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


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

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


2020/21 edition

In Germany, the Fabrik Potsdam will host in August 2020 (tbc) the three companies, giving to them the opportunity of being 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 and the German company in May 2021 (tbc), right in proximity with Interplay Festival.
In France the Maison centre de développement chorégraphique national Uzès Gard Occitanie and Théâtre de Nîmes will host the Italian company in January 2021 at the KLAP Maison pour la danse in Marseille.


Selected Artists
for 2020/21 edition


Compagnie Divergences
Sylvain Huc [FR]

Since 2010 and his debut as a choreographer, Sylvain Huc has made the body an infinite playground. Dance appears there as if by accident. Because, above all, it is the body that is at stake, the rules that are imposed on it are like violations that it allows. The moment of performance is a ritual that is always renewed to throw together bodies that are both dishevelled and delicate, wise and wild. After graduating in History and Art History, completing an essay in political anthropology on “Female brutality, savagery and sexuality in ancient Greece”, his encounter with contemporary dance was sudden. He then joined the CDC Toulouse training programme in 2003. A few important encounters (Mark Tompkins, Gisèle Vienne and Lloyd Newson amongst others) would later fuel his artistic desires. After a career as a performer, he took over as director of the Divergences company in 2014. His first production, Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), aimed at a young audience, was performed 250 times in France and in Europe. It laid the foundations of a peculiar choreographic approach focusing on the body, its states, its consistency as it closely interacts with sound and light. Rotkäppchen, Kapput and then Boys don’t cry followed. In 2018, he choreographed Sujets for the Montpellier Dance Festival, a decisive quintet and contemplation of raw as well as aesthetic nudity. His solo, Lex, was performed in Roubaix at the Grand Bain Festival in 2019. These latest projects also marked his collaboration with artist Fabrice Planquette, dancer Mathilde Olivares and choreographer Jan Martens. In addition to aikido, which he practices assiduously, Sylvain Huc nourishes his creative process with diverse influences such as experimental music, visual art, cinema and literature. The Compagnie Sylvain Huc is supported by the network of National Centers for Choreographic Development, in particular by those in Toulouse (La Place de la danse), Roubaix (Le Gymnase), Avignon (Les Hivernales) and Uzès (La Maison). He has also been selected by the European network Aerowaves for the 2019 edition of the festival. Cie Sylvain Huc is accredited and subsidized by the French Ministry of Culture / DRAC Occitanie, by the Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Regions. It will join a partnership with City of Tournefeuille in 2020. Sylvain Huc is also associate artist of Le Gymnase I CDCN Roubaix – Hauts-de-France Region for 2020-2022 and is partnered artist with la Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse/ Occitanie.

From 17th to 29th August 2020: residency in Germany at Fabrik Potsdam (tbc).
May 2021: residency in Italy at Lavanderia a Vapore (tbc).



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 (tbc).
From 11th to 27th January 2021: residency in Marseille at KLP.



Hermann Heisig [DE]

Hermann Heisig is a choreographer and a dancer. Born in 1981 in Leipzig, Germany, he started to create numerous solos in galleries and clubs. After his training in Berlin and Montpellier Hermann worked with Martine Pisani, Meg Stuart, Pieter Ampe and Thomas Lehmen. Collaborations were created with Nuno Lucas, Elpida Orfanidou, May Zarhy, Anne Zacho Sogaard and Diana Wesser. Since 2012 he regularly shows his works in the Schaubühne, for example “Slap/Stick” (2013), “Strtch” (2014) and most recently “Next to Near” (2018).

May 2021: residency in Italy at Lavanderia a Vapore (tbc).




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