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Maria Giulia Serantoni

The open class has the aim to guide the dancers through a gradual warm up giving the chance to work on their body and stimulating the curiosity for the movements. The class is based on alignment of the body, release of the tensions in the muscles to increase the various possibilities of movements that the body has. Considering movements as sequence of events, we will use all the body parts to create dynamic in space. The dynamic will be produced starting from the idea that the weight of the body can fall and be picked up, creating momentum and suspensions in relation with space and time. The work will open the perception of the movement as something that happens in the present time, in the now instead of being guided by the mind. In order to increase this kind of movement’s perception a big focus will be on the listening of it and the
feeling that each movement produces while dancing. The class is a journey in which we explore the function of the body as an instrument of expression in many different ranges.

Maria Giulia Serantoni was born in 1987 in Busto Arsizio, Italy. She started dancing at the age of 9 at Chorea Studios in Bologna where she first approached Graham and Limòn Techniques. In 2009 she received a Dance-Theatre Postgraduate Diploma in Paolo Grassi School of Drama, Milan, Italy. In the same year she founded the Fattoria Vittadini Dance Company, sprouted from the Paolo Grassi artistic environment. The Company was born with the idea of hosting different artists to work with the established group. Interesting collaborations came out of this concept as My true self, project created in 2010 directed by Maya Weinberg and performed in different international Festivals. In 2012 the company counts another appealing collaboration with Matanicola Company which gave birth to intervention #1, 2, 3 performed in Milano and Les Grand Traversèe Festival in Bordeaux. In 2010 she attended the Modem Atelier Course, a six month professional training at Roberto Zappalà Dance Company in Catania. In the year after she produced a solo called Whatami performed in various Festivals and worked as freelancer for different companies as Samotracia Dance-Theatre and Shuko Company. Keeping her Italian artistic activities, she is currently living in Berlin involved in a Research Project (The Renaissance of...) with LaborGras under the direction of Renate Graziadei and Arthur Stäldi and working with them as a dancer for the last 2 productions Retour and Transition.