Aline Nari has been working as dancer and choreographer since 1993 in contemporary dance companies, Opera Houses, urban dance festivals, in Italy and abroad, trying to merge research and dialogue with transversal audiences, contemporaneity and tradition. From 2000 to 2020 she created several performances that, with an intimate and visionary sign, deal with philosophical and social themes. After dancing for a long time in Sosta Palmizi, one of the most important dance-theatre companies in Italy, in 2008 she founded UBIdanza together with the performer Davide Frangioni and, since 2014, she has been part of ALDES Association. Aline’s artistic activity combines continuous didactic research, addressed to adults and children, and an academic profile. After graduating in Italian Modern Studies, in fact, she obtained a PhD in Italian Studies at the University of Genova, and from 2015 to 2018 she taught History of Dance at University of Pisa, SAVS Master’s Degree Course. She participated in lectures on dance studies in Italy and in the United Kingdom, she coordinated international focus groups, she published several essays on theatrical literature and dance of XVIII and XX centuries for specialized magazines, for Bompiani, Marsilio, Akropolis Libri, Ephemeria publishing houses.
Everytime we enter in a dance studio, we enter into history, not only dance history but history of humanity: this is always my starting point for a tecnique class as well as for a theoretical lesson. I think it’s very important for the improvement and evolution of young artists to be progressively conscious of the specific field of their art in relation to different disciplines as history, anthropology, sociology, philosophy. In my approach the intellectual stimulus is never detached from a somatic experience, ‘cause for dancer and choreographers body is a neverlasting source of investigation, discovery and wonder. My classes start from an intimate observation of movement (as a relation to) and then, together with the students, I focus on some words around which we are going to question ourselves from the theoretical point of view, to discover what’s their meaning in a contemporary dance class and how these concepts help the way to creativity.