Artistic Director | Roberto Casarotto

Roberto CasarottoFollowing a professional path that brought him in touch with some of the most innovative and experimental contexts of the contemporary choreography, Roberto Casarotto dedicated his career to the promotion of dance through many experiences in the European planning in constant dialogue with the most active international networks and institutions in the dance and performing arts sectors. Besides his training as a dancer at the London Contemporary Dance School, he also graduated from Università Ca’Foscari di Venezia with a degree in Economics. He was invited by the British Council to the Cultural Leadership International project, an experimental project for the development of the international cultural leaderships, and obtained a significant support for the development of his professional career and for an international research on the community projects, dance presentations and performance events experiences in national museums, art galleries and exhibitions. Being the curator for international dance projects and the artistic consultant for the Operaestate Festival Veneto dance project (Comune di Bassano del Grappa), he also developed dance projects for Centro per la Scena Contemporanea, as well as the residence, research, production and training programme. Furthermore, he developed many projects concerning the research, production and presentation of contemporary dance with many international partners, obtaining the support of the European Union. He made possible the acceptance of the Centro per la Scena Contemporanea to the European Dancehouse Network. He created and curated the start of the Dance&Health project with Parkinson in Bassano del Grappa, which led to the professional training of dance teachers specialising in classes for people with Parkinson disease and the regular dance practice in the space of the town’s Museum. Since 2009, he is the Associate Director of Aerowaves, founded by John Ashford, the international network supported by the European Union that promotes the artistic mobility of emerging choreographers and their works in 34 European countries. He also took part in many artistic commissions for the planning of national dance platforms such as British Dance Edition (2014), NID New Italian Dance Platform (2014), Moving Meetings (2011). He was also the guest teacher for the choreography degree of SNDO The Amsterdam School of the Arts/Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. He curated artistic programmes and projects for the Gender Bender Festival, Fondazione HangarBicocca in Milan, Dance in Vancouver 2009, Fabbrica Europa Festival and Teatro Pubblico Pugliese for the internationalisation of contemporary dance projects and activities in the FESR programmes of the Puglia Region. He created and curated with Gitta Wigro the international project Video Dance (Moving Virtual Bodies), an international dance film programme linked to a research and educational path for filmmakers and choreographers, which was presented in many Italian cities in collaboration with Anticorpi XL. As a researcher he worked with the writer Paolo Ruffini for the book “Yasmeen Godder” (L’Epos edition). For L’Epos he wrote in 2009 the book “Nigel Charnock”. In January 2015 he was appointed artistic director of Balletto di Roma.