Biography Thomas Mettler
Work in theatre and dance through ongoing research for 36 years
(foundation at the school of Marcel Marceau) as mime, clown,
actor, improviser and dancer.
Teaching over 30 years – 4 years full-time at professional
acting or dance schools in London and Paris, and over 140
intensive-workshops brought him to Columbia, France, England,
Italy, Germany, USA, India, Greece, Portugal, Finland, Spain,
Israel, Palestine, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Switzerland.
He created numerous pieces and projects where theatre and dance
mix - always with parts of improvisation.
Invitation to the festival “Cultural Capital of Europe 97” in
To deepen his research and work in dance and dance-improvisation
he followed his most important teachers over a dedicated period
of 3 years throughout Europe: David Zambrano, Nigel Charnock,
Russell Maliphant, Laurie Booth and Kirstie Simson.
In 1995 he co-founded “on.off Werkstatt” in Bern, a centre for
research, studies, exchange and creation with international
leading guest-teachers and was its Artistic Director during 12
With “6 Men Dance – a night of improv” he realises a long-time
dream by founding and bringing together one of Europe’s finest
and most daring Dance/Physical-Theatre/Improvisation collective
with artists: Adam Benjamin (UK) – Rick Nodine (USA/UK) – Jordi
Cortés Molina (ES) – Christian Panouillot (FR) – Dan Watson (UK)
– Chris Aiken (USA).
In the fields of Integrated Dance he choreographed for “StopGAP
Dance Company” and “DanseHabile” and worked with “Beweggrund
Bern” and “Adam Benjamin & Friends”.
2009 he began a collaboration with Astad Deboo/ India
called 'Incontro' ('Encounter'). 2010 he created the evening
filling piece "The Sweet Poison LOVE" with 9 dancers from 5
nations, which premiered at the 11th Kemptener Tanzherbst in
Germany and toured through Switzerland. Since 2011 he's engaged
as Artistic Director of the
2012 Co-Founder of the first monthly
Contact-Improvisation-Jam in Ticino/ CH (www.ci-ticino.ch).
2013-2014 he finished his first dancefilm 'autumn leaves' and worked on two new "Incontro"s with international guests. His dance improv project 'When We Meet' with Zita Pavlistova had its Première in Prag during spring 2014. 2015 he created "Some Men Must Die" with 11 dancers/ actors in Kiev/ Ukraine which premiered at the GOGOL Fest 15. The piece was revised in 2016 for the KMATOS-Fest 2016. Currently he is finishing his new solo „ – t r a n s i t i o – „ in collaboration/ with sculptures from Swiss sculptor Pascal Murer and with live musicians Vojtà & Irena Havlovi (CZ). Also he is currently leading a new international male improvisation ensemble, entitled “truly yours“.
to see all Dance- and Physical-Theatre Workshops organised and
participated by Thomas Mettler during his time as Artistic
Director of the on.off Werkstatt in Bern.
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