“Premio Roma Danza” for Choreography and Video-Dance: the finals

Final stages for the 2018 edition of Premio Roma Danza organized by Accademia Nazionale di Danza

Premio Roma Danza Choreography Video-Dance

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Official communiqué:

Premio Roma Danza

The Premio Roma Danza 2018 is a central activity in this year’s celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the National Academy of Dance, Beyond the Myth 1948-2018.

Now in its 16th edition, the competition has, since 2011, alternated annually between best performance for dancers and best choreography, placing talents from both disciplines and from around the world in the spotlights. From 8-12 July, 2018, the suggestive open-air Teatro Grande on the grounds of the National Academy of Dance, with the ancient Roman Palatine hill as backdrop, will host creations by choreographers representing a wide international panorama. A new video-dance section will be inaugurated for this occasion, presented in the Academy’s indoor Teatro Ruskaja in front of a special jury of experts in the area of technology applied to the arts. The Premio Roma Danza values excellence in the world of choreography – a special occasion that stimulates the creation of an artistic terrain in which artists share and compare, in keeping with the poetic sense of a never-ending quest for artistic achievement.  The historical heritage that marks the theme of this year’s annual celebrations also provides the setting for this 2018 edition of the Prize, which will bring to the stage performance action, moving images and bodies both physical and virtual, all parts of one greater whole.

The jury engaged to select the winners will include authoritative figures in the world of choreography, dance journalism and artistic programming. Presidents of the Jury for past editions have made their contributions to the recognized prestige of the Premio Roma Danza, and these include important international dance celebrities like Vladimir Vassiliev, Milorad Miscovitch, Jean Babilée, Ekaterina Maximova, Violette Verdy, Boris Akimov, Carla Fracci, Jorma Uotinen, Ushio Amagatsu and Susanne Linke.

The Prize Presentation Ceremony will take on July 12 at the National Academy’s open-air Teatro Grande in the presence of a knowledgeable public of dance professionals and students that continues to grow each year. In addition to cash prizes totaling some €16,000, further Special Prizes offered to emerging talents will include residencies, commissions and performance opportunities.

                                                       Maria Enrica Palmieri,
Director – National Academy of Dance, Rome

Members of the International Jury:

International Choreographic Competition


The dancer and choreographer Koffi Koko is known as one of the initiators and most prominent representatives of the modern African dance scene


Playwright and dance critic for Tanzjournal and Ballettanz. One of the main focuses of her work is reporting on the dance scenes of Eastern Europe, Israel and the Arab countries.


Artistic director of the festival Rencontres Choreographique de Carthage and of “We don’t contemporary” of Hamburg. Also member of the artistic commission for the Triennale l’Afrique Danse at the Institut Français in Paris


Coordinator and person in charge of special projects for Roma Europa Festival.


Choreographer, dancer and director of Maqamant Dance Theatre, the most dynamic choreographic centre in the mediterranean area. He is also founder of BIPOD annual festival for contemporary dance in Beirut.


Professor of performance studies and digital arts at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome. Expert in theoretical and historical studies on 20th century theatre and performance.


Director, screenwriter and cinematographer, currently jury member of David di Donatello movie awards. He is one of the most authoritative Italian experts in the field of high definition and its applications to cinema and television.

Names of the candidates selected for the semi-finals (listed according to time of application delivery):

Choreography Section:

  • Eulalia Di Pietro
  • Maria Grazia Minopoli
  • Sanga Ouattara
  • Hamdi Dridi – Lakhdher
  • Annarita Pasculli
  • Anna Hop
  • Hu Hu
  • Ioanna Strati
  • Gestum Project
  • Xu Yi Ming
  • Giorgio Movavero
  • Carlo Massari
  • Giovanni Napoli
  • Elena Salierno
  • Silvia Autorino​
Video-Dance Section:

  • Xiao Huang
  • Nail Long Song
  • Dasa Grgic
  • Francesca Vasta
  • Curzi – Giansante
  • Cora Gasparotti
  • Sonia Daniele
  • Angela Mingardo
  • Mariagiovanna Esposito

Monday 9 July

  • 9.30PM – Semi-finals for Group A competitors (Choreography Section) at Teatro Grande

Tuesday 10 July

  • From 5.00PM – Screening of Semi-finalists’ videos (Video-Dance Section) at Teatro Ruskaja
  • 9.30PM – Semi-finals for Group B competitors (Choreography Section) at Teatro Grande

Wednesday 11 July

  • From 5.00PM – Screening of Finalists’ videos (Video-Dance Section) at Teatro Ruskaja
  • ore 21,30 – Finals of the Premio Roma Danza 2018 at Teatro Grande

Thursday 12 July

Gala evening with Prize winners and with Rossella Battisti as MC. Within the event, the performance Omaggio a Cebron – MOBILE reconstructed by Beatrice Libonati (assistant: Cristina Caponera) and four short choreographic excerpts from the final performances of the four AND Schools will be staged.

