Nadja dias

Nadia Dias is an independent senior producer and consultant with over 15 years' experience working internationally for organisations and artists including Candoco Dance Company, Sadler’s Wells, Nigel Charnock, Gecko and Liverpool Biennial. Nadja is currently Executive Producer for Scottish multi-disciplinary artist Claire Cunningham and Joan Cleville Dance Company, alongside her role as Executive Producer for international dance festival Tanz! Heilbronn, South Germany. 

Through careful development of long -term partnerships and networks she supports artistic and organisational development, creation and distribution of performance work in an international context- with a specific understanding of work led by disabled practitioners and artists interested in questioning and challenging our understanding of dance and performance.

Her work focuses on:

  • International and national producing of projects, performances, festivals and co-productions, including tour booking with a view to develop key presenting partner relationships

  • Company, project & festival management, including project scoping, fundraising, financial management and budgeting, contract negotiation, staffing, strategic & business planning, overseeing of touring and logistics

  • Fundraising, including national and international funding programmes such as Creative Europe where she successfully developed the Moving Beyond Inclusion project for Candoco Dance Company and six international partners receiving Creative Europe funding 2016-2018

  • Curating of formats and symposia on dance and disability such as for the British Council’s Tanzmesse 2016 conversation on the politics of disabled bodies on stage

  • Consultancy for organisations on inclusion, access, diversity in dance, performance and producing

Nadja studied Theatre and Culture Studies at the University of Leipzig and holds a B.A. (1st class hons.) in Performing Arts & Entertainment Management from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.


Luke Pell is an artists based in Scotland working as strands as a maker, curator and dramaturg whose practice explores how dance and choreographic thinking meets with other worlds and realities, bringing together seemingly unrelated constellations of bodies and thought.

As a dramaturg Luke collaborates with independent artists - often considered as outliers - to support the creation of projects, navigate processes of change and explore the emergence and evolution of practice.  Artists Luke has worked with include Birds of Paradise Theatre, Nigel Charnock, Claire Cunningham, Jess Curtis, Caroline Bowditch, Jassy Earl and Chloë Smith, Mirjam Gurtner, Shobana Jeysasingh, Naomi Lakmaier, Kate Marsh, Ania Nowak, Janice Parker, Claricia Parinussa, Lucy Suggate and Athina Vahla.

Luke teaches and lectures for students and professionals worldwide - British Council, Central School of Speech and Drama, D.O.C.H, Imaginate, Trinity Laban, The Place, The Royal Academy of Dance M-Tech, Skånes Dansteater - and been an advisor to a range of companies and institutions - Jardin D’Europe with Southbank Centre, Metal, Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Awards and Wellcome Trust Arts Awards. Formerly Head of Learning and Research with Candoco Dance Company, Chair of the Board for Chisenhale Dance Space and Dramaturg in Residence with South East Dance, Luke is an Associate Artist with Fevered Sleep and of Dance Base, Scotland.

Luke Pell Headshot - Image credit – Jassy Earl.


Peter Pleyer studied at the European Dance Development Centre (EDDC) in Arnhem before working with Yoshiko Chuma and Mark Tompkins as a dancer and choreographic assistant. He has lived in Berlin since 2000. From 2007 to 2014 he was artistic director of the Tanztage Berlin and from 2012 to 2014 a member of the Sophiensæle programming-team. His interest as a choreographer and performer, dramaturge and coach, lies in finding new methods of integrating dance training, composition and improvisation into choreographic processes, such as, e.g., in the lecture-performance Choreographing Books or in Visible Undercurrent (2014) and Cranky Bodies Dance Reset (2017). He teaches at various colleges and festivals in Europe and contributed to establishing a university course in Contemporary Dance in Berlin, HZT/Berlin, where he was a guest professor in 2015/16.