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Lara Russo was born in 1982 during a hot July in Milan, Italy. In the year 2001, she moved to Barcelona for five years where she attended photography school. There, she started a dance improvisation program with her teacher Mercedes Boronat and began Butoh training with Andres Corchero. Then, in 2005, she moved to Berlin, to attend the dance academy Balance1.
In Berlin she started many collaborations with different types of artists, as a dancer and also as creator. With the musicial Simon Breth she developed the Einzelduett project, which was an improvisaton duet between a dancer and a cellist. She also collaborated as the assistant director for Mikel Aristegui, Catherine Umbdenstock and Poyraz Türkäy. In ’12 she started a collaboration with Leggere Strutture Art Factory as a teacher and choreographer. In ‘13 she won the G’da Italian young choreographer prize, with the piece Allumin-io, developed together with Alessia Lovreglio. During this time she was also assisting the choreographer Virgilio Sieni at the Biennale di Venezia, for the piece Madri e Figli e Agora tutti. In ’14 , with the piece Legame she won the Audience prize at the Danze ́Oriente Occidente festival, Rovereto.
Her dance film My Parents was a finalist at the Danzainunminuto Festival in Torino. In ‘15 she won the Dna Appunti Coreografici prize at the Romaeuropa festival with the piece Cercare coraggio/proteggere innocenza. Currently she is part of the staff of Art Factory International, directed by Brigel Gjoka.
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