Step Up 19 brings a new outlook, curated by Marguerite Donlon (Ireland / Germany), International choreographer and director of Donlon Dance Collective, based in Berlin.


The six participants will work with renowned three international choreographers to create three new dance pieces for Step Up 19, they are: 

Marguerite Donlon. Marguerite is an innovative, contemporary choreographer and performer based in Berlin. Known for her humour and profound creativity, her work thrills an unusually broad audience. With stylistic innovation, Irish wit and the combination of different art forms, Marguerite has pushed artistic limits to secure a place in the international dance scene.

Further information on Marguerite Donlon HERE.

Francesco Vecchione (Italy, Spain). Francesco has danced with Ballet Basel, Nederlands Dans Theater II, Compañía Nacional de Danza, and the Ballett des Saarländischen Staatstheaters (first under the direction of Marguerite Donlon and later, Stijn Celis). His choreography ANNA won the “Castilla y Leon” Prize at the Burgos-New York International Choreography Competition in 2015.

Further information on Francesco Vecchione HERE.

Emanuele Soavi (Germany, Italy). Emanuele started his career at Opera Roma and Teatro La Fenice in Venice. He then worked with Ballet Dortmund the Dutch company Introdans with Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe and Mats Ek. Since 2016 he has been working as a freelance choreographer for independent ensembles, companies, theaters and universities, among them Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Theater Aachen and Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne.

Further information on Emanuele Soavi HERE.

The participants will also receive coaching and training from acclaimed dance artists, choreographers and coaches during the project, they are: 

Prof Dieter Heitkamp (Germany). Dieter Heitkamp is a professor of contemporary dance at the HfMDK Frankfurt am Main and director of the education department at the ZuKT (Zeitgenössischer und Klassischer Tanz). He will give an in-depth workshop on improvisation techniques as one of the greatest teachers in this field. A dance piece may develop out of this process and will be subsequently performed with the other works.

Further information on Prof Dieter Heitkamp HERE.

Rainer Behr (Germany). Rainer is a long time dancer with Pina Bausch. Participants will learn repertoire choreography as well as the philosophy and deeper meaning of each movement handed down to Rainer directly from Pina Bausch.

Further information on Rainer Behr HERE.

Eoin Mac Donnacha (Ireland) is the Step Up 19 ballet master and rehearsal director. Eoin trained at The Rambert School of Ballet in London before working at various state theatres in Germany including Stadtheater Giessen and Staatstheter Saarbrucken. He has worked with the Cathy Sharp Dance Company, Switzerland, the Expressions Dance Company, Australia, and has danced for Ballet Hagen under the direction of renown choreographers including Wayne McGreggor. Currently, he works as a soloist in Budapest with choreographer Pál Frenák. Eoin has taught at the Hong Kong academy of performing arts in Hong Kong, and has set a piece for the students of the graduating year there.

Rivca Rubin (England). Rivca Rubin is an international mediator and life coach. She will provide personal coaching to the participants. Rivca will provide personal coaching to the participants. Rivca encourages artists to ascertain their vision, locate the essence and refine their practice, grow purpose, align practice to values, and create working cultures people engage with, flourish and enjoy working in.

Further information on Rivca Rubin HERE.