Dance Makers (IT)

Landscapes of long duration where time stands still. Places that intertwine and confuse past and present. Spaces to walk through and observe. Bodies that move to compose unusual choreographic scores.

Can dance offer new perspectives and ways of inhabiting the city? Can places – steeped in history, nature and art – become a stimulus for imagination and artistic creation?

The Dance Makers project starts precisely from the relationship between people and territories with the intention of spreading contemporary dance in unconventional places to stimulate reflection on the territory and its resources. This thought is the basis for the creation of choreographies that draw inspiration from architectural elements, geometries, sounds, works of art, history and inhabitants.

Each choreographic itinerary thus becomes unique because it is developed and conceived in close relation to the environment and gives shape to a route in multiple stages in which artistic creations of a performing nature alternate with participatory moments in which the public becomes visitor, spectator and protagonist.

This itinerary in Milan is the result of an articulated didactic project, proposed and produced by STANZE and ZONA K, which involved the dance company DANCE MAKERS as trainers and dancer-choreographers, the school L’ARCOBALENODANZA and the ACCADEMIA DI BELLE ARTI DI BRERA, which made available the spaces of its historical headquarters, with the active participation of a group of students from the Two-year Specialisation Course in Theatre Scenography and Costume for the Performing Arts.

The dancers have inhabited and choreographed the open spaces of the Napoleonic Courtyard of Honour, the Loggiato above it, the steps, the corridors and those indoors, the basement and the Gipsoteca, working in close dialogue with the Costume and Set Design students, who have succeeded in transmuting bodies and places, revealing the ineffable essence of the non-visible.


site-specific project c/o Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera
curated by ZONA K and Stanze


Concept and interpretation: Dance Makers (Anna Altobello, Beatrice Bresolin, Ilaria Campagnolo, Marina Donatone, Giovanna Garzotto, Ana Luisa Novais Gomez, Andrea Rampazzo, Silvia Sessi) with the collaboration of: L’Arcobalenodanza School and the Brera Academy of Fine Arts – Two-year Specialistic Course in Theatre Scenography and Costume for the Performing Arts set designers: Nadir Dal Grande, Ludovica Diomedi, Riccardo Galbussera, Elisa Gelmi, Matilde Grossi, Yang Linqing, Andrea Pogliani, Giulia Trivelli, Shi Shiting, We Yue costume designers: Mara Pieri, Alice Manente, Paola Mammolini, Jagna Nawrocka with the support of: CSC – Centro per la Scena Contemporanea di Bassano del Grappa, Fondazione Cariplo, MIBAC, a performance realised within the Teen Time project with the contribution of Regione Lombardia under the patronage of Comune di Milano photos by: Roberto Cinconze


Dance Makers is a group of dance artists born in 2017 following participation in Dance Makers1, a project organized by CSC – Centro per la Scena Contemporanea in Bassano del Grappa. The group is composed of dancers, teachers, Dance Well – movement research for Parkinson’s and choreographers. The Dance Makers have conceived and realized choreographic itineraries in unconventional spaces, research activities on choreographic practices and performances at B.Motion Danza Operaestate – Festival Veneto, Festival Ammutinamenti – Cantieri Danza and Gender Bender Festival. They have danced in projects curated by Iván Pérez, James Batchelor and Silvia Gribaudi, and are currently involved in a new creation with choreographer Andrea Costanzo Martini. In parallel, they continue to realise site-specific performances in museums and urban spaces, and are active in the organisation of workshops for professionals and non-professionals.


Ultimo appuntamento con la rassegna di danza contemporanea “it’s a little bit messy”.


di MariaGiulia Serantoni
di Francesca Penzo.
Incontro “Fattoria Vittadini a confronto. Il tema dell’identità contemporanea e le sfide del futuro di questa realtà della Danza Milanese”.
Interviene Alessandro Pontremoli
Aperitivo per festeggiare tutti insieme i 10 anni del gruppo Fattoria Vittadini!




