Gabriel Schenker was born in Washington D.C., raised in Rio de Janeiro, and lives in Brussels for the past eleven years. Interested in movement and the arts from an early age, Gabriel practiced a variety of sports regularly, played instruments, and was brought by his parents to see theater, dance, concerts, and exhibitions. At the age of 14 he was fortunate to encounter dance through an invitation of a cousin that was participating in a group of Israeli Folk Dance. Gabriel fell in love with it and spent the next couple of years completely immersed in the world of folk dancing until deciding, at the age of sixteen that dance was what he wanted to do. After a year of taking classes on a variety of dance and circus styles, he joined the ‘Cia. Deborah Collker’ in Rio de Janeiro as an apprentice first, and later as a regular dancer.
After working with Deborah Colker for three years, Gabriel Schenker flew to Europe in search of an expansion of his artistic horizons. After a series of travels, classes, workshops, and auditions, he opted for studying at P.A.R.T.S. where the varied program including disciplines such as philosophy, shiatsu, as well as creative workshops, seemed like the perfect option. After four years at P.A.R.T.S. he co-founded the collective Busy Rocks with whom he created and performed a variety of works such as Dominos and Butterflies and Throwing Rocks with extensive touring up until 2014. Since leaving studies, Gabriel also has collaborated as a performer with a variety of choreographers such as Eleanor Bauer, Robin Jonsson, Doris Stelzer, and Alexandra Bachzetsis. More steadily, he has collaborated with two choreographers: Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker/Rosas, in the creation of Cesena, replacing in Zeitung, and the museum version of Vortex Temporum (2015); and Thomas Hauert/Zoo with the creation of You’ve Changed, Mono, and replacing in Accords. Next to those activities, Gabriel also engaged in a MA program at the European Graduate School which culminated in his philosophical dissertation Organic Texture: A Dialogue between Deleuze and Guattari, the Life Sciences, and Catherine Malabou. The dissertation was accepted ‘with distinction’ and has been published by Atropos Press. This philosophical work was developed in tandem with an artistic research that culminated with the development of a dance-speech score entitled Moving~Thinking.
In addition to his artistic and philosophical practices, Gabriel has been more and more involved with different pedagogical projects. He is a certified Pilates instructor and has taught Pilates at Rosas, Zoo, P.A.R.T.S., and Manufacture in Lausanne. He also taught dance classes, most notably an open workshop at the Raffinerie, and a workshop for the MA students of New Performative Practices at DOCH/Stockholm. More importantly, he has been assisting Thomas Hauert in the development and coordination of a new three-year BA in Contemporary Dance at the Manufacture/Lausanne, and has been collaborating with Alain Franco and Steven Debelder to develop a new two-year long pilot project at P.A.R.T.S. entitled Research Studios.