Letizia Dradi - CV

Historical dancer, choreographer and tutor, took her first steps in ancient dance in 1992.

She studied besides Palaeography and Musical Philology at the University of Cremona (Italy). She combines research on dance and musical studies. She has gone on stage with the New York Dance Company of C. Turocy in The Pleasure of the Dance and in The Temple of Glory at Jarvis Theater in Napa, California.

As a specialist in 18th-century Italian dances, she has choreographed dances for the Sellitto’s Intermezzo Drusilla and Don Strabone for La Petite Bande directed by S. Kujiken.

She has travelled throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas dancing with severals groups: Le Concert des Nations of J. Savall, Concert Royal of J. Richman, Doulce Mémoire, Dowland Consort of J. Lindberg, Elyma of G. Garrido, La Follia of G. Fabiano, Micrologus, Musica Fiorita of D. Dolci, La Risonanza of F. Bonizzoni, Risonanze of C. Chiarappa, Norsk Barokkrkester G. von deer Gotz, R. Lislevand, Orchestra Barocca Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbato, Milano, conductor R. Balconi. About Italian dance during the eighteenth century she presented her first workshop in Minneapolis during the Panel on Gennaro Magri at the Ninentteenth Annual Conference by the Society of History Dance Scholars in 1996. At the International Historical Dance Symposium Burg Rothenfels am Main (Germany 2016) she reconstructed and taught the dance for a couple created by Magri: the Charamente or L’Amabile, that it was also presented in the International Congress “Il Mondo di Gennaro Magri” (Naples 2016), a congress organized by Université Paris –Sorbonne, Fondazione Pietà dei Turchini and Teatro di San Carlo.

In cooperation with the musicians of Les Jardins de Courtoisie (Lyon- France) she has realized workshops and performances in the monastery of Brou ( Bourg-en Bresse ) about the dances described in the Manuscript 9085 “Les Bassedanses de Marguerite d’Autriche”.

She conducted a lecture –demonstration about this manuscript in the conference “Guglielmo Ebreo from Pesaro” organized by ADA Associazione ancient dances in September 2012 and at the congress of the Dolmetsch School in March 2013 in London. She danced in the Company Il Ballarino specialized on Italian Renaissance dance in severals performances as “Paradies d’Amour” and “l’Armonie du Monde” a performance about Leonardo da Vinci realized by the French Company Doulce Mémoire. She also danced in the movie “Romeo and Juliet” directed by Carlo Carlei (Indiana Production 2013).

Her research on historical dance was presented in numerous conferences, DHSD (London G.B.), Accademia Vaganova (St. Petersburg Russia), Université de Paris-Sorbonne (France), Bologna University (Italy), Teatro San Carlo-Conservatorio Napoli (Italy). She gives theoretical-practical lectures, workshops and masterclasss on XV-XIX century Italian and French dance at Music Conservatories in Italy and abroad ( Adria, Rovigo, Pesaro, Como, Brescia, Parma. Lugano -Switzerland and Rigve International Summer Course-Norway).