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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

Louisa Rachedi Ballet Mistress
Trained at Canada`s National Ballet School, French-born Louisa Rachedi danced with the National Ballet of Canada before returning to Europe in 2007. She spent her formative years as a dancer of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, first under Youri Vamos and, from 2009, under Martin Schläpfer. In 2016, after 13 years as a professional dancer, she decided to work independently and founded the Performing Arts platform Limbic Shift. In addition, she guested as a rehearsal director and teacher with companies such as the Finnish National Ballet, Ballett im Revier Gelsenkirchen, Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf and Richard Siegal / Ballet of Difference. In June 2018, she joined Gauthier Dance as Ballet Master.


Federica Dadamo – Ballet Mistress
The native Italian completed her thoroughly international classical ballet training with a BA from the National Ballet Academy Amsterdam and also spent her dancing career in the Netherlands, with, amongst others, the Dutch National Ballet, the Dutch Don´t Dance Division and International Dans Theater Amsterdam. Her choreography Al di la´ della polvere – Beyond Dust was a finalist in the competition „The best German dance solo“ of Euro-scene Leipzig 2017. Federica is perfectly prepared for her job as Ballett Master with Gauthier Dance: with a MA in Dance Pedagogy from the Palucca University of Dance Dresden where she also gained a lot of practical experience as a dance teacher.


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.


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.


Bruna Andrade
The native Brazilian began her dance training in Rio before moving on to the Mannheim Academy of Dance, thanks to a scholarship of the Birgit Keil Dance Foundation. Birgit Keil, both head of the Academy and Artistic Director of Staatsballet Karlsruhe, saw her potential and made her a member of her company. Bruna danced her way up to the top, and was appointed First Soloist in the season 2012/13. She did not only shine in the title roles of MacMillan´s Romeo and Juliet, Cranko´s The Taming of the Shrew and Peter Wright´s Giselle, but also in the highly virtuoso Forsythe piece The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude. The highlight of her career so far: in 2014, Bruna was awarded The German Theatre Prize THE FAUST as Best Performer Dance.


Louiza Avraam
Louiza started ballet training in her hometown Limassol in Cyprus. Following a two-year stint with the Ballet School of John Neumeier´s Hamburg Ballet, she moved on to the renowned CODARTS University for the Arts Rotterdam in 2013. In her final year at university, she already danced with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam in choreographies by Wubbe, Goecke, Landerer and Serussi. From the season 2015/16 to 2017/18, she was a member of the Ballet of Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken and soon stood out: She was awarded the SponsorClubPrize 2017 as Best Performer Ballet and appeared in pieces by Stijn Celis, Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Andonis Foniadakis and Alexander Ekman.


Izabel Szylinska
As the daughter of a dancer and choreographer, Izabela literally grew up in the studio. In 2008, she completed her training with the Polish National Ballet School in Warsaw with a very special distinction: the Prize of the Best Graduate of Ballet Schools in Poland. She danced for four years at the Polish National Ballet! There she performed in all pieces of the classical and contemporary core repertoire. In 2014 Izabela reinvented herself. She moved to New York, drawing inspiration from her work with the cutting-edge choreographers Karole Armitage and Emery LeCrone. Following her stint with the renowned BJM – Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Izabela will bring her experience to Gauthier Dance from the season 2019/20.


Nora Brown
American-born Nora Brown trained at the Boston Ballet School and the North Carolina School of Arts. Following stints with the Boston Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and The Metropolitan Opera Ballet Nora moved on to Europe, first to Ballett Dortmund under Artistic Director Xin Peng Wang and then to Ballett im Revier, the company headed by the former Stuttgart Soloist Bridget Breiner. In Gelsenkirchen, she danced works by Breiner, Marco Goecke, Jiří Bubeníček, Cathy Marston and Demis Volpi. From September 2015, she has been a member of Gauthier Dance and distinguished herself in pieces by Ohad Naharin, Hans van Manen and Sharon Eyal–Gai Behar.


