He began his career in the field of drama.
He afterwards worked as a music promoter in the first editions of the festival Musica/Realtà and collaborated with renowned artists including Abbado, Pollini, Nono, Accardo, and Quartetto Italiano.
He directed the Teatro Asioli in Correggio, a theatre with a rich season of concerts, plays, and opera, in the mid ‘70s.
In the 1980s, he worked in the production of operas realized by I Teatri in Reggio Emilia, on occasion of important works signed by P.L. Pizzi and co-produced with the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
In the mid ‘80s, he programmed and directed the Festival Internazionali di Danza (international festivals of dance) dedicated to Italy, Spain, and to Forsythe, Kylian, Mats Ek, Neumeier, and others. Thanks to this festival, I Teatri in Reggio Emilia, became an internationally renowned point of reference.
In 1991, he participated in the creation of the Centro Regionale della Danza, which incorporated Compagnia Aterballetto.
He has been a jury member of international dance competitions including the Concorso Bagnolet presided by Merce Cunningham in 1992.
In 1994, he worked in the Festival Di Nuovo Musica. This festival realized important projects with the Jugend Mahler Orchestra and the Orchestra del Bicentenario del Tricolore, directed by the Maestro Claudio Abbado. The festival also commissioned works (set to music of Gentilucci, Cage, Xenakis) to Mauro Bigonzetti and to Aterballetto, as it had done in the past with the Balletto di Toscana (with a work set to music of Lachenmann).
From 1997, he programmed the dance seasons of I Teatri and, in 2001, he assumed the direction of Reggio Emilia Danza.
From 2002 to 2008, he was the director of the dance section of the Reggio Parma Festival.
He represented the Municipality of Reggio Emilia in the board of directors of the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/ Aterballetto from 2002 to 2008, and became the foundations’s Managing Director in June 2008.
Cristina Bozzolini :: artistic director
Born in Florence in 1943, she began studying dance at a very young age. She trained with Daria Collin, a prestigious Dutch teacher, who formed the first qualified generation of professional dancers in Florence.
In the 1960s, she refined her preparation at the Wacher Studios in Paris and at the International School in Cannes. At age sixteen she began working professionally at the main Italian theatres. She subsequently entered into the corps de ballet of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, where she interpreted soloist roles and, in 1971, she became a prima ballerina.
From the mid 1970s, she established a long term relationship - based on an intense collaboration and common artistic aims - with the Maestro Eugène Polyakov, Director of the corps de ballet.
In 1969, she participated in the Spoleto Festival, in the famous Gala of the Teatrino delle Sei, organized by Alberto Testa, and she received the Positano Prize for Dance.
During her career as prima ballerina she performed important roles of the classical and modern repertoire, and often appeared with famous dancers including Nureyev, Barishnikov, Godunov, Bortoluzzi, Vassiliev, Russillo and Amodio.
Strongly committed to cultural politics and organization in her city, she founded in 1970, along with qualified Florentine cultural promoters, the Centro Studi Danza, which is today the Scuola del Balletto di Toscana. She devoted herself to the promotion and renewal of the teaching of dance emphasizing its importance from a social and cultural point of view.
In 1975, she formed the Collettivo Danza Contemporanea in Florence. In 10 years of activity, she increased both its production and quality through the participation of a qualified group of dancers from the corps de ballet of the Maggio Musicale Fiornetino and with the collaboration, from this moment onwards, of Riccardo Donnini, her partner in life and work.
In 1983, at age 40, she left the Teatro Comunale in Florence and devoted herself more intensely to teaching and choreography.
After ten years of important experiences with the Collettivo, she founded in 1985, the Balletto di Toscana, of which she was always artistic director.
Owing to the immediate and growing success of this ensemble and its high professional value, she received the Tersicore Prize from the Accademia Internazionale delle Muse in May 1987 and, once again, the Positano Prize for Dance. In 1989 and in 1993, the ensemble also received the Danza & Danza Prize, assigned by the homonymous specilized magazine.
From 1985 to 2000, the Balletto di Toscana was composed of solist dancers of the highest technical and expressive level. Its remarkable international repertoire included choreographies by Hans Van Manen, Nils Christe, Ed Wubbe, Cristopher Bruce, Angelin Preljocaj, and Cesc Gelabert along with works by the new generation of talented Italian choreographers including Fabrizio Monteverde, Mauro Bigonzetti, Virgilio Sieni, and Eugenio Scigliano.
With this notable artistic production the BdT appeared in the most prestigious Italian theatres and in numerous tours throughout Europe and around the world, and became reknown internationally.
At the end of the experience with the BdT, Cristina Bozzolini began a fusion with the Balletto di Roma and, in spring 2002, she accepted the co-direction of this historic Company. She rapidly lead this group of talented dancers to the highest standards in Italy. Along with this new role, she continued directing the School of the Balletto di Toscana in Florence, a prestigious center - of national importance - for professional training. She created qualified producion and professional training through the “Junior Balletto di Toscana” a Company for young dancers. After only three years of programming in major Italian Festivals and Theaters, this Company is appreciated and considered, both by critics and by the public, the new “feather in the cap” of Italian dance.
