Il Cantiere cultural association is an independent artistic team working, since many years, in the field of performing arts. Between Lisbon and Turin, the activity focuses on performances for theatrical spaces and site-specific creations for unconventional places connecting choreographic research to sound, video images and different practices of participatory theatre.
The association has been founded on the initiative of choreographer and dancer Sara Marasso in 2000, when she was back from a period spent abroad, with an urban redevelopment project into cultural space, from which it took its name. In 2014 a stable collaboration with the musician, bassist and composer Stefano Risso starting a new shared artistic phase with projects increasingly a cross-disciplinary perspective.
Regular partnership starting as well since 2014 with Davide Rigodanza (technical assistant and light design), Teresa Noronha Feio (dramaturgy, co-creation and performer), Fenia Kotsopoulou (visual, dramaturgy and performer), Andrea Coppone (actor, performer). Since 2019 the artistic team is enriched by the collaboration of the project manager and performer Silvia Urbani (organization, communication and artistic production).
Sara Marasso bio
Since the beginning, Sara’s interest in dance has been an occasion to explore the body embracing its complexity. Her research merges theoretical studies in art and cinema and practical studies of different movement’s techniques in a perspective that considers contemporary creation an encounter between languages. Her cross disciplinary work, presented in theater as well as in unconventional spaces, explores different modality of art’s sharing, with a special attention to public space and a wide range of audience, highlighting the connection between scene and everyday life, audience and performers.
After a first period of dance and cinema’s studies in Turin she continues her dance research at the Laban Centre for contemporary dance in London, then in Essen to follow the Wuppertaler Tanztheater’s work, finally move to Paris where she obtains a Master’s degree at Paris VIII University, Dance Department. Her first choreographic creations have been invited by national and international performing art festivals such as Interplay International contemporary dance festival, Les Repérages Rencontre Internationales de la Jeunes Choregraphie Lille,Tanzmesse Düsseldorf, Charleroi Dance, Festival da Fabrica Porto, FKM Belgrad, AutunnoDanza Festival Cagliari, as well as in other important international site-specific creation projects as the European Interreg France-Italian project Marchés Communes, Italyart Cultural Olympiad, Corpi Urbani Genova, Festival Havana Vieja L’Havana, Cuba. Original productions were commissioned by Torinodanza Festival, Italian Ministry of cultural heritage and activity, Regional Performing Art Circuit Piemonte da Vivo and Lavanderia a Vapore Regional Center for Dance, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Contemporary Art Foundation.
Since 2019 she lives in Lisbon continuing her activity between Italy, Portugal and abroad.
For more info Sara Marasso bio+portfolio
Stefano Risso bio
An eclectic and research-oriented artist, he has performed with musicians and groups which differ from each other in genre and form: Stefano Battaglia, Gianni Coscia, Roy Paci, Francesco De Gregori, Lalli, Meg, among many others. His work has received wide acclaim and praise by critics, and his personal and collective projects as well have been recognized as outstanding by many of the most important specialized magazines, including Jazzit and Musica Jazz, and on websites like All About Jazz and Jazz Convention.
His vast production and intense concert activity range from instrumental music (jazz, avant-garde jazz, and experimental) to vocal music, rock and folk, and popular or auteur songs, of which he has always been a keen admirer. He has written and produced music for the theatre, and has created music projects for several writers and video artists. He has recorded more than fifty albums, many of which he has realized as leader or co-leader (Vocifero, Les Diables Bleus, HellmullerRissoZanoli, Barber Mouse, T.R.E., to name a few) under international record labels (from Japan to Switzerland, to France, England, Italy, and Finland).
For more info Stefano Risso bio+portfolio
Silvia Urbani bio
Dancer/performer, ballet+contemporary dance teacher based in Turin, she’s interested in choreographic research and creative processes studies. Alongside dance, she has always pursued university studies in the humanities, ranging from Historical and Philological-Literary Studies to those related to Cinema, Performing Arts, Music and Media with a focus on Theatre and Music.
Thanks to her master’s thesis on the Marketing of Contemporary Dance in Italy, she began to take an interest in cultural project management, an interest that led her to attend the Cultural Project Manager Training Course – CRPC XXVI Edition 2022 curated by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo. Blogger and editor of TeatroD@ms Blog in Turin, she loves performing arts and the dissemination of culture, but more than that also clear sea and pistachio ice cream.
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