Roberta Ferrara (1988): since 2011, she is the artistic director of Equilibrio Dinamico Dance Company and the international training programme ED ENSEMBLE, Italy. From 2020 she is associate artistic director of Odyssey Dance Theatre, Singapore, one of the principal professional dance organisations in Asia, founded by Dr Danny Tan. In 2014 she earned a bachelor’s degree in Humanities, History of Theatre pathway, with a research dissertation about the therapeutic value of spontaneous movements for dancers and non-dancers. In conjunction with her research, she carried on an immersive study on the techniques and languages of international contemporary dance. This jointed work laid the foundations for personal creative work on poetics in constant touch with people and their inner world. As a performer, she worked for choreographer Emanuel Gat on the projects supported by Venice Biennale and Ravello Festival.
She has been a guest of several national and international realities such as Staatstheater Ballet Augsburg, Teatrul De Balet Sibiu, English National Ballet School, Korea Ballet House, Conservatorio Internacional de Ballet e Dança Annarella Sánchez, Morikawa Dance Academy, Ateneo Della Danza, Elan Ballet, Siena Ballet, ODT, Experimental Film Virginia, and Eko Dance Project. Moreover, her works have been supported by the Italian Cultural Institutes in Colonia, New York, Messico, Zagabria, São Paolo du Brazil, San Francisco, and Ankara.
Her creations have been selected and presented in various international festivals such as Masdanza, FIDCMX, Cortoindanza, Network Danza Urbana XL and Festival Ammutinamenti Anticorpi XL, Zed Festival, Puglia Showcase, DanzInc, BalletGala Staatstheater Bremerhaven, Prospettiva Danza Teatro, Festival Delle 100 Scale, Danza in Rete Festival, Lucky Trimmer, Fuoriformato Festival, VIVADANCA, SoloCoreografico USA, Solo Contemporary Dance Festival Ankara, Sid Festival Seattle, Interdans, Split Summer Festival, Solo Tanz Theatre (where she was awarded the Choreography Prize and the Residence Prize by R. Fernando, the director and chief choreographer of Staatstheater Augsburg), Linkage – Contemporary Dance Miniatures Sophia (where she was invited as guest choreographer for the Stara Zagora State Opera by the director S. Tomova), and Premio InDivenire (where she was presented with the award for best dance project by etoile L. Savignano).
Her works have been performed in Italy, Mexico, America, Albania, Kosovo, Vietnam, Belgium, Germany, Croatia, Singapore, India, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Turkey, Brazil, Lebanon, Spain, Romania, and Bulgaria.
Currently, she devotes herself to choreography and training in Italy and abroad, combining her work with the practical and theoretical study of tàijíquán, an old Chinese martial art.