- About us -
Matrafisc Dance is a young dance company born by the artistic collaboration between Manchester-based Italian choreographers Ina Colizza & Antonello Apicella. It was created by the two young artists and their common desire to research and express their artistic and training differences in a new choreographic language. Ina and Antonello met in 2012 in a project developed for the Napoli Teatro Festival and in 2013 after their first choreographic collaboration for “Eduardo…ij rest cà.”, a show staged at Teatro San Ferdinando in Naples, they moved to U.K where they worked on different projects.
Since the first creation “Bruise”, an intense autobiographical story about choices, experiences and how in life they have influenced each other, the two have found a great success among the audience. Continuing the search for new real-life stories to be staged they participate in the Emergence Festival and later create Soul’s Paths, their first site-specific work that grew around the idea of an inner journey that gradually goes deeper while experiencing the key themes of friendship, love, fraternal bond and sexuality with the support of the Arts Council of England.
In 2017 they took part in the “scratch night” at The Lowry where they presented a first version of “Periodo Blu”, a work that after many research seems to want to become their first full-length work.
Ina trained in contemporary dance and ballet at Akerusia Danza in Naples and Balletto di Toscana in Florence, after she achieved a post graduate in teaching contemporary dance at the National Academy of Dance in Rome. She has danced at GBM – Giovane Balletto Mediterraneo directed by Mauro De Candia, Akerusia Danza directed by Elena D’aguanno, Anemos directed by Daniela Ferri and Percorsi nel Caos of Angelo Parisi.
She also danced with “Korper“ in “Welcome on board”, choreographed by Francesco Nappa, for a site-specific performance developed for the NTF-Napoli Teatro Festival, “Stranded” with “surFace Dance” in London at the First Sound and Movement Symposium under the direction of Julianne Li and Tommaso Perego. She also danced “Here not here, where?” a project at the Royal College of Music of London as part of the Network Performing Arts Production Workshop 2015.
With CoDa Dance she has performed at Lilian Baylis Theatre of Sadler’s Wells as part of their Wild Card programme sith in a piece called “12 months”. With Shelly Owen, she performed in 2 outdoors projects: “Resolution” and “Speed dating”. She also danced for Companie Thor directed by Thierry Smits. She followed Akram Khan as part of the “Creative Fellows” programme for the MIF -Manchester International Festival- in the creation of the show Giselle with the English National Ballet. Thereafter she was performing at The Lowry in The Body Of Us for Bridget Fiske & Co.
She is a choreographer and dance tutor at The Manchester College, and she also leads classes and workshops at Salford University, Northern Ballet School, Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK and in Italy.
” The truest expression of a person is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie. “Agnes de Mille
Antonello studied ballet and contemporary dance in a private school from the age of 18. In 2004, after he was awarded the prize “Enzo Avallone” as better emerging dancing talent for south Italy he moved to Rome where he continued the studies in Contemporary Dance first at the IALS – Institute for the training of workers of the entertainment – and then at the National Dance Academy of Rome.
He has had the chance to work with some of the most important Italian choreographers as Fabrizio Monteverde, Mauro Astolfi and Mario Piazza and for companies like ”Maktub Noir” (Florence, Italy) and the “Stratos Dance Company”(Rome, Italy). For the latter, he also contributed as a choreographer. Further on he worked with“Giovani Artisti Cilentani” – young artists from Cilento – in the role of both dancer and actor.
His first site-specific experience was with the”Korper company” where he worked with Francesco Nappa in the performance developed specifically for the NTF- Napoli Teatro Festival: “Welcome on board”. Moved in London worked with “Nutshell Dance Company” directed by Mari Frogner and he has been also performing for many outdoors project as Story of a Night Pianist at “The Space”, “Faraday’s Cage” a dance movie choreographed by Anna Buonomo, “FLOCK” at InTRANSIT Festival and with London Contemporary Orchestra at the Oval Space.
In 2015 he started work with “Campania Danza” as Dancer/ Assistant-Choreographer and he entered the rankings at Teatro Verdi in Salerno. In 2016 he has been working at “Teatro Comunale del Maggio Fiorentino” in Les Pecheurs des Perles. He leads classes and workshops at Salford University in Manchester and teaches in different schools in Italy.