IDACO team 2017


Founders: Vanessa Tamburi - Enzo Celli

Artistic Director: Vanessa Tamburi 

Artistic advisors board

Enzo Celli, Anabella Lenzu,  Elizabetta Minutoli, Alessia Della Casa, Cecilia Fontanesi

Organization & coordination: Cecilia Fontanesi, Vanessa Tamburi

PR / press office: Adria Rolnik

Communication, Promotion:  FLUSSO dance project

Visual artist design: Valentina Celada

Graphic Design: Christian DeLuna-Zuno

Website, Social media: FLUSSO dance project

Fundraising & promotion support: Gessica Cipriano, Alexandra Baxter, Guacimara Fernandez Cabello

Fundraising video promo: Deborah Leist

Photographer:  Marie Noyale

Technical Director: Scot Gianelli


Artistic Advisors Board

Vanessa Tamburi has worked as a solo dancer for key European dance companies:  the Ballet of Montercarlo, the Hamburg Ballet, and the Vienna Opera Ballet. In 1994 Vanessa received the “POSITANO award” as dancer revelation of the year. In 1999 she creates her first choreography at the Odeon theatre in Vienna. Her choreographies have been performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Rwanda, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, and the USA.

In 2007 she established the Company "FLUSSO Dance", of which she is currently Artistic Director and Choreographer. In Tanzania, she was the Artistic Advisor of the Visa 2 Dance Festival (from 2008 to 2012) and now of the Time2dance Festival since 2013. In May/June 2010 she took part to the CHOREOGRAPHIC COLLISION project at “Biennale Danza” in Venice.

She currently lives and works in New York. Her work has been presented in many festivals and platforms of the NYC dance scene and abroad. Latest creations and performances are THE THOUSAND and ONE NIGHT  presented in preview on Feb 2015 @ Alwan for the Arts, ME_CHANICAL# moving images@ Wild project within The CURRENT  SESSIONS 2015, ME_CHANICAL# moving images & TUNNEL CITY @ Sheen Center (IDACO nyc), UTAMBULISHO @ Time2dance festival in Tanzania and BAROCCO & CO duet @ the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. She is the founder and the Artistic Director of IDACO nyc - Italian Dance Connection. In 2016 she creates MOVING ID-ENTITIES for IDACO nyc 16 and WAKUDOKU for the Time2dance Festival, She is the founder and the Artistic Director of IDACO nyc - Italian Dance Connection.


Enzo Celli - Experimentation and research are the key to the interpretation of Enzo Cellis work. In 2013 Igal Perry has asked Enzo Celli, Ohad Naharin, Dwight Rhoden and Sidra Bell, to create new work for Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.

Below are some of the choreographer’s most important works and collaborations: In June 2006 he was one of the choreographers of the event “L’amour et son amour, l’uomo che danza e la sua aspirazione”, performed by Roberto Bolle, Vladimir Derevianko and Viviana Durante at Todi Festival; in June 2006 Botega Dance Company, together with Alvin Ailey Company, Bèjart Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and Staatsballet München, he joined at the Dance Gala “Amores”; in 2008 Enzo Celli collaborated with the Russian Drama Theatre; and performed at the Na Strastnom Theatre in Moscow. In October 2008 performed “Subway” at La Cigale Theatre in Paris. In 2010 he was a guest at the Erfurt Opera House (Germany). His latest work, Giselle, debuted at Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome with fifteen minutes of applause in November 2014.


Cecilia Fontanesi is a dancer, certified movement analyst (CMA) and PhD candidate in Neuroscience at CUNY, The City College of New York and The Graduate Center. She graduated as CMA from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS (New York).

In New York, she worked with Kristin Hatleberg, Elise Knudson, Janet Aisawa, Rebeca Medina, Ophra Wolf, and Cadence Dubus. She performed at Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Chez Bushwick Studio, Chashama, The Construction Company, and Greenspace. She is currently assistant teacher of Laban Movement Analysis at Sarah Lawrence College, MS in Dance/Movement Therapy. She combines her performative practice with research in neuroscience, motor control and brain plasticity. She worked with children affected by cerebral palsy, as well as adults with traumatic brain injuries, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease. She recently took part to Jody Oberfelder’s video “Dance of the Neurons”.


Anabella Lenzu is originally from Argentina. She is a dancer, choreographer and teacher with over 20 years experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the USA. As Artistic Director of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, Lenzu draws on her diverse background to create thought-provoking and socially-conscious dance-theatre in the interest of improving our human condition. Classically trained at the renowned Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, Lenzu studied the modern dance techniques of Humphrey/Limòn and Graham in New York. Her studies of Tango and the folkdances of Argentina, Spain, and Italy, further inform her work. Her choreography has been commissioned all over the world, for opera, TV programs, theatre productions, and by many dance companies, such as Anna Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble (New York) and Movimento Danza (Naples, Italy). Lenzu founded her own dance school L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza in 1994 in Argentina, and has maintained an active teaching career ever since. Currently, Lenzu conducts classes at Peridance Capezio Center, Wagner College and Lehman College. Lenzu has written for various dance and arts magazines, and published her first book in 2013, entitled Unveiling Motion and Emotion.


