Luca Veggetti
Choreographer/Stage Director
Luca VeggettiPhoto: Terry Lin

Born in Bologna, Italy in 1963, Luca Veggetti trained at La Scala Milan. After dancing in London and the United States, Veggetti began a career as choreographer and stage director in 1990. Turning his interests toward contemporary music, experimental forms and new technologies, he has developed collaborations with some of today’s most important musical ensembles and composers, such as Sylvano Bussotti, Toshio Hosokawa, Kaija Saariaho and Matthias Pintscher, as well as visual arts institutions such as the Drawing Center in New York. His work has been produced and presented by some of the world’s leading theatres, companies and festivals.

In 1999, he was the first Italian 20th Century choreographer to be invited to work with the legendary Kirov Ballet at the Marinsky in St. Petersburg. In 2004, Peter Martins invited Veggetti to participate at the New York Choreographic Institute, where he created November steps (Takemitsu) with School of American Ballet and Duo (Hosokawa) with the New York City Ballet. The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, in co-production with the Miller Theater, has produced and presented Veggetti’s work, most notably an evening on the music of Toshio Hosokawa, commissioning the world premiere of Night/Sounds; the world premiere of Iannis Xenakis’ Oresteia in its complete version; and the U.S. premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Maa.

His collaboration with composer Paolo Aralla has produced a number of dance and theater pieces that explore the relationship between motion capture technology, dance, theater and new sound technologies, notably Silence/Text at the Joyce Theater, Four/Voice at the Miller Theater (both with New York City Ballet dancers), as well as Play for dancer and Nothing for Milanoltre Festival.

In 2009, he directed the Japanese premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s opera Hanjo at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.

Veggetti has recently created new pieces for Cedar Lake NY, Spoleto Festival in Italy (commissioned by the Jerome Robbins Foundation), The Juilliard School and Perm Ballet. In 2011, he became the first resident artistic director of Morphoses, the New York-based dance company, which presented his multidisciplinary production of Bacchae on the music of Paolo Aralla at the Joyce Theater. He has been artist-in-residence at SUNY Purchase in New York and The Juilliard School. His piece Meditation on Violence was awarded a Golden Mask in Moscow after its performance at the Bolshoi Theater in 2012. In the spring of 2013, he worked with Martha Graham Dance Company, creating From the Grammar of Dreams on music by Kaija Saariaho, as well as a new arrangement of one of Graham’s classics: Errand into the Maze, now re-titled Errand.

Future engagements include: NOTATIONOTATIONS, a site-specific performance/installation commissioned by the Drawing Center in New York for its reopening, a staging of Toshio Hosokawa’s monodrama The Raven in New York and a choreographic version of Xenakis Pleiades for Yokohama in Japan.

He has choreographed and designed numerous works, notably:

