Members

 

Thania Acarón 

Thania completed her PhD thesis on the connection between dance and violence prevention at the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Violence Programme in the University of Aberdeen.  She has a BBA in Business Administration (University of Puerto Rico), an MA Dance Education (New York University), NY teacher certification and is a certified dance/movement psychotherapist.

 

She has trained in contemporary dance, ballet, and many other styles, and has danced for several dance companies and artists in Puerto Rico, Argentina, New York and Scotland, such as CcanDance (Christian Canciani - NY/France), Mhairi Allan (Scotland), Jack Webb (Scotland) Vestiges Dance Collective (Jessie Flores - NY), co.lab (Kindra Windish & Maria Breza- NY/California), Kaleidoscope Dancers among (NYU Dance Education Company), Physual (Richard Rivera),  Emanuel Ludueña (Argentina) & Juan Leiba (Argentina/Spain), among many other international choreographers and collaborators. This year she received the medal as Ambassador of Dance in the International Dance Festival in Puerto Rico, and received the Bonnie Bird/Marion North Choreographic Mentorship Award in 2016.

In addition to her artistic career, she has been a dance movement therapist for over ten years, with advanced credentialing in the US & UK as a lecturer and clinical supervisor. She has taught dance/movement psychotherapy in over six countries.  Thania currently works as a part-time lecturer in Performing Arts at University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea, with guest choreographies with the BA Dance programme in Carmarthen. She also teaches international workshops on contemporary dance and interdisciplinary practice, arts-based peacebuilding, and dance, health and wellbeing.

 

www.thania.info

 

Ross Whyte 

 

Ross Whyte is a composer based in Glasgow.  He completed a practice-based PhD at the University of Aberdeen where his research was concerned with impermanence in audio-visual intermedia and headphone-specific composition.

 

His compositional output in recent years has often included collaborations with artists from disciplines different from his own, including dance, theatre, sculpture and web design.  He has a particular passion for working alongside dancers and dance choreographers and has collaborated with various key practitioners.

 

He has received several awards including the Chris Cadwur James Award for Composition, two Derek Ogston Postgraduate Scholarships, a grant from the Aberdeen Endowments Trust for a Subsequent Degree (PhD) and Aberdeen City Council’s Made in Aberdeen Prize 2015 which enabled funding for the project, The Witching Hour.

 

His debut album, Kaidan, was released by Comprende Records on 31 October 2015. Since then he formed a duo WH¥TE with Alisdair Whyte, with a new album Fairich, touring the UK this year. 

 

retro, yet bang up-to-date sounds”; “a creator of bewitching electronic soundscapes” (The List)

 

eloquent electronic musings and touching ambient piano” (The Scotsman)

 

www.rosswhyte.com