Next Generation Choreographers

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Next Generation Choreographers2021-08-05T11:42:24+02:00

Operation Ref.PA 2020-15413/RER “A STEP BEYOND Methodologies, languages and professionalism for the dance of tomorrow”.
Activity co-financed with resources from the European Social Fund and the Emilia Romagna Region. Approved by DGR 401/2021 of 29/03/2021
Project n. 1 – Edition n. 1
“Next Generation Choreographers: elements of choreographic creation, composition and staging for the dance of the future”
Professional Area: Artistic and Performing Arts Production

Choreographic creation, dance dramaturgy, staging and light design: a 150-hour course to go through the essential tools of an emerging choreographer to face the challenge of staging.

Next Generation Choreographers is aimed at those dance and performing arts professionals who want to broaden their knowledge: through four intensive modules between October 2021 and March 2022, participants will work with some of the most interesting choreographers on the international scene, selected by the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/ Aterballetto, as well as dramaturgs, light designers and stage technicians, until they experiment with their own idea of choreographic staging.

The project aims at offering participants the technical and theoretical tools necessary to deepen the study of choreographic composition through lessons, meetings and field projects, comparing and providing knowledge, skills and artistic experiences useful to enrich the reflection and to enhance the tools to translate the vision of an idea into a creative act.


Aterballetto - Fondazione Nazionale della Danza               

The project is developed through three distinct modules, dedicated to the study of different approaches to choreography and to the exploration of some possibilities of staging.

Each module will be entrusted to a different renowned choreographer, supported by other professionals who will speak about the dramaturgical writing for the choreographic work and the basic elements of staging and production.

Within the course, there will be a workshop developed by the participants, who will be asked to compose a performance with the young dancers of Agora Coaching Project, with a final presentation of the work open to the public.

The entire course will be supervised by the ballet masters of the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza.

  •  EYAL DADON, choreographer and artistic director of SOL Dance Company
    Choreography workshop I – from 4 to 9 October 2021;
  • FERNANDO MELO, choreographer and director
    Choreography Workshop II – from 13 to 18 December 2021;
  • PHILIPPE KRATZ, Aterballetto dancer, choreographer and Danza &Danza Award “Best Choreographer” 2019
    Choreography Workshop III – From 31 January to 4 February 2022;
  • GREGOR ACUÑA POHL, actor, dramaturg and director
    Dance Dramaturgy | Online lessons from October and March – in presence from 5 to 15 March;
  • GIGI CRISTOFORETTI, managing director of the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto
    From planning to creation: the choreographer in the contemporary scene | Contribution;
  • Technical staff Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto
    Staging elements;
  • ARTURO CANNISTRÀ, former dancer of Aterballetto and in charge of educational projects of Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto

AGORA COACHING PROJECT is a two-year dance training project aimed at dancers aged between 16 and 22, which aims to provide a solid basis for learning the various techniques used in the international contemporary dance scene and the different repertoires through the alternation of qualified teachers and artists, bringing to the stage the works created by guest choreographers. The artistic direction is by Michele Merola and Enrico Morelli.

The activity is addressed to choreographers or aspiring choreographers with the following requirements:

Formal entry requirements:

  • Having fulfilled compulsory education and training;
  • Residence or domicile in the Emilia-Romagna Region prior to enrolment in the activities;

Knowledge and skills in the performing arts sector acquired through:

  • Work or professional experience in the performing arts sector;
  • Non-formal or informal training experiences, including non-professional experiences;
  • Coherent tertiary education courses.

Basic requirements:

  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • 3 years certified dance studies;
  • English language LIV. B1;
  • Previous choreographic experience;
  • Supporting materials highlighting choreographic experience will be required.

Interested applicants must submit their application by e-mail (, filling in the application form which can be downloaded from the website

Deadline for submission of application form: 07/07/2021

There will be a technical/motivational admission selection.

The selection will be carried out by a committee chaired by Sveva Berti, director of the Aterballetto company, and composed of some renowned choreographers and professionals of the sector, and will take place through the analysis of the materials sent.

The commission will have the faculty to invite some candidates to a one-day guided workshop in Reggio Emilia, at the spaces of the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza. The documentation must be received by 07 JULY 2021.

The outcome of the selection will be notified by 31 JULY 2021. The modules will start in October 2021 and will continue until March 2022.