Nadine Freisleben, born 1989 in Berlin, has been dancing on a professional level since 2008. In Lagos and elsewhere Nigeria she danced in, and choreographed for various Nigerian contemporary dance companies from 2008 to 2010. She choreographed for festivals of Goethe Institute and Alliance Francaise. During these exciting times she got acquainted with West African Contemporary Dance, which has had a significant influence her dance and choreographic style.
In 2015 she graduated from the school for performance arts 'die Etage Berlin'. Since then she worked with choreographers like Chaim Gebber, Jennifer Mann, Sarah Bleasdale, Christine Fricker and Saskia Assohoto / Dancevertise.
In 2013 she founded her own dance- theatre ensemble „GAU Company“. Her works were then shown in France, Portugal, Nigeria, Chile and Germany.
Having her roots in Berlin, Nadine travels around the world to create dance theatre pieces under the name of GAU Company, to collaborate with other artists, gives workshops and trainings for dancers and performers and organises performance evenings.
Her passion is to create intimate environments in her performances. Her understanding of dance theatre is as a vehicle to deliver mindful messages that include every performer´s understanding and support. Dance is not only seen as an aesthetic performance medium but also connects to the soul of the performer and in ideal circumstances that of the spectator.
Nadine uses the approach of Nigerian performance making to build the base for her pieces. She is mixing the West African with the European Contemporary Dance style to create a different experience. Her work is multidisciplinary, intercultural and socio-critical. She pursues the dream of bringing together performers of diverse artistic backgrounds and origins to address a common concern.
|Year||Dance education / Workshops||Venue|
|April 8th - April 13th 2019||Artistic Development Programme||Südufer / Tanznetz, Freiburg|
|February 11th - February 23th 2019||Residency to create the production „INNERMEN“ by Sarah Bleasdale, premier at Gdanski Festiwal Tanca||Klub Zak, Gdansk|
|July 30th - August 24th 2018||Residency to create the production „Die Realisierten“, premiere at 18.Kemptener Tanzherbst||KARI Tanzhaus, Kempten|
|November 6th – November 12th 2017||Residency for research on dance and visual arts||TempStudio, Lisbon|
|June 27th 2016 – July 1st 2016||Workshop with Hofesh Shechter Company||Tanzberlin|
|February 2016 – March 2016||KCDC Dance Journey Programme||Ga´aton, Israel|
|April 2012 – March 2015||Contemporary Dance studies||Die Etage Berlin|
|August 2008 – June 2010||Dance studies and research in African Dance and African Contemporary Dance||National Council of Arts and Culture Lagos, Nigeria|
|Year||City / Country||Project||Company/ Choreographer||Role||Venue|
|2019||Gdanski PL||INNERMEN||Sarah Bleasdale||Dancer||Gdanski Festiwal Tanca|
|2018||Kempten DE||Die Realisierten||GAU Company||Choreographer Dancer Organiser||18. Kemptener Tanzherbst|
|2018||Berlin DE||GAU&Friends||GAU Company||Choreographer Dancer Organiser||ACUD Theater|
|2018||Berlin DE||After the Storm||GAU Company / Turlach O´Broin||Choreographer Dancer||Craw Festival, GAU&Friends|
|2018||Berlin DE||The Days of Wander||Despina Kapetanaki Performing Arts||Dancer||Performing Arts Festival|
|2018||Berlin DE||Under the Blanket of Freedom||GAU Company / Gyongyi Salla||Choreographer||Theaterforum Kreuzberg|
|2018||Lagos NG||Exit to Endorphia Vol.2 - Lost&Found||GAU Company||Choreographer Dancer||Afrigansa Fest|
|2018||Berlin, Gorleben DE||Exit to Endorphia Vol.2 - Lost&Found||GAU Company||Choreographer Dancer||Theaterforum Kreuzberg, die Etage, LetMeIn Festival, Kulturelle Landpartie|
|2017- 2014||Berlin , Kempten DE||The Green Village||Chaim Gebber||Dancer||Tanzfabrik, die Pumpe, Schwelle 7, Mensch Meier, 17.Kemptener Tanzherbs|
|2016||Marseille FR||Inventaires du corps||Cie Itinérrances||Dancer||Mucem|
|2015 - 2014||Berlin, Kempten, Memmingen DE||Exit to Endorphia||GAU Company||Choreographer Dancer||Theaterforum Kreuzberg, 14. Kemptener Tanzherbst, Memminger Kulturmeile|
|2014||Bozen IT||Timescapes||Jennifer Mann||Dancer||BolzanoDanza|
|2011||Kempten DE||Uwam-Our World||Ntoroso Odido||Choreographer Dancer||Choreographer Dancer|
|2009||Kempten DE||Wie tief schläft Sehnsucht?||Kari.Dance Company||Dancer||10.Kemptener Tanzherbst (KE)|
|2008||Lagos NG||Black&White||Ntoroso Odido||Choreographer Dancer||Trufesta festival: German Embassy, Goethe Institute, National Theatre|
|2008||Lagos NG||Ihe Garaga||Blackroots Intl||Dancer||Dance meets Danse Festival, Alliance Francaise|