Giorgio Madia

Giorgio Madia graduated as a professional dancer at the ballet school of La Scala in Milan. After a year in the world famous ballet company of Teatro alla Scala he was engaged by Maurice Béjart to join his “Ballet du 20ième siècle”, later “Béjart Ballet Lausanne”. For several years he belonged to this company as Soloist Dancer. He acquired a comprehensive classical and contemporary repertoire as a Soloist and Principal Dancer in the U.S.A., where he settled in 1988. He was entrusted with many of the leading roles of the classical repertoire as well as the most prestigious, technically challenging works. His skills and personality inspired many contemporary choreographers to do creations especially for him. Next to his positions at Pennsylvania Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, he was chosen by Rudolf Nureyev to take part in his worldwide farewell tour, during which he danced in two duets with Nureyev himself. He returned to Europe to join the Italian company Aterballetto in 1993 as Principal Dancer, the company of Zürcher Ballett in 1995 as Soloist Dancer. In 1997 Giorgio Madia retired from performing on stage and devoted himself to ballet master and teaching responsibilities, which through the years led him to companies such as Balletto di Toscana and furthermore to the Wiener Staatsoperballett, Compañía Nacional de Danza, National Ballet of Portugal, Teatro Comunale di Firenze or Leipziger Ballett, to mention only a few. He finally was First Ballet Master at Basel Ballett, and then at BerlinBallett at the Komische Oper Berlin. In 2000 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Ballet at Grand Theatre in Lodz, 2003 to 2005 he was entrusted with the position of the Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of the Volksoper in Vienna. In 1995 Giorgio Madia began choreographing and directing, and since 2005 he has been doing so as a freelancer. Commissions took him several times to Staatsballett Berlin, the world famous Vienna Opera Ball, where he choreographed the opening, the Open Air Operetta Festival of Mörbisch, where he was Chief Choreographer for a whole decade, to the Kammeroper in Vienna, or Staatstheater Cottbus. Three of his more than ten contributions for the vivid Polish theatre scene have been awarded with the “Golden Mask” as production of the year: the opera houses in Krakow, Wroclaw and Lodz entrusted him with projects as choreographer and stage director alike. Furthermore, he returned to Italy to do creations for the companies of Balletto di Milano or Balletto di Roma. The list of his work is extensive. Alongside the great classics of the ballet repertoire – "Sleeping Beauty", "The Nutcracker", "Swan Lake", "Romeo and Juliet", "La fille mal gardée" or “Coppélia” – are full-length dance works based on individual concepts: "Nudo", "Alice's Wonderland”, "Cinderella”, "OZ – The Wonderful Wizard", "Chopin imaginaire” ,"Vienna Waltz Night” as a tribute to Johann Strauss, or the dance comedy "Harlequin", which plays with the tradition of the Italian Commedia dell'arte. The essential features of his artistic style – musicality, sophistication, humour, an intuitive sense for the moment and a strong dancing element – find their distinctive expression also in his work in the field of musical theatre. He directed Offenbach's "Tales of Hoffmann", the musical "Ain’t Misbehavin'", a double bill of two baroque operas "La Guirlande | Zéphyre" by Rameau, the operetta "Saison in Salzburg”, “Giuditta” for the Seefestspiele Mörbisch, the two short operas "Le pauvre matelot | Venus in Africa", “Fiddler on the Roof”, Gluck’s opera-ballet “Orpheus and Eurydice” or most recently “The Little Shop Of Horrors”. For several years, and in 2013 again, he has choreographed and directed the opening ceremony of the world famous “Life Ball” in Vienna, dedicating this work to charity.

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