Annalisa Cioffi

AnnalisaCioffiInterview by Caroline Bertoldo: I recall Annalisa Cioffi, especially in Thierry Malandain's "Pierre de Lune, as a beautiful dancer with a powerful and glowing presence. Therefore, keen to know what she is doing now, I asked her what had happened since she left BJG in 2001. She told me that she had joined Thierry Malandain's Ballet Biarritz, where she had stayed for about 8 years.

Did you have to audition?

My first visit with Sean and Patrice to audition in Paris with a few other dancers from BJG was not a great success (Annalisa laughs). However it did give me the opportunity to study Thierry and his company at work. ! The following year I went to St Etienne, where I studied Pierre de Lune with Thierry. As a result he asked me to audition for him in Biarritz and to stay with the company for four to five days to work on some choreography. This led to me being invited to join the company as a trainee....and my adventure started.

And then?

What an incredible experience! At 19 I was the youngest member of the company. There were only 12 dancers, which meant that the relationship between choreographer and dancers was very close. Thierry was always very sympathetic when working with us. Since that time the company has grown considerably and I have found myself working with other dancers of widely differing personalities, who graduated from a classical background to working in a contemporary style. ! I fell in love instantly with Thierry's style of choreography. For some it seems neo-classical, whilst others class it as very
contemporary. But for me it is his own personal style; fluid and both light and extremely powerful. The first time I saw Pierre de Lune I was dumbstruck at the power released in the dancer. It all looked so easy....but, of course, was not! In addition each character was clearly delineated and enabled each dancer to add something special and personal to the interpretation of the piece. One did not feel like a corps de ballet, but individuals in a group, each with recognisable characteristics. Thierry's liking for groups could cause problems when a dancer was unable to dance and there was no understudy available as a replacement. Each group member would have a solo moment or appear with only one or two other dancers. This meant I danced a lot!!
In my 8th and last year I gained my Classic State Diploma and then had to stop dancing due to health problems.

What did you do next?

Since I could no longer dance professionally I returned to Italy with my diploma, where I started teaching at my mother's Dance School in Pesaro. I was also free to give a few freelance performances, freed from professional pressures

What do you teach?

Classical Dance. In addition I ran an improvement course for two years. I am still teaching.

What do you like about teaching?

What particularly struck me when I started teaching was the happy spontaneity of the children's dancing, their joy of performing, palpable as they came on stage.
When required to give over 100 performances a year professional dancers can struggle to find enthusiasm; and yet it should always be there. This determined me to convey my experience to young dancers, to show them what a beautiful art dance is. Teaching makes me happy and I will pursue it.

I am told that you have a young child.

Yes; an 8 month old boy called Alessandro. Becoming a mother is so beautiful. I watch the way he moves and crawls and visualise Contemporary Dance. For me he dances; it is like second nature (she laughs). Dancing is such a natural thing and I find this fascinating, not only from a mother's viewpoint.

What other interest do you have outside Dance?

All forms of art interest me and I like exhibits and concerts. Whilst we have much music in this region, unfortunately there are few exhibitions and very little Dance. Good Contemporary Dance carries little appeal, although foreign companies do visit occasionally. By good fortune the International Civitanova Danza Festival is held here. ! Youngsters nowadays are easily beguiled by television into thinking that appearing on it will grant them instant success and recognition. They are not attracted by the hard work and discipline of a theatre career. Much work remains to be done in building awareness of different cultural opportunities.


Do you wish to be involved in this work?

I am. We arrange theatre visits for students and have been organising a small Contemporary Dance Festival,
Hangartfest, for the past 12 years. This is an international platform for young choreographers. Young artists in residence are encouraged to present their work in public. However this is uphill work. Since we are a private school we get no support from the Town Hall and have to find our own resources. But there is still hope.
Seeing what Sean and Patrice have achieved with BJG and EDG, I aim to do something similar here.....wonderful, but practically impossible. Attitudes need to shift towards a willingness to promote Dance. Geneva has moved far in the right direction; Pesaro lags far behind.


What message would you like to give the BJG Dancers?


Follow your dreams. There is always someone who will warn you that you will not succeed; it is too difficult, or you have not got the looks! If you are really determined you will achieve. ! Dance can offer many diverse opportunities to anyone who is keen. The important thing is to dance in whatever discipline and style drives you. However tough it is, do not give up; keep putting more energy into it. ! I come from a small town in Italy. When I started in Dance School none envisaged that I would make it to BJG and onwards to Malandain and a worldwide career. Dreams do come true.....if you have a great deal of determination.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I owe Sean and Patrice a lot. It was they who introduced me to Contemporary Dance. Before that I had followed the Classical route and barely touched on Contemporary. However when I joined EDG I was total immersed (she laughs) and taught all the different styles. Every day I took Contemporary Dance classes and in addition was taught how to cope in the professional world. I was shown what it was like to work within a company; the rehearsals, the classes, the performances and much else.
They played a large part in confirming to me that this was my vocation.

