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Dancer, Choreographer, Contemporary dance Teacher
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Paolo Fossa is a choreographer, dancer and teacher. In the last 20 years he has been working all over Europe, applying his extensive knowledge of the moving-body in the areas of improvisation and contemporary dance. He has taught in many schools, companies, theaters and festivals such as the Theatre am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, BTT (Balletto Teatro di Torino) in Turin the Municipal Theater Gießen, Pforzheim and Bielefeld, the State Theater in Kassel, Braunschweig and Bremen, FTS (Folkwang Tanz Studio) in Essen, Neuer Tanz in Düsseldorf, Folkwang Universität der Künste (as a contract lecturer), DansArt Academy, HJS (Henry Jurten Studio) and JMD Academie voor Theater en Dans / Urban Contemporary) in Amsterdam, Tanzhaus NRW, Kaay Fecc Festival Dakar and others. Along with his teaching he has choreographed several works for this organizations and his own independent projects. Most recent works and choreographies, including ongoing performance initiatives, are: Stray Dogs ( 2018 ) in Ulm, Der Blonde Eckbert ( 2016 /17 ), Der Tag am dem der Goldfisch Starb ( 2015 ) both commissioned by the dance Compagnie Gießen, What about you ( 2016 ) for the Compagnie Strado in Ulm, Energieplan 48 hours Performance inspired to Joseph Beuys ( 2013 ), Hunger, Wahrheit und Stille ( 2013 ) Tanzhaus NRW and many others.
Due to his pronounced communicative and organizational skills, he has been carrying out a dance education project in Shenzhen / China since 2017 together with the Tanzcompagnie Gießen, where he has been working as a ballet master for contemporary dance since 2015. The aim is to develop a syllabus for contemporary and improvisation techniques at the Shenzhen Arts School one. In parallel to his stage activity, he works with private and public institutions and leads several social projects with young people.
Since 2016 he has been successfully leading the KROKI project in collaboration with the University Hospital Gießen/ Marburg and the Theater Gießen. In this context, he developed a training method to help children with psychosomatic illnesses through dance. In 2019 he founded a similar association in Düsseldorf, which he names KROKI Düsseldorf with the same intent to help people with chronic diseases, with particular attention to the young age group.
In the past year he has also led many projects and workshops with mixable dancers and young people. Furthermore Paolo Fossa adheres to the three-year training program M.A.D.E. (Mixed-Abled Dance Education), created by the choreographer Gerda König with her company Din A13.
Paolo Fossa began his dance training in 1992 with the Theatre of Turin, where he studied the Cecchetti and Balanchine syllabus and Limon modern technique. Later he worked with the Theatre BTT and Teatro Nuovo in Turin, where he danced the repertoire from W. Forsythe, M. Ek, J.Kylián, J. Limon. In 1999 he moved to Germany and danced in several theaters and companies among which Theater Heidelberg, Bielefeld, Hagen, Darmstadt and Bremen, DinA13 Company, Sosta Palmizi, Kaiser-Antonino Dance Ensemble, Curtis & Co and with many choreographers such as Katrin Hall, Fabien Prioville, Jochen Ulrich and others. During the years he trained various dance techniques including Instant Composition, Contact improvisation, Fighting Monkeys, Butoh and Body Weather. He studies Kinesiology, Chinese Medicine and Feldenkrais Method. He teach and practice since many years various Martial arts ( Judo, Capoeira, Kalaripayattu and Shaolin Kung Fu ), trained Yengar and Astahnga Yoga for several years, that he integrates in his choreographic and teaching work.
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