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Gauthier Dance // Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart i
Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart is a young, dynamic company of 16 highly individual, versatile dancers, directed by the dancer, choreographer and musician Eric Gauthier. The Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart presents contemporary dance by Gauthier and internationally renowned choreographers such as Mauro Bigonzetti, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Itzik Galili, Paul Lightfoot/Sol León and Hans van Manen. Set up in October 2007, Gauthier Dance established itself in the German dance scene with record speed and has become an international brand. During the first years, the company's acclaim was based on their original, humorous bills that also attracted a big young audience. Today, the programme is every bit as accessible but offers a wider choice of styles and moods. In summer 2010, Gauthier Dance saw the successful world première of their first full-length piece, Christian Spuck´s POPPEA//POPPEA, which was included among the 10 top productions of the season 2009/10 by the British specialist magazine Dance Europe and earned Spuck the German Theatre Prize THE FAUST 2011. Two years later, the „German Academy Award“ once again went to a member of Gauthier Dance: Anna Süheyla Harms won THE FAUST 2013 as Best Performer Dance. The company has a reputation for breaking new ground. Following a stereoscopic version of Gauthier's choreography Threesome which was also screened as a supporting film to Wim Wenders' PINA and seen by more than 50,000 German arthouse cinemagoers, Gauthier Dance tackled an even more ambitious project: POPPEA//POPPEA became the first full-length dance piece to be turned into a 3D film and was broadcast on the French-German television channel arte in February 2014.

Parallel to its growing fame, Gauthier Dance has intensified collaborations with international star choreographers. Following the rave success of Mauro Bigonzetti's narrative ballet Alice the next full-length piece saw its world première in June 2016: Marco Goecke's exploration of the myth NIJINSKI – a ballet which was equally celebrated by critics and audiences and is widely regarded as another milestone in the company's development. On top of a busy touring schedule with, amongst others, stops at the Festival Internacional Madrid en Danza 2016 or the Joyce Theater New York, the season 2016/17 culminated in the première of the company's 10th anniversary production BIG FAT TEN in March 2017.

Besides well over 100 „normal“ shows per year Gauthier Dance undertakes an extensive Educational and Community Outreach programme, the first of its kind in Germany: Gauthier Dance Mobile. With a specially tailored repertory of works which can be presented in small performing spaces, Gauthier Dance Mobile brings contemporary dance to youth centres, hospitals or to old people's homes.

The Theaterhaus Stuttgart, which opened its doors in 1985, is a unique cultural center which presents theatre, music, dance, cabaret, comedy, literature, political discussions and more on a total of four stages. The Theaterhaus has a long tradition of producing and presenting dance theatre; best known are the collaborations between Marcia Haydée and Ismail Ivo. The Theaterhaus has also traditionally been and continues to be, a venue for the free-lance dance scene in Stuttgart. Gauthier Dance is the First Resident Contemporary Dance Company in Stuttgart.

ecotopia dance productions: biographies Gauthier Dance Eric Gauthier
artistic director and choreographer, Gauthier Dance // Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart

It only took Eric Gauthier a few years to make it from charismatic soloist of the Stuttgart Ballet to high-profile international choreographer and head of Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart. The company's first première SIX PACK set the tone for exceptionally successful years. The Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart does not only present pieces by famous international choreographers such as Mauro Bigonzetti, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Marco Goecke, Itzik Galili, Paul Lightfoot/Sol León or Hans van Manen, but also Gauthier´s own critically acclaimed creations, including M.M. (2009) and Orchestra of Wolves (2009). It is on the strength of these two productions that Eric Gauthier was awarded the prestigious German Dance Price »Future« in the category choreography. With his original, humorous and accessible pieces Gauthier has not only won a new young audience for contemporary dance. Top companies worldwide have taken his works into their repertoire – including the Staatsballett Berlin, the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam or Het Nationale Ballet Amsterdam. Gauthier is also much in demand as dancer and choreographer for international galas between Dortmund, Munich, Houston, Madrid and Seoul. In the critics' survey 2012/13 of the German specialist magazine tanz, Eric Gauthier was twice nominated as Dancer of the Year – for the solo I Found A Fox Marco Goecke had created for him.

