Lucas del Rio Estévez and Cédric Gagneur started their dance career with Breaking (Breakdance) and became, each in their own way, choreographers of contemporary dance . This common background has awakened in both of them a great curiosity to exchange ideas and to collaborate. Soft Austerity is the result of a two-week residency together at Theatre Roxy (Basel). They explored what emerges from the encounter of their individual biographies and their individual style of movement. A unique movement language emerged, characterised by lightness, simplicity and unexpectedness.

Soft Austerity is a co-production with Theater ROXY (Basel-Landschaft) and was created in the frame of MIXED PICKLES #9 – a laboratory for performance and dance.

Choreography and Dance: Lucas del Rio Estévez & Cédric Gagneur / Premiere: 11. November 2020 / Theater ROXY (Basel) / Past performances: 11., 12. November 2020, Theater ROXY (Basel)

Supported by Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung SIS, Scheidegger-Thommen-Stiftung and other private foundations and by the department of culture Basel-Stadt:

About Cédric Gagneur

Cédric Gagneur studied at the Ballet Junior de Genève and graduated with a Bachelor in Contemporary Dance from La Manufacture de Lausanne in 2017. He then founded the dance company Synergie, with which he created several pieces in collaboration with Marc Oosterhoff, Rafael Smadja and Evita Pitara, among others. The pieces 116TH DREAM and SILVA were supported by the dance network Reso for a tour in theatres and festivals throughout Switzerland. Cédric is also part of Pro Helvetia’s YAA! program (young associated artist) for young choreographers and is associated with the ADC in Geneva.