For over 10 years, Art Factory International has been offering participants the opportunity to build their own artistic identity with solid technical and creative foundations through our international professional training program for contemporary dancers. The program consistently has had an open and up-to-date vision of the international dance and performing arts scenes, promoting dance excellence and aiming to disseminate the art and culture of dance in order to train individuals prepared for future entry into the artistic and professional world.
The program is structured in 8 intensive months of training from October to May, with participants carrying out daily training from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3:30 pm, which includes a variety of classes in ballet, contemporary dance, floorwork, contact, capoeira, composition, repertoire, improvisation, hiphop, urban dance. They are accompanied by specific seminars in somatic and body movement such as Feldenkrais®, BMC® bodymindcentering, osteopathy applied to dance, as well as the inclusive/physically integrated dance with the atelier CorpoPoetico®.
Additionally, the training program includes a session of seminars on cultural production activities and creative management tools for dancers researching and experimenting with contemporary body languages, dramaturgy, and self-entrepreneurship. We also offer a short Italian language seminar for dancers who wish to learn the basics in order to facilitate their greater integration and social inclusion with the city.
Each month the program hosts international guests for one full week. This season we are proud to host six international choreographers who will contribute to the professional and artistic growth of the trainees. In addition, two artists are invited in the program for a period of Artistic Residence within the Art Factory International venue in order to create a performance piece, open to the public, to be presented at the CRUDO FESTIVAL 2025 in Bologna.
Our teachers and guests are established international artists in full swing with the creations and productions, thus maintaining the program’s technical, creative, and artistic level updated and in line with the trends of dance, contemporaneity and future performing languages.
A.F.I. born from an artistic project as a platform that allows for the passing, change, and transformation that occurs in the phase of personal and individual growth, the AFI training program allows each student to shape their own artistic identity in constant evolution, and to be able to pursue their career and create international action networks starting from a wholesome and consolidated environment.
The Platform is a host to monthly Workshops and residencies featuring Internationally renowned choreographers and artists with focus on widening the attendees’ knowledge and enriching the workshop participants’ experiences, visions and professional competences.