Dance paths with a view on the Palatine

The students of Accademia Nazionale di Danza perform classical and contemporary choreographies

Before the splendid backdrop of the Roman skyline, the Accademia Nazionale di Danza (AND) intense study year was crowned by the students’ performances in the Teatro Grande on the Aventine Hill, with a huge number of pupils taking part in the nights that were respectively dedicated to classical repertory and to contemporary idioms. On 24, 25 and 26 July the series was opened by the ballet Coppélia, in a choreographic reconstruction by Salvatore Capozzi following Arthur Saint-Léon, Lev Ivanov and Enrique Martinez. This playful and lively edition of a full length ballet highlighted the technical and interpretative quality, the freshness and the joy of dancing and acting of the pupils, from the youngest ones to the the budding stars already fit to tread on the stages of major theatres. Rebecca Storani and Camilla Cerulli alternated in the role of Swanilda, respectively partnered by Diego Mulone and Yuri Mastrangeli. Distinguished and amusing in the role of Coppélius, Fabio Grossi appeared as guest star.

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In the following evenings from 28 to 30 June (this last one was a benefit for Caritas) the students from the higher courses were the versatile protagonists of Segni d’Autore, performing with excellent results four contemporary chorerographies in different styles: Scramble by Merce Cunningham reproduced by Susana Hayman-Chaffey, C’è Tempo by Giorgio Rossi, Portraits of a strange family by Guillaume Siard and Ballet inoffensif by Mauro Bigonzetti. A path, from the 60’s of the last century to the present, that looks to the future without dissipating the teachings of the 20th century masters.

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At the base of the success of the performances, all attended by a numerous audience, besides the valid guidance of guest teachers was the soundness of a Higher Education Institution that has fully shown its capacity of teamwork thanks to the professionals that work regularly for AND, directed by Maestro Bruno Carioti, and to those that were contracted for this Summer season 2014, produced with the support of Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca and of Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo. In the next days the season continues with Premio Roma Danza (see previous post).

The photos, shot during the opening nights, are by Cristiano Castaldi.

See th full credits in the  PDF Program

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