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Nicoletta We also meet a Manni in "La fascinating artist who Bayadère" won our D&D Award (© BresciaAmisano/ this past season: the Teatro alla American dancer Scala) Breanna O’Mara, who has performed countless Pina Bausch works with the Tanztheater Wuppertal and is muse to Dimitris Papaioannou for his recent Transverse Orientation. Choreographing in Italy for the first time is Eyal Dadon, commissioned by Aterballetto. The Israeli choreographer was inspired by childhood and the child’s voice that is in all of us. Also in this number, we meet the multitalented Eric Gauthier – company director, choreographer, musician and much more – who is tackling new projects, as always. There have been a number of recent premieres around the world, watched by our critics: from Tamara Rojo’s ‘premonitory’ (in terms of war) new version of “Raymonda” for the English National Ballet, and the La Scala production of Nureyev’s “Bayadère” in Milan, away from the Paris Opera for the first time ever; and Christian Spuck’s “Monteverdi” at the Zurich Opera. Lastly, exactly fifty years after the birth of Contact Improvisation, we attempt to reflect on what the practice represents today through the words of its founder Steve Paxton and others.
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After two years in a pandemic, we could see a glimmer of light; but now, a new darkness has fallen on the world, with inevitable effects on our sector too. Once again, circumstances forced us to change the contents of this issue at the last minute, correcting world dance news and the events calendar given that some premieres have been cancelled (Alexei Ratmansky’s Art of the Fugue at the Bolshoi), ballet directors have handed in their resignations (Laurent Hilaire from the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre), and Russian and Ukrainian companies have suspended their international tours. Still, you’ll see that this issue is as full of interest as ever. Starting with our cover star, Marco Goecke, whose magical, signature style has made him one of the most in-demand choreographers at major European companies; he is director at Ballett Hannover and associate choreographer at Nederlands Dans Theater and Gauthier Dance in Stuttgart.
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MARCO GOECKE With his magical, signature style, he’s possibly the choreographer most in demand among major European companies. He is associate choreographer at NDT and Gauthier Dance as well as being director and in-house choreographer at Ballett Hannover.
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ERIC GAUTHIER His mantra is eclecticism, and “cool” is the right adjective to describe this choreographer, company and festival director, musician, rock singer and TV presenter.
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The Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch dancer and muse to Dimitris Papaioannou. Known for her irony and Botticellian looks, O’Mara is an artist in constant transformation.
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EYAL DADON He may be young, but he’s already renowned worldwide. The Israeli choreographer makes his Italian debut with a new creation for Aterballetto, in which he goes in search of the “kid inside us that we must never forget to listen to”.
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CONTACT IMPROVISATION Exactly fifty years from its birth, we reflect on what this practice is today, through the words of its founder, Steve Paxton, and others.
da n z a & da n z a i n t e r n at i o n a l No. 30 March/April 2022 (Italian Edition No. 303) Editor-in-Chief Maria Luisa Buzzi
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