The Beauty of Experience
© Dorothea Tuch
The DANCE ON ENSEMBLE embodies our central aim: to show how dance as an art form benefits from experienced dancers.
Whereas only young bodies are associated with beauty and virtuosity on stage, DANCE ON is formulating what will hopefully be a trend-setting perspective for the development and presentation of the artistic potential of mature dancers. The added physical intelligence, confidence and expressiveness of the latter arise from lived experience. In addition to sound knowledge of numerous dance techniques and choreographic styles, mature dancers also have in-depth awareness of the impact of their own bodies in movement.
Christopher Roman, the former Associate Artistic Director of The Forsythe Company, was Artistic Director of the project ensemble for the 1.EDITION.
More than 230 dancers applied to join the ensemble, motivated above all by the opportunity for creative dialogue with the DANCE ON artists. Many comments revealed a fundamental willingness to be part of something desperately lacking in the field as well as the joy of continued artistic activity. Since 2015 the company has been creating the DANCE ON 1st EDITION repertoire with a range of exceptional choreographers and directors.
The dancers in the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE for DANCE ON 1. EDITION:
Frédéric Tavernini studied at the ballet school of the Opèra National de Paris.
American born artist Christopher Roman began his formal training with The School of Cleveland Ballet continuing at The School of American Ballet in New York City.
Brit Rodemund, born in Berlin in 1971, was trained at the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin from 1982 to 1990.
Ty Boomershine, born in the USA in 1968, studied dance at the Fort Hayes School for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Ohio, completing his studies with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.
Jone San Martin, born in Donostia/San Sebastian, Spain, in 1966, studied dance with Mentxu Medel at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona and at Mudra International in Brussels.
Amancio Gonzalez, born in Portugalete in the Basque Country, Spain in 1967, began studying dance at the age of 20 at the Estudio de Danza Ion Beitia in Las Arenas, continuing at the Centre International de Danse Rosella Hightower in Cannes.
Ami Shulman was born in Johannesburg South Africa. She studied Psychology at the University of South Africa and Dramatic Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand where she won the Amanda Holmes Award for Best Choreography "Donna Belladonna", in 1998.