Thanks to her extensive teaching experience and her competence in highly specialized dance didactic, she is continuosly invited by various Dance School Directions - connected with the Federazione Nazionale delle Scuole di Danza (National Federation of Dance Schools) of AGIS, Associazione Generale Italiana dello Spettacolo (Italian Association for Performing Arts) - to teach in courses and masterclasses for teachers in numerous Italian regions.
Due to her high level of experience and of competence she was conferred the role of Didactic Director of the new specializing professional programs started in 2008 by the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto. In February 2008 she assumed the Artistic direction of Compagnia Aterballetto.
Noemi Arcangeli :: the dancer
Noemi Arcangeli was born in Rome in 1986. She graduated from the Opera School in Rome at 17. The following year, she received a “high specialization” diploma directly from the Theater’s director.
She performed in Amedeo Amodio’s Nutcracker at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo in 2005.
In 2006, she joined the Balletto di Roma, under the artistic direction of Cristina Bozzolini, and danced as soloist in works of Fabrizio Monteverde, Mauro Bigonzetti, and Milena Zullo.
In 2007, she performed as guest artist, first soloist, in Amedeo Amodio’s Romeo and Juliet at the Arena in Verona.
In 2008, she was soloist in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle at the Opera’s Theater in Rome, under the direction of Carla Fracci.
She joined Aterballetto in September 2010.
Saul Daniele Ardillo :: the dancer
Saul Daniele Ardillo was born in 1988 in Carbonara (Bari), Italy, where he began his studies at the age of thirteen. In 2002, he won first prize in the contest “Bari Danza” and the following year he received a scholarship to study at the school of the Balletto di Toscana in Florence, under the direction of Cristina Bozzolini. In 2004, he began his professional training in the Junior Balletto di Toscana, a company for young dancers. He appeared in works by F. Monteverde, E. Scigliano, A. Colandrea, A. Benedetti, M. Astolfi. He joined Aterballetto in September 2007. For Aterballetto creates: in 2010 “Esclusa in casa mia” and in 2011 “sussURLANDOmi”, with this creation he wins the Siae Award of the Festival di Spoleto; in 2012 “Attendere prego”, in 2013 “Games”.
Damiano Artale :: the dancer
Damiano Artale was born in Siracusa in 1987. When he was 16, he entered in the school of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and he graduated in 2007. During the season 2007/2008 he performed works by W. Forsythe, M. Bejart, J. Godani, L. Childs with Ballet de l’Opéra National du Rhin in Mulhouse (France). In 2008 he won the prize Danza&Danza as Best Italian Talent. From 2008 to 2013 he danced choreographies A. Foniadakis, E. Gat, F. Ventriglia, S. Teshigawara, B. Millepied, J.-C. Maillot by with Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve (Switzerland). In September 2013 he joined Aterballetto.
Hektor Budlla :: the dancer
Born in Tirana (Albania) in 1982, he graduated with honors in the Art School Choreographic in his hometown in 2001. He won the First Prize at Dance Meeting with the pas de deux from Nutcracker. He attended the specialization course at the Centro della Danza-Aterballetto directed by Mauro Bigonzetti. Since 2002 until 2008, he danced in the Ballet of Rome where he held roles as a principal dancer in choreographies by Monteverde, Zullo and Bigonzetti. In 2005 he participated at the "White Night" at the Campidoglio in Rome, dancing the role of Mercutio in an excerpt from Romeo and Juliet by Amedeo Amodio alongside Roberto Bolle and Alessandra Ferri. In 2005 he danced as a principal at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo in the Nutcracker by Amodio. In 2007 he was invited as a principal dancer at the Teatro di Verona for the Romeo and Juliet by the same choreographer.
Budlla joined Aterballetto in August 2008. In 2014 he creates for Aterballetto "Revolution".
Alessandro Calvani :: the dancer
Alessandro Calvani was born in Rome in 1984. He graduated at the Opera School in Rome and joined the Balletto di Roma. He performed works of M. Bigonzetti, F. Monteverde, L. Cannito, M. Piazza. In June 2005, he performed at the Teatro Regio in Parma in a choreography by A. Amodio within the opera “Aida”. In November and December 2005, he performed in Amedeo Amodio’s Nutcracker at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. He joined Aterballetto in August 2009.
Martina Forioso :: the dancer
Martina was born in Turin in 1984. From 2000 to 2002, she trained at the English National Ballet School thanks to a scholarship. In 2003, she joined the Scottish Ballet as Artist, she was promoted Coryphee in 2006 and Soloist in 2009. She performed principal roles with the company including Sugar Plum (The Nutcraker), Cinderella (Cinderella), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Alice (Alice) by A. Page, Terpsichore (Apollo) by G. Balanchine, and Artifact Suite by W.Forsythe. In 2009, she performed the principal role in Carmen, a production created especially for the Scottish Ballet by the British choreographer Richard Alston. For this role she received the nomination for Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) by the Critics' Circle National Dance Awards. She joined Aterballetto in September 2011.
