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: Workshop for Contemporary Dance with Luan de Lima

3 pm to 5 pm: Improvisation with Uwe Brauns

Venue : Kolkata Centre for Creativity

for all

TBC: The Practice of Relations with Alberto Cissello

Venue : Song of Woods Studio

Tuesday-Thursday, 11 – 13 February 2020

4 pm to 6 pm: Workshop for practitioners towards performance participation

Venue : Kolkata Centre for Creativity

(with partners)

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

11 am to 12.30 pm: Workshop for children with Nejma Larichi **

Venue : Kolkata Centre for Creativity

3 pm to 5 pm: Workshop for women with Nejma Larichi

for The Creative Arts **

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

TBC: Workshop for students and teachers with Nejma Larichi

Mahadevi Birla World Academy **

TBC: The Practice of Relations with Alberto Cisselli

for Project Prometheus **


Tuesday-Wednesday, 11-12 February 2020

5.30 pm to 7.30 pm: Pickle Factory Preludes

Venue : Goethe Institut Max / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata

Politics, Practice, Performance, Participation: the dance work of Helene Weinzierl

Saturday, 15 February 2020

5.30 pm: Pre-performance talk with the choreographer

Venue: 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’

Venue – 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: 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

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.

call 9830885010/ email [email protected]

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

Pickle Factory Preludes is a series of two-session modules that introduces and discusses ideas around dance practice and development through playful, provocative and participatory processes. The series is presented in partnership with the Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata.

 “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

Sign up here – link to PF Preludes page / FB page. I will set up a google form for registration

Venues & Partners


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…


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

ESCAPE CieLaroque Luan de Lima (c) Nikos Stavlas IMG_7825
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.