Orsolina 28 supports new artistic productions in the fields of dance and performance, hosting and providing accommodation to choreographers from all over the world for creative residency periods with the availability of rehearsal halls of the highest level and a full immersion in the nature and the peace of a unique region like Monferrato. Applications can be submitted by sending project concepts, biographies of choreographers and performers, photographic material and videos.SEND REQUEST
Sofia Nappi | Compagnia Komoco
02 - 20 OCTOBER 2020
“The universe is movement as an end in itself, pleasure to create, vitality that is constantly renewed: everything is dance.
It is implicit, in this perspective, a message: you are not alone; however precarious, isolated, or desperate you may feel, you participate in one immense dance; [...]
If you want to become aware of this union and perceive reality in its deepest essence, dance".
“Esperienze delle Vette” di Piero FerrucciThe name "Ima" is a Japanese term indicating "the present moment"; in Aramaic and Hebrew "Ima" also stands for "mother", referring to rebirth and renewal. IMA was imagined during the period of social distancing due to COVID-19 emergency. IMA is a choreographic project for 5 dancers of the company KOMOCO, directed by Sofia Nappi, born on commission of Marie Chouinard, director of the 14th Contemporary Dance Festival of the Venice Biennale. The premiere of a short version of the work (20 minutes) will be presented in Venice on October 22, 2020
Sofia Nappi, choreographer and professional dancer, graduated in 2017 from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City to then deepen her studies with Hofesh Shechter and the Batsheva Dance Company, where she is currently training as an ambassador of Gaga technique, Ohad Naharin’s movement language. Interpreter of works signed by internationally renowned artists including Sita Ostheimer, Jon Ole Olstad, Alvin Ailey, Brice Mousset, Alessio Silvestrin, Sidra Bell, Netta Yerushalmy, Juel D. Lane, Clifton Brown, Earl Mosley, Robert Moses, she is the artistic director and co-founder of her project KOMOCO together with the composer and violinist Alice Nappi.
Their very first creation won the 3rd prize at the Netherlands Choreography Competition 2018. Later Sofia Nappi was resident choreographer at Nimbus Dance Works (New York, USA) for her creation Wabi-Sabi, which was invited to be presented at OFFLINE Pro Arts (Jersey City, NJ), The Bridge for Dance (Manhattan, NY), The Evening of Contemporary Dance (Brooklyn, NY), Short and Sweet Festival (Hollywood, CA) and CreateArt (Manhattan, NY) during the months of October and November 2018.
In 2019 Sofia Nappi won the international call for young choreographers at the Venice Biennale, under the direction of Marie Chouinard. For the year 2020 Sofia was commissioned 6 world premieres, including a new creation for Nimbus Dance Company premiering at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and she won the Showcase 2020 Call as a young choreographer with a new commission for EgriBianco Danza, for DART Dance Company in Budapest and for the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel.
Komoco Company: Theo Arran, Lara Di Nallo, Sofia Nappi, Paolo Piancastelli, Michele Scappa
Graham For Europe | sml Dance
11 - 15 SEPTEMBER 2020
"Perhaps if we can start by looking at opposition differently and always with a sense of ‘evolution’, we could take away its dominance on us. That no matter what happens, after we wipe our tears and attend to our wounds, we vow to turn it into something better and beautiful. Perhaps in doing so, we would feel less victimized, less angry and less afraid.” REBIRTH is a piece commissioned to Graham for Europe by sml Dance, a dance performance curation and incubation company. REBIRTH is about the cyclical nature of life. The constant discovery and re-discovery, about ourselves and about each other. This dance work will be choreographed and performed by a group of young contemporary artists who have all the same dance language in heritage: one created by the modern dance pioneer Martha Graham who opened the pathway into self-discovery, into connecting emotion into motion. The Graham artists will use the same physical sources and in-depth discoveries to speak to this time, their time, and develop their own voice forged in the rich history of modern dance that is to be re-discovered and to be born to the instant.
“Every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.” ~ Kafka and The Doll
Jean Baptiste Ferreira
Rafael Molina (founder of Graham for Europe)
Graham For Europe is a European organization connecting the Graham community on the continent and fostering collaboration within European countries and with the Martha Graham Center in New York. Through master classes, conferences and other resources, it takes the Graham legacy into the future, maintaining the creative process alive and open to new Graham artists.
