Fondazione Nazionale della Danza


Giovanni Ottolini :: managing director

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.

Fabrizio Montanari :: president

Fabrizio Montanari received a PhD in Business Administration from the Bocconi University. He has been a visiting scholar at the Boston College, a professor at the New York University - within the Campus Abroad Program of the Bocconi University - and has been a visiting professor at the Copenhagen Business School. He is currently a Business Management researcher at the Faculty of Communication Sciences and Economics of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia: he is Technical Director of the OPERA Research Unity which is part of GIUnO, a research center specialized in creative industries and social medias. He teaches as a contract professor at the Bocconi Triennial Degree Course CLEACC and at the Bocconi Master in Performing Arts Management. He is President of Fondazione Nazionale della Danza and Publishing Director of the Ticonzero magazine. Many of his articles on the themes of network, cultural economics, creative districts and management of cultural institutions have been published in national and international magazines.

Mariangelica Degl'Incerti Tocci :: board of directors

Chiara Fantesini :: board of directors

Chiara Fantesini was born in Montecchio Emilia, Reggio Emilia in 1976. She graduated at the BUS IT High School of Reggio Emilia and attended the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia from 1999 to 2004.
From 1992 to 1996, she worked for her family’s business Cantine Fantesini s.n.c. and from 1996 to 2000, she was employed at the accounting office of the Pasini srl firm in San Polo, Reggio Emilia.  In July 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 she collaborated in running the music Festival Confusion&, directed by Giovanni Lindo Ferretti and organized by Ater (Association of Theaters Emilia Romagna). In 2001-02 she worked for the professional training and education institute Ifoa in Reggio Emilia. In 2001-05 she collaborated with the association “Dar Voce per venti” on the high school project “Quando torni?”.
In 2002-03, she earned her first and second diploma as sommelier from the AIS (Italian Sommelier Association). In 2006, she took over her family’s agricultural business and created the Società Agricola Cantina Fantesini.
In October 2002, she was elected member of the board of directors of the newly- established Cooperativa Urania which manages the Theater-Cinema in Bibbiano (RE) and, from 2003 to 2004, she was the President of the board of directors.
In November 2002, she took part in the founding of the cultural association Microsophia, which organizes cultural and recreational events.
From 2004 to 2009, she was a member of Bibbiano’s town council and the Mayor appointed her Councilor for Culture, Youth and Information. In 2010, she became a member of the Presidential Council of Arci Reggio Emilia and, in November 2011, she became a member of the board of directors of Fondazione Nazionale della Danza.

Maria Merelli :: board of directors

Maria Merelli was born in Modena on 6 December 1940. She graduated in Liberal Arts at the University of Bologna and taught literary subjects in a high school in Modena until 1991. In the 1970s’ she was in charge of the “150 hours” courses, dedicated to workers who wanted to catch up on the compulsory school years (last year of middle school and seminars), at the Camera del Lavoro in Modena.
During the V legislature (1992-95) she was a councilor of the Emilia-Romagna Region and was engaged in the issues of the V Council Commission related to school, professional training, university and job market, culture and cultural heritage, and equal opportunities. In this role, she also presented the regional laws on the promotion of culture (L. R. 37/2004) and on the development and regulation of the regional theatrical system (L.R. 33/2004, subsequently repealed by the art.12 of the L.R.13/1999). From 1998 to 2001, she was a member of the board of directors of the Fondazione Collegio S. Carlo in Modena which is engaged in activities of public relevance in the field of culture and training with a special interest in social, religious and human sciences. In 2003 she became a member of the board of directors of ATER (Association of Theaters Emilia Romagna). In October 1991, after serving as a member of the board of directors, Maria Merelli became President of the Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, a regional public resident theater based in Modena. Along with her engagements in the field of theater, she works as a sociologist in the society of studies and research “Lenove” which she founded in 1980. She has written numerous publications on various themes including transforming identities, the life conditions of women, equal opportunities, the trade-off between work, personal and family life, gender-related violence, migratory routes and the right to citizenship.

Rossella Caldarelli :: production and company manager


Vincenza Ferrari :: administration and finance manager


Stefania Catellani :: press office and communication

Stefania Catellani was born in Reggio Emilia. She graduated at the Liceo Scientifico L. Spallanzani in Reggio Emilia. She received a degree in Political Science from the University of Bologna and a degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. During the years at high school and university she improved her language skills English, French and Spanish) in the United States, in France and Spain. While at University she began collaborating with the newspaper Gazzetta di Reggio and others as news and entertainment editor and later as sports editor and participated in some local television broadcasts.
After graduating from the University she worked for the Municipality of Reggio Emilia and was in charge of a group of collaborators during census taking.
She worked as the PR-manager of an important Italian sculptor and oversaw the organization of his exhibitions and his relations with public institutions and art galleries.
She also worked as press officer for a business that organizes training courses.

She began working for Aterballetto in 2002, under the artistic direction of Mauro Bigonzetti, as press and communication officer.

She is listed on the register of Italian Journalists since January 2004.


