Alessio Silverstrin

Born in Italy in 1973, learned ballet from Maria Berica Dalla Vecchia in his hometown of Vicenza, and graduated with a scholarship at the Académie de Dance Classique Princesse Grace in Monte-Carlo and École-Atelier Rudra Béjart in Lausanne.
He studied piano at the Music Conservatory “A. Pedrollo” in Vicenza and harpsichord at the Académie de Musique Prince Rainier III in Monte-Carlo. Guided by Maestro Francesco Valdambrini, he joined the composers of the new school of “Tricordale Music,” and his compositions have been used in synthesis for his choreographic works as well.

As a dancer, choreographer, and composer he worked at the Béjart Ballet Lausanne directed by Maurice Béjart and the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Lyon, directed by Yourgos Loukos. From 1999 to 2002, he joined Ballett Frankfurt directed by William Forsythe. He will be furthermore a regular guest artist for his company, The Forsythe Company, and actively involved in the creations and performances of William Forsythe’s Choreographic Objects. He is also invited as a guest dancer and assistant choreographer for the Siameses Dance Company directed by Mauricio de Oliveira, in São Paulo 2007.

He choreographed for the Festival de Châteauvallont 1995, Festival de Cannes 1997, Ballet de l’Opéra National de Lyon and Copenhagen International Ballet 1998, Ballett Frankfurt and Ballett Freiburg Pretty Ugly 2001, Cadance Festival in Den Haag 2002 and Festival Modafe in Seoul 2003.

Since 2003, he became an autonomous artist resident in Japan, involved in multidisciplinary activities, pursuing researches concerning the synthetical expansion in expressivity and complexity of some refined, but confined aspects of the Japanese culture, with particular attention regarding the Traditional Japanese Noh Theater and Tanka Poetry through mathematical formalization. From 2009 until 2018 he has been guest teacher and choreographer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and he is currently a member of the dance faculty at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music since 2014.

In 2004 he choreographed and performed for Dance and Media Japan, Intercommunication Center Tokyo, Dance Biennale Tokyo and Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya.

In 2005 Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya commissioned him to choreograph, direct and perform Béla Bartók’s one-act opera “Bluebeard’s Castle.” In 2005 he also performed his work “Ritrovare/Derivare” with the actor of Noh Theater Reijiro Tsumura at the Venice Dance Biennale, choreographed “Door Indoor” for the dance company Noism 05 in Niigata, and collaborated with Michael Schumacher and the composer Thom Willems at the New National Theater in Tokyo.

In 2006 he had collaborated with the sculptor Anton Himstedt in Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster presented his video dance “Map” at the Dance Camera West Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Cinedans Film Festival in Amsterdam. In 2006 he also choreographed in the frame of the Ljubljana Festival and performed in Korea for Daegu Art Center, Seongnam Dance Festival, and Seoul Dance Biennale.

In 2007 he performed as a guest dancer and worked as the assistant choreographer in São Paulo for the Dance Company Siameses directed by the choreographer Mauricio de Oliveira. He performed in the installation “Additive Inverse” by William Forsythe for the opening program of the building inside Tokyo Midtown by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando 21_21 Design Sight, organized by The Miyake Issey Foundation. In 2007 he was also invited to perform in China at the 4th Guangdong Modern Dance Festival, choreographed and exhibited his visual artwork “Mikrokosmos” and “Andante” at Ycam Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media.

In 2008 performed in Tokyo “Transparent Labyrinth” choreographed by Akira Kasai on “The Art of Fugue” of Johann Sebastian Bach, played in performance by the pianist Yuji Takahashi. He performed “Triple-zone” by the choreographer Regina van Berkel in the frame of the Holland Dance Festival and the Steps#11 International Dance Festival Switzerland. He performed for the choreographer Dana Caspersen in the creation “Radio Mythic Theater,” a production by The Forsythe Company performed in Dresden and the following year in Frankfurt and Den Haag. At Session House in Tokyo, he presented “Document” opening performance and exhibition of Multiform, dance collective directed by Alessio Silvestrin. As well, in 2008 he received the commission from the Brasilian dance company São Paulo Companhia de Dança, to choreograph and direct “Polígono,” a work created for the opening program of the company which received a very high appreciation form the dance and music audience. “Polígono” has been choreographed on the “Musical Offering” of Johann Sebastian Bach revisited by the Brussels chamber music group Het Collectief, which has been invited in São Paulo to play live the music in performance together with São Paulo Companhia de Dança.

