Artists biographies

CocoonDance was founded by choreographer Rafaële Giovanola and dramaturge Rainald Endraß in 2000. Swiss-born Giovanola was a soloist in Turin before being brought to the Frankfurt Ballett by William Forsythe for the duration of eight years. After this, she worked with Pavel Mikuláštik’s Choreographisches Theater, with Bonn as the last station. Since 2000, CocoonDance has been producing and performing in the independent Theater im Ballsaal in Bonn; since the season 2004/05 the company also is curating the dance program and is responsible for organization and financing of the theatre.

CocoonDance has established itself as a dance-arts institution with an extensive network not only within the artistic world, but also in the field of cultural education. It is characterized by the efficient and successful interplay of variable components which are:
- a professional company that operates with visiting freelance artists, national and international networks, co-producers, co-operations across the world
- a performance space which has established itself as a center for curated contemporary dance productions with two renowned international festivals and residence programs
- a young dance ensemble sponsored and has gained recognition with the public and political
- professional associations and innovative partnerships with local schools for the delivery of cultural education.

The engine of CocoonDance’s 15 years of artistic development is improvisation and ensemble work, democratic structures and a tremendously constant teamwork. CocoonDance, who has been for years ’consistently experimenting with new narrative techniques, artistic methods for contemporary dance’ (Westdeutsche Zeitung) are touring on five continents by now and have been awarded numerous prizes, as well in the field of art education.

The continuous work with media has led the company repeatedly to new provoking questions, working methods and the development of specific aesthetics of movement and dramaturgy. It’s no longer just about the question of whether narratives are still possible, but how a representation (e.g. of the reality or the real body) is still possible at all.

Cocoon Dance © Klaus Fröhlich Cocoon Dance © Klaus Fröhlich

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017