I was born to a theatre artist family namely Compagnia Sperimentale Drammatica Alasjarvi & Bergamasco, I began my life on stage. Growing up in an international atmosphere, rich of cultural diversity and important global artists, I have been exposed to a wealth of knowledge, which I decided to articulate through three main strands: Dance, Research and Holistic processes. In particular, my main interest areas are relational understanding and processual and experiential approaches. Analog Digital Experimental Film and Moving Bodies and Sound.
Ambra (Gatto) Bergamasco, embodied dramaturg, researcher, dance artist. Pragmatic metaphysist, a lover of practice and theory rigor. Pioneer and visionary for the ability to put together systems that appear distant and difficult to merge. From this principle, she develops what she herself defines as Processual Dramaturgical Choreography, a performative architecture built through stage direction and dramaturgical processes and the internal body. “To convey gestures on a performative level, it is necessary to reveal the process of fruition when coming in contact with inner form. Then, the internal architecture acts on the dramaturgy, revealing the direction of a whole, supporting the body that lends itself to the process “(A. Bergamasco).
Ambra began her stage training in dance when she was three. Studies classical, modern, tiptap, contemporary dance. Moved on to physical theater, capoeira, African dance, Indian Classical Dances, mime and landed on Butoh dance which she studied and developed for over twenty years, becoming a major national and international exponent. For the love of the material, the inner dramaturgy, art and tools that Butoh offers, she founded Moving Bodies Festival, a platform dedicated to the encounter between Butoh dance and Live Arts between Turin and Dublin.
Ambra G. Bergamasco, iis situated internationally in the art scene as an author dancer, researcher in the field of critical theory, art and geography, artistic director of Moving Bodies Festival and runs Espace Productions transversal performing arts production, research and development and innovation company.
From an early age she participated in the artistic production of renowned art theater artists Ulla Alasjarvi and Beppe Bergamasco, founders of the Compagnia Sperimentale Drammatica – Alasjarvi & Bergamasco (1971) today under Espace Productions, and Teatro Espace (1999-2019).
Ambra lived in Ireland for 20 years, and maintains her collaborations with what she feels is a home to her. In Dublin, she worked with Dance Ireland-Dance House, as a teacher and developed her solo research pieces through residency periods. Moving Bodies Festival has been supported by the Embassy of Japan in Ireland since 2015. Ambra engages with new pathways to sustain and stimulate the field of cultural economy. In lieu of this, she recently created Business2ArtsItaly.
Here is a website dedicated to my Butoh understanding. I keep things in order.
I have been artistic director of Theatre Espace and currently I am artistic director and dance artist of our company Compagnia Sperimentale Drammatica/Espace Productions.
I have developed several projects for audience engagement and development for Butoh as an art form and as a wonderful practice of deepening the understanding of biomechanics, processes, internal body and dramaturgy. I created a format for audience development and engagement, mostly in Ireland called Butoh Cafe. It took place at The Exchange Dublin where it was first delivered and moved to The Mart Gallery Rathmines, Dublin.
My focus now is to crystallise my own understanding of choreography and dramaturgy. I am currently collaborating with Btt – Balletto Teatro di Torino Contemporary Dance Company, based in Turin. Italy.