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Alessio Maria Romano

Silver Lion

Award Ceremony

Monday 14 September 2020, 12:00 noon
Giardini - Arena

Alessio Maria Romano

La Biennale di Venezia is to present the Silver Lion award to Alessio Maria Romano.
Antonio Latella has declared:

With the Silver Lion it is my intent to call attention to another fundamental figure in theatre, the pedagogue, the person who lays the cornerstones, working to discover and enhance young talents by cultivating them from the start.
The Master Alessio Maria Romano, despite his young age, has put all his knowledge at the service of young people, and in a way, I dare say, has shaped future Silver Lions. Pedagogy as growth and knowledge.
Alessio Maria Romano is a director and choreographer, he trains actors through the discipline of choreography, teaching the actors what they need to know, especially the new figure of the actor-performer, awareness of their own bodies, and how a gesture in theatre can be more incisive than a spoken line. The actor is she who uses gesture and movement to cut through the space of the stage, and her voice to cut through the silence. Alessio Maria Romano’s dedication is acknowledged by the entire world of theatre, thanks to the attention with which he has and continues to follow each one of his students individually, taking responsibility for preparing them to enter the working and professional world.
Maestro Alessio Maria Romano is well aware that there is no single teaching method, but that every student needs his own method which first and foremost questions the method itself.
This rare attention, this dedication, may also be seen in the works in which Alessio Romano is the director and choreographer.

Biographical Notes

Alessio Maria Romano (Palermo, 1978) graduated as an actor from the School of the Teatro Stabile Torino. At the same time, he earned a diploma in the Laban/Bartenieff Analysis of Movement (C.M.A.) in the United States and the United Kingdom, furthering his interest in stage movement and the pedagogy of movement. He studied with Luca Ronconi in the first course at the Centro Teatrale Santa Cristina. He studied with Raffaella Giordano in the two-year course Scritture per la danza contemporanea. He worked for the Compagnia del Teatro Stabile di Torino as an actor from 2000 to 2005, with many directors including M. Avogadro and G. Cobelli. He worked with Luca Ronconi as an assistant for the stage movement in the project titled Domani and the production of Itaca. For Ronconi he also created the stage movement for Fahrenheit 451 and the choreography for Turandot at the Teatro Regio di Torino. He collaborated in the physical preparation of the actors and the stage/choreographic movements with Carmelo Rifici (Tre sorelle, La Signorina Julie, I Giusti, La Tardi Ravveduta, Il Nemico, Il gatto con gli Stivali, Fedra, Medea, I puritani, Elektra and the BUIO project) and Valter Malosti (Sogno di una notte di mezza estate, La Signoria Julie, Lo stupro di Lucrezia, Amleto, Arialda, Antonio e Cleopatra and Akhenaton, Il giardino dei ciliegi). He was responsible for the choreographic movement in Coefore and Eumenidi for the centennial celebrations of the Istituto Nazionale del dramma antico in Siracusa, directed by D. Salvo. He worked with Sonia Bergamasco for the stage movement of Louise e Renée at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano in the spring of 2017. He collaborated with Andrea De Rosa in the production of Baccanti at the Teatro Grande di Pompei in June 2017. In 2014, he served as an assistant in the Laban/Bartenieff certification course at the I.M.S. of the University of Utah, in the United States. He is the educational coordinator and teaches physical training/stage movement at the School of the Teatro Stabile di Torino. He teaches “expressive movement” at the School of the Teatro Piccolo di Milano and at the Centro Teatrale Santa Cristina headed by Luca Ronconi. He is a co-founder, with Maria Consagra, of the “Thymos” research centre for the Laban/Bartenieff movement pedagogy. He is the author of the solo piece Maleficio inspired by F. Garcia Lorca. He was a finalist for the Equilibrio 2012 prize with his work Sogni italiani. In February 2016 he founded the A.M.R. company with the work/study Dispersi. He won the National Critics’ Award (ANCT) in 2015 as a pedagogist and choreographer for the theatre.

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