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His works have been set on prestigious theatres
including: Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre (New York), Salvatore
Capezio Theatre (New York), La Cigale (Parigi),
Teatro dell'Opera di Erfurt (Germania), Na Strastnom Theatre
(Mosca), Teatro Guaria (Curitiba, Brasile), Teatro nazionale di
Belgrado (SerbIa), Teatro Municipal
Joaquim Benite (Lisbona), Espace Robert Hossein (Lourdes),
Auditorium Conciliazione (Roma), James and Nancy
Gaertner Performing Art Center (Huntsville -
Texas), Russia Dramma Theatre (Ufa, Russia), Teatro Sao
Pedro (Porto Allegre, Brasile).
Enzo Celli’s international engagements include: Peridance
Contemporary Dance Company (NYC), Sam Houstone State
University (Huntsville - Texas), Sarah
Lawrence College (NYC), Bashkortostan State Academy
(Russia), EBA-UFMG University (Belo Horizonte, Brasil).
Russian Drama Theatre (Ufa, Russia), Na Strastnom
Theatre (Moscow), National Choreographic Centre of
Montpellier- Les Orsoline (France), Von Ussar Danceworks
(New York), Battery Dance Company (New York),
Zakharif In Motion Dance Festival, (Giordania), International
Dance Festival (Bangkok), Arts On Site (New York), MDP
(Arizona), Compagnia Zappalà Danza (Italia),
Modulo Project (Italia), DanceStar (Croazia).
Experimentation and research, the key elements to
choreographer Enzo Celli’s work, power his unconditional
love for contemporary dance and theatre. His relentless
curiosity gave birth to a structured technique permeated by
poetry and aiming to become part of the current Avant-
Even though Celli has codified a technical language
belonging to the contemporary dance field called MEME, it is
the use of simple gestures appreciated by the
audience that the essence of his poetic language reveals
itself. Enzo Celli’s work, focusing on man, from the start has
aimed to create an uncommon poetic language
able to deal with sociological topics.
In 1995, he founded his first company, Botega, whose
activities and productions aroused the interest of Vittoria
Ottolenghi. In 1998, Enzo Celli's company received
the ministerial grant from the Ministry for Goods and Cultural
Activities. Enzo Celli becomes thus the youngest
choreographer subsidized in Italy. It was Ottolenghi’s
interest in Celli’s work that encouraged him to develop his
natural instinct towards choreography. From this
encouragement he gave birth to his first works: I trionfi
del Petrarca with music by Maestro Berio, Ovo, una
Maratona per Peter Gabriel with music by Peter Gabriel as
well as a collaboration with Lindsay Kemp. Since
2008, Celli has collaborated with Bashkortostan State
Academy in Russia and UFMG University in Brazil.
In the spring of 2012, while on tour with Botega Dance
Company in Brazil, he carried out a social project at Centro
ADAV in Ibiritè aimed to realize choreography
performed by boys and girls coming from hard social and
economical environments. That July, he moved to the United
States where he taught several classes at
Peridance Capezio Center and Dance New Amsterdam (in
collaboration with Modern Guest Artist series) in New York.
By October he was a guest guest teacher at
Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville, Texas.
During his residency in the United States, he joined
renowned festivals in New York, Philadelphia and
Houston allowing him the opportunity to perform Faun at the
James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Art Center in
Huntsville along with the Alvin Ailey Citigroup
Theatre for the Dance Gallery Festival.
By 2013, Igal Perry had commissioned Enzo Celli, Ohad
Naharin, Dwight Rhoden and Sidra Bell, to create new work
for Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.
Celli's work I'm HERE debuted at the Salvatore Capezio
Theatre in New York. He also reestablished The Rite of
Spring for the Peridance Certificate Program. That
fall, Enzo received an artistic residency from SHSU where he
taught several classes and created the commissioned work
Buona Strada for the student company.
Celli rounded out 2013 with performances by CELLI
CONTEMPORARY BALLET at Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre
for the Dance Gallery Festival and Salvatore Capezio
Theatre in NYC for “Peridance Presents” as well as a
teaching residency at Sarah Lawrence Dance College in New
Thanks to Enzo Celli’s versatility in dance, he is able to
venture on to works that are not closely related to
contemporary dance. In 2014, he was called to make the
choreography for Musical Officer of John Paul II. His latest
work, Giselle, debuted at Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome
with fifteen minutes of applause in November
In 2015 he founded VIVO, new project that forms part of
contemporary dance into which all previous experiences in
creative and formative.
In the 2016/2017 season he is appointed coordinator of
contemporary dance settlements at MoveOne in Milan. Join
the faculty of Manhattan Dance Project (USA)
and DanceStar (Croatia).
In 2017 he was appointed personal adviser to the Mayor of
Sora for major cultural projects. Also in 2017 is the director
of the docufilm "Iùcela".
Below are some of the choreographer’s most important
works and collaborations:
June 2006 Celli was a collaborating choreographer for the
event “L’amour et son amour, l’uomo che danza e la sua
aspirazione” directed by Vittoria Ottolenghi and
performed by the soloists Roberto Bolle, Vladimir Derevianko
and Viviana Durante at Todi Festival. Also in June 2006,
Botega Dance Company, together with Alvin
Ailey Company, Bèjart Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and Staatsballet
München, joined the Dance Gala Amores as a guest
company under the direction of Vittoria Ottolenghi.
2008 brought Celli to the Bashkir State Academy in the
Republic of Bashkortostan (Ufa, Russia) to teach and
collaborate with the Russian Drama Theatre. That was
also the year that Botega performed Subway at La Cigale
Theatre in Paris. In 2011, Botega Dance Company performed
Fragile at the Russian Drama Theatre and at
the Na Strastnom Theatre in Moscow. In September 2009,
Enzo Celli was a resident choreographer at Topaz Art in New
York and debuted at Versiliana Festival in
August 2010 with his remake of Giselle to great reviews and
success. He was also a guest at the Erfurt Opera House
(Germany) that same year. In 2012, his
Company was a guest at Yesou (Korea) for Expo 2012.
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