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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. His work is supported by state and municipal institutions, companies and foundations and has received excellent reviews in important newspapers and dance publications.

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 very own signature in the composition of aesthetic and expressive movements. He has developed his versatile style with a 360° compass and interdisciplinary work based on historical influences over many years.

In his work today, highly agile dance theatre meets modern, expressive choreography: his works are held in an avant-garde experimental style that combines flowing contemporary movement vocabulary, denial of gravity, modern intensive floor work, speech, singing and dance theatre, and enriched with almost acrobatic and humorous elements. The audience is offered an intensive insight into the spectrum of the modern world of dance theatre, its forms, perspectives and contents. In dance, he uses a reflective introspective search for movement, which in its questioning is industrious about exciting and innovative forms of expression of a modern diction, in order to open up new spaces for dance - flowing, faltering, sensitive, but also rough and dirty. Gaetano Posterino conveys his artistic development through a dynamic choreography that works interdisciplinarily and draws on literary, performative and sociological approaches. And who focuses on perfect body control in dance as well as strong expression in gestures and facial expressions.

 

 

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Posterino (English)