Roberta Ferrara is director and choreographer of Equilibrio Dinamico Company (EDC) and of the Ed Ensemble formative program, as well as the artistic director of the international contemporary project Experimental#FOCUS danza, supported in 2015 by the Teatro Pubblico Pugliese/TPP. As a dance teacher and freelance choreographer she has been invited to workshops and choreographic laboratories throughout Italy.
In 2011 she founded the EDC Company in Apulia driven by the desire to lead an active company with a contemporary repertoire of exclusive choreographies. Equilibrio Dinamico was the first Italian company to perform works created exclusively for it by international choreographers such as B.Uyttenhove, J.Pokorny, M.Kass, C.Bugnon, I.Kirov, and M.Blazquez.
In February 2014 Roberta Ferrara graduated in Modern literature and theater culture at the University “A.Moro” in Bari with a dissertation titled “Tarantism as therapeutic ritual”. The study got Ferrara an invitation as speaker in the university conference “The Living Memory”.
The formative program ED Ensemble was launched in September 2014 as a program dedicated to young dancers striving to achieve a complete knowledge and an excellent technique in dance theatre and contemporary dance. The program also involves a network of schools, with the aim of spreading to a wider audience the latest research trends in contemporary art.
As a freelance choreographer and after receiving a number of awards, Roberta Ferrara choreographed “Life in 50 minutes” for the company Balletto di Calabria in December 2013 and “Blush” created for the company Balletto di Siena in May 2014, working with dancers from Valencia Conservatory, Accademia di Ballo Teatro alla Scala, Scuola di Ballo Teatro S.Carlo, English National Ballet, Compania National De Danza di Madrid_Nacho Duato, American Ballet Theatre NTC.
In July 2013 and December 2013 Ferrara’s work “Drone” took part in the Belgian Festival “INTERDANS” directed by choreographer Bert Uyttenhove and held in Lebbeke and Gent. She also collaborated with the Apluvia Small Orchestra in “Hildegard”, which received an award at the 2013 edition of the “Teatri del Sacro festival”.
In 2012 she was one of five choreographers selected for the WDA / World Dance Alliance Europe and won the Agorà award for professional contemporary dance at the Teatro Olimpico in Rome on that same year.
She continued to study and train both in Italy and abroad under the guidance of professional contemporary dancers through the Roma Dance Educational Program (DAF) and the Gaga intensive training (Batsheva Dance Company) at the Teatro Regio in Turin.
Her professional training path allowed her to study the repertoire of Kylian and Forsythe, training every year with professional dancers from NDT and other important companies on the contemporary scene such as Batsheva, Vertigo, Cullberg Ballet, Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, Random Dance Company, and Compagnia Zappalà Danza.
At the core of her training is the Limon technique and repertoire, which she studied with Betty Jones, assistant and collaborator of Lulu Sweigard, founder of the technique at the “Juilliard School” of New York, and with Fritz Ludin, choreographer and expert of Limon technique. She acquired her ballet skills with Ioan Iosif Girba (Primo ballerino of the Bucarest Opera), and she learned the Graham technique with Ernesto Valenzano (Béjart Ballet) going on to dance with his company later on.
As a young professional she has been selected for the project Biennale Danza College from the Biennale Danza 2016 and she took part in the production of “Venice” by Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat (June 2016).
With him she will also be part of the Special Project / Residency workshop Ravello Festival in “Estro” (August 17, 2016).
During the 2016/2017 season Roberta Ferrara will be Professor at the Contemporary Dance Department of the Ateneo della Danza – Dance University in Siena, led by artistic director Marco Batti.