2018

Adam Seid Tahir

Adam Seid Tahir

2018 :
- Chor. Louise Mochia "Dance all year long festival" - Danemak
- Reprise de rôle avec Teac Damsa , Michael Keegan Dolan - Irelande
Dansathon 18 , membre de l'équipe lauréate de Londres, Sadlers Wells. ‘Digital Umbilical’

Alexandre Goyer

Alexandre Goyer

2018: Cie Dantzas - San Sebastien - Espagne

Andreas Muelas Blanco

Andreas Muelas Blanco

2018 : Dance Theatre Heidelberg, Ivan Perez - Allemagne

Esther Bachs Vinuela

Esther Bachs Vinuela

2018 : Projet T.Bacci & C.Perrin - Festival La Bâtie - Genève - Suisse
2019: Ballet de Lorraine - Nancy - France

Juliette Jean

Juliette Jean

2018 : Cie Titoyaya - Gustavo Ramirez Sansano - Espagne

Maya Feldman

Maya Feldman

 2018 : Cie Roy Assaf  - Israël

Michal Geyer

Michal Geyer

2018 : - Apprentie avec Cie Roy Assaf
  - Projet Talia Beck pour Festival "Curtain Up" - Tel Aviv - Israël

Naomi Charlot

Naomi Charlot

2018: Cie M.O / Maryne Bernard - Toulouse - France

Noémie de Almeida Ferreira

Noémie de Almeida Ferreira


CCN de Rilleux-la-Pape, Lyon , France (Centre Chorégraphique National) directeur: Yuval Pick

Océane Sasizza

Océane Sasizza

2018 : Création avec chorégraphe Lucia Piquero- Malte.
2019: Christine Hassid Project : Création - Bordeaux-France
Cie James Wilton Dance - Royaume Uni

Olivia Hansson

Olivia Hansson

2018: Semiramide Opera , Rossini. Chorégraphie Daisy Phillips - La Fenice - Italie

Rafaël Sauzet

Rafaël Sauzet

2018 : Projet T.Bacci & C.Perrin - Festival La Bâtie - Genève - Suisse

Sofia Sangregorio

Sofia Sangregorio

2018: - Orpheus & Eurydice production directed by Arnold Ostman, choreographed by Betina Marcolin - Ulriksdal Palace Theatre - Solna- Suède
- Dance video for FATTA organisation campaign - Sweden
- In creation with Giovanni Buccchieri
2019: World of Dance company /Nishant Bhola - Roosendal - Pays Bas

Thomas Queyrens

Thomas Queyrens

2018 : Enseigne la danse sur Genève - Suisse  et Lyon - France
2019 : Christine Hassid Project : Création 2019 - France

2017

Baptiste Cazaux

Baptiste Cazaux

2017: création de Joszef Trefeli - Genève, Suisse ,
reprise de rôle - Perrine Valli - Genève , Suisse
2018 : Reprise de rôle  "Rule of Three" de Jan Martens.
Création de son propre travail pour les quart d'heure de Sévelin, Lausanne
2019 : création avec chorégraphe Ayelin Parolin - Bruxelles - Belgique

Céline Schoefs

Céline Schoefs

2017: Ballet de Lorraine  (Nancy, France)

Giacomo Citton

Giacomo Citton

2017: Ballet Cullberg (Stockholm - Suède)

Julia Rieder

Julia Rieder

2017: National Dance Company Wales,
(Cardiff, UK)

Kelsey Rohr

Kelsey Rohr

2017:
Cie Alias - Guilherme Botelho (Genève, Suisse)

Léa Déschaintres

Léa Déschaintres

2017 : Cie San.Toor (Suisse)
2019 : apprentie , Nouvelle création Olivier Dubois - Paris - France

Louis Bourrel Germain

Louis Bourrel Germain

2017: Cie Alias - Guilherme Botelho 
(Genève,Suisse)

Maria Lua Carreira

Maria Lua Carreira

2017: Compagnia EgriBianco Danza
(Italie)

Marie Barriol

Marie Barriol

2017: projet Utile/Inutile - Foofwa d'imobilité
(Genève, Suisse)

Neal Maxwell

Neal Maxwell

2017: Gary Clark company (UK tour)
Hofesh Shechter II (Londres, UK)

Robinson Cassarino

Robinson Cassarino

2017: Hofesh Shechter II  (Londres, UK)
2018 : Compagnie Hofesh Shechter - Londres - UK

Shirwann Jeammes

Shirwann Jeammes

2017: Cie Olivier Dubois (France)
Cirque du Soleil  (Espagne)
2018 : Cie Burnout - Jann Gallois - France

