Methodology & repertoire workshop
Christopher Roman began his formal training and danced as an apprentice with The School of Cleveland Ballet continuing his training at The School of American Ballet in New York City. He was subsequently invited into the ranks of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and as a soloist and principal with Edward Villella's Miami City Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt and The Forsythe Company, performing a prolific and diverse array of important choreographic works, originating over forty roles and touring extensively worldwide. He has been a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Sasha Waltz and Guests in Berlin. Christopher was co-founder, choreographer and performer for the company 2+ with former Wooster Group video designer Philip Bussmann and has created work with 2+ and independently for The Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Festival de Danse in Cannes, Kuenstlerhaus Mousonturm, Cadance Festival Holland, Staatstheater Gärtnerplatz, Skulpturenpark in Graz and others. William Forythe's Bessie Award winning You Made Me a Monster was created with Mr. Roman and he is the 2009 recipient of Germany's highest theater honor Der Deutsche Theaterpreis DER FAUST for Best Performance: Dance in The Forsythe Company's, I don't believe in outer space. He is also featured in the Thierry De May film of Forsythe's work, One Flat Thing, reproduced.
As a ballet master, choreographic assistant and administrator Christopher has staged and assisted the works of William Forsythe internationally, been a teacher of improvisational techniques, a research collaborator for the Ohio State University project Synchronous Objects and the Score Manager and Education Coordinator for the Motion Bank initiative in association with The Forsythe Company. He is currently the curator and organizer for the MFA in Dance, European Study Program at Hollins University in affiliation with The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, Mousonturm and The University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt. Since 2011 Christopher has been guest and adjunct faculty and choreographer in residence for Butler University, The Juilliard School, Hollins University, Princeton University, The Palucca Schule, Harvard University, The Goethe Institute worldwide, Steps NY, Peridance, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Springboard Dance Montreal and Dance Arts Faculty in Rome. Mr. Roman was one of the artists selected to be part of the final Solo Performance Commissioning Project with Deborah Hay for her work Dynamic and as one of the twenty artists to perform in Boris Charmatz’s curation of 20 Dancers for the XX Century at MoMA. He was the choreographic assistant to William Forsythe for the original work Rearray at Sadler's Wells for Sylvie Guillem and Nicolas LeRiche and for his newest creation for the Paris Opera Ballet entitled Blake Works I.
In September 2013, Christopher assumed the role of Associate Artistic Director of The Forsythe Company and is on the Board of Trustees for the Forsythe Foundation. In 2016, Christopher became the Artistic Director and dance artist with the DANCE ON Ensemble, a company for dancers over 40 based in Berlin. Together with the ensemble, he helped create 11 original works with Matteo Fargion, Rabih Mroué, William Forsythe, Kat Valastur, Deborah Hay, Ivo Dimchev, Johannes Wieland and Jan Martens premiering and touring internationally and included a creation with director Ersan Mondtag and the Berliner Ensemble.
In 2018, he grounded the SALT co., a collective of renowned dancers creating work and programming with curiosity and integrity. He is currently working on a new evening with William Forsythe for Sadler’s Wells and a new work with Deborah Hay for Tanz im August, among others.
Cyril Baldy is a choreographer, dancer and teacher. Born in Woippy France in 1980. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris from 1993 to 1997.
As a dancer he joined his first professional company in 1997 named Jeune Ballet de France. From 1998 to 2002 he successively was part of Nederland Dans Theatre II and Nederland Dans Theatre I under the direction of Jiri Kylian. In 2002, he became a member of Frankfurt Ballet than The Forsythe Company in 2005 under the artistic direction of William Forsythe. In 2014, he started his new part of his career as a freelance artist and choreographer.
As a choreographer he made his debut in a collaborative work named HUE commissioned by The Forsythe Company. He successively, develop a performance technic named Spanging The Berg Or The Theory of Whatever and created 3 derivative works named If I had know it would come to this, If I had know it would come to this again and O?. In 2014, Cyril was invited to be artist in residence together with Tilman O’Donnell at Centre Choreographique Circuit-Est / Goethe Institut Montreal. In 2016 he made Whatever Singularity #327: These & Those & Upon Us at the Den Danske Scenekunstskole, WhatevernessSingularities at the Goethe Institute in Montreal and GOLD commissioned by DSS2016 in San Sebastian. In 2017 he created VARIATION(S) presented at PACT zollverein, VARIATION(S) II presented in Melbourne, and WILLIAM HAY presented in Wuppertal at the 'Neuer Kunstverein’.
In addition, Cyril is co-artistic director of SAD, and a member of HOOD.
