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About Gaetano Posterino

Gaetano PosterinoGaetano Posterino is Italian and a freelance dance director, choreographer and ballet master. He completed his dance education at the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto. After a first engagement at the Balletto di Toscana Florence he danced for a variety of companies as soloist in Italy (e.g. Ballet L'Ensemble de Micha van Hoecke), Argentina (Teatro San Martin), the United States (San Francisco Ballet), the UK (English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet), Switzerland (Lucerne Ballet, Ventura Dance Company) and as first soloist at Peter Schaufuss Ballet (Denmark) and for many years as first soloist at the Hessian State Ballet in Wiesbaden.

His carreer lead him on stages in more than 100 countries. He was performing roles in choreographic works of e.g. Oscar Araiz, Tarek Assam, Ben van Cauwenberg, John Cranko, Nils Christe, Derek Daine, Mats Ek, Antonio Gomes, Enrico C. Musmeci, Jiri Kylián, Inbal Pinto, Gaetano Posterino, Elgi Tomasson, Peter Schaufuss, James Sutherland, Stephan Thoss, Boris Trailine, Pablo Ventura, Richard Wherlock and Ed Wubbe. Among the performances were well-known classical repertoire pieces as well as modern and contemporary works.   

At an early stage he discovered his talent for choreography. Parallel to his dance career since 1995 he created a large number of most versatile, international choreographic works for ballet, dance theatre, movie and opera. Gaetano Posterino choreographed among others many years for Hessian State Ballet Wiesbaden as house-choreographer, International Dance Theater Reutlingen as artistic director and principal choreographer and Augsburg Ballet as house-choreographer.

Numerous engagements as guest choreographer lead him to Theatre Giessen, Theatre Hagen, Mainfranken Theatre Wuerzburg, Tanzhaus NRW in Dusseldorf, Aarhus Dance Festival in Denmark, Ballet Istanbul, Metropolitan Opera New York, Bilbao Dance Festival in Spain, International May Festival Wiesbaden, Ballet de Santiago de Chile, Pittsburgh Ballet, Semperoper Dresden and Teatro Massimo di Palermo. Since 2002 he is heading his own Posterino Dance Company as artistic director and choreographer.

Gaetano Posterino received eleven international awards for his choreographic works and dance performances. With his art he supports also social projects. Objectives are mainly fundraising or the involvement of mentally retarded or physically disabled people into the creation of art.



Choreographic Handwriting: 360° Compass and Interdisciplinary Work

As an experienced and creative choreographer Gaetano Posterino has his own handwriting in the composition of aesthetic and expressive movements with a 360° compass and interdisciplinary work. He is constantly developping and maintaining it.

"The classic En Pointe is a highly developed movement technique that allows the dancers a perfect body control and elegance. This technique is the basis of my work, but was and constantly is developed further as a movement vocabulary towards an own 'versatile' and contemporary style by integrating modern-contemporary elements. Not at all 'classic', but also  contemporary is the concept of my pieces. Although there is a concrete content, its implementation into dance and movement is not as assigned in classical ballet to individual actors but multi-dimensional or abstract, but meaningful in the context." He explained this in an interview with the newspaper Reutlinger Generalzeiger in Oct. 2004.

In another interview with the newspaper Münchner Merkur in Dec. 2015 he commented on the question about his style like moving softly through water: "I got influenced by my Romanian teacher Magdalena Popa and her creative approch to the Russian Vaganova teaching method. As ballerina she was a star in Bucharest, but also on an international scale. In the early 80s she joined the National Ballet of Canada as ballet mistress and 'Principal Coach', where I received my education in the affiliated school. Another influence were choreographers like Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, Nils Christe, Stephan Thoss or Richard Wherlock whose pieces I performed on stage. My country, the energy of Italy may also play a role. And then last but not least all the years as choreographer in residence at Hessian State Ballet in Wiesbaden and at Theatre Augsburg, where I broadened the base for my style."











Social Commitment



Posterino (English)