  • from 6.00PM to 9.00PM the winning video of the Video-Dance Section will be screened at Teatro Ruskaja
  • from 9.30PM Award Presentation at Teatro Grande

Location: Accademia Nazionale di Danza, Largo Arrigo VII, 5, Roma, Italy
Free entrance on July 9-10-11 . It’s possible to book a free ticket for the Gala evening on July 12 by sending a mail to premioroma.and@gmail.com

Full credits can be seen on the official website premioromadanzaand.wixsite.com

“Isabella, Orlando and Melissa’s Charms”

Casa Internazionale delle Donne in Rome hosts a performance to raise funds for Vita di Donna Onlus

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Isabella, Orlando and Melissa’s Charms


Dosso Dossi – La maga Melissa

Five hundred years after the first edition of Orlando Furioso, the voyage to the Moon is the theme of an itinerant performance during which the audience is involved by the sorcerer Melissa in a sensory path that binds Isabella d’Este and her court to Ariosto’s characters and images, evoked by scenographic elements, sound, perfumes and live performance of music and dance reconstructed according the period’s treatises.

Ideation and coordination: Claudia Celi and Andrea Toschi

Adaptation and staging of Ariosto’s texts: Marco Paciotti e Lorenzo Pasquali – ONDADURTO TEATRO

Players: Francesco Bocchi, Simona Buompadre, Fiorella Cardinale Ciccotti, Claudia Celi, Maria Costantini, Paolo Di Segni

Music performers: Mauro Morini (trombone), Angela Paletta (shawm), Rosanna Rossoni (singing), Francesco Tomasi (lute, renaissance guitar), Andrea Toschi (recorder, curtal, ocarina)

Scenographic elements: IN SITU

Casa Internazionale delle Donne – via S. Francesco di Sales, 1a – Roma
17 June 2016 – 1st performance 8,45PM – 2nd performance 9,45PM

Free offer in favour of Vita di Donna Onlus
Limited places – book at (+39) 320-0557319 SOLD OUT

The no-profit Association Vita di Donna Onlus supplies free of charge advice, help by phone and e-mail for any women’s health problem, a clinic for urgent examinations and info about where to apply in the National Health System for any aspect of female health and sexuality.

Thanks for the collaboration to Accademia Nazionale di Danzaintestazione AND

Download  PDF poster


“Occhi ridenti” at Rothenfels: photos and backstage

Extended applause for students and faculty members performing at Burg Rothenfels for the Historical Dance Symposium  dedicated to Barbara Sparti

On 27 May the Castle of Burg Rothenfels (Bavaria, Germany) hosted – within the 4th Historical Dance Symposium entitled Dance in Italy, Italian Dance in Europe, 1400 – 1900 and dedicated to the memory of Barbara Sparti (1932-2013) – the performance Occhi ridenti. Music, song and dance between Cinquecento and early Seicento, a co-production by Accademia Nazionale di Danza (also endorsing the Symposium), Conservatorio “Luisa D’Annunzio” – Pescara present with its Recorder Consort, and Accademia di Belle Arti – L’Aquila that has made the costumes. The performance has drawn extended applause from the international audience formed by amateurs as well as by scholars and specialists in historical dancing and early music. The program with full credits is downloadable at this link.

Photos shot by Andrea Toschi

click on picture above to see a slide show from the backstage

For more info about the Symposium see our previous post

Fiesole (central Italy) will host the 4th Gamba Day

Featuring concerts, makers’ exhibition and a masterclass by Philippe Pierlot

Viola da Gamba day

Promoted by Scuola di Musica di Fiesole with artistic coordination by Bettina Hoffmann, Quarta Giornata della Viola da gamba will start on Saturday 14 May. During this two-day event gamba lovers from Italy and abroad  – professionals, teachers, students and amateurs – who will have an opportunity to play together, listen to recitals and to meet scholars and makers of instruments, bows and strings. Guest artist and teacher Philippe Pierlot will hold a masterclass and a recital. The closing event will be a collective open-air salute on the grass on the afternoon of Sunday 15.

