Mauro Astolfi

 Art Director

Mauro Astolfi is without doubt one of the most important contemporary choreographers on the European scene. Working as a choreographer and teacher, he has created an original and constantly evolving style and symbolic language from his own personal elaboration of various forms of expressive contemporary movement. After a long stay in America, he established the Spellbound Dance Company in 1994, company which he runs together with Valentina Marini . Today, the company renamed as Spellbound Contemporary Ballet acts as a channel to express his personal view of today’s choreographic language and as an inspiration for many young and emerging choreographers. The company, currently a leader in the international scene, has always combined Astolfi’s personal portfolio with the technical excellence of its dancers to create a high profile model that is strongly focused on the quality of productions. The productions created by Spellbound include: “Camouflage”,  Quattro-il disordine delle stagioni”,”Stati Comunicanti”, Duende”,  Nafas”,  “Emotional Balance”,  and  “Carmina Burana” which drew record crowds for ten consecutive seasons, and more recently “Downshifting” , ” Le Quattro stagioni”, “Lost for Words – Studio I, Studio II, Studio III”, “Relazioni ( pericolose)”, “Dare”, “Man Made”, “The Hesitation Day”, “Rossini Ouvertures”.

The work of Spellbound, as well as being present in various television formats directed by Vittoria Cappelli and Vittoria Ottolenghi (“voices in a midsummer night”, “nights of duels and magic”, “Emotions”) are increasingly in demand in the foreign market and have found success in France, Serbia, Thailand, Spain, Russia, Austria, Belarus, Israel, Sweden, England, Canada, Luxemburg, Svitzerland, Corea, Panama, USA, Croatia and Germany. Recently they have worked with some important committees and co-productions like the Venice Biennial or Malaga Picasso Foundation .

In 2004 Astolfi was choreographer for Kitonb Extreme theatre and for Theatreschool in Amsterdam in 2005. 

In 2009, Astolfi choreographed the production of “Libera risonanza” for Balletto di Roma . In 2010 Astolfi was invited to create a new production for Szegedi Kortárs Balett in Hungary and in the same year, choreographed the musical “I promessi Sposi – Opera moderna” with director Michele Guardì. 

In 2011 he was invited to Germany by Liepziger Ballet to choreograph an original creation for the INTERSHOP project under the title “Hold me in this storm” which debuted at Leipziger Opera on the 25th March and in Chicago, USA for a new creation for River North Chicago Dance Company “contact me” which debuted on the 10th February in Chicago. 

Also in 2011, Astolfi worked with Israeli choreographer Adi Salant, Co/ Director of the Batsheva Dance Company on the “Dance is a cultural bridge between Italy and Israel” project, promoted and sponsored by MUIR (Italian University and Research Ministry) the Flavio Vespasiano Foundation and the municipality of Rieti. 

In 2012 he signed a new work  ” Humanology- Site Specific young project” producted by Festival Oriente Occidente which premiered during the Festival OO at Auditorium Melotti in Rovereto and a new creation for the american dance company Ballet Ex called “ Instant God” which premiered in Philadelphia in novembre of the same year.


In april 2013 he is together with Georg Reischl, Cayetano Soto, Jo Strømgren one of the choreographers for MINUTEMADE for Gärtnerplatztheater in Monaco-Germany.


In 2015 Astolfi is engaged in Canada to create two new pieces, for Vancouver Arts Umbrella Dance Company and ProarteDanza in Toronto.


In 2016 he is back in Arts Umbrella in Vancouver and in 2017 he is creating a new piece for Theater Magdeburg in Germany and Israel Ballet both premiering in late may .


At the end of this current year Astolfi is involved in a new creation for the Compania Colombiana de Ballet among the events organized for the Biennale de Danza Contemporanea in Colombia.


As well as being a choreographer, Mauro Astolfi frequently appears as a guest teacher at major dance centres in Tokyo, Paris, London, New York, Zurich, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and numerous establishments in Italy. Since October 2009, he has also been Artistic Director at the modern contemporary department of the D.A.F centre (Dance and Arts Faculty – international dance and performance arts project) in Rome. In 2016 Astolfi is appointed guest teacher for contemporary dance at the Ballet School of Opera Theater in Roma.


Associazione Culturale Spell Bound

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