A cooperation project between France – Germany – Italy to support new choreographic creations


Étape Danse is a trilateral project for international choreographic residencies that aims to promote the new promising creations of significant choreographers of the contemporary scene from France, Germany and Italy. The program, initiated by the Bureau du Théâtre et de la Danse à Berlin, was born from the collaboration between Fabrik Potsdam, La Maison center de développement chorégraphique national Uzès Gard Occitanie, Théâtre de Nîmes and Associazione Mosaico Danza joined them in December 2018. In 2019 Mosaico involved the Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo – PDV (Circuito Regionale Multidisciplinare del Piemonte) – Lavanderia a Vapore, in order to make the project sustainable, providing selected artists with a professional work space, contributing to their artistic growth, and promoting intercultural dialogue between guest artists and local companies. From 2021 Interplay involved also Torinodanza Festival / Fondazione Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale, thus further increasing the financial support in support of contemporary dance.

The project thus develops its international vocation in the best possible way, coming to support every year 3 talented companies selected: one French, one German and one Italian.






Are we ready for the sacrifice? Obviously not our own! It will always be up to someone else to sacrifice themselves for the good of the community; perhaps to a virgin, the most fragile and naive … And who has the right to choose? The old, the wise and the elect, obviously. But are we sure that elderly hold within them the power of absolute wisdom and the authority to decide what is right for others and what is not? By what right? It is about justice and someone will be executed, once again, to honor the Gods. RIGHT wants to represent the final chapter of the three-year macro-project of C&C Company on the theme of “human bestiality”: the award-winning BEAST WITHOUT BEAUTY and the more recent LES MISERABLES were the first two chapters that were produced during the last year. Furthermore, the co-production with COB Compagnia Opus Ballet (directed by Rosanna Brocanello) shows the opening of C&C Company towards long-term international planning.

23-27 May 2021 – Residency in Italy – Lavanderia a Vapore
16 -28 August 2021 – Residency in Germany – Fabrik Potsdam




Hermann Heisig continues the study of the long 7 SPELLS project, recovering the residency of 2020. His work develops a practice of the simultaneous connection of voice and movement. The central idea is to conceive the voice as the soundtrack of the body, and at the same time the body as the materialization of the voice. Hermann Heisig lives and works as a choreographer and performer in Berlin, began to take an interest in choreography as a self-taught in the late 1990s in Leipzig, has developed an idiosyncratic movement vocabulary and is stimulated by elements of loss of control, as well as comedy, voluntary and involuntary.

14 – 24 May 2021 – Residency in Italy – Lavanderia a Vapore
16 -28 August 2021 – Residency in Germany – Fabrik Potsdam




RIDEAU RIDEAU is a research title, borrowed from a poem by André Breton. As a starting point for this work, the artist wants to focus on the motif of the entrances and exits. “The breath and the voice go in and out in and out of the body, my attention goes in and out of my body, goes out of one body to enter the outside world, empathically enters another body, goes in and out for a day, enter and exit the stage ” – Anna Massoni.

16 -28 August 2021 – Residency in Germany – Fabrik Potsdam
17 – 25 September 2021 – Residency in France – Théâtre de Nîmes



The 2020 edition had to be modified due to Covid-19 emergency. In 2020, in Germany, the Fabrik Potsdam hosted in August the three companies, giving to them the opportunity of being part of a wide cultural exchange, a meeting enlarged with the professionals that attended 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, right in proximity with Interplay Festival.
In France the Maison centre de développement chorégraphique national Uzès Gard Occitanie and Théâtre de Nîmes hosted the Italian company in January 2021 at the KLAP Maison pour la danse in Marseille.



Sylvain Huc [FR]

After carrying out his first artistic residency in 2020 in Germany with NUIT, Sylvain Huc recovers his Italian residency in Turin – originally scheduled for 2020 – in May 2021 with the new project WONDERLAND.

Sylvain Huc’s desire to work on the theme of “night” is linked to his fascination for this moment of the day. Thinking about the night means thinking about how darkness transforms our perception and our relationship with others. With this new project he continues his investigations on the body as a subject, object, matter and multiplicity of constructions. NUIT is a pretext to explore the elasticity of time.

WONDERLAND, inspired by Lewis Carrol’s “Alice in Wonderland“, addresses the theme of childhood and identity. Alice’s character escapes any kind of classification and defends herself from any attempt to define her socially and politically. After his university studies in History and Art, Sylvain Huc discovered contemporary dance and completed the training program of the CDC (center for choreographic development) in Toulouse in 2003. After several years of work as a dancer for various choreographers he became artistic director of Cie Divergences in 2014. He now runs his own company (Cie Sylvain Huc) and will be associated artist with the CDCN of Roubaix (Le Gymnase) from 2020 to 2022.

17 – 29 August 2020 – residency in Germany – Fabrik Potsdam



Ginevra Panzetti / Enrico Ticconi

ARA! ARA! it is the image of a rising power that has chosen a bird as its symbol. Not a majestic and fearsome bird of prey like the eagle, an animal often used as a heraldic symbol of power, but rather a bird that communicates fun and tranquility by becoming an exotic icon: the ARA parrot. ARA! ARA! continues to investigate the symbolic power of the flag. The word ARA reveals a second meaning that alludes to the ancient place of sacrifice.
Ginevra Panzetti and Enrico Ticconi live between Berlin and Turin and have been working together as an artistic duo since 2008. Their research develops in the fields of dance, performance and visual art. Exploring issues related to the historical union between communication, violence and power, they draw on ancient imaginaries by building hybrid figures or images between history and contemporaneity. Both graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and attended the Stoa, a school of rhythmic movement and philosophy directed by Claudia Castellucci. In 2019 they won the Arte Laguna 13 award in the performance and video art section with the site-specific performance JARDIN / ARSENALE, the first edition of the Hermès Danza Triennale Milano Award and the Danza & Danza Award as emerging choreographers.

17 – 29 August 2020 – Residency in Germany – Fabrik Potsdam
11 January – 12 February 2021 – Residency in France – Klap di Marsiglia



Hermann Heisig

7 SPELLS by Hermann Heisig is a research on a practice of the partly-absurd simultaneous connection of voice and movement developed in his latest solo work Singer Machine (2019). The central idea is to conceive the voice as the soundtrack of the body, and at the same time the body as the materialization of the voice.
Hermann Heisig lives and works as a choreographer and performer in Berlin. As a dancer he has worked for Martine Pisani, Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods, Pieter Ampe, Thomas Lehmen, Begum Erciyas and Corinna Harfouch, among others. From the self-taught beginnings of his choreographic interest in the late 1990s in Leipzig, Hermann Heisig has developed an idiosyncratic movement vocabulary that challenges efficiency and is stimulated by elements of loss of control, as well as voluntary and involuntary comedy.

17 – 29 August 2020 – Residency in Germany – Fabrik Potsdam



EdiTion 2019

In Germany, Fabrik Potsdam welcomed the three companies at the end of August 2019, thus also giving the opportunity to meet the numerous international professionals of the sector present at the ‘Tanz im August’ festival. In Italy, Mosaico Danza / Interplay and Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo welcomed the French company at the end of September 2019 and the German company in May 2020, at the international festival Interplay. In exchange, the German company carried out the residency at the Théâtre de Nîmes in September 2019, while the Italian one was welcomed at the Maison center 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.

>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

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

Interplay’s co-partners:

Torinodanza Festival / Fondazione Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale
Director: Anna Cremonini

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