Torinodanza Festival hosts the first Big Pulse Visiting Artist Programme

Torinodanza Festival was host to the first Big Pulse Visiting Artist Programme this October, bringing together artists from across Europe to explore the city of Turin, share creative practices and experience performances from a range of diverse artists.

Established to stimulate artistic development, creative exchange and valuable networking, the Big Pulse Visiting Artist Programme invites young choreographers and dance artists to visit diverse dance festivals across Europe, meet local artists, attend performances and gain inspiration and expertise as they progress in their work.

The first edition of this programme welcomed 7 artists from 5 different countries to experience a rich 5-day programme which included:

  • A meeting with several companies resident in Turin (Viola Scaglione – Balletto Teatro Torino, Rafael Bianco, Elena Rolla – EgriBianco Danza, Stefano Mazzotta – Zerogrammi Company, Piergiorgio Milano, Daniele Ninarello
  • Meetings with three festival artists: Silvia Gribaudi, Michele Di Stefano and Marco D’Agostin
  • Guided tours iconic theatres and cultural locations including the Carignano Theatre and the Fonderie Limone
  • Performances at Torinodanza Festival including Saga by Marco d’Agostin and Maqam by Michele Di Stefano

The programme was met with great enthusiasm by all who participated, and here is what some of the artists had to say about the experience:


“The Visiting Artists programme allowed me to look into Italian contemporary dance closer. We spent a lot of time talking about the situation in our countries and also about our current works”. – Natálie Podešvová (The Czech Republic)


“It was a real pleasure to connect with other artists and see what other people are doing creatively. I really feel I got a sense of how things are working in the Piedmont Region”. – Philip Connaughton (Ireland)

We look forward to hosting many more editions of the Visiting Artist Programme in the coming years, but in the meantime, catch a glimpse of the wonderful atmosphere and experiences of the Visiting Artist Programme with this short video:

Participating Artists:

Áine Stapleton and Philip Connaughton (Dublin Dance Festival, Ireland), Takuya Fujisawa, Aloun Marchal and Marcella Quinchavil Steen (Danscentrum Sverige, Sweden), Greta Grineviciute (New Baltic Dance Festival, Lithuania) and Natálie Podešvová (Tanec Praha, The Czech Republic).

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