Alex Cantarelli is an Italian theatre director, choreographer and playwright.
He graduated in Philosophy with honour at the University of Rome in 1995 with Emilio Garroni, discussing a thesis on the phenomenology of Martin Heidegger. Since then he has been a dance and theatre teacher and a theatre director, very often being author of his plays.
He was born in Rome in 1970. Both his parents came from Mantova, primary teachers who moved to Rome. He has always remained linked to his home town, where he frequently returned during his childhood and teenage years. He started reading and writing at an early age (3 years old) and at 5 he attended private lessons and music schools, studying piano, clarinet and guitar. He played in various bands and collaborated in composing B-movie soundtracks.
He graduated in philosophy at the University of Rome, meeting Emilio Garroni, Marco Maria Olivetti, Francesco Valentini, Gennaro Sasso, Alfonso Maieru and attending their classes. After graduating he began working with theater and dance. His choreographies and plays have been centered on the creation of a choreographic language which interprets all kinds of music. His work ranges from classical to pop, to opera music.
He teaches Tango: Tango is considered a pas de deux with specific dynamic rules and the entire Meditango project is a unique experience, difficult to classify and cross-genre. He has held Tango seminars and danced in many cities of Italy and Europe (Turin, Milan, Florence, Cagliari, Bari, Utrecht, Brussels, Paris and many others). He has arranged numerous dance and classical theater plays and is often the author of the script of his own shows. With the theatrical cycle generatio- dance theater performances cycle on the theme of the generation (2004-2008) using new dramatic experiments, he integrated work on the body with a non-traditional use of words. He is the director of the Society Meditango TCM, along with Mimma Mercurio, which produces the International Meditango Festival of Rome.
He also choreographed Denti film by Gabriele Salvatores (Academy Award), he worked in some recitals with Michele Placido and Caterina Vertova and collaborated with Giorgio Barberio Corsetti and A.A. Oscar winner Luis Bacalov, for whom he edited, together with Anna Paola Bacalov, choreographed Tango opera-ballet by Luis Bacalov, "Y Borges cuenta que...", staged in July 2008 at the Teatro Lirico di Siena and in 2009 at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa.
He composed the music and choreographed "Meet her", contemporary dance show in Rome in December 2012 and "That's why I did not run", in December 2013, with original and JS Bach’s music. In December 2015 he had the premiere of "The Birds # 1. Corpses", dance performance and video with Stefania Bucci, programmed in Edinburgh Festival 2016.
He has written with Prof. Stuart Kauffman a play on II° World War, for an international broadcast.
In 2013 he wrote and published “2142",a collection of short stories, which was presented at Salone del Libro di Torino in 2013, and from which some theatrical versions were drawn. After a sold out first edition, the book came out in digital edition. It contains dystopian and symbolic stories, set in a not so distant future, but in a much changed scenario regarding habits and customs. Despite the deliberate differences among all the stories, they have a common thematic style traceable in the duality between body and mind. Currently Alex Cantarelli is working on a collection of short essays on Philosophy of Art, a new novel, set in the Mantuan countryside, and a collection of poems, entitled "Small Poems."
He considers theater writing as an associative and collective experiment, a kind of encounter between the "more or less clear experience of the author and the actors' personalities". The result is a dynamic and creative theatrical writing. He has taught at university international seminars, like Caes Lake Como and held seminars on his method in Kreyon event in Rome.
From 2010 Alex Cantarelli began composing and interpreting the music of the shows he has directed: Pad # 8, Dream, CPF, Much Ado About Nothing, Meet her, Twelfth Night, Music for No - and instrumental works (“Somewhere/sometime" with Kamilla Ravnsfjall) or for solo piano ("Artificial music","Smiling dark flowers ", "Liebe mich weil du weißt"). He published the following musical works for TCM prod.: Meet Her (2012) Twelfth Night (2013) Music for N. (2013) Somewhere/sometime (2014) Songs to Nowhere (2014) Artificial Music (2014) I miss you every time it snows (2014) Smiling dark flowers (2015) Liebe mich, weil du weißt (2015) Variations (2016)
He has written, directed or produced more than 50 shows.
2000 "Tango Variationen", Salonicco Sani Festival.
2001 "Tango Niuru", Ortigia Festival, Siracusa.
2003 "TangoBlu. Tres Colores 1.Libertè" - Theatre of Pescara, Giulianova, Comunale di Teramo, Siracusa, Catania Teatro Zo.
2004 "Tangoblanco.TRES Colores 2.Egalitè", "Generatio # 1", direction.
2005 "Generatio # 2". "Generatio # 3. The words or things", "Doctor Tango" by Nino Lo Cascio, directed by Alex Cantarelli, "La donna vestita di sole" by David Cavuti, recital, with Michele Placido, Caterina Vertova.
2006 "Generatio # 4. De generatione et corrutione", direction and dramaturgy by Alex Cantarelli. "The Milonghèris", "Red. Tres Colores 3.Fraternité", direction.
2007 "BluBlancoRosso", Tres Colores. Teatro Politecnico, Rome.
2008 "Kind of Blue", Teatro De Filippo, Rome, prod. CTA University of Rome.
2009-10 "Y Borges cuenta que..." (choreography by AC & Anna Paola Bacalov, music by Luis Bacalov, directed by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti), prod. Accademia Chigiana, Siena, Rozzi Theatre, Pisa, Teatro Verdi. "Pad#8", directed by Alex Cantarelli and Mimma Mercurio, Teatro Vascello, Rome
2011 "Palabras / Words" - prod. Lamezia TM Festival, Lamezia Terme, Utrecht (Netherlands), "Dream (A Midsummer Night's)", directed by Alex Cantarelli and Mimma Mercurio, Teatro Vascello, Rome, "AK-921", written and directed by, Rome.
2012 "CPF (Five Easy Pieces)", Alex Cantarelli, Rome, "Much Ado About Nothing" by W. Shakespeare (2012) "Histoire", author, director. "Meet her", original music, choreography.
2013 "Twelfth Night", by W.Shakespeare directed and original music by Alex Cantarelli, Rome.
2014 "That's why I didn't run", coreography and direction, "Centopassi" by and with Mimma Mercurio. "Romeo & Juliet" by W. Shakespeare, Teatro Golden, Rome. "N. + O.D.P." from 2142, directed by Antonio Sinisi. "Atelier # 1. The invitation", prod.Meditango.
2015 "The Great Gatsby", direction, Teatro Golden, Rome. "The Birds#1.Corpses". Director, loosely based on "The Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock. "Atelier # 2. Le désir." MeditangoFestival. "Bagarre", author and director. "Four". Direction and choreography.
2017 "Odissea". Written and directed by AC.
2018 "Nymphomaniac" and "Mr.President", written and directed by AC, Rome. "Hamlet", direction, Rome.