José Alfarroba was born in 1950 in southern Portugal. Before moving to France in 1969 for political reasons, he had been studying architecture. In France, he first worked for the Culture and Freedom Network of Léo Lagrange. In 1984, he became the director of Le théâtre Rutebeuf where he founded a street art festival called Folies Urbaines.
In 1998 Jose Alfarroba became the Artistic Director of the Théâtre de Vanves focusing on presenting modern dance, theatre, music and cinema.
On his initiative, the international interdisciplinary festival Artdanthé was created in 1998 at Théâtre de Vanves. It also offers shows in association with the festival Suresnes cités danse, which takes place at the same time of the year.
Whereas contemporary dance has become the centrepiece of this international festival, it is also open to other fields such as theater, performance, visual arts etc. The festival is recognized today for its high-quality standards and its support for young choreographers and directors such as Boris Charmatz, Dave St-Pierre, Herman Diephuis, Fabrice Lambert, Gaël Sesboüé, Kataline Patkaï, Yves-Noel Genod, Jan Martens, Jeanne Candel etc.
While being the artistic director of the Théâtre de Vanves, José Alfarroba developed several programs to support young artists. He was rewarded the medal of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2012 for his work in promoting performing arts.
After finishing his studies in Law and Communication in Paris, Tristan Barani has been working for the Théâtre de Vanves since 2006. He has been in charge of production and public relation for the festival Artdanthé. Since 2010 he has been responsible for developing international relations of the Artdanthé festival together with José Alfarroba. Under the new Director of the Théâtre de Vanves, Anouchka Charbey, he is the programmer of the Artdanthé festival with a focus on dance, performances, theatre, visual arts and music. In 2015 he was appointed Expert of the Dance Commission for the DRAC Île-de-France organization depending of the Ministry of Culture of France. At present, he is also responsible for running an exchange and cooperation programme between Vanves, Bruxelles and Paris to promote the work of young emerging artists and companies in performing arts.
The focus of Vaba Lava
Whereas the focus of the previous seasons were German-speaking countries, the focus of Vaba Lava for the 2017/2019 seasons is Francophonie and French culture.