Photo: Thierry Bé
5 - 10 AUGUST 2020
Purgatorio is a solo for a male dancer – Daniele Delvecchio. A project to approach the divine and the spiritual through dance and religious music such as St John Passion of Johan Sebastian Bach. A research of movements with the dancer to indicate a dialog with a spirit (person passed away). It will be an introspection of a human missing the beloved one, gone. It is as well, a state of mind when you go through contact with the spiritual and the devine to feel the presence of this missing person, and the struggle to live feeling alone.
Julien Guérin began his dance studies at the La Rochelle Conservatory in France at the age of 9 and completed his training at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. After he was graduated with the State Degree as a Ballet Teacher from Centre National de la Danse de Paris in 2005, Julien joined the English National Ballet. In 2006, he performed with the Ballet of the National Opera of Bordeaux and the Scottish Ballet before joining Les Ballets de Monte Carlo from 2007 until 2019. As a choreographer, Julien has created his first piece “Suite de danse en Concerto" when he was a student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Over the last eight years he was commissioned for the Académie Princesse Grace in Monaco, the Beijing Dance Academy in China, the Cannes Jeune Ballet Rosella Hightower for the festival " le Printemps des Arts" and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo in several showcases promoting choreography. In 2013, he was nominated as a Protégé for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. In 2014 Julien was a recipient of the New York Choreographic Institute (affiliate of New York City Ballet) where he created "Beaudelaireans Souls" in association with the Composer Gity Razaaz for the music perfomed with the musicians of Julliard School. In January 2018, he was selected in the 6 finalists among more than 40 applicants all over Europe of the Emergent Choreographers Contest held at the Opera National de Bordeaux. In May 2018, he conceived a new piece “Les labilités amoureuses” created for the Contest, awarded by the "Fondation de la danse" and receiving the Audience Award after the performance. In October 2019, he created a world premiere “Demons & Merveilles” for the Ballet Opera de Nice (Eric Vu An). In December 2019, he created “Scaramouche” for the Ballet de l’Opéra Grand Avignon with the Avignon-Provence Orchestra. Now he's creating a new ballet with all the students at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.
Photo: Alice Blangero
16 - 20 JULY 2020
To the Mother of all mothers.
To her, full of grace, refuge of every child, Laccioland Company inspires and dedicates a dance that is prayer, lament, celebration and anger.
She, the Muse of values and blessings, who represents both divine energy and earthly strength.
Because nothing in the world is stronger than maternal love, which transcends space and time, knowing no end but only the beginning.
And in this tribute of unconditional love, the dancers reveal their gratitude.
Laccioland Company, was born in 2012 as a fresh experimentation of analysis and original development of hip hop styles.
Hip Hop stripped down to its essence and bare expression - its techniques reinterpreted with a new corporal take that is characteristically Laccio.
A young self produced all-male dancers company, Laccioland Company debuted with its first production, "CRE/AZIONE" in Catania at Scenario Pubblico, National Dance Production Centre.
The company has taken part in several national and international festivals and exhibitions including Idaco in New York.
Photo: Julien Benhamou
1 - 8 DECEMBER 2019
"A new creation for Evan McKie and Shale Wagman"
A new Version inspired on original Sergej Prokofiev Cinderela’s Music.
Trained at the Brazilian Dance Conservatory in Rio de Janeiro, Juliano Nunes (b.1990) furthered his studies at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts. Joining Companies such as Royal Ballet of Flanders, Leipzig Opera Ballet, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Stuttgart Gauthier Dance.
He has worked with choreographers such as William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Hans van Manen, Jirí Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Yuri Grigorovich, Akram Kahn and others.
He has gone on to receive critical acclaim for his own choreography and has created pieces for the Royal Ballet in London, Nederlands Dans Theatre 2, Acosta Danza, Pennsylvania Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre and a new Netflix series “Tiny Pretty Things”, and he worked with FKA Twigs for a special performance at the Jimmy Fallon Late night show.
