Intensive program


Intensive program '24

Jun 23 – Jun 30, 2024

The Program The week will concentrate on the study and practice of repertoire by choreographer Medhi Walerski as well as the creative process. Morning classes will alternate between Contemporary and Ballet.


  • Medhi Walerski

    Choreographer / Program Director

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    Medhi Walerski became Artistic Director of Ballet BC in 2020. Raised in France, Walerski danced at the Paris Opera Ballet and the Ballet du Rhin before joining Nederlands Dans Theater in 2001. For more than a decade he contributed to NDT’s famed innovative style, and was awarded the Dutch dance prize VSCD Zwaan in 2013. Walerski has created with and performed works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Crystal Pite, Johan Inger, and Wayne McGregor among others. Since his choreographic debut in 2008, he has created numerous acclaimed works for NDT and Ballet BC including Petite Cérémonie (2011), Chamber (2012), Romeo and Juliet (2018), Silent Tides (2020), and just BEFORE right AFTER (2022), as well as works for Bern Ballet, Goteborg Ballet, StaatsBallett Hannover, Charlotte Ballet, and more.

  • Rupert Tookey


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    Rupert Tookey held previous positions as Curator and Artistic Producer for the Nederlands Dans Theater, where he helped guide the company through several transitional phases including COVID 19, as well as Associate Artistic Director of Arts Umbrella Dance. Since 2022 he is Director of Artistic Operations at Ballet British Columbia dealing with inter/national touring and revenue generation at the company’s new home on Granville Island, and in October 2023 took on the role of Interim Managing Director. Upon retiring after a 15 year professional dance career, most notably with Nederlands Dans Theater, Tookey gained a Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management with a focus on leadership in dance. Tookey founded the Dancer’s Council (Netherlands) with the intention to support dancers in developing their voices to challenge outdated beliefs and processes still present within the artform today. The Dancer’s Council is generously supported by Omscholing Dansers Nederland and continues to support dancers in both the Netherlands and across Europe.

  • Sarah Pippin

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    Sarah Pippin was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she completed her early training. In 2020 she earned her BFA from The Juilliard School, under the direction of Alicia Graf Mack. Upon graduation, she joined Ballet BC, where she has performed works by Medhi Walerski, Crystal Pite, Sharon Eyal, Marco Goecke, Felix Landerer, and Imre and Marne van Opstal, among others. Sarah is a National YoungArts winner as well as the recipient of the 2020 Martha Hill Award from The Juilliard School.

  • Rae Srivastava

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    Originally from Austin, Texas, Rae Srivastava began training at an early age. In 2020, he achieved his B.F.A. from the USC Kaufman School of Dance, under the direction of Jodie Gates and William Forsythe, and in 2021 he earned an M.S.L. from the USC Gould School of Law. Since joining Ballet BC in 2020, Rae has performed works by choreographers such as Medhi Walerski, Sharon Eyal, Crystal Pite, Imre and Marne van Opstal, Marco Goecke, Felix Landerer, and Ethan Colangelo. Most recently, Rae participated in the 2022 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala in Ottawa's National Arts Centre, performing a duet from honoree Crystal Pite’s Body and Soul.


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*schedule subject to change

07:30-08:45 BREAKFAST
11:45-01:30 REPERTORY
01:30-03:00 LUNCH
03:00-06:00 CREATION / LAB
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 23rd, the O28 shuttle bus will leave from the Torino Porta Nuova train station at 3:00pm.

On Sunday, June 30th, 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)
  • Tuition: € 1,400.00 all-inclusive (classes, room, full board, and round trip shuttle bus)

* 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 April 16th / 90% refund
  • In case of cancellation after April 16th / 50% refund
  • In case of cancellation after May 19th / no refund


  • FEBRUARY 13th - 12:00 pm UTC+1 / Application deadline
  • MARCH 6th / Acceptance announcement
  • MAY 7th / Tuition Payment deadline


  • APRIL 2nd - Early Bird: € 1,300.00

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.

MEDHI WALERSKI Jun 23 – Jun 30, 2024