Francesco Vecchione (b. Napoli, Italy, in 1982) has danced with Ballet Basel, Nederlands Dans Theater II, Compañía Nacional de Danza (first under the direction of Nacho Duato and later, José Carlos Martínez), and the Ballett des Saarländischen Staatstheaters (first under the direction of Marguerite Donlon and later, Stijn Celis).
He has performed both existing works and creations by Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, Stijn Celis, Marguerite Donlon, Johan Inger, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Alexander Ekman, Stephan Thoss, and Hans van Manen, amongst others.
He began his dance education at the Balletto Teatro Scuola di Rossella Rossi in Napoli. In 1994, he won a scholarship to join the Academie de Danse Classique of Monte Carlo, directed by Marika Besobrasova. Having won the Sponsor Club Prize for Best Dancer in his leading role in the ballet Peer Gynt by Stijn Celis, he is now an independent artist.
While a frequent guest dance teacher in Italy, he has also created 5 works for the ensemble of the Ballett des Saarländischen Staatstheaters. His choreography ANNA won the «Castilla y Leon» Prize at the Burgos-New York International Choreography Competition in 2015.
‘In my works as a choreographer, I like to start from a specific emotion for which I create movement or vice versa, the movement to arouse emotions in the audience. I understand dance and physical theater as a way to tell stories, and this is why I am very interested in theater and cinema and in their dynamics. I see the dancers as dancers-creators. This is why I see them as an essential element. Without them, there would be no creativity.’
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