Drew Jacoby / Lucius
15 - 26 NOVEMBER 2019
"Not Yet Titled"
Drew Jacoby returns for a creative residency in Orsolina28 to work with recording artists Lucius on their newest vision. Not yet titled, it is a mix of music, choreography and visual displays exploring themes of connection and humanity, and bringing focus to their relationship with desire and technology in the modern age.
Drew Jacoby has performed work from a wide range of choreographers including George Balanchine, Jiri Kylián, William Forsythe, Maurice Bejart, Pina Bausch, and Jean Christophe Maillot and had works created on her by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Crystal Pite, Edouard Lock, Christopher Wheeldon, Marco Goecke, and Alonzo King. In 2008 she founded her own company based in New York, Jacoby and Pronk, which toured to venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, Belgrade Dance Festival, and Holland Dance Festival. While in NYC, she also danced with Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses. In 2012 Drew joined Nederlands Dans Theater, before joining Royal Ballet of Flanders as a principal dancer in 2015. In 2016 she collaborated on a video with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and musical/visual artist Woodkid in Paris. In 2018 she was nominated for a Benois de la Danse award for her performance in Pina Bausch’s Cafe Muller.
Every Lucius song is an act of enchantment, a spell cast by the indelibly harmonies and taut hooks. The band, founded and fronted by the enchanting Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, have drawn acclaim for powerful songs, mesmerizing stage presence and bold visual aesthetics. Over the past two years, Wolfe and Laessig joined Roger Waters band, the Pink Floyd legend, for nearly 200 tour dates. In 2018 Wolfe and Laessig join Lucius drummer Dan Molad and guitarist Peter Lalish to create the album NUDES: a collection of acoustically driven songs showcasing their otherworldly harmonies, including covers of songs like the folk staple “Goodnight, Irene” (recorded with Waters himself). The band has performed sets at Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, End of The Road, Reading and Leeds Festivals and more and shared the stage with a variety of musicians including Kacey Musgraves, Jack White, Mavis Staples, Sara Bareilles, Tegan and Sara and David Byrne. In addition to the collection of acoustic recordings NUDES and their two studio albums Wildewoman (2014) and Good Grief (2016), the band has also collaborated on records with John Legend, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, The War on Drugs and many more.
Creative: Drew Jacoby x Lucius
Credit: Matthew Brush
09 - 21 JUNE 2019
Melting Walls is a collaborative dance/oral history film project that will capture the journeys of 10 social dance leaders from hustle, zouk, and Argentine tango who have immigrated to North America. It will show through dance and clips of their interviews how their adaptability has transformed them and influenced their communities. The choreographed portion which will be created and filmed at Orsolina28 will focus on the themes of journey and empathy through the languages of contact improvisation, house, and Argentine tango. Because these dances require a high level of listening when improvising, the movement research was focused on improvisation. Yiannis Logothetis and Cindy Salgado plan to see how much they can maintain a heightened state of empathy through the creation process and choreography as well. Yazmany Arboleda and Devin Jamieson will be filming and editing the entire project at Orsolina28, which will give time for the filming to be choreographed for a similar level of sensitivity. At a time when the judgements made against immigrants in the US are so disconnected from the reality of who these humans actually are, Melting Walls will bring light to the way some of those journeys have made positive contributions in our society.
Cindy Salgado has been a proud member of Crystal Pite's Kidd Pivot since 2009. Since graduating from the Juilliard School with the Princess Grace Award in 2005, she has performed with Aszure Barton and Artists, Peter Chu’s ChuThis, and on various projects for Mia Michaels and Andy Blankenbuehler. As a choreographer, Cindy has collaborated with writers Alejandro Rodriguez and Daniel Watts, directors Jesse Perez and Mauricio Salgado, choreographers Yvon Crazy Smooth Soglo of B-boyizm and Jermaine Spivey, and cinematographers Yazmany Arboleda and Devin Jamieson among other great artists. Cindy is a faculty member for New York City Dance Alliance and the co-founder of Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP). She was an Assistant Rehearsal Director for Cedar Lake and has assisted on Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium and in preproduction on Hamilton, In The Heights, and other Broadway shows. One of her most recent creations was this film project: www.hadsheneveraskedme.com
20 - 26 APRIL 2019
Left Hand was created by Drew Jacoby at Orsolina 28 in April 2019. The work premiered at the International Ballet Star Gala in Taipei, Taiwan in May 2019. The piece was set to Chopin’s Opus 25: No. 7. A piece that is unlike the composer’s typical display of technical virtuosity, this étude focuses instead on perfect sound and phrasing, particularly for the left hand. To add a layer of futurism and mystery to the composition, Jacoby commissioned composer and sound designer, Nicholas Robert Thayer, to weave modern synthetic sounds into the original piano piece, enhancing ambience and depth. Exploring the concept of left handedness and it’s negative stigma in society, the dancer is alienated, and almost alien like in her signature quirky movement.
