Creative Team Ruhr

Angus Farquhar
Creative Director, NVA
Angus Farquhar, Creative Director of NVA was born in Aberdeenshire in 1961 and grew up in Edinburgh. A degree in English and Drama at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, led to 10 years as a core member of Test Dept, a radical music collective based in New Cross, South London. Returning to Scotland in 1989, Angus re-initiated the Beltane Fire Festival and has produced and directed NVA’s temporary and permanent public art works and events since its inception in 1992.

Pipo Tafel
Pipo Tafel studied dance in Germany, Belgium and France and worked together with William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor and Thierry De Mey. He is also a Media Arts graduate cum laude of the Karlsruhe University Of Arts and Design. For the cross medial approach of his work, linking performance and media art, he has received numerous scholarships. For the interactive installation SHADOWING he was awarded with the Culture Prize Baden Württemberg Förderpreis, and he won the Walter Fink award of the ZKM Karlsruhe for Dance, Electro-acoustic Music and Media together with Daniel Berwanger. Pipo is active as a freelance director and lecturer for dance, film and media projects for clients in the whole of Germany and lives in Cologne.

Ivana Kisic
Ivana Kisic studied Classical Ballet, Modern Dance and Jazz at the Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten in Arnhem, The Netherlands. She lives and works in Düsseldorf where she teaches Creative Dance for children and Modern Jazz for teenagers and young adults at the tanzhaus nrw.

As a choreographer she develops interdisciplinary projects for schools with groups of different backrounds, culturally, socially and physically. The focus of her works is getting pupils as well as teachers in contact with the esthetic and techniques of Contemporary Dance. With special methods Ivana is creating a process in which each individual becomes aware of his own physical constitution in context with the space, time and story.

Wiebke Rompel
Wiebke Rompel is communication designer and creative director of the design office raumformzeit based in Duesseldorf, Germany.
The focus of her work lies on spatial and corporate design. Her visual concepts incorporate space, information and movement.
In her interdisciplinary exchange with contemporary dance and architecture she explores the interaction of human communication and environment.
She develops visual languages, graphic systems and scenography for performance and exhibition projects.

Phil Supple
Lighting Designer
Phil grew up in Croydon, South London and studied Archaeology at Newcastle University. Graduating in 1992, he returned south for summer jobs with L.B. Lambeth Arts & Ents, working on free public events. Two decades later, Phil is a Lighting Designer specialising in outdoor, site specific and landscape projects. Recent work includes Aisling’s Children for Homecoming 2009, Northumberland Lights and The Electric Forest with Culture Creative and The Mill Project , highly commended at The Lighting Design Awards 2011. This is Phil’s third project with NVA. /

James Johnson
James studied at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, gaining a Masters in Industrial Design Engineering. He has since gone on to work with some of the world’s most prestigious design offices in London, Paris and Japan, with furniture designer Jasper Morrison, architect Norman Foster, architect, artist and engineer Santiago Calatrava and has worked in the past with NVA on numerous projects. He specialises in the design of product, furniture, lighting and bespoke interactive installations, for a diverse range of clients.