Slater Penney has won an Emmy, appeared on TEDx, and successfully toured locally and internationally. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Theatre Arts, trained at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, and is an Actor-Creator of ensemble physical theatre. Notable devised production companies include the Submarine Show, Naked Empire Bouffon Company, California Revels, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Kinetic Arts Productions, and Lunatique Fantastique. Slater continues to teach at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, and has eyes on the rest of the world.
Ekaterina Zharinova is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, curator, and dance researcher based in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Ekaterina graduated from the Contemporary Dance School of the Yekaterinburg Center for Contemporary Arts under director Lev Shulman in 2000. For the next five theater seasons, she danced extensively with Provincial Dances, prominent Russian contemporary dance company, under choreographer Tatiana Baganova. Since 2006, she has been working independently as well as in artistic collaborations. In 2007-2017, Ekaterina run Small Format Festival of contemporary dance and performance art, devoted to diverse experiments with movement and choreography. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of dance, mathematics and technology. In 2013-2017, she collaborated with computer scientist Denis Perevalov to create dance performances with digital technology. In January 2017, she was awarded MFA in Dance from the George Washington University. In recognition of originality and risk in performance art, in 2017 she was awarded 2017 C.A.S.T. Award (The Maida Withers Dance Construction Company Innovation Award). Currently, Ekaterina Zharinova is a Ph.D. student in Performance Studies at the University of California, Davis.