Ilenia Romano @ Sarayyet Ramallah, Palestina

Ilenia Romano is hosted by Sarayyet Ramallah during their summer programme, dedicated to introducing the world of performing arts to the local population and to encourage the presence of qualified artists in Palestine, so that they can work with children, teenagers and young people. Ilenia’s stay is abruptly interrupted due to the intensification of hostilities in Gaza, which makes it more prudent to leave the country. The experience is a source of confrontation with artists and partners and both Sarayyet and Ilenia express their desire to continue their collaboration as soon as possible.

“From the moment I arrived in Tel Aviv, on the taxi ride to Ramallah, I knew it was going to be a particularly intense experience. Those landscapes, the people, already stood out inside me without the possibility of escaping me.
Going through the check points, prepared in advance by the suggestions of my companion, immediately opened my eyes to the complex political situation of which we all know but which takes on a completely different significance when we experience it on our skin.
The taxi driver and I stop to buy fruit for his family, then continue on to the hotel. Strangely I feel at home. “

“I was struck by the kindness and respect that everyone has always shown me, even with unexpected gestures and gifts. Wherever I went, I always felt hearts around me open to welcoming. “

“In the first two days of getting to know the group, through practical work, I understand that I have to review the ways and objectives of my research and probably the reasons why I am there.
I try to shape my research so that I can deal with the essential technical issues, I leave the little ones more freedom to play with my proposals by physically interacting with them continuously (body language is the only one with which we can understand each other), I create small movement games that can entertain them linked to the themes of investigation, I leave a small space of composition to the older girls to be able to dedicate myself to each one, taking care of their technique and interpretation specifically.
I feel that their interest and their way of participating change day by day … Maybe I have found the right channels. “

“I greet everyone, they invite me to come back next year, they tell me that this is my second home. The feeling I had on my arrival is confirmed by their words. “

Andrea Costanzo Martini @ Cambio Festival, Brazil

Andrea Costanzo Martini is hosted at Cambio Festival for an exchange of practices with local artists, which also includes open lessons, the presentation of his solo “Trop” and meetings with the audience and other artists from the area.
The choreographer selected, together with the direction of Cambio, 5 participants who attended a series of rehearsals, lasting 4-5 hours each. Each rehearsal included a lesson with Andrea Costanzo Martini, followed by a few hours of choreographic research. The work created was then presented in the form of a semi-formal sharing in the Theater of “Cidad dos Atores”.

“The choreographic research has mainly touched the theme of family. Personal stories, reflections, questions presented both verbally and physically and images extrapolated from personal memories have gone into the creation of this short piece of about 13 minutes.
The value of this meeting went far beyond the physical and artistic research per se. “

“I met a completely different reality from the one I am used to work in, of five performers from extremely different social and economic backgrounds. I had the opportunity to touch the reality of a country marked by extreme contradictions through the lens of artistic creation and dance. Our meetings extended beyond the scheduled time to find out what it means to be an actor, a dancer in Brazil. I was lucky enough, among other things, to attend a Samba and to have a detailed exposition of the value of the Carnival in Rio by a dancer who actively participates in it every year. “

“My strongest impression was that of a truly dynamic and creative community struggling with an absolutely disastrous economic situation (especially in the last four years) and completely dependent on itself trying to reach the most isolated and less wealthy communities of the city. A community animated by the desire for exchange, encounter, and meaning. “

Unterwasser @ Cambio Festival, Brazil

Giulia De Canio, Valeria Bianchi and Aurora Buzzetti travel to Brazil for a residency focused on their “Boxes” project, installations for a single spectator and created with different craft techniques, coming exactly from this area of the world. The local partner Cambio Festival put the company in contact with several local experts, who contributed to their research and to improve their techniques.

Thanks to the hospitality at the scenography laboratory of Sede Cia dos Atores in Rio de Janeiro, the three artists had the opportunity to design and create three new “Boxes”, who will return to Italy with them to meet new spectators.

“Thanks to the generosity of Malu Costa, Romolo Chindelar and Lucas Popeta, who gave us their personal vision of the city.”

Annamaria Ajmone @cont-act contemporary dance festival, Singapore

Annamaria Ajmone reaches Singapore for the second part of the Grey Space project, an experimentation that wants to leave room for research and analyze the relationship between artists and producers.
The project is conceived and promoted by T.H.E Dance Company, Singapore, and provides that artists from different nations can gather in a welcoming and congenial context to meet, present their practices, verify the possibility of finding common themes and dynamics on which to work in groups.

