Nica Portavia2023-06-09T14:06:29+00:00

Nica Portavia

I was born in Fano, Italy, from an Italian father and a mother from Lebanon.

I start dancing as a child.

I am a dancer, teacher and researcher, performer in the field of Contact Improvisation.

I discovered CI many years ago, after having followed a first training in contemporary dance, and I fell in love since the first moment.  I mainly trained abroad with many teachers including Steve Paxton, Daniel Lepkoff, Charlie Morrissey,Angelika Doney, Asaf Bacharach, KJ Holmes, Anya Cloud.

I followed a training on Material for the Spine, by Steve Paxton, where I had the big pleasure to meet and study with Steve, diving completely in his research. I have taught and teach in France, Ukraine, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Russia, Poland, Tanzfabrik in Berlin, Germany.

I am organizer of national and international events, including the Italycontactfest (International CI Festival which takes place in Italy and has now reached its tenth edition and
of Being Touch Festival (  I was in the organization team of Ecite 2022 Portugal, I am communicator for the CI Global Calendar project.

I have participated as a teacher in numerous international and European festivals, and have taught intensive workshops in different parts of the world. I presented various performances during my residency in France and the latest performance ‘SottoSale’ traveled to Russia in summer 2019.