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click on the image to download the program leaflet

Scuola di musica di Fiesole
Villa La Torraccia
San Domenico di Fiesole (Firenze)
via delle Fontanelle 24
tel. +39 055 5978527

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The programme of the 4th Historical Dance Symposium

In May 2016 Burg Rothenfels castle will host the international Symposium Italy and the Dance

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The official website has just published a complete programme for the Historical Dance Symposium – aimed at dancers, dance lovers and scholars – that will take place in the Burg Rothenfels am Main castle on 25-29 May 2016. This 4th edition of the Symposium, entitled Dance in Italy, Italian Dance in Europe, 1400 – 1900, is dedicated to the memory of Barbara Sparti (1932-2013) and – in accordance with the motto “research dance – dance research” – has as its goal “to bring together dancers and researchers and thus enable intensive interaction between the latest research and current dance practice”. The conference theme – that encompasses a period spanning from the treatises of the Humanistic period to the Italian National Unification – will unfold through lectures, research posters, practical workshops, short performances and social dance evenings with live music.

barbara spartiA large attendance is anticipated for this event, that has been organized in cooperation with several distinguished international partners such as Accademia Nazionale di Danza, ACRAS, AIRDanza, Derra de Moroda Dance Archives, The annual Oxford Dance Symposium, EADH, Early Dance Circle, Society of Dance History Scholars, Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society and through the activity of a Scientific Committee whose members are Irene Brandenburg, Claudia Celi, Véronique Daniels, Carol G. Marsh, Alessandro Pontremoli, Markus Lehner.

The Symposium has English and German as official languages. Further information can be found at these links:

“Di cento gemme peregrine e cento”. Music, dance and the power of stones in 17th century culture

For #digitalinvasions, a voyage through science, poetry, music and dance


Il Teatro della Memoria and the Museo di Mineralogia dell’Università La Sapienza will host on Tuesday  28 April a special event: a voyage through the Museum collections following the footsteps of Athanasius Kircher, the great broker of knowledge between magic, art and science in 17th century Rome. The stones mentioned in his books will be coupled with music of the period, performed on replicas of historical instruments, and with dances reconstructed following the treatises of the dancing masters.
The event is organized within the 2015 edition of #digitalinvasions, a project aimed at diffusing knowledge about the cultural heritage through the use of web and social media as well as at sensibilizing public and private institutions to the potential offered by these tools in order to achieve innovative projects for the co-creation of cultural value together with those that take part in the events. Museo Mineralogia 2
Museo Mineralogia 1 “Di cento gemme peregrine e cento”

  • Planning and coordination: Claudia Celi, Andrea Toschi
  • Dancers: Simona Buompadre, Claudia Celi, Paolo Di Segni
  • Musicians: Sabina Angelucci (recorder), Rosanna Rossoni (singing) Paolo Tagliapietra (spinet), Andrea Toschi (curtal, recorder)
Tuesday 28 april 2015 at 5.30 PM
Museo di Mineralogia Università “La Sapienza”
P.le Aldo Moro, 5 – 00185 Roma (Italy)
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IMPORTANT: entrance tickets are free but limited; in order to take part in the event it’s necessary to book before 27 April on the Eventbrite webpage at this link

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

A Tale of Shawms and Hoboys

Concert-lecture with Angela Paletta and young pupils in a Tuscan hamlet

Chiesa di San Giorgio at Montemerano: detail from the Assumption of the Virgin by Lorenzo di Pietro, known as Il Vecchietta

Next Saturday 24 May at 5.30PM the Biblioteca di Storia dell’Arte at Montemerano (Grosseto, Italy) will host the concert-lecture From the Shawm to the modern Oboe, an event organized by Accademia del Libro di Montemerano, Filarmonica “G. Verdi” di Montemerano and Il Teatro della Memoria, with the support of Comune di Manciano. During the meeting – curated by Il Teatro della Memoria – oboist Angela Paletta will illustrate the evolution of the instrument starting from Renaissance double reed aerophones (shawm, ciaramella). The musical repertories from the various periods will be exemplified with live performance by the speaker accompanied by Ilaria Castagnetti e Gabriele De Nisco – two young pupils of the Early music workshop L’Humor Bizzarro – and Andrea Toschi (bassoon). The historical oboes played by the students have been kindly provided by the maker Alberto Ponchio.

In Montemerano – besides the Chiesa di San Giorgio with 15th century frescoes and the Madonna della Gattaiola – it’s possible to visit the charming hamlet recently featured in the TV program Sereno Variabile (see link). Nearby are the scenic Cascate del Mulino thermal waterfall and the Terme di Saturnia spa.

Travel directions: from the Thyrrhenic coast you can reach Montemerano through Manciano (from Albinia take SS74 road, from Montalto di Castro SP105, from the Viterbo area follow the directions for Pitigliano or Valentano-Ischia di Castro-Farnese). From Grosseto take SS322 through Scansano. From Mount Amiata go through Saturnia. Navigator coordinates are 42.620772, 11.491468 – see map on Google Maps.

