The Beauty of Experience

DANCE ON ENSEMBLE © Dorothea Tuch © 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, is Artistic Director of the project ensemble.

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. Over the next two years, the company will be creating the DANCE ON 1st EDITION repertoire with a range of exceptional choreographers and directors.


The six dancers in the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE are:


Frédéric Tavernini studied at the ballet school of the Opèra National de Paris. After working with the Ballet National de Nancy et de Lorraine, he danced as a soloist for the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Grands Ballets Canadiens and the Marseille National Ballet. An independent dancer since 2005, he has worked with renowned choreographers such as Jiří Kylian, William Forsythe, Tero Saarinen and Maguy Marin, with Quebec artists Dave St-Pierre, Louise Lecavalier and Danielle Desnoyer, and with the Groupe d'Art Gravel Art Group. His own choreographic work includes the pieces Li fet met (2003), Green (2004), Wedged in the Red Room (2009) and Wolf Songs for Lambs (2015). > more


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. He was subsequently invited into the ranks of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and as a soloist and principal with Edward Villella's Miami City Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt and The Forsythe Company performing a huge array of important choreographic works, originating over forty roles and touring every major venue worldwide.
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Brit Rodemund, born in Berlin in 1971, was trained at the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin from 1982 to 1990.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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