Zoe Gyssler

March 22.-26. 2021 (ONLINE – book here)

Biography Zoe Gyssler
Zoe Gyssler is a swiss / canadian choreographer, teacher and performer, living between Germany, Switzerland and Spain. After 14 years of training in gymnastics she made her dance studies at Varium in Barcelona and at the Music and Dance Academy in Jerusalem. In 2015 she received her BA in Anthropology of Cultures and Sport Science at the University of Basel.

As a performer: Living in Switzerland she started her freelance career working for the Cathy Sharp Dance Ensemble, Marcel Leemann, Jochen Stechmann, Willi Dorner and Edan Gorlicki. In summer 2015 she joined the Johannes Wieland Dance Company in Kassel, Germany. While being a full time member at the Staatstheater Kassel, she worked with guest- choreographers like Maxine Doyle, Tom Weinberger and Helder Seabra. Back as a freelancer in 2018, she worked with Wim Vandekeybus / Ultima Vez, for Residenztheater München and Luke Murphy in New York and Ireland in 2019. She is now currently working with Johannes Wieland on a new creation.

As a choreographer: In 2013 she co-founded the dance collective Bufo Makmal, and created together with Margarita Kennedy, Stefanie Fischer and Clea Onori the short piece “Into Pieces” and the full length evening piece “ALL.ES”. In 2017 she followed her own artistic path and created the short piece “Almost There” in 2016. Last one was followed by her next piece “Silence Is Red” in 2017 and “This is Erol” in 2018, a collaboration with Victor Rottier in Kassel, Germany. After this she started with „The Villager“, a research on the life in villages, what formes the base for her solo piece „The Visitor“ in 2019 in Fribourg and „The Village“ in 2020 in Munich.

Teaching experience: Since 2010 Zoe is teaching contemporary classes for universities, professional training and various private dance schools. She taught various professional contemporary classes and/or workshops at Profitraining Basel, Freiburg, Kassel, Marameo Berlin, Bad Lemons Munich, platform New Seeds – Arnhemse Meisjes, Festival Incidanse Fribourg, Studio Naim in Telaviv, Iwanson School of Contemporary Dance in Munich, Studio City Gate in Brussels, Varium and Casa del Moviment in Barcelona, Company Marcel Leemann Physical Dance Theater in Bern, Contemporary Dance Company “Luz Corporea” at the UAEH (Univeridad autonoma del estado de Hidalgo), Mexico and others. Upcoming workshops and classes will take place at Profitraining Hannover, Basel and Freiburg, Badlemons, Tanzhaus Zürich and Festival B12 in Berlin.

Center Strengthening & Improvisation – ONLINE
The class will start with a 30-45min warmup consisting out of several exercises
inspired by gyrokenesis and shaolin kungfu. After this we will work with specific
improvisation tasks, which later will be layered to challenge body coordination and
find new ways of moving. All this to nice music and a good portion of fun. Please
bring a chair, where you can sit on with your feet placed flat on the floor.

Previously taught:

Jan 20. – 24. 2020 – in studio

Class Description
The classes integrate elements from a variety of different, but complimentary movement techniques/methods. Elements from floorwork and gymnastics are used in the class to awaken the use of body weight, momentum, strength and stamina. Other components influenced by gaga, martial arts and hiphop focus more on image based movement qualities, sharpness, efficiency, precision and on body awareness. The last element involves isolation exercises – alone and with a partner. The classes include coordination games that challenge the body and mind; Guided improvisations, that aim at opening channels to experience physical engagement through senses and states of mind; and vice versa. Every class ends by learning a movement phrase that incorporates all the elements that have been worked on; accompanied by some nice music, placing emphasis on the importance of playfulness and joy of performing in our daily training for individual creativity.