Choreography is the predominant activity of the Essevesse company founded in 2013 by Antonino Ceresia in Marseille. For five years, Antonino directed the artistic aspects of the company as head of choreography, thanks to his rich work experience, gained between time spent in France and Italy.
In 2018 Antonino invited Fabio Dolce to join the cultural association as artistic co-director, feeling that the common artistic vision with his old friend had reached maturity.
The two choreographers in fact share the same educational, artistic and cultural roots.
A path sprouted in Sicily, in particular growing up in Palermo, amidst a unique and spontaneous culture, followed for both by later more recent years spent in France.
Antonino and Fabio met each other before parting to travel autonomously on a long artistic and professional, cultural and human path, in various geographical regions, which they have shared by keeping in touch at the service of a common meticulous and original artistic research.
Through their projects, they aim to convey their point of view on the social issues that are important to them.
Man-woman duality and the dualism between what is masculine and what is feminine in a relationship between two individuals; the relationship between the I and the Other, the I and the World, the I and the Self; the various facets of an individual's personality in a social context and in his personal world, when he enters a journey of introspective discovery, in intimacy with himself; the desacralization of a religious thematic date by offering a secular and modern reading; the relationship between the senses such as hearing and touch, sound and movement, music and dance.
These are just some of the themes addressed by the two artists.
The balance between the creative process always in tension and the attention to the evolution of the contemporary world, occupies a significant place in their choreographic research. This guides them towards the enhancement of instinctive and animal movements which, intrinsically link to the emotions emanating from the world around and are sublimated by other forms of art, creates a new language.
Their peculiarity comes about as a result of creating performances, both in urban / alternative contexts and in theatrical scenes, which give voice to new forms of expression such as numerical art, experimental music, video mapping and many others, at the same time re-evaluating the traditional arts such as classical music, painting and sculpture.
In doing so, they wish to involve a vast and diversified public, making them aware of the importance of being, on the one hand, in step with the progress of the arts, and on the other of appreciating, at the same time, the artistic heritage that surrounds us but often we take for granted .
Alongside their thirst for choreographic experimentation stimulated by continuous technological progress, Fabio and Antonino hold a privileged place for gesture and movement poetry.
Today the two artists wish to witness the singular identity of their origins and the richness of the folklore of their native land, Sicily, breeding ground of talents and theater of passions, rediscovered after long journeys that led them far away and then back home.
Fabio completed his artistic formation as a choreographer at The Massimo Theatre of Palermo, the National Dance Academy of Rome and the National Dance Academy of Rosella Hightower in Cannes. A multidisciplinary artist immersed in the world of art Fabio has developed his practise as a choreographer and dancer living between Italy, France and the UK. Today he collaborates with a diverse array of artists in the creation of innovative dance performances characterised by an interaction of artistic means that utilise the body for the purpose of expressing emotion dictated by instinct.
Fabio has had the opportunity to collaborate with painters, sculptures, digital artists, scientists, singers, musicians, photographers, video artists, choreographers and ballet dancers. Having danced for The Jeune Ballet of Cannes and The CCN Ballet de Lorraine throughout his 12 years in France, he decided to pursue an international career focusing on interpretative free dance with respect to his own choreography and by way of his collaboration with his dance partner Antonio Ceresia. He has also collaborated with other dance companies such as Shobana, Jeyasingh, EDIFICE Dance Theatre and Chatha.
Over the course of his career, Fabio has had the opportunity to dance on various stages including Sadlers Wells Opera in Paris, Chaillot, The community Theatre and many others as a soloist, and choreographer working alongside some of the biggest names of the dance world such as George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Nureyev, Merce Cunningham and many others.
Alongside his career as a dancer and choreographer, Fabio has trained pedagogically and didactically which has allowed him to collaborate with a broader public within various school settings, working with adults and older people with mental and physical disorders. Fabio also teaches classical and contemporary dance and improvisation techniques for professional dance companies such as the CCN Ballet de Lorraine, the Dance Theater Building, Shobana Jeyasingh, Ballet Boyz and others. In 2018 Fabio began to collaborate with his friend Antonino Ceresia sharing the artistic direction of the Essevesse company, opening a new chapter in his career.
