Who are we?

Core Team

Iwan Brioc
Director of Research and Practice
Aleksandra Nikolajev-Jones
Creative Producer
Sally Hughes
Project Co-ordinator
Angharad Evans
Project Manager

 

Creative Associates

Dobrinka Valkova
Artist
Jelena Vuksanovic
Writer
Ellora Adam
Producer
Gyuri Jakabfi
Architect
Alejandra Barrera
Peace Activist
Viola Lukacs
Curator
Elizabeth Daniels
Mindfulness Teacher
Leah Crossley
Digital Image-Maker

 

Trustees

Patricia O’Sullivan
Chair
Jeff Greenidge
Trustee
Noreen Blanluet
Trustee
Rhian Jones
Treasurer



Iwan Brioc

Director of Research and Practice

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Iwan Brioc is an applied theatre consultant working internationally to co-create with communities dynamic platforms for personal and social transformation.

He has been a Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) practitioner for 25 years – trained by Augusto Boal and mentored by Adrian Jackson. He was a co-director of Theatr Fforwm Cymru and whilst there created ‘Rehearsal for Reality’, the first national legislative theatre project in the world, for the National Assembly of Wales.

He is director of Theatre Cynefin, where he pioneered Sensory Labyrinth Theatre and is the originator Context Oriented Theatre a new approach in applied theatre combining several methodologies (including TO) to orient awareness towards itself, in order to perceive directly our deepest nature.

Aleksandra Nikolajev-Jones

Creative Producer

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Aleksandra Nikolajev-Jones is a Serbian born choreographer/dancer, actress and educator living in Cardiff, Wales. She has produced for theatre, television and film in both the UK and in Serbia and is leading on the Building Balkan-UK Bridges initiative. Her production work has focused on intercultural collaborations between artists from diverse media and backgrounds and she has provided a gateway for several artists wishing to work on Balkan to successfully achieve their artistic ambitions.

Aleksandra is also working with professional dancers, actors, musicians and performers through CODA-Context Oriented Dance Approach she has developed over the last 25 years of experiences with her students from Serbia and Europe. CODA approach incorporates Authentic Body, a gentle creative movement method that brings together dance and performance techniques. And Creative Movement, discovering and exploring new ways to express ourselves, using our bodies, memories, dreams, experiences; and it is specialized for dancers and actors to break from habitual patterns and release unknown capacity.

During the troubled times in her countries recent history, Aleksandra toured as an Actress and Dancer with plays and political satire with the theatre company Cougars and the National Yugoslav Theatre Company. She also ran her own ballet studio for children from when she was 16. It was during these 25 years of teaching practice that she developed Balans – an exercise system that seamlessly combines yoga, Pilates, chi kung and ballet. Balans augments the other two methodologies that make up the CODA approach. 

For 4 years after the war Aleksandra was involved in developing and implementing the National Strategy for Young People in Serbia. Seeing the need for theatre to engage more with healing the post-conflict society rather than just providing escapism and entertainment she trained as an Applied Theatre practitioner. As a trainer/educator for CEDEUM – Centre for Drama in Education and Art, Aleksandra was often selected to work in multi-ethnic areas most affected by the conflict. This experience gave her the ability to sum up clearly, and to engage participants in dialogue in sometimes complex and very emotionally charged situations. 

In 2005 Aleksandra set up UG RAFT to deliver projects in Serbia that empowered young people and people with disabilities through participative theatre. She was responsible, as president, in engaging and encouraging teams of volunteers and paid staff to deliver projects successfully and according to UG RAFT’s humanitarian ideals. She was also responsible for coordinating all the NGO’s activities, which included international projects. www.ugraft.org 

The NGO used Theatre of the Oppressed methods which have a set of principles http://ospiti.peacelink.it/giolli/giolli_gb/node4.html) to which it is important to adhere. And she was successful in sharing the democratic and non-violent values which the principles and methods promote with communities, institutions and volunteers. She was part of a team motivating and engaging 15,000 volunteers in non-verbal communication and perception trainings, anti-prejudice and intercultural dialogue for the ‘Universiada’ Sport Competition in Belgrade in 2009 http://www.fisu.net/en/Summer-Universiades-3490.html 

In 2011 Aleksandra left Serbia to live in the UK with her husband, who is also an Applied Theatre practitioner. Together they run an international network of artists and organizations that are using the Context Oriented approach to arts., which is called The Republic of the Imagination. She is also currently working as choreographer and director for Theatr Ffynnon, South East Wales, UK. This is highly sensitive work with adults with learning difficulties and their helpers and she is encouraged by the feedback that the skills and abilities she has developed in her work in Serbia are highly valued and quite hard to come by here in the UK. 

Authenticity does not happen by default. It needs to be carefully nourished with a culture of acceptance, support and recognition. It might be necessary to review the website – www.aleksandrajones.com and www.troti.org to understand the breadth of her work and the principles by which her operate.

Sally Hughes

Project Co-ordinator

Born in Cardiff, living in Penarth, I left Wales briefly to study Fine Art in Bristol, but the hiraeth brought me home. I am a creative space practitioner, writer and all round creative spirit. I document the visual world with the camera on my iPhone, then write, draw or make in response to the images captured, experiences had and places encountered. I also make wild and whimsical jewellery with silver, found and made objects, vintage beads and semi-precious stones.

I am a skilled facilitator. I support people to tap into and unlock their creative potential so they can flourish. I believe in creative practice as a mindful practice. Through the Creative Space project I have developed a toolbox of creative activities that people can do to stretch, nurture and nourish their creativity. The activities include drawing, writing, making, painting, photography, jewellery making, craft, installation, collecting, looking and exploring.