Drew Jacoby was born in Boise, Idaho (USA) in 1984. She studied at the School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She has performed work from a wide range of choreographers including George Balanchine, Jiri Kylián, William Forsythe, Maurice Bejart, Pina Bausch, and Jean Christophe Maillot and had works created on her by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Crystal Pite, Edouard Lock, Christopher Wheeldon, Marco Goecke, and Alonzo King. Her professional career began with Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet in 2002. In 2005 she was invited to join Sylvie Guillem’s Japan tour, performing alongside dancers from The Royal Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet. In 2008 she founded her own company based in New York, Jacoby and Pronk, which toured to venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, Belgrade Dance Festival, and Holland Dance Festival. While in NYC, she also danced with Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses. In 2012 Drew joined Nederlands Dans Theater, before joining Royal Ballet of Flanders as a principal dancer in 2015. In 2016 she collaborated on a video with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and musical/visual artist Woodkid in Paris. In 2018 she was nominated for a Benois de la Danse award for her performance in Pina Bausch’s Cafe Muller.
Alan Lucien Øyen
01 - 19 APR 2019
"Story, story, die."
Through contemporary words and movements, Story, story, die. looks at the interdependency between lies
and love: The things we do to be liked.
It explores how we constantly re-arrange everyday life into stories in an attempt to craft a desirable narrative – how we "lie" about ourselves and “stage” reality for each other - as we meet in person or through social media. Relentlessly seeking approval – a fast and fading "conditional" love, dependent on success and happiness.
The culture of narcissism among the current “Me” generation is stronger than ever. But the happiness we aspire to is fleeting. It’s stasis. We’re neither happy, nor sad; sated but not satisfied:
Watch Me, Want Me, Hug Me, Hold Me, Hurt Me, Hate Me, Help Me, Hide Me, Stop Me, Try Me, Trust Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, Catch Me, Keep Me, Remember Me, Call Me, Find Me, Fuck Me, Follow Me, Fake Me, Like Me, Love Me, Love Me, Love Me, Love Me, Love Me...”
Alan is one of the most exciting artists from Norway today, whose work as writer, director and choreographer has been highly acclaimed in his home country and abroad. After graduating from the School of Art in Oslo, Alan danced with The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance, Carte Blanche and Amanda Miller's company Pretty Ugly before establishing winter guests – an international multidisciplinary touring company. Alan is currently artistic director of winter guests and Associated Artist with The Norwegian National Opera and Ballett.winter guests tells stories of the contemporary world with words, video, music and movement. The works are based on real-life experiences, including original text, transcribed recordings and improvisations - presenting their avant-garde theatre and dance in both independent venues and in the context of opera houses.
They have won several awards and gained international acclaim while touring more than 20 countries for performances and residencies at places such as Théâtre National de Chaillot, The Kennedy Centre, Sadlers’s Wells, The Watermill Center, New York Theatre Workshop and Banff Center for the Arts and Creativity, among others.
Besides his work for winter guests, Alan is commissioned to create work for companies world wide, including The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Paris Opera, Gothenburg Opera's Dance Company, Det Norske Teatret and most recently the was one of the first two guest choreographers commissioned to create a full-length piece for the renowned Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch which is currently touring the world.
27 JAN - 01 FEB 2019
"Silence of the tears"
“Silence of the tears” is a short film project that will combine a powerful cinematography and contemporary dance. It's the story of two childhood friends who find themselves 15 years later. The time has passed but the memories quickly return to the surface. Memories and emotions will guide the two characters in a deep face to face that will lead them to questioning a past event that has been the biggest mystery of their childhood.
