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Folkwang Universität der Künste

Institute for contemporary dance

Contemporary dance teacher 

winter and sommer semester 2019 / 2020

Kroki Project Gießen

dancers meet hospitalised children.

An ongoing collaboration with Tanzcompagnie Giessen and Universitätsklinikum Giessen/Marburg

Kroki Düsseldorf was born

association for the health of children with chronic illnesses.

TCG Tanz Compagnie Gießen Theatre Gießen

since the season 2014 / 2015

Contemporary dance master teacher

Guest Teacher

Theater Bremen

Theater Braunschweig

Theater Bielefeld

Theater Pforzheim

Theater Kassel


Regular teacher at DansArt academy Bielefeld

Contemporary dance teacher



Training description

Paolo Fossa merges together elements of various discipline such as martial arts, Yoga, capoeira, Body Weather, Feldenkreis and physical theatre with contemporary dance technique. Focal point of his work is the use of the imagination and instinct. Complex motion will be decomposed and analyzed in prime movements parts so to get a deeper knowledge of body’s architectures and structures and to become more aware of the one’s own body, to accept one’s own limits and to learn to work with them to improve the one’s own talents and to preventing injuries. By training our power of imagination, we are training our nervous system and thus improve our concentration and coordination. An ideal complement to the daily work..

Work phases:
the first step is a physical and mental preparation to the following work. It consists in a continuous flow of elementary and dynamic combinations into the space; elongation and building up of the different muscle mass, mobilization of the body joint and awareness of the impact of the breathing rhythm throughout the execution of the exercises. In this part of the training, coordination and reflex reaction time will be enforce, also thanks to exercises based on game played in pair or group, based on action / reaction, space / volume.
The second phase is based on three points:
- Transferring the orientation of the movement in the space. Bodie parts leading movement, changing of focus, interception of body and room geometry.
- The surrender to the gravity with a focus on the falling and coming up dynamics. Floor work, upright and horizontal jump, up side down transfer.
- The natural dynamics of torsion and curve of the torso. Spinning, twirling... 
The three points are used as generators of the movement and allow a great saving of the         energy so the dancer can concentrate on the quality of his movement.

In the third and last phase, from short and simple combinations, the work goes into more complex sequences where the dancer can freely create and offer a different color to the execution.
The goal is to stimulate a personal research to the dancers by giving basic elements of reflection on the body  and mind mechanics. Also to create a complex architecture of movements in the inside and outside space of the body starting from basic ideas of motion.


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Paolo Fossa


Dancer, Choreographer, Contemporary dance Teacher

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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