I am an equality & diversity professional, with an MSc in Equality & Diversity from Cardiff University. I have over 10 years experience of working as a lecturer in the FE sector, where I have also worked as a Manager and Coordinator and in my early career as a Support Worker. I now work freelance in the third sector, specialising in project management and facilitation. My work focuses on women’s equality and social leadership and is underpinned by a systems and complexity approach to social change. I am a Trustee at ProMo Cymru. I have a passion for cities, sustainability, placemaking and sharing. I am an Urbanista @urbanistasCDF.

Angharad Evans

Project Manager

I am a Creative Practitioner and freelance performer across a broad spectrum of the arts. Having recently written in 2015, produced and directed ‘In Light of Tom Mathias’ a site specific production back to her home village in Cillgerran. I have a particular interest and a vast amount of experience of working with community, using the arts to empower and enrich peoples lives.

Some of my work includes, Adamsdown Arts Association on a number of projects in Adamsdown and Splott and a number of projects with Oasis a charity that help support Refugees and Asylum Seekers. In January 2016 she volunteered on Transform Project India working with 700 children from deprived areas and schools with 20 Artists on a carnival with recycled materials. To help raise awareness of waste.

My interest lies in Immersive Theatre and Outdoor Arts, having recently worked on Ar Waith ar daith, with Walk the Plank WMC 10th Year Anniversary as a puppeteer and with Vagabondi Arts with smaller scale puppets, family shows. Some of my Theatre work includes, Theatr Ffynnon with adults with learning difficulties. National Theatre Wales on the Big Democracry Project which intentions were to facilitate discussions around issues raised from communities around Wales as facilitator/performer.

My passion and work is rooted in helping make a change and a difference to individuals lives within communities.

Dobrinka Valkova

Artist

Dobrinka came to the notion of doing Sensory Installations after a painful experience that left her semi-blind for two months in 2004. This gave birth to an artistic installation and short film, based on interviews with blind people and reconstructing the way they move in reality, that was realised in Bulgaria. This is where she has discovered for herself the beauty of working in darkness with the senses. After that, she got introduced to Sensory Labyrinth Theatre in 2005 via a TOT in Caerdroia, North Wales and felt in love with the multidimensionality of this social drama method.

By education she has a bachelor in Cultural Study, Anthropology and Linguistics (2000) with a consequent specialization as a psychodrama therapist (2007). She has been also trained and practiced community development by the means of art, nature and heritage in rural areas in Bulgaria (2001 ongoing), as well as action research.

She entered the NGO sector in 2001 as a project manager of an online environmental NGO network of 5/600 hundred environmental organizations. Later on, (2004-2008) she worked as a manager of an online shop. She is still interested in the field of online marketing.

Currently she works in a fine arts and jewelry gallery in her native town, Veliko Turnovo in the heart of Bulgaria, which is a touristic site rich in culture and history, and popular among climbers with its pre-mountain landscape and rocks. There she is also taking care after her 9 year old daughter and doing her meditation practice. Plus some SEO or other freelance activities in the fields above.

 

Languages:

English – advanced level

Russian – intermediate

Spanish and Italian –  beginners’ level

Jelena Vuksanovic

Writer

I have studied at Faculty of Dramatic Arts Belgrade, Serbia where I obtained the MA in Dramaturgy (playwriting & screenwriting). The additional trainings I gained through postgraduate studies with Moving Academy for Performing Arts –MAPA Netherlands & ISI Denpasar, Indonesia, focusing on Cultural and Performing Studies.

Besides my artistic and cultural interests I was also always attracted to social themes and work with local communities. My early experiences led to being involved in establishing 2 NGO organizations where I participated in various professional and educational productions, and have worked as a writer, facilitator, trainer and artistic manager. In our work we’ve been supported by the organizations like: European Youth in Action, UNICEF, Share SEE, Red Cross, MATRA Netherlands, local municipalities and Ministries, American Embassy programs and many more. Through these various projects I’ve been involved in making several film projects, some of them being short movies, video works and feature film “Last Class”. My second feature film “Panama” on which I worked as a co-screenwriter was premiered during the Cannes Film Festival 2015. In the “Special Screenings” category.

The first experience with Sensory Labyrinth Theatre was back in 2005. And the work I did with colleagues from the network The Republic of the Imagination has been evolving since then. The Sensory Portal project is a new step in creating another Incredible Immersive Theatre experience.

Ellora Adam

Producer

Gyuri Jakabfi

Architect

Hungarian architect, musician and eco-designer. Gyuri is developing many initiatives for TROTI including a touring performance space.

Alejandra Barrera

Peace Activist

Alejandra, originally from Mexico, is a poetess and artists based in Vienna. Her focus is on arts for peace and de-growth and her practice involves creating peace Mandalas and Haiku.

Viola Lukacs

Curator

Hungarian curator studying in Geneva and integrating the work of TROTI into high arts context and developing partnership projects with art galleries.

 

Elizabeth Daniels

Mindfulness Teacher

Elizabeth is based in St. Davids, Pembrokeshire and leads on the Mindful Wales initiative for the Republic of the Imagination.

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Leah Crossley

Digital Image-Maker

Patricia O’Sullivan

Chair

Jeff Greenidge

Trustee

Teacher, change manager and Board Director in public and private sector organisations in UK and Europe, Education and sport have been my playground. When we create opportunities for people to play together and connect we transform individuals, change lives and build communities. I simply want to play a small part in making something big happen.

Noreen Blanluet

Trustee

Coach and Facilitator
Experience in non-profit sector, working on transforming public services as a co-founder of Co-production Wales. Passionate about personal, professional and social change, and particularly interested in citizen-centred participative design.

Rhian Jones

Treasurer