Eugenia Bacci :: promotion and programming

Eugenia Bacci was born in Rimini in 1980. She graduated at the Liceo Classico in Bologna. She earned her degree in Foreign Languages ​​and Literature from the University of Bologna with a thesis on Irish literature. In 2005, she received a Master in Management and Innovation of Cultural and Artistic Organizations from the Faculty of Economics- University of Bologna with a dissertation on the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza Aterballetto. She broadened her knowledge of foreign languages ​​through trips to Germany, Ireland and Austria. From 1998 to 2005, she collaborated with the cultural association Squeezezoom Bottega in Bologna and was responsible for organizing events and seminars, including the days of Art. For several years she collaborated with the company Publitimeanimazioni Spa in Milan translating texts and brochures from and into English.
From 2002 to 2005 she worked with the Indiana Frog Ltd as a script supervisor and was responsible for the organization and public relations of the national tour of Rete A All Music. In the summer of 2004 she conducted research at the Vigo di Fassa Ladin Museum (Trent, Italy). In the same year she took part in the organization of the contemporary art exhibition TAILSTATION KG in the Austrian Burgenland. In February 2005 she began collaborating with the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto under the artistic direction of Mauro Bigonzetti, as the assistant to the programming in Italy and press office. She has been working in the Programming department since September 2009 and deals mainly with the programming of performances in Italy.




Daniela Carnevali :: assistant to company manager


Desolina Maestri :: amministrazione


Ida Galassi :: general services


Irene Sartorelli :: secretary to artistic and managing directors

Irene Sartorelli was born in 1978 in Reggio Emilia. After graduating in the language course of the BUS high school in Reggio Emilia she obtained her degree in Educational Sciences from the University of Bologna with a dissertation on general education and teaching adults. She started working at an employment agency and was involved in the selection of personnel. She later worked for Form.Art, a training institute in Reggio Emilia. She moved to Zeist, Netherlands, for an internship at NPI instituut voor organisatieontwikkeling, a foundation that deals with consulting and training. When she returned to Italy she began collaborating with Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto while teaching Italian to foreigners. She took part – for Studio Egla - in two research and consultancy projects at the prisons in Reggio Emilia and Piacenza. Since the end of 2005 she has worked exclusively for Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto as secretary and assistant to the artistic and managing directors.



Arturo Cannistrà :: special projects and educational activities

Arturo Cannistrà was born in Messina and trained at the National Academy of Dance. From 1980 to 1984 he was part of the corps de ballet of the Teatro Comunale of Florence, under the direction of E. Poliakov. He danced as soloist and principal in works by E. Poliakov, J. Russillo, L. Massine, M. Petipa, G. Balanchine, M. Pokine, M. Béjart, and performed with étoiles such as Nureyev, C. Fracci, P. Dupond and M. Fontaine. In 1984 he joined Aterballetto, directed at the time by A. Amodio and from 1998 by M. Bigonzetti. He appeared in works by A. Aley, W. Forsythe, J. Kilian, G. Tetley, A. Amodio, G. Balanchine, M. Bigonzetti. He danced as a partner of A. Ferri (Romeo and Juliet), R. Terabust (Step Text by W. Forsythe) and L. Savignano (M. Bejart's Bolero).
Since 2003 he is responsible of Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto’s special projects and, in this position, he oversees the artistic conception, the direction and the choreography of projects produced by Fondazione Nazionale della Danza together with Federazione Nazionale Associazioni Scuole di Danza (FNASD – Federdanza – AGIS). He has directed a number of works including Rosa Mystica (2003), Odighitria (2004), E noi lo cerchiamo (2009).
In 2003 Fondazione Nazionale della Danza and FNASD started a collaboration on a project called Leggere per Ballare (Reading to Dance). This has led to the performance of educational shows throughout Italy: Cinderella with the orchestra G. G. Verdi conducted by Maestro Grazioli  at the Auditorium in Milan (2005); Brigata Sassari, a generation of Sardinians (2005); The Magic Flute (2006); Peter and the Wolf (2007); The Little Prince (2007) and Quando ai veneziani crebbe la coda (When Venetians grew tails, 2008).
In 2003, he also began working with Mrs. Bianca Belvederi Bonino, President of the Associazione Espressione Danza in Bologna, on the cultural, artistic and choreographic conception of shows which are performed for the most part at the Municipal Theater and at Auditorium Manzoni in Bologna.
He received the Urban Dance Lifetime Achievement Award from the Region Calabria in 2001. In 2004 he was awarded the Medal of St. Egidio by the Bishop of Ascoli for the production of Rosa Mystica and, in 2011, he received the Grand Prix Giuliana Pensi for his work on the education and the building of audiences.



Amei Teupel :: programming manager for international contacts

Amei Teupel was born in Germany in 1956. She studied in Switzerland, Italy and Germany. In 1983 she graduated with honors in Romance Philology and Communication Science in Göttingen (Germany) with a thesis on the representation of the French Revolution in the silent film DANTON by Dimitri Buchovetzki.
After University she moved to Italy, where she began working as a lecturer in German at the University of Modena (Faculty of Economics) and later at the University of Bologna (Faculty of Education).
She afterward worked as a freelance interpreter, translator, consultant and organizer of events and collaborated with the Teatro Valli in Reggio Emilia in various positions such as  stage assistant, etc.
From 1990 to 1995, she worked at the Teatro Valli in Reggio Emilia as foreign relations officer, and was mainly involved with matters related to the Premio Paolo Borciani and the artistic and concert programming departments.
In 1995 she quit her job at the theatre to try the fields of publishing (Magis Books Publishers) and distribution (Maxi-Livres Italy) and managed the book shop Maxi-Livres in Reggio Emilia.
In 1996-97 she returned to the field of performing arts and worked with local performing arts agencies and with the Festival Teatro Due in Parma.
In autumn 1997, she began working for Aterballetto, under the artistic direction of Mauro Bigonzetti, as production secretary and, from 1999, as foreign relations officer. Since 2009 she is in charge of the programming and promotion of Fondazione Nazionale della Danza Aterballetto.



Giorgio Pagan :: stage director


Kolja Frerichs :: stagehand


Antonella Cannas :: electrician


Davide Cavandoli :: electrician


Francesca Messori :: wardrobe mistress