Il Cantiere’s artistic team works in a perspective which considers the contemporary creation as an encounter between different languages and research practice. Their activity has focused on theater performance or site-specific creations through a crossdisciplinary perspective. The different projects are all related to contemporary dance in connection with contemporary art, sound research and contemporary music, experimental theatre.
Nomad by vocation, il cantiere uses unconventional spaces that allowed creative production and training project activities through collaboration with different artist, associations, local institutions, and with national and international organizations.
Since 2014 the artistic director, the dancer and choreographer Sara Marasso, start to collaborates with the musician, bassist and composer Stefano Risso starting a new phase of shared artistic direction with projects wich a strong relationship between sound and movement, increasingly cross-disciplinary perspective. In 2016 the artistic team has finally added the visual artist and dancer Fenia Kotsopoulou. The technical management is supported by Davide Rigodanza.
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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.
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).
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.