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running from the 7th to the 10th of november 2024

© projeto solo / keren chernizon

b12 fall


location: eden***** studios


Zoe Gyssler


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the acting body dances

in this workshop, you will dive into a part of zoe’s choreographic research that explores storytelling body languages and fictional character creation through physical tasks, emotional states, inner motivations, thought processes, scene target, and physical improvisations. during these 4 days, you will work alone, with a partner, and in a group. you will get to know zoe's concept of the contradictive body, which is based on detailed movement research, using isolation work to dismember a body into its pieces. furthermore, we will explore the translation of emotional states into physical states and into movement, and vice versa. we will work with guided physical tasks, in order for you to discover your own character movement language. we will touch base with physical patterns and physical exhaustion, and use a short text to contextualise, compose and build theatrical situations. get to know your character through how your own body responds! create a psychologically rich and complex character and, also, physically dynamic, expressive and urgent movement language; always in a constant transformation between physical and psychological states! as soon as you are registered, you will be asked to send an email to zoe with information about your own choice of a character (deadline: 2 weeks before the workshop starts). additionally, you will be asked to bring costumes and/or an object related to your character.

please be aware of our early bird special offer for this workshop! you can apply for this offer up until the 15th of september 2024. after the 15th the regular workshop fee applies. applications are accepted up until one day before the workshops starts.

zoe gyssler is a freelance dancer, performer, and choreographer, based between berlin, basel, and mallorca. over the past ten years, zoe has been working at the intersection between acting and dancing: as a performer, she was working in dance theatre and theatre, as well as a choreographer and movement director for theatre plays in different state theatres in germany. she has worked internationally with choreographers such as wim vandekeybus, johannes wieland, maxine doyle, helder seabra, tom weinberger, luke murphy, edan gorlicki, and others. as a choreographer, she co-founded the women's collective bufo makmal in basel, in 2013, which toured switzerland with all.es. and into pieces. since 2016 she has continued to make her own works, which have been shown at the staatstheater kassel, lot-theater braunschweig, theater aan de rijn arnheim, and le nouveau monde fribourg, among others. in november 2022, she showed her recent production firestarter in monopol, berlin. zoe has been a guest teacher and choreographer at various dance schools throughout europe since 2010. since 2021 she has been working closely with theatre director alexander nerlich, as part of the production team for various theatre plays at stadttheater ingolstadt and staatstheater mainz.



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