Brigel Gjoka (left) and Riley Watts (right) during performance of Duo, choreographed by William Forsythe.
Brigel Gjoka is a professional stage dancer, artistic director, dance teacher, and choreographer. Born in Albania, Gjoka’s began training at the Tirana Ballet School (1997-04), became a member of Cannes Jeune Ballet during his studies (2004-06) at the Ecole Superieure de Danse de Cannes-Mougins, France. In 2006 with the Ballet De L’opera National Du Rhin, Gjoka had the opportunity to perform different roles and work with choreographers from international dance scene. Between 2009 – 2010, he joined Staatstheater Mainz for one season, followed by the Nederlands Dans Theater.
In 2011 he joined the Forsythe Company where he participated in new creations by William Forsythe and performed a wide range of Forsythe’s repertory until the closure of the company in 2015. Gjoka had a unique experience in 2015 when he became part of farewell world tour “Life in Progress” by the world-acclaimed French ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem. Gjoka was awarded the ‘’Leonide Massine’’ Prize (together with Riley Watts) in 2015 by the Positano premia la danza, Italy, as Dancer of The Year on The Contemporary Dance Scene.
Gjoka choreographed Evo-Revolution for the Cannes Jeune Ballet (2009), the installation Front to Confront with Leggere Strutture Company, supported by Tonino Lamborghini (2012), SWTH for Maggio Danza Italy and RECRECiT for Kwang Tung Dance Company Malaysia (2013). SYNC with Hector Solari for Staatstheater Passau and BMW (2013), Eksod with Leggere Strutture Italy (2014) and Among Fog for National Academy of Performing Arts Karachi (2015), where he participated in the International Dance & Theater Festival Karachi, and DELEGATET for the Theater Vorpommern Germany (2016). September 2016 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum as Score he performed DUO2015 from W.Forsythe at the Eighth Annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium.
Gjoka joined Art Factory International Bologna as an artistic director in 2014. Since 2015, he is artistic curator at large at the Albanian Institute New York. He teaches dance and choreography workshops drawing from his own work experiences and the extensive knowledge and training he gained at William Forsythe and The Forsythe Company.
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