Intensive dance workshop with Davide Di Pretoro ( Ballet ballet mater of contemporary repertoire at the Paris Opera) and Alessandra Defazio (dancer and teacher by Sasha Waltz & Guests and Kindertanz Company) by Toninospace, south of Italy.
In the morning there will be a contemporary dance training with Davide while the afternoon will focus on the repertoire piece “In C” by Sasha Waltz with Alessandra.

Where: Toninospace, Barletta (Apulia) Italy

When: from August 1 till August 5 2022

WORKSHOP 1-5 AUGUST 2022: for students, professionals, teachers with Davide Di Pretoro and Alessandra Defazio by Toninospace (open-air studio), in the countryside of Barletta city .

Born in Colleferro in 1983, studied in Rome at the Accademia Nazionale di Dance, at the Balletto di Roma and in New York, as a scholarship holder, at the school of Merce Cunningham. As a dancer he works with various elite European companies including: Compagnie THOR-Thierry Smits, Ballet Preljocaj, Dans Groep Amsterdam (Itzik Galili and Kriszina De Châtel), Company Wayne McGregor, Andonis Foniadakis/Apotosoma DanceCompany and Virgilio Sieni. He is currently Ballet Mater of the Contemporary Repertoire at L´Opera National de Paris, re-stager and assistant to Wayne McGregor for whom he works at the Venice Biennale, the Joffrey Ballet Chicago, The Royal Ballet in London, Hessisches Staats Ballett, Ballet Junior de Genève, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Polish National Ballet and Norwegian National Ballet. Davide is also a dancer and director of research and rehearsals for Sasha Waltz&Guests. As a choreographer he won the International Choreographic Competition in Milan and creates his works for the international festival Invito alla Danza, DanceOut and the Accademia Nazionale di Dance in Rome. He teaches at The Place, Trinity Laban, Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Rosella Hightower, Hong Kong Dance Company, Scuola del Balletto di Roma, Company Wayne McGregor, Sasha Waltz&Guests, CODARTS Rotterdam, Contemporary Dance School Hamburg, Sydney Dance Company, Ballet Preljocaj, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Tisch at NYU, Springboard Danse Montréal, SEAD.

The Class taught by Davide Di Pretoro focuses on the consciousness of the body in the space, on its dynamic perception and analyses the relationships between the different mechanisms that move it. Attention is brought to the specificity of movement, from what/where it is generated, where it travels and what effects it produces. Through a series of different propositions ranging from guided improvisation to learning exercises, the aim of the class is to invite the dancer to the personal and free exploration of the relationship mind/body relationship and one’s own technical skills in relation to this. Within the workshop composition, participants are guided, through the creative tasks, to an investigation of movement and the generation of material specific to the input used. The choice of inspiration matrix and composition methods varies from time to time and is substantially different, precisely in order to allow dancers to explore different possibilities and methodologies of composition and acquire a wider range of choreographic tools, which they can use in their own research and personal practice.

Born in Barletta in 1981, works as a dancer, choreographer and teacher in Germany, Italy, Spain, Venezuela and Switzerland. She studied at the Laban Centre and the Folkwang University Essen, obtaining the Degree in Dance Theatre (2006). As a dancer she works for various international companies and choreographers international choreographers such as Sasha Waltz & Guests ,Luzerner Theater,Sebastian Hirn, Tanzcompagnie Rubato, Anna Konjetzky, Zufit Simon, Micha Purucker, Angie Hiesl, Davide Camplani, Romeo Castellucci, Jo Fabian, Willy Dorner, Allora & Calzadilla, Canan Ereck, Kuo-Chu Wu, Orlando Rodriguez, Susanne Linke and Leandro Kees. She is currently working as a dancer and re-steager for the company Sasha Waltz & Guest in Berlin, for director Sebastian Hirn, and for the Berliner Ensemble. From 2016 to today, together with Davide Camplani and Annapaola Leso, she teaches and directs the Kindertanzcompany Sasha Waltz & Guest. As choreographer she creates “Poliedricamente” and “De l´otro lado”, presented at Festival Oltrepasso (Italy), and at the Folkwang University (Essen). In 2009 she began collaborating with
her twin sister Viviana in the production ‘Il Piano del Tempo’ presented at the Luzerner Theater, Tanzhaus Zürich, Braunschweig, Hannover, Fürth, Ravenna and Barletta. In 2012 again with Viviana she produced “I have got you under
my skin” selected for the opening of the 100 grad Festival in Berlin. In 2014, together with Sara Bizzoca and Viviana Defazio she presented “Eina” for Azioni in Danza in Barletta. Since 2015 she has been working and collaborating for the Purple International dance festival in Berlin.

The class proposed by Alessandra focuses on the repertoire of ‘In C’ one of the latest creations by Sasha Waltz & Guests.
“In C” is a vivid excursion into the world of minimal music. Based on the revolutionary and open composition of the same name by Terry Riley from 1964, Sasha Waltz and dancers have developed a choreographic material that follows a structure equally variable and thus always leaves room for new variations. It is an experimental process experimental, constantly evolving process that re-conceives and refines the long-standing approach of Sasha Waltz & Guests and the dialogue between dance, music and space, both digitally and in real life.

How to register:
10:00-12:30 with Davide di Pretoro
12:30-14:30 Break
14:30-17:00 with Alessandra Defazio

Price of the courses including shuttle bus to the venue: 250,00 Euro

Please send an email that you would like to join the Workshop to:
and invoice the amount till June 15 to:
ACCOUNT HOLDER: Alessandra Defazio
IBAN IT42G0344214239000007376652
PURPOSE: Davide di Pretoro, Alessandra Defazio dance workshop

Costs for participants: 250,00 euro for 2 courses

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