Philippe Kratz :: the dancer
Born in Leverkusen (Germany) in 1985, after first experiences on stage for the project of dance theatre "Bühnenkunst" (direction of Suheyla Ferwer), in 2002 he began his classical and contemporary dance studies at École supérieure de danse du Québec, Montréal, under the artistic direction of Didier Chirpaz. He continued his studies at Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin, under the direction of Gregor Seyffert with teachers such as Harry Müller, Udo Kersten and Tamar Ben-Ami, where he obtained a high school degree and a degree as a professional dancer. He perfomed in choreographies by Robert North, Marguerite Donlon etc..
From 2006 to 2008 he danced as soloist in the Dortmund Ballet under the direction of Xin Pen Wang, performing creations by Xin Pen Wang, George Balanchine and Mauro Bigonzetti.
In August 2008 he joined Aterballetto. For the company he created "Lettres d'amour" (2012), “SPRING” (2013) and “SENTieri” (2014).
Ina Lesnakowski :: the dancer
She was born in Gladbeck (Germany) in 1987. From 1994 to 2004 he trained at the Ballettschule Adele Zurhausen in Bottrop and from 2004 to 2007 at the State Ballet School of Berlin. After the graduation she joined the dance company of Theater Dortmund e from 2008 she danced in Toulouse (France) with Ballet du Capitole, where perfomed works by J. Kylian, J. Inger, N. Duato, M. Bigonzetti, J. Godani, J. Limon. In September 2013 she joined Aterballetto.
Valerio Longo :: the dancer
Valerio Longo was born in Rome, Italy, in 1976. He graduated at the Dance Lycée in Turin. While there, he took part in various productions of the Company of the Teatro Nuovo in Turin, making his debut in Robert North’s Il tango delle ore piccole. He continued his studies with Robert Strayner, Luc Buy, Irina Rosca, and George Bodnarciuk. In 1992, he won first prize in the competition “Giovani talenti” (young talents) in Chiavari (Italy) and third prize in the competition “Città di Rieti”. In 1996, he won first prize in the competition “Vignale Danza”. In 1998, he danced as soloist in the Company Danza Prospettiva, directed by Vittorio Biagi. He later joined Balletto di Toscana and in Autumn 2001 Aterballetto, where in 2004 he starts to work also on choreography. In 2008, he created Hasmu for the Scapino Ballet. For Aterballetto he created, in 2004 Il corpo che narra. Trasformazioni a project together with Adrien Boissonnet and Beatrice Mille; Pororoca (2005), Saminas (2006), Sirysha (2008), Minima sospensione (2010), Indomato effetto (2011) and recently Nude Anime (2014).
Grace Lyell :: the dancer
Born in 1996 in London. She studied ballet and contemporary dance at Corservatoire National de Toulouse and at Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes-Rossella Hightower, where she graduated in 2014. From 2011 to 2014 she danced with La Companyia Juvenil de Ballet de Catalunya where she performed ballet productions, such as Nutcracker and Giselle, and choreographies by Jiri Kylian and Roger Jeffrey. From August 2014 she was the youngest dancer in Nederlands Dans Theater 2. Here Grace danced creations by Johan Inger, Jiri Pokorny, Idan Sharabi, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Léon. In September 2016 she joined Aterballetto.
Ivana Mastroviti :: the dancer
Ivana Mastroviti was born in Terlizzi (Bari, Italy) in 1988. She began her classical dance training in her hometown at school of Anna Damiani. In 2001, she joined the “Puglia Danza” company directed by Orazio Caiti. She obtained a scholarship to study at the English National Ballet in 2002. In 2005, she joined the Junior Balletto di Toscana. She joined Aterballetto in August 2009.
Riccardo Occhilupo :: the dancer
He was born in Maglie (Lecce) in 1987. He started his dance training at the “Danza e Ricerca” school in Lecce. From 2006 to 2009 he studied classical and contemporary dance at the school of the Balletto di Toscana in Florence. During his studies he danced with Junior Balletto di Toscana in choreographies by M. Bigonzetti, E. Scigliano, C. Rizzo, F. Monteverde, M. Merola. From 2008 to 2010 he joined summer productions of Daniele Cipriani Entertainment. From 2010 to 2012 he performed as soloist in Balletto di Roma. Since September 2013 he has been dancing in Aterballetto.
