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Patrizia Cerroni is a particular artist for the creative strength of her language of dance, recognized by the International critics "entirely original".

Dancer-actress, capable to annihilate herself in total abandonment to the service of the interpretation of the movement by her elaborated with fluidity and intensity. Eclectic choreographer, visionary, out of any academic scheme (as is in her role as therapeutic), she knows how to give to her dancers all herself, with deep rigor, commitment, as much as she demands to her collaborators. Over 300 dancers have been formed by her, at least 20 of them have become choreographers, subsequently creating their own Companies. Surely this has been thanks to what Patrizia has given them, to the seeds that she has thrown in their "garden of the art." In over 35 years of artistic activity throughout the world, is always present in the most important Theaters and International Festival all over the world. Has created more than 30 productions. In addition to the numerous prizes and international awards she has received the Silver Plate from the President of the Republic Italian Charles Azeglio Ciampi: " For the commitment to the training of the young and to the diffusion and exploitation of the italian tradition of dance, cultural heritage known and appreciated all over the world.

Origins & Training

She has had her first experience of dance at the age of six with Maria Rosa Ferrari and immediately has perceived that what she wanted to do in life was the dancer and the psychoanalyst (from 2009 she has been practising her own method of movement therapy based on Yoga and on EFT (emotional freedom techniques).

At sixteen she begins to attend the National Academy of Dance, where she studies classical dance (Russian, French and English style) under the guidance of: Boris Trailine, David Lichine, Juan Corelli, Zarko Prebil, Osins, Nathalie Krassovska and Nina Viroubova and Modern Dance with Jean Cebron.

The European culture, particularly the German Expressionist School, thanks to her great teacher, Jean Cébron, stimulates in her the search of a dance turned, above all, to her own internal world.

She immediately perceives a total affinity both artistic and human with Jean, with whom also an intense friendship and collaboration was born.

Improves in American Modern Dance studying in New York with Pearl Lang (Graham’s technique) and with Merce Cunningham, considered by her the other great teacher beside Cebron.

In India, during long stays (about 3 years), she deepens the study of Yoga (Yienger, Asthanga, Anusara, Tantra techniques, meditation, visualization).


Patrizia and the Music

 “… dance is music seen, music is dance heard ”

At the beginning she choreographes on the existing music.

During the years she changes method of relation with the music and creates her choreographies in the silence, inviting the composers to interpret her dance with their music created on. Since the beginning of her career, we are in the years '70, spaces among different style of music.

Uses pop music (Frank Zappa, Ginger Baker, Prince, Pink Floyd, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Angelo Branduardi), jazz music (Charlie Mingus, Sem Rivers, Keith Jarret, Pat Metheny), contemporary music (Giacinto Scelsi, John Cage, Mauro Bortolotti, Luciano Berio, Max Niehaus), classical music (Christophe W. Gluck, Igor Strawinski, Dharius Milhaud), music of Indian authors (Zakir Hussain, Lakshminarayanan Shankar), and New Age music (Brian Eno, Steave Roach, Epsylon Indi, Ashra,Richard Galliano, Limb Part, Andrew Poppy, Les Tambours du Bronx, Henry Torgué, Tuxedo Moon, Vangelis, Excises Roth, Michael Shrieve, Michael Brook, John Hassel, Michey Hart, Paul Shatze, Isaac Hayes).

On commision of David Zard works with Banco del Mutuo Soccorso creating choreographies for “Come in un’Ultima Cena”, in the lead years, with police and confrontation to the rock concerts in the Buildings of the Sport.

On commission of the TSI collaborates with the Music Together Orchestra of Cremona creating choreographies for "Création du Monde" of D. Milhaud, directed by the Teacher Giorgio Bernasconi and Maurice Vitali.

Always spacing among different kind of music, compose for her choreographies, Maestros like: Mauro Bortolotti, Giovanni Tommaso, Luis Agudo, Massimo Urbani, Eugenio Colombo, Ettore Fioravanti, Fulvio Maras, Ioska Mezal, Francis Tosoni, Angelo Valori. Bortolotti is one of the musicians that, in 30 years of friendship, has collaborated with Patrizia creating music for her entire productions, as in the case in 1980 of "C’est ici que l’on prend le bateau", and in1984 of "Divertissement Lyrique", in a parallel tuning between dance and music.

Her relationship with jazz music begins with her great love for Charlie Mingus, an invisible "motor" for her improvisations, thanks to which creates themes of movement from which important pieces spring. Giovanni Tommaso, Luis Agudo, Massimo Urbani, Eugenio Colombo, Ettore Fioravanti, Fulvio Maras, improvising on the musical structures pointed out by the choreographies, interpret the atmosphere and the dynamics created by the dance, in "Tendrils" and in "Concert". In this last show Cerroni herself intervenes with scats in a direct exchange with the musicians, making her voice "dancing."

In "Tosca - Power Against love", the original music by Ioska Mezal and Francesco Tosoni uses electronic, jazz and rock styles.

Angelo Valori, in "Cleopatra - Power Of love", cooproduces the show and creates the music, performed live by the M. Edit Ensemble. The meeting with India and the friendship with great indian musicians, Zakir Hussain, H.Chaurasia, Shirkuma Sharma, Jog, Kichlu Vidjay, open her new horizons. On the music by Zakir Hussain two productions were created, "Making Dance" and "Ali in corpo". The first one based on a structure of improvisation for four interpreters, who dance each one on one of the four instruments (played by Hussain, Chaurasia, McLaughlin, Garbarek), with themes of movement inspired by the music itself. In "Ali in corpo" she returns to the usual choreographic composition, inspired by the music and on the music "Space."

Giacinto Scelsi as Zakir, has been for Patrizia one of the most important occasion of her life. A long friendship in a philosophical-spiritual exchange has tied Patrizia to Giacinto. He was the one to ask her to interpret "Ko-Tha", that was born by his improvisation on guitar used horizontal to be ring and hit. In this way " Shiva’s Dance" was born.

Since ‘86 to the '95 she had the musical advice of Claudio Marchetti and Danilo Ritucci.


Prizes & Awards

Apollon Musagète, Donna Circe Prize, Capo Circeo Prize, Plate Nello Flora, Plate City of Chandigar, City of Agrigento Prize, Gold Gull, Oscar for the Musical, International Prize "Plaza of the People", International Prize Gold Broom. In 2005 she receives the silver Plate of the President of the Republic Italian Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.




- In The World

Asia: India (1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1990), Malaysia, Thailandia, Singapore (1987), Korea, Malaysia: (1987, 1988)
Africa:  Marocco e Senegal (1983), Egitto (1999)
Australia: 1984, 1999
America: Brasile (1986, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2006), Perù (1986), Venezuela (1986, 1991), U.S.A (1985, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994), Messico (1989), Canada (1991)

- In Europe

France and Benelux (1975, 1976, 1978, 2006)
Scandinavia (1976, 1978)
German Fed. Rep. (1978, 1979, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 2004, 2006, 2008)
Austria (1981, 1994)
Hungary (1989)
Spain and Portugal (1989)
Croazia (2006)