- About us -
Matrafisc Dance was established in 2015 in Manchester, UK. Born by the artistic collaboration between Manchester-based Italian choreographers Antonello Apicella & Ina Colizza, this company was created by the two young artists’ common desire to research and express their artistic and training differences in a new choreographic language.
Ina & Antonello’s desire is to enable artists and audience to grow. For this, the Company creates an exciting and unique repertoire underpinning the company’s goal to be a forerunner of innovation, presentation, and development of contemporary dance, both in the UK and abroad .
Matrafisc Dance co-directors have a strong interest in psychology which drives them more and more in the research of a new dance language that can allow them to recreate and revive feelings and emotions that are always present in people’s lives.
“We strongly believe that exploring the way everyone has to go through experiences and the different influences they have on us during life, will drive us to develop stronger characters that may touch the audience in different ways and therefore embrace more of them. We want to bring the truth of every movement on stage.”
Their research goes beyond the pure aesthetics of dance. Instead, they are very driven to search for the purity and essentiality of each movement.
Antonello & Ina have been sharing the stage for a long time and since their first creation, they have influenced each other, mixing their choreographic skills and creating their own style that distinguishes the Matrafisc brand.
Spanning from classical technique to dance theatre, the two choreographers aim to always create something that allows the viewer to appreciate not only through dance but also through the emotions transmitted.
Among their strengths, they can list previous works staged internationally that have allowed them to develop their way to choreograph and give voice to their different cultural experiences.
Ambition leads them to take advantage of every opportunity to challenge themselves to explore and overcome their limits.
“We want to push ourselves into a different way of work through the use of toolsand this makes us even more excited about the idea of being able to develop new ideas because we can not wait to experiment with new forms of creation.”
From its home base, the company tours both in the UK and abroad.
The first creation “Bruise”(2015), was an intense autobiographical story about choices, experiences and how in life they have influenced each other. The work has been performed in Amsterdam, Italy, UK and the two have found 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 ( 2016/17), 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.
With the duet “Periodo Blu”( 2017/18) they took part in the “scratch night” at The Lowry, a work that after a first research on Dalí and Picasso’s painting, evolved in a duet about memories and was also performed in Italy and UK.
The artistic collaboration with Jo Lau led to the development of Monkey&Leopard (2019), their first project direct to children, through an R&D funded by Arts Council of England.
Last project 1+1=1 about gender identity, which is still in development has already been touring internationally in Mexico,USA, Italy and UK.
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 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”. With “Companie Thor” directed by Thierry Smits she took part as a dancer in the movie “Holy Land”. She perfromed in “The Body of Us” directed by Bridget Fiske & Co.
Ina 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.
Since 2018 she is a choreographer and dance tutor for the performing arts department at The Manchester College, and also leads classes and workshops at Salford University,
Northern Ballet School, Manchester Metropolitan University in UK and at Akerusia Danza and Studio Danza Mayra Garcia in Italy.
” The truest expression of a person is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie. “
He began his ballet and contemporary dance training at a private school at age 16. In 2004, after receiving the “Enzo Avallone” award for “Emerging Dance Talent” from southern Italy, he moved to Rome, where he continued to study Contemporary Dance, first at IALS – Institute for Training of Entertainment Workers.
In his professional career, he has had the opportunity to work with the most important Italian choreographers, dancing in projects choreographed by Fabrizio Monteverde, Mauro Astolfi and Mario Piazza and for companies like “Maktub Noir” in 2004 (Florence, Italy) and “Stratos Dance Company ”In 2005 (Rome, Italy). In the latter, he began his experience as a choreographer winning the “Ballet-Ex” contest (Rome) and the prize for best choreography in the “Città di Olbia Dance Prize”, where he was also awarded the “Press Prize”.
Between 2006 and 2009 he worked with “Giovani Artisti Cilentani” – young artists from Cilento – in the role of dancer and actor in “Mamma Mia! The Musical ”and“ Chicago ”.
Between 2010 and 2011 he worked in the production of “Legami” with Claudio Malangone’s company “Borderline Danza”.
In 2012 he worked in the performance “Welcome aboard”, developed specifically for the NTF- Naples Theater Festival, with Francesco Nappa of the “Korper Company”.
Between 2013 and 2014 he worked with the “Nutshell Dance Company” in London, directed by Mari Frogner, and took part in different projects such as “Story of a Night Pianist” of “The Space” and the dance film “Faraday’s Cage”, both choreographed by Anna Buonomo. In 2014 he danced at Oval Space for the InTRANSIT Festival with the London Contemporary Orchestra in the production “FLOCK”.
In 2015 he started a new job as a dancer / choreographer assistant in the “Mediterraneo” project of “Campania Danza” and from this same year he is part of the cast of the Teatro Verdi in Salerno, where he has already worked in “The Merry Widow” and ” Carmen”.
In 2016 he worked in “Les Pecheurs des Perles” at the “Teatro Comunale del Maggio Fiorentino”.
He also works as a professor and since 2018 began a collaboration with the University of Salford (UK), where he was a professor of contemporary dance in 2019.
In 2019 he was also invited as guest teacher at the University of The Arts of Aguascalientes and at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico.
In 2020 he was appointed resident choreographer of the company “Campania Danza” in Salerno.