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summer main event

research or die.

b12 summer main event


location: eden***** studios


Zoe Gyssler


the villager

The villager is a research project that explores character creation through the approach of movement and theatre. One part of the workshop will consist out of my own movement language research that I started to deepen with my solo work, the visitor. We will step into a movement research, where we will use isolation work to dismember a body into its pieces, give every piece its own brain, be taken by internal and external forces and use specific movement qualities. Through these elements we will explore how to disconnect body from state of mind and how to add theatrical elements to then create a multilayered, storytelling body. In that part, I am interested in how a body can become theatrical without being necessarily theatrical. As a second thing, I will guide you through your own individual character research, with biographies that will be prepared for you. Together, in a dialogue, we will explore your character, find your movement language pattern and set it. As a last thing, given theatrical situations will form a common ground for a structured improvisation for us to play in. you can find more information about the villager and the visitor on my website.

some workshops offer group improvisation or partnering. these workshops elements may or may not be possible and the teachers and choreographers will modify their workshops accordingly in line with the health and safety measures required at the time. please stay flexible. thank you!

Zoe Gyssler is a swiss choreographer, teacher and performer based in Germany. She studied contemporary dance in Varium, Barcelona, and in the Music and Dance Academy in Jerusalem, followed by a Bachelor degree in Anthropology and Sport Science in Basel. She is currently choreographing for theatre plays at different state theatres and for students in dance schools and teaches classes for dancers in Germany and Switzerland. As a dancer and performer she worked with choreographers like Johannes Wieland, Wim Vandekeybus, Maxine Doyle (Co Director of PunchDrunk), Tom Weinberger, Helder Seabra, Luke Murphy, Marcel Leemann, Cathy Sharp and Edan Gorlicki. She is doing her own choreographic work since 2013. she co-founded Bufo Makmal collective that created Into Pieces and ALL.ES, and who were part of the Tanzfaktor 2016 and toured across Switzerland. in 2016 - 2017, she created her own short pieces, Silence is red, This is Erol and Almost there, which were produced and performed in Kassel, and This is Erol also in Arnheim. since 2018, she started to deepen her artistic interest more and more by creating fictional characters through the theatre and movement. this research, The Villager, became the base for the short pieces, The Visitor, in 2018, which was shown in fribourg and braunschweig, and The Village, in 2020, which was created in munich, and the research workshop series, The Villager.



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