Amancio Gonzalez, born in Spain, studied dance with Ion Beitia in Las Arenas, Spain and in the Centre de danse International Rossella Hightower in Cannes.
Before joining The Forsythe Company, he worked with several classical and modern companies.
Diplomed Ballet Master and Repettiteur, works as guest ballet teacher and as William Forsythe's works stager in companies and schools around the globe.
Valentina begins her dance education in Torino, Italy at the Studio Danza Narcisa where she studied for 10 years.
In 1995 she participates at the Prix de Lausanne and wins the ‘Prix Espoir’ and a Scholarship (Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation) for the Hamburg Ballett School where she finishes her dance studies until 1997.
She joins then The Hamburg Ballett under the direction of John Neumeier and dances for 3 years the repertory of the company.
In 2001 Valentina joins the Nederlands Dans Theater II and three years later Nederland Dans Theater I where she worked until December 2013.
In 2008 she is nominated for the “Zwaan” for the best female dancer (prestigious Dutch Award).
In NDT she had the possibility to work and create with choreographers such as Jiri Kylian,Paul Lightfoot/Sol Leon, Hans van Manen, Johan Inger, Wiliam Forsythe, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite among many others. Working with all these big names and as well working with collegues and with her husband, Lukas Timulak, she has the opportunity to grow and to always keep searching and discover new and inspiring worlds as an artist and as a human.
She is mother of two beautiful daughters.
During the last years she has being coaching and teaching NDT repertory and worked on few freelance dance projects as well as teaching young kids the magic gift of dance as an expressive mean.
After few years of studies and practice she is a certified trainer for the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® method and keep deepening her education with additional specialized courses.
Celia was born in Nice (France) where she studied at the Conservatoire Regional from 1995 till 2001. She then
furthered her studies at the Conservatoire Superieur of Musique and Danse of Lyon in 2001 where she obtained her Diploma in choreography in 2004.
She joined IT DANSA in Barcelona directed by Catherine Allard, where she explored and performed the works of Stein Celis, Peter Zuska, Jiri Kylian ,Tony Fabre, Ramon Oller and Nacho Duato. Celia then joined NDT2 in 2005.
She went on to work with Nederlands Dans Theater until 2014. During those years she encounter, Gustavo Ramirez, Ivan Perez, Stefan Toss, Alexander Ekman, Lightfoot/Leon, Enrich Olvodaivo, Marco Goecke, Johan Inger, Azure Barton,Teo Saarinen, William Forsythe, Amanda Miller, Ohad Naharin and Jiri Kylian...
She has become rehearsal director for the ZfinMalta dance company, had given several dance master classes ,performed “14’10”by Jiri Kylian in different countries and assisted choreographer such as Ivan Perez and Alexander Ekman.
Also, she has been creating for the theatre director Maxim Didenko “Earth”at The new stage in St pertersbourg premiered in June 2015 ,created a Duo “Pilgrim’s Journey”(music composed and performed by Marco Santos and choreographed by her) and a music dance video realised by Nico De Voogd in June 2015 for the Conservatory of Nice,”A tear and a smile” for Kanon Dance in St Petersbourg in 2015,”Calm upon you” for Omaggio performing group in India Goa in 2016 and “Petrichor” for Here we live and now at Korzo theater in the Netherlands in 2016.
Celia continues to delve into her fascination for movement, art, the world, human kind in all its complexity...she follows her path of expression and sharing
Georgi Milev was born in Madan (Bulgaria) on the 24th of November 1981.
At age nine he entered the National School of Dancing Arts in Sofia and graduated seven
He got his first contract as a dancer at the National Ballet of Sofia where he worked for one
In the year 2000, he joined the Theater Altenburg-Gera (Germany) for a year and a half
before he moved to France to work for CCN Ballet de Lorraine for another year and a half.
In 2003 he was offered a contract by Les Ballet de Monte-Carlo under the direction of
Jean-Christophe Maillot and dance until 2004 when he entered Nederlands Dans Theater
In 2006, after working for the junior company, he was asked to join the prestigious
Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (NDT1) where he performed until 2016.
During his carrier, Georgi has worked and created with choreographers like Jiri Kylian,
Mats Ek, Crystal Pite, Hans van Manen, Lightfoot-Leon, Wayne McGregor, Johan Inger...
Since 2016 he is a freelance dancer, teacher, assistant/choreographer.
OLIVIA TARRISH ANCONA
Olivia Ancona was born in San Francisco, however grew up in Berkeley, London, and predominately Portland, Oregon. After training at the Juilliard School, she joined the Batsheva Ensemble (2010-2012) under the direction of Ohad Naharin and returned to the main company in 2015.
