Helene Weinzierl and Cie Laroque

Austrian choreographer Helene Weinzierl founded cieLaroque/helene weinzierl in 1995, after being a dancer for many years. The company has toured various festivals around the world presenting work in more than 300 cities. Her choreography draws our attention to sociopolitical realities of the world we live in, with a lightness of touch and disarming humour.

Pickle Factory is delighted to welcome cieLaroque to India (Bangalore, Santiniketan, Calcutta) with a variety of performances workshops, and artist interactions.


CieLaroque in Calcutta


Sunday, 9 February 2020

11 am to 1 pm:
Contemporary Dance with Luan de Lima
3 pm to 5 pm: Improvisation with Uwe Brauns
Eligibility: mid-level experience in dance / movement
Kolkata Centre for Creativity

4 pm to 7 pm
The Practice of Relations with Alberto Cissello
Eligibility: all backgrounds – no movement experience required
Song of Woods Studio

Tuesday-Thursday, 11 – 13 February 2020

4 pm to 6 pm:
Workshop for practitioners towards performance participation
Eligibility: advanced level of dance / movement experience
Kolkata Centre for Creativity

(with partners)

Sunday, 9 February 2020

7.30 am to 9.30 am:
The Practice of Relations with Alberto Cissello 
Rabindra Sarobar

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

11 am to 12.30 pm:
Workshop for children with Nejma Larichi 
Kolkata Centre for Creativity

3 pm to 5 pm:
Workshop for women with Nejma Larichi
for The Creative Arts 

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

10 am to 1 pm:
The Practice of Relations with Alberto Cissello
for Project Prometheus 

9am to 2pm:
Workshop for students with Nejma Larichi
for Mahadevi Birla World Academy 


11-12 February 2020

5.30 pm to 7.30 pm:

Pickle Factory Preludes:
Politics, Practice, Performance, Participation: the dance work of Helene Weinzierl
Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

8 pm to 11 pm:
as part of Garage Night
DNA Danceworks Bodyworks

Saturday, 15 February 2020

5.30 pm:
Pre-performance talk with the choreographer
Kolkata Centre for Creativity


Friday, 14 February 2020

6.45 pm:
It’s All About

Saturday, 15 February 2020

6.45 pm:
As Far As We Are

Kolkata Centre for Creativity


Contemporary Dance with Luan de Lima
The workshop is based on scanning the body to understand how we can create clear movement sequences. It is a research of what each part of the body can do, and how we combine different parts of the body to generate material. Further, we play with different times through different movement dynamics, creating a small composition towards the end of the class.  
Luan de Lima is a dancer from Brazil with over 15 years of international experience with choreographers from South America and Europe.

Improvisation with Uwe Brauns
Participants will experiment with different energies, increase their abilities and qualities, play with control and uncontrol, leading movement by different mental states and instincts. Through technical exercises, improvisation and composition they will enjoy different approaches of moving, different musicalities in the body, and various ways of communication between dancers.
Uwe Brauns is a German dancer currently based in Essen with professional experience in contemporary dance and dance-theatre. His pedagogy is influenced by Kenji Takagi and Les Slovaks, with whom he developed technical work around gravity, investment of space, awareness of body structure and weight.

Eligibility for both workshops: mid-level experience in dance / movement
Workshop fees:
1 workshop – Rs. 500/-
Both workshops – Rs. 800/-
Workshop participants also have free entry to the performances on 14 and 15 February 2020
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Workshop wth Luan de Lima
Workshop with Uwe Brauns
Both workshops

Workshop for Performance Participation @ KCC
This workshop is based on material from the production It´s all about and taught by members of CieLaroque. Participants are expected to attend all three sessions and participate in the performance on 14 February 2020.

Eligibility: advanced level of dance / movement experience
Click here to apply
Participants will also have free entry to the performance of As Far As We Are on 15 February 2020

The Practice of Relations with Alberto Cissello
The workshop revolves around the idea of relations, both with our own body and with others. The first part awakens and sharpens our own sensitivity to movement, while the second part focuses on interacting with other bodies in space. Each participant will experience and observe his/her own way of communicating with others, and experience the body as an extremely sensitive tool of connection. The aim is to reach a sense of playfulness and pleasure, for the participants not only to enjoy but also to feel free to explore their own possibilities and potentials without any restriction of form.
Alberto Cissello is an Italian dancer and dance teacher currently based in Vienna. His focus as a dance teacher is to offer a frame of practice to anyone who is interested in moving and discovering his/her own body, regardless the technique and education.

Workshop for children with Nejma Larichi
By soliciting the imagination and the different energies of the child, this workshop will bring the group to be aware of their own movements and having amusement by using their own body. Between games, exploration tasks, and collective creation, the children will explore their own originality. Inspired by the concept of horizontal pedagogy, the class will be built together. 

Workshop for women with Nejma Larichi
When it comes to dance, it is about the body. And when it comes to the body, it quickly becomes about gender. How do we comprehend our body and movements as women? Around physiological, societal, aesthetic and choreographic questions, this will be a time for exchange through movements, improvisation and feminine connivance.
Nejma Larichi is a French dancer trained in Toulouse and Angers. She has worked with various companies in Asia, Europe and America, and is also trained as a nurse.


Pickle Factory Preludes: ‘Politics, Practice, Performance, Participation: the dance work of Helene Weinzierl

“The audience are the people who surround me, who I deal with in life, on stage, who make up our society and if I/we can stimulate the audience to think, or deal, discuss about the theme/topics of one of our creations, that makes me happy. It is important that each individual tries to determine his or her life as best as possible  and this requires responsible, critical, alert people in our world.”
~ Helene Weinzierl

In these two participatory sessions, company member Luan de Lima takes us through the motivations for Helene Weinzierl’s ground-breaking choreographic work addressing vital questions:

  • the importance of approaching socio-political topics, and how this affects the practice
  • the power and participation of the spectator
  • the use of humour and irony

Both sessions: Rs. 500/-
One session: Rs 300/-
Participants are entitled to discounted entry for the performances
Register here

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CieLaroque AS FAR AS WER ARE (c) Ursula Lindenbauer 11


Three bodies move through space. They are isolated in their own inner worlds. It is an interplay between strength and exhaustion, speed and stasis, euphoria and despair. The language of movement transforms into a ritual, into a never-ending cycle.

Gradually encounters start to take place.  Can they create a change in their reality – even a new reality? Or will their stories repeat themselves over and over again?

It´s all about..
awareness, connections,  dreams, love, trust, protection, life and death.
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1 performance: Rs. 300/-
Both performances: Rs. 500/-​


The mutation to the crash-test dummy begins when you enter the room. You may be used to the situation of an overall accelerating situation, so you won’t realize how this one is taking you directly to a crash. Explore your limits of tolerance. Welcome to the experiment. Did we all become the crash-test dummies of the 21st century? But no dummy can exist without a wall. Are there any walls? And if not… How far can we fly?

As Far As We Are is charming at first, but slowly the smiles will start to crack and reveal places of discomfort. An experiment one should not miss. An experiment for a reality check of the self.

As Far As We Are will take you as far as you can get…
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1 performance: Rs. 300/-
Both performances: Rs. 500/-

This performance is pre-ceded by a talk with the choreographer at 5.30pm.