Umut Ozdaloglu

Umut Ozdaloglu

2017: Master au Trinity Laban School  (Londres, Uk)

Willem-Jan Sas

Willem-Jan Sas

2017: Ballet de Lorraine (Nancy, France)

2016

Arnaud Bacharach: Création Perrine Valli + Opéra de Lausanne "L'Orfeo"
                                                              - mise en scène Robert Carsen
Irit Brunner: Cie Inbal Dance Theatre - Tel Aviv - Israël
Eléonore Cabrera: Projet Utile/inutile Foofwa d'imobilité
Viola Daus: Landes Theater Linz - Daniel Morales Perez - Autriche
Cyril Durand-Gasselin: Stagiaire Ballet du Nord- Roubaix - France "Auguri", National Dance Company Wales - UK
Robin Elissade-Fabre: Compagnie XXeme Tribu (François Lamargot)- France
                               + Projet Peter Agardi + reprise de rôle Christine Hassid
Laetitia Gex: Cie Alias - Guilherme Botelho
Natacha Kierbel: Opéra de Lausanne "L'Orfeo" / Cie Ex Nihilo - France
Sarah Leenders: Compania de Danza Matosinos (Gustavo Oliviero)
                                      Apprentie (Janvier 2017) Porto - Portugal
Pascal Neyron: Opéra de Lausanne "L'Orfeo" - mise en scène Robert Carsen
Emeline Quinet: Projet Utile/inutile Foofwa d'imobilité
Rémi Richaud: Olivier Dubois, Ballet du Nord - Roubaix- Fr "Auguri"
Anthony Roques: Mille Plateaux Associés - France / Cie Michel Kelemenis - France
Alizée Sourbé: Projet Utile/inutile Foofwa d'imobilité
Justinien Tétaud: Alienor ballet contemporain - France
Justine Tourillon: Olivier Dubois, Ballet du Nord - Roubaix - France "Auguri"

2015

Jeremy Alberge : Cie Inbal Pinto, (Israël)
Carl Crochet : Hofesh Shechter Junior (Royaume Uni)
Inès Depauw : Staatstheater Saarland Ballet, Sarbrucken (stagiaire), (Allemagne)
Jure Gostincar : Cie Zfin Malta, (Malte)
Elina Kajiya : Projet "Utile/Inutile " Foofwa d'Imobilité, (Suisse)
Sophie Lèbre : Projet "Utile/Inutile " Foofwa d'Imobilité, (Suisse)
Marie Pastorelli : Cie Grenade - Jozette Baiz, (France)
Murielle Pégou : Cie Grenade - Josette Baiz, (France)
Geoffrey Piberne : Cie Eco, Emilio Calcagno, (Sicile)
Evita Pitara : Projet "Utile/Inutile " Foofwa d'Imobilité, (Suisse)
Antonin Rioche : Projet, Cie Olivier Dubois (France)
Rudi Sbrizzi : Projet "Utile/Inutile " Foofwa d'Imobilité, (Suisse)
Juliette Valerio : Projet "Utile/Inutile " Foofwa d'Imobilité, (Suisse)
Léo Vendelli : Cie Zfin Malta (stagiaire) , (Malte)
Floriane Zaccaria : Cie Zfin Malta (stagiaire) , (Malte)

2014

Marta Almeida : Cie Yann Marussich (stagiaire), (Suisse)
Catarina Barbosa: Cie Gilles Jobin (Suisse)
Brian Caillet: Scottish Dance Theater (Royaume Uni)
Gabin Corredor: Zfin Malta Contemporary Dance Company (Malte)
Anne-Charlotte Huber : Shechter Junior (Royaume Uni)
Caroline Mougenot: Zfin Malta Contemporary Dance Company (Malte)
Erin O'Reilly: Cie Laura Tanner (Suisse)
Niels Plotard: Zfin Malta Contemporary Dance Company (Malte)

2013

Antoine Audras: Black Box Dance company (Danemark)
Diogo Bolacha de Souza: Hofesh Shechter Company (Royaume Unis)
Mirta Boschetti: Compagnia Antonio Minini (Italie)
Stanislas Charré: Cie Gilles Jobin (Suisse)
Charles Dalerci: Ballet de Lorraine (France)
Adreas Grimaldier: Phoenix Dance Theater (Royaume Uni)
Marico Koh: Stadttheater Bremerhaven (Allemagne)
Aline Lopes: 7273 (Suisse)
Anaïs Pensé: Cie Angelin Preljocaj (France)

