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Alfredo Zinola, artist

Alfredo Zinola (*1982) is a choreographer and performer. He graduated from the University of Turin with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology – Intercultural Communication, studied Modern Dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and Curating in the Performing Arts at the University of Salzburg. His main artistic focus is the production of contemporary dance pieces for young audiences. Pushing the boundaries of what a performance for children can look like, Zinola questions the relationship between society and childhood. Zinola’s work seeks to create a consistent and uncompromising experience between the audience and the performers. His work is based on collaborations with other artists, among them Felipe González, Maxwell McCarthy, Ximena Ameri and Micaela Kühn. From 2020 to 2022 he is Factory Artist at tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf.

Alfredo Zinola (c) Jean Marc Turmes

Description of current research
Since 2020, Alfredo Zinola is developing the “Punctures” project with Micaela Kühn and Maxwell McCarthy.
“Punctures” is their personal articulated response to the climate and biodiversity crisis. This project consists of different parts that connect, shape and inform each other. First step is “Punctures on the Land”, an ecological action where they acquire land with an environmental association. Creating a network of small fields that transform into an island of complex biodiversity in the middle of landscapes of industrial agriculture.

With tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf they organised a think tank in January 2022 to create a time to question with other colleagues on the topic “What can we do as dance makers/artistic sector?” in relation to climate change and biodiversity crisis.
Zinola will receive the #TakeHeart residency funding program with tanzhaus nrw in 2022 to further research the topic.