Oriente OccidenteOriente Occidente Logo

Alessio Maria Romano

Artist who combines his activity as an actor with a constant study of contemporary dance, movement pedagogy and his own personal choreographic research, Alessio Maria Romano is at the same time an analyst of the Laban/Bartenieff Movement (C.M.A.) and a teacher of physical training and stage movement at the school "L. Ronconi" of the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, where he is also educational coordinator.

He has collaborated, for the physical preparation of actors and choreographic movements, with directors such as Luca Ronconi, Carmelo Rifici, Valter Malosti, Andrea De Rosa, Jacopo Gassmann. He choreographed the Nuovo Balletto di Toscana for the opera Fernando Cortez directed by Cecilia Ligorio at the Maggio Fiorentino. Since 2016 he has been working on his own personal creations such as Bye Bye, Dispersi, Chorós and Avida Dollars. He is invited by Antonio Latella to the 2018 and 2020 Venice Biennale Theatre College. He wins the 2015 National Critics' Award (ANCT) as a theatrical pedagogue and choreographer. He receives the Leone d'Oro at the 2020 Theatre Biennale.

Between August and September 2021 Alessio Maria Romano is in the spaces of Oriente Occidente Studio to realize the project Choròs, an investigation on the relationship between singularity and collectivity, on the way a group of individuals becomes community.

Romano starts from an investigation of the "choròs" intended as the chorus of tragedy, the place where the witnesses of the events act and dance, women and men who, as a whole, constitute themselves as a group. When does the individual stop being such to become a collective, a flock, a herd?

Involving local artists, young Italian dancers and some students from the Bonporti High School of Dance in Trento, over a period of three weeks the choreographer created Choròs. Il luogo dove si danza, a site-specific performance that was premiered at the Campana dei Caduti in Rovereto during Oriente Occidente Dance Festival 2021.

What interests me is a body that is fragile and strong at the same time. A body that knows how to " speak" through the simplicity of actions, memories, gestures and words.

I feel the need to observe, question, choose and ask to choose. A political sign of revenge to the right of the body to exist for what it is, human. I work on a sense of the "we" at the expense of a single power of the self. 

- Alessio Maria Romano