Class Description | Monday Night Improvisation | 10 February 2020
Driven by a passion for sculpture and architecture, and starting from the assumption that our movement can carve the space and leave a trace behind, Riccardo leads a very high-paced, dynamic and spacious improvisation class that aims to unlock the body and stretch its movement potential into a million different directions. The focus of Riccardo's work is on movement projection. Throughout the class, dancers are invited to look for the limits of their kinesphere and challenge their own habits in order to approach movement with a tridimensional perspective and to embrace the surrounding space fully.
Riccardo trained at Accademia Domenichino da Piacenza/IT and London Contemporary Dance School where he graduated in 2009. Highlights of his career so far include winning The Place Prize 2013 with the piece Athletes, the participation in the international research projects danceWEB (Impulstanz, Vienna), Creatives in Residence at The Hospital Club (London), ArtsCross London 2013 (UK, Taiwan and China), Performing Gender (Italy, Croatia, Spain, the Netherlands), MAM-Maroc Artist Meeting in Marrakech. His work in the visual arts field include an exhibition commissioned by Summerhall (Edinburgh), an installation part of London Festival of Architecture 2016 and a collaboration with London gallery Nahmad Projects presented during the exhibition i’m NOT tino sehgal curated by Francesco Bonami and miart - fiera di arte moderna e contemporanea di Milano 2017. In 2017 he also signed a creation on Chelyabinsk Contemporary Dance Theater (Russia) then nominated as Best Choreography and himself as Best Choreographer at the Golden Mask 2018, Moscow. In 2016 he approached opera direction working on Don Pasquale (Donizetti), Barber of Seville (Rossini),Madama Butterfly (Puccini) for Associazione Amici della Lirica Piacenza in collaboration with Giuseppina Campolonghi, and on Sebastiano Dessanay's The Cry of the Double Bass (Tête á Tête Opera Festival, London). In January 2019 he assisted M° Italo Nunziata in a new production of Verdi's La forza del destino at Teatro Municipale (Piacenza), Teatro Pavarotti (Modena) and Teatro Valli (Reggio Emilia), Italy.
From 2011 to 2015 Riccardo taught Choreography and Performance at Birkbeck University, London. He has taught professionals in Italy, UK, Spain, Croatia, Sweden and Russia.