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The Contemporary Edition of TBXS brings back French/NY Choreographer, Manuel Vignoulle- masterful teacher, choreographer, and mentor. This workshop creates a choreographic laboratory for dancers to synthesize contemporary ballet techniques inside repertoire & choreography toolbox sessions.



Born in France, Manuel Vignoulle studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse (Paris) and went on to work with contemporary French choreographers including Claude Brumachon, Corinne Lanselle, Karine Saporta and Bernardo Montet.

Manuel worked with Redha, a modern-jazz choreographer, and has performed for television, film, fashion, opéra, and musicals. He has also been assistant choreographer in collaboration with Alvin Ailey (USA), Het Nationale Ballet (Netherlands) and State Theater Dance Company (South Africa). 

In recent years, Manuel danced for Ballet du Grand Theatre de Genève (Switzerland) - which was named best European ballet company in 2006. There he worked with choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Adonis Foniadakis, Cisco Aznar, Annabelle Ochoa Lopez, Carolyn Carlson, Benjamin Millepied, John Neumeier, and Malou Airaudo, among others. 

At Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York) Manuel has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Hofesh Shechter, Didy Veldman, Jo Stromgren, Alexander Eckman and Benoit- Swan Pouffer.
Manuel appeared as a guest for La La La Human Steps (Canada), the Het Nationale Ballet (Netherlands), State Theatre (South Africa), and The Forsythe Company (Germany). 

He is currently a freelance choreographer, performing his work in Switzerland, France and in New York.



Contemporary Technique, Repertoire & Partnering, Choreography Toolbox


In Mr. Vignoulle's own words: My class draws its inspiration from the various experiences I have had throughout my career, whether in contemporary, modern-jazz or ballet training. We start with a pre warm-up directly inspired from yoga technique with active stretches to loosen the body and create more space within; already connecting the breath with the movement, proposing a more centered and available body for more complex movements. The warm up will be at the barre or in the center (as wished), with a mixture of classical technique, as well as a lot of upper body movement, body weight, opposition, breathing and sound. The class then leads up to a piece of set choreography, where the dancers will challenge their technique, their understanding of space (around and within), and their own interpretation.


Often dancers can only afford one class a day. It is essential for this class to be complete so that they can remain in shape mentally and physically, in order to be prepared for the various casting calls and auditions they may have. I want to start with who they are and what they have in terms of physical abilities. I aspire to challenge and better these abilities by giving them varied choreography that will teach them how to use their bodies at full efficiency, with accuracy and precision, without losing their personalities or qualities in the process. Dancers are magicians and storytellers in which they use the movement to speak their truths.



B. Iden Payne Theatre - The University of Texas at Austin

*Metered parking is free after 6pm! Look for spots on Dean Keaton.

**Enter the main doors of the WInship building, go upstairs, through the glass doors to the theater lobby and into the theater. See you on stage!


Wend, Oct 28th
Contemporary Ballet | 6pm-7:30pm
Repertoire & Partnering | 7:30pm-8:30pm

Toolbox | 8:30pm-9pm

Thurs, Oct 29th
Contemporary Ballet | 6pm-7:30pm

Repertoire & Partnering | 7:30pm-8:30pm

Toolbox | 8:30pm-9pm

Fri, Oct 30th
Contemporary Ballet | 6pm-7:30pm

Repertoire & Partnering | 7:30pm-8:30pm

Toolbox | 8:30pm-9pm

Sat, Oct 31st

Contemporary Ballet | 3pm-4:30pm

Toolbox | 4:30pm-6pm

*Our last toolbox session is open to the community to come experience our creative lab onstage in person!


Full Workshop: $200
Day Workshop: $40-50
Drop-in: $20-25






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