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Orangerie Herrenhausen

Think Big 2021

Residency programme for young choreographers

Anibal dos Santos (DE/PT), Eduardo Vallejo Pinto (ES)
Gizem Aksu (TR)


“[…] Gizen Aksu from Turkey, Eduardo Vallejo Pinto from Spain and Portuguese-born, Hamburg-based Anibal dos Santos were chosen from 127 applicants to take part in the “Think Big” artists’ residency programme and invited [to Hanover] to prepare their performances. This cooperation between the Tanztheater International festival, directed by Christiane Winter, and the Hanover State Ballet hands […] young artists a large stage to work on. Throughout the summer, they develop their pieces in the State Opera’s premises with a specially cast eight-person ensemble. The premieres are part of the festival programme. It is a coveted opportunity for upcoming freelance choreographers, who often lack the financial resources to rehearse for a long period with a large group.”

Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 8 September 2021


The Hanover state ballet and TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL festival offer three emerging choreographers a temporary artistic home: the residency programme “Thing Big”. For this year’s seventh edition, the jury – Hanover ballet director Marco Goecke, festival director Christiane Winter and guest juror Prof. Dr. Gerald Siegmund, dance and theatre expert of Gießen University – selected Portugal-born, Hamburg-based Anibal dos Santos, Gizem Aksu of Turkey, and Eduardo Vallejo Pinto of Spain from some 130 applicants to create ensemble works to be staged in Hanover. In this collaborative project, the journey is (also) the reward: The young choreographers-in-residence are provided with four weeks intensive rehearsal time in the Hanover state ballet’s studios and a specially selected eight-person ensemble to develop their choreographies. The results can now be experienced in a triple bill – featuring three diverse, adventurous pieces by fresh faces of choreography

(approx. 80 min. incl. two intervals)

cast & credits

Choreography: Anibal Dos Santos
Musical Composition: Gabór Halász

Choreography, dramaturgy: Eduardo Vallejo Pinto
Original music and Soundspace: Iván Solano

Choreography: Gizem Aksu
Body Masks: Leyla Okan
Original music: Emre Malikler

*Gizem Aksu: „This work is still in progress, and I would like to continue working on this world which I have started to build.”

Dance and artistic collaboration:
Joao Pedro De Paula, Florian Entenfellner, Natalie Farkas, Sakura Inoue, Kevin Lau, Qadira Oechsle-Ali, Marco Rizzi, Andrea Scarfi

Production Support: Sophie Thuma

Technical Direction: Frank Hamann

Light: Christian Meinke, Frank Schulz

Sound: Dennis Grasekamp

Costume Assistance: Sabine Mech

With Thanks to:
Frank Hamann, Sabine Mech, Christian Meinke, Frank Schulz, Kathrin Schumann and Sophie Thuma

The „Think Big“ residencies 2021 in Hanover are funded by Landeshauptstadt Hannover / Kulturbüro, the Stiftung Niedersachsen and Region Hannover/ Nds. Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur.

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