•    Sarabande  (J,S, Bach) at the Maison de la danse in Lyon 1992
•    Psychè (C. Franck) for the Santander festival 1993
•    Semiramis  (C.W. Gluck) for the Compagnia di Danza Teatro di Torino 1994
•    La Chanson de Melisande   (G. Faurè) for the Ballet of the Nice Opera 1993
•    Tersicore  (G.F.Haendel) for the National Ballet of Cuba at the International Ballet Festival in Havana, the Novosibirsk ballet and the Ballet Plus in Ekaterinburg 1994 and 1995 .
•    Don Juan  (C.W. Gluck) for the Novosibirsk Ballet 1995
•    L’Envol d’Icare (I. Markevitch) and Marsia (L. Dallapiccola) for the Compagnia di Danza Teatro di Torino 1995
•     Nascita di Orfeo  (L. Ferrero) for the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona 1996
•    Metamorphose (H. Purcell/B. Britten) for Ballet Plus at the Pushkin Theater in Moscow 1997
•    Metamorfosis  (17th cent. Music) for the Madrid en Danza festival 1997
•    Prelude à l’apres-midi d’un faune (C. Debussy) for Maximiliano Guerra 2002
•    Ermafrodito (Sylvano Bussotti) Balletto Teatro di Torino, Teatro Carignano, Torino 2002. Evening dedicated to the long standing friendship and collaboration with the composer
•    Wozzeck, Lulu, La Morte ed altri (A. Berg) for Carla Fracci and the Ballet of the Rome Opera 2002
•    Turandot (F. Busoni) for the Ballet of the Rome Opera 2003
•    Hed and Sequenza XIV (in silence) at the Miami International Ballet Festival 2002 and 2003
•    Fandango (A. Soler) and Hed for camera (in silence) at the Theatre de Saint Quentin en Yvelines, Paris 2003
•    Vis Motrix (Z. Kodaly) and Glyphes (T. Takemitsu) for the Ballet d’Europe in Marseille 2004
•    A dream  with the FontanaMix ensemble in Bologna 2005
•    Subject forgotten (T. Hosokawa) for the NCI in Los Angeles 2005
•    Hanjo (staging of Toshio Hosokawa’s opera) at the NDR Schlelswig-Holstein Festival in Hamburg 2005
•    Silence/Text (P. Aralla) at the Joyce Theater in NY with NYCB’s dancers 2005
•    On the edge of silence and Traces (T. Hosokawa) for Cincinnati Ballet 2005 and 2006
•    Makrokosmos (G. Crumb) at the Exitime Festival in Bologna 2005
•    Aleksandr Blok (D. Shostakovich) for the Ballet of the Rome Opera 2006
•    Ensemble for Somnambulists (P. Aralla) for the NWPDP in Portland 2006
•    “O” new version(Aralla) with Paris Opera’s dancers in Roissy 2006
•    Sull’Orlo del Silenzio (T.Hosokawa) at the Japanese Institute in Rome 2006
•    Georg Trakl (A. Webern, P. Hindemith, R. Vlad, C. Togni) for the Ballet of the Rome Opera 2007
•    Night/Sounds (T. Hosokawa) commissioned by Works&Process at the Guggenheim, NY 2007
•    Inner Shore (T. Hosokawa) for the NWPDP in Portland 2007
•    FOUR/VOICE (P. Aralla) Miller Theater in coproduction with W&P at the Guggenheim 2007
•    Apollon Musagete (I. Stravinsky) Rome Opera Ballet, decor of Giorgio De Chirico 2008
•    Play for Dancer (P. Aralla, L. Scarlini) staging of an experimental theatre piece based on  W.B.Yeats’ play for dancers At the hawk’s well, PIM spazio scenico, Milan 2008
•    Scenario (P. Aralla, M. Duras) with Paris Opera’s dancers in Fontainebleau 2008
•    Variations III (J. Cage) at the MAMbo, the  museum of modern art of Bologna 2008
•    Oresteia (I. Xenakis) at the Miller Theater NY in coproduction with W&P at the Guggenheim 2008
•    Inner Sequence (P. Aralla, T. Hosokawa, F. Donatoni, G.F. Haas) at the ACFNY 2008
•    memory/measure (P. Aralla) Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet NY 2009
•    Path forgotten (P. Aralla) at the ACFNY 2009
•    Orient-Occident (I. Xenakis) SUNY Purchase NY 2009
•    Upon a ground (P. Aralla) Festival dei due Mondi di Spoleto commissioned by the Jerome Robbins Foundation with NYCB’s dancers 2009
•    Script  (P. Aralla) Cincinnati Ballet 2009
•    Nothing (P. Aralla/L. Scarlini) Milanoltre Festival, Milan 2009
•    Xenakis and Japan (I. Xenakis) Judson Church, New York 2010
•    Oresteia (I. Xenakis) Puppet version, MMNY, Central Park New York 2010
•    Maa (K. Saariaho) US premiere, Miller Theater NY 2010
•    Scripts (P. Boulez) New Dances, Juilliard school NY 2010
•    Meditation on violence (P. Aralla) Perm, Russia 2011
•    Bacchae (P. Aralla) Morphoses, Joyce Theater NY 2011
•    Scene/Two (P. Aralla) Juilliard Dance, Beijing China 2012
•    La Passion de Simone (K. Saariaho) video production with Jean Baptiste Barriere, Musiikkitalo, Helsinki 2012
•    Errand a new arrangement of Martha Graham’s Errand into the maze. Martha Graham Dance Company, Joyce Theater NY 2013
•    From the Grammar of Dreams (K. Saariaho) Martha Graham Dance Company, Joyce Theater NY, 2013