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Maria

Grazia

Nicosia

was

born

in

Florence

and

began

studying

dance

with

Traut

Faggioni

Streiff,

continuing

her

studies

in

classical

ballet

with

Dutch

teacher

Daria

Collin, famous both in Florence and all of Italy.

Subsequently

she

perfected

her

studies

with

some

of

the

most

prestigious

European

teachers

and

choreographers

such

as:

Victor

Gsovsky,

Gaskel,

Pereslaveck, Besobrasova, Pakasky, Cebron e Yuriko.

A

professional

dancer

already

at

the

early

age

of

15

at

the

Teatro

Comunale

of

Florence,

she

became

Prima

Ballerina

of

the

Corps

de

Ballet

of

the

same

Maggio

Musicale

Fiorentino,

today

known

as

“Maggio

Danza”,

interpreting

with

great

technical

-

stylistic

rigour

and

intense

expression

principal

roles

of

both

classical

and

modern

repertoires,

performing

with

world

renowned

dancers

such

as

Carla

Fracci,

Rudolf

Nureyev,

Margot

Fonteyn,

Vladimir

Vassilev,

Peter

Schuafuss,

Elisabetta Terabust, Mikhail Baryshnikov….

She

has

collaborated

with

some

of

the

most

important

Italian

and

foreign

choreographers,

among

which,

Micha

Van

Hoecke,

Oscar

Araiz,

Aurel

Millos,

Geoffrey

Cauley,

Joseph

Russillo,

Ivan

Marko,

Fabrizio

Monteverde,

Charles

Vodoz and Maurizio Dolcini.

She

has

also

had

the

privilege

of

working

with

well

known

maestros

and

choreographers

such

as:

Clotilde

ed

Alessandro

Sakharoff,

Leonide

Massine,

Nicholas Beriozoff, Nijnska Bronislava, Maurice Béjart, Eugenio Polyakov ....

Together

with

Cristina

Bozzolini,

she

helped

found

the

“Collettivo

Danza

Contemporanea”

of

which

she

was

part

of

for

nine

years

and

later

contributed

to

its

transformation

into

the

“Balletto

di

Toscana”,

where

she

worked

for

the

entire

first

year.

This

experience

was

crucial

for

diffusing

knowledge

of

Contemporary

Dance,

which,

unfortunately,

at

that

time

was

not

often

present

in

the

programmes

of

traditional theatres.

Through

the

“Collettivo”

she

was

able

to

broaden

her

knowledge

of

American

Modern

Dance

and

German

Theatre

Dance

by

working

with

choreographers

such

as

Ector

Barriles,

Susanna

Zimmerman,

Robbie

Nadas

and

to

develop

for

the

Balletto

di

Toscana

an

artistic

collaboration

with

the

famous

dancer-choreographer

Nil Christe of the Nederlands Dans Theater.

As

of

1975

Maria

Grazia

Nicosia

founds

and

directs

the

“Centro

Studi

Danza”

in

Grassina,

renowned

for

its

selection

of

qualified

teachers

and

the

high

number

of

subscriptions,

placing

it

among

the

most

prestigious

dance

schools

of

the

Tuscan

region.

The

Association

also

offers

music

courses

under

the

artistic

direction

of

Franco

Cipolla,

founding

member

of

the

Association

and

Soloist

of

the

Orchestra

Maggio

Musicale Fiorentino.

In

1985

Danza

Primavera

has

its

first

spin-off

with

the

inauguration

of

“Panorami

di

Scuole

di

Danza”

and

the

first

professional

performances

held

in

combination

with

video conferences.

In

1988

Nicosia

performed

in

the

“La

Valse”

by

Ravel

with

the

choreography

of

the

famous

Hungarian

choreographer

Ivan

Marko

(étoile

of

the

Maurice

Béjart

Company)

during

the

Ballet

Evening

at

the

“Maggio

Musicale

Fiorentino”,

obtaining

both

critical

and

public

acclaim.

This

enormous

success

led

Marko

to

invite

Nicosia

as a guest in his Ballet Company, the “Il Gyori Ballett”.

In

1989

Ivan

Marko

created

especially

for

Nicosia

the

ballet

“La

Madre”

based

on

music

by

G.

Verdi,

to

be

performed

for

the

first

time

during

the

fifth

edition

of

“Danza Primavera”, a Festival founded by Nicosia.

Nicosia’s

performance

highlighted

the

intensity,

versatility

and

dramatic

character

of

the

piece

and

was

acclaimed

by

Marko

himself

and

the

critics

with

such

enthusiasm

as

to

reconfirm

her

notoriety

as

the

“Anna

Magnani

of

Dance”

in

this

choreography

gender

(La

Nazione,

La

Repubblica,

Corriere

di

Firenze,

La

Città

ecc.).

This

great

success

was

repeated

during

a

European

tour

that

followed

featuring

Marko’s

Ballet Company with Nicosia as guest star.

This

prolific

period

saw

the

creation

of

another

great

ballet

-

“Chiusi

uno

nell’altro”

in

which

the

choreographer

performs

together

with

Nicosia.

The

event

was

first

held

during

the

“Danza

Primavera”

Festival

in

1990

and

later

the

ballet

was

performed

in various European theatres.

In

April

1992

Nicosia

is

invited

by

the

Hungarian

Television

as

principal

star

of

the

movie

“Predicazioni”,

based

on

the

religious

theories

of

the

Theologian

Maestro

Eckart and directed by Orsola Szekely.

It

is

also

during

this

year

that

Fabrizio

Monteverde

inaugurates

the

eighth

edition

of

Danza

Primavera

in

the

“La

Voce”,

creating

and

performing

together

with

Nicosia

the choreography inspired by J. Cocteau with music by F. Poulenc.

In

1993

Nicosia

is

awarded

the

“Città

di

Cascina”

Prize

together

with

Luciana

Savignano.

In

1999

she

receives

the

award

“Una

vita

per

la

danza”

(A

life

for

Dance)

by

the

A.I.C.S., the Florence Provincial Committee.

In

1999

she

also

founds

the

Concorso

Internazionale

di

Danza

“Eugenio

Polyakov”,

which

has

reached

its

seventh

edition

in

2005

and

is

held

with

the

patronage

of

the

Premiership,

The

Ministry

for

the

Cultural

and

Environmental

Heritage,

the

Province

of

Florence

and

the

Town

of

Bagno

a

Ripoli,

with

prizes

in

representation

of

the

Presidency

of

the

Republic,

the

Presidency

of

the

Senate

and

the

Presidency

of

the Chamber of Deputies.

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