Join the Ruth Page Center for the Arts for a Masterclass with Monica Casadei and the dancers of the Artemis Danza Company, based in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.
This choreographic workshop provides opportunity to get in touch and have a choreographic exchange with Monica Casadei, choreographer and artistic director of Artemis Danza Company. The workshop will specifically focus on choreographic composition, improvisation, research on the expressiveness of the individual gesture, and development of internal energy and body consciousness through the fundamental principles of Aikido and Aikishintaiso.
Artemis Danza will perform "Dante Solo Inferno," Saturday, December 4 at 7:00pm at the Istituto Cervantes theater, presented by the Instituto di Cultura as part of the lineup of events commemorating the 700th anniversary of the passing of Dante Alighieri. In this reinterpretation of select passages from the Divine Comedy's Hell, Artemis Danza will accompany the audience through choreographic scenes dedicated to the lost souls who crossed paths with Dante on his otherwordly journey. A path of awareness and acceptance leading to the expressive force of the self in all its fullness and truth.The soundtrack alternates between original music composed by Luca Vianini and pieces of Giuseppe Verdi's sacred music, interspersed with Dante's verses.
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About Artemis Danza
Since 2005, Artemis Danza is engaged in “Artemis Incontra Culture Altre” (Artemis Meets Other Cultures), a project of artistic residencies and international tours that gave birth to performances, workshops, publications, reports and exhibitions (in Germany, France, Swaziland, Ukraine, Poland, Russia, Japan, Argentina, USA, Colombia, Lebanon; Paraguay, Thailand, China, Ethiopia, Korea, South Africa, Nigeria, Cuba, Vietnam, Mexico, and beyond).
Artemis Danza also concentrates on Corpo d’Opera, a project of choreographic re-imagining of the opera repertoire, with a special focus on female figures. Some of the main productions that the company has staged in recent years - such as Traviata, Tosca and Carmen K – originate from Corpo d’Opera.
Compagnia Artemis Danza is supported by the Italian Ministry of Culture and Emilia Romagna Region; several international projects are supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Emilia Romagna Region - Local Authority for Cultural Heritage and Landscape.
To date, Artemis Danza has staged more than forty creations, ranging from contemporary dance shows to choreographies for theatrical performances and operas. Artemis Danza also supports the work of young choreographers and promotes educational initiatives such as professional workshops and theoretical conferences.
About its founder, Monica Casadei
A graduate in Philosophy from the University of Bologna with a dissertation on Plato and Dance, Monica Casadei acquired in Italy, France and Great Britain a solid preparation in the techniques of western contemporary dance.
Central to her artistic formation are also some Eastern influences as a result of periods spent in India and China and from her training in the martial arts: towards the end of the 1980s in Paris, she moves on to the Japanese martial art of Aikido and also attends the Academie des Arts Martiaux et Arts Contemporaines directed by André Cognard. At the same time, she pursued the following endeavours: training to achieve first dan in Aikido, a teaching degree in Aiki-Taiso in the Autonomous Academy of Aikido and the study of Japanese Buto Dance with Kazuo Ohno Masaki Iwana, Carlotta Ikeda and Ko Morobushi. In these years she is also a performer and dancer for the Compagnie Terre Rouge of Isabelle Dubouloz.
In 1994, Monica Casadei founded, in France, the Compagnia Artemis Danza, with which she moved to Italy in 1997.