body of work
Contemporary Dance & Choreography
Contemporary Dance & Choreography
Zaida Ballesteros Parejo was born in Granada / Spain. She studied dance at the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza in Granada until 2001 and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main until 2004. 2018 she finished her Master in Theatre Studies with the Distance State University (UNED) in Spain.
From 2004 to 2015 she worked as a freelancer as well as a permanent dancer in several theatres for different choreographers. In 2015 she started working as a freelancer dancer, teacher and choreographer.
She has been teaching since 2016 regularly in Mozarteum University, Salzburg and Sasha Waltz & Guest Children’s and Young Company. Since 2017 she is choreographer and dance teacher in Piccolo Theater Cottbus (DE) and directs JugendTanzCompany Project.
She currently lives in Germany and works as a dancer, choreographer and lecturer in Germany, Austria, Spain and Switzerland, among others for Sasha Waltz & Guest.
Teaching Dance Technique in Mozarteum Salzburg (AT) from 2015 to 2017
Directing Dance Pedagogy´s Programs in Piccolo Theatre since 2017
2021. Expert Jury. Dance in Residency. Brandenburg
2020 NoBody. Sasha Waltz & Guests. DE
2019 Ema Destinn. Brno. CZ – Cottbus. DE
2018 Körper. Sasha Waltz & Guests. Hannover. DE
2017 Tre Volti. Schwetzinger Festspiele. DE
2016 Romance de Agua y Piedra. Granada ES
Same but Different. Tirol. IT
2015-16 Schauspielhaus Stuttgart
Das kalte Herz nach der Erzählung von Wilhelm Hauff. Armin Petras
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny B.Brecht/Kurt Weil
2009-2014 Theater St.Gallen:
Passolini, Alcina, Codex. Marco Santi. Der Mitmacher. Andrea Boll
Eleven. Yossy Berg and Oded Graf
Bulldog Ants. Linda Kapetanea und Jozef Fruzek
Frida Kahlo. Philipp Egli. Magical Road. Anton Lachky
2009 Entre Cielo y tierra. Shambalah Productions.
Collaboration with CEPIA S. José, Costa Rica. (http://www.cepiacostarica.org)
2005-08 Tanztheater Osnabrück:
Spielregeln, Penelope, Verklärte Nacht, Silver, Fairy Queen,
Les Chambres und Bernarda Albas Haus. Marco Santi
Crazy for you by Gershwin und Grand Hotel. Melissa King
Èclats du réel Toula Limnaos. Blindspot Vera Sanders
Mond…Days Luc Dunberry
2007 South American Tour. Big in Bombay
Porto Alegre, Buenos Aires and Sao Paolo
Dorky Park/Constanza Macras. Schaubühne Berlin Production
2004 Dialogue 04. Volkspalast. Berlin.
Sasha Waltz and Guests. Iztok Kovac
Three months practicum
Ballett Frankfurt. William Forsythe
Desperate figures dance theatre.
Speed and Dizziness Nancy SeitzMcintyre. Mainz
2020 A Luz. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0z-hIOyxaY
2019 La América Salvaje, Rite of Spring and Huapango.
Assisting G.Galíndez Cruz.
2017-18 JOpera Festival. AT. Carmen from Bizet and Il barbiere di Siviglia.
2017 The Wall. Based on Pink Floyd. Cottbus. DE
2016 The Full Monty. Theater Kiel. DE https://vimeo.com/208352056
Romance de Agua y Piedra. Granada. ES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANVEX1l82Zg
The Rite of Spring. Assisting G.Galíndez Cruz.
An der Arche um Acht. With Nele Neitzke. Mainfranken Theater. Würzburg
2015 How did I learn to LOVE HER.
Im Weißen Rössl. Landesbühne Nord. DE
2014 Dance and Drum. http://www.cosmicdrums.ch
Scene Choreography “Kleiner Mann was nun”. After Hans
Fallada. With Ingo Putz. SH-Landestheater.
2013 Fairy love song with tail. http://vimeo.com/68289855
2011 French kiss or; Folklore for fou http://vimeo.com/36191161
High school: Classic literatur graduation. (Magna cum laude)
Conservatory and University:
1994-2001 Conservatorio Profesional de danza de Granada. ES
Spanish classic dance, flamenco, ballet.
2001-2004 Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt
am Main (Germany)
2015-18 Master of Art in Theatre studies
UNED (Spanish National distance education University)
2003-2013 HfMDK(Frankfurt) with Katharina Kutsch, and classes with
Eva Schneidereit and Alison Trainer
Spanish. Native language
English and German. C1 Spoken. B2 Written.
French and Italian. B1-2 Spoken
Master classes and workshops with William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Louise Lecavalier, David Hernández, Bruno Heynderickx, Alan Barnes, Jan Kodet, José Biondi, Olga Cobos- Peter Mika, Nicole Peisl, Lance Gries, Cesc Gelabert, Iñaki Azpillaga, David Zambrano and Narendra Patil.
2005 until 2016
Being part of ensemble and productions in several State Theatres.
She worked as a freelancer as well as a permanent dancer at the theater with companies and choreographers such as: Sasha Waltz and Guest, Iztok Kovac, Constanza Macras, Dieter Heitkamp, Marco Santi at the Osnabrück Theater and at the Sankt Gallen Theater in Switzerland, Melissa King, Toula Limnaos, Vera Sanders, Luc Dunberry, Andrea Boll, Yossy Berg and Oded Graf, Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Frucek, Philipp Egli, Anton Lachky.
In 2015 she started working as a freelancer dancer, teacher and choreographer.
She worked as a guest dancer in Schauspielhaus Stuttgart for «Das kalte Herz» after the story by Wilhelm Hauff by Armin Petras and Staatsoper Berlin for «Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny» B.Brecht / Kurt Weil.
With kind support of:
Kanton of St.Gallen Promotion of culture
City of St.Gallen
Ernst Gönner Foundation
Arnold Billwiller Foundation
Sasha Waltz and Guests
As SBH corporation present us, with the help of its collaborator/application on stage, we encounter a number of options. We will design TOGETHER with the public, a moving performance.
The evening suggests a futuristic vision of theatre, approached as a concept, on the verge of extinction. It is a celebration of theatre: as a room to meet, a place for democratic reunion and to share common interests. This evening proposes a dialog between technology and daily life, an inquiry about sensing the surrounding and emotional world, accompanied by myth-poetical pictures.
How far does a technological society shake the private fundaments of an individual: who we are, what we choose to do and when do we start to become part of a fiction. Touching on Artaud philosophical principals, this evening will diagnose the sickness of a society without needs, that denies the intensity of human feelings (both positive and negative) and the necessity for treating it, pulling for a theatrical experience with ritualistic characteristics.
Choreography: Zaida Ballesteros and Gabriel Galíndez Cruz
Dramaturgy: Kathrin Mayr and Emilio Díaz Abregú
Technical support: Emilio Díaz Abregú
Music: Roderik Vanderstraeten
Costume: Fausto Izzi
Graphic design: Valérie Maerten