Marcela Giesche is a freelance artist currently based in Berlin, Germany. She holds a BFA/Diplom in dance and choreography from the Rotterdamse Dansacademie and The Ohio State University and has received numerous scholarships including participation in the danceweb 2010 at Impulstanz.
Marcela has danced for Bianca Van Dillen and Beppie Blankert in the Netherlands, with Neuer Tanz / VA Wölfl, Veronika Riz, Romeo Castellucci and Thomas Ostermeier/Mikel Aristegui, in Germany, and for the Italian company Deja Donne (Simone Sandroni/Lenka Flory).
She has taught and presented her own work in the USA, Canada, Brazil, and across Europe and has been Artist in Residence at numerous Universities including Alfred University, Ohio State University, and Middlebury College. Marcela has created works in residence at Danswerkplaats Amsterdam, Dansateliers Rotterdam, OMI International Artist Collective – NYC, Mayday Dance festival – Antwerp, Anghiari Dance Hub, and at Schloss Broellin Germany. Her latest works were performed at DOCK 11, at Tanztage Berlin 2014, the Sacre 100 Festival at HAU2, Radial System, and Anghiari Dance Hub. Pieces include left I - right I (with Sonya Levin), Le Sacre du Printemps, exFolia (with Andy Moor and Yannis Kyriakides), Selfportrait 24, Vertigo Project (with Siri Clinckspoor), Fire of Unknown Origin (with Monica Gentile), heart-work (created for Sahara Morimoto, Unstable Landscapes, and Moving Matter. She has also collaborated with Bruno Caverna (3 years as a teacher and co-choreographer), Dutch designer Maria Blaisse, pianist and improviser Oscar Jan Hoogland, and guitarist Andy Moor in Amsterdam.
She has also been developing her own research in dance technique based on walking and running principles as well as movement improvisation with a strong focus on floor work, the principles of push-pull-reach-fall and clear spatial awareness, which she shares in her workshops, and classes. Exploring the fertile crossing ground between dance on stage and movement in public spaces continues to inform and inspire her creative work and life.
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