Gjoka, Brigel - Dancer and Choreographer
Albanian-born Brigel Gjoka trained at the Tirana Ballet School between 1997- 2004. Following advanced studies at Rosella Hightower in Cannes, France, he joined the Cannes Jeune Ballet. In 2006 he became a member of the l’Opéra national du Rhin, where he performed a number of roles and worked with leading international choreographers. In 2009 he joined the Staatstheater Mainz for one season, before moving to the Nederlands Dans Theater. In 2011 he became member of The Forsythe Company, participating in the creation of new works in addition to performing a wide range of William Forsythe’s repertory until the closure of the company.
In 2015 Gjoka performed in Sylvie Guillem’s farewell world tour, Life in Progress, traveling and performing DUO2015 by William Forsythe around the world. He has choreographed works for Maggio Danza, Theater Vorpommern, NAPA Academy of Performing Arts Karachi, and the Kwang Tung Dance Company. Since 2015 he has been the artistic curator of the Albanian Institute New York and an acting correspondent for the institute in Berlin, Germany.