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If love is a deliberate choice, then we also have the freedom not to love – we can equally choose not to embrace it. For the four dancers on stage, the decision has been made: we encounter them in recurring love scenes, engaging, rejecting and grappling with doubts along the way. Following a European dance scene tour, Basel choreographer Tabea Martin returns to Kaserne Basel with a poignant portrayal of a society on a quest for connection, oscillating somewhere between contemplation and ecstasy. 

Duration: 70 minutes

Website Tabea Martin


Tabea Martin is a choreographer and performer based in Basel, Switzerland. She studied Modern Dance at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam (2002). She danced with Piet Rogie & Company in Holland, with Fabian Chyle in Stuttgart and Nick Bryson in Ireland. She has been guest student at SNDO in Amsterdam and finished studying choreography at Rotterdamse Dansacademie in 2006.

Her productions ‹A coté de l’ombre› (2004), ‹Sculpterre› (2005), ‹Promenade dans l’eau› (2005) and ‹Impair› (2005) have been touring in Holland and Switzerland. 2006 her production ‹Über freundliche und ausgeglichene Menschen› was the opener for Tanztage Basel at Roxy theatre. In 2007 she was invited to a symposium with Forced Entertainment at PACT Zollverein Essen. Also she created choreographies for Junges Theater Basel ‹S chunnt scho guet›.

2008 she was invited to Choreoroam Project, an initiative for young choreographers in Great Britain, Italy and Switzerland. 2009 she collaborated with filmmaker Lucy Cash at B-Motion Festival in Italy and with director Merel de Groot at Grand Theatre Groningen.

In Holland her work has been supported by Dansateliers Rotterdam and Het LAB Utrecht. 2011 Tabea has won the Wim Barry Prize for all her choreographic work in Holland and was nominated by the Dutch Dance Days for promising young choreographers.

Duet for two dancers› (2010) was selected by Aerowaves in 2013 and was awarded by Reconnaissance, Échirolles 2013. ‹Field› (2014) has been selected by Aerowaves to Priority Group. Both production have been touring in Europe since.

Tabea Martin regularly collaborates with municipal and state theatres. At Schauspielhaus Zürich, Gorki Theater Berlin, Theater Basel, Konzert Theater Bern Staatstheater Oldenburg Stadt Theater Konstanz and Theater Neumarkt she worked together with Sebastian Nübling, Anna Bergmann, Elina Finkel and Sibylle Berg.

2015 she has won the special prize from Berner Tanzpreise.

Her production ‹Pink for Girls & Blue for Boys› premiered at Tanzhaus Zürich in January 2016 and was touring in whole Europe. Her production ‹Beyond Indifference› premiered in December 2016 at Kaserne Basel. In May 2017 she realized the mediation project ‹Home – Tanzakademie Basel› in collaboration with Kaserne Basel and Tanzfest Basel. In September 2017 she did the choreography for ‹Nach uns das All› (text: Sibylle Berg) with Sebastian Nübling at Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin. On February 1st 2018 her Duet ‹This is my last dance› together with Italian dancer Simona Bertozzi premiered at Kaserne Basel. This was the first part of the trilogy that she made about transience. After she created ‹FOREVER› and ‹Nothing Left›. Both had Premiere at Kaserne Basel. Nothing Left is co-produced by Dance Festival Steps - Migros culture percentage 2020.

Pink for Girls and Blue for Boys, This is my last dance as well as Forever were programmed for the Swiss Dance Days.

Her latest works are ‹Geh nicht in den Wald im Wald ist der Wald› 2022 and the solo for Tamara Gvozdenovic ‹Demain est annulé›. Both are touring in Europe.

Tabea Martin received the Culture Award 2016 from Kanton Basel-Landschaft, Switzerland.

From 2016-2018 she was ‹Young Associated Artist› of the mentoring-programm of Pro Helvetia-Swiss Arts Council. She was supported by PRAIRIE - the coproduction support of Migros Culture-Percentage from 2016-2019.

From 2018-2020 / 2021-2023 and from 2024-2026 Tabea Martin is supported by Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft in cooperation with Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council.

Tabea Martin is a jury member of Tanzkommission of the city of Zurich, the SSA - Société Suisse des Auteurs and Atelier Mondial of the Christoph Merian Stiftung.

She has been teaching at ZHDK , Manufacture, Marchepied, CFP Genève.




Tabea Martin


Domenico Doronzo, Lisa Hellmich, Neil Höhener, Marta Llopis Mollà


Moos van den Broek

Music by

Donath Weyeneth

Lighting design/technical direction

Patrik Rimann


Yasmin Attar


Myriam Müller, Kevin Peterhans

Choreography assistance

Dominique Cardito


Vlatko Kultzen

Outside Eye

Sebastian Nübling


Dominique Cardito, Recha la Dous, Corinne O’Toole


Laetitia Kohler


Rio Basel, Guillaume Musset 


Heta Multanen


Ramun Bernetta - Bernetta Theatre Productions


Kaserne Basel


Kurtheater Baden, Théâtre du Jura Delémont

Supported by

Dance + Theatre Committee BS/BL, Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, Ernst Göhner Foundation, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation

Special thanks to

Giulia Adadzi, Natham Blattmann, Berfin Colak, Julian Hutmacher, Helin Jenny Shuker

Thanks to

Sven Berger, Pol Bierhoff, Jurriaan Cooiman, Jean-Marc Desbonnets, Zora Martin Mooij, Elisabeth and Daniel Martin, Salome Schneebeli, Kinderschutz Schweiz, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Theater Basel, Primarschule Gellert - Class 6e, Primarschule Neubad - Class 6b, Primarschule Erlenmatt - Begabungs- und Begabtenförderung und Klasse 5a, Primarschule Brunnmatt - Class 6a

Open Classes

The Company Tabea Martin opens its morning company classes during the creation of LOVE SCENES on the following Mondays and Wednesdays:

March, 11 & 13: Stefanie Fischer, Signalstrasse 33, Basel
April, 08 & 10: Benjamin Lindh, Signalstrasse 33, Basel
April, 22 & 24: Sol Bilbao Lucuix, Signalstrasse 33, Basel
May, 13 & 15: Livia Kern, Rehearsal space Kaserne, kHaus, Klybeckstr. 1b, Basel

For all dancers with any kind of background Contribution: CHF 5.- to be paid cash in the studio

No registration necessary

Time: 9:30-10:45
Studio opens at 9:10

Questions: Dominique Cardito,, +41 76 57 34 604

Looking forward to welcoming you in the studio and exchanging!