Supporting the challenge to jump

Gummitwist is a nurturing program hosted by Theater Felina-Areal, Mannheim. The project is meant to
support the development of 3 beginning to mid career choreographers based within in the Rhein-Neckar
Region of Mannheim, Germany. Artistically directed by the Heidelberg choreographer Edan Gorlicki,
Gummitwist aims to offer choreographers guidance and support towards improving their practice and craft. The focus of mentoring is on numerous layers from artistic to structural and practical. The goal is not to produce new works but rather recognize and embrace the process of growth within the work. Artists are challenged to focus on their style of work, communication skills with performers, understanding of dramaturgy, decision making, time management, publicity, how to communicate their work via text, entrepreneurial skills, how to receive feedback and how to take an external look at their work.


The program will begin with a workshop week guided by highly qualified guests from the independent dance field. This workshop week brings the selected artists together to spend the time discussing and working on different aspects of the choreographic art form. The artists then separate to work on their creation/experimentation phase of the program. This period allows the artists to test their ideas and working methods closely guided by their mentors. All choreographers work with professional performers of their choice from the regional independent dance community. Dancers as well play a guiding role for the choreographers and participate in the feedback sessions.

Finally, the choreographers come together to present their research to the general public at Theater
Felina-Areal. The presentations are a sharing of experience meant to offer the public an insight to the
creation process and an opportunity for the artists to receive feedback from the public. The artistic director moderates the presentations.

Each choreographer selected is offered financial support to work with dancers/performers, a modest production budget and fee. Artists are chosen by a pre-selected jury of professionals based on written applications, online videos of work (if any) and interviews. The mentoring strategies are constructed and designed together with each selected artist based on the needs and interests of the choreographers in relation to their artistic visions and goals.

For more information please visit: