Curriculum Vitae

Ralf Jaroschinski was born in Southern Germany in February of 1966 and grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was trained at the University for Music, Theater and Media in Hannover, Germany, and on a stipend from the German Academic Exchange Service in New York, USA. For six seasons he danced as a guest in the Lower Saxonian National Ballet Company of Hannover, worked as a dancer and choreographic assistant at the German Nuremberg City Theater, and as a free-lance choreographer and teacher of contemporary dance techniques in Hannover and Munich, Germany, and in Vienna, Austria. In 1998, he became the German Hildesheim City Theater Dance Company's artistic director and choreographer, directing its twelve dancers until July of 2002. Jaroschinski currently teaches at various dance studios, schools, universities, and festivals and choreographs as an independent for several dance companies by commission - in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

As a choreographic assistant, Jaroschinski worked together with Niels-Peter Rudolph and Vivienne Newport, a.o. Ever since choreographing his own works, he enjoys the crossover with other art forms, hence, his collaborations with the mask designer Hans-Ulrich Buchwald, the painter Jacques Gassmann and the actor René Schack. He choreographed multiple pieces for soloists of the Bonn Choreographic Theater, the Leipzig Ballet and the Lower Saxonian National Ballet Company of Hannover in Germany. In 1997 and 1998, he created the dance concerts "Mutig zu sein bedeutet nicht, keine Angst zu haben" ("To Be Courageous Does Not Mean to Have No Fear"), "Babette", "tantalizing", "Auflösen" ("To Dissolve"), "Soirée russe" ("Russian Night"), and "flux" in Hannover with local, municipal and regional funding and toured with those throughout Germany and Austria.

At the Hildesheim City Theater, he created several dances for theatrical and musical works and choreographed “South Pacific”, the European premiere. Moreover, he put together a dozen galas and "Tanzwerkstätten" ("Dance Workshops"), which were designed to introduce ideas and aesthetics of contemporary choreography to the audience. With the Hildesheim City Theater Dance Company, Jaroschinski produced and extensively toured the dance concerts: "Tierisches" ("Animalia"), "Gesellschaftsspiele" ("Social Games"), "Karmen" (with live orchestra), "Aus der neuen Welt" ("From the New World"), "Dämonen" ("Demons", with a musician), "Lieben" ("To Love", with two actors), "Jugendsünden" ("Sins of Youth", with live orchestra), "Das Schwanensee-Märchen" ("The Fairy Tale Swan Lake") for children and adults (with a singer), "Am Meer" ("By the Sea", with a musician), "Trash" (with an actor), and "Der Vagabund" ("The Vagabond", with a singer and a musician). In the season of 1999/2000, he also directed the world premiere of Wilfried Hiller's "Schulamit" - with an actress, dancers, singers (both children and adults), large choir (80 singers), live orchestra, and the Klezmer-virtuoso Giora Feidman.

In 1999, Jaroschinski returned to teach his piece from 1995, "Auf der schönen blauen Erde" ("On the Beautiful Blue Earth"), to the dancers of the Lower Saxonian National Ballet Company of Hannover - this work won a choreography award. The dancers of the company "Stichting EuregioDans" (Heerlen, the Netherlands - Aachen, Germany - Liège, Belgium) staged his "Petite nostalgie nymphale" and the award winning "Intuition Blast" in their 1999/2000 season. In 1999, this piece had also been included in the Bavarian National Ballet Company’s repertoire. Presented by the former German Foreign Affairs Minister Joschka Fischer in 2000, it was toured throughout Asia, reaching New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Calcutta, India. In the same year, "Intuition Blast" was performed in the “Birgit Keil Dance Foundation Ballet Gala” in Ludwigsburg, Germany. It was also shown in Mehmet Balkan’s “Ballet Gala” (Hannover, 2001) and in Oleg Makhov’s “Benefit Galas for Children with Cancer” (in Munich, 2003 and in Stuttgart, Germany, 2005). In the season of 2001/2002, Jaroschinski was commissioned by Ivan Liška to create a choreography for the Bavarian National Ballet Company in Munich, the result was "Satchmo Serenades". And, the Junior Company of the Bavarian National Ballet toured with "Intuition Blast" from 2011 until 2016.