Alessia Della Casa is Originally from Ticino , Switzerland. She holds a 3-year degree from the Ballet Academy in Riga, Latvia and a 2-year certificate in Cunningham Technique from the Cunningham Studio, in New York City. After her classical training, Alessia joined the Mojalet dance collective in San Diego for 3 months and studied modern dance in Rome for 6 months. In 2009 she moved to New York where she received a scholarship at the Cunningham Studio, where she studied with Merce Cunningham's assistant and company members. After the enriching experience of studying American modern dance, Alessia danced for NYC based contemporary artists Anita Cheng, Sally Bowden, Vanessa Tamburi, Olsi Gjeci among others, and later started developing her own choreographies. Her work was presented at Triskelion Arts(USA), Green Space(USA), Salvatore LaRussa Theatre(USA), Martha Graham Center(USA) LongLake Festival(CH. She was selected to take part in the Choreographic Lab 2014 ( Luzern, CH) and was invited to a summer residency in Losone, CH (2014). Alessia is also a GYROTONIC® AND GYROKINESIS® instructor. She is the founder and artistic director of the festival Ticino in Danza, that since 2013 takes place in Switzerland


Elisabetta Minutoli dances for Enzo Celli's Italian company Botega from 2008 and from 2014 became associate artistic director of the company.  Elisabetta did her dance training in Italy in Rome and in Balletto di Toscana in Florence and later studied in New York at Steps on Broadway ,at Dance New Amsterdam, and at Peridance. In 2008 she worked with Molissa Fenley at the American Academy in Rome where Fenley's Cosmati Variations was set on her; she subsequentely performed the New York premiere of the work in 2009. In Italy she worked with Luc Bouy in his “Carmina Burana in jazz”(2010),she has performed in the musical Lady Oscar at Teatro Sistina Roma (2009);with Elisa Monte Dance Company at the Pergine Spettacolo Aperto Festival (2006);with Gloria Pomardi in the musical Datemi tre Caravelle, performing at the Teatro Greco Taormina, Teatro Sistina and throughout Italy,(2005);and with the Mvula Sungani Italian Dance Theatre touring throughout Italy performing Bernarda Alba and Sud Africa (2003).She has also worked with Marika Vannuzzi, Anabella Lenzu, Oxana Malitskaia, Mariapia Di Mauro and Franco Miseria


Visual Artist

Valentina  Celada's "immersion" in the world of theatre, dance and music enriched her continuous research and experimentation in the perception and expression of the form. In order to “feel” the form, enhance spontaneity and bypass the rational brain, Valentina uses experimental techniques such as drawing with long sticks at the end of which she attaches her art tools.

Valentina’s first solo exhibition Figuring It was in May 2010 at 255Canal Gallery out in New York City. Since then she participated in a number of group shows held at The Pen and Brush, Inc. of New York, the most recent of which was Celebrating Women’s Work. She has also created video animation pieces for e-books and illustrations for various projects. The last two exhibits were an environmental themed show called Detritus at the Viridian Artists Gallery in Chelsea and an exhibit of her illustrations at The South Street Studios Gallery respectively in April

and September 2015


Fundraising & Organization

Gessica Cipriano studies ballet since 1994 and she approached modern, contemporary and other dance styles since 2000. She studied in Italy, France, Germany, Finland and USA. She performs professionally since 2006 in Italy (Arkè, Ammonia, BlucinQue, MTV, Teatro dei Sogni and as independent performer), USA (Regina Nejman Dance Company, Moving Beauty Series, Laura Cooper and Ian Giles), France and Finland. She practiced many years of dance-therapy and psychodrama. She has a Master Degree in Health Psychology (Psychology Faculty of Torino - Italy) and her thesys was about dance, breathe and their therapeutycal powers during the psychological therapy. She graduated academic ballet teacher at the Academy of Teatro alla Scala of Milano, Italy, following a two-yearly course and she is a certified Pilates instructor. She taught dance (both ballet and modern/contemporary) and Pilates in a few Italian dance schools and in dance workshops. She is the Artistic Director of the dance school EvolDanza in the Province of Torino, Italy. She is permanent guest dance teacher in the historycal dance school Bella Hutter of Torino directed now by Asia Lupoli. She travels periodically between Italy and New York (over than around the world!), she loves her job, she is really curious about choreographing and discovering new things.


Deborah Sophia Leist is a dancer based in Cologne, Germany. She studied philosophy and sport science, then specialized in Moving Theater at the Sporthochschule (Cologne). She also studied Dance at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City where she attained the “Outstanding Student Award”. She has since taken part in numerous international projects with Roots&Routes She danced in Junges Pottporus company and was the artistic assistant for the choreographer Patricia Noworoll (based in New York City). She has also worked with choreographer Sabine Lindlar in a project called “Verflüchtigung” ( Recently she was part of the project “Tell me – Lebenswelten” in Tanzania ( ). Currently she is part of the company “The Ordinary Dance Theater” founded by Lisa Freudenthal based in Cologne, Germany.

Believing that the body and mind is one unity, she expresses her movement with real passion.

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