Monica Gentile’s choreographic work and physical research investigates the embodiment of animalistic qualities, trance, minimalism, and the states of the body, energy and breath. In particular she is interested in investigating contrasting concepts within the body (presence / absence, solidity / evanescence) with a visual and imagery based approach. Her intent is to reveal these paradoxical states through evocative choreographic elements and in the construction of hybrid figures with the body and its gestures. Her work is characterized by a strong presence – creating an atmospheric / imaginary space around the body and expressing connections to forms found in nature, landscapes, and the geographical. The point of reference in her work is not only the body itself, but how we place it and perceive it in relation with what surrounds us.
She graduated at the University “DAMS THEATER” at the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature of Bologna, where she focused on dance and theater anthropology.
She is a dancer, choreographer, Yoga Teacher and a martial arts practitioner (Kung fu and Aikido). Her dance practice is based on Movement Research and Somatic Practicies. Monica has trained in dance since she was very young, starting with Ballet and continuing into Contemporary Dance. She has studied a range of techniques including Cunningham, Limòn, Nikolais, Release Technique, Contact Improvisation, physical theater and Butoh.
The choreographers and artists she have worked with have brought her to understand artistic practice as a political, ethical choice, related to the artist’s surroundings: Virgilio Sieni (Director of the Biennale Danza, Venice), Simona Bertozzi, Anna Albertarelli (working in the companies Gohatto and Vi-Kap), Michele Di Stefano (MK), Sonia Brunelli (Barokthegreat), Cristina Rizzo (Kinkaleri) with whom she formed the group of research CAN I. More recently Peter Player , Maria Francesca Scaroni, Renate Graziadei, Maya Carroll and Julyen Hamilton, Keith Hennessy, Clara Furey, Nita Little, German Jarequi.
From 2011 she attended the School of Hatha Yoga ISYCO through the Department of Oriental studies of the University of Torino were she got the Degree of Hatha Yoga Teacher. She has been teaching since 2010 and has a wide range of experience with her body and a broad knowledge of the body’s anatomy and Indian physiology. In 2015 she became Laughing Yoga Leader, working with Chronical pain patients at the Immanul Klinik (Berlin DE).
Monica Gentile is Author of several dance pieces:
2017 “Fire of Unknown Origin” co-Choreographed with Marcela Giesche, produced at Anghiari Dance Hub (IT).
2016 “Shepherd” in collaboration with different artists, produced at Anghiari Dance Hub (IT) and Lake Studios Berlin (DE).
2012 “ Minimal Dance” a solo in collaboration with the composer Luciano Maggiore, produced at Pim Off Milano (IT).
She is collaborating on numerous artistic projects including:
2018 collaboration with the Choreographer Alessandro Sciarroni in the production ”Augusto” as a Laughter Yoga Coach, premiere Biennale De La Danse Lyon (FR).
2014 She collaborated with the vocal artist Alessandra Eramo performing in “ROARS BANGS BOOMS”at the MuseRuole Festival (Innsbruk AT).
2013 “Impressiones d’Afriques” with Michele Di Stefano MK Company at Biennale Danza in Venice;
2009 – 2012 worked with Cristina Rizzo in several projects on the project “CAN I”.
2010 attended the GD’A Emilia Prize (as dancer) with the work “Garage Kit” with the choreographer Francesca Burzacchini.
2005 – 2008 worked as dancer with the company Ghoatto and Vi-kap of the choreographer Anna Albertarelli and the composer Roberto Passuti.
Monica has performed in venues such as: Fabbrica Europa Festival (Florence), SpazioK (Kinkaleri), Peraspera Festival (Bologna), Tropici (Rome), Teatro Valle Occupato (Rome), Santarcangelo Festival (Santarcangelo di Romagna), Nah Dran Festival (Berlin), Volksroom (Bruxelles) and Garage 29 (Bruxelles), DanzaUrbana Festival (Bologna), The Festival of Philosophy (Modena), Red Festival (Reggio Emilia), Short Format Festival (Milano) and Malafestival, Cavallerizzareale Theater (Torino).