In 2009 he directed, choreographed and composed “Kakekotoba” at the Cerulean Tower Noh Theater in Tokyo. This work, created inside the traditional Noh theater space has been based on text excerpts from Phaedo by Plato and as well a music composition inspired by the Traditional Japanese Noh music which he played live on a small virginal.
He created in collaboration with the video artist and system designer Richi Owaki the interactive audiovisual installation “Skinslides,” commissioned form Ycam Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media and selected as outstanding work in 2013 by 16th Japan Media Art Festival, Exhibition of Award-winning Works at The National Art Center, Tokyo. He performed the installation piece “Monster Partitur” by Willam Forsythe for the U.S premiere at Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio and Beyeler Foundation in Basel in the frame of the exhibition of Alberto Giacometti. As well, he performed other works form the program “Focus on Forsythe” in London at Sadler’s Wells, Tate Modern, and South London Gallery.

In 2010 he created in Tokyo “Te no Uta,” a stage work for Traditional Japanese Noh Theater, which has been commissioned form the Cerulean Tower Noh Theater with the approval of the Embassy of Poland in Japan for the commemoration of 200 years of Fryderyk Chopin’s birth. This work finds sources form music by Fryderyk Chopin,
text by George Sand and Japanese Noh. In 2010 he also performed “Longing for… Score#1” in the program of the Venice Architecture Biennale and Artimage Contemporary in Graz.

In 2011 he choreographed and performed for the interactive installation “In-visible Skirt & Other Imaginary Things” by Danielle Wilde and Alvaro Cassinelli at Yebisu International Festival of Art and Alternative Visions in Tokyo. As well, he choreographed and composed “Orime no Ue” for the dance company Noism 01 in Niigata, and choreographed for 2 dancers “44 Duos” for 2 violins of Béla Bartók, produced by CSB International at Cradle Hall in Tokyo.

In 2012, he performed at Aichi Art Center in Nagoya in the concert and dance production by Kenichiro Shibuya “One(X) Cage→Today” for the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth.

In 2013 he choreographed for LINK Dance Company, Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in Perth and he joined as soloist dancer the production “Trip Triptych” in collaboration with the Japanese choreographer Motoko Hirayama at the New National Theater Tokyo. As well, he performed “Hinderhold” by William Forsythe’s Choreographic Objects Exhibition “About Subtraction” at the Neues Museum Weimar in the frame of Kunstfest Weimar.

In 2014 he choreographed for 17 dancers “Opus 131” on Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor Op. 131, produced by Studio Architanz and performed at New National Theater in Tokyo. He choreographed the famous “Boléro” by Ravel for Miyako Yoshida, former principal guest artist of The Royal Ballet, together with 34 dancers from the Japanese traditional dance group Nihon Buyo Hanayagi and Tokyo Philarmonic Orchestra, produced and performed at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. He choreographed and performed the concert-performance “Orpheus and Eurydice” in commemoration of 300 years of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s birth, in collaboration with Ensemble Muromachi, the world’s first ensemble including traditional instruments of Japan and European instruments of the Renaissance-Baroque period, directed by Laurent Teycheney.

In 2015 He collaborated with the visual artist Kyoshi Takizawa for the site-specific installation and performance “Tsunagari” created at the prestigious Echigo-Tsumari Art Trienniale, in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, and his music composition “Frozen Music” for piano, received the award First Prize by Audible Cities Composition Competition, in San Francisco.

In 2016 he had been invited as a guest artist at the University of Michigan Dance Department and choreographed for Ann Arbor Dance Works. He received the commission from the Royaumont Foundation, and composed “Trois vortex” for piano, played by the pianist Sthéphanos Thomopoulos in the program “Autour de Xenakis” at the Royaumont Foundation, in the frame of Festival Voix Nouvelles. As well, his music composition for “31 Tanka” for harpsichord and fortepiano, has been played by Laurent Teycheney and Kikuko Ogura in the program of Ensemble Muromachi, in commemoration of 150 years of Erik Satie’s birth, at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall.

In 2017 his music composition “Pawukon” for two toy piano and toy gamelan had been selected and performed at the Florida International Toy Piano Festival. As well, he created and performed “Tang” conjointly in collaboration with the sculptor Anton Himstedt and the composer Luca Bagnoli at ZKM Center for Art and Media, in Karlsruhe.

In 2018 he choreographed for Dancers’ Nest Japan/Macau/Korea and New Dance for Asia – International Festival Seoul.

In 2019 he choreographed for the Paris Opera Ballet “At the Hawk’s Well” after William Butler Yeats, in collaboration with the scenographic direction conceived by the Japanese photographer, visual artist Hiroshi Sugimoto (broadcasted by NHK E-Tele in 2020).