To identify and support the artists, an informal international network was created: in addition to Crossing the sea, it comprises Oduro Akita International Dance Festival (Japan), Hong Kong Dance Exchange (Hong Kong), Contemporary Dance Exchange (Macao), Indonesian Dance Festival (Indonesia), BIPAM Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting (Thailand), Arabesque Dance Company (Vietnam).

In 2021, the artists carried out a digital residency; in 2022, they finally met to work together for two weeks, after which they presented a work in progress. Annamaria worked on the theme of “radio therapy”, born from the fusion of ideas with Pakhamon Much Hemachandra (Thailand) and Nguyen Chung (Vietnam): an immersive performance / installation was born, in which the audience is invited to take part in the ” therapy “by moving freely in a space.

For 2023, we want to verify the interest of the partners in hosting a subsequent work moment of the artists to finalize the creation.

“Looking at the skyscrapers is one of the most beautiful things, if you like architecture a little, but the jungle is sovereign and it will rebel anyway. This, of what is where perhaps it shouldn’t be. Will the roots of the plants split the asphalt, will they devour the city? “

“I had met Much and Chung already online a few times. We chose each other, randomly, and perhaps out of mutual fascination. But meeting us in Singapore somehow also explained to us why we chose each other. Perhaps because of our” impropriety “. “

“It was beautiful and difficult. Beautiful, because I believe in the value of all exchange projects, exchange knowledge and make it circulate; I believe in the circulation of information, I believe that art must be fluid, and we with it. An ecological thought , to create from what already exists, there is nothing new, but different manifestations. “

“We arrived at the day before without really knowing what we were going to present and then we chose to make an experiential choice, to share with others the experience we were having. I don’t know if that is the final form, but it is certainly the form that in that moment was thinkable and right for us. I was very happy that we were able to be so honest with our research. “

Crossing the sea online showcase @ YPAM

With mobility blocked up, YPAM organizes its 2021 edition using a hybrid format, with Swapcard as networking and exchange platform for artists and professionals from all around the world.
“Crossing the sea” is invited to propose a digital showcase, with our artists “on stage” for the whole month of December: Collettivo Cinetico, Andrea Costanzo Martini, Dewey Dell, Nicola Galli, Salvo Lombardo, mk, Ludovico Paladini, Panzetti Ticconi e Sotterraneo.

During the networking programme, “Crossing the sea” is presented to Japanese and international professionals; it is also realised a special session together with Kinosaki International Art Center, partner involved in the scheduled 2022 residency exchange between Italy and Japan.

Marco D’Agostin @ Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival

Marco D’Agostin reached Palestine for a re-staging residency, a workshop and a show.
The artist had the support of Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival to put on stage again “Everything is ok”, that was also presented in the festival’s programme. He also proposed to local and international artists a practices’ exchange based on the concepts of body and memory.

“Last sunset over Ramallah. The light gilds the air.

From afar, the skyline of Tel Aviv reminds us that not only planes fly through the sky, but missiles too. That here the borders are a real and heavy stuff, that cannot be crossed.

Backlit spectators, leaving the theater.
Go to the theater, again. Go to the theater, always.
Dancing on all these heavy shadows, these thuds, these pains.
Still a sunset, still dancing.”

UnterWasser @ Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival

UnterWasser company landed in Palestine to take part in Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival. During their stay, Giulia De Canio and Valeria Bianchi proposed a workshop on paper manipulation involving local artists, then presented in the programme their “Boxes”, evocative installations for one spectator at a time.

“We fell between the rocks of Ramallah and we saw shows, drank Arak, ate hummus, heard stories. We tried again the childhood feeling of not understanding the language, the alphabet, the value of coins.

We learned about passports that are useless, people who see the sea from the window but cannot reach it, a permanent art studio founded in the Shatila camp – where exactly 40 years ago massacres took place and where today boys and girls train together, work, experiment with artistic and theatrical techniques.

We observed the landscape from the plane’s windows – you cannot see boundary lines from here, dividing the mountains, dividing the seas.”


>UnterWasser Company has been founded in 2014 by Valeria Bianchi, Aurora Buzzetti and Giulia De Canio. The company places itself at the border between Visual theatre and Contemporary Art, exploring how the two overlap and creating an original, poetic language. The focus is on the artistic object, the handcraft, the image, the sculpture.
The performance is a Mobile Installation to be enjoyed in the evolving of the scenes (frames), in the fluidity of their flowing, in the sequence of not-hidden transformations of the matter, in changing of perspectives and points of view, that bring on the scene the principle of editing as used in cinema.
We are fascinated by the extraordinary possibility offered by Visual Theatre of opening doors on the scene, gashes that bring the public in poetic, dreamlike and fantastic worlds, empty canvas on which the eye of each spectator can project meanings and evoke memories and emotions. We believe that the public has an active role.
The author is a guide but it is the spectator who composes the show within himself. The images are inspired from the world of dreams, a well from which to draw suggestions from the inner universe. The use of words is limited, most of the times absent. The sound track becomes an integral part of the dramaturgy.


