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Under the title LOVE POEMS, the MM Contemporary Dance Company presents an evening composed of three new choreographies all under the sign of contemporary:

DUETTO INOFFENSIVO (excerpt from ‘Rossini Cards’) by MAURO BIGONZETTI restaged for MMCDC



The three works are performed by eight dancers from MMCDC, a reality of excellence in Italian dance, with a consolidated activity of performances throughout the country.
The choreographies of the programme, linked by the common denominator of a distinctive musicality, are characterised by a strong implication as much interpretative as technical, which will highlight the stylistic versatility and extraordinary skill of the company’s dancers. From one piece to the next, the dance will become one with the music, marrying its compositional richness thanks to choreographies that emphasise movement, plasticity, but also the importance of the single gesture.


Excerpt from ‘Rossini Cards

Choreography: Mauro Bigonzetti
Music: Gioachino Rossini
Assistant to choreography: Roberto Zamorano
Lighting design: Carlo Cerri
Costumes: Helena De Medeiros
With 2 dancers

A passionate and intense duet by Mauro Bigonzetti: in the two women on stage there is sharing, understanding, but also disagreement, and we find condensed the characters and stories of several female characters. Their encounter, in a continuous repetition and alternation of complicity and conflict, gives rise to an exchange of energies, feelings and emotions linked to the disappointments of love.

Choreography: Thomas Noone
Music: Jim Pinchen
With 4 dancers

“I love you so much that I am in pain. I hope you suffer as much as I do …”

Raw and dynamic, Brutal Love Poems explores the ‘wild’ side that we hide within us and that only reveals itself in our most intimate moments. Somehow this revelation, of our most primordial, terrible and brutal being, is perhaps only ever manifested in front of those closest to us, the person we love.
An abstract, non-narrative work, in which the resonance of movements echoes and combines to form a whole, seeking to entertain, provoke and seduce.



Choreography: Michele Merola
Music: Antonio Vivaldi
Lighting design: Cristina Spelti
Costumes: Carlotta Montanari
With 7 dancers

Co-production Teatro Ristori di Verona
National Premiere: 1 February 2019 – Teatro Ristori, Verona

With each creation, Michele Merola aims higher, convinced that it is possible to express, in dance, joys, tenderness, anger, expectations, impulses, torments. For the choreographer, returning the fire of passions to bodies contaminated by life has always been a conditio sine qua non for representing the meaning of existence on Earth. And it is in the pages of the great composers that Merola loves to search for perspectives, symmetries, assonances between human feeling and music. His encounter with Antonio Vivaldi springs from this desire, for a new production where ‘the relationship between music and movement plays the lion’s share’, says Merola.

Starting with Vivaldi’s best pieces and suggestions from the paintings of Marc Chagall, Michele Merola has created Vivaldi Umane passioni: “With Vivaldi and baroque music, I rediscover a love for pure choreographic design, while the inspiration I find in Marc Chagall’s paintings – works such as The Birthday (1915), On the City (1918), Love on the Scene (1920), Introduction to Jewish Theatre (1920) – , has guided my work towards human passions, the evasion from the everyday to detach oneself from the ground, listening to inner emotions. In both artists, I sense a great desire for life, beauty, elegance in living’.

Some of the composer’s best-known scores are mirrored in Merola’s journeys: the violin concertos La Follia, L’Inquietudine, L’Estro Armonico, and Il Favorito best express the sentiments that punctuate one’s life. Faced with this supreme grace, the vortex of sonorous intensity and richness of timbre, Merola pushes the accelerator of movement dynamics to develop new reflections. As an ‘athlete of the heart’, and of its most secret recesses, the choreographer visualises those themes with intimate involvement and a strongly contemporary slant, sculpting them in dance and in the air with the same passion and fury dictated by the notes. Fuelled by the two arts, the dialogue that is created, intense, balanced in terms of the balance of forces, enriches and nourishes the spectator’s imagination with complexity and compositional richness. It is a chess game in which music and bodies chase each other, confront each other, overlap, in a representational dynamic that the union makes even more intense.

Ermanno Romanelli



The MM Contemporary Dance Company is a contemporary dance company directed by choreographer Michele Merola, founded in 1999 as a production centre for events and performances and as a promoter of festivals and workshops with the aim of fostering exchanges and alliances between Italian and international artists, witnesses and spokesmen of contemporary culture.

The repertoire of the company, which is based in Reggio Emilia, is rich and varied, thanks to works by Michele Merola and creations by European and Italian choreographers such as Maguy Marin, Mats Ek, Mauro Bigonzetti, Thomas Noone, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Karl Alfred Schreiner, Eugenio Scigliano, Emanuele Soavi, Enrico Morelli, Daniele Ninarello, Ginevra Panzetti and Enrico Ticconi, Roberto Tedesco, and Camilla Monga.

In 2010, the MM Contemporary Dance Company won the prestigious Danza&Danza Award as the best emerging company and today, it is, to all intents and purposes, a reality of excellence in Italian dance, with a consolidated activity of performances throughout the country. For some years now, it has conquered an international market with performances in European and non-European countries (Korea, Colombia, Canada, Germany, Russia, Morocco, Belgium, Spain, Slovenia…).
In 2017, the MM Contemporary Dance Company won the 2017 Europaindanza Prize – Merit Award for Choreography, for the performance Bolero by Michele Merola.
On 1 January 2021 and 1 January 2022, MMCDC was featured on RAI 1 in Roberto Bolle’s show “Danza con me” interpreting choreographies by Mauro Bigonzetti and Lorca Massine.
For the three-year period 2018-20, for 2021 and for the three-year period 2022-24 the MM Contemporary Dance Company is an associated company of the Trentino Alto Adige InDanza Circuit.
MMCDC is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Emilia-Romagna Region, Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto, Centro Permanente Danza/Reggio Emilia.


Full price: 10 euro
Reduced price under 30, dance schools, Liceo Coreutico Matilde di Canossa, over 65, CRAL members Municipality of Reggio Emilia: 6 euro
Reduced price under 8: 3 euro


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