Mauro de Candia
Mauro de Candia was born in 1981. When he was 10 years old, legendary Russian teacher Marika Besobrasova discovered him in Verona and offered him a scholarship to train in Monaco, where he returned each summer.
After two brief stays at Milan’s Scuola di Ballo della Scala and Rudra of Béjart in Lausanne, he completed his professional training at the Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace de Monaco in 1998, receiving the John Gilpin Scholarship by Princess Antoinette.
In August 2001, he departed Monte-Carlo for Hannover to join the Ballet of the Opera House under the leadership of German choreographer Stephan Thoss. During his career, Mauro de Candia has danced leading roles in works from Béjart, Kylian, Mats Ek, Forsythe, Naharin and Marco Goecke. Naturally, Thoss marked his artistic development, creating new works and modern adaptations of classical ballets especially for him.
Since 2006 Mauro de Candia has been working constantly as guest choreographer for many dance companies such as Introdans, Royal Ballet of Flanders, TanzTheater Braunschweig, Munich Ballet Theatre, Augsburg Ballet, Maggio Danza Florence, Staatsballett Berlin and star dancers like Vladimir Malakhov.
Strongly bound to his land, he founded Arte&Balletto in 1997 in his hometown of Barletta, Italy. Today it is one of the most esteemed non-profit organizations in terms of education, promotion and distribution of Italian dance. Through Arte&Balletto he created his dance company Pneuma Dance Theater, which has gained lot of recognition in international dance festivals like Venice’s Biennale Danza, Le Temps d’Aimer de Biarritz, International Dance Festival of Maracaibo and Bolzano Danza.
In 2007 Mauro de Candia was recognized as a “European Upcoming Choreographer” by German dance magazine Dance for You. He has also received several prizes and honors for his work, such as Premio Positano per la Danza, Melvin Jones Fellowship and the Premio Giuliana Penzi per la Danza. In June 2009 he was awarded with a Silver Medal by Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic, for his merits.
Mauro de Candia constantly supports and introduces many talented young dancers into dance world, where they have become professional dancers or students of professional European Dance Academies. He’s the founder and artistic director of ApuliArteFestival as well as International Award ApuliArte.
Mauro de Candia was recently appointed the artistic director of Dance Company Theater Osnabrück in Germany, and will start his tenure in August 2012. He will be the youngest ballet director of a German State Company.