International summer dance intensive

Stage2015complet17 - 22 August  *the course is now full*

Ecole de Danse de Genève & Conservatoire Populaire de Musique, Danse et Théâtre offer


The fourth edition of the Summer intensive dance course will offer a true insight into working methods of current top choreographers' repertoire along with teachers involved with the types of companies performing this repertoire. This is a course for intermediate to advanced students.
The advanced students (16-22) will be taking class with high-profile teachers such as Alexandra Damiani (Cedar Lake director), Corinne Rochet (Marchepied co-director), Rafi Sadi (former dancer with Cullberg ballet) and Yen-Ching Lin (dancer from Akram Khan company).
The younger dancers (12-15) will be taking classes with the directors of both schools and can taste, first-hand, the rich contemporary repertoire of the Ballet Junior de Genève with the company's rehearsal staff.
On the final day of the course a public presentation of the week's work will be presented.

Alexandra Damiani - Ballet class

Alexandra-DamianiMs. Damiani was named Artistic Director in Spring 2014. A native of France, Ms. Damiani studied ballet at the Geneva Dance Center with David Allen and Claudine Kamoun before moving to Paris where she trained with Attilio Labis and Patricia Alzetta, thanks to the support of Francis Lalanne. After winning the International Competition of Marseilles, Damiani was invited to dance with the stars of the Paris Opera Ballet in Budapest and was awarded a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, prompting her to move to New York.
Since 2005, after a 15-year dance career as a soloist with Complexions, Donald Byrd/The Group and Les Ballets Jazz of Montreal, Ms. Damiani has been the Ballet Master of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.
Ms. Damiani is honored to have worked with artists and innovators both in her work with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet as well as independently, such as Donald Byrd, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jacopo Godani, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Rodrigo Pedereinas, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Victor Quijada, Dwight Rhoden, Jo Strømgren, and Didy Veldman among others.
Ms. Damiani is frequently invited to conduct master classes in the U.S. and around the world with such dance institutions as the Juilliard School, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and Ballet Junior de Geneve. Also, since 2008 she has served in the advisory board of the New York Theatre Ballet.
Ms. Damiani is now a 22nd generation Taoist Dragon Gate lineage holder. She is an avid student and teacher in the ancient healing practice of Qigong.

Rafi Sady - Mats Ek repertoire

SADIRafi Sadi was trained at The Bat-Dor Beer-Sheva/Tel-Aviv school of Dance, Israel
He was a member of the Cullberg Ballet for 14 years where he danced many lead roles, including Carabosse in Mats Ek's "Sleeping Beauty", Don José in Mats Ek's "Carmen" and Romeo in Birgit Cullberg's "Romeo and Juliet".
He has worked with many world known choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Jirí Kylián, Christopher Bruce, Oscar Araiz, Rudi van Dantzig, Didy Veldman, Robert North, and Kenneth Kvarnstrom to name a few.
Before joining Cullberg, Rafi was a soloist at the Bat-Dor Dance company in Israel and a principal dancer with "Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève" for 7 years. He has made guest appearances with Het National Ballet in Amsterdam and the Royal Swedish Opera's soloist Company "59 North" in the U.S.A and Finland.
Rafi has also been touring with Cristina Caprioli, and has recently been responsible for staging Mats Ek's " Casi Casa" on Danza Contemporánea de Cuba " in Havana, Cuba, and "The Sleeping Beauty" with the Zurich Ballet.
In 2010 he danced in Orphée directed and choreographed by Mats Ek at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, and the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm with "The Tempest".
In 2012/13, he assisted Mats Ek during his latest new piece for the Royal Ballet of Sweden "Romeo and Juliet" and re-staged "Carmen" to Sylvie Guillem and the Tokyo Ballet.
Rafi has been invited to participate in many performances and galas around Europe, the USA and Israel. He also frequently teaches Mats Ek workshops and repertoire.

Yen-Ching Lin - répertoire Akram Khan

Yen-ChingBorn in Taiwan, Yen-Ching Lin studied at the Taipei National University of the Arts and the London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) where she completed the Postgraduate Diploma program in 2003 and obtained an MA in Contemporary Dance in 2007. During her studies at LCDS, Yen-Ching worked with choreographers such as Maresa von Stockert, Charles Lawrence, Jonathan Lunn and Jan de Schynkel. She was a member of a post-graduate company Edge05, joined the Bern Ballet in 2006 and danced for Hofesh Shechter Company from 2007 to 2010. Since joining Akram Khan Company in 2010, she danced in Vertical Road, London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony and iTMOi.

Workshop Description
Akram Khan Company will be offering to the participants a fascinating insight into the company's practice and choreography. The aim of the workshop is to deepen the awareness of the body through elements like inner/outer space, speed and repetition. The students will also have the opportunity to learn and go deeper into Akram's physical signature by learning phrases from two of his acclaimed pieces: Vertical Road and iTMOi.

Corinne Rochet - contemporary class

RochetCorinne Rochet trained in France with Anne-Marie Porras (Epsedance) and with the apprentice programme of Dominique Bagouet.
She obtained her state diploma for teaching contemporary dance in 1995.
As a teacher she is regularly invited by professional companies such as Cie Philippe Saire, Alias, Cie Linga, Cie Jean-Marc Heim, Bern Ballet, ...
After dancing for many contemporary choreographers, Corinne Rochet, in association with Nicholas Pettit, founded the Cie Utilité Publique in 2003 in Lausanne (Switzerland).
They created together many pieces such as  the duo FIZZ which won them the European choreography competition AEROWAWES. An award that allowed their work an international scope.
En 2001, to address a lack of contemporary dance training in Switzerland, they established the "Marchepied", both a company and a training programme for young dancers wishing to become professional contemporary dancers. In 2007, they received the Prix de l'Eveil from the Fondation Vaudoise pour la Culture.

Course schedule

From Monday 17th to Friday 21st August
GROUP A (12-15 years old)
12:30am-2:00pm Ballet
2:15pm-3:00pm Pointe work
3:00pm-4:00pm Break
4:00pm-7:00pm Workshop / Ballet Junior de Genève repertoire

GROUP B (16-22 years old)
9:00am-10:30am Ballet
10:45am-12:15pm Contemporary
12:15pm-2:15pm Lunch Break
2:15pm-4:30pm Workshop / Akram Khan repertoire
4:45pm-7:00pm Workshop / Mats Ek repertoire

Saturday 22nd August
9:00am-10:00am Ballet
10:15am-12:00pm presentation rehearsal
4:15pm-5:00pm Summer Intensive dance course presentation

12:15pm-1:30 Ballet
1:45pm-2:45pm Mats Ek's workshop rehearsal
2:45pm-3:45pm Akram Khan's workshop rehearsal
4:15pm-5:00 Summer Intensive dance course presentation


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