NYCTOLOPIC: About the company

About Nyctolopic

Nyctolopic is an independent dance theatre company based in London. It creates and performs new dance and physical theatre work under the direction of dancer and choreographer Ana Marambio. Combining the vocabularies of contemporary dance and physical theatre, Nyctolopic works with social and political themes. Its pieces aim for narratives that create complicity between performers and spectators. Movements and phrases become pieces of a puzzle that, when put together, build the narrative structure of the piece.

Nyctolopic is a registered charity (HMRC Charities tax reference: XT31471). Donations to Nyctolopic are eligible for Gift Aid for UK taxpayers. Click here to donate.

About Ana Marambio

Ana Marambio, Nyctolopic's artistic director, is a dancer and choreographer from Chile.

In 2004, she moved to New York, where she pursued independent research into different movement techniques. Ana was a company member of Dancescores by Ofelia Loret de Mola, and collaborated with a range of choreographers for various projects in New York City. Ana performed her own choreography in New Steps at the Mulberry Theater, WaxWorks, UnderExposed at Dixon Place, and other venues in New York City.

She is now based in London, where she is continuing her choreographic work through Nyctolopic. She has completed postgraduate studies in physical theatre at Royal Holloway-University of London. In 2011, she was the movement advisor for the Chilean-Out Theatre Company's production of Weak Edward at the Rose Bankside Theatre and the Brighton Fringe. In June 2011, her newest solo piece "Deported" was performed for the 50th anniversary celebrations of Amnesty International in London.

Associate artists

David Holyoake is an Australian-British composer who moved to London in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne. David is an Associate Composer of the Australian Music Centre. He has been commissioned to write music for theatre and contemporary dance in a variety of styles, and has worked with leading Australian musicians including Silo String Quartet. David’s music for the concert hall has been performed at such venues as the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. In 2006 he won second prize for piano composition at the Keys Australian Music Competition. In 2008 he received an arts development grant from Arts Victoria to create and record new chamber works. David is a member of the Melbourne Composers League and has directed theatre in Melbourne.

David Wall is a videographer who has produced video projections for theatre productions in London and the southeast. As video maker he has worked with first nation communities in the Caribbean and the Canadian Arctic. For the Holocaust Memorial Day 2012 he produced a short video based on the experiences of a survivor from the Rwandan Genocide. David’s next project will continue this theme with survivors from different acts of genocide throughout the 20th century.

Company members, 2011-12 season

Diego Poupin trained as an actor at University of Finis Terrae in Chile, where he formed his own company Caligrafia Teatro. In 2003 he moved to London where he received his MA from the Central School of Speech and Drama. His recent work includes directing and acting in “Weak Edward” at the Rose Theatre Bankside and the Brighton Fringe, and “Johnny Deep” by Alejandro Moreno Jashés. His work goes beyond theatre to include circus theatre, performance research, and education. Diego is also the rehearsal director for The City Will Crumble.

Alejandro Franco trained as an actor at the Academia de Actuación Fernando Gonzáles Mardones in Chile. He has worked for many years at the Teatro Nacional Chileno, one of Chile’s most important theatres. He also works with smaller independent companies and is the creative head of his own Teatro Manifesto. He has appeared in numerous national and international festivals. In parallel with his performance work, he pursues academic research into drama and has taught the subject at several academic institutions. He is currently completing a Master of Arts.

Mariana Taragano was born in Argentina and raised in Israel by a family of artists. Mariana received her contemporary dance training in the Professional Dance Course in Studio B directed by Mrs Anya Barod-Tal. She also acquired dance teacher training at the Wingate Institute. On completing her training she joined the Shimon Mansura Dance Company. She moved to London in 2009 where she has been working as a freelance dancer. Mariana has toured and performed in Israel, France and London.

Ilona Kannewurf studied dance at the Zurich Performing Arts School and also trained at the Alvin Ailey Dance Center, Steps on Broadway on the Lynn Barr Dance Company in New York. In Switzerland she has performed at the Zurich Schauspielhaus and the Zurich Opera Haus. She moved to London in 2011.

Elina Akhmetova was born in Moscow, and is now a Londoner. She completed her training at Royal Holloway, University of London, specialising in physical theatre. She has performed her own work and that of other companies at a variety of venues including the National Portrait Gallery, St Pancras International Station, The Space, Rich Mix, Hoxton Hall, and the Lion and Unicorn Theatre. The Fringe Report Awards 2011 named her “Best Performer – Dancer and Choreographer” for her piece “I Would That Your Dance Eyes Were Upon Me” at the 2011 Camden Fringe festival.

Mara Domenici started dancing in Italy at the age of 5; she moved to London in 2007 and graduated from Laban with a 1st class BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre. In the past few years Mara has danced nationally and internationally, working in collaboration with several choreographers and companies, such as Descarga Dance, Tamara Gvozdenovic, Rosalind Crisp, Lea Anderson, Bawren Tavaziva, and Silke Wiegand. She also collaborated with various visual artists in residence at Southbank Centre.

Sebastian Concha studied at the "Teatro Imagen" in Santiago de Chile. For four years he toured Chile with "Kerubines" Theatre Company. Productions include "The Jungle Book" and "Birds”. He ha worked for Chilean directors Jaime Silva, Luis Ureta and Vasco Moulian. Currently he is training at the International School of Corporeal Mime in London. In Europe, Sebastian has appeared in "The Trial of Mr. Punch" at Hoxton Hall; "Weak Edward" at the International Festival SETKANI in the Czech Republic and at The Rose Theatre Bankside and the Brighton Fringe Festival; and "Mister Sir" at the Pleasance Theatre. Beyond theatre, Sebastian has featured in different TV Series and Adverts. His work for the screen includes "El dia menos pensado" and "Mea Culpa", broadcast by TVN (Televisión Nacional de Chile).