Prof. Christian Canciani

Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs

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Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden
Basteiplatz 4
01277 Dresden
Phone: +49 (0)351 25906-22
Fax: +49 (0)351 25906-11

place of birth

Toulouse, France


  • Dance studies in France: Académie Raymond Franchetti - Paris, Centre Chorégraphique de Toulouse
  • Dance studies in New York: Jose Limon Institute, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Trisha Brown Dance Studio, Merce Cunningham Studio
  • Master of Dance Education, Conservatoire National Music and Dance, Lyon, France


  • Two-time winner of the Choreography Award of the Ministry of Culture, France
  • Dancer in several companies around the world, including Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, Elisa Monte, Kevin Wynn, Blondell Cummings, Eleo Pomare, Donald Byrd, Ballet Hispanico,  Anne-Marie Porras and New Yorker Broadway-Theater; dance film productions: “Climax” und “Images Noires” with director Stephane Marti
  • Many "Short Dance" evenings with his dance company CcanDance in  New York, France and Berlin
  • Collaboration with composers such as Lester Bowie, Eric Delbouys, Olu Dara, Fred Hersch, Johannes Walter and Don Pullen

teaching experience

  • Professor for Modern and Contemporary Dance and Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Palucca University of Dance Dresden

about my work

My work is a synthesis of years of experience in professional dance and various choreographic techniques.
Based on the foundations of Contemporary Dance, I focus on learning movements which question themselves: a precision, a power and force which continually reinvent themselves, combined with rhythm and musicality. The “out of balance” state and precise legwork require a certain stability and a very flexible back.
Just as important as the movement itself is the feeling and the courage to take risks; that is the interplay of construction and deconstruction on the way to developing autonomy and choreographic inspiration. These are the tools required to give access to an experimental process; they lead the dance students to a passionate, enthusiastic and agile style of interpretation and enable them to find their own voice.

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