O28 SUMMER '23

Intensive Program

Jul 30 – Aug 13, 2023

The program A two-week program dedicated to the study and practice of repertoire by Marco Goecke, and Crystal Pite. Teaching artists Fabio Palombo, Anne Jung, Roger Van Der Poel, Sandra Marín, Jiří Pokorný, and program director Mario Alberto Zambrano will lead classes, workshops, and repertoire sessions.

July 30 | August 6 Week One will concentrate on the study and practice of repertoire by Marco Goecke. Morning classes will alternate between ballet and ballet lab.

August 6 | August 13 Week Two will feature the choreographic language of Crystal Pite. Morning classes will alternate between ballet lab and contemporary.

The choreographers

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.


  • 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.

  • Anne Jung

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    Anne Jung trained at the Academy of Music and Dance in Cologne. Thanks to a scholarship from the Kunstststiftung NRW, she joined Ballettmainz and danced under the direction of Pascal Touzeau. From 2009 to 2013, in addition to Touzeau, she worked with Jacopo Godani, Georg Reischl, and Didy Veldman. In January 2014 she moved to Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and danced in works by Marco Goecke, Paul Lightfoot, Sol León, Jiří Kylián, Medhi Walerski, Crystal Pite, Mats Ek, and Franck Chartier. Her work as a choreographer began with #onewithtwo for NDT Switch in 2016, followed by #twowiththree and #threewithfour for the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company. As a Dysart Prize winner, she was commissioned by Louisville Ballet and created #fourwithsix. Anne Jung received a nomination for the Benois de la Danse 2020/2021 as best dancer for Carnegie Solo.

  • Roger Van Der Poel

    Ballet Teacher

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    Roger Van Der Poel started his dance education at the National Conservatory of Lisbon at the age of eighteen. His dance career includes Ballet Gulbenkian, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève and, for the last fourteen years, the acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater.
    Roger’s performance repertoire includes existing works and creations by Jiří Kylián, Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, Crystal Pite, Gabriela Carrizo, Franck Chartier, Marco Goecke, Hans van Manen, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe and Mats Ek, among many others.


  • 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 Netherlands Dance Theatre 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 Itdansa.

  • Jiří Pokorny

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    Jiří 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.

  • Angela Malan

    Ballet Teacher

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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. She is now an International guest teacher and coach. Named one of South Africa’s finest ballerinas. She has danced a vast repertoire as a Principal Dancer, across many different genres and received several accolades, including the South African Arts and Culture Trust award for excellence. She has been partnered with acclaimed artists such as Friedemann Vogel, Guillaume Cote, Nikolaj Hubbe, Jozef Varga, and Kenneth Greve. 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 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”, and the creator of Yogallet, Yoga for dancers.
    She now resides in Milan, Italy, and teaches globally.

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 30 | August 6 - Tuition: € 1,400.00 all-inclusive (1 weeks classes, room, full board, and round trip shuttle bus)
      • APRIL 6th - First Early Bird: € 1,300.00
      • APRIL 17th - Second Early Bird: € 1,350.00
  • August 6 | 13 - Tuition: 1,400.00 all-inclusive (1 week classes, room, full board, and round trip shuttle bus)
      • APRIL 6th - First Early Bird: € 1,300.00
      • APRIL 17th - Second Early Bird: € 1,350.00
  • July 30 | August 13 - Tuition: € 2,700.00 all-inclusive (all 2 weeks classes, room, full board, and round trip shuttle bus)
      • APRIL 6th - First Early Bird: € 2,600.00
      • APRIL 17th - Second Early Bird: € 2,650.00

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


  • In case of cancellation before April 28th / 90% refund
  • In case of cancellation after April 28th / 50% refund
  • In case of cancellation after June 26th / no refund


  • FEBRUARY 28th - 12:00 pm UTC+1 / Application deadline
  • MARCH 21st / Acceptance announcement
  • MAY 30th / Tuition payment deadline


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 policies and regulations.
Dancers may receive further updates regarding policies and must adhere fully to these guidelines in order to participate.