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Mauro de Candia

Mauro de Candia
©Lilian van Rooij

The work of the Italian choreographer Mauro de Candia (Barletta, 1981) is characterized by a special musicality. His choreographiesoften contain energetic group parts, but these are almost alwaysalternated with silent and poetic fragments. Music and dance are an indissoluble duo for de Candia.

De Candia started dancing at a young age. At the age of 10 he was discovered during a ballet competition in Verona by Marika Besobrasova, founder and director of the famous Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace in Monaco. She offered him a scholarship and from that moment de Candia attended summerclasses in Monte Carlo every summer. After short periods at theschool of the ballet company of La Scala in Milan and the Rudra-school of Maurice Béjart in Lausanne, de Candia completed hisdance education in 1998 at the Académie in Monaco, supported by the John Gilpin Scholarship awarded by the Monegasque Princess Antoinette (the sister of Prince Rainier). In 2001 de Candia joined the Ballett der Staatsoper Hannover, where artistic director Stephan Thoss appointed him as a soloist after only four months.

Already during his engagement in Hannover (until 2006), then as a guest dancer and finally as a freelance choreographer (since 2008), Mauro de Candia pursued his choreographic projects.

Since 2012 de Candia is artistic director of the Dance Company Theater Osnabrück in Germany.

Meanwhile he has choreographed for the Ballett der Staatsoper Hannover, Introdans (Arnhem / NL), the Ballett am Gärtnerplatzin Munich, the Royal Ballet of Flanders (Antwerp), the TanztheaterBraunschweig, the Milwaukee Ballet (USA), the Maggio Danza in Florence, the Staatsballett Berlin and its former ballet director Vladimir Malakhov, the Balletto dell'Arena di Verona, the Ballet of the Opera Bygdoszcz (Poland) and more recently for the Slovak National Ballet (Bratislava), the Ballet Augsburg, Europa Danse (France) and the Washington Ballet ( USA).

As of the beginning of the season 2012/13, Mauro de Candia serve as Artistic Director and chief-choreographer of the Dance Company at the Theater Osnabrück. Together with his dramaturge and company manager Patricia Stöckemann, he has assembled an international dance ensemble and has successfully realized his artistic vision of a program that relates consciously to the traditions of dance. In his own creations he develops both narrative works and more abstract compositions inspired by a wide range of different musical directions and styles.

In addition to his own pieces, de Candia enriches the repertoire of the Dance Company with works by important contemporary choreographers such as Marco Goecke, Stephan Thoss or Edward Clug to reconstructions from the German modern dance choreographer Mary WIgman. He also invites young, as yet unknown choreographers to create for the dance company.

Even though he is staying abroad, de Candia still feels veryconnected to his homeland. In 1997 he founded the non-profit organization Arte&BallettO in his home town Barletta. This association is dedicated to dance education and to the support ofyoung dance students in Italy. De Candia received various prizesfor his services, including the Premio Positano per la Danza, thePremio Giuliana Penzi per la Danza and, in 2009, a silver medalfrom the Italian government, presented by President Giorgio Napolitano.