2012

Giorgio Azzone: RBR Dance Company (Italie)
Constance Delorme: Alias (Suisse)
Zoé Dumont: création Maude Liardon (Suisse)
Edouard Hue: Hofesh Shechter Company (Angleterre)
Alex Inculet: Ballett am Rhein (Allemagne)
Caroline Jacquemont: création Maude Liardon (Suisse)
Lisa Kasman: IT Danza (Espagne)
Julie Koenig: Ballet Actuel (France)
Frank Kohler: Cie Linga (Suisse)
Anaïs Michelin: Cie Angelin Preljocaj (France)
Guillaume Quéau: Cedar Lake Company (USA)
Aurélie Robichon: Tanz Luzerner Theater (Suisse)

2011

Samir M'Kirech: DV8 - Londres (Angleterre)
Rémi Benard: Staatstheater Kassel (Allemagne)
Andreas Carruciu: Qorum Ballet - Portugal/Ballet Boys (Londres)
Lucile Moulin: Celllule Insertion Ballet de Lorraine, CCN (France)
Julien Ramade: Alias (Suisse)/ Ballet National de Marseille (France)
Candide Sauvaux: Alias (Suisse)
Erik Lobelius: Alias (Suisse)
Emilie Garetier: Alias (Suisse)
Marion Rochefeuille: Alias (Suisse)
Manon Parent: Boursière de la Fulbright Commission (stagiaire Cedar Lake - USA)
Violette Wanty: Cie DCA - Philippe Decouflé (France)

2010

Chloé Albaret - (NDT2, Pays Bas)
Alice Baccile - (Stadtsteater Munich , Allemagne)
Mathilde Gilhet - (Quorum Ballet, Portugal)
Pascal Marty - (Saarbrucke Stadtsteater, Allemagne)
Anais Michelin - (Europadanse, France)
Ivanka Moizan - (Cie Suède)
Danilo Moroni - (Europadanse, France)
Rosario Nistico - (Cie Kamea, Israel)
Guillaume Payen - (Cie Kamea, Israel)
Miki Wakabayashi - (Saarbrucke Stadtsteater, Allemagne)
Jorys Zegarac - (Cie Preljocaj, France)

2009

Bersier Bérénice - (Cie Cathy Sharp , Basel)
Lawrence Rachel - (Ballet de Lucerne)
Pelacchi Fillipo - (Introdans- Arnhem Pays Bas)
Signoretti Luca - (Ballet de Lucerne)

2008

Sophie Balet - Theater Ulm - Ballett - Allemagne
Stéphanie Bayle - Alias - Genève
Linda Boninsegni - Tees Valley Dance Company - Angleterre
Michael Pascault - Cie Cathy Sharp - Suisse
Morgane de Toeuf - Stadttheater Giessen, Tanztheater - Allemagne
Ariane Voineau - Cie Danse K par K , Karine Ledoyen - Canada
Audrey Plombin - Monte ses propres chorégraphies

2007

Teresa Belza Palomar (Cie Iker Gómez - Espagne)
Aoi Keimi (Gisela Rocha Campany - Zürich)
Elodie Koch (production Grand Théâtre de Genève - Omar Porras)
Sara Giannatiempo (Cie Nomades - Suisse)
Laure Lescoffy (Ballet de Lorraine - France)
Monica Sanz (Ballet de Lorraine - France)

2006

Laia Duran Figols (Staatstheater-Darmstadt)
Jessica François (Theater St Gallen, Cie Philippe Saire - Lausanne)
Kenneth Henry (Stadttheater - Giessen)
Fanny Mayné (Alias Cie-Genève)
Amandine Schembri (Cie Maryse Delente-Roanne)
Julia Szemro (Staatstheater-Darmstadt)
Raphaële Teicher (Cie Marie-Laure Agrapart - Paris)

2005

Coralie Bernard - Lyon Opéra Ballet
Ruth Childs - Cie Jean-Marc Heim - Cie Neopost Ahrrrt - Cie Jozsef Trefeli
James O'Hara - Ballet Preljocaj - Cie Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Ingrid Sempere - Alias Cie - Scottish Ballet
Olivia Ortega - création Cie Pif en l'Air - Cie Filibert Tologo
Daisy Philipps - Cie Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui - Alain Platel

2004

Céline Holzer - Ballet Actuel
Alfonso Hierro Delgado - Ballet de Innsbruck

2003

Philia Maillardet - Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève - Alias Cie

2002

Olivia Cassereau - Cie Sébastien Perrault
Sébastien Perrault - création Cie Sébastien Perrault - Cie Pietragalla - Cie Olivier Dubois
Isabelle Rigat - Cie Laura Tanner - Cie Neopost Ahrrrt - Cie Gilles Jobin

2001

Caroline Teillier - Cie Hoogenraad - Cie Laura Tanner
Annalisa Cioffi - CCN Ballet Biarritz
Maria-Lorena Fichaux - English National Ballet

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