@ Julien Benhamou
SUMMER 2020 - JULY 5 - 12, 2020


Sandra Marín and Eric Beauchesne


Sandra Marín and Jirí Pokorny

A two-week program featuring the choreographic language of Crystal Pite. Former and current Kidd Pivot artists will lead and direct classes, workshops, and repertoire sessions, giving students the opportunity to develop their skills and embody the artistic intelligence from this master choreographer.

@ Julien Benhamou


Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite has been making work for over twenty years. Former company member with Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt, she made her first choreographic debut in 1990. She has created for Nederlands Dans Theater (where she has been an Associate Artist since 2008), The Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and the National Ballet of Canada, among other companies and institutions. In 2002, she formed her own company called Kidd Pivot and earned international acclaim for works such as Dark Matters, Lost Action, The You Show, and Betroffenheit.

PH: Michael Slobodian



Eric Beauchesne has been dancing with Kidd Pivot since 2004 and is Associate Artistic Director of the company. He stages work by Crystal Pite all over the world, and currently resides in Holland. He devotes much of his time advocating for climate action and sustainable practices in the dance world.

PH: Julien Benhamou


Sandra Marín graduated in Dance from the Institut of Theatre in Barcelona and was a dancer with Cullberg Ballet and Netherlands Dance Theatre I before joining Kidd Pivot in 2010. Sandra continues to share her experience, love, and passion for Pite’s work in workshops and companies. She recently moved back to Barcelona with her family, where she teaches ballet and improvisation at the Professional Conservatoire, the Conservatoire Superior, and Itdansa.

PH: Allison Schultz


Jirí Pokorny, born in Prague, Czech Republic, has danced for NDT 1 & NDT 2 between the years 2003 to 2010. He joined Kidd Pivot after his tenure at NDT, and has choreographed on NDT2, NW Dance Project, and Alterballetto, along with other institutions and programs around the world. Currently, he directs his own educational program for young choreographers called The Pioneer Project in Korzo Theatre in The Hague.

PH: Eric Beauchesne


Mario Alberto Zambrano has been a dancer for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nederlands Dans Theater, Batsheva Dance Company, and Ballett Frankfurt. Also a novelist, his debut novel Loteria was published in 2013 and reprinted in five different countries. After serving as a Lecturer at Harvard University for the last three years, he is currently Associate Director of Dance at The Julliard School.

PH: Julien Benhamou


  • 07:30-08:45 BREAKFAST
  • 08:45-09:45 GRAVITY FOR DANCERS
  • 11:45-01:30 WORKSHOP
  • 01:30-03:00 LUNCH
  • 03:00-06:00 REPERTORY
  • 06:30-07:30 GRAVITY FOR DANCERS
  • 07:45-09:30 DINNER

The GRAVITY® TRAINING SYSTEM (GTS) is a machine with endless potential. Using the force of gravity as the basic principle, it provides safe and efficient training programs for dancers and athletes to maintain and expand on their physical abilities. Gravity® is a fundamental means of physical preparation without stressing the joints helping to improve mobility and prevent injuries. Most importantly, it is a great way to keep the body balanced and healthy in a captivating and pleasant way.

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Orsolina28 has been designed to provide a shared experience in and around nature. Glamping is a camping site with permanent geodesic dome tents equipped with all modern comforts (included wi-fi). Participants live outdoors without forsaking any amenities. Each tent comes with its own power outlets and bathroom, including a toilet, sink, shower, hot water and cooling/heating system. The Glamping area also contains communal areas with washing machines, sinks, and two additional toilets for guests. The vast green meadow all around the Glamping wing of Orsolina28 is ideal for a total immersion in nature.



The vegetable garden at Orsolina28 is the result of old farming skills mastered by modern techniques. The cultivation, a landscape of eight beds facing south, rotates on a seasonal schedule. This aims to get a better structure for the terrain. Covering 2500 square-meters, the area produces high-quality bio vegetables. Each bed carries an array of classic and unusual herbs, together with multi-colored edible flowers such as Indian Cress, Common Yarrow, Borage and Garden Balsam. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and adjoins the dance studios - just a few minutes walk from the Glamping grounds. Menus are based on simple and natural dishes with ingredients produced by the Orsolina28 vegetable garden.




Application Fee: € 30,00 (non-refundable)
Tuition: € 2.200,00 all-inclusive (classes, round trip shuttle bus, room and full board)

In case of cancellation before May 25th / 90% refund
In case of cancellation after May 25th / 50% refund
In case of cancellation after June 15th / no refund


FEBRUARY 28th - 12:00 pm UTC+1 / Apply deadline
MARCH 6th / Acceptance announcement

APRIL 10th - First Early Bird: 2.000,00 €
MAY 10th - Second Early Bird: 2.100,00 €
JUNE 10th / Payment deadline € 2.200,00

*All applicants will automatically be considered for half-tuition scholarships.


Applications are closed!


pite@orsolina28.it / +39 0141 916532