Nina VallonGast-teacher / Choreograph
was born in 1983 in Geneva Switzerland. She started her
dance education at Conservatoire de Musique et de Danse de
Genève and continued at Academia Beth Dorça (Bazil), to join
Ballet Junior de Genève in 2001 and D.A.N.C.E. in 2005.
Worked with artists and choreographers such as Angelin Preljocaj, Wayne McGregor, William Forsythe, Frédéric Flamand, Lucinda Childs, Fabrice Mazliah, Foofwa d’Imobilité, Thierry De Mey, Anouk van Dijk, Christian Ziegler, Prue Lang, Vanessa Le Mat, Allison Brown, Gabi Schillig, Elettra de Salvo, Johanna Milz, Raman Zaya, Célestine Hennermann, Norbert Pape, Kristina Veit, Lutz Gregor, Chin-A-moves, Alias Compagnie and The Forsythe Company.
Based in Frankfurt since 2007, Nina has been dedicating herself to her choreographic practice and artistic work but also to the creation of spaces, platforms and structures for artists run by artists, fostering solidarity and complicity rather than competitiveness and isolation.
Following projects, structures, contexts, infrastructures have been developed and implemented in collaboration with other engaged artists – mostly together with Norbert Pape, Kristina Veit and Florian Ackermann: ID_Frankfurt / Independent Dance, a non-profit association for freelancing professionals involved in the creation research and dissemination of results in the field of choreography and performance(www.idfrankfurt.com); ROUGH CUTS Festival, a yearly festival with a curated platform for choreographic works, installations and performances that has since 2011 included workshops, exhibitions and residency programs for artistic research and creation (www.roughcuts.org); Z_Zentrum für Proben und Forschung, a new house with studios spaces and office, with focus on enabling creation, rehearsals and research in the field of contemporary performing arts and linked disciplines (www.zzentrum.org).
She curated the ROUGH SHOTS exhibition in 2012 at Platform Sarai, a gallery space in Frankfurt run by the documentary filmmaker Nat Skatchkov and visual artist Ira Kublin with support of their five children. Having turned their living room into a gallery, they have hosted numerous exhibitions and performances and created a unique intimate public space in the heart of Frankfurt which has been a meeting point and point of departure of many great projects. (www.platformsarai.net)
Her choreographic work includes stage works, video and performative instillations -as “Untitled for a Carte Blanche” (2013), “Egg Charade” (2013), “Untitled to Superimpose” (2012), “Self-portrait as a pink rabbit” (2012), “The Time Sucker” (2011), “The Untitled for [...] series” (2011) with “Untitled for a Magic Carpet”, “Untitled for an Auction”, “Untitled for a Texture” and “Untitled for an Ocean”, “On The First Counterpoint” (2007-2012), “Rain Dog Code For Four” (2010) for example – and has been shown in Germany and internationally in festivals and venues such as Künslterhaus Mousonturm, ROUGH CUTS Festival, Frankfurt LAB, Gallus Theater, basis Frankfurt, MAK Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt, Platform Sarai, Korzo Theater, Crossing Festival (Beijing), Fringe Festival (Shanghai), Charleroi/Danses Biennale 07, European Culture Forum (Bruxelles), CMU, Fluxum Laboratory and a.d.c. (Geneva), Pavillon Noir (Aix-en-Pce), DublinDance House, Z_Zentrum für Proben und Forschung (Frankfurt) amongst others.
Nina worked in schools for the ALTANA Kulturstiftung during the past 4 years in the KulturTagJahr project and is this year for the first time coach for the UNART project at Schauspiel Fraukfurt. She also worked as a production assistant in a feature length fiction film production.