Biography

Alfredo Zinola is an Italian per­former, chore­o­g­ra­ph­er and dancer based in Germany.

The son of an actor and an actress, he had his first expe­ri­ences in the the­atre while tak­ing part in his par­ents’ rehearsals and lat­er act­ed in the pro­duc­tions of their com­pa­ny, Teatro dell’Angolo, now Fondazione T.r.g., in Torino.

His dance stud­ies began in 2004 thanks to the Italian chore­o­g­ra­ph­er Raffaella Giordano (Ass. Sosta Palmizi) who offered him the pos­si­bil­i­ty to study with her com­pa­ny for one year. After that, he con­tin­ued his expe­ri­ences in con­tem­po­rary dance in Italy and in Spain, and in 2006 he joined the Modern Dance Study Program at the Folkwang University in Germany. 

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Later, at the University of Turin Faculty of Literature and Philosophy, he grad­u­at­ed in Intercultural Communication, propos­ing an analy­sis of a con­tem­po­rary dance per­for­mance of the French chore­o­g­ra­ph­er Jerome Bel through an anthro­po­log­i­cal point of view, with a the­sis enti­tled: Pichet Klunchun And Myself, A Possible Intercultural Encounter On Stage.

While work­ing on his projects, he also col­lab­o­rat­ed as a per­former with var­i­ous chore­o­g­ra­phers includ­ing: Angie Hiesl, J. Jaspers, G. Rossi, S. Sandroni, C. Hennermann, Kainkollektiv, C.ie 2+, and Stephan Herwig.

In his own work, his way of cre­at­ing is based on col­lab­o­ra­tions between him­self and oth­er artists. These col­lab­o­ra­tions lead to impor­tant encoun­ters where both artists are engaged with a strong respon­si­bil­i­ty for the devel­op­ment of the performances.

His first duet, Suschi, explores the pos­si­bil­i­ty of an inter­cul­tur­al encounter between a Korean and an Italian dancer on stage. His sec­ond work, About Josema, focus­es on the theme of the gay sex­u­al­i­ty of a young Mexican dancer in an irrev­er­ent and iron­ic way, by set­ting a sex-inter­view on stage.

In 2013 with Felipe González, he attempt­ed to rede­fine what could be con­sid­ered con­tem­po­rary dance per­for­mance for chil­dren by cre­at­ing PRIMO, an under­wa­ter per­for­mance of con­tem­po­rary dance, set in a large pool on stage.

Continuing to inves­ti­gate work that is able to pro­pose abstract forms as a medi­um of empath­ic com­mu­ni­ca­tion, he cre­at­ed NERO in 2015 with the American per­former Maxwell McCarthy. In this work, obscu­ri­ty is con­sid­ered as a blank can­vas for imag­i­na­tion, and the body is used in rela­tion to reflec­tive objects in order to pro­duce light forms that lead the spec­ta­tors a step fur­ther into the darkness.

The inter­est between actu­al­i­ty and children’s the­atre brought Zinola to the Fondazione Teatro ragazzi e gio­vani of Torino in 2014, in the frame of the European project Alcotra, to invent a work about fam­i­ly and pri­va­cy. He cre­at­ed, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Peruvian artist Ximena Ameri ATO, a site-spe­cif­ic per­for­mance that opens a family’s apart­ment to the pub­lic and ques­tions their inti­mate space and the necessity/curiosity of voyeurism.

Still with Ameri, he cre­at­ed Bomba Mix in 2015, a per­for­mance that pro­pos­es a pos­si­ble rev­o­lu­tion of children’s objects. While accept­ing some of the clichés relat­ed to the world of chil­dren, the two per­form­ers bring a sort of hys­ter­i­cal state to the per­for­mance and the pub­lic, cre­at­ing a break and the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a silent revolution.

The works of Zinola and his col­leagues have been invit­ed to many fes­ti­vals in Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.

Alfredo is cur­rent­ly a Tanzhaus NRW Factory Artist for 2020, 2021 and 2022, as well as a mem­ber of iDA’s NRW, and a board mem­ber of the Young Dance Network – A Network for Exchange under Assitej International.

Alfredo Zinola recent­ly com­plet­ed the course “Curating in the Performing Arts” at the University of Salzburg 2019 – 2020 thanks in part to the Kunststiftung NRW Scholarship.