BRÜCKEREI #1

18-30 July 2022, Tanzhaus Zürich

For its first ever edition, the choreographic development platform brought together a large group of movers of all kinds with an insatiable curiosity to explore all things dance and choreography can be.

During a two-week process-oriented artistic exchange, 3 choreographers (1 international, 1 national, 1 local), 15 professional dancers (from various linguistic regions of Switzerland) and 15 non-professional dancers (from Zürich) had the unique opportunity to work under the guidance of the internationally acclaimed Belgian stage director Alain Platel. As an artistic research guideline, Platel invited the eclectic group of participants to creatively respond to Stravinsky’s music Le Sacre du Printemps, a daunting challenge for any creator but also a rite of passage in the dance field.

Platel’s artistic work is characterized by an atypical approach to movement and a collaborative practice which brings together people from all walks of life and professional backgrounds. For more than 30 years, this singular artist has not only left an undeniable mark in the field of performance but also continuously fostered the emergence of the next generation of choreographers with kindness and generosity. By bringing his intuitive care and extensive expertise to BRÜCKEREI #1, Platel facilitated the spirit of togetherness and of choreographic discovery which the platform stands for.

The platform comprised daily training practices, research sessions, collective sharing/feedback get-togethers and private mentoring sessions for the choreographers. The outcomes of the choreographic research were presented to an audience in the frame of two public informal sharings on Saturdays 23+30 July 2022 at Tanzhaus Zürich.

Team

Artistic Direction: Romain Guion, Caroline Finn

Artistic mentorship: Alain Platel

Project management: Irene Andreetto, Martina Langmann

Choreographers: Phoebe Jewitt, Aly Khamees, Clébio Oliveira

Professional dancers: Léna Bagutti, Lia Beuchat, Giulia Esposito, Sofiya Gakh, Jorge Garcia Pérez, Neil Höhener, Abraham Iglesias Rodriguez, Petr Nedbal, Kwangsuk Park, Elisa Serrano Pinos, Morgane Stephan, Ana Van Tendeloo

Non-professional dancers: Alice Aubert, Jo Baan, Joel Bucher, Corsin Gaudenz, Désirée Myriam Gnaba, Reiner Heidelberg, Susanne Henning, Alessandra Hitz, All Morelos, Marie Oyié Ndzambana, Marielle Progin, Flamur Shabanaj, Sofia Trommsdorff, Nathalie Wächli, Cybèle Mattea Zinsli

Dance Stagiaires: Rosine Ponti, Clara Tulli, Robin Waldburger

Dance Teachers: Simone Blaser, Caroline Finn, Diane Gemsch, Angélique Keller, Clea Onori, Patricia Rotondaro

Researcher: Milena Büchi

Photo documentation: Maria Cheilopoulou

Video documentation: Michael Schwendinger

Collaborative partners: Tanzhaus Zürich, Höhere Fachschule für Zeitgenössischen und Urbanen Bühnentanz

Funders: Stadt Zürich Kultur, Jubiläumsstiftung der Schweizerischen Mobiliar Genossenschaft, Migros-Kulturprozent, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Gwärtler Stiftung, Stiftung Corymbo, Dr. Adolf Streuli-Stiftung