Gabrielle Staiger

Working with movement and working with people is the best thing ever!


Gabrielle Staiger, choreographer for dance and theatre, teacher and trainer. After completing her studies at Laban Centre for movement and dance as well as the German Sports University Cologne she works as a dancer.
Soon she founds the physical theatre company ARAZZO Tanztheater in Cologne in need for her own creative and experimental environment. Ispired by LMA (Laban Movement Analysis) she develops co-creative systems (scores) in order to develop movement vocabulary for her works as well as an innovative approach to Teaching Studies, Improvisation and Composition. In the late 1990ies she creates her own contemporary dance technique coact, which she has been teaching very successfully for the last 18 years on an international level inspiring many dancers and teachers to follow her approach to dance technique.

Beyond the dance genre she pioneered in the drama field, creating the body practise Functional Theatre Practise for the education of actors at Spielstatt Ulm, which she also taught at Basement Theaterschool in Cologne and at Ustinov Theatre School in Frankfurt.
She now lives in Frankfurt am Main/Germany.

Choreography (selection)

2015 Choreo for Alice in Wonderland, English Theatre Frankfurt
2014 Choreo for The Black Rider, English Theatre Frankfurt
2013 Choreo for  The Crucible, English Theatre Frankfurt
2011 Choreo for The Threepenny Opera, English Theatre Frankfurt
2016 encounters, for Ustinov Theatre School
2009 Inside the lining, for Palucca Hochschule
2008 listen baby!, for Codarts Rotterdam
2006 loud skin, for Yu Boran Korea
2005 with eyes closed, for Codarts Rotterdam
2004 doorland, für Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Amsterdam
2002 Vitruvian complex, for Arazzo Tanztheater
2002 inside cover, for Arazzo Tanztheater
2001 my land is small, for Arazzo Tanztheater
2001 piece of dust, for HFMDK Köln
2000 Fuoco Lento, for Arazzo Tanztheater


Dance for the screen
1998 Bliss
1996 Scarred
1996 Blown


2002 Cologne Dancetheatreaward
2000 Cologne Dancetheatreaward
1998 German Videodanceaward
1998 Scholarship of Artfoundation Baden-Württemberg
1998 Choreography-Scholarship of Foundation of Art and culture in NRW
1995 Young Artist Award of the city of Ulm
1994 Bessie Schoenberg Choreography Scholarship USA

She has been teaching

in the Netherlands at

  • Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Amsterdam
  • Codarts Rotterdam
  • ArtEzArnheim
  • Henny Jurriens Stichting Amsterdam
  • Dansateliers Rotterdam
  • Fontys Hogeschool, Tilburg

in Belgium for

  • Ultima Vez
  • La Raffinerie

in Mexico at

  • Escuela Nacional de Danza Mexico
  • Los Talleres
  • in Korea at
  • SungKyunKwan University Seoul as aguest professor
  • AE SOON Dance Company
  • Hansong University

in Slovenia at

  • Dance Academy Ljubljana
  • Izola Danza
  • Winter Dance School Maribor

in Italy at

  • Assoziazione Europea Danza

in France for

  • Ballet de Marseille
  • Ballet Preljocaj

in Germany at

  • Marameo
  • Palucca Schule Dresden (Professur)
  • Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Köln´
  • HfMDK Frankfurt
  • John Neumeier Schule Ballett Hamburg
  • Neuer Tanz/VA WölflRAST
  • tanzlabor_21
  • tanzhaus nrw
  • Academy of Dance at the Conservatory of Music Mannheim