Il Cantiere cultural association is an independent artistic collective that has been operating for many years in the field of performing arts, placing itself in a perspective that considers contemporary creation as an encounter between different languages and research practice. The activity focuses on performances for theatrical spaces and site-specific creations for unconventional places that link choreographic and sound research to video, contemporary art and different practices of participatory theatre. The artistic direction team is formed by the dancer and choreographer Sara Marasso and the bassist, composer and video maker Stefano Risso. Since 2019 the production is managed by Giovanna Gosio.
Il Cantiere was founded in Turin in 2000 on the initiative of Sara Marasso, with a redevelopment project of urban spaces in the art yards, from which it took its name. In 2014 Stefano Risso joined the team, starting a new shared artistic phase with projects that increase a cross-disciplinary perspective. Since 2019 the activity takes place between Turin and Lisbon.
The most recent projects of Il Cantiere, conceived and realized by the duo Marasso/Risso, have been presented in different performing arts festivals and invited in contexts dedicated to dance, music and contemporary arts such as the White Night of Braga in Portugal, the Signal Festival – Autunno Danza in Cagliari, Artissima International Contemporary Art Fair in Turin, Inshadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technology in Lisbon, the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation. Il Cantiere has collaborated with organizations such as the CRUD university regional center for dance, Piemonte da Vivo_Lavanderia a Vapore, Roma Margine Operativo, Teatri di Vita Bologna, Vo’Arte Lisboa, Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation. DAMS department Turin University.
In 2016 the artistic team has finally added the visual artist and dancer Fenia Kotsopoulou.
Sara’s interest in dance started by chance upon considering the complexity of the body: her training connects theoretical study and practice of different techniques of movement with a view to seeking a contemporary dance language closely linked to other forms of artistic expression. Along with cinema studies, she starts her dance studies in Turin, later on she attends a course at the Laban Centre for Contemporary Dance in London and at the dance department of Paris VIII University where she obtained a postgraduate degree. Her training continues with studies in contemporary dance, BMC, contact, improvisation, Laban studies and yoga with, among others, P. Kyupers, A. de L. Harwood, J. Hamilton, C. Diverrès, W. Vanderkeybus, D. Dupuy, S. Sandroni. As well as dancing, she is now an Iyengar yoga teacher.
Her choreographic productions have been presented in numerous contemporary dance and performing arts national and international festivals, such as Torinodanza Festival, Interplay, Les Repérages, Tanzmesse Düsseldorf, Charleroi Dance, Festival da Fabrica, FKM Belgrad, Festival Havana Vieja, Signal e Autunno Danza and in several other significant international projects. In recent years she has received accolades from critics and productive support of public and private institutions including the italian Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Torinodanza Festival, Autunno Danza Festival , N.E.C. Nucleo de Experimentaçao Coreografica, Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo.
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).