Compagnia Naturalis Labor

Artistic Director

Luciano Padovani

After some experiences in the field of theatre and mime, he starts his dance education with Carolyn Carlson in Venice and continues his studies in Paris with Robert Kovich, Peter Goss, Larrio Ekson, Domenique Petit, Ruth Burnes.
In Italy he trains in Milan, Rome and Reggio Emilia.
He works as a dancer at La Scala (Milano), in Susanna Beltrami’s contemporary dance company and several other dance companies and opera houses (Ersilia Danza, Terra di danza...).

In 1988 he creates together with Francesca Mosele the company named “Naturalis Labor”.
His first work “Taigà” choreographed with F. Mosele wins the 1st prize as best Italian choreography at the International Choreographic Competition Città di Cagliari.

He creates different choreographies for the company, but through “Hotel Lux”in 1992 Padovani becomes popular with the national critics and the contemporary dance audience.

Padovani’s style of movement is very similar to the Belgian dance.
In his performances choreography is intermingled with theatre.
Mauro Zocchetta’s scenography and Diego Dall’Osto’s music are fundamental elements for the choreographer’s dramatic composition.

Padovani is frequently asked to choreograph in Operas and for dance and theatre companies.
The experience with Balletto di Toscana for which he creates “Sahara” (2000) is remarkable and particularly important.

“2, rue de Pommes” in 2001 represents a turning-point in his creative career.
The strong and nervous dance theatre style in the previous choreographies leave its place to irony, lightness and a poetic language that gets more and more near dance theatre but in a less “dramatic” way.

In 2005 his passion for tango inspired him “Declaracion” a tango performance about tango itself.

From then on a new way is taken leading to tango and contemporary dance and making him create “La Catedral” (co-production Oriente Occidente Festival), a choreographic direction which brings together contact dance and tango milonguero, a union that makes Padovani’s work on tango very peculiar.
There are also traditional pure tango performances among Padovani’s such as Alma de tango, Noche tanguera e Sabor de tango.

His recent creation “Que reste-t-il de nos amours?” marks another step forward in his research: a musical theatre performance conceived and carried out using contemporary dance language.