BALLETTO TEATRO DI TORINO
Founded by Loredana Furno in 1979, BTT-Balletto Teatro di Torino has recently celebrated 40 years of ongoing activity. Forty years of dance, research, experimentation, relationships, collaborations. It is a company – currently consisting of seven dancers, coming from important experiences at the international level – which, with growing success, continues on its original path of creation of dance shows which earn recognition from aware critics. Aside from its activity abroad, BTT is very present in Italy, and particularly in Turin, where it is acknowledged as a stable production body, institutionalized both at the regional and at the City level.
After the first historic 20 years and the ten-year collaboration with Matteo Levaggi – resident choreographer who was able to give the Company a strong and distinctive identity – since 2014 BTT has broadened its artistic path and has opened itself to important national and international authors. Thus, the resident dancers – coming from an eclectic formative background – dance with ease creations by choreographers who are very different in terms of style and identity, such as Itzik Galili, Antonello Tudisco, Marco de Alteriis, Yin Yue, Andrea Costanzo Martini, Ella Rothschild, Manfredi Perego, Silvia Gribaudi, Simona Bertozzi, Laura Domingo Aguero, Jye-Hwei Lin, José Reches, Renata Sheppard, Matteo Marziano Graziano, Nicoletta Cabassi.
The dancers’ daily research work with the various guest choreographers and the Company’s stability make BTT one of the most prominent realities in today’s Italy. In 2009, after winning a public tender, BTT was given the artistic direction of the theatre Lavanderia a Vapore – ‘Center of Excellence for Dance’ in Collegno. Renovated by the City of Collegno after being abandoned for years, this charming facility was entrusted to BTT, which took over the artistic direction for the first 6 years of activity and is now resident there within the bounds of Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo’s initiatives.
Since 2016 Viola Scaglione has been alongside Loredana Furno in the role of artistic director. Viola adopts an open and inclusive approach, in horizontal dialogue with the company’s dancers and the artists involved in the various productions, thus stimulating group processes deeply rooted in the fusion of personal growth and artistic evolution paths.
For a long time, BTT has paid special attention to choreographic research work and original musical scores, including a considerable number of unreleased tracks and live performances. An example regarding the musical aspect is the collaboration with the prestigious Macerata Opera Festival-Arena Sferisterio – after having won, in 2018, the tender ‘Bando Macerata 4.0’ with the production We Can be Waves (concept, direction, choreography by Matteo Marziano Graziano) – and the successful collaboration with Rivolimusica, thereby designing artistic paths characterized by contamination and sharing.
Another integral part of the Company’s activity is the sector dedicated to youths, which offers shows addressed to students in compulsory education during school hours and includes the organizing of National Festivals such as Danza Alla Fortezza del Priamar (Savona) and Acqui in Palcoscenico, which has reached its 36th edition in 2020.
In 2020 SCENE – Network for the Performing Arts was born. SCENE is the new artistic season promoted by BTT, the Cities of Rivoli and Avigliana, Rivolimusica-Istituto Musicale G. Balmas and Revejo/Teatro Fassino di Avigliana, all in a partnership for the ideation of interdisciplinary projects.
An active collaboration combining intuitions, passions, art that creates one body in which different perspectives merge and transform in a mutually enriching manner. It is a project for the future, a point of reference for the audience in the matrix of an offer devoted to variety and experimentation, without limitations of genre or artistic languages.