Barbara Melo Freire
The Brazilian left her home city Rio de Janeiro at the age of 13 for a scholarship at the State Ballet School in Berlin. Her extensive repertoire includes works by William Forsythe, Christian Spuck, Mauro Bigonzetti, Benjamin Millepied, and Xin Peng Wang. As early as 2005, she won a prize at the Tanzolymp Berlin. In 2012, she was awarded the Bajazzo as Best Female Dancer of North Rhine-Westphalia. Barbara was a soloist with Theater Rostock, the Mecklenburg State Theatre in Schwerin and most recently with Theater Dortmund. She joined Gauthier Dance at the beginning of the season 2016/17. Her virtuoso, high-spirited dancing makes her the ideal partner in Eric Gauthier´s humorous pas de deux Ballet 102.


Joana Martins
Following her education at Ginasiano Escola de Dança and a stint with the associated Kale Companhia Escola de Dança, also in Gaia, Joana left her native Portugal at the age of 18 to study at the famous Palucca School of Dance Dresden. She did not have to look far for her first engagement – with the Tanzcompagnie der Landesbühnen Sachsen. During her three years at Radebeul, she appeared in pieces by, amongst others, Ohad Naharin, Carlos Matos, Jiří Kylián, Marina Mascarell, Merce Cunnigham und George Balanchine. She joined Gauthier Dance in autumn 2018. Joana was a fellow of the Gestão dos Direitos dos Artistas (GDA) Foundation and Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.


Sidney Elisabeth Turtschi
While she was stilling training at the Ballet School of Basel Theatre, Sidney´s great talent earned her the Study Award Dance of Migros-Kulturprozent 2011 & 2012 and the Cultural Advancement Award for Young People Basel-Stadt 2013. From the season 2013/14 to 2017/18, she was a member of both Richard Wherlock´s Ballet Theatre Basel and, for two years, of the independent company Carta Blanca Dance. Sidney danced in pieces by, amongst others, Stjin Celis, Johan Inger, Ed Wubbe, Richard Wherlock, Alexander Ekman, Alejandro Cerrudo and Hofesh Schechter – almost exclusively artists who also feature in the Gauthier Dance repertoire. The signs are good for Sidney´s start in Stuttgart in autumn 2018!


Luca Pannacci
Italian-born Luca began his training at ballet schools in Bastia Umbria and Milan. He graduated from the Scuola di Ballo del Teatro dell´Opera di Roma and was immediately taken on by the Ballet of Opera Rome. The Italian capital was to remain his home for the following years, during six seasons with the Balletto di Roma, one of Italy´s leading contemporary companies. There he distinguished himself in modern interpretations of the great ballet classics, including Itamar Serussi´s Giselle and as Iago in Othello or Rothbart in Swan Lake, both by Fabrizio Monteverde. Most recently Luca danced with the Ballet of the Hanover State Opera under Jörg Mannes. He joined Gauthier Dance in the season 2019/20.


Mark Sampson
The Canadian faction in the company is growing! In addition to Eric Gauthier and Robert Stephen, there is now a third Canadian. Mark trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. For his degree, however, he moved on to the more contemporary-oriented Juillard School in New York, which he left in 2016 with the Martha Hill Prize for Leadership and Excellence in Dance in his pocket. He got off to an excellent start with one of his home country´s top companies: BJM – Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. There he danced in pieces by choreographers whom he is sure to meet again in Stuttgart, such as Itzik Galili, Barak Marshall and Andonis Foniadakis. Mark joined Gauthier Dance in the 2019/20 season.


Douglas de Almeida
Douglas received his basic ballet training in São Paulo (Brazil). A scholarship of the Dance Foundation Birgit Keil for the Mannheim Academy of Dance paved his way to the Staatsballet Karlsruhe, also headed by Birgit Keil. In the season 2013/14, the participant of the Prix de Lausanne 2012 joined her company, dancing in productions by Youri Vámos, John Cranko, Terence Kohler, Reginaldo Oliveira, Tim Plegge et al. In the season 2016/17, he moved on to Augsburg Ballet where he appeared, amongst others, as Nutcracker / Drosselmeier´s Nephew in Mauro de Candia´s Nutcracker.


