A pure physical, sweat-inducing choreography and a fusion of light and sound

MOMENTUM makes a connection between the dancers and the audience through the palpable feeling of movement in a shared space. The dancers and the audience alike absorb the evolving kinetic energy just like the exhaustion, which become the driving elements of the performance.

Only the rhythm and speed unite the movements in a structural dimension. The pure physical, sweat-inducing choreography and the fusion of light and sound are generating a hypnotic energy.

Nomination “Dancer of the Year” in the critics’ poll of the specialist journal “tanz” 2018 by Dorion Weickmann (Süddeutsche Zeitung, Jahrbuch tanz 2018  



As soon as the three men find their voice and roar, the piece stops. Even before the language, the philosophy, the politics. MOMENTUM is embodied physics, in the sense of impulse or “momentum”. This is also precisely how the dance bores itself into the moment”, the raw moment. (tanz, March 2018)

The audience, in unison, succumbed to the lure and ecstasy of movement ignited by the three stocking masked young men in Rafaële Giovanola’s MOMENTUM arena. … MOMENTUM safely balanced on the narrow ridge between proto-fascist testosterone-fueled swaggering and the longing for a symbiotic immersion into the collective: a Dionysian act with a mixture of Apollonian ingredients, charged with masculine myths. ( Dorion Weickmann,

Süddeutsche Zeitung, March 19, 2018)

The CocoonDance Company creates an intense kinaesthetic event – just alone through the confined space – that vibrates between the dancers and the audience. (Anna Wieczorek,, 3/18/2018)

MOMENTUM is a high-energy, rousing performance. (Honke Rambow,, 16.03.2018)


3 performer, 1 technician, 1 DJ, 1 choreographer
Space: 9m x 9 m
Duration: ca. 0:45 h

Co-created by : Álvaro Esteban, Werner Nigg, Andi Xhuma
Cast: András Déri, Daniel Morales

Choreography: Rafaële Giovanola
Composition/ DJing: Franco Mento
Light, Space: Marc Brodeur
Parkour Workshop: Frédéric Voeffray
Choreographic Assistance: Fa-Hsuan Chen
Dramaturgy: Rainald Endraß
Management: Godlive Lawani – Stane Performing Arts Management, Aurélie Martin
Photos: Klaus Fröhlich
Video trailer: Michael Maurissens