Giulio Pighini :: the dancer
Giulio Pighini was born in Massa Marittima (Grosseto) Italy in 1988. He started his dance training at nine at the “Centro Studi Danza” in Follonica (Grosseto). In July 2004, he won first prize as soloist in the dance contest “Città di Grosseto”. In the summer of the same year, he attended the course "School Off Jazz" in Nice (France), where he trained with several teachers including G. Loringet, P. Valero, L. Kamò. In August 2004, he entered in the school of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. In September 2005, he obtained a scholarship to study at the school of the Balletto di Toscana in Florence, under the direction of Cristina Bozzolini, and became part of the company for young dancers Junior Balletto di Toscana. He joined Aterballetto in September 2007.
Roberto Tedesco :: the dancer
Roberto was born in Paola (Cosenza, Italy) in 1992. He began training in 2003 at the dance school Danza Koreos. After a few years he began his classical training. In 2008-09, he trained at Bruno Verzino’s New World Ballet School in Cosenza thanks to a scholarship and performed with the Balletto di Calabria Dance Company. In 2009, he participated in the auditions of the Scuola del Balletto di Toscana and obtained a scholarship. He attended the school and joined the company of young dancers Junior BdT performing in works of M. Bigonzetti, F. Nappa, A. Bigonzetti, E. Scigliano, M. Merola, C. Rizzo, F. Monteverde, A. Benedetti. In February 2011, he danced with the company of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, appearing in a work by A. Foniadakis. In September 2011, he joined Compagnia Aterballetto. In July 2014 he creates for Aterballetto "Prendimi per mano".
Lucia Vergnano :: the dancer
Lucia Vergnano was born inMoncalieri(TO)in 1983. She studiedballetat the SchoolNewSteps.In Turin she studied atthe Academyof the Teatro Nuovowith masters of theCuban school.For two consecutive years she won a scholarshiptostudyat the Scuola del Balletto di Toscana, directed byCristinaBozzolini,where she participated inthe productionof the CompagniaJuniorBdT/Opus Balletin the programof the FestivalFabbrica Europa.In 2002 shejoined the companyBalletto di Romaplaying,as soloist,choreographies by Monteverde,ZulloandBigonzettiandwhere she remaineduntil 2008.In 2003 she wascalledas a soloistto danceRomeoand Juliet byAmedeoAmodioat the TeatroMassimo in Palermoand in December 2005,in the same theater, she danced, as soloist, theTheNutcracker, choreographed byAmodio.Lucia joinedAterballettoin August 2008.
Serena Vinzio :: the dancer
Serena Vinzio was born in Borgosesia (VC), Italy in 1988. She began her dance training in Borgosesia, then she continued at the Balletto di Milano and after at the Scuola del Balletto di Toscana in Florence.
She performed with Balletto di Toscana Junior Company. She performed in choreographies by F.Monteverde, E. Scigliano, F. Nappa, E. Buratti ed A. Benedetti. She joined Aterballetto in 2011.
Chiara Viscido :: the dancer
She was born in Eboli (Salerno) in 1991 and she started her dance training at Abracadabra School. In 2007 she obtained a scholarship to study at the school of Balletto di Toscana, directed by Cristina Bozzolini. In 2009 she joined the Junior Balletto di Toscana, under the direction of C. Bozzolini, and she danced choreographies by F. Monteverde, E. Scigliano, E. Buratti, A. Benedetti, M. Merola and F. Nappa. During the season 2011/2012 she performed with Balletto di Roma. In September 2012 she joined Aterballetto.
Sveva Berti :: ballet master - répétiteur
She was born in Florence in 1964. She studied ballet with Barbara Baer at Centro Studi Danza in Florence directed by Cristina Bozzolini. From 1982 to 1984 she danced with the Dance Company of Teatro Comunale in Florence directed by Eugène Polyakov. She afterwards joined Aterballetto under the direction of Amedeo Amodio and for nine years she performed important roles in choreographies by Glen Tetley, William Forsythe, Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine and Amodio. In 1993 she became a dancer of Balletto di Toscana directed by Cristina Bozzolini where she danced works by Mauro Bigonzetti, Fabrizio Monteverde, Cesc Gelabert, Angelin Preljocaj. In 1998 she returned to Aterballetto under the artistic direction of Mauro Bigonzetti, where she performed in masterpieces by Bigonzetti, J. Kylian and I. Galili. Since 2004 she has been working as assistant and répétiteur for Mauro Bigonzetti’s works and she re-staged some of them in important theatres for both Italian and foreign companies: Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse, Royal Swedish Ballet, Dortmunt Ballett, Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Zürcher Ballett, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballett Basel, Pennsylvania Ballett, Leipzig Ballett. Since September 2012 she is again working as maître de ballet and maître repetiteur of Aterballetto.
