Olivia Ancona, Gaga
Olivia Ancona was born in San Francisco, however grew up in Berkeley, London,and predominately Portland, Oregon. After training at the Juilliard School, she joinedthe Batsheva Ensemble (2010-2012) under the direction of Ohad Naharin andreturned to the main company in 2015.Olivia was a founding member of Sharon Eyal’s LEV, and has worked with Mats EK,Johan Inger, Wim Vandekeybus in the Royal Swedish Ballet, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui(Eastman) and Luca Veggetti, amongst others. Most recently she was a guest withthe Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and in the fall of 2016 danced, acted, andcoached in the recently premiered film, Suspiria, directed by Luca Guadagnino.She is a certified gaga teacher and regularly teaches workshops and classesinternationally, as well as staging Sharon Eyal’s works. She is currently based out ofBerlin.
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The exceptional American dancer and choreographer Rasta Thomas is considered one of the world's most sought-after and award-winning dance experts and is also celebrated as a "classical god" and charismatic "pop star of the dance". Not only has he accomplished nearly everything in classical dance, but he also appeared on Broadway and in Hollywood movies before founding his own dance company at the zenith of his dancing career and the internationally touring hit show "Rock The Ballet "created. With this crossover show, he was very successful in mixing the genre of ballet and contemporary dance styles with the aim of opening up access to dance for younger generations and attracting new audiences.
Now Armando Braswell, the well-known solo dancer of the Theater Basel, has succeeded in bringing Rasta Thomas to Basel, where he will give Master Classes at the "Braswell Arts Center" from March 30 and 31st, 2019 to share his vast experience with the city of Basel.
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