León & Lightfoot


Jul 24 – Jul 31, 2022

The Program One-week program dedicated to the study and practice of "Sad Case," one of the main pillars of León & Lightfoot's oeuvre. Created in 1998 when Sol León was seven months pregnant, in "Sad Case" surprising and earthly movements on Mexican mambo music show a continual search for the tension between satirical and classic moments.

“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle”

Sol León and Paul Lightfoot have created over 60 works and their aesthetics span a whole range of not only the physical, but also the emotional and imaginative spectrums.

They use classical technique as a foundation for their work, yet take their creativity away from traditional principles to explore new worlds and possibilities, bridging ideas and fantasies to the humanity and presence of any artist they work with.

Their work has been described as the “Vermeer” of dance; tangible yet mysterious.

Their language is specific and rich, yet they are firm believers in the engagement and contribution of every artist. Being part of their ballets is always a journey into oneself as well as the choreography.


  • Menghan Lou

    Program Director

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    Menghan Lou is a freelance choreographer and teacher with extensive experience in contemporary dance and ballet. He spent nine years dancing at the Nederlands Dans Theater and has worked with some of the world's most inspiring and well-known choreographers, such as Jiří Kylián, Crystal Pite, Sol Léon, Paul Lightfoot, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Gai Behar, Marco Goecke, Hofesh Shechter, and others. Currently, he runs his own dance project company based in the Netherlands called “Lou Motion,” which has staged productions all over the world. Within a few years of starting the company, he created works for the Nederlands Dans Theater 1 & 2, NDT's Summer Intensive Course, the Los Angeles Ballet, the Munich Ballet, the Shanghai Dance Theater, Korzo Theater, Saint Petersburg’s Kannon Dance, Landerer&Company, the Northwest Dance Project Intensive, and others. Additionally, he leads workshops at dance institutions in numerous countries.

  • Chloé Albaret

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    Chloé Albaret was born in France. She completed her dance studies at Ballet Junior de Genève in Switzerland. In 2010 she joined the Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and moved to the main company NDT 1 in 2013. Throughout her career, she worked with numerous different choreographers and creators such as Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, Franck Chartier (Peeping Tom), Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter, and Sharon Eyal. In 2019 Chloé was nominated for the prestigious Dutch Zwaan Award in the category of "most impressive performance" and won the prize for the same category in 2020.

  • Angela Malan

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    Angela Malan was born and trained in Johannesburg. She has had a professional career as a Principal dancer spanning over two decades.

    Named one of South Africa’s finest ballerinas. She has danced a vast repertoire across many different genres and received several accolades, including the South African Arts and Culture Trust award for excellence.

    She has been partnered by acclaimed artists such as Friedemann Vogel, Guillaume Cote, Nikolaj Hubbe, Jozef Varga, and Marlon Dino. She has worked with and alongside some of the greatest teachers, choreographers, and producers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Exposure to and collaboration with these dancers, teachers, choreographers, and producers, has enabled Angela to achieve artistic excellence, developing her teaching and coaching to exceptional levels.

    Not only one of South Africa’s greatest ballerinas, but Angela is also a choreographer, an ABT Affiliate teacher, coach, producer, and was a founding member of South African Ballet Theatre. Ballet mistress to Mzansi Ballet, South African Mzansi Ballet, and Joburg Ballet.

    She is the mastermind and coordinator of International Ballet Galas for charity, “Dance to Make a Difference.”

07:30-08:45 BREAKFAST
08:45-09:45 GRAVITY WARM UP
10:00-11:30 BALLET
11:45-01:30 WORKSHOP
01:30-03:00 LUNCH
03:00-06:00 REPERTORY
07:45-09:30 DINNER



  • Application Fee: € 30.00 (non-refundable)
  • Tuition: € 1,300.00 all-inclusive (classes, room, full board, and round trip shuttle bus)

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


  • In case of cancellation before May 5th / 90% refund
  • In case of cancellation after May 5th / 50% refund
  • In case of cancellation after June 23rd / no refund


  • FEBRUARY 14th - 12:00 am UTC+1 / Application deadline
  • MARCH 15th / Acceptance announcement
  • MAY 24th / Tuition Payment deadline


  • MARCH 23rd - First Early Bird: € 1,200.00
  • APRIL 8th - Second Early Bird: € 1,250.00

For any further information, please contact intensive@orsolina28.it


Orsolina28 observes the laws and regulations of Italy and of the Piedmont Region with regards to COVID-19 safety.
Dancers must familiarize themselves with Italy’s regulations regarding travel and testing. The dancers commit, through the application to the course to respect all COVID-19 (with a vaccine approved by Italian authorities and still effective) policies and regulations.
Without prejudice to any stricter requirement by Italian authorities, all dancers must show proof of fully vaccinated certification against COVID-19 prior to arrival at Orsolina28. It is expressly understood that the dancer's failure to complete the vaccination cycle prior to arrival at Orsolina28 will entitle Orsolina28 to withdraw the dancer from registration.
Dancers may receive further updates regarding policies and must adhere fully to these guidelines in order to participate.