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Emanuele Soavi

He took up his dance studies in his home town Ferrara. The training led him to Balletto di Toscana and to Aterballetto Reggio Emilia. In 1996 he had his first engagement as a 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 had worked both as a 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 renowned choreographers of our time: Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Nils Christe, Renato Zanella, Nacho Duato, Karole Armitage, Mats Ek.

Since 2006 Emanuele Soavi has been working as a freelance choreographer for companies, theatres and universities, e.g. Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Munich, Theater Dortmund, Theater Aachen, Theater 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 for giving choreography workshops to Cologne, Osnabrück, Turin, Milan, Zurich, Rome, Lecce and Valencia.

Until 2011 he was a member of movingtheatre.de Cologne where he collectively created 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. 
The productions have been nominated for the Kölner Tanzpreis (Cologne Dance Award) several times; in 2009, SITE SPECIFIC was awarded best dance production in Cologne. In 2011 Soavi became the first dancer ever to receive the Kölner Darstellerpreis (Cologne Award for Best Performer) for his productions 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 five-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 could be presented in one evening, entitled SEDUCED AND SEDUCER.

In addition to the choreographic work for his ensemble, Emanuele Soavi continually develops his presence as a solo performer. In 2011 he was the first 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. PARADISUS?, a collaboration with the performance-label Analogtheater, was followed by LVMEN, a collaboration with photographer Joris-Jan Bos and C-Scope from Den Haag. The final production of this cycle is the site-specific ANIMA, a cooperation with Spanish video artist Meritxell Aumedes Molinero.

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

Emanuele Soavi’s 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.

From 2018 on Emanuele Soavi incompany will be also conceptually funded for three years by the Cologne City Council. Moreover the company will start a new performance cycle called ATLAS, featuring among others Forsythe dancer Jone San Martin as artistic collaborator in HOW DOES MY BODY SOUND?.