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Ralf Jaroschinski

Docent contact improvisatie

Ralf Jaroschinski was born in Southern Germany and grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  He graduated as a classical and modern dancer at the University of Music and Theater in Hannover, Germany, and then studied several contemporary dance techniques in New York City (USA) on a stipend from the German Academic Exchange Service.  That’s where he discovered contact improvisation about sixteen years ago - his most important teachers are Nita Little, Daniel Lepkoff, Martin Keogh, Brenton Cheng, and Shel Wagner Rasch.  He performed in the improvisations "Orten" and "Over You" by Scott Wells in San Francisco, USA.  From 1998 until 2002, he directed the dance company of the City Theater of Hildesheim, Germany.  Thereafter, he got commissioned to create choreographies for the National Ballets of Hannover, Karlsruhe and Munich, Germany, and Stichting EuregioDans (Heerlen - Aachen - Liège) among others - so far, he has created more than 90 dance pieces which have been seen in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

More recently, he also creates works based on contact improvisation, for instance "Can You Entirely be?" (2003), "Sci-fi Poetry" (2009) and "Never Felt This Way Before" (2010) together with Andrew Wass in Berlin, Germany.  He also enjoys facilitating contact improvisation classes since over ten years:  He taught at festivals like the "Encontro Internacional de Contato Improvisação São Paulo" (Brazil), "Contact in Rio" (in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and the "West Coast Contact Improvisation Festival (WCCIF)" in San Francisco (USA) among others, as well as at the universities in Curitiba, Brazil, and Tübingen, Germany, and he also trains the "Balé Teatro Guaíra" in Curitiba, the "Gothenburg Ballet" and the "Cullberg Ballet" in Stockholm, Sweden.


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