IDACO Team 2016

Founders: Vanessa Tamburi - Enzo Celli

Artistic Director: Vanessa Tamburi 

Artistic advisors board: Enzo Celli, Anabella Lenzu,  Elizabetta Minutoli, Alessia Della Casa

Organization & coordination: Cecilia Fontanesi, Michelle Applebaum, Vanessa Tamburi

Production support & Coordination: Eleonora Fumagalli

Communication, Promotion: Cecilia Giorcelli, Vivo Ballet, FLUSSO dance project

PR, Publicity, Presse Office: Adria Rolnik

Graphic designers: Valentina Celada - 37/LAINES

International relations: Valeria Orani - Umanism

Social media: Michelle Applebaum

Fundraising & grants research: Cecilia Fontanesi

Fundraising support: Antonella Ricco, Marina Fadel, Paola Coppi

Photographer:  Marie Noyale

Fundraising  video design: Harsha Del Silva

Technical Director: Scot Gianelli


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 Smithsoniam

American Art Museum in Washington, DC. 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.



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.



Valeria Orani begins her theatrical journey very early. In 1988 she attends a master program in Theatre Management and Administration directed by Fulvio Fo, promoted by the Ministry of Tourism and ETI ( Foundation for Italian Theatre). In 1992, while completing her Modern Literature studies at the University of Cagliari, she is selected by the Amsterdam Felix Meritis for a Master in Performing Arts Management, where she takes part in devising Netherlands cultural guidelines towards the Former Soviet Union, along with other students from Europe, the United States and Australia. From 1990 to 2003 she works in public and private theatre institutions as administrative director, coordinator and executive producer, following a large number of artistic projects.In 2003 she founds "369gradi", a center for the promotion and distribution of Italian culture, to investigate new possibilities in contemporary art, performing arts and drama. In 2009 Valeria purchases the production she had been working as executive producer for over fifteen years, making "369gradi" also an actual production company. In 2013 she produces over 12 ensambles, many of which were awarded. As freelance in 2014 she works as Senior Organization Manager for NID - New Italian Dance Platform, the main and most important Dance Platform in Italy.  In 2014 Valeria establishes a pilot project inside 369gradi "UMANISM” - a collective of italian /European culture professionals from the arts and crafts world, who will be

working between Europe and New York City.



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”.



Michelle Applebaum was born in Rome, Italy. She completed her dance studies in Ballet, Modern and Contemporary dance with a Ballet Diploma at the Balletto di Roma in 2006. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts in 2011, at La Sapienza University and her Master of Science in Performing Arts in 2014, at Roma Tre University. She Taught Ballet, Modern and Contemporary dance to children and adults at Danzarmonia School. She danced with various Italian Choreographers, and worked for Theatre and Dance Festivals in Rome. She then moved to New York City, where she worked as Administrative Intern for Awaken Dance Theater, as Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for Kate Weare Dance Company, as Fundraising Manager for IDACO nyc. She currently dances with Cedan Dance Company and Dance To The People. She teaches ballet at Art Plaza Cultural Center and at Citizen of the World Charter School. She collaborates as Social Media Assistant for Mare Nostrum Elements




Eleonora Fumagalli is a dance, music and art lover since an early age. She graduated in oboe at the Conservatory of Milan, and in Italian Literature with a major in History of music from the Universita' Statale in Milan. Since 2001 she has been living and working as Italian teacher in five countries, with students of different nationalities and diverse social background. Organizing artistic events has always been a big passion of hers and she is very excited of being part of IDACO nyc.





Cecilia Giorcelli was born in Milan, Italy but grew up travelling and moving multiple times. She is currently living in New York where she is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology from Parsons The New School for Design. Before beginning her master’s degree she worked at the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) in SoHo where she gained experience in the art industry and event promotion. She also has a Bachelors of Science in Marketing and Media Arts from Bentley University and prior internships in marketing. 





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.



IDACO nyc team

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