Mandala Dance Company, a contemporary production dance company from 2013 supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MIBACT), is proposed as an authorial company, embracing the coreographer Paola Sorressa’s language.
Dancer and choreographer, trained at the National Academy of Dance in Rome, Ms. Sorressa offers a personal and poetic language constantly evolving based on a work of bodily disintegration combined with floor work, flying low and contact who lands a fluid, dynamic and physical job of understanding. After a long interpretative activity that led to the stage of important theaters in Italy and abroad, Ms. Sorressa is now Artistic Director and choreographer of Mandala Dance Company based in Ladispoli (Rome) at the Performative Agora Space, at the Centre of art and Culture of Ladispoli, and at the Greek Theatre (promotion ECO Italy) and Opificio in Rome.
Choreographer also appreciated for her outstanding creative and communication skills in dealing with philosophical arguments value, her research through movement starts by a need to deepen universal concepts and principles related to studies that refer to a holistic vision (hence the same name of the Mandala choice), giving rise to performances of great impact.
The Company performed in numerous Italian theatres taking part of important national and international festivals. It also has an important co-production with the Teatro Comunale di Modena "BIRD OF FIRE-FROM BIRTH TO ONE ANOTHER ONE #The PHOENIX" (2014). The Company received residences and choreography awards for productions "Impermanence" (2012) and "Alchemic Games" (2013) by CORE (Coordination Dance and Performing Arts of Lazio) within the project Choreographic Workshops supported by MIBACT. In September 2014 during the first tour in the USA, thanks to the valuable collaboration of the Italian Institute of Culture in Chicago, was honored debuting at Ruth Page Theatre with the Triptych “MOTUS: its Director Victor Alexander gave the Certificate of Award to Paola Sorressa inviting her along with Mandala Dance Company and as Guest Artist in the Summer Intensive, for new creations realised on site in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
In December 2015 the new production "ONE THOUSAND CRANES_Tribute to Sadako Sasaki" made its debut in the Algiers International Contemporary Dance Festival in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture in Algiers representing the Italian dance. The Festival was held at the Théatre National Algérien Mahieddine Bachtarzi, with the presence of companies of the highest level such as the Modern Dance Theatre Istanbul, Turkey with choreography by Beyhan Murphy, the Theatre du corps Pietragalla-Derouault for France, Marwen Company Errouine for Tunisia, the Beijing 9 Contemporary Dance Theatre for China, and Eastman of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for Belgium.
With the same production it was selected for International Awards 2017 “The Nude Theater” of Teresa Pomodoro in Milan. In the 2016 it was selected to take a part of Festival Diagonales in Argentina with “The Waiting” production. In May 2016 the Company took part to SOLO Bangkok International Festival (Thailand) with a preview of the new production "FOCUS#concertforbodies", receiving an invitation for the INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL 2018 for the full version. A preview of the Focus was then replicated in Rome on the occasion of the final performance of the INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCE PROJECT Mandala Dance Company with Dance Department at Loyola University in Chicago (July 1 in Rome). The national debut it was 15th October at the Greek Theatre of Rome within the “What dance you want?” Festival 2016.
In October 2016 the Company made its debut with the production "Genius or Madness?" choreographed using the music Davidsbündlertänze by Robert Schumann and performed live by the international pianist Cinzia Bartoli. The Company is also developing relations with Tokyo, Oslo and Copenhagen, as well as having consolidated the cultural bridge with Chicago. In 2016 (March 14 to 19) the second edition of DANCE WEEK TWINNING ITA_USA (training project for young dancers) between Ruth Page Dance School of Chicago and Mandala Dance Company. In 2018 an important collaboration is expected with the company HEDWIG DANCES Chicago (that has to recently celebrated its thirty years of activity). In September 2016 a new project called MATRIX started as an international three-month intensive training directed to a maximum of 12 contemporary dancers interested in learning about the work of the company, with possible inclusion at the end of the path. The participants study classical, contemporary, floor work, contact, improv, partnering, choreographic workshops, Mandala Dance Company repertoire and will be able to participate to different performances of the company.
On 13 July, together with other excellence in Italian dance, Paola Sorressa recived the Award “Golden Amphitheater for Dance Arts” 2017 on the Gala Dinner in honor of Ricardo Nunez.
MDC on 7th October debuted, with the new production INTER_CONNECTIONS, the first national in the XIV International Dance Festival "Let us Dream" at the Teatro ai Colli in Padova and premiere at Ladispoli, Auditorium Massimo Freccia in the dance program of the TWAIN Production Center of the Region of Lazio.