With record speed, the Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart did not only establish itself in the German dance scene but also as an international brand. In summer 2010, Gauthier Dance saw the successful world première of their first full-length piece, Christian Spuck´s POPPEA//POPPEA, which was included among the 10 top productions of the season 2009/10 by the British specialist magazine Dance Europe and earned Spuck the German Theatre Prize THE FAUST 2011. Two years later, the „German Academy Award“ once again went to a member of Gauthier Dance: Anna Süheyla Harms won THE FAUST 2013 as Best Performer Dance. The company has a reputation for breaking new ground. Following a stereoscopic version of Gauthier's choreography Threesome which was also screened as a supporting film to Wim Wenders' PINA and seen by more than 50,000 German arthouse cinemagoers, Gauthier Dance tackled an even more ambitious project: POPPEA//POPPEA became the first full-length dance piece to be turned into a 3D film and was broadcast on the French-German television channel arte in February 2014. Parallel to its growing fame Gauthier Dance has intensified collaborations with international star choreographers. Following the rave success of Mauro Bigonzetti's narrative ballet Alice the next promising full-length piece will see its world première in summer 2016: Rehearsals will start shortly for Marco Goecke's exploration of the myth Nijinsky.
On top of his work with the Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart Gauthier has made his mark with a highly successful festival: Devised by Gauthier and produced by Theaterhaus Stuttgart, COLOURS – INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL created a stir in the international dance world. The first of edition in summer 2015 was much praised by critcs and the audience alike. As a biennial event, the next COLOURS festival is scheduled for summer 2017.


Social commitment

As son of a leading Alzheimer's researcher, Eric Gauthier has acquired an awareness for social issues early on – and follows his convictions with deeds. Gauthier Dance undertakes an extensive Educational and Community Outreach programme, the first of its kind in Germany: Gauthier Dance Mobile. With a specially tailored repertory of works which can be presented in small performing spaces, Gauthier Dance Mobile brings contemporary dance to youth centres, hospitals or to old people's homes. In addition, Gauthier organizes and hosts an annual charity gala for the benefit of Alzheimer's research in Theaterhaus Stuttgart and is a member of the board of trustees of the Alzheimer's Foundation Baden-Wuerttemberg.


The time before Gauthier Dance

Eric Gauthier was born in Montréal, Canada. He received his initial ballet training at the school of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in his hometown and subsequently studied at the National Ballet School in Toronto, where he also received music and voice lessons. In 1995 he became an apprentice with the National Ballet of Canada under the artistic direction of Reid Anderson.
When Reid Anderson was appointed Director of the Stuttgart Ballet in 1996, he invited Eric Gauthier to come to Stuttgart with him as a member of the corps de ballet. In 2000 Eric Gauthier was named demi-soloist, and in 2002 he was promoted to Soloist.

In Stuttgart Gauthier danced many classical and neo-classical roles including Alain in Frederick Ashton's La fille mal gardée, Mercutio in John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet, the Joker in Cranko's Jeu de Cartes as well as in works by George Balanchine and Kenneth MacMillan. It was his abilities as a contemporary dancer, however, which were instantly noted by every choreographer who worked with the Stuttgart Ballet between 1996 and 2006. For ten years, Eric Gauthier danced in almost every world or company premiere, and in so doing he danced the works of, or worked directly with, an impressive roster of internationally acclaimed choreographers including Hans van Manen, John Neumeier, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Paul Lightfoot, Uwe Scholz and James Kudelka. He especially made a name for himself as an outstanding interpreter of the works of William Forsythe, dancing five of his ballets and working often with the American choreographer both in Stuttgart and in Frankfurt. During his time with the Stuttgart Ballet (1996-2007), Gauthier also inspired an impressive list of choreographers to create roles for him, most especially Christian Spuck, former resident choreographer of the Stuttgart Ballet and current Artistic Director of Zurich Ballet. Gauthier danced in eight world premieres by Spuck who created the role of Schigolch in Lulu and the leading role of the painter in ...la peau blanche... for him. Other choreographers who have created roles for Eric Gauthier include Mauro Bigonzetti, Itzik Galili, Kevin O'Day, Marguerite Donlon, Daniela Kurz, Dominique Dumais, Nicolo Fonte, Matjash Mrozewski, Douglas Lee, Marc Spradling, James Sutherland, Pascal Touzeau and Trey McIntyre.

