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Mr. Roberto Casarotto

OPERA ESTATE FESTIVAL and Centro per la Scena Contemporanea - Bassano del Grappa, Director of Dance Projects. Bassano del Grappa, Italy www.operaestate.it

Biography

Since 2006, Robert has been director of the dance projects for the Centro per la Scena Contemporanea di Bassano del Grappa (CSC) and Operaestate Festival Veneto. Associate director of Aerowaves, he is a member with Comune di Bassano del Grappa (CSC) of EDN European Dancehouse Network. Currently involved in several international projects supported by the EU, he develops initiatives aimed at supporting the artistic research, mobility and artists’ development in the field of dance. He is the Italian initiator of dance & health with Parkinson, a project aimed at research the impact that the practice of dance has on people with Parkinson. He is the author of the book Nigel Charnock published in 2009 by L’Epos, in the Dance forward/Dance for word series.

On Friday 13th of March, we invited 6 International delegates to give us an overview of the dance sector in their region. What are the landscapes, trends, difficulties and new directions coming out of their country or region? What are their influences? Where do they fit on a global stage and how what connections do they see with Australian Dance? This is what Roberto Casarotto had to say.

Curatorial Statement

My curatorial approach is aimed at developing the culture of contemporary dance and creation in Italy, in dialogue with other international scenes and artists. Some of the qualities and criteria that have guided me when viewing dance works are : The work is propelled by a good idea, Choreographed with an originality motivated by this idea, Which has the confidence to omit the superfluous, With a clear and sturdy structure, Danced with clarity, verve, commitment and assurance, Capable to communicate universally.