Andrea Costanzo Martini - Gaga
Andrea Martini

Andrea Costanzo Martini

Andrea Costanzo Martini was born and raised in Italy, where he received his first education in contemporary dance and ballet. At the age of 19 he moved to Munich, Germany where he attended the Heinz-Bosl Stiftung Ballet Akademien, and in 2004 he began his professional career as a ballet dancer in the Aalto Staats Theater Essen.

In 2006 he joined the Batsheva Ensemble and 2 years later moved to the main company. During these years he performed extensively the repertoire of Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal, and he began his activity as Gaga teacher and choreographer through the Batsheva Dancers Create program of the company.

He later joined the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm where for two years he performed the repertoire of Benoit Lachambre, Alexander Ekman, Crystal Pite, Jefta Van Dinter and Tillman O’Donnel. He created a work for six men of the company, For men only, which was presented at the Moderna Dans Theater in Stockholm, and he participated in the solo program of Deborah Hay – This empty stage an ocean.

In 2012 Andrea moved back to Israel where he joined the Inbal Pinto Dance Company and started creating his own works. In 2013 he was awarded first prize for both dance and choreography at the International Stuttgart Solo Competition for the solo work What Happened in Torino. Since then the piece has toured extensively.

In November 2014, thanks to the support of the Zurich Tanzahaus, the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv, and Teiva Theater, he presented a new work named Tropical in Pavillon Noir Aix en Provence. He later created a solo version of the work, Trop, presented at the MAAT festival Lublin in December 2014 and later in Gothenburg, Sweden in April 2015.  He also started an ongoing collaboration with the artists of Primal Arena, an Israeli Music Duo working on drum and electronics. Recently Andrea presented a new duet called VOGLIOVOGLIA at the Italian festival Teatro a Corte, premiered on July 18, 2015.  In August 2015 the extended version of Trop* was presented in Israel at the Intimadance Festival. Soon afterwards, in October 2015, the work What Happened in Torino was awarded the audience prize at the MAS DANZA competition in Gran Canaria.

Parallel to this Andrea continues his activity as teacher (Gaga and improvisation) in Israel and abroad. He regularly teaches Gaga classes at Suzanne Dellal in Tel Aviv and at the Vertigo Studio in Jerusalem. He has taught Gaga and improvisation for companies such as Batsheva Dance Company and Ensemble, Cullberg Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company, and for the students of DOCH (Stockholm), Gaaton (Israel), NOD (Italy), Zurich Tanzhaus and many more.

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