Ludovico Paladini

Ludovico Paladini, nato a Roma nel 199,8 è un danzatore/performer attivo in Italia, Francia e Svizzera. Ottiene un Bachelor in Danza Contemporanea alla Manufacture Haute Ecole des Art de la scene a Lausanne, Svizzera, nel 2020.
Nell’ottobre 2020 ha lavorato da interprete con la compagnia Alias nella creazione In C. Nel febbraio 2021, insieme ai suoi compagni della Manufacture, ha presentato lo spettacolo A Dance Climax, coreografato da Mathilde Monnier e presentato in occasione di Antigel Festival a Ginevra.
Dal 2020 è in creazione da interpete con la coreografa Olivia Grandville in Francia.
Dal dicembre 2020 lavora come coreografo con AMAT e MARCHE TEATRO, per la produzione del suo assolo Tales of FreeDoom.
Nel Settembre 2021 è interprete nello Spettacolo L’amour de la fille et du garcon coreografato da Prisca Harsch e Pascal Gravat nel quadro del festival della Batie a Ginevra.

Tales of FreeDoom
Cadenza, tre


Il gruppo mk si occupa di coreografia e performance dal 2000 e ruota intorno ad un nucleo originario di performer e progettualità condivise e trasversali. Il gruppo è da subito invitato nei più importanti festival della nuova scena in Italia e all’estero.
Tra le produzioni recenti: Robinson (2014) coprodotto da Teatro di Roma ha debuttato al Teatro Argentina; Veduta (2016) un’indagine immersiva sul paesaggio e la prospettiva urbana; Bermudas (2017-2018), lavoro sul moto perpetuo e il movimento puro costruito per un numero intercambiabile di interpreti (premio Danza&Danza come miglior spettacolo di danza 2018; premio UBU 2019 come miglior spettacolo di danza nella versione Bermudas_forever); Parete Nord (2018) nato nell’ambito del programma Alcotra Italia-Francia, coprodotto da Torinodanza 2018 e ospitato fra gli altri da Teatro Argentina di Roma, Triennale di Milano e Festival Fabbrica Europa / Teatro La Pergola di Firenze.
Con Pezzi anatomici (2020) comincia un nuovo ciclo di indagine aperta al pubblico in tutte le sue fasi, costruita intorno al lavoro di ricerca in sala prove e alla coabitazione stabile del gruppo al Teatro India di Roma per il progetto Oceano Indiano 2020-21.
La performance EDEN (2020), ideata dal Festival BolzanoDanza/Tanz Bozen, con coreografie di Carolyne Carlson, Michele Di Stefano, e Rachid Ouramdane ha ricevuto il premio speciale Danza&Danza dell’anno.
Nel 2021 mk, in collaborazione con il musicista Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch e con il cantante americano di origine irachena Amir El Saffar, debutta al Festival Aperto di Reggio Emilia e a Torinodanza con Maqam, progetto coprodotto da Ring che vede in rete i festival citati insieme a FOG Triennale di Milano e BolzanoDanza.
Alla circuitazione degli spettacoli si affiancano conferenze, laboratori e proposte sperimentali: la Piattaforma della Danza Balinese al Festival di Santarcangelo 2014-15, i progetti per la BiennaleDanza 2013-14-15 e BiennaleTeatro 2019, workshop e percorsi formativi presso la Scuola Paolo Grassi di Milano, Anghiari Dance Hub, la Scuola del Teatro Stabile di Torino e l’Università IUAV, fra gli altri.
Il coreografo Michele Di Stefano ha ricevuto commissioni coreografiche da Aterballetto, Korean National Contemporary Dance Company e Nuovo Balletto di Toscana. È consulente della programmazione danza (Grandi Pianure) del Teatro di Roma, è stato co-curatore del progetto Giacimenta per Matera 2019, ideatore dei cicli di performance BUFFALO (presso Palazzo delle Esposizioni e MACRO Roma). Nel 2018 ha curato la sezione Outdoor del Festival BolzanoDanza-Tanz Bozen.
Nel 2014 riceve il Leone d’argento per l’innovazione nella danza alla Biennale di Venezia e nel 2018 il premio Nico Garrone.


Pezzi anatomici
Parete Nord