Performer, choreographer and teacher. Trained in various contemporary and modern techniques, ballet, improvisation, voice and somatic practices.
Languages: Dutch, English, French and German.
Gaia Gonnelli | Dadodans; Amsterdam – 2017-Present
New creation, Mappamondo, for young children in collaboration with percussionist Marijn
Korff de Gidts. Holland tour.
Theater Ulm – Roberto Scafati; Germany – season 2017-2018
Part of the dance ensemble since November 2017. Performing Acqua and Sleeping
Beauty by Roberto Scafati and Recortes by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano.
Steptext dance project; Bremen, Germany – 2016 + ongoing performances
Re-staging and re-working part of Gerhard Bohner’s original Zwei Giraffen Tanzen Tango;
Zwei Giraffen Tanzen Tango – Bremer Schritte by Helge Letonja. Performances; Theater
Bremen, Schwankhalle, Schaubühne Lindenfels Leipzig, Scenario Pubblico Catania.
Wagner Moreira; Dresden, Germany – October-December 2015
Creation Talk To Me choreographed by Wagner Moreira. Festspielhaus Hellerau, European
center for the arts Dresden.
Bavarian State Opera – Munich, Germany – April-July 2015
Creation of Jephta’s Daughter by Saar Magal. Performances in Haus der Kunst, Germany.
Oper Leipzig; Germany – 2015 and ongoing performances
Dancer in Richard Wagner’s Operas ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’ (The Ring cycle). Das
Rheingold, Die Walküre and Siegfried. Directed by Rosamund Gillmore. Oper Leipzig.
Emanuel Gat; Marseille, France – December 2014
Workshop into performance with Emanuel Gat. KLAP (Maison pour la Danse).
wee dance company; Görlitz, Germany – 2012-2014
Choreographers Dan Pelleg and Marko E. Weigert. Rehearsal director Niv Marinberg.
New creations: Romeo and Juliet, Alpha 1. along various operas.
Reworked There’s Time, Sextett from Quatro Balli and Schmetterlingsdefekt/the butterfly
defect with Israel tour 2014. Repertory pieces: Blockiert and Dawning.
Further creations by Sommer Ullrickson, Ruslan Stepanov, Beatrice Panero and Niko van
Harlekin. Performed in Gerhart Hauptmann Theatre Görlitz, Zittau and Bautzen, Apollo
Theatre, Culture Centre Blatna Czech Republic, Freilichtspiele Schwäbish Hall and
Performer, choreographer and teacher. Trained in
various contemporary and modern techniques,
ballet, improvisation, voice and somatic practices.
Languages: Dutch, English, French and German.
3061 XX Rotterdam
Scottish Dance Theatre; Dundee, Scotland – 2011-2012
Director Janet Smith. Repertory: DOG by Hofesh Shechter, Lay me down safe by Kate
Weare and Revelator by Ruth Janssen. New creations: Pavlova’s Dogs by Rachel Lopez
de la Nieta (Dog Kennel Hill Project) and What on Earth?! (designed for young people) by
Janet Smith and Sally Owen. Performances in Dundee Rep Theatre and UK tour.
DOGLA. Duet created in collaboration with Dane Badal. Life music by Satyakam
Mohkamsing and Andro Biswane. Supported by- and performed at Maas Theatre
Rotterdam. October 2016.
When Wishes Shift. Short duet created in collaboration with Keren Smail. Supported by
Dance Base Edinburgh. Performed during Resolution, festival at The Place, Robin Howard
Theatre London. January 2016
Sailing Stones. Duet created and performed with mama Kawabata. Supported by- and
performed at Project Theatre Dresden during Tanzwoche Dresden, festival in Germany
HOME(SICK). Vocal&Dance performance created and performed with voice artist Ishtar
Bakhtali. Supported by- and performed in Intro in Situ during festival Two in One.
Maastricht, The Netherlands. February 2015
to back one front go again. Choreographed for 6 dancers of wee dance company as part
of Kurzstrecke – evening of short pieces commissioned by Gerhart Hauptmann Theatre
Görlitz, Germany. 2014
TA|FEL. Choreographed and performed in collaboration with Fernando Balsera Pita. Part
of the evening Bach Bewegt commissioned by Gerhart Hauptmann Theatre Görlitz.
Performed in Gerhart Hauptmann Theatre Görlitz, Zittau and Bautzen, Apollo Theater,
Culture Centre Blatná Czech Republic, Freilichtspiele Schwäbish Hall and Schauspiel
London Contemporary Dance School; UK – Masters Degree with distinction 2012 and
First Class Honours Degree 2008-2011.
Received the Charlotte Kirkpatrick Award, for ‘demonstrating exceptional potential as a
dance artist’. 2010
Royal Ballet School Antwerp; Belgium – Secondary School Diploma, direction Modern
Taught company classes for steptext dance project, wee dance company and Scottish
Dance Theatre; professional training for TanzNetzDresden and workshops for CAT scheme
at The Place (London) as well as for Scottish Dance Theatre’s Creative Learning program.
Taught workshops in Paramaribo, Suriname for ArtLab, dec. 2016.
Since November 2017 I am a certified Vinyasa Yoga teacher.
“The ten dancers make a very powerful impression; The Korean Chang Ik Oh and the
Dutch Leila Bakhtali stand out.” – Hendrik Werner about Zwei Giraffen Tanzen Tango
(2016) Translated from; “Gleichwohl machen die zehn Tänzer einen sehr kraftvollen
Eindruck; es stechen hervor der Koreaner Chang Ik Oh und die Niederländerin Leila