Giuseppe Calanni :: ballet master - répétiteur
Giuseppe Calanni was born in Castellammare di Stabia (Italy) in 1961. He studied at the Centro Danza Tersicore of A. Di Lecce, then specialised at the Academy "Princesse Grace" of Montecarlo, directed by Marika Besobrasova. In 1983 he participated in the first Specialisation Course at the "R. Valli" Theater of Reggio Emilia and immediately after joined Aterballetto, under the artistic direction of Amedeo Amodio. He danced in ballets of Amodio, Tetley, Tudor, Balanchine, Forsythe, Childs, Ailey, Kylian, and Béjard. As well as dancing in some of those ballets, he was also assistant choreographer. In this role,he re-staged several of Amodio’s ballets for the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Teatro alla Scala and for the Opera in Rome. He also re-staged Mauro Bigonzetti’s Songs for the Ballet National de Marseille, directed by Roland Petit.
He continued working with Aterballetto under the new artistic direction of Mauro Bigonzetti, since 1997, as a dancer, repetiteur and assistant. Since September 2002 he has been maître de ballet and maître repetiteur of Aterballetto.
Gabriela Astileanu received her degree in music, with a specialisation in composition and piano, from the Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory in Bucarest (Rumania) in 1978. She taught History of Music at the People’s Art School in Bucarest. From 1983 started to work for ballet at the Bucarest Opera House. In 1984 she moved to Dresden (Germany) working like Pianist and Musical Assistant at the Semperoper.
In 1989 she moved to Italy and started to work for Balletto di Toscana and, after, in Balletto di Toscana School, played also for many dance staged in Italy.
From April 2012 up today she has worked as Pianist and Musical Assistant for Aterballetto.
Michele Di Stefano :: guest choreographers
Milano – Italy, 1963.
After graduating in German Literature, Michele Di Stefano undertook a course of self-taught study and research on movement, which led him to found the mk group at the end of the 1990s. He is both a choreographer and performer within the group. His group was immediately invited to participate in the most important contemporary performance festivals in Italy and abroad, with dates in countries including Japan, Great Britain, Germany, Indonesia, the United States, Spain and Portugal, alongside a constant stream of performances in Italy.
Recent productions include: Instruction series (in collaboration with Xing), Around the World in 80 Days (with two dancers from the William Forsythe Company and several Italian artists), Four Colonial Dances at Close Range and Grand Tour, Impressions d’Afrique (also presented at the Biennale Danza in 2013) and Robinson (in collaboration with visual artist Luca Trevisani, to music by Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch, also presented in four different versions at the Museion in Bolzano). He re-staged Giuda, a project commissioned by Antonio Latella and performed in Berlin at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI) as part of the performance cycle ‘Anatopies: For a Critique of Spatial Reason’.
The Festival Internazionale di Santarcangelo 2014 invited Michele Di Stefano, together with the choreographers Cristina Rizzo and Fabrizio Favale, to create a special project for the festival’s dance programme. The shows are accompanied by an intense programme of conferences, workshops and experimental works, such as Clima (in collaboration with the Teatro di Roma and Santarcangelo dei Teatri – a performance that involves audience participation), the Accademie Eventuali in Bologna with Margherita Morgantin (Museo Storico della Città di Bologna, Fondazione FURLA and Carisbo), Reform Club for the Paolo Grassi School in Milano (already presented at the Biennale Danza in 2011), and many more.
In the same year he created Line Rangers for Korea National Contemporary Dance Company in Seoul and Upper-East-Side for Aterballetto.
Awards: Michele Di Stefano received in 2000 the Danza&Danza award for contemporary dance and at the Biennale Danza 2014, the Leone d’Argento for dance.
Andonis Foniadakis :: guest choreographers
Andonis Foniadakis grew up in the city of Ierapetra, in the south part of the island of Crete, in Greece. He began his dance training with Niki Papadaki at the local dance school, in his hometown. From 1990 to 1992, he studied at the State Dance School of Athens and before his graduation he received the prestigious Maria Callas scholarship to continue his studies in Rudra Bejart Lausanne, in Switzerland until 1994.
As a dancer Andonis has collaborated with:
Bejart Ballet Lausanne (1994-1996) under the direction of Maurice Bejart,
Lyon Opera Ballet (1996-2002) under the direction of Yorgos Loukos,
Saburo Teshi- gawara / Karas Co. (2004) under the direction of Saburo Teshigawara,
as well as, with his own dance company “Apotosoma.”
During the years of his professional engagement with the above companies he has performed
choreographic works of:
Maguy Marin, Jiri Kilian, William Forsythe, Dominique Boivin, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Maurice Bejart, Ohad Naharin, Frederic Flamand, Bill T Jones, Herve Robbe, Tero Saarinen, Lionel Hoche, Joachim Schlomer, John Jasperse, Saburo Teshigawara etc.
As a freelance choreographer he has collaborated with:
Sydney Dance Company, CCN Ballet de Lorraine, Martha Graham Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Geneva Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Bern Ballet, Ballet du Rhin, Maggio Danza, National Dance Company of Wales, Dansgroep Amsterdam, Cia Sociedade Masculina Brazil, Bale da Cidade of Sao Paulo Brazil, Helsinki Dance Company Finland, National Ballet of Greece, National Theater of Northern Greece, Benjamin Millepied Dance Company USA, Washington Ballet, Bejart Ballet Lausanne, Ballet Junior Geneva, Hellenic Dance Company, CNSMD Lyon, Copenhagen International Dance
Foniadakis has been commissioned to choreograph for three operas.