In 2005 Gauthier made his debut as a choreographer in the prestigious „Young Choreographers“ programme of the Stuttgart-based Noverre Society. In 2006 he was invited back and created Ballet 101, which won the Critics as well as Audience Prizes at the 21. International Choreographic Competition in Hanover, Germany. In 2007, Gauthier created Air Guitar for the Noverre Society. In September 2007, shortly after leaving the Stuttgart Ballet, Eric Gauthier starred alongside the legendary dancer Egon Madsen in Christian Spuck's Don Q. which Spuck created for the Theaterhaus Stuttgart. The world premiere was a "sensational success" in the words of the critic Hartmut Regitz of "ballet-tanz" magazine. Don Q. has toured to Austria, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, Korea and many cities in Germany.

In summer 2015 Eric Gauthier presented his idea of a biannual dance festival over three weeks called COLOURS – International Dance Festival which delighted the people in the whole region and turned the Theaterhaus into a house of dance.



BALLETT MASTER and DANCERS

Takako Nishi Ballet Mistress
born in Nagoya (Japan), trained at the Tomiko Harada Ballet Studio and the Tokyo Ballet School. In 2000 she got nominated for the course of Monique Loudieres in Tokyo at Rosella’s Hightower’s l’Ecole de dance in Cannes (Centre de Danse Classique). In 2001 she won the first prize at a famous Japanese dance competition in Saitmana. From 2002 until 2004 she was dancing at Cannes Jeune Ballet. In 2005, Ed Wubbe spotted her for his Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. Following a stint at Introdans (Arnhem/Netherlands) under the direction of Roel Voorintholt, Takako Nishi was soloist of ballettmainz under the direction of Pascal Touzeau for the past five years. At the beginning of the season 2014/2015 Takako Nishi joined Gauthier Dance as Ballet Mistress.


Guillaume Hulot – Ballet Master
Born in France, Guillaume Hulot studied dance at the École de l‘Opéra and the Académie Chaptal in Paris, where he subsequently graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse. From 1999 – 2002 he danced with the Opéra in Nice, where he worked with Richard Wherlock, Youri Vámos, Marc Ribaud and Nils Christe. He then moved to Munich to work with the State Theatre at Gärtnerplatz, dancing in works by Philip Taylor, Jennifer Hanna and Cayetano Soto. From 2005 – 2009, Guillaume Hulot danced with the National Theatre in Mannheim, before moving to ballettmainz in 2010. Since April 2015 he has been ballet master of Gauthier Dance.

Anna Süheyla Harms – First Artist
Born in Australia, Anna Süheyla Harms received her dance education in ballet, modern dance, improvisation, tap, jazz and ethnic dances at the Maryke Dance Academy, at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) in Melbourne and at the École-Atelier Rudra-Béjart. Dancing in choreographies by Maurice Béjart she toured across Europe with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne and the École-Atelier Rudra. In 2008 she joined Ballet Chemnitz under the direction of Lode Devos. She danced, often as a soloist, in his choreographies as well as in pieces by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Jochen Ulrich. In March 2011 Anna Süheyla Harms became a member of the Theaterhaus Dance Company where she performs in ballets by Eric Gauthier, Mauro Bigonzetti, Alejandro Cerrudo, Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen and Christian Spuck.In November 2013 she was awarded the prestigious German Theatre Prize THE FAUST in the category Best Performer Dance.