After his Hildesheim period, Jaroschinski produced the dance concerts "Soirée populaire" ("Popular Night", 2003), “T’embers - Die vier Temperamente” ("T'embers - The Four Temperaments", 2003), "Bizarre Love Triangle" (2004), "Eins" ("One", 2005), “Pool” (2006), and “Postmodern Superheroes” (2007) in Hannover, with municipal, regional and national funding.

In November of 2002, his choreography "U", commissioned for 36 dancers of Konstanze Vernon's Dance Foundation "Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung", premiered in Munich and was followed by “Funny Flowers” in 2005. The dance students of the John Cranko-School Stuttgart premiered his piece “Tag am Meer” (“Day by the Sea”) in May of 2005. Kammertänzerin Prof. Birgit Keil commissioned Jaroschinski to create a dance concert for the National Ballet Company of Southwest Germany that was designed for children and adults: “Scheherazade" premiered in April of 2004, in Karlsruhe. It also was part of the company’s 2004/2005 season and continued to be part of its 2005/2006 season. In 2011, “Scheherazade" has been part of the National Ballet’s repertoire for the eighth year in a row, totalling more than 50 performances. On top of this, the Karlsruhe National Ballet Company premiered his creation "Suite sportive" in June of 2009 - stage, lighting installation and costumes were designed by rosalie. The suite continued to be part of the company's 2009/2010 season, and in the 2014/2015 season it was staged anew by the students of the Dance Academy of the German Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts. In April of 2010, the Children’s and Youth’s Theater Department (“KJT”) of the Regional Theater in Tübingen, premiered Jaroschinski's "Die Abenteuer des Peer Gynt" ("The Adventures of Peer Gynt") which continued to be part of its 2010/2011 season. In November of 2011, his creation "Square Dance" with a cast of 75 students including children and seniors of the Dance Academy of the German Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts has been premiered in Stuttgart. And in March of 2016, he created the choreography "Breakwater" for the "Bangkok City Ballet (BDB)" in Thailand.

In 2004, Jaroschinski began to facilitate contact improvisation classes and workshops in Argentina, Belgium, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan a. o. He has taught numerous times at the "West Coast Contact Improvisation Jam (wcciJAM)" in Berkeley, at the "Portland Regional Jam", at the "Santa Cruz Dance Festival", and at the "Northern California Dance Collective (NCDC) Summer Dance Camp" near Fresno in the US, at the "Encuentro Internacional de Improvisación por Contacto" in Lima and in Cusco, and at the "Festival Internacional de Ballet" in Trujillo, Peru, at the "Encuentro de Danza Contact Improvisación Santiago Chile", at the "Encontro Diamantino de Contato Improvisação de Igatu", at "Anápolis em Contato", at "Campinas em Contato", at the "Encontro internacional de contato improvisação São Paulo (EICI)", at "Contact in Rio" in Rio de Janeiro, at the "Festival internacional de contato improvisação na natureza, Florianópolis", and at "Sul em Contato" in Porto Alegre, Brazil, at "Stretch" in Berlin, at the "Pfingst-Jam Potsdam", at "Contact Meets Contemporary (CMC)" in Göttingen, at the "Tanzworkshop Stuttgart-Oeffingen", at the "Pfingst Contact Festival Ulm", at the "Internationales Tanzfestival Ingolstadt", at "Kemptener Tanzherbst" in Kempten, and at "Touch & Play" in both Berlin, Germany, and Cardona, Spain, at the "Contact Festival Austria" near Vienna, at the "Contact Improvisation Mini Festival" in Copenhagen, Denmark, at "Warsaw Flow" in Poland, at the "Israeli Contact Improvisation Festival (ICIF)" in Tel Aviv, Israel, at the "Dancehouse Summer Intensive" in Melbourne, Australia, and at "Footnote New Zealand Dance Choreolab" in Wellington, New Zealand.

