Rehearsal pictures: © Franco Mento, Rainald Endrass  



7 Performer

Space min.: 12 m x 12 m

Duration: probably 1 h


Premiere: 05.10. 2023

Théâtre du Crochetan Monthey (CH) 


In Coproduction with Théâtre du Crochetan Monthey, Theater im Ballsaal Bonn, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr Mülheim, Tanzfaktur Köln. 


Funded by Kunststiftung NRW, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste, Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR, Bundesstadt Bonn und Pro Helvetia, ThéâtrePro Valais, Loterie Suisse Romande, Conseil de la Culture État du Valais, Ernst Göhner Stiftung.


• By and with: Martina De Dominicis, Margaux Dorsaz, Álvaro Esteban, Clémentine Herveux, Marin Lemic, Bojana Mitrovic, Evandro Pedroni/ Jenna Hendry/ Cristina Commisso/ Colas Lucot • Direction: Rafaële Giovanola

• Choreography: Rafaële Giovanola in collaboration with Martina De Dominicis, Álvaro Esteban • Co-Authors: 

Fa-Hsuan Chen, Martina De Dominicis, Álvaro Esteban, Susanne Schneider • Composition: Franco Mento, Jörg Ritzenhoff • Light, space: Jan Wiesbrock, David Glassey, Boris Kahnert • Costumes: Fa-Hsuan Chen • Dramaturgy and Concept: Rainald Endrass • Texts: Augustin Casala, Mélisende Navarre, Martina De Dominicis • Movement research: Morgane Stephan, Werner Nigg, Francisco Ladron de Guevara • Sound research: Manuel Riegler • Video documentation: Michael Maurissens, Hugo Pratap Parvex • Press work: Fabiana Uhart, Rainald Endrass • Social media: Maud Richard • Production: Marcus Bomski  • Administration: Maxime Rappaz, Till Skoruppa • Management: Godlive Lavani, Aurélie Martin



CHORA is a space of possibilities and potentiality. A space in which things can take place and live in constant breathing, expanding, and contracting – connecting the outer world with our inner world. A space shared with the audience that suggests our interconnectedness to the world around us through all means of perception. A new work inspired by the metaphor of “diffraction” as a mode of thinking, created by CocoonDance Company with its co-authors.

CocoonDance, which is known for their powerful works that deconstruct the body, focuses in "Chora" as never before on space and its perception. It is about understanding choreography as a cultural technique capable of interconnecting bodies as well as things, driving transformative change and opening groundbreaking resonant spaces. In "Chora", the theatre space is transformed into a topography that holds places, paths and experiences. In its original Greek meaning, "chora" means "to give space to things that have their own place"; which is a pretty good description of what theatre should do.

CHORA created by CocoonDance Company with its co-authors is inspired by the metaphor of “diffraction” as a mode of thinking and stands for the search for new creative processes. The project focuses on co-authorship and its multiple possibilities. It is a way of rewriting, transforming and fusing movement and a polyphonic aesthetic. It features seven dancers in an evolving and shared sound/space installation where the bodies of the audience and performers coexist, communicate and network in a concept that creates an extraordinary scenic space.