Saturday 24 May – 5.30PM
Biblioteca di Storia dell’Arte
Via del Bivio – Montemerano (Grosseto – Italy)

Above all, dance, never stop dancing!

The video message by Mourad Merzouki for the International Dance Day

This is the message posted by International Theatre Institute – ITI to celebrate the International Dance Day on 29 April 2014 (anniversary of the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre):

Every artist takes pride in his art.

Every artist will always defend the art form whose encounter has changed his life.

For that which he has sought and lost and for that which he has the burning desire to share: be it the echo of a voice, the discovered word, the interpretation of a text for humanity, the music without which the universe will stop speaking to us, or the movement which opens the doors to grace.

I have, for dance, not only the pride of a dancer and choreographer, but profound gratitude. Dance gave me my lucky break. It has become my ethics by virtue of its discipline and provided the means through which I discover the world daily.

Closer to me than anything else, it gives me strength each day through the energy and generosity as only dance can. Its poetry comforts me.

Could I say that I wouldn’t exist without dance? Without the capacity for expression it has given me? Without the confidence I have found in it to overcome my fears, to avoid dead ends?

Thanks to dance, immersed in the beauty and complexity of the world, I have become a citizen. A peculiar citizen who reinvents the social codes in the course of his encounters, remaining true to the values of the hip-hop culture which transforms negative energy into a positive force.

I live and breathe dance daily as an honour. But I am living with this honour deeply concerned. I witness around me the loss of bearings and the inability of some of the youth from the working class, growing up in tension and frustration, to imagine their future. I am one of them; so are we all. I am driven, perhaps more than others, by setting an example, to help them fuel their lust for life.

For isn’t society richer with the richness of each of us?

Culture, more than any discourse, unites. So have courage and take risks despite the obstacles and the hatred with which you will no doubt be confronted; the beauty of the world will always be by your side. Like dance has been for me. With its singular force to eliminate social and ethnic distinctions, leaving but the movement of bodies in their essence, of human beings returning to their pure expression, unique and shared.

I would like to end by quoting René Char whose words remind me daily to not let anyone confine us to scripted roles.

“Push your luck, hold on tight to your good fortune, and take your risk. Watching you, they will get used to it.”

So try, fail, start all over again but above all, dance, never stop dancing!

Mourad Merzouki

translation: Petya Hristova and Charlene Lim

Accademia Nazionale di Danza, the High Education Institution for Dance located in Rome (Italy), takes part in the events of the International Dance Day 2014 with an Open Day. To see the PDF detailed program with credits and schedule, click on the picture:

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Nostos: the return Voyage

Ten Alumni from Accademia Nazionale di Danza will feature as guest teachers in the Danza con noi! Festival


click on the picture for the program in PDF format

Under the title Nostos: viaggio di ritorno, on January 20th will open the 8th edition of Festival dell’Accademia Nazionale di Danza (AND), the Higher Dance Education Istitution presently directed by Maestro Bruno Carioti.

Quoting directly from the project’s explanatory notes:

Even if temporary and occasional, the theme of nostos – return in Greek – is always experienced as a reconquest of lost roots. Coming back, after many years spent away from the bosom where one has been formed as a person and a dancer, allows one to draw from the archetipal myth of the adventurous voyage of Ulisses as told by Homerus.

Ten workshops will thus be featured, held by former AND students who return after having reaped sucess in the international classical and contemporary dance panorama as dancers, teachers and choreographers.

Through these seminars, AND Triennio (three-year degree) students will have an opportunity to study with teachers and choreographers  who have been AND pupils and have brought themselves up-to-date in the various dance idioms, styles and techniques, focusing their attention on short excerpts from choreographies in the classical and contemporary repertory, also with an attention to pas-de-deux and improvisational techniques. Each seminar will end with a short demonstration-performance in front of an audience.

This is the full seminar schedule:

Alberto Montesso 20-25 January
Livio Panieri 3-8 February
Fabio Grossi 10-15 February
Fabrizio Angelini 17-22 February
Guido Pistoni 3-8 March
Alessandra Sini 10-15 March
Caterina Rago 17-22 March
Giovanni Di Palma 24-29 March
Giorgia Maddamma 31 March -5 April
Walter Matteini 7-12 April

Teatro Ruskaja – Accademia Nazionale di Danza
Largo Arrigo VII, 5 – Roma (Italy)
Info: phone (+39) 06-5717621 – webpage www.accademianazionaledanza.it