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Alessandro Pontremoli

Professor in History of Dance
Università degli Studi di Torino

Alessandro Pontremoli graduated in Modern Literature at the University of Milan (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), in which he gets the post-graduate diploma in Performing arts at the School for Social Communications (Scuola Superiore delle Comunicazioni Sociali). From 1994/95 to 2000/2001, after obtaining PhD in Theory and history of dramatic representation, teaches as an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan and Brescia, and later at the University of Turin. From October 2001 he is Associate Professor of Performing Arts Disciplines (History of dance and mime; Theory and techniques of educational and social theater) at the Faculty of Education (DAMS Degree) at the University of Turin, where he serves as a member of the Scientific Committee of the “Renaissance Italy and Europe” Studies Centre and where, from 2003 to 2011, he directed the CRUD (University Regional Centre for Dance) “Bella Hutter.” He is a member of the Executive Committee of theater studies journal “Il Castello di Elsinore”. From 2004/05 is scientific director of the Master’s Degree in Social and Community Theatre at the University of Turin. Since 2010 he is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Dance Ministry of Heritage and Culture (Mibac). From 2002 to 2005 he was a consultant of the City of Turin for the project Community Theatre. From 2004 to 2010 he is President of the Italian Association for Research on Dance (AIRDanza). He studied dance history with Peggy Dixon in England and since 1980 he directs the Cultural Association “Il Leoncello”, School and group of historical dance of Legnano (Mi). His research in the field has focused on the historical and theoretical forms and aesthetic choreic, particularly from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries, and social and community theater. Among his publications: La danza. Storia, teoria, estetica nel Novecento, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2002; Teoria e tecniche del teatro educativo e sociale, Torino, UTET, 2004; Danza e Rinascimento, Macerara, Ephemeria, 2011.

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