Artists biographies
Rafaële Giovanola

Born in Baltimore, USA, the Swiss dancer Rafaele Giovanola studied at Marika Besobrasova in Monte Carlo. Afterwards there followed her first engagement as a soloist in Turin. After one season in Turin, Rafaële Giovanola was engaged by Egon Madsen for the Frankfurt Ballet. There, she danced the classical repertoire and co-operated with several modern choreographers like Jiri Kylian, Uwe Scholz and William Forsythe, the Frankfurt Ballet choreographer. Under his direction she stayed with the Frankfurt Ballet for six years, being involved in all important productions. During her engagement in Frankfurt she met the guest-choreographers Daniel Larrieu, Stephen Petronio and Christoph Nel.

Since 1990, when the Choreographic Theatre was founded, Rafaële Giovanola is a member of Pavel Mikuláštik's company. In 1995 Rafaële Giovanola was mentioned in the annual poll of critics of ’ballett international/tanz aktuell’ in the category ’exceptional dancing personalities’. Since March 2000 grounded together with Rainald Endraß the Freelance Group CocconDance.

Rafaële Giovanola has been teaching for different companies in the Oper Bonn at the Städtischen Bühnen Freiburg in Breisgau, the Tanzhaus NRW in Düsseldorf, the Brotfabrik Bonn, the Theater in St Gallen (CH) and at the Staatstheater Nürnberg.