Garazi Perez Oloriz – First Artist
Garazi Perez Oloriz was born in Spain and received her training at the Dance Conservatory in Pamplona and at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona. From 2007 until 2009 she was a member of Dantzaz Konpainia in San Sebastián where she danced works by Itzik Galili, Christophe Garcia, Hilde Koch and Thierry Malandain. In September 2009 she joined Gauthier Dance where, right in her first season, she performed in the title role of Christian Spuck`s widely acclaimed ballet POPPEA//POPPEA. At the beginning of her second season she debuted as choreographer with Rouge Lippen Fish (2010) in the Gauthier Dance production Out of the Box II. With her piece Naked Eyes from the production Out of the Box III she got invited to the international competition for Choreographers in Hannover 2012. In the same year Garazi Perez Oloriz got nominated from the magazine tanz in their yearbook as best dancer. By now her repertoire embraces choreographies by Eric Gauthier, Alejandro Cerrudo, Paul Lightfoot & Sol León, Jirí Kylián, Stephan Thoss, Cayetano Soto, Alexander Ekman and Mauro Bigonzetti.


Anneleen Dedroog – First Artist
A Belgian, Anneleen started her dance education at the Balletschool Marijke Clijsters. In 2003 she decided to study at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp. From there she was engaged at Dantzaz Konpainia, a young contemporary dance company in San Sebastián, Spain. She danced works by Sophie Antoine, Itzik Galili, Eric Gauthier, Hilde Koch, Jone San Martin, Kudo Satoshi and Lukas Timulak. Her talent was spotted by Eric Gauthier during a gala – and this is how she was engaged for the Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart in September 2011. The part of the evil Queen in Mauro Bigonzetti's Alice won her wide critical acclaim.


Barbara Melo Freire
The Brazilian Barbara Melo Freire was born in 1985 in Rio de Janeiro. At the age of 13, she left her homeland in order to study at the State Ballet School in Berlin. Her extensive repertoire includes works by William Forsythe, Christian Spuck, Mauro Bigonzetti, Cayetano Soto, Alexander Ekman, Demis Volpi, Xin Peng Wang and many others. In 2013 she was awarded the "Bajazzo" theatre prize in the ballet category. She has danced as a soloist at the Theater Rostock, the Mecklenburg State Theatre in Schwerin and most recently the Theater Dortmund. Since the beginning of the 2016/17 season, she has been a member of Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart.



Sandra Bourdais
From France, Sandra trained at the Conservatory of Rouen and the Rudra Béjart School in Lausanne. With the Béjart Ballet Lausanne she performed in Rite of Spring and Firebird, which toured Europe. In 2011 and 2012 Sandra danced in Moscow with the Studio Soundrama, artistic director Vladimir Pankov, in The Syndrome of Orpheus. At the same time
she gained professional stage experience in Lover Religious with the Fardel Contemporary Dance Ensemble under Suzanne Fardel. Since September 2013 Sandra Bourdais has been a member of Gauthier Dance.


Alessandra La Bella
Born in Italy, Alessandra La Bella was 12 years old when she was accepted into the third class at the Rome Opera’s ballet school in 2004. In 2005 she began studying at the National Dance Academy of Rome, before moving on to the Royal Danish Ballet School in Copenhagen in 2008. From 2009 to 2011 she continued her education under John Neumeier at the Ballet School of the Hamburg Ballet. It was while there that she created her first choreographies and also danced with the Hamburg State Opera. From 2011 to 2014 she was a member of the ballet ensemble of the Nordhausen Theater. She went on to feature as a guest dancer with the ballet ensemble of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz on its tour of China. Since March 2015 she has been with Gauthier Dance.