He has facilitated "contact improvisation" for the acting students at the "University of Essex" in Southend-on-Sea" in the UK and at the "Escuela Nacional Superior de Arte Dramático (ENSAD)" in Lima. He also taught the dance students at the "Arizona State University (ASU)" in Phoenix, at the "Nova Southeastern University (NSU)" in Fort Lauderdale and at the "Florida Atlantic University (FAU)" in Boca Raton, USA, at the "Universidad de Lima" and at the "Escuela Nacional Superior de Ballet (ENSB)" in Lima, Peru, at the "Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA)" in Salvador, at the "Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU)", at the "Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)", at the "Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR)" and at the "Universidade estadual do Paraná (UNESPAR)", both in Curitiba, and at the "Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)" in Porto Alegre, Brazil, at the Nantes University in France, at "Codarts Rotterdam - University of the Arts" in the Netherlands, at "Norges Dansehoyskole (NDH)" in Oslo, Norway, at the Stockholm University of the Arts in Sweden, at the "Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden" and at the "Universität Tübingen" in Germany, as well as at the "Thammasat University" in Bangkok and at the "LASALLE College of the Arts" in Singapore.

He also worked together with the "Centro Cultural Brasil Alemanha (CCBA)" in Recife, Brazil, the "Centro Cultural de España en Lima (CCE)", and the "Goethe-Institut Lima" and with organizations that support independent professionals, like the Swedish "Danscentrum Väst" and "Kulturakademin Trappan" in Gothenburg, "Dansalliansen" and "Danscentrum" in Stockholm, and "Dance Nucleus" in Singapore. And, he trains improvisation research collectives, semi-professional dance groups as well as the members of professional dance companies such as "Karen Peterson & Dancers" in Miami, USA, "Compañía de ballet de Trujillo", "Ballet San Marcos" in Lima, the Brazilian Curitiba Guaíra Ballet (BTG), the Australian "Canberra Dance Theatre (CDT)", "Frontier Danceland" in Singapore, "Bangkok City Ballet (BCB)", as well as the National Ballet Company at the Gärtnerplatz Theater in Munich, "Ballett des Theaters Pforzheim", "Tanztheater Bielefeld", and "Tanztheater Braunschweig" in Germany, "Carte blanche" in Bergen, Norway, and also the Swedish "GöteborgsOperans Danskompani" and "Cullbergbaletten" in Stockholm with alignment and contact improvisation. With "Cullbergbaletten" he also went on tour within Sweden, Norway, and Poland.

Jaroschinski furthermore created and staged several dance concerts based entirely on contact improvisation: "Can You Entirely Be?" (2003) premiered in San Francisco, USA, where he also worked with Scott Wells in "Over You" (2006), and "Space Cowboys" (2008) in Hannover, Germany. Produced together with Antonio Alemanno, Diane Gemsch, Mirva Mäkinen, Tetsuya Hori, and Andrew Wass among many others “Sci-fi Poetry” (2009), "Never Felt This Way Before" (2010), "Big Time" (2011), "Fragments and Presence" (2016), and "All Things Considered" (2017) were presented in Northern and Southern Germany. Jaroschinski has designed and staged contact improvisation scores for the students of "KaRi.Tanzhaus" in Kempten, Germany, and the Stockholm University of the Arts, as well as for the dancers of "Danza Común" in Bogotá, Columbia, "Terpsicore Proyectos" in Lima, and "Footnote New Zealand Dance Choreolab" in Wellington. By now, he has created some 100 choreographies and improvisations that have been presented in the US, Mexico, Columbia, Peru, Brazil, Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, India, Malaysia, and New Zealand.

In 1993, Jaroschinski was found among the winners of the "7th International Competition for Choreographers" in Hannover, Germany, with "Ernst ist das Leben, heiter die Kunst" ("Life is Serious, Art is Joy"). 1994 brought him the German Federal Ministry for Education and Science's feature prize for the piece "Wie kann man den Himmel besitzen" ("How to Possess the Sky"). In 1995, he won first prize at the "9th International Competition for Choreographers" in Hannover with "Auf der schönen blauen Erde" ("On the Beautiful Blue Earth"). In the same year, he was granted an entire season to study dance and composition techniques in New York City through a stipend from the German Academic Exchange Service (“DAAD”) in Bonn for his piece “Ária“. In 1996, he received an award from the "Dance in Education Fund Inc." in White Plains, New York, USA, for his choreography “Ballroom”, and at the biannual choreographic competition of German Ettlingen's "Days of the Dance" festival he was found among the winners that same year, as well as in 1998. In 1997, Jaroschinski's piece "M" received the special prize "Best Premiere" at the "1st International Solo Dance Theater Festival" in Augsburg. And at the "12th International Competition for Choreographers" in Hannover in 1998, he won the audience's prize for "Intuition Blast".