Giulia Staccioli


Creative, choreographer, artistic director, director of the most famous Italian company of Athletic Theater breathes art and culture since she was a child, since her father, the sculptor Mauro Staccioli took her to theater, to artistic happening or simply to his studio in Volterra to breathe that creativity and those artistic stimulations that inspired her more than 20 years ago to create her own personal dancing project.

Staccioli founded Kataklò Athletic Dance Theatre company in 1995. Rhythmic gymnastics champion (Los Angeles ’84 and Seoul ’88), after the competitive activity moves to New York to study dance at Alvin Ailey Studios. Here she affirms her qualities as an interpreter and enters the American company Momix where she experiments and grows for three years under the guidance of Moses Pendleton. Parallel to her artistic activity she completed her university studies, graduating with honors from the Higher Institute of Physical Education with the thesis: “Psychological aspects of contemporary dance”.

Through these experiences, she begins to outline the Kataklò project developing from the beginning an absolutely peculiar choreographic trait, based on the in-depth study of gesture and body language in all its forms; a new approach to what is internationally defined as phyisical theater that obtains wide recognition of the public and critics.

From the very beginning, the Kataklò company’s style is based on high atleti training and in-depth study of numerous dance techniques of its performers. To enter the company you need to have versatility and follow a challenging and long training.

Kataklò is now a project that counts numerous international successes: eight original theatrical productions represented all over the world: Indiscipline (1996), Kataklopolis (1999), Up (2002), Livingston (2005), Play (2008), Love Machines (2010), Puzzle (2012) e il recente Eureka (2016).

To a consolidated experience in the creation of special events are added the participation in prestigious sporting and cultural events and TV programs. Among the important events in which the company has performed: the representation in front of Pope John Paul II for the XVIII World Youth Day (2003), the Sydney Olympics (2000), the the Olympic Games opening ceremony of in Turin (2006), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2006 and 2009), the New Year in Hong Kong (2007), the 60th anniversary of the ARS (2007), and the 2008 Beijing Culture Olympics in representation of Italy at the invitation of the Ministry of Chinese Culture and the Beijing Olympic Committee.

After 20 years of national and international experiences, Giulia Staccioli founded in 2010 in collaboration with DanceHaus Susanna Beltrami the first professional dance academy dedicated to physical theater performers. This project in recent years has become an original and unique professional and artistic training space as well as a vivarium for new talents.