Olivia was a founding member of Sharon Eyal’s LEV, and has worked with Mats EK, Johan Inger, Wim Vandekeybus in the Royal Swedish Ballet, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Eastman) and Luca Veggetti, amongst others. Most recently she was a guest with the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and in the fall of 2016 danced, acted, and coached in the upcoming film, Suspiria.
She is a certified gaga teacher and regularly teaches workshops and classes internationally, in addition to creating her own work. She is currently based out of Berlin.
Léo was born in Guadeloupe, where he began dance. He then went to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris where he studied contemporary dance, improvisation/composition, and repertoire by Angelin Preljocaj, Ohad Naharin and Merce Cunningham among others.
He then worked in various companies such as Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), Carte Blanche Company (Norway), Winterguests/Alan Øyen (Norway), Random Dance Company/Wayne Mc Gregor (England), Batsheva Dance Company (Israel) and L.E.V Company/Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar (Israel).
Léo is now an independent choreographer by researching around the Musical Body Léwoz' Guadeloupe. He also is a full member of L.E.V Company. As a developement of his relationship with Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar he also sets works in various companies.
Doug is from New Hampshire USA, and is a graduate of The Juilliard School. He danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov's Hell's Kitchen Dance before joining the Batsheva Dance Company, where he worked with Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal from 2007 - 2012. Doug was a founding member of Sharon's company, L-E-V, until 2015, when he spent 9 months as a temporary monastic at Gampo Abbey, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Canada. He then danced with the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch from 2016- 2019, and is currently a member of Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot, for the creation and touring of the company’s latest work, Revisor. He has also worked with Adam Linder, Alan Lucien Øyen, Aszure Barton, and the GoteborgsOperans Danskompani. He is a recipient of the 2007 Movado Future Legends Award, nominated by Mikhail Baryshnikov, and a 2019 “Der Faust” German Theater Prize nominee.
Gaga and repertoire workshop
Australian-born Rachael Osborne trained with Janet Karin OAM and holds an Associate Degree in Dance from the Queensland University of Technology. She danced with Ohad Naharin's Ensemble Batsheva and the Batsheva Dance Company for 16 years. There she also met and danced with Sharon Eyal, eventually becoming a founding member of Eyal’s company L-E-V. Rachael has also served as assistant to the choreographer for both Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal, helping to stage their works on companies in Europe, the U.K, Canada, Australia and the USA. Having left the folds of the Batsheva Dance Company in 2017, Rachael is now roaming where she will, keen to continue dancing, learning, teaching and staging
Ian Robinson was born in Bangor, Maine USA. He trained with the Robinson Ballet and graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA. Early in his career Ian danced with various companies and projects including Mikhail Baryshnikov's Hell's Kitchen Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Sydney Dance Company and Aszure Barton & Artists. Since 2009 Ian has danced full time with the Batsheva Dance Company and under the artistic leadership of Ohad Naharin, has continued to develop himself as a dancer, creator, teacher and videographer. He is a certified Gaga teacher and has taught classes and workshops in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. Ian has also assisted in setting Ohad’s works on various companies.
Jiri was born in Prague, Czech Republic in 1981. He started his dance
training at the pre-ballet school of the State Opera when he was eight years old
and continued his studies at the Prague National Dance Conservatory . After his graduation, Jiri joined Laterna Magika in Prague, three years later he joined NDT2
in The Hague and continued his carrier with NDT1. He has worked with many
renowned choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Crystal Pite and many others. After NDT Jiri has danced in KiddPivot Frankfurt under the leadership of Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite wherehe completed his carrier as a dancer.
Jiri has performed in prestigious theaters world wide, such as Paris Opera, Sadler’s Wells London, Teatro Real Madrid, Teatro Liceu Barcelona, Joyce Theatre New York and many many others.
As a choreographer, Jiri started creating his own short works at the annual
choreography workshop of NDT “Switch” – from dancer to choreographer and since then he has been making new works continuously.
His first bigger works were created for NDT’s Summer Intensive, from then on
for NDT2 Up & Coming programs at Korzo Theatre in Den Haag and NDT2 main
production at the stage of Lucent Dans Theater. Since his international recognition
Jiri has collaborated with dance companies in Italy, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic and USA
Rena Narumi was born in Tokyo, Japan. She trained at Centre d’artchoregraphique Franco-Japonais in Paris, France and Arts Umbrella dance graduate program in Vancouver, BC Canada. After her graduation, she has performed with ProArteDanza, Kidd Pivot, Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Royal Swedish Ballet (RSB), Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (NDT1). She has worked with renowned choreographers such as Mats
Ek, Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Sol Leon/Paul Lightfoot, Johan Ingar, Alexander Ekman, Orjan Andersson, Sharon Eyal, Franck Chartier/Gabriela Carrizo (Peeping Tom), Emily Molnar, and more. With RSB in Sweden, she performed the main role of Juliet in “Julia and Romeo” by Mats Ek in many theaters, including Paris Opera Garnier in Paris and Sadler’s Welles Theater in London. With NDT1, she traveled all over the world to perform.