Nora Brown
The native born American Nora Brown trained at the Boston Ballet School and the North Carolina School of Arts. She danced at the Ballett Dortmund, the Metropolitan Opera Ballett, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Boston and the Manhatten Youth Ballet. Her repertoire embraces works of George Balanchine, Mauro Bigonzetti, Val Caniporali and Martha Graham. Her last engagement was at Ballett im Revier in Gelsenkirchen and was dancing in Giselle, Charlotte Salomon, Sweet Tragedies and Ruß. In September 2015 she is member of Gauthier Dance.



Francesca Ciaffoni
Italian Francesca Ciaffoni was educated at the private Ballet school Mousikè in Termano (Italy), at the Centro Studi Danza e Movimento under the direction of Lilia Bertelli in Florence and the Codarts, Rotterdam Dance Academy. She was dancing at Conny Janssen Danst in Rotterdam and collaborated with the notable Dutch choreographer Regina van Berkel on a number of occasions. She danced in Choreographies of Conny Janssen, Jirí Kylián, Samir Calixto, Sjoerd Vreugdenhil and Nacho Duato. Furthermore she was part of the Video The Mushroom Cloud of the Kyteman Orchestra in a choreography of Club Guy&Roni. In September 2015 she joins Gauthier Dance.


Rosario Guerra – First Artist
A native of Naples, Rosario received his training in classical and contemporary dance at the Scuola del Balletto di Toscana in Florence. Straightaway he became a member of Junior Balletto di Toscana and danced in choreographies by Arianna Benedetti, Mauro Bigonzetti, Michele Merola, Fabrizio Monteverde, Cristina Rizzo und Eugenio Scilgliano. Between 2009 and 2010 he was a soloist with Balletto Teatro di Torino under the direction of Loredana Furno. Touring appearances in choreographies by Matteo Levaggi took him as far as New York. Rosario Guerra is dancing at Theaterhaus Stuttgart since 2010 and calles himself this new beginning as „new life“. Rosario was awarded a Premio Danza&Danza 2011 by the Italian magazine Danza&Danza as Best Italian Dancer outside Italy – for his part in POPPEA//POPPEA but first of all for his virtuoso interpretation of Eric Gauthier’s extremely challenging solo Ballet 101 at a charity gala in Udine.



Maurus Gauthier
The native-born Swiss Maurus Gauthier received his training at the Tanzakademie Zürich and the Ballet-school of the Hamburg Ballett. His teachers were Kevin Haigen, Marianne Kruuse, Stacey Denham and Lloyd Riggins. In 2009, the young dancer got a scholarship from Migros-Kulturprozent. Maurus then performed in Vaslav, Pas-de-trois and
Bernstein Dances by John Neumeier. He gained even more stage experience in choreographies by Kevin Haigen and Vaslav Nijinsky. Before he became a member of Gauthier Dance in September 2013, he was able to prepare his professional career with the National Youth Ballet in Hamburg and gained an award from his home canton Graubünden.


Alessio Marchini
Born in Rome in 1990, Alessio started his education in Classical and Modern Dance at Alexander and Sabrina Minghi`s Passione Danza School in Rome. Alessio won the first prize at the Mediterranean Dance Competition and also at the Grand Prix Festival with his own choreography. From September 2010 he studied at the Balletto di Toscana School in Florence under the direction of Cristina Bozzolini where he danced in pieces by B. Bär, L. Geppi, E. Buratti, A. Benedetti, M. Merola, A. Placanica and Mauro Bigonzetti. In 2011 he was awarded the second prize in the Competition Rieti Danza Festival. After two years of studies at the Junior Balletto di Toscana he became a member of the independent Oniin Company. In 2014 he joined Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart.


