BIOGRAPHY: Massimo Gerardi born in Italy(1966): I received his first dance training in Udine and later in Reggio Emilia. I began my professional dancing career 1986 at the Balletto Comunale di Firenze, followed by engagements at Aterballetto, Stadttheater Augsburg and Teatro la Fenice Venezia. From 1991 to 1998 I was a soloist in the Ballett Nürnberg, where I has also presented my first choreographic works. Other engagements followed with Ballett Dortmund, Ballett Linz and Staatstheater Oldenburg. I danced in choreographies by William Forsythe – Rui Horta – Jacopo Godani - Amedeo Amodio – Giuseppe Carbone – David Sutherland – Gregor Zöllig – Antonio Gomes – Robert Poole - Jean Renshaw - Martin Stiefermann – Birgit Cullberg – Amanda Miller, among others. Some of my early pieces won prizes at Choreographic Competitions in Firenze, Treviso and Hannover. In 1999 I was selected by Jorma Uotinen for “SiWiC”, a coaching project for choreographers in Zürich In 2000 I attended a dance-for-video course with Thierry de Mey and Philippe Decouflé organised by SK Stiftung Kultur/Köln and received a scholarship for choreographic studies from Kunststiftung NRW/Düsseldorf hosting at Icelandic Ballet, Nederlands Danstheater, Göteborg Balletten and Komische Oper Berlin. I have worked extensively with contemporary and electronic music for both my long and shorter choreographies which were created for various theatres in Germany and abroad, but also integrating classical music. This musical mixture is strongly reflected in my choreographic style which embodies many influences of modern/contemporary dance and a solid classical ballet technique, reaching an interesting combination of the different but interdependent genres. Current themes in my works are researches on human relationships and on the communication of personal emotions based on my life experience but also of the dancers involved in the creations, adding a touch of social criticism. My next closest interest is coaching dancers in their daily training both in ballet and modern dance and assisting other choreographers in their creations, taking advantage of my 15-year-long professional experience as a dancer when I acquired several teaching and choreographic styles. I has also started a creative collaboration with the free dance and theatre group “” based in Köln, producing dance not only for conventional stages but also site-specific performances. My recent choreography with “Pop Eye” has been awarded the Dance Theatre Prize 2006 of Köln.

 CHOREOGRAPHIES: On the surface Opernhaus Nürnberg - (searching for) Company/Cheating, Lying, Stealing Tafelhalle Nürnberg - Love Vodoo 1. Prize Contemporary Dance Competition, Firenze - Day dream night life 3. Prize Choreographic Competition, Hannover - Sinergy/In side Ballett Linz - Eyes wide open* Festival Corpi sensibili Udine (Italy)- Dystopik Staatstheater Oldenburg - Unlife (through Wharton’s gealatine) Theater Stralsund/Greifswald -Sinergy² Theatre de Saint Quentin en Yvelines-Paris - Wo(men) National Conservatory of Dances, Prague - Trichrome 1. Prize Choreograpic Competition Treviso (Italy) - Not 2 close* Staatstheater Oldenburg - Match Internat. Ballett Tage Oldenburg - Trichrome (new version) Ballett Kiel - Can you hear me?* Festival Tanzhautnah Köln - Body sells Staatstheater Oldenburg - Detailed Fingerprints*°, Kluturbunker Köln - The Chairman Dances Staatstheater Oldenburg - Can you hear me?* (new version) - Theater Kiel - Fratres & In between Musikhochschule Köln, Abteilung Tanz - Intense*° Festival Tanzhautnah Köln / - Playground Staatstheater Oldenburg - Sommersalon Staatstheater Oldenburg - Winterreise° Musikhochschule Köln - Pop Eye* Köln /Festival „Move“Krefeld/ „Schrittmacher Festival“ Aachen - Dances for the Masses Theater Kiel * full-evening pieces ° in collaboration with Emanuele Soavi

GUEST DANCE TEACHER: Staatstheater Oldenburg Staatstheater Nürnberg Staatstheater Braunschweig Conservatory of Dance Prag Musikhochschule Köln Abt. Tanz ArteZ State Dance Academy-Arnhem

CHOREOGRAPHIC ASSISTANCE: Romeo und Julia Chor. Martin Stiefermann Orlando is dead Chor. Jean Renshaw Mit Essen spielt man nicht Chor. M. Stiefermann Debussy Abend Chor. M. Stiefermann 10 Gebote Chor. Kevin O’Day – Gregor Zöllig - Marianela Boan Goldberg Variationen/Die Sprache der Wände Chor Guy & Roni