Reginald Lefebvre
Der auf Korsika geborene Réginald Lefebvre wurde an der Conservatoire de Musique et de Danse de Bastia, der Ecole Supérieur de danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower und der Ecole Atelier Rudra Béjart in Lausanne ausgebildet. Mit dem Béjart Ballet tourte er durch die Schweiz, Frankreich, Italien und Belgien. Weitere Stationen waren das Conservatorio Superior de danza Maria de Avila in Madrid, IT DANSA und zuletzt das Project Sally Maastricht. Im Herbst 2015 kam der hochgewachsene Korse zu Gauthier Dance. In karierten Shorts und mit lila Fliege verzauberte er zusammen mit Alessio Marchini das Stuttgarter Publikum in Nadav Zelners verrücktem Duo Alte Zachen, der zum Kult-Trailer für das COLOURS-Festival 2017 avancierte.


Nicholas Losada
Nicholas received his training at the Conservatory of Ballet and the New World School of the Arts in Miami as well as San Francisco Ballet School. His exceptional talent did not only earn him several advancement awards. As fellow of the Heinz Bosl Foundation, Nicholas joined the Bavarian State Ballet II in the season 2012/13 and was promoted to the main company in 2014/15. He appeared in many parts across the extensive Munich repertoire, such as Puck in John Neumeier´s A Midsummer Night´s Dream as well as in works by Pina Bausch, George Balanchine, Aszure Barton and Nacho Duato. At Ruhrtriennale 2015, he was a soloist in Richard Siegal´s Model. Nicholas joined Gauthier Dance in autumn 2018.


Alessio Marchini
Alessio was educated at the Passione Danza School of his home city Rome and the Balletto di Toscana School in Florence. He won prizes at the Mediterranean Dance Competition, the Grand Prix Festival and the Rieti Danza Festival 2011. Alessio was a member of the Junior Balletto di Toscana and the Oniin Dance Company Bologna before he joined Gauthier Dance in 2014. He appeared in pieces by Mauro Bigonzetti, Hans van Manen, Jiří Kylián, Cayetano Soto, Nanine Linning, Alejandro Cerrudo, Marco Goecke, Andonis Foniadakis, Itzik Galili, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin and Hofesh Shechter. He also gave a strong performance in Nadav Zelner´s duo Alte Zachen, the popular trailer for the COLOURS festival 2017.


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. He started as a dancer with the company of Sao José dos Campos (Brazil) and later moved on to Ballett Nordhausen and, most recently, to Ballet Rossa at the Opera Halle/Saale. Jonathan joined Gauthier Dance in the season 2015/2016. His Stuttgart repertoire includes choreographies by Marco Goecke, Mauro Bigonzetti, Nanine Linning, Cayetano Soto, Hans van Manen and Ohad Naharin. Also mastering a big speaking part, he stands out as showman in „the best ballet in the world“ – Itzik Galilis My Best Enemy.


Robert Stephen
Like Eric Gauthier, Robert is a home-grown talent of Canada´s National Ballet School. But unlike Gauthier, he stayed in Toronto and embarked on a brilliant career at the National Ballet of Canada. From 2004 to the season 2017/18, he did not only dance the leading parts in the great ballet classics but also showed his affinity for the contemporary in works by Crystal Pite, Marco Goecke or Wayne McGregor. The award-winning dancer also scooped prizes as choreographer, including the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award and the Audience Choice Award of the Erik Bruhn Competition. In the season 2018/19, Robert crossed the big pond to join Gauthier Dance.


Theophilus Veselý
At the age of seven, the Austrian started his dance education at the Ballet Academy of the Vienna State Opera before moving on to the John Cranko School in Stuttgart. Even before he received his diploma, the highflyer performed at the Vienna State Opera, the Staatstheater Stuttgart and in guest performances in Moscow, England and Switzerland. At the beginning of the 2012/2013 season, he joined the ballet company of Theater Augsburg where he was awarded the Augsburg Theatre Prize and the Bavarian State Award for the Advancement of Arts. His start with Gauthier Dance in autumn 2016 proved just as smooth: Eric Gauthier immediately cast him as the hilariously conceited duo partner in his pas de deux spoof Ballet 102.

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