our vision

colors, sounds, scents
nature, passion, surprises

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Maya Angelou

Vision A place devoted to the universal language of the arts that transcends time. The spectacular colors and sensations of nature, seasonal gifts and surprises, and breathtaking harmony of the landscape all represent the generating forces and exquisite beauty of Orsolina28.

O28 was born from a deep sense of gratitude, a desire to share a natural setting and provide a home to artists who will inspire timeless works of art.

Our desire at Orsolina28 is for every individual to experience dance as a powerful vehicle for discovery, freedom, courage, joy,and human connection. O28 offers a breathtaking atmosphere that welcomes
anyone who wishes to study, research, or explore dance as a means for personal growth.

A short, long story

Orsolina28 came to life in 2016 by the enthusiasm and passion of its founder, Simony Monteiro. She chose an unconventional place, an eighteenth-century farmhouse that once accommodated the monastery of the Orsoline Sisters of Moncalvo.

Built in 1794, next to a Romanesque parish surrounded by vineyards, O28 is located between Moncalvo and Penango, the heart of the Monferrato Astigiano region in Italy. The winding hills protect the land while the Western Italian Alps and Mount Monviso observe from afar.

Artists Over the years, many artists have shared the magical atmosphere of Orsolina28, including those who taught, performed, or completed choreographic residencies.
To each artist who has contributed to O28, we offer our deepest thanks for embracing our mission and vision.

Marie-Agnès Gillot, Drew Jacoby, Juliano Nunes, Aurélie Dupont, Alan Lucien Øyen, Adrien Ouaki, Cindy Salgado, Lucius, Julien Guérin.

Sharon Fridman, Shantala Shivalingappa, Compagnia Zappalà Danza, Pockemon Crew, Wang Ramirez, Juliano Nunes, Drew Jacoby, Morgan Longo, Emanuel Gat, Laccioland, Adriana Borriello.

Ohad Naharin, Akram Khan, Alvin Ailey Extension, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Teresa Reichlen, Tyler Angle, Lénaïg Guégan, Eleonora Abbagnato, Laccio, Eric Beauchesne, Mario Alberto Zambrano, Cindy Salgado, Myrna Kamara.

Being together

The students, choreographers, companies, and artists who come to Orsolina28 have the opportunity to experience an authentic connection with each other and the natural splendor of the region.

Shared experience is at the core of our philosophy. At Orsolina28, we dance, sleep, laugh, eat, discover, and dream together.

The fellowship and energy of O28's philosophy permeate the grounds, forming a unique foundation for our training.

The Land

In this enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Site, the gardens are tended by the people who live and work here, among the vineyards surrounding Orsolina28. The pleasure of sharing becomes the ingredient that makes each guest’s experience truly genuine.

The land is cultivated by traditional means combined with advanced oenological and agronomic techniques, based on organic seasonal crops. The earthly gifts of the vineyard, the vegetable garden, and the orchard are wholeheartedly shared with O28's guests.

In this way, O28 upholds "Italian" values and culinary flavors, dignifying nature and hospitality with grace and spontaneity.