From 2018 Autumn She rejoin with Kidd Pivot for new creation of “Revisor” by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young.
I love God with everything I am. That’s number one. I was born in Bolivia, South America to British parents in 1985, lived there until I was 10 when mum, dad and us 5 kids moved back to London. I trained in gymnastics from age 4 to 13 competing at a national level, then my teens took me to the world of extreme sports and thrill seeking as my main passions. All through my life I've danced for fun but when I turned 18 God led me to study professionally. So I auditioned to schools, got in, met a man called Hofesh Shechter and a woman called Helen Shute who I really owe my career to!
Since feb 2016 I am a freelance movement artist. I say movement artist because I am looking for challenge in physical theatre, acting, motion capture, parkour, fitness training, as well as dance! I'm ambitious, but with a head on my shoulders and a beautiful family holding it up!
I love movement done well, with heart and honesty.
Maëva Berthelot is a choreographer, performer, rehearsal director and teacher whose mode of working unfolds along the threshold between experimental, performative and collaborative approaches.
After graduating in 2003 from the Paris Superior Conservatoire of Music and Dance, she has collaborated with artists and companies such as Emanuel Gat, Ohad Naharin, Rambert, Clod Ensemble and spent six years as a senior member with Hofesh Shechter Company, contributing creatively as an original cast member in numerous pieces and as a teacher.
Drawing from improvisational and somatic practices, her research is rooted in a movement practice which is an ongoing inquiry into the themes of consciousness, transformation, healing, death and rebirth.
Her work intends to instil a dialogue between visible and invisible, drawing attention to the tension between conscious/unconscious, rehearsed/improvised, and on the play between material/immaterial realms.
She is constantly exploring ways to steer the body into trance, dreamlike and self hypnotic states with an emphasis on the importance of preparation in order to access those states in which the body can be utilised as a sensitive, awakened and connected vessel.
Jos Baker is a choreographer dancer, actor, and teacher. He started his dance training at the age of 7 with Oxford Youth Dance and then continued his formal education first at The Laban Center London and then at PARTS [Performing Arts Research and Training Studios] in Brussels.
From 2008 to 2014, Jos worked for Peeping Tom as a dancer, actor and collaborator, principally with the productions 32 Rue Vandenbranden , and A Louer . Since then he worked briefly for DV8 Physical Theatre on the production of John . In 2014 he directed and performed in Paris Fashion Week to promote Petit Bateau’s Cedric Charlier collection.
Jos makes his own work all over the world, his most recent choreographic works are Put Out the Flame and The Smallest Little Thing commissioned by The Hong Kong Arts Festival. Other of his choreographic works includes: Creature Man Don’Tell Me , Afla , Feedback , What do you do? , We were youth , Tidal Breath ,Let us not ask where it leads , UnderstandingSugar , Of no fixed abode , Timeline , Zungen  and The End .
On film Jos made several music videos and short films, most recently as a dancer and choreographic assistant to Damien Jalet for Falling , a Thom Yorke project directed by Paul Thomas Andersson. Other screen work includes; Forgot to live  by Ay Wing, and Let it Roll  by Mustard Gas and Roses directed by Koen Mortier, and Biegga savkala duoddariid duohken lea soames  by Elle Sofe Henrikseni, as well as several commercials.
He also teaches internationally, offering a range of classes and workshops for professional dancers.
Vinyasa / Ashtanga / Hatha
Véronique studied contemporary dance in the National Superior Conservatory ( 1999-2003 ) and
started as well to practice yoga in this period.
Since 2004, she has worked as a freelance dancer for Odile Duboc, Marie-Claude Pietragalla,
Daniela Kurz, Sylvain Groud, Mélanie Perrier, Hervé Chaussard, Anne Marion amongst others.
Dance teacher certified by the CND in Lyon, she took part in pedagogicals projects with schools, in
hospitals, retirement homes and with refugees to share dance.
Yoga alliance 500 hours certified teacher, she is invited to teach for yoga studios, professional
dancers trainings and yoga lovers in private, group and corporate classes.
She is teaching Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga in Berlin and
online and is directed Inlakech Company.