Antonio Colandrea

Born in Monte di Procida, Antonio Colandrea graduated from the Dance School of the San Carlo Theater in Naples in 1983 and won a scholarship at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. He danced as a soloist and principal dancer at Theater San Carlo in Naples, Arena in Verona, on Rai and on Swiss Television in Lugano. Since 1984 he was part of MaggioDanza, a company for which he performed important roles as a soloist and principal dancer, both in classical repertory and in contemporary productions. Among his most significant artistic collaborations are the participation with Rudolph Nureyev in Gogol’s “The Coat” and the collaborations with world famous choreographers such as E. Poliakov, W. Forsyte, M. Cunningham, M. Graham, J. Limon, G. Balanchine, A. Tudor, L. Childs, J. Neumayer, C. Armitage. In 1990 he was awarded by the Bottega Choreografica for “Cogito Ergo Sum”. Since 1992 he has created numerous choreographies for MaggioDanza: “Con-cor-danze”, “L’Histoire du soldat”, “Chi tene ‘o mare”, “Talco: the perfume of memory”, “Alter ego”, “Five flowers for Genie”. In 1997 he was invited to the Tokyo Festival with two choreographies entitled “Empreintens” and “Douze percussions pour un trio”, created for Marie Claude Pietaragalla and Aurelie Dupont, both étoile dancers of the Paris Opera. In 1998, on the occasion of the World Music Festival on the Island of Elba, he created Schonberg’s “Notte trasfigurata” commissioned by the world famous violist Yuri Bachmet. Since 2001 he has been maitre de ballet and principal choreographer for Ballet Cyprus, and later he became main choreographer of the Compagnia Spazio Danza in Naples. In 2005 he choreographed the opera “Nel Paese dei Mostri Selvaggi” by Oliver Krussen, directed by Amy Luckenbach, at the Teatro Maggio Musicale in Florence. In 2005 he signed the choreographies for the film “The Garden” by Alessandro Golinelli, awarded at the Berlin Film Festival. Same year, he created “Bolshoe Spasibo” for the Balletto di Toscana. In March 2006, in collaboration with the stylist Regina Schrecker, he choreographed “Snow White” for Maggio Danza. In 2006 he also created the choreography for the film “Go Go Tells” by Abel Ferrara, awarded at the Cannes Film Festival with Willem Dafoe, Matthew Modien, Asia Argento, Riccardo Scamarcio. In December 2006 he was appointed Artistic Director of the New Cyprus Ballet Company. In 2008, for the opening of the 71st edition of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, he was entrusted with the choreography of Bizet’s “Carmen”, directed by Carlos Saura and conducted by Zubin Metha. As part of the exhibition, he also takes care of the choreography for “Phaedra” by Christian Lehnert, with the direction of Roberto Abbado, the direction of Michael Kerstan and the supervision of Hans Werner Henze. In 2009 he was the main interpreter as a performer (actor, singer and dancer) in the creation of M. Moricone for MaggioDanza entitled “BB&BB” with the world breakdance champions and the MaggioDanza dancers. Also in 2009, on the occasion of the closing of the Summer Season of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, within the International Gala at the Boboli Gardens in Florence, he presented his latest choreographic version of “Apollon Musagette Pas de Deux”. He holds the role of artistic director, director and choreographer in various and numerous international dance projects and initiatives in Italy. Since 2017 he has been the main guest choreographer at Forum in Danza, in 2018 he is artistic director, director and choreographer of Cuore Flegreo, a dance, music and fashion event with international stars; since 2019 he has been artistic director of the prestigious Premio Napoli in Danza and artistic director of Sorrento Dance International. Since 2021 he has officially been the artistic coordinator of the Municipality of Monte di Procida for the “La Rinascita della Cultura” project. Antonio Colandrea is constantly engaged in dance lessons at the most prestigious academies and dance schools throughout the country and abroad.