Antonino is currently responsible for the dance awareness project at the Marseille Opera House and founder of the artistic project Essevesse which he founded in 2013. He trained in the art of dance at the Massimo Theatre of Palermo and at the National High School of Dance Rosella Hightower Cannes whilst more recently he has been involved in other disciplines that he integrates into his creative world.
Antonino has developed his teaching skills throughout his career, always trying to make them consistent with the reality of a professional context of his time. His career as an interpreter has developed between Italy (at the ballet of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Reggio Emilia Aterballetto and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence where he dances as a soloist) and in France (at the Opera of Bordeaux, the Opera of Nice and the Ballet d'Europe). He has danced for world-renowned choreographers such as Roland Petit, George Balanchine, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Mauro Bigonzetti, Michel Kelemenis, Maurice Bejart and many others, thus benefiting from a diversified artistic background. His choreographic career began at the Jeune Ballet in Cannes, under the direction of Monique Loudières, for which he created Sève de l'Essence, Quand les mots prennent vie and 3D.
He also created Opposite Way for the DNSP cycle of the National School of Dance in Marseille under the direction of Paola Cantalupo, Nel Blu for the Ballet d'Europe and Semantic Trinity for the Nice Opera Ballet.
With choreographic works carried out with the company, he has been a finalist for numerous international choreographic competitions (Premio Equilibrio Roma-programmed by Sidi Larbi Sherkaoui, Les Synodales in Sens, the 31st edition of the Hannover competition, No-Ballet in Ludwigshafen, T.OFF Sardinia).
Currently Antonino has been developing a sensitization campaign within a cultural educational program at the Marseille Opera House through workshops and choreographic workshops staged since 2012. In 2018 he commenced with his pedagogical work for the DEMOS project with the Philharmonie de Paris and the Apprentis d'Auteuil Institute of Marseille.
La Commedia Divina
Antonino et Fabio désirent développer un moment chorégraphique et
musical exprimant la complexité du rapport entre une œuvre et son
auteur, Dante et La Divine Comédie: au moment même de l’écriture et une
fois l’œuvre délivrée au public. En s’inspirant de ce livre en trois
chapitres, les chorégraphes veulent créer une pièce en trois volets. #duointention
#duointention sera structuré autour du «passage». Comme Dante aborde le
passage de la vie à la mort dans ses trois chapitres, Antonino et Fabio
souhaitent travailler sur le passage entre une pièce chorégraphique
déjà existante et sa nouvelle interprétation. #duodivin
C’est un moment chorégraphique qui met en valeur la relation entre
Dante Alighieri et son oeuvre, privilégiant la construction sur le
contenu. Fabio Dolce représentant Dante dans le rôle du partenaire qui
supporte Antonino qui, sur pointes, interprète l’œuvre. #duohandmade
Avec #duohandmade les chorégraphes proposent un duo qui met en évidence
un autre aspect du travail de Dante, celui lié à l’action des mains
d’un auteur durant son écriture. Ils pensent utiliser une caméra pour
amplifier l’importance des mains dans leur langage chorégraphique.
Lorsque Fabio et Antonino débutent leur carrières de danseurs professionnels, ils nourrissent parallèlement un intérêt très prononcé pour la sensibilisation à la danse et décident de mettre leurs qualités créatives et interprétatives au service des actions culturelles et pédagogiques au service d’un public très varié. Actuellement ils interviennent dans des structures telles que l’Opera de Marseille en France, La Casa del Sorriso en Italy, Oaklands School à Londres et participent au projet DEMOS en collaboration avec la Philharmonie de Paris.
Europe Creative Erasmus+ and strategic partnership
* Lifelong Dancing, a European project in collaboration with Fundación Aspaym Castilla y Leon (Spain), CEIPES (Italy), AICSCC (Romania), Eunipartners (Bulgaria), in the context of EUROPE CREATIVE for the year 2019 and 2020.
* Dance against Bullying, European project in collaboration with The Smile of the Child (GREECE), CEIPES (Italy), Gamma Institute (Romania), Eunipartners (Bulgaria), in the context of ERASMU+ for the year 2019, 2020 and 2021.