Forsythe Workshop SIDER by Brigel Gjoka
Sider was created by William Forsythe with the dancers of The Forsythe Company June 2011 and premiered in Hellerau -European Center for the Arts Dresden.
Through the journey we will explore different ways of transformation.
Starting by creating maps and evolve with them. The act of changing forms, shapes and incorporating the evolution of the content.

Where: Art Factory International Via della Casa Buia 4/A Bologna, Italy

When: 03rd & 04th November 2018 / time: 10 am – 4 pm


Dancers in colourful costumes are busy themselves with cardboard sheets on the stage, placing them opposite one another, stacking them, or disappearing underneath them. The title “Sider” plays with the double meaning of the word: the idea of outsider/insider: the mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion are explored by William Forsythe’s outstanding dancers on stage whereby boundaries are marked using cardboard sheets, only to be immediately shifted or stepped over. Complex speech patterns form the basis of this performance, even though language itself is a mere trace element –fragmented sentences written on the cardboard boxes, or projected in neon lettering onto the back wall – while Thom Willems’ soundtrack takes over. An old technique is being explored here in a new way.

The speech rhythm of Elizabethan theatre, similarly to classical dance, has cultivated a tradition of transfer from one actor to another for over 400 years. Forsythe takes up this tradition by using the film soundtrack of a late 16th century tragedy. The performers’ adherence to this vocal score creates unsettling configurations of devious musicality that the viewer cannot immediately decode, but that emphasise the themes of analogy and opacity in this drama – like a puzzle that can only later be put together.


His artistic work engagements have taken him around the world to more than 31 countries.
Brigel was born in Albania and trained in Tirana Ballet School 1997-2004. He was a member of Cannes Jeune Ballet during his studies 2004- 06 at the Ecole Superieure de Danse de Cannes-Mougins.
In 2006 he was engaged by the Ballet De L’opera National Du Rhin, where he had the opportunity to perform different roles and work with choreographers from the international dance scene. Wanting to expend his vision, he joined Staatstheater Mainz in 2009 for one season, then joined the Nederlands Dans Theater in 2010.

In January 2011 he became member of the The Forsythe Company, where he participated in new creations by William Forsythe and also performed a wide range of Forsythe’s repertory until the closure of the company in 2015. As a unique experience also in 2015, he was part of “Life in Progress,” the farewell world tour of Sylvie Guillem, traveling and performing Forsythe’s DUO2015 around the world.

Together with Riley Watts, he was awarded the ‘’Leonide Massine’’ Prize in the Positano premia la danza, Italy, as Dancer of The Year on The Contemporary Dance Scene in September 2015.

He has choreographed Evo-Revolution for the Cannes Jeune Ballet (2009), the installation Front to Confront with Leggere Strutture Company, supported by Tonino Lamborghini (2012), SWTH for Maggio Danza Italy and RECRECiT for Kwang Tung Dance Company Malaysia (2013). SYNC with Hector Solari for Staatstheater Passau and BMW (2013), Eksod with Leggere Strutture Italy (2014) and Among Fog for National Academy of Performing Arts Karachi (2015), where he participated in the International Dance & Theater Festival Karachi, and DELEGATET for the Theater Vorpommern Germany (2016).

September 2016 at the Philadelphia Musuem of Art, Museum as Score he performed DUO2015 from W.Forsythe at the Eighth Annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium.

Since January 2014 he has been Artistic director of the Art Factory International Bologna

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Workshop Fee: 180€

Contact details:
Art Factory International
Via della Casa Buia 4/A Bologna

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