I was born in Putigagno in Puglia and discovered dance at the age of just 5. I soon asked to dance and began with ballet, but the big revelation really came in the Ballet school in Tuscany run by Christina Bozzolini. My father had allowed me to go to Florence and that was where I realised that I would make dancing my career. When I was 22, after finishing my studies, I was selected to join the European training and professional placement project (D.A.N.C.E.) run by William Forsythe, Frédéric Flamand, Wayne McGregor and Angelin Preljocaj. I eventually joined the Ballet National de Marseille in 2007.
In my head and my body, the arrival of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten was a positive upheaval accompanied by a new way of working. We rehearse close to 30 hours a week, so much the movement sought necessitates an opening of both the body and mind. Emio and Pieter have turned all the canons I’d learned before upside down; it was a real challenge but proved to be a life saver.
I see the notion of the “body in revolt” proposed by Emio and Pieter as a perpetual evolution that resolutely refuses to be fixed in time. I like this idea and I feel it concerns me even if nowadays it’s rare to revolt. When I danced Extremalism for the first time, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to hold out for the first 20 minutes of the piece and it was an intense experience. I’ve never felt so much of a dancer as I do today because my entire body is involved.