Intensive program

O28 SUMMER '24

Intensive program

Jun 9, 2024 – Jun 23, 2024

The Program A two-week program dedicated to the study and practice of repertoire by Marco Goecke, and Crystal Pite. Teaching artists Giovanni di Palma, Anne Jung, Roger Van Der Poel, Spencer Dickhaus, Jiří Pokorný, and program director Mario Alberto Zambrano will lead classes and repertoire sessions.

JUNE 9 | 16
Week One will concentrate on the study and practice of repertoire by Marco Goecke. Morning classes will alternate between ballet and ballet lab.
JUNE 16 | 23
Week Two will feature the choreographic language of Crystal Pite. Morning classes will alternate between ballet, 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.

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

    Program Director

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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.

  • 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 from 2006 until 2020, 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. Since 2020 Roger is a freelance stager, choreographer assistant, dancer and teacher.

JUNE 9 | 16

  • 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.

  • 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.

JUNE 16 | 23

  • 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 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.

  • Spencer Dickhaus

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    Spencer is a freelance dancer, creator, rehearsal director and teacher based in The Hague, Netherlands. He graduated from the Juilliard School with a BFA in 2012 after which he joined Nederlands Dans Theater for seven seasons (2012-2019). Since then he has performed with Hofesh Shechter Company, Astrid Boons and Marina Mascarell. He has taught master classes and educational workshops for Arts Umbrella (Vancouver), Netherlands Dans Theater (NL), Lyon Opera Ballet (FR), NOD (Torino, IT) and The Princess Grace Academy (MC), and has been a rehearsal director with NDT2. He has created a lineage of solo works titled Practice I-III and recently toured his latest work, Recess, throughout The Netherlands. Spencer is an assistant to Crystal Pite and has restaged her works at The Royal Opera House in London, Zurich Opera Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and The Norwegian National Ballet.

07:30-08:45 BREAKFAST


01:30-03:00 LUNCH
03:00-06:00 REPERTORY
07:45-09:00 DINNER

* Gravity classes (10 participants per class) and Horticulture classes are upon sign-up at the moment of the check-in


On Sunday, June 9th, the O28 shuttle bus will leave from the Torino Porta Nuova train station at 3:00pm.

On Sunday, June 23rd, the O28 shuttle bus will leave Orsolina28 at 10:00am for Torino Porta Nuova.

The ride is about 1 hour, depending on traffic.



Our intensive courses are experiences meant to be shared as are our accommodations. All participants are required to stay on campus, dance, live and laugh together.


  • 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.
  • June 9 | June 16 - Tuition: € 1,400.00 all-inclusive (1-week classes, room, full board, and round trip shuttle bus)
    • Early Bird: March 15th - € 1,300.00
  • June 16 | June 23 - Tuition: € 1,400.00 all-inclusive (1-week classes, room, full board, and round trip shuttle bus)
    • Early Bird: March 15th - € 1,300.00
  • June 9 | June 23 - Tuition: € 2,700.00 all-inclusive (all 2 weeks classes, room, full board and round trip shuttle bus)
    • Early Bird: March 15th - € 2,600.00

* All applicants will automatically be considered for a partial-tuition scholarship
** The program is intended for students aged 18 and over


  • In case of cancellation before March 28th / 90% refund
  • In case of cancellation after March 28th / 50% refund
  • In case of cancellation after May 5th / no refund


  • January 31st - 12:00 pm UTC+1 / Application deadline
  • February 21st / Acceptance announcement
  • April 30th / Tuition Payment deadline

Orsolina28 has the right to cancel the workshop in case of insufficient enrollment or force majeure. Received tuition payments will be refunded in full to all participants. In case of such cancellation, Orsolina28 cannot refund any invested travel expenses or international financial transaction costs.

O28 SUMMER '24 Jun 9, 2024 – Jun 23, 2024