Gabriele Koch – dancer, choreographer, teacher
An engaged mover from childhood on, started with some ballet and gymnastics but soon fell in love with contemporary dance, improvisation and especially Contact Improvisation, which she has been practicing and researching on for more than 20 years. Prior to the birth of her youngest child, she was travelling all over Europe, Russia and Israel to teach and further study on physical awareness.
Gabriele is very much engaged in the contact scene of her area, regularly teaching kids and professionals alike. She is creating dance pieces, especially „site-specific performances“ in nature, on industrial buildings or other special places. For 15 years, she has been dancing Tango Argentino and was one of the first to melt both in practice and teaching, looking for the opportunities which both of these forms can give us. Every year, Gabriele organises the Contact Tango Festival Wuppertal, which is now in its 7th edition. She continues to be fascinated by the complexity of Contact Improvisation and its ability to open our physical capabilities, body awareness, performance strategies, and life in general.