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summer | main event
running from the 1st to the 30th of july 2023

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b12 summer main event

location: eden***** studios & dock11


nadine gerspacher

cia nadine gerspacher | former dancer of dave st. pierre company montreal


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this performance project is designed for around 15 people and lasts for 12 days (sunday off). it will be presented alongside two other performance projects at dock 11, a theater in the center of berlin. nadine’s performance project runs from 19 - 30 july 2023.

19 july - 21 july: 13:00 - 16:30 at dock 11 studio
22 july : 13:00 - 16:30 at eden studios
23 july: no rehearsal
24 july - 26 july : 13:00 - 16:30 at dock 11 theater
27 july: 13:45 - 17:15 at dock 11 theater
28 july: 12:30 - 15:30 at dock 11 theater
29 july: 10:30 - 11:30 at dock 11 theater / 11:30 - 12:30 at dock 11 studio / 16:00 - 18:00 dress rehearsal at dock 11 theater with all three groups
30 july: 11:00 -12:00 feedback session at dock 11 studio or theater (tbd)

29 july: 19:00 - 20:30 at dock 11 theater
30 july: 16:00 - 17:30 & 19:00 - 20:30 at dock 11 theater

the application deadline is 28 april 2023.

paradise is a feeling

nadine gerspacher's penchant is dance theatre inspired by everyday life. as humans have done since the beginning of time, nadine explores our experience of relationships, emotions, motivations, struggles and successes through stories, in search of meaning and deeper truths. she conceives and brings to life characters inhabiting imaginative worlds of absurdity, poetry, and unfiltered physicality. grotesque moments filled with humour, vulnerability and transformation are trademarks of her creations. her physicality is defined by a raw, powerful movement balanced with a special attention to detail, particularly in the movement of the hands. playing with different textures, switching from light to thick, her movement is a consistent search for surprises. in this way, each creation emerges from both the personal and the collective essence created by nadine and the participants. she enjoys getting to know the dancers, developing special roles for character work with them. the intention is to provide a fertile group for creative work by cultivating exchange, openness and diversity. nadine encourages spontaneity in the creation process. the play of contrasts and extremes, moving pictures, as well as her cinematographic style, are essential to her creations. nadine fosters collaboration in the studio, offering the opportunity for dancers to be actively engaged in the creation process and to bring their own knowledge and experience into the process.

nadine gerspacher is a freelance dancer, choreographer, teacher and artistic director of her own company cia nadine gerspacher. she has been working internationally for over 20 years and choreographs worldwide for companies and universities. among others, she danced for five years with the internationally renowned dance theatre company dave st. pierre from montreal, which strongly influenced her own choreographic work. in 2015 she worked as a choreographer for the cirque du soleil. in 2016 she received the isadora prize from the iwanson-sixt foundation in munich for her exceptional achievements in contemporary dance. in her trilogy 2019-2021, which she successfully completed in september 2021, she described and questioned various facets of the pre-corona era. in 2022 she successfully celebrated her latest piece re. im e-werk freiburg: a duet that she created together with arias fernandez, which combines krump dance and contemporary dance. furthermore, she leads the two programs free bodies & free roots, which accompany young dancers over eight months, preparing them for their professional careers. in 2022 she also opened free zone, a centre for movement, creation and performance in barcelona, with nicolas ricchini. in addition, she is the co-founder of the nexo festival in freiburg/germany together with tina halford. cia nadine gerspacher receives 2022 guest performance funding from tanzland/inthega houses for 2023-2026.


cia nadine gerspacher

cia nadine gerspacher is an international project serving as a creative platform for the company's own creations, as well as for collaborations with other artists and commissioned choreographic works for dance institutions and other companies, as well as the organization of the nexo festival in freiburg/germany. the company combines dance and theatre in a poetic way. nadine gerspacher's central field of work is a dance theatre fired by everyday life. she creates small worlds inhabited by eccentric characters where the absurd, poetry and unfiltered physicality come together in a narrative way. humor, transformations, grotesque moments and vulnerability play central roles in her plays. basic questions of human existence: who are we, what are we looking for? and what is love? are constantly being re-examined in different ways. her pieces are multi-media, characterized by powerful dance and acrobatic elements. in general, the creations have a clear aesthetic, are of high quality and strong in their essence. the pieces deal with socio-critical and current topics. the works bring to life surprising images with the power to engage the audience emotionally and to even captivate younger or inexperienced audience members. apart from creating physical dance theatre, the company organizes dance education workshops and trainings for professional & non-professional dancers. since 2018 the work of cia nadine gerspacher is constantly funded by different institutions in germany.


Camille Lejeune

She was born in France. After studying sociology, she began her training in dance, pedagogy and jazz dance in 2015. In Granada, she discovered contemporary dance, where she decided to start her training in Toulouse, at the Center choréographique James Carles. She continued her study with the young company FREE BODIES in 2019 in Barcelona. Since 2021 she has danced with Cia Nadine Gerspacher in various works such as THE AGE OF AQUARIUM, NUEX & DAS INNERE BEBEN. In 2022 she works as a rehearsal director in the FREE ROOTS program in Barcelona and in 2023 she will work as an assistant for the “Performance project” at the b12 festival in berlin together with Nadine Gerspacher. Camille Lejeune is a very versatile dancer: she is interested in various forms of dance and its expression, as well as singing, clowning, dance theater and performance. She creates imaginary worlds inspired by images and situations in which she can develop her imagination and translate it in a minimalist way.


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