Lara Russo2024-01-19T11:24:30+00:00

Lara Russo

Lara Russo specializes in movement pedagogy and choreography. She studied and worked in Barcelona and later in Berlin between 2000 and 2010. Upon returning to Italy in 2011, she began her research as a dance author through the IFA Academy at Inteatro.

In 2013, she won the G’da award for young Italian choreographers with the performance Alluminio, where she initiated a study of materials in relation to the body: sounds, shapes, visible and tactile qualities of materials permeate the movement, which in turn becomes dancing bodies. During the same period, she assisted choreographer Virgilio Sieni at the Venice Biennale for community projects Agorá and Madre e Figli.

In 2014 she won the audience award at the Danze Oriente Occidente festival in Rovereto (Italy) with the performance Legame.

She considers choreographic exploration as an opportunity for encounters with others to develop new forms of expression.

Her research spans from site-specific to the interaction between dance and live music, collaborating with visual artists and musicians in her works.

In 2015, she won the Dna Appunti Coreografici award at the Romaeuropa festival with the piece Rame, allowing her to deepen her research with materials and debuting at the Venice Biennale in 2016, as well as the citofonarePim contest and debuted with the solo Legno in Milan in 2019.

Since 2011, she has been part of the staff of the Art Factory International program, working as a teacher of improvisation and composition. Concurrently,  Lara has been involved in the world of tango since 2013 and organizes  Milonga Rayuela monthly events in Bologna.

In her classes, Lara keeps a focus on a loose and agile body, open and attentive. Drawing from somatic practices, release technique, and contact improvisation, her proposed practice stimulates communicative needs, allowing individuals to connect with themselves and what moves in relation to the surroundings and others. It is a work on presence, engaging in a continuous dialogue between inner and outer experiences. Through guided improvisation sessions, the focus is on investigating processes leading to authentic and personal movement which can as well connect with the group and the surrounding space.