Gabriella Stazio – choreographer, dancer, teacher, artistic director, activist, manager – is one of the most important Italian protagonists in the field of contemporary dance.
Born in Naples, she has studied with some of the greatest interpreters of both contemporary and post-modern dance, such as Merce Cunningham, Douglas Dunn, Meg Harper, Robert Kovich of Merce Cunningham Dance Company; with Molissa Fenley, Charles Moulton, Jim Self of the American post-modern dance current.
She has studied the Graham technique with Joseph Fontano.
She has studied with Roberta Escamilla Garrison, Gillian Hobart and Jorma Uotinen too.
She has also studied with Andre Peck of the Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Libby Nye of the José Limón Dance Company, Jeffrey Axelrod and Shelley-Sabine Senter of the Trisha Brown Dance Company.
She has studied contact improvisation with Steve Paxton, Laurie Booth, Ronald Bunzl and Didier Silon.
She has studied body expression techniques and new psychomotor trends along with music, singing and solfège.
She has graduated magna cum laude in Sport Science and her degree thesis has been published.
Since she is teacher of technique, theory and methodology of both modern and contemporary dance, she is often invited to stages, master classes and choreographic workshops both in Italy and abroad.
In 1979 she founded Movimento Danza: in Southern Italy one of the first centers for production, promotion and training of modern and contemporary dance. The center offers both parallel and cross study of all the dance techniques, through courses, stages, seminars, festivals and show-conferences.
A few years later, she founded the Compagnia Movimento Danza (Movimento Danza Company).
It has quickly brought her to the attention of international public and critics thanks to its vanguard, extremely free and personal language, far away from comfortable labels and easy definitions.
Her choreographic creations are staged in 30 Countries, numbering a lot of encore performances and boasting an extensive repertoire ranging from traditional melodrama to contemporary sounds.
Her collaborations with prestigious organizations such as the Teatro Greco in Siracusa, the Teatro di San Carlo in Napoli, the Samuel Beckett Theater in Dublin, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico, RAI – Radiotelevisione Italiana, Mediaset and the Napoli Teatro Festival Italia.
Her collaborations with musicians like Roberto De Simone, Pino Daniele, Almamegretta, Famoudou Don Moye dell ‘Art Ensemble of Chicago, Arundo Donax, Luigi Stazio, Lello Filaci, Riccardo Veno, Marco Sannino, Roberto Schiano, Giulio Martino and Gianni Imperato are countless.
She has worked with some film directors, including Pappi Corsicato, Roberto De Simone, Giuseppe Sollazzo, Gigi De Luca.
Gabriella Stazio is frequently invited to the most important national and international festivals and some of her choreographic performances feature in international TV shows broadcasted by RAI.
She has received important awards including Premio Vignale Danza, Premio Positano Arte della Danza Leonide Massine, Premio Aragonese, Sunday Tribune Award, Award of International Contemporary Dance Meetings in Mexico City, Premio Promozione Danza / Il Coreografo Elettronico and Premio Napoli Cultural Classic for Dance.
In 2000 Movimento Danza was recognized as National Promotion Body by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities.
In the same year, Gabriella Stazio was the artistic director of the project Movimento Danza 2000: un passato diverso, un futuro comune, part of the framework programme Culture2000 by the European Union.
Some partners of the project: Tanztheater of Pina Bausch from Wuppertal, Laban Center from London, Ballet Vicor Ullate from Madrid, Onnagatarea Complex from Brussels, Mediascena Europa from Rome.
From 2001 to 2004, in the city of Pomigliano d’Arco, she has been both artistic director and supervisor of the project PomiglianoDanza: the first example in Southern Italy of Public Dance School.
Since 2001 she has been both promoter and artistic director of the World Day of Dance: the occurrence to celebrate dance, sponsored by UNESCO and introduced for the first time to Italy by Gabriella Stazio.
Since 2002 she is the artistic director of the contemporary dance exhibition ‘Second Hand – Di Seconda Mano‘ conceived by herself.
Since 2004 she is the artistic director of ‘Performing Arts Group – Compagnia Giovani Movimento Danza‘: a project aiming to introduce younger dancers to theater life.
In 2008 she was both artistic director and choreographer of ‘Z.A.C. – Zona Attacco Creativo‘ for the Napoli Teatro Festival Italia.
Since 2012 she is the artistic director of ‘Residanza – La casa della Nuova Coreografia ‘ (a project of hospitality for young choreographers) and of ‘My Lesson, My Body: nuovi codici della danza’ (a project devoted to dance training and methodology).
The book ’30 Anni E + In Movimento’ (‘Over 30 Years On The Move’) was published in 2012 – edited by Raffaella Tramontano (Liguori Editore).
It traces Gabriella Stazio’s main steps during 30 years of activity as both choreographer and artistic director of Movimento Danza.
Since 2015 she is the artistic director and the choreographer of the project ‘Campanian Dance Road‘, promoted in collaboration with the Campania Region.
In the same year she became the editor of ‘Campadidanza – Dance Magazine‘: a dance magazine.
Between 2016 and 2017 she designed her latest choreography for Compagnia Movimento Danza (Movimento Danza Company) entitled ‘Place Is The Space – Live!’.
This is an artistic creation suspended between chance and decision, freedom and pattern, contact and contrast.
Dancers on the fly interact with live music, using body and movement breaking the mold but in harmony with the place they are in, wherever it is – outdoor or indoor – without any scenic object, light effect nor costume.