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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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