Shua Group is the art duo of choreographer and movement artist Joshua Bisset and visual artist and dancer Laura Quattrocchi. They create movement based artworks which encourage deep listening, human exchange, and spatial and perceptual transformation. Shua Group is currently based in Detroit, Michigan where they direct Andy a 20 sq/ft creative space. They were based in New York City and Jersey City, NJ from 2000 to 2016.
Shua Group works include mass performances and actions in public spaces, audience interactive events and site-related and stage dance. Projects are built through choreography, live and field recorded sound, and interactions with objects, sites and geography. Shua Group is directed by Joshua Bisset and Laura Quattrocchi and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Shua Group has been presented by dance and performance presenters in New York City including Danspace Project, Movement Research, Dixon Place, the 92nd St Y, Joyce Soho, New Dance Alliance; in museums including the American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore) and the Jersey City Museum; at universities including the University of Florida, Rutgers University, and Texas Womens University; in galleries including the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Detroit Contemporary, Victory Arts (New Jersey); and internationally by Tacheles, Berlin, Kontainer, Bilbao Spain, Le Temps D'Aimer La Danse, Biarritz France, Danza Parco, Brescia Italy, Landiver University, Guatemala, Echo Arts, Cyprus, FIDA, Toronto Canada. Shua Group has received grants from Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the American Music Center, Hudson County Cultural Affairs and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Joshua Bissetis a dance choreographer and movement artist. Since 1998, he has created original stage and site-specific dances and performance projects in New York, New Jersey, nationally and internationally. He founded Shua Group in 2000 in Jersey City, NJ. Josh's work develops from preoccupation about the line between self and other, private and public, and has sought to democratize the performance space and the perception of the performing body. In recent years his works with Laura Quattrocchi and independently have included installation and participatory events. He also founded ShuaSpace, a streetside arts venue in Jersey City which support innovative art in media. Joshua graduated with a degree in philosophy of religion from Bowdoin College, came to New York in 1998 to pursue contemporary dance. Joshua has been influenced by the movement artists of Daniel Lepkoff, Elaine Summers, Julian Hamilton and Laura Quattrocchi. He continues to study somatic based practices including Skinner Release Technique and Feldenkrise Method.
Laura Quattrocchi is a movement and visual artist. She came to New York City in 1995 from Italy to study contemporary dance. Central to her artistic development was meeting and working with Daniel Lepkoff, Elaine Summers, and Joshua Bisset. Her practice includes costuming and visual art, focusing on found objects and everyday materials. Her individual visual and performance artwork work has been presented by The Jersey City Museum, The Newark Museum, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Detroit Contemporary, The Harn Museum of Art, ShuaSpace, and The Gateway Project in Newark. Laura has performed with David Parker and The Bang Group, Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, Tam Le, Kun-Yang Lin, Andrea Haenggi, Elaine Summers, Jody Oberfelder, and she is a founding member of Shua Group which she co-directs with Joshua Bisset.
Sylvestre Gobart is a Brussels-based visual artist working in the media of photography and video. He uses installation as a means of putting form to the concepts he develops in his pieces. Formally his research in photography is focused on the relation between the topic in which he is working and the material he uses, which gives resonance to the idea of the work. Conceptually, his works revolve around the mechanism of the transformation of identity. Currently he is developing a collaborative project composed of photography/video and sound with Stéphane Garin, a sound artist. This new work is about the relation that we keep with the memory of the Shoa and has been presented in Bayonne, France in march 2009. Recently he had also a close collaboration with Shua group in which he realized a multi-media project in Bayonne, France, Emily Harvey Foundation and Jersey City Musuem in USA. Sylvestre Gobart has shown his work in Spain, France, USA, Senegal, Guatemala and Argentina. He had had solo shows at Galeria sol Del Rio Guatemala, Bienale d Art contemporain de Dakar, Dakar, at ARTEBA in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the Gallery ARTE x ARTE in 2005.
Stephan Garin is a Spain-based percussionist, phonographer, and composer and has performed with the ensemble Intercontemporain (EIC), the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brussels philharmoni conducted by Pierre Boulez, Péter Eötvös, Léon Fleisher or François-Xavier Roth; with musicians, dancers, performers and directors such as Antoine Beuger/Jürg Frey (Wandelweiser), Carl Craig, Pascal Comelade, Julyen Hamilton, Ryoji Ikeda (superposition project), Pierre-Yves Macé, Stephan Mathieu, Moritz von Oswald (Basic channel), Shua Group, Christian Wolff.
He is Founder of 0 a collective of musicians (with Sylvain Chauveau & Joël Merah), 0sound.tumblr.com. Member of the OPPB conducted by Fayçal Karoui, Pau-Pays de Béarn orchestra, second percussion of the ensemble of contemporary music Dedalus conducted by Didier Aschour dedalusensemble.blogspot.fr of the collective phonographer in Basque country, Soinumapa soinumapa.net - audio-lab.org. Since 2005, he has been working in collaboration with the visual artist Sylvestre Gobart; an artistic work on the memory of extermination during World War II (France, Poland, Ukraine) garin-gobart.tumblr.com
Diana Quinones Rivera's experimental dance films Absorb and White Oaks have shown in the Performance Mix Festival of NYC and (White Oaks) at the On The Wall Dance Film Series in Berlin. Waste Park screened in 2012 at the Queens Museum of Art and one of her latest short documentaries, It’s a Feeling, Dancing with Jeff Selby, screened in 2014 at the Dance on Camera Film Festival of NYC. She obtained a B.A. in Film and Literature at University of Puerto Rico and a Post Graduate certificate in Filmmaking at London Film School. Currently attending school for the Integrated Media Arts MFA program at Hunter College, NYC.
Tzveta Kassabova is a Bulgarian born independent choreographer, costume designer and installation artist, named one of the '25 to watch' in 2012 by Dance Magazine. At different times she has been a gymnast, physicist, and meteorologist. As a dancer, Tzveta has been part of Ed Tyler, Sara Pearson/Patrik Widrig and David Dorfman Dance companies, and has performed in works of Mark Haim, Nancy Bannon, Maurice Fraga, Zoltan Nagy, Joshua Bisset, Netta Yerushalmy, and Colleen Thomas, among others. Her work as a choreographer has been presented at CSPAC(MD), Dance Place(DC), Kennedy Center(DC), Test!0 (Croatia), NBU(Bulgaria), Judson Church(NYC), Dixon Place(NYC), Mulberry Street Theater(NYC), Artomatic. She received a Metro DC Dance Award (2008), the Prince George’s Arts Council grant (2009 and 2012) and Maryland State Arts Council Award (2010 and 2011). She holds three Masters degrees. Tzveta believes that dance is a visual art form. She has always been fascinated by the concept of space, and is constantly trying to address it, both in her choreography and design.