Statement English


Il Cantiere cultural association an independent artistic team working, since many years, in the field of performing arts. 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 artistic direction is formed by the dancer and choreographer Sara Marasso and the bassist, composer and video maker Stefano Risso.

Sara bio

Since the beginning, Sara’s interest in dance has been an occasion to explore the body embracingits complexity. Her research merges theoretical studies in philosophy and cinema and practical studies of different movement’s techniques in a perspective that considers contemporary creationas 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 andeveryday life, audience and performers. Collaboration with visual artists, musicians, video makershas been regular in her artistic path. In particular, since 2014 her projects have increased a participatory and cross-disciplinary perspective when the collaboration with the bassist, composer and videomaker Stefano Risso is started. 


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, she spent an Erasmus year in Essen to follow theWuppertaler Tanztheater’s work, then move to Paris where she obtains a Master’s degree at Paris VIII University, Dance Department. Back to Italy in 2000 she promotes the creation of Il Cantiere cultural association, with a project to redevelop an urban space in art yard, from which theassociation takes its name. 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, Signal and 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. Her projects have been produced 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, Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation. 

Since 2019 she lives in Lisbon continuing her activity between Italy, Portugal and abroad. A special relation with Portugal begins since her first choreographic creation in 2004 invited to Festival da Fabrica and presented at ESMAE followed by a collaboration with NEC – núcleo de experimentação coreográfica for a residence’s time in Porto, a residence at Teatro do Campo Alegre thanks to Instavel company, as well as at Espaço Rural das Artes in Soudos by Vo’Arte. Her work is presented at Lugar a Dança Festival and Inshadow Festival and selected for the white night of museums call in Braga, and ReUnion Lisbon, receiving a residence’s support by DevirCapa Centro das artes performativas do Algarve.

In 2020 Sara has been a member of the Inshadow Festival official jury for the screen dance competition and Il Cantiere’s project is selected for Incubator consultancy retreat in Las Palmas Gran Canaria by the ENCC European Network for Cultural Centres, presented recently Rome, Cagliari and Fluminimaggiore by AutunnoDanza and Sardegna Teatro, invited at the Dias da Dança Festival Corpo+Cidades section curate by Balleteatro and at SESC Bienal Dança de São Paulo in 2021. 


Stefano 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).

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