Theatre de Champs Elysees Paris- Castor et Pollux by Rameau
Opera National du Rhin – Les boreades by Rameau
GRAME Lyon – Il canto de la pelle by Claudio Ambrosini
In 2014 he collaborates as a moving coordinator with Darren Aronosfky on his new film NOAH. As well in 2012 he received the Danza and Danza Award for the “Best Choroegrapher 2012” in Italy, for the creation Les Noces in Maggio Danza.
In addition to creating and performing, Andonis is teaching seminars based on his personal dance technique. He has been teaching in the State Dance School of Greece, DAN.C.CE studios and Baile de Barrio in Athens, DOCK11 in Berlin, CND and CNSMD in Lyon, Dansgroep Amsterdam, Henny Jurriens Studio Amsterdam, Kuopio Dance Festival, CCN Lorraine, Martha Graham Dance Studios, Broadway Dance Center.
In 2003, Foniadakis created his own dance company Apotosoma, in Lyon, France and since then,
he has shown his work in France, Greece, Italy, Finland, Luxembourg, Germany, England, and USA.
Until today, he has presented five (6) full evening works with his own company:
Sensitive Screens Skins Intervals
Rite of Spring
All Things Are Quite Silent
Romeo and Juliet
Johan Inger :: guest choreographers
The Swede Johan Inger (Stockholm, 1967) completed his dance training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and at the National Ballet School in Canada. From 1985 to 1990 he danced with the Swedish Royal Ballet in Stockholm, the last year performing as a soloist. Fascinated by the works of Kylián, Inger was convinced that a next step in his dance career should take him to Nederlands Dans Theater. In 1990 he joined Nederlands Dans Theater I and was a high-profile dancer in this company until 2002. When Inger tried his hand at Nederlands Dans Theater’s annual Choreography Workshops (entitled Switch), Jiří Kylián noticed his talent for choreography. After four workshop pieces, Inger was allowed in 1995 to make his first choreography for Nederlands Dans Theater II. The resulting Mellantid marked his official debut as a choreographer. It was part of the Holland Dance Festival and was immediately a resounding success. It brought him the Philip Morris Finest Selection Award 1996 in the Contemporary Dance category. In 2001 Mellantid was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award in the Best New Dance Production category. Since his debut, Inger has made various works for Nederlands Dans Theater (like Sammanfall, Couple of Moments, Round Corners, Out of breath). For his ballets Dream Play and Walking Mad he received the Lucas Hoving Production Award in October 2001. Walking Mad- as it was later performed by Cullberg Ballet -was awarded the Danza & Danza’s Award 2005. Inger himself was nominated with Dutch prizes such as the Golden Theatre Dance Prize 2000 by the VSCD Dance Panel and the Merit Award 2002 from the Stichting Dansersfonds ’79. Inger left Nederlands Dans Theater to take on the artistic leadership of Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm in 2003. Over the past years he has made various choreographies for this company: Home and Home, Phases, In Two, Within Now, As if, Negro con Flores and Blanco amongst others. And to celebrate Cullberg Ballet’s 40th anniversary, he created the work Point of eclipse (2007). From the summer of 2008 Inger ended his artistic directorship so as to devote himself entirely to choreography. In February 2009 he produced a new work for Cullberg Ballet entitled, Position of Elsewhere. In October 2009, Inger created dissolve in this for Nederlands Dans Theater I & II to celebrate the 50th jubilee season of the company. Since 2009, Johan Inger holds the position as Associate Choreographer with Nederlands Dans Theater, creating for the companies regularly. In May 2010, the Göteborg Ballet in Sweden premièred Falter and in September 2010, Nederlands Dans Theater I premièred Tone Bone Kone, both were new creations. In September 2011, Inger created the successful Rain Dogs, based on music by Tom Waits, for the Basel Ballett in Switzerland. In February 2012, Inger created, I New Then, for Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and in October 2013, Inger created his latest work, Sunset Logic, for the Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in The Hague, the Netherlands. In October 2013, he restages the work Rain Dogs with Aterballetto in Reggio Emilia, Italy. In 2013, Johan also received the prestigious Carina Ari Award in Stockholm for his worldwide promotion of Swedish art and dance.
