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“There’s no need to understand the detailed theoretical/scientific explanations provided by Diego Tortelli about the inspiration and process behind his latest work, Fo:No, to be able to enjoy it to the full…

As a choreographer who was ‘born’ in the tradition of classical ballet, with a markedly contemporary sensibility for the distortion and dissection of the classical code, Tortelli handles this theme without sentimentality, and in formal terms with impeccable composition.

He once again confirms his signature poetic style, which does not rely on the narrative expressivity of the gesture.”

Maria Luisa Buzzi for DANZA&DANZA




Fo:No, premiere at Biennale Danza Venice 2022

as the first winner of Biennale Danza 2022 callout for a new Italian choreographic creation by Wayne McGregor

The starting point for Fo:No is the relationship between voice, body and identity, both in their actual and their negative forms. Speaking of the voice, its opposite is silence or dysphonia. The opposite of virtuosic body is the static. And the opposite of identity is the loss of peculiarity. The desire to analyse these relationships and interactions in a dance project was triggered by a very personal experience of Tortelli: “Over the past years, my father has had various vocal cord surgeries. I was able to follow the changes in the sounds and tones of his voice step by step, and saw how these changes also changed his posture, his interactions with others and his identity. For the first time I understood how the sounds made by our mouth, and especially our vocal cords, can define our body language and therefore our presence in relation to our surroundings”.

Choreography: Diego Tortelli

Music: AGF in collaboration with the beatboxer Timo Schnepf

Dancer: Jin Young Won, Shay Partush & Luca Cacitti

Dramaturgy: Miria Wurm

Lighting Design: Roman Fliegel
Set Design: Diego Tortelli & Miria Wurm

Costumes: Diego Tortelli

Videography & Editing: Valeria Civardi

Graphic Design: Alessandro Tortelli

Production Management: Miria Wurm

Technical Director: Roman Fliegel


A production of Diego Tortelli & Miria Wurm GbR.

In co-production with La Biennale di Venezia. Winner of Biennale Danza 2022 call out for a new Italian choreographic creation.


Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR Germany. Co-produced by Muffatwerk Munich and funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich. With the kind support of Tanztendenz München e.V.

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