditional techniques and media, she works with installations, video art, performance, design and is an active drawing and painting instructor. As a mentor she has held workshops in France and Italy. She is constantly present on the international stage and has exhibited in thirty countries on several continents. Her works are characterized by special expressiveness and explosive coloring. She has won numerous awards and recognitions for her artistic contribution, including the Grand Prix – International Watercolor Competition and “Vangel Kodzoman” Prize – Small format painting.