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Emanuele Soavi

He began his dance studies in his home town Ferrara. The training led him to the Balletto di Toscana and to Aterballetto Reggio Emilia. In 1996 he had his first engagement as dancer at the Opera Rima with Raffaele Paganini. In 1997 he had guest engagements at the theatre in Bari and the Teatro La Fenice – Balletto di Venezia with Giuseppe Carbone. In 1998 he moved to Germany and worked both as dancer and with first choreographies at the Dortmund ballet for three years. In 2001 he became a member of the internationally operating Dutch company Introdans for five years, where he worked together with some of the most famous choreographers of our time: Jiri Kylian, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Nils Christe, Renato Zanella, Nacho Duato, Karole Armitage, Mats Ek.

Since 2006 Emanuele Soavi has been working as freelance choreographer for companies, theatres and universities, e.g. ‚Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München‘, Theater Dortmund, Theater Aachen, Stadttheater Regensburg, ‚Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln‘, Introdans (NL), ARTEz Dance Academy Arnheim (NL), MMcompany und AGORA Project Reggio Emilia (IT). He has been invited as guest coach and in the context of choreography workshops to Cologne, Osnabrück, Turin, Milan, Rome, Lecce and Valencia. Until 2011 he was a member of movingtheatre.de Cologne and created collectively 12 feature-length productions, partly even international co-productions, receiving invitations to European dance festivals, e.g. Bolzano Danza, Mittelfest Cividale, Festival Shakespeare Mataró, SATFestival, Festival Tantarantana Barcelona, Schrittmacher Festival Aachen, Festival Stummer Schrei Tirol, Tanzwoche Dresden, Odeon Tanz Wien, Internationales Tanzfestival Kassel, Solotanzfestival Bonn, move Festival Krefeld, Kindertanzfestival Kiel as well as guest performances in Amsterdam, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Rome, Rotterdam, Sabadell and Stuttgart. Those productions have been nominated for the ‘Kölner Tanzpreis’ ( Cologne Dance Award) several times; in 2009, SITE SPECIFIC won this award. In 2011 Soavi was the first dancer ever to receive the ‘Kölner Darstellerpreis’ (Cologne Award for Best Performer) for the interpretation of his pieces PANcomplex and REVOLVERidentities.

In 2012 Emanuele Soavi founded his own label Emanuele Soavi incompany that above all concentrates on collaborating with International artists and companies from all disciplines.
In 2014 the ve-part MYTH PROJECT was brought to an end: Three major productions, co-produced by schrit_tmacher Festival Aachen / Heerlen, Dansateliers Rotterdam, Festspiele Ludwigshafen / Theater im Pfalzbau, a youth production in collaboration with educational institutions and museums in Barcelona (Institut del Teatre / Fundaciò Antoni Tápies), Reggio Emilia (AGORA coaching project), Rotterdam (Codarts University) and Cologne (Römisch-Germanisches Museum) and a symposium in collaboration with the University of Cologne and Deutsches Tanzarchiv / Tanzmuseum Köln. Due to an exceptional cooperation with the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra all three major productions were presented during one evening, entitled SEDUCED AND SEDUCER.

In addition to the choreographic work for his ensemble, Emanuele Soavi continually develops his presence as solo performer. In 2011 he was the rst dancer ever to receive the Cologne Award for Best Performer. With his third solo performance, AUREA, in collaboration with Susanne Linke and the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra, incompany started a new series of productions in 2014: THE HABIT CYCLES – an artistic and structural research with international artists from various artistic backgrounds. After PARADISUS?, a collaboration with the performance-label Analogtheater, it will be continued by LVMEN, a collaboration with photographer Joris-Jan Bos and C-Scope from Den Haag.

In 2016 Emanuele Soavi and his team started the new format LIVING ROOM at the galery Kultursalon Freiraum in Cologne, where they invite national and international partners, artists from different artistic backgrounds as well as scientists in order to create an exchange on contemporary art, focusing on “art in practice”.

Emanuele Soavis choreographic work received invitations to European dance festivals in Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Holland and Belorussia, as well as invitations for guest performances in Amsterdam, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Rome, Rotterdam, Sabadell, Den Haag and Stuttgart.