Jiří Kylián :: guest choreographers
Jiří Kylián (Czechoslovakia, 1947) started his dance career at the age of nine, at the School of the National Ballet in Prague. In 1962 he was accepted as a student at the Prague Conservatory. He left Prague when he received a scholarship for the Royal Ballet School in London in 1967. After this, he left to join the Stuttgart Ballett led by John Cranko. Kylián made his debut as a choreographer here with Paradox for the Noverre Gesellschaft. After having made three ballets for Nederlands Dans Theater (Viewers, Stoolgame and La Cathédrale Engloutie), he became artistic director of the company in 1975. In 1978 he put Nederlands Dans Theater on the international map with Sinfonietta. That same year, together with Carel Birnie, he founded Nederlands Dans Theater II, which served as a bridge between school and professional company life and was meant to give young dancers the opportunity to develop their skills and talents and to function as a breeding ground for young talent. He also initiated Nederlands Dans Theater III in 1991, the company for older dancers, above forty years of age. This three dimensional structure was unique in the world of dance. After an extraordinary record of service, Kylián handed over the artistic leadership in 1999, but remained associated to the dance company as house choreographer until December 2009. Jiří Kylián has created nearly 100 works of which many are performed all over the world. Kylián has not only made works for Nederlands Dans Theater, but also for the Stuttgart Ballet, the Paris Opéra Ballet, Bayerisches Staatsoper Münich, Swedish television and the Tokyo Ballet.
Kylián has worked with many creative personalities of international stature – composers: Arne Nordheim (”Ariadne” 1997), Toru Takemitsu (”Dream Time” 1983) - designers: Walter Nobbe (”Sinfonietta” 1978), Bill Katz (”Symphony of Psalms” 1978), John Macfarlane (“Forgotten Land” 1980), Michael Simon (”Stepping Stones” 1991), Atsushi Kitagawara (”One of a Kind” 1998), Susumu Shingu (”Toss of a Dice” 2005), Yoshiki Hishinuma (‘’Zugvögel’’ 2009) amongst others.
In the summer of 2006, together with Film Art Director, Boris Paval Conen, he created the film CAR-MEN. It was choreographed ‘on location’ on the surface brown coal mines of the Czech Republic. In 2010, Kylián served as Mentor in Dance in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. In 2013, together with NTR, he worked together with Boris Paval Conen again and created the film BETWEEN ENTRANCE & EXIT which was nominated as one of the contestants for the ‘Gouden Kalf’ award during the Dutch Film Festival 2013 in Utrecht. For the Aichi Trienalle in Nagoya, Japan, he created the full-evening dance/film production, EAST SHADOW which was dedicated to the victims of the Tsunami in Japan in 2011. In 2014, he produced the short film SCHWARZFAHRER together with Jan Malir (Prague).
In the course of his career, Kylián received many international awards including: "Officer of the Orange Order"- Netherlands, "Honorary Doctorate" - Julliard School New York, three "Nijinsky Awards" - Monte Carlo (best choreographer, company and work), "Benoit de la Dance" - Moscow and Berlin, "Honorary Medal" of the President of the Czech Republic, "Commander of the Legion d'honneur" France, and in 2008 he was distinguished with one of the highest royal honors, the Medal of the Order of the House of Orange given to him by Her Majesty the Queen Beatrix from the Netherlands. In 2011,Kylián received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of dance and theater by the Czech Ministry of Culture in Prague.
Cristina Rizzo :: guest choreographers
Dancer, performer, choreographer based in Florence, Cristina Rizzo is a graduate in New York at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and at the studios of Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown. She collaborated with various artistic platforms such as Teatro Valdoca, Roberto Castello, Stoa/Claudia Castellucci, MK, Virgilio Sieni, Santasangre. Co-founder of the collective Kinkaleri with which she shared the creation and planning of all the production from 1995 to 2007, touring the international contemporary dance scene and receiving several awards such as the Premio Lo Straniero and the Italian theatre award Premio Ubu. Since 2008 she undertook an autonomous career of production and experimental choreography, converging her body research towards a theoretical reflection with a strong dynamic impact. The first project she signed as an author is Dance N°3 (coproduced by Roma Europa Festival and Aperto Festival), with exchanges of body writing between the choreographers Eszter Salamon, Michele Di Stefano and Matteo Levaggi.
Concentrating in this first phase on the necessity to regenerate the act of creation itself, between 2009 and 2011 she produces several choreographic objects half way in between performance, dance and visual arts. In particular: the touring performance AHAH; the big scale project WAUDEVILLE; the solo VOICE OVER co-realized with the choreographer Eszter Salamon; the performance lectures EX/porno; the duet with a dog MICRO DANCES WITH A TRAINED DOG; the participation at the project Critical Cab (Xing/F.I.S.Co. 2011) and Instruction Series III/Orang Orang (DNA-Roma Europa Festival 2011). The next production has been oriented towards a research aiming to open up reflections and new imaginaries on the present starting from the western culture. In 2012 comes out INVISIBLE PIECE, a solo starting from a historical dance piece (The Dying Swan in the very first famous version danced by Anna Pavlova) dialoguing with it in a critical and complementary way. In 2013 LA SAGRA DELLA PRIMAVERA FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, a work which trough a crowding-out effect between visual and sound, proposes a different Sacre from Stravinsky.