Director Adrien Ouaki and his team will collaborate on this project to combine their talents to find the perfect
balance between cinematography and contemporary dance.
Orsolina28 and his nature is the most appropriate location to shoot this short film. The incredible and authentic nature of this place will give the right atmosphere to the different scenes.
Adrien Ouaki studied at the International Dance Academy in Paris, graduating at the age of 21. He perfected his knowledge of contemporary dance by participating in workshops with choreographers such as Hofesh Shechter, Wim Vandekeybus, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite.
In total collaboration with his partner Aurore Mettray, they created their first piece “À Nous Ou À Jamais” a
20 minutes duet, they had the chance to be invited for a residency at Orsolina28.
He is also passionate about the dance film and directed his own short films like “Dust Of Life”, “Contact”, “The Line” and his latest "Wild" which will be welcomed at many festivals around the world: San Francisco, Chile, London, Lisbon, Finland, Spain, Greece and Bucarest. “The Line” will receive the Best Film Award at the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival and “Wild” will receive the Best Choreography Award at the Utah Dance Film Festival.
Hugo Bembi is a camera artist, he will be in charge of the camera work, photography and editing of the project.
Aurore Mettray and Julien Ramade are both strong actors/dancers, their singularities will be the key to build the two characters of the project.
22 - 26 JAN 2018
"A nous ou a Jamais"
Between 2017 and 2018, choreographers and dancers Adrien Ouaki and Aurore Mettray decided to create "A nous ou à Jamais", a duo that reflects on how our choices affect our lives. Their work explores a variety of human relations and proves how our decisions have an inevitable impact on our personal journeys. Sebastian Cuizan's musical creativity guides and accompanies the dancers through very powerful and intimate situations.
Adrien Ouaki joined the Academie Internationale de la Danse in Paris at the age of 16, graduating at the age of 20. He studied contemporary dance with internationally renowned choreographers, including Hofesh Shecter, Wim Vandekeybus, Ohad Naharin and Crystal Pite.
He has performed in many artistic productions: musical comedies staged by Giuliano Peparini, including "Footlose","Un Violon sur le Toit" and "1789 Les Amants de la Bastille"; several productions by the Compagnia Ezio Schiavulli; Raphaelle Boitel's "La Belle Helene", presented at the Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris; a Dutch National Opera production in Amsterdam, choreographed by Itzik Galili. In 2015 he spent two months training at a Shaolin Kung Fu school in China. At the same time, since 2013, he has been developing personal video and short film projects. His work "Dust Of Life" is included in the collections of the the audiovisual library of the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem; "Contact" was presented in the official sections of the Frame London Dance Film Festival and Migrator Festival in America; "The Line" was presented at the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival and again at the Frame London Dance Film Festival. His latest creation "Wild" was presented at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and at the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival.
22 - 31 JULY 2017
"Back forward back"
with Marie-Agnès Gillot and Drew Jacoby
“Back forward back” is based on one of Albert Einstein´s theories about travelling through time saying that one way to achieve time travel into the future would be travelling at the speed of light in space, theoretically you could travel near the speed of light through the universe in your spaceship to slow down time. Juliano’s wondering was about the opposite: what if we could go back in time? Would it be helpful? Would it make worse? Would it maybe erase some of your most important memories and people in your life? We should leave the past behind and keep moving forward and keep looking up for a better future but WHAT IF…
That doubt, what if you could have the chance to travel back in time brings up so many questions, desires and so many different possibilities to make things “better or worse” into a new present. The piece is based on travelling back in space rewinding and initiating a new beginning from something that has already happened which will naturally change the feeling or maybe not. Because the question is, if you could go back in time would you make it different or would you make the same decision over again?
Juliano Nunes Pereira was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1990. He studied at the University of Performing Arts in Mannheim, Germany. Joined companies such as Badisches Staatstheater Karlsuhe, Theater Hagen, Gauthier Dance in Stuttgart, Leipziger Ballet and now dances with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Juliano worked with choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Kahn and others. He has gone on to receive critical acclaim for his own choreography and has created pieces on Marie-Agnes Gillot, Svetlana Lunkina and Evan Mckie.