Andrea Schermoly

Stages of grief Kübler-Ross

The theory of the 5 phases of grief of the psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross is one of the most famous psychological models in the world. These five stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, and they occur to a greater or lesser degree whenever we suffer a loss.

The very famous Maria Kochetkova with her partner Joaquin De Luz, director and choreographer at Spain’s Compañía Nacional de Danza present a work by South-African born choreographer, Andrea Schermoly, originally created for them.

  • World Premiere: at the Lincoln Center, New York City (USA), April 11th 2014
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza: at Teatro Real, Madrid (Spain), October 3rd 2022

Andrea Giselle Schermoly 

Andrea (Andi) Giselle Schermoly was born in South Africa. She trained at the National School of the Arts, Johannesburg and on full scholarship at Rambert Ballet and Contemporary School and full scholarship at The Royal Ballet School, London. She competed internationally as a member of The South African National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. She danced professionally for Boston Ballet Company and the Netherlands Dance Theater (1&2).

She is the resident choreographer at Louisville Ballet Company.

She has choreographed for Ballet Met, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Cape Dance Company, Kansas City Ballet Company, State Street Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Louisville Ballet Company, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Festival Ballet Theater, Ballet Theatre Afrikan, Quixotic Cirque Noveau, Boston Ballet 2, Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, The Juilliard School solos evening and directed and choreographed a dance narrative film for The Ashley Bouder Project presented at The Joyce Theater, NYC, which went on to be presented by San Francisco Dance Film Festival.  She was awarded the Outstanding Choreographer award in 2012, 2013 and 2017 at Youth America Grand Prix.  In 2014 she choreographed at Lincoln Center for YAGP’s 15th anniversary gala evening on stars Maria Kochetkova (former principal San Francisco Ballet) and Joaquin De Luz (former principal New York City Ballet). The piece has since been re-staged at Buenos Aires International Dance Gala Argentina and Stars of the 21st Century Gala in the Champs Élysées, Paris. Andi has choreographed for feature films, commercials and music videos including Beautiful Now, Bunheads, Justin Bieber/Poo Bear and Deorro music video and choreographically assisted on projects as Budweiser Superbowl Commercial and Star Trek into Darkness.  She’s created work for principal dancers attending international galas, most recently for Sarah Van Patten/Wei Wang of San Francisco Ballet for Tahoe Dance Camp.

Andrea has created 7 original works for Louisville Ballet, including having the honor of recreating two iconic Martha Graham works in collaboration with Louisville Ballet and Louisville Orchestra.  Appalachian Spring and Judith. Appalachian Spring will be performed at Carnegie Hall in the upcoming season.  She has upcoming work with Royal New Zealand Ballet and Compañía Nacional de Danza, Spain, amongst others. Her most recent dance film Rite of Spring for Louisville Ballet received outstanding reviews including The best pandemic film produced in the US. by ARTS AIR.


  • Choreography:
    Andrea Schermoly
  • Music:
    Antonio Vivaldi - Violin Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 583 - II. Andante
  • Video:
    Andrea Schermoly
  • Photography and filming:
    Zack Bennett and Kevin Schlanser
  • Editing:
    Zack Bennett
  • Costume design:
    Bregje van Balen
  • Costume made by:
    Wardrobe CND
  • Running time:
    5 minutes
  • Premiere cast and premiere cast CND:
    Maria Kochetkova, Joaquín De Luz