Raffaele Irace


Raffaele lrace graduated as a dancer at the Fondazione Teatro Nuovo in Turin and specialized at the Ecole-Atelier Audra by Maurice Bejart in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2005 he graduated from the DAMS in History of Theater at the Universita degli Studi of Turin. His path as a dancer and choreographer is marked by a strong investigative desire with respect to the art of dance.


During his career he interprets the works of the greatest masters and internat onal names in the choreography. Among the most important Robert North, Mats Ek, James Sutherland,  Austin Hartel, Carolyn Carlson, Jacopo Godani, Maurice Bejart and William Forsythe. His method of teaching contemporary dance is inspired and brings to fruition, in addition to 
the important experience as a dancer, the teachings of masters such as Austin Hartel (Pilobolus) John Mead, Harris Mantafounis (Limon technique) Douglas Nielsen (Cunningham technique), Max Luna (Alvin Ailey - Horton technique), Wayne McGregor. The constant research on the possibilities of movement and expression of the body through dance stimulates the choreographic vein as well, which leads him to the create on different works for the Dance as for the Opera and Prosa, at European level. 

In the last few years after a remarkable experience as a dancer with the choreographer Jacopo Godani (for the Venice Biennale, and the International Festival of Montepulciano), he began to investigate the working method of the Forsythe Company in Frankfurt, where he met William Forsythe. At the Gartnerplatz Opera House in Munich, directed by Henning Paar, as a solo dancer, Raffaele lrace plays ''TRIO" (choreography by W. Forsythe)

In 2008, back in Italy, Raffaele lrace founded his artistic project, the dance company The Very Secret Dance Society, which he directed in his hometown of Turin. The company is invited on tour both in Italy and abroad with increasing success (France, Germany, Macedonia, Turkey) in several national and international contemporary dance festivals, for example the Biennial Young Artists of Europe and the Mediterranean in 2009, the Venice Biennale - Dance in 2012. 
As guest artists they are invited in 2013 by the Italian Embassy in Turkey to Ankara for the Celebrations of the Italian Republic abroad, and for the international cross-border cultural exchange Italy - Switzerland lnterReg, they are called as the only company representing Italy.
With the choreographic commission "Ancestros", a show with the music of percussionist  Bruno Genero, lrace made his debut at the Teatro Regio Opera House in Turin in March 2014. In 2015 his company presented his work in a special participation at the International Dance Gala in Munster, in Germany. The Company The Very Secret Dance Society/Raffaele lrace has been a dance company recognized and subsidized by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities since 2015 - MIBACT.

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