Project of cooperation between France – Germany – Italy
supporting the newest coreographic creations


Étape Danse is a trilater project for international coreographic residencies, it aims to promote the new promising creations from France, Germany and Italy.
The programme, initiated by the Bureau du Théâtre et de la Danse/ Institut français Deutschland, is born as a collaboration between the Fabrik Potsdam, La Maison centre de développement chorégraphique national Uzès Gard Occitanie, Théâtre de Nîmes, and since January 2019 INTERPLAY, international festival of contemporary dance, Turin, in collaboration with Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo – PDV (Circuito Regionale Multidisciplinare del Piemonte) – Lavanderia a Vapore.

The project fulfills at its best its intenational vocation, supporting every year three talented companies, Italian, German and French, selected by the partners.


2020/21 edition

In Italy, Mosaico Danza/Interplay and Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo will host the French company at the end of September 2020 and the German company in May 2021, right in proximity with Interplay festival. As part of the exchange, the German company will be resident at the Théâtre de Nîmes in September 2020, whereas the Italian one will be hosted at the Maison centre de développement chorégraphique national Uzès Gard Occitanie in February 2021.


Selected Artists
for 2020/21 edition


Compagnie Divergences
Sylvain Huc [FR]

Following university studies in history and art history, where he completed a political anthropology essay on Greek history entitled « Bestiality, savagery and feminine sexuality in classical Greece», Sylvain Huc suddenly and unexpectedly discovered contemporary dance. He later completed the training program of the CDC (centre for choreographic development) of Toulouse in 2003. After several years working as a dancer for various choreographers (Richard Nadal, La Zampa, Coraline Lamaison, Laura Scozzi…), he took over as artistic director of Company Divergences in 2014. His work is characterized by an approach that is, above all, grounded in the physicality of the body rather than in actual forms of dance. His first work, Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Ridinghood), a piece for young audiences, was performed over 250 times in France and Europe and laid the foundation for a singular choreographic vision which favors the body – its states, its in/consistancies – in strong interaction with the elements of lighting and sound. he places the body at the center of all of his work, his interest is in exploring the human form in relation to its environment, both delicate and brutal. He attempts to create a fabric of sensations and emotions through which the body interacts, alternating between wisdom and savagery.

From 17th to 29th August 2020: residency in Germany at Fabrik Potsdam.
From 30th October from 7th November (arrival 29/09/20 – departure 8/10/20): residency in Italy at Lavanderia a Vapore.



Ginevra Panzetti / Enrico Ticconi [IT]

Ginevra Panzetti and Enrico Ticconi, based in Berlin and Torino, have been working as a duo since 2008. Their artistic research interlaces dance, performance and visual art. Deepening themes related to the historical union between communication, violence and power, they draw on ancient imaginaries, creating hybrid figures or images between history and contemporaneity. Both graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and attended Stoà, School for rhythmic movement and philosophy in Cesena, led by Claudia Castellucci. In 2010 they moved to Germany and delved into individual, but mutually complementary paths: Ginevra studied Intermedia Art at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB) in Leipzig and Enrico Dance, Context, Choreography at the Inter-University Center for Dance (HZT) in Berlin. In 2019 they won the 13th Arte Laguna Prize for the site-specific performance JARDIN / ARSENALE, the first edition of Premio Hermès Danza Triennale Milano with which they realized the last work AeReA, and Danza&Danza prize as emerging choreographers.

From 17th to 29th August 2020: residency in Germany. Availability to be checked.
Residency in France.



2019/20 edition

In Germany, the Fabrik Potsdam will host in August the three companies, giving to them the opportunity of beeing part of a wide cultural exchange, a meeting enlarged with the professionals that will attend the festival ‘Tanz im August’.

In Italy, Mosaico Danza/Interplay and Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo will host the French company at the end of September 2019 and the German company in May 2020, right in proximity with Interplay festival. As part of the exchange, the German company will be resident at the Théâtre de Nîmes in September 2019, whereas the Italian one will be hosted at the Maison centre de développement chorégraphique national Uzès Gard Occitanie in February 2020.





Moral, economic, aesthetic and ecological aberrations … Destabilizing, they can make us smile or revolt. In an attempt to deal with them, this piece questions our ability to cope with upheavals, the sudden loss of cornerstones, and the collapse of certainties. It is conceived as a divergent prism that invites us to accept the fragments of the altered image, without judging their coherence, in order to consider a perspective of reconstruction. Emmanuel Eggermont was trained in contemporary dance at the Centre
National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers. During two years spent in South Korea and his collaboration of more than ten years with Raimund Hoghe, he has developed a particular attention for the essence and for the essentials. With a distinct taste for visual arts and architecture, he has developed a singular language in which expressionist images are mixed with performance. Emmanuel Eggermont is an associate artist at the Centre

Chorégraphique de Tours [2019–2021]
>1st Step August > residence at Fabrik Potsdam + 2nd step residence at Lavanderia a Vapore from 23rd September to 4th October 2019



In Eye Sea, Anna Nowicka invites two performers to communally explore the texture of their dreams. Dreaming is understood here as a parallel, embodied, sensational, imaginary reality, generated by the inescapable being in the world. We are dreaming all the time, as every experience we have triggers an infinite network of memories, desires, feelings, and emotions. Each dancer unfolds personal mythical narratives that create a communally resonating space. Originating from her long-term interest in dreams, imagination, and physical actions, Anna Nowicka in recent years began developing a methodology for artistic creation. Her focus lies on questions of imagination and creativity, and the power of an image to expand the body into its full transformative potential. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the Polish Film School/ Acting Department in Lodz and a practitioner of the School of Images of Catherine Shainberg in New York, deepening the work on dreams with Bonnie Buckner. She lives and works in Berlin and Warsaw.



Out of Planet focuses on the social and political implications of shaping an identity through contemporary media and means of communication. How does an image become a manifesto and how quickly does it exhaust itself? How to cope with the necessity of being visible, acknowledged, seen, and approved? Irony is the fundamental poetical element joining two choreographers from very different backgrounds. Their movement research originates from Arab folk dance and its common aspects with folk dances from South Italy. Silvia Gribaudi and Bassam Abou Diab met in 2017 on a platform for Italian and Arab artists. They share a similar perspective on the power of contemporary dance to address people and socio-political issues. In a first residency in Beirut in 2017, they created a first structure for Out of Planet.

They aim to create a >dramaturgy of the body<, striking the spectator with its familiarity, and yet, otherness.

>1st step August > 15 day residence at the Fabrik Postdam + 2nd step February > 10 day residence at the Maison CDCN and at the Théâtre de Nîmes


Bureau du théâtre et de la danse à Berlin – DE/FR
Directed by Hermann Lugan

Fabrik Potsdam – DE
Artistic director: SvenTill
Director’s assistant, production director: Frauke Niemann

La Maison Centre de développement chorégraphique national Uzès Gard Occitanie (ex CDC Uzès danse) – FR
Artist director: Liliane Schaus

Théâtre de Nîmes – FR
Artist director: François Noël
Director’s assistant: Isabel Bohollo

Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo (PdV) / Lavanderia a Vapore, Collegno (TO) – IT
Director: Matteo Negrin
Responsabile residenze alla Lavanderia a Vapore: Valentina Tibaldi

Interplay International Contemporary Dance Festival, Turin – IT
Artist director: Natalia Casorati