Percepire sé stessi e gli altri
Sciogliere le tensioni che bloccano l’ espressività del corpo e della voce
Ampliare le possibilità nel movimento
Migliorare la presenza in scena
Riconoscere i propri schemi motori  per esplorare nuove origini percorsi e memorie di movimento


Info e prenotazioni Emanuela Passerini:

COS’è IL Body-Mind Centering® -BMC®  

La natura si organizza in pattern.
Anche in noi, che della natura siamo parte, si formano dei pattern.
La mente è come il vento e il corpo come la sabbia: se vuoi sapere come soffia il vento, puoi guardare la sabbia.

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

BMC è uno studio esperienziale che, attraverso la rieducazione del movimento e la riorganizzazione dei pattern, porta a una comprensione di come la mente si esprime attraverso il corpo e il corpo attraverso la mente.

Basato su fondamenti di anatomia, fisiologia, psicologia e sulla conoscenza dello sviluppo del movimento dal concepimento ai primi anni di vita, BMC fa uso di una varietà di principi teorico-funzionali e di pratiche nell’esplorazione di tutti i sistemi corporei, del respiro e della vocalizzazione, dei sensi e della dinamica percettiva, dell’arte del tocco delle mani e del movimento, fino al livello cellulare. Ha una vasta gamma di applicazioni: educazione e pratica del movimento, danza, yoga, bodywork, riabilitazione, psicoterapia, sviluppo infantile, educazione, musica, voce, arte, meditazione, arti marziali, atletica e altre discipline che coinvolgono l’insieme mente-corpo.

Emanuela Passerini
Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner
Somatic Movement Educator


a project by and with Riccardo Fusiello and Agostino Riola
lighting design Matteo Crespi
communication Marianna Musella
graphics, scenic element forEVER Claudia Broggi
assistant to the choreography for Play Serena Marossi
production Sonenalé
co-production E45 Napoli Fringe Festival – Fondazione Campania dei Festival
choreographic residencies Centro Danza Canal (Madrid), Mosaico Danza (Turin), Dance_B (Milan), Studio 28 (Milan)
we would like to thank Teatro Litta (Milan), Scuola D’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi (Milan), Teatro della Cooperativa (Milan), PuntoZero Teatro (Milan), Teatro Mimesis (Trani), Teatro Radice Timbrica (Legnano), ZONA K (Milan) and also Daniele D’Angelo, Simone Marossi

YOUR HAPPY SAD SONGS is a project in three snapshots, I WANNA – Play – forEVER, freely inspired by the figure of Federico García Lorca.

“The work feeds on Lorca, sinks its roots into the contrasts that animated him, digs through his words and images in search of the essence that moved his work and his life”.

Your Happy Sad Songs thus becomes a sort of pop opera, moving between everyday situations and dreamlike images, on the difficulty of following one’s instincts, on the will to react when all around seems dark, on the disorientation caused by an absence. At the centre is the body and its movement, which becomes the main instrument of investigation. The bodies of the two performers are observed in the circumstances in which they are protagonists and at the same time, as if analysed, decomposed, X-rayed in search of what moves them and what they conceal.

I WANNA (2010), running time 15 min
selected and promoted by ANTICORPI XL – network young dance d’auteur

PLAY (2012), running time 20 min
winner of ‘Presenta tu proyecto’ by Centro Danza Canal (Madrid) and ‘DE.Mo./ Movin’ Up 2011′ (curated by GAI – Giovani Artisti Italiani and MiBAC – Ministero Beni e Attività Culturali)

forEVER (2013), 20 min
debut Museo Madre, Naples – E45 Napoli Fringe Festival, June 2013

Sonenalé was founded in Milan in 2012 by Riccardo Fusiello, dancer and choreographer, and Agostino Riola, performer and director. Their artistic research focuses on the investigation of the body, in all its expressions. The collaboration between the two began in 2008 on the occasion of the show Il Signor P, produced by the Castel Dei Mondi International Festival in Andria. In 2010 they created Your Happy Sad Songs. They have collaborated with Italian and European companies (Spain, Denmark). ”


Your happy sad song trailer