SOAKED - creation process workshop

Professional dancers, movement artists, as well as recent graduates are invited to join a 10-day creation process workshop with Sebastian Abarbanell and Tuan Ly.


Daily warm-up class will cover areas such as contemporary dance technique, tools for partnering and somatic practices.

The intensive creation process is supplemented by a workshop programme of improvisation, choreographic tasks, scores and ensemble work.

Visiting guest artists* are invited to lead sessions including voice, performance and design. 


This intensive aims to offer the dancers an opportunity to immerse themselves in various contemporary dance forms and structures; having the space to research, explore and try out new ideas, whilst being part of an ensemble creation process.


During the creation, the dancers will be guided to generate original movement material, predominantly from a bodily source and improvisation tasks. They will engage with set movement vocabulary and research the embodiment of such material in performance. Dancers will be able to explore and play with specific creative concepts, performative versatility and emotional states, allowing them to challenge, diversify and develop their dance practice in a supportive environment. 


The 10 days culminate in an informal open sharing of the collective practice and creation.


To apply, please send a short motivation letter, CV (with photograph), links to dance/performance footage to:



Dates: 02. - 13. September, 2019


Participation fee: 360€ (early bird offer by 15th July: 320€)


Venue: Berlin Dance Institute       

     Egelingzeile 6

   12103 Berlin

* Guest Teachers: Ildikó Tóth, Yaara DolevFlorence Freitag, Kasia Witek, Anders Duckworth

**selected video footage and photographs will be made available to the participants 

Photo: A. Duckworth

Tuan was born in Germany and is a London-based dancer.

He holds an MA in Dance Practice from London Contemporary Dance School.


Tuan joined Maresa Von Stockert's Tilted Productions between 2014-2018 and is currently part of composer Heiner Goebbels’ performance ‘Everything that Happened and would Happen’, which is on international tour in 2019/2020.

He has performed internationally in galleries, theatres and at festivals such as the Park Avenue Armory NY, Saatchi Gallery,

Tate Britain, V&A Museum, Ruhrtriennale Germany,

Staatsoper Hannover/Tanztheater International Germany,

Viva Cité Rouen in France and the Edinburgh Fringe, amongst many others.


Previously, Tuan trained and performed in physical theatre from 2006 - 2013 working in the UK with companies such as New International Encounter, Moonfool and touring in productions by Kasia Zaremba-Byrne.

He has danced in works by Gary Clarke (UK), Rui Xu (CN), Willi Dorner (AT), Janine Harrington (UK), Yotam Peled (IL/DE), amongst others.


Teaching and choreography credits include work at Kampnagel Hamburg (DE), JES Stuttgart (DE), The Place London (UK), Dock11 Berlin (DE), 3CL - Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourg, Echodrama Athens (GR), St. Mary's University (UK) and the University of Surrey (UK).

Photo: C. Brodermann

Sebastian is originally from Berlin and lived in New York City between 2015 and 2019 after receiving his first class BA with honours at Trinity Laban in London.


During his time in New York he performed with Andrea Miller’s Gallim Dance at venues such as the Lincoln Center in NYC, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

From 2016 – 2019 , he was a company member of Sidra Bell Dance New York where he performed original roles as well as the company's repertoire on international and national tours.


As a solo artist and with his creative partner César Broderman, Sebastian has presented work at international festivals such as FIDCDMX in Mexico City, Tanztheater Festival Erfurt, New Blue Dance Festival in Toronto, MASDANZA on the Canary Islands, Gdansk Dance Festival in Poland, SoloDuo Festival in Germany and in various venues in New York.

His solo work parasites was awarded the 1st Prize and Audience Prize at Tanztheater Festival Erfurt 2018 and for Tian he received the Emerging Choreographer prize at SoloDuo Festival in Cologne, Germany.


Sebastian has previously taught at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, Marigny Opera Ballet, MICHIYAYA Dance, Ball State University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Black Studio in Mexico City, and The Underground Centre in Toronto, Canada.


He is a founding member of BIRDHOUSE, directed by Raven Taisce White, for which he co-created an evening length work with director Bryn Hlava.

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