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Full Presence Ahead
Using biodynamic osteopathy, cranio-sacral therapy and contemporary dance, we gather information about the anatomy of our brain structures and their connections to the whole body and learn about imprints from our embryological time. We playfully explore choreographic sketches perceived inside our bodies during guided partner work and transfer them to the outside and into the room.
OK! Let’s dance! (60+)
We are attempting the following experiment: For a while we forget about our age, let ourselves be carried away by the group’s dynamics, enjoy some moments of retreat and silence and physically explore topics that feel relevant to us. In doing so, we respect our physical limits so as not to hurt ourselves.
ARTISTBIO: Nicole Berndt-Caccivio
Born in Switzerland in 1963, Nicole Berndt-Caccivio, Nica, studied classical and modern dance in Europe and at the Cunningham Studios in NYC. As a dancer, she was particularly inspired by the collaboration with the Tanzfabrik Berlin and the Tanztheater Zürich. In 1992 with her own company Ljada in Biel-Bienne (CH), she won together with Company Ricochet/UK the first prize in the festival of the Suzanne Dellal Center Tel Aviv, which opened the doors for her international career in Europe and the US. She has been guest lecturer for contemporary dance at a.o. the MUK Vienna, ZUKT Frankfurt a.M., ImPulsTanz, Seneca and Smash projects in Berlin and lead to artistic, soloistic and performative collaborations with a.o. Jürg Lietha (organist in Bern, CH), David Bloom (Berlin), Collective F (Bern), Nicolas Caccivio (Vienna, Biel-Bienne), Annelie André (Salzburg, Berlin), Renae Shadler/Roland Walter (Australia/Berlin) and Qadira Oechsle-Ali (Berlin, Frankfurt am Main). Since 2009 she is the artistic director of three projects, in which pieces are developed with elderly people, and teaches dance pedagogy for people of 55 years and older at the MUK in Vienna as well as in other projects for further education in Austria. Golden Age Workshops are another vehicle for Nicole to get in touch with elder people on a physical and artistic level.
Since 2004 she is a practitioner of Cranio Sacral Therapy/Osteopathy. Nica lives in Berlin (DE) and Biel (CH), is married, and thinks that getting older should be seen as inspirational and not as a deficit. In addition to the intensive cooperation with aspiring dance students and choreographers in the professional field, she develops interesting, demanding choreographies with amateur dancers all over Europe in order to be able to accompany them professionally on their way into the public realm.
In 2020 she founded Caccivio en Compagnie in Biel-Bienne (CH), a platform for professional and non-professional performers aged 55 and older.
She is currently working with Anna Heinimann on a production at the tanzhaus Zurich and the Dampfzentrale Bern and is a member of the collective Movementon in Berlin, which showed performances in Dresden.
For 2021 she is invited as a guest lecturer at m choreographic centre La Faktoria in Pamplona.
Last update: 08.04.2020