O28 SUMMER '22

Intensive Program

31 Jul – 21 Aug 2022

The program A three-week program dedicated to the study and practice of repertoire by Jiří Kylián, Marco Goecke, and Crystal Pite. Teaching artists Ken Ossola, Sarah Reynolds, Giovanni Di Palma, Fabio Palombo, Sandra Marín, Jiří Pokorný, and program director Mario Alberto Zambrano will lead classes, workshops, and repertoire sessions.

July 31 | August 14 Week One and Two will concentrate on the study and practice of repertoire by choreographers Jiří Kylián and Marco Goecke. Morning classes will alternate between ballet and ballet lab.

August 14 | 21 Week Three will feature the choreographic language of Crystal Pite. Morning classes will alternate between ballet lab and contemporary.

The choreographers

Artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theater for nearly a quarter of a century, Jiří Kylián started his career at the age of nine at the School of the National Ballet in Prague. Over the course of his influential choreographic career, he received many prestigious, international awards and honors such as Officer of the Royal Dutch Order of Orange-Nassau and an honorary doctorate from the Juilliard School in New York City. To this day, his ballets are frequently performed by dance companies and schools around the world.

As house choreographer of the Stuttgart Ballet for many years, house choreographer at Scapino Ballet and associate choreographer at Nederlands Dans Theater, associate choreographer at Gauthier Dance, and director of the Staatsballett Hannover, Marco Goecke has created around a hundred works since 2001. These also include commissions for many international companies such as Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, the Paris Opera Ballet, the Vienna State Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet Seattle, and the Sao Paulo Compania de Danca. He has received numerous international awards, starting with the Prix Dom Perignon in 2003 and the Nijinski Award in 2005. Most recently, he was voted Choreographer of the Year 2021 in Tanz magazine's international critics' poll. The book Dark Matter (Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg), published in 2016, offers a concise overview of his oeuvre.
Marco Goecke is one of the most interesting dance makers of our time. He pursues his artistic vision without any compromise.

Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite has been creating works for over twenty years. Former company member with Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt, she made her 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.


  • Mario Alberto Zambrano

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    Mario Alberto Zambrano is currently the Associate Director of Dance at The Juilliard School. During his dance career, he worked with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Batsheva Dance Company, and was a guest artist with Ballett Frankfurt over the course of five years. He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature, a Princess Grace Award in Dance, and was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts in 1994. Also a novelist, his debut novel Lotería was published in 2013 by HarperCollins and reprinted in five different countries. In 2020, he was awarded the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction for his short story Some of you.


  • Ken Ossola

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    In 1989, under the leadership of Gerald Tibbs and the artistic direction of Jiří Kylián, Ken Ossola was invited to join Nederlands Dans Theater 2. For the next two years, he developed himself as an artist working and creating with leading choreographers such as Hans Van Manen, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Martino Muller, Paul Lightfoot, Nacho Duato, Johan Inger, and Jiří Kylián before joining Nederlands Dans Theater 1. He collaborated with Jiří Kylián on a great number of creations including One of a Kind, Blackbird, Tiger Lily, Wings of Wax, and Bella Figura, becoming one of NDT’s most recognized dancers. As well as choreographing, he enjoys working in the studio as ballet master. He worked in this capacity for NDT during their 2004/05 season and assisted Kylián during the creation of Zugvögel at the Bavarian State Theatre in Munich, as well as staging his work worldwide along with pieces from the renown choreographer Hans Van Manen. Ossola worked with Boston Ballet dancers to stage Bella Figura, which made its North American premiere in 2011.

  • Sarah Reynolds

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    Sarah Reynolds trained professionally at the Central School of Ballet in London, graduating in classical ballet in 2001. In 2004, she successfully auditioned for NDT 2 advancing to the main company in 2007 and concluding her performing career in 2019. During her time with the company, she danced the works of Jiří Kylián, Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Hans Van Manen, Marco Goecke, Crystal Pite, as well as many other guest choreographers, performing the creations of new works as well as repertoire. Sarah continues to explore dance, acting, teaching, and coaching primarily in the Netherlands where she is based.

  • Giovanni Di Palma

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    During his career as a dancer, Giovanni Di Palma performed works from Uwe Scholz, George Balanchine, Jiří Kylián, Mauro Bigonzetti, Marco Goecke, Glen Tetley, Jerome Robbins, John Neumeier, and many others from the classical as well as the modern repertoire. Since 2009 a key aspect of his work has been restaging famous choreographies of Uwe Scholz and Marco Goecke with international companies such as Paris, Vienna, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Poznan, Brno, Istanbul, Mulhouse, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Toronto, and Beersheva.

  • Fabio Palombo

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    Since 2012, Fabio Palombo has been working as a ballet master, choreographic assistant in Berlin, and stager for Marco Goecke`s ballets. This has given him the opportunity to work with numerous ballet companies such as the Bolshoi Theatre, Ballett Zürich, Ballet of Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Ballet of the Teatro Massimo di Palermo. He has been a ballet master and choreographic assistant for Goecke`s creation “All long dem day“ and for his "Nijinski" production at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart. He has staged the full-length production of "Nijinski" on Ballet Zürich, on Marco Goecke`s company at the Hannover State Opera House, and Ballet of the Teatro Massimo di Palermo.

AUGUST 14 | 21

  • Sandra Marín

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    Sandra Marín graduated in dance from the Institut of Theatre in Barcelona and was a dancer with Cullberg Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater 1 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 IT Dansa.

  • Jiří Pokorný

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    Jiří Pokorný, 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 Aterballetto, 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.

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



Application Fee: € 30.00 (non-refundable)

* Each application will be considered only for the week(s) for which the applicant applied, it will not be possible to modify, change or add a week once accepted.

  • July 31 | August 14 - Tuition: € 2,600.00 all-inclusive (2 weeks classes, room, full board, and round trip shuttle bus)
      • MARCH 31st - First Early Bird: € 2,500.00
      • APRIL 14th - Second Early Bird: € 2,550.00
  • August 14 | 21 - Tuition: 1,300.00 all-inclusive (1 week classes, room, full board, and round trip shuttle bus)
      • MARCH 31st - First Early Bird: € 1,200.00
      • APRIL 14th - Second Early Bird: € 1,250.00
  • July 31 | August 21 - Tuition: € 3,900.00 all-inclusive (all 3 weeks classes, room, full board, and round trip shuttle bus)
      • MARCH 31st - First Early Bird: € 3,800.00
      • APRIL 14th - Second Early Bird: € 3,850.00

** All applicants will automatically be considered for half-tuition scholarships.
*** Installment payment is available.


  • In case of cancellation before May 9th / 90% refund
  • In case of cancellation after May 9th / 50% refund
  • In case of cancellation after June 30th / no refund


  • FEBRUARY 21st - 12:00 am UTC+1 / Application deadline
  • MARCH 21st / Acceptance announcement
  • MAY 31st / Tuition payment deadline

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.
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