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Italy with two distinct choreographic works on June 16 at the Rialto Theater.

Recognized as the premier contemporary dance event in Cyprus, the Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival returns with a rich program featuring seven unique performances at the Rialto Theatre, with two of these also being staged at the Nicosia Municipal Theatre. The Festival participates in the EU20 Initiative, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cyprus's accession to the European Union.


The Italy’s Performances are: 


AMAE (30’)

Eliana Stragapede & Borna Babić16/06, 20:30 | Rialto Theatre, Limassol 


Concept, choreography, performance: Eliana Stragapede & Borna Babić Dramaturgy: Margherita Scalise

Music composition: Nenad Kovačić 

Voice: Teresa Campos

Original music: Nicholas Britell 

Audio editing: Giuseppe Santoro 

Costumes: Nina Lopez-Le Galliard 

Lighting design: Benjamin Verbrugge 


AMAE questions and investigates the need for co-dependency in human relationships. The desire to be passively loved, seeking the other’s indulgence. The wish to completely surround and feel at one with the other, trying to neglect and avoid confrontation with the outside objective reality. From a certain perspective, this might be perceived as a very warm and human behaviour, being in harmony with others and being able to rely on them. From another point of view, it might seem to encourage self-indulgence, dependence, and control. How far can this need bring us, so that from love we start hurting, from taking care we become obsessive, and from supporting we end up controlling?


Eliana Stragapede and Borna Babić, both graduates of the Codarts, are freelance performers, choreographers, and teachers based in Brussels. Right after school, they both began working professionally with Marina Mascarell and Club Guy & Roni and since then, they have danced with renowned choreographers and companies. After working for Tanzmainz in Germany, Eliana has been part of the dance theatre company, Peeping Tom since 2020. Meanwhile, she has also been working with Club Guy & Roni in the Netherlands. Borna has been working with Olivier deSagazan, and he is part of Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus since 2019. Their performance ΑΜΑΕ was awarded the first prize at the Choreography and Production Awards - The Copenhagen International Choreography Competition 2022 for the Nederlands Dans Theater and Holstebro Dansekompagni. Furthermore, it was awarded the Partner Awards by Codarts and Dansateliers at the Rotterdam International Choreographic Competition 2023. 


Save the Last Dance for Me, (20’)

Alessandro Sciarroni 16/06, 21:30 | Rialto Theatre, Limassol


Invention: Alessandro Sciarroni with Gianmaria Borzillo & Giovanfrancesco Giannini 

Artistic collaboration: Giancarlo Stagni 

Music: Aurora Bauzà e Pere Jou (Telemann Rec.) 

Styling: Ettore Lombardi 

Technical direction: Valeria Foti 

Tour technician: Cosimo Maggini 

Curator, promotion, consulting: Lisa Gilardino 

Administration, executive production: Chiara Fava 

Communication: Pierpaolo Ferlaino


In Save the last dance for me, Alessandro Sciarroni works together with the dancers Gianmaria Borzillo and Giovanfrancesco Giannini on the steps of a Bolognese dance called Polka Chinata. It is a courtship dance originally performed by men only and dating back to the early 1900s: physically demanding, almost acrobatic, it requires that the dancers embrace each other, and whirl as they bend to their knees almost to the ground.


The work was created in collaboration with Giancarlo Stagni, a Filuzziani dance master who revived this ancient tradition thanks to the rediscovery and study of some documentation videos dating back to the 1960s. Sciarroni discovered this dance in December 2018, when only five people practiced it in Italy. For this reason, the project consists of a performance by the two dancers and a series of workshops that aim at spreading and reviving this popular tradition in danger of extinction.


Alessandro Sciarroni is an Italian artist active in the field of Performing Arts with several years of experience in visual arts and theatre research. His works are featured in contemporary dance and theatre festivals, museums, and art galleries, as well as in unconventional spaces involving professionals from different disciplines. In 2019 he was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Dance by the Venice Biennial. His work starts from a conceptual Duchamp-like matrix, making use of a theatrical framework, and he can use some techniques and experiences from dance, as well as circus or sports. In addition to the rigour, coherence, and clarity of each creation, his work tries to uncover obsessions, fears, and fragilities of the act of performing, through the repetition of a practice to the limits of the physical endurance of the interpreters, looking at a different dimension of time, and to an empathic relationship between the audience and the performers. His works have been presented worldwide: Europe, South and North America, the Middle East, and Asia.



Organisers: DEPUTY MINISTER OF CULTURE, RIALTO THEATRE and EU20 CYPRUS

In Collaboration with: Municipality of Limassol 

Media Sponsors: PHILELEFTHEROS, RIK 

Technical Partner: Event Pro 

Supported by: Municipal Theatre of Nicosia, Cyprus New Movement of Dance, EFIMERIDA LEMESOS, LIMASSOL TODAY, RUSSIAN WAVE RADIO, LIMASSOL TOURISM BOARD, VESTNIK KIPRA, SOCIAL et al.. 


Tickets Price: €8 (€30 for all performances) 

E-ticket: www.rialto.com.cy  

Box Office: 77 77 77 45 (Monday – Friday 10:00 - 15:00) 

Free Admission: Students, university students, soldiers, pensioners, and professional dancers. 

Free transportation from Nicosia (19:00) to Limassol and back (only for performances not presented at the Municipal Theatre of Nicosia). For more information, call 99618225.

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