Choreographers 2016/17

Sita Ostheimer

Mala Kline

Emanuel Gat

Iratxe Ansa

Igor Bacovich

Rosalba Torres Guerrero


Sita Ostheimer (Germany/UK) studied at the Dr. Hoch's Konservatorium and the University of Music and Performance Arts in Frankfurt am Main. After that she joined MS Schrittmacher in Oldenburg, worked with Galili Dance (Itzik Galili), and then continued her career in Amsterdam with Krisztina de Chatel. In June 2008 she joined the Hofesh Shechter Company in London. As a choreographer she created Noble thinking (2011), Accompany (2012) and Dissimilar foxes (2014) for Shechter’s IN GOOD COMPANY, and in addition worked on Restaging Hofesh Shechter work Splinter for Edge '13,  In your rooms and Uprising for NDT I. Since 2012, Sita's freelance work has included an installation by Leah Capaldi, research and performance with the National Theatre (UK) and numerous short films. She teaches at various schools and universities.

Mala Kline (Slovenia/Belgium) is a performer, choreographer and writer. She holds BA in philosophy and comparative literature (UL, Ljubljana), MA in theater (DasArts, Amsterdam) and PhD in philosophy (UL, Ljubljana). All her artistic and theoretical work is embedded in the practice of dreaming.  She is a certified practitioner and teacher of Saphire™ imagery and dream work by Catherine Shainberg and the School of Images (NYC). She is currently an artistic researcher at a.pass research centre in Brussels and a volunteer post-doc researcher at Faculty of Arts and Philosophy (Ghent University) and part of S:PAM research centre in Ghent. In her author-based choreographic works, such as Eden, Scores for Dreaming, Dream Hostel, Genesis. She has been awarded with the Golden Bird Award, several Triton Awards and Ksenija Hribar Award for choreography among others. Now she was invited by SZENE Salzburg and SEAD to work with Bodhi Project.

Emanuel Gat (Israel/France) had his first encounter with dance during a workshop led by Israeli choreographer Nir Ben Gal. Few months later he joined the Liat Dror Nir Ben Gal Company with whom he toured internationally. He started working as an independent choreographer in 1994, and in 2004 founded his company Emanuel Gat Dance at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, with whom he has created several pieces, before choosing to settle in France, at the Maison Intercommunale de la Danse in Istres. He is presenting his works all around the world and he is working with companies such as The Paris Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Tanztheater Bremen, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Ballet de Marseille, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Polish National Ballet, Ballet de Lorraine and Cedar Lake, a.o. 

Iratxe Ansa (Spain) originally comes from San Sebastian where she attended the Conservatorio Superior de Musica before graduating from the John Cranko Schule Stuttgart, Germany.  Iratxe danced with the Basel Ballet and Ballet Gulbenkian before acting as muse to Nacho Duato in the Compañia Nacional de Danza Madrid, Spain, having many roles and pieces originally set on her. She also danced with the Lyon Opera Ballet and was a member of Nederlands Dance Theatr. Iratxe Ansa has worked with choreographers such as Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Jacopo Godani, Johan Inger, Medhi Walerski, Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Wayne McGregor, Alexander Ekman, to name a few. She has created and set original choreography on companies, such as Lyon Opera Ballet and as a freelance artist has choreographed, danced and given workshops in many projects and countries around the globe.

Igor Bacovich (Italy) was born in Torino and began his dance studies at the Accademia Nazionale di danza in Rome.  At the age of 22 moved to the Netherlands to Follow the Rotterdam Danse Academie (CODARTS) and specialized in contemporary dance techniques. In the Netherlands he worked with several choreographers such as Bruno Listopad, Krisztina de Chatel, Nanine Linning. Igor is collaborating in several projects with Iratxe Ansa for performances or dance festivals around the globe such as Cello Dance Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil and Comunicación Interpretación Automatica, Matadero, Madrid, among others.

Rosalba Torres Guerrero is French-Spanish-Belgian, born in Switzerland. After studies in the Geneva Conservatory and the CNDC in Angers, she began her carrier in 1995 with Philippe Decouflé with ‘Decodex’ and in 1997 with Ismaël Ivo in Weimar in ‘Medeamaterial’.  From 1997 to 2005, she has joined the Rosas company of Anne-Teresa de Keersmaeker for the creations of ‘Drumming’, ‘I said I’, ‘In real time’, ‘Rain’, ‘April me’, ‘Bitches Brew/Tacoma Narrows’, ‘Kassandra’ and ‘Raga for a rainy season/Love supreme’, and the repertory of ‘Woud’, ‘Achterland’ and ‘Mozart/ Concert arias-un moto di gioia’.  From 2005 to 2015, she joined Les Ballets C. de la B. of Alain Platel for the creations of ‘VSPRS’, ‘Pitié!’, ‘Out of context’, ‘C(h)oeurs’. ‘ Je sens le beat qui monte en moi’ of Yann Le Quellec is her first film experience, besides the dance films.  In 2011 she created ‘Pénombre’, a solo dance-image with the french video-artist Lucas Racasse. Then followed collaborations with theater directors: ‘Die Troerinnen’, ‘Die Rasenden’ of Karin Beier in the role of Kassandra, two operas, ‘Lulu’ and ‘Don Giovanni’ and the play ‘Phèdre(s)’ with the polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski. Together with Koen Augustijnen and Hildegard Devuyst she directed 'Badke', a dance performance for ten palestinian dancers, and the collaboration with Koen Augustijnen continued with 'Hochzeit' for Tainmainz and actors of the Stadstheater Mainz.