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

Dance is for her an opportunity to explore the body embracing its complexity: Sara’s research merges theoretical studies in philosophy and art with practical studies of different movement’s techniques and dramaturgical approaches in a perspective that considers contemporary creation as an encounter between languages.


Within a first period of cinema studies at Turin University and an experience as a performer, she continues studying at Laban Centre for contemporary dance London, and after, she moves to Paris for a Master’s degree at Paris VIII University, Dance Department. Her contemporary dance training has been influenced by real-time composition, body mind centering, Laban Studies, Klein technique and yoga.
Back to Italy in 2000 she promotes the creation of Il Cantiere, writing a project to redevelop urban space in art yard, from which it took its name.

Her first creations have been supported by national and international contemporary dance and performing art festivals such as Torinodanza, Interplay, Les Repérages Lille, Tanzmesse Düsseldorf, Charleroi Dance, Festival da Fabrica Porto, FKM Belgrad, Signal Autunno Danza Cagliari, as well as in other international site-specific projects as European Interreg Marchés Communes, Lugar a Dança, Italyart Olimpiadi della Cultura, Teatro a Corte, Corpi Urbani, Festiva l’Havana Vieja, Cuba. 

Her recent projects received support or production by institutions such as Torinodanza, Artissima, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, BxH performing art, Piemonte da Vivo Regional Performing Art Circuit Lavanderia a Vapore Regional Center for Dance, Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation, Sardegna Teatro, Dias da Dança Festival, SESC Bienal Dança de São Paulo Brazil. Since 2019 she moved to Lisbon continuing her activity between Italy, Portugal and abroad.


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).