Artistic directors

ARIELLA VIDACH


Born in 1956 in Umag (Yugoslavia) Ariella Vidach began producing her choreography in New York where she moved in the 80’s inspired by the work of the most significant artists of the postmodern dance generation as Trisha Brown, Dana Reitz, Steve Paxton and with the aim to deepen her study in contemporary dance.  Her work was presented in the United States, Canada, Germany, Holland, France, Switzerland, the SlovakRepublic, Slovenia and Macedonia, Turkey, Luxemburg, Cuba and Portugal.

She is co-founder of Avventure  in Elicottero Prodotti , founded in 1988 in Lugano and she creates in 1996 with Claudio Prati, the Ariella Vidach – AiEP  dance company with which she produced multimedia performance among others: Exp (’96), Drans (’98) and Beat Box (’00), Opus (2001), Buffers (2003), DanxyMusic (2004), Id (2005), Intervita (2007), .Mov (2009), Empty_less (2010) BODHI (2011), TUMBIT (2012) RELAIS (2013).

The Ariella Vidach – AiEP  dance company has an artistic residency inside the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milano an old industrial area that was renovated and reused as cultural and artistic venues. She currently teaches at Scuola D’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi and continues her research producing performances concerning the relationship between body and technology.

CLAUDIO PRATI


Born in 1954 in Bern (Switzerland) he graduate in Gymnastics & Sports at ETH Zurich, in Sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milano and trained as a Mime at the school of Piccolo Teatro in Milano. Between 1986 and 1988 he lived in New York, where he studied Video art and Special Project mixed media at New YorkUniversity, as well as Contact Improvisation Dance at the Movement Research Centre and PS 122.

In 1988 in Lugano (Switzerland), he founded Avventure in Elicottero Prodotti cultural Association with Ariella Vidach, Carlo Somaini and Marcello Mazzella and in 1996 he was the founding partner of Ariella Vidach – AiEP dance company in Milan. Between 1989 and 2010 he produced fifth teen multimedia interactive dance productions, in collaboration with Ariella Vidach, and various dance videos, inspired to the performances, which were presented in several international dance Festivals in Paris, Skopje, Ankara, New York, Montreal, La Havana, Roma, Freiburg, Arnhem, Ljubliana, Luxembourg, Bern, Zuerich and in Video Dance Festivals like  the “TTV Video Festival of Riccione”, “Electronic Choreographer of Naples″, Videodance (Athens), Invideo Festival (Milan) and in Tel Aviv, Oslo, Luzern… He was member of the jury of some international and prestigious video and multimedia contests like “VIPER Luzern”, in 1996, “Premio Immagine IBTS/Milano” in 1997, “Prix PIXEL IMAGINA– INA Monte Carlo “in 1998 and “Il Coreografo Elettronico/Napoli”in 1999.

Between 2011 and 2013 he produced , in collaboration with Ariella Vidach, two new dance performances TUMBIT and RELAIS and a dance film co-produced by RSI ( Televisione della Svizzera Italiana). He lives and works in Lugano and Milan.