Rafaële Giovanola (Choreography/ direction) Swiss, born in Baltimore, USA. She studied at Marika Besobrasova in Monte Carlo. Following her first engagement as a soloist in Turin. After one season in Turin, Rafaële Giovanola was engaged by Egon Madsen for the Frankfurt Ballet. There, she danced the classical repertoire and co-operated with several modern choreographers like Jiri Kylian, Uwe Scholz and William Forsythe, the Frankfurt Ballet choreographer. Under his direction she stayed with the Frankfurt Ballet for eight years, being involved in all important productions. During her engagement in Frankfurt she met the guest-choreographers Daniel Larrieu, Stephen Petronio and Christoph Nel. Since 1990, when the Choreographisches Theater was founded, Rafaële Giovanola is a member of Pavel Mikuláštik's company. In 1995 Rafaële Giovanola was mentioned in the annual poll of critics of „ballett international/tanz aktuell“ in the category „exceptional dancing personalities“.
Since March 2000 grounded together with Rainald Endraß the Freelance Group CocoonDance. Rafaële Giovanola has been teaching for different Compagnies in the Oper Bonn at the Städtischen Bühnen Freiburg in Breisgau, the tanzhaus NRW in Düsseldorf, the Brotfabrik Bonn, the Theater in St. Gallen (CH), at the Staatstheater Nürnberg and for the Ewgenij Panfilow Company in Perm, Russia.
Rainald Endraß (Dramaturgy), born in Schwäbisch Gmünd, studied German, Philosophy, Sociology and Theatre Sciences in Frankfurt. During this period, he gained experience in the fields of dramaturgy and direction, being assistant at the Schauspiel Frankfurt. Following several projects of the independent scene and after guest engagements at the Städtische Bühnen Freiburg, he was responsible for dramaturgy, and PR at the Choreographisches Theater since 1991. Together with Pavel Mikuláštik and his ensemble he changed from Freiburg to the Theater der Bundesstadt Bonn in 1997, where he also worked in the fields of drama and opera. He was also curator of several dance festivals in Bonn. In 2000 he founded the project CocoonDance together with Rafaële Giovanola for the production ’Jigaboo – Fight for Your Right to Be White’, invited to the off festival in Avignon.
Godlive Lawani (Management team), originally from Paris, where she graduated in Applied Foreign Language Translation and Interpreting. In Germany she studied sound engineering and recording techniques and in Spain she trained as a professional contemporary dancer. Her multidisciplinary formation and professional development have led her to have a broad vision of Performing Arts around the world. Now she works as a Cultural Promoter, Manager, Distributor, Producer – Freelance Dancer/Performer.
She is a producer in the Performing Arts field with more than 10 years experience working with venues, festivals and artists. Founder/Director of Stane Performing Arts Management, a versatile arts management agency based in Berlin, which offers a distinctive artist representation for established dance companies like Physical Momentum Company (MX), Pau Aran (DE/ES), Fabien Prioville Dance Company (DE), Liliana Barros (DE). She is a grantee of Summa Artium/Trust for Mutual Understanding foundations. Festival Programmer of the ATLAS MÉXICO Biennial International Dance Festival and member of the Mexican production house Fábrica Escena SC. She was in charge of the Production and the Co-curation of the Frei Art Festival in Freiburg 2022.
Aurélie Martin (Management team), born in Athens, holds a Master's degree in Administration of Cultural Institutions from the IUT of Aix-Marseille. After a first professional experience at the Hivernales CDCN in Avignon, she joined the team of the Romaeuropa Festival as production manager. Her journey took her to Switzerland before returning to Italy where she currently accompanies the duo Ginevra Panzetti and Enrico Ticconi. Her experience combines administration, production and distribution, which she puts at the service of independent companies like Camille Mutel (FR), Claudia Catarzi (IT), Massimo Furlan (CH), Philippe Saire (CH), Perrine Valli (FR/ CH) and Rudi Van der Merwe (CH) and contemporary creation. She is a member of the board of directors of Lapas.