Luke Prunty
Luke was born in Sidney/ Australia and studied at Alegria Dance Studios in Sydney under the direction of Hilary Kaplan and Archibald McKenzie, followed by Rudra Béjart in Lausanne, Switzerland. There he danced with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne pieces like Boléro, Le Concours and Le Sacre du Printemps. In 2011, Luke joined the Tiroler Landestheater Tanzcompany in Innsbruck, Austria. Under the direction of Enrique Gasa Valga, Luke performed pieces by Marco Goecke, Natalia Horecna, Angel Rodriguez, Bridget Breiner, and Enrique Gasa Valga, among others. Luke joined the company of Gauthier Dance in the season of 2014.


David Rodriguez
Born in Girona, Catalonia, David began taking ballet classes under the guidance of Elvira Buck in Girona, while completing his studies as a pianist in the Conservatory Isaac Albéniz of Girona. He studied in the Conservatory of Dance Institut del Teatre of Barcelona and after one year he joined the school of Maurice Béjart in Lausanne, with Michel Gascard as
director. In September of 2010 he began working as an apprentice in the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, under the direction of Gil Roman. There he danced such ballets as Dyonisios, Le Sacre du Printemps and Le Concours by Maurice Béjart, and worked on Gil Roman’s creations Aria and Syncope, as well as with Alonzo King. In 2011, David joined the Tanzcompany of the Tiroler Landestheater, in Innsbruck. David performed soloist roles in ballets by Angel Rodriguez, Natalia Horecna, Eric Gauthier, Marco Goecke, Yuki Mori, Bridget Breiner, Chang Ho Shin and Enrique Gasa Valga. During that time he also danced at the Seoul International Ballet Festival. David joined Gauthier Dance in September 2014.


Jonathan dos Santos
The Brazilian Jonathan dos Santos was educated at several ballet schools in Barra Bonita, Jundiai, Sao Paulo, at the Pacific Dance Arts in Vancouver (Canada) under the direction of Li Yaming and at the RNB Dance Theatre Arts. In 2008 he was a dancer at the ballett company of Sao José dos Campos (Brazil) and later on at Ballett Nordhausen. At last he danced at Ballet Rossa at the Opera Halle/Saale. His repertoire includs choreographies of Irene Scheider, Ralf Rossa , Steffen Fuchs, Jutta Ebnother and Nick Hobbs. His last role he had as a soloist in the choreographie Anna Karenina of Jochen Ulrich. In the saison 2015/2016 Jonathan joins Gauthier Dance.


Theophilus Veselý
began training as a dancer at the age of seven with the Ballet Academy of the Vienna State Opera. He went on to attend the John Cranko School in Stuttgart under the directorship of Tadeusz Matacz. Even before completing his ballet training in 2012, he performed at the Vienna State Opera, the Staatstheater Stuttgart, and in gala events and guest performances in Moscow, England and Switzerland. At the beginning of the 2012/2013 season, he joined the Theater Augsburg, where in 2015 his ability as a dancer won him the Augsburg Theatre Prize and the Bavarian Award for the Advancement of Arts in the “Music and Dance” category. His repertoire includes works by William Forsythe, Christian Spuck, Itzik Galili, Kevin O’Day, Edward Clug, Marco Goecke und Stephen Mills. Since the beginning of the 2016/17 season, the 23-year-old Austrian has been a member of Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart.


Reginald Lefebvre
Born 1992 in Corsica Reginald Levebvre began his education in dance in 2006 at the Conservatoire de Musique et de Danse de Bastiain in Corsica. Furthermore he attanded the Ecole Supérieur de danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower and the Ecole Atelier Rudra Béjart in Lausanne. At this time he toured with the Ballet through Switzerland, France, Italy and Belgium. In 2012 he was joining Conservatorio Superior de danza Maria de Avila in Madrid. With IT DANSES under the direction of Catherine Allard Reginald danced among others in pieces of Ohad Naharin, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Ekman, Jiří Kylián and Nacho Duato. At last he was part of the project Sally Maastricht under the direction of Stefan Ernst and Ronald Wintjens before he joined Gauthier Dance in autumn 2015.

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