Foofwa d’Imobilité

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Foofwa d’Imobilité
Born Frédéric Gafner
Geneva, Switzerland
Occupation Dancer, choreographer
Years active 1987 - present

Foofwa d’Imobilité (born 1969) is a Swiss dancer and choreographer. He lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland, and Brooklyn, New York.

Life and career[edit]

Foofwa d’Imobilité was born Frédéric Gafner in Geneva, Switzerland. His mother was a Brazilian dance teacher and his father a Swiss dancer and photographer.[1] Gafner studied at the Ecole de Danse de Geneva and performed as a member of the Geneva Ballet Junior. From 1987-1990, he worked as a dancer and soloist with the Stuttgart Ballet. From 1991-1998, he was a dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.[2]

Gafner changed his name in the mid-1990s to Foofwa d’Imobilité.[3] In 1998 he began working as a choreographer, and in 2000 founded Neopost Ahrrrt, where he serves as Artistic Director.

Honors and awards[edit]

D’Imobilité has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards for his work. Selected examples include:

  • 2009 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award[4]
  • 2006 Swiss Prize of Dance and Choreography
  • 1999 Grantee, Fondation Leenaards, Switzerland
  • 1995 New York Dance and Performance Award for Exceptional Artistry in the work of Merce Cunningham
  • 1987 Prix Professionnel at the Prix de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1986 Bronze Medal, International Dance Competition, Jackson, Mississippi


Selected works include:

  • 2010 Au Contraire
  • 2008 The Making of Spectacles
  • 2006 Incidences
  • 2005 Benjamin de Bouillis
  • 2003 Kilometrix.dancerun.4
  • 2003 Match.dancerun.6
  • 2001 Le Show
  • 1999 Terpsicorp
  • 1998 Iuj Godog?[2]


  1. ^ Ogan, Christine L. (2001). Communication and identity in the Diaspora: Turkish migrants in Amsterdam and their use of Media. 
  2. ^ a b "Foofwa d'Imobilité". Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Macaulay, Alastair (30 June 2008). "A Master of Nonchalance in Control of His Illusions". 
  4. ^

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