In 2018 will debut of a new production (concert and dance) in honor of Debussy, on the occasion of the centenary of his death from 1918 to 2018 with international pianist Cinzia Bartoli and Mandala Dance Company, choreography by Paola Sorressa.
PRODUCTIONS IN REPERTOIRE:
▪ “FOCUS#CONCERTFORBODIES (2016 - PROMO VIDEO https://vimeo.com/189811740)
▪ “GENIUS OR MADNESS?” DAVIDSBUNDLENTANZE OF SCHUMANN WITH THE INTERNATIONAL PIANIST CINZIA BARTOLI (2016 - PROMO VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/189442666)
▪ “THE THOUSAND CRANES _HONOR A SADAKO SASAKI” (2016 - PROMO VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/189808134)
▪ “THE CHILDREN AND AVIATOR - THE LITTLE PRINCE” (2016 - PROMO VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/151243703)
▪ “BEHIND_PARALLEL UNIVERS” (2015 - PROMO VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/131957256)
▪ “THE ALCHIMIST” (2014 - PROMO VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/134483180)
▪ “THE FIRE BIRTH”- FROM ONE BIRTH TO ANOTHER ONE #THE PHOENIX” (2014 – COPRODUCTION LUCIANO PAVAROTTI WITH COMUNAL THEATER OF MODENA (PROMO VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/95497480 and https://vimeo.com/134483180)
▪ “THE WAITING ” (2014 – PROMO VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/94977464) ▪ “IN_CONTRI” SITE SPECIFIC (2013 - PROMO VIDEO: HTTPS://VIMEO.COM/94957368)
▪ “WATER FLOWING ” (2013 – PROMO VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/94957367)
▪ “ALCHEMIC GAMES” (2013 – PROMO VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/67558445)
▪ “ZERO POINT” (2012 – PROMO VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/62421049)
▪ “IMPERMANENCE” (2012 – PROMO VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/67113938)
▪ “FRANCESCO” (2012 – PROMO VIDEO: http://youtu.be/pA6LNNAT8io)
INTERNATIONAL SOLO FESTIVAL BANGKOK 2016 - BANGKOK ART AND CULTURE CENTRE
FESTIVAL DI DANZA CONTEMPORANEA DI ALGERI 2015
-THÉATRE NATIONAL ALGÉRIEN - MAHIEDDINE BACHTARZI
FESTIVAL COMO CITTÀ DELLA MUSICA 2014 - TEATRO SOCIALE, COMO TUSCIA OPERA FESTIVAL 2007 E 2014 - PIAZZA SAN LORENZO, VITERBO RASSEGNA DANZA PRIMAVERA 2014 - TEATRO COMUNALE L. PAVAROTTI, MODENA RASSEGNA DANZA - 2014 FONDAZIONE PIEMONTE DAL VIVO - TEATRO MUNICIPALE, CASALE MONFERRATO (AL) FESTIVAL QUELLI DELLA DANZA 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 - CDTM/RA.I.D. AUDITORIUM CENTRO SOCIALE, SALERNO RASSEGNA NOVA VITA SEZIONE NOVA LINGUA - 2013 FONDAZIONE PIEMONTE DAL VIVO - SPAZIO BELLARTE, TORINO RASSEGNA LASCIATECI SOGNARE… 2013 - TEATRO AI COLLI, PADOVA RASSEGNA NUOVA DANZA 2013 - TEATRO ITALIA, ROMA RASSEGNA IMPRONTE DI DANZA 2012,2013,2014,2015 - TEATRO DOMENICO BRUNI, UMBERTIDE (PG) FESTIVAL TEN DANCE 2013 - PALAZZO CAETANI, FONDI (LT) FESTIVAL QUELLI DELLA DANZA 2013 - CDTM TEATRO NUOVO, NAPOLI LA GRANDE DANZA A SAN PANTALEO 2012 - PIAZZA DELLA CHIESA, SAN PANTALEO OLBIA 52^ STAGIONE ESTIVA DEL TEATRO ROMANO 2012 - GUBBIO (PG) FESTIVAL GIORNATA MONDIALE DELLA DANZA 2012 -TEATRO OLIMPICO, ROMA FESTIVAL DELLE VILLE TUSCOLANE 2010 - VILLA TORLONIA, FRASCATI (RM) RASSEGNA VASCELLO DANZA 2009 - TEATRO VASCELLO, ROMA AVVERTENZE GENERALI 2009 - ACCADEMIA NAZIONALE DI DANZA, ROMA RASSEGNA CHE DANZA VUOI? 2007,2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 - TEATRO GRECO, ROMA.
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