From 2012 she also participates at several collateral projects: she is developing with the scholar Lucia Amara the research project LOVEEEE (in collaboration with Xing) consisting on a series of performances lectures on the theme of ‘grace’; she is invited as host choreographer at Biennale Danza in Venice for the project Atleta Donna; she is an interpreter for a production with the Moroccan choreographer Taoufiq Izeddiou for Août En Danse in Marseille; she is host choreographer for the project Miniature Officinae for Marseille Capitale Européenne de la Culture; she is invited as choreographer for the project Digitalife Human Connections by Fondazione Roma Europa at the contemporary art museum Macro Testaccio in Rome; she is invited as choreographer by Aterballetto for the production of a new creation TEMPESTA/THE SPIRITS. She carries out regularly research workshops on choreographic and movement. Her work is supported by Regione Toscana and Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali.
Eugenio Scigliano :: guest choreographers
Scigliano born in Cosenza in 1968, started his dance studies with teachers from the National Opera of Bucharest, including Cecilia Covaci, Ilie Suciu, Alecu Marin and Magdalena Popa. After he honed his skills at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto. He returned to Italy and made his debut at the Balletto di Toscana in 1986. He danced in all of the Company’s productions and became one of its leading performers. In the 1992-93 season, he temporarily left the Balletto di Toscana becoming a soloist at the English National Ballet. There, he gained important professional experience and was given prominent roles in Struchkova’s Swan Lake, Ashton’s Romeo and Juliet, and Tetley’s Sphinx.
Scigliano then returned to the Balletto di Toscana and starred in creations by some of the most acclaimed Italian choreographers, including Bigonzetti, Monteverde and Sieni, as well as significant European ones such as Van Manen, Bruce, Preljoçaj, Gelabert, Christie and Wubbe.
In 1994, Scigliano was named the best Italian dancer at the Danza&Danza Awards.
Encouraged by Cristina Bozzolini, in the mid-1990s, he was encouraged by Cristina Bozzolini to do his first work as a choreographer.
In 2001, he was invited to join the Aterballetto Company by Mauro Bigonzetti and he performed as a soloist in pieces of its repertoire and the staging of choreographies by Bigonzetti and Forsythe. For Aterballetto 2003, he created Blue on the music of A. Pärt, a short choreography that often has been performed in Italy and also in Germany, within a festival in Nuernberg (Germany) in May 2003.
Since 2004 Scigliano decided to end his career as dancer and to devote his time to work as a choreographer and freelance teacher. He restaged ‘Noon’ for the Balletto di Roma and choreographed several creations for P. Mohovic’s Esperia Company, the ‘Versiliadanza’ group and the Junior Balletto di Toscana Company, as well as the full-evening title Cinderella on music by S. Prokofiev for the Baltic Dance Theatre Company in Gdańsk.
His latest creation for Aterballetto Company is the full-length ballet Casanova, that premiered in Civitanova Marche (Italy). In 2014 Aterballetto commissioned him the project Don Q. – Don Quixote de la Mancha.
Giuseppe Spota :: guest choreographers
Giuseppe Spota born in Bari, Italy, studied at Scuola del Balletto del Sud and at Scuola del Balletto di Toscana. Since 2002 he was dancing with various ensembles like Balletto di Roma, Gruppo Nuova Danza Treviso and with Compagnia Aterballetto under the artistic direction of Mauro Bigonzetti.
After dancing for one year 2009/2010 with Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart he joined the ensemble of Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (D) from 2010/11 until 2013/14 .
Among others he danced choreographies by Fabrizio Monteverde, Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot/Sol Leon, Stephan Thoss and Christian Spuck. In 2011 he was awarded the German Theatre Prize THE FAUST as ‚best dancer’ for his interpretation of Stephan Thoss’s Blaubart.
During the Festivals ApuliArte 2012 in Barletta (I) Giuseppe Spota won the prize of Premio Internazionale ApuliArte for his foreign brilliant archievement.
2015 creation for Compagnia Aterballetto, Reggio Emilia (I)
2015 MUCH/LESS creation for the company of Staatstheater Mainz (D)
2014 restaging of Stephan Thoss' ‚La chambre noir’ at Opéra National du Rhin (F)
2014 choreography for the opera ‚Carmen’ directed by Nicola Berloffa at Theater St. Gallen (CH)
2014 /TRE creation for Hessischen Staatstheater Wiesbaden (D)
2014 PL/US creation for Agora Coaching Project Reggio Emilia (I)
2012 ABI/Tiamo creation for Hessischen Staatstheater Wiesbaden (D)
2012 Branco creation for the dance project If the trees could speak at Hessischen Staatstheater Wiesbaden (D)
2011 Principio creation for the ballet gala at Theater Dortmund (D)
2011 Un/attainable creation for the International Ballet Competition Hannover (D) winning the 2. prize and being presented as well at Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (D)