Antonio Gnecchi Ruscone

A key figure in the international cultural network, Antonio Gnecchi Ruscone is a producer, organiser, agent, talent scout and consultant who has been involved in the world of dance for almost thirty years.

He began studying dance at the age of 17. Having moved to England at 13 to continue his high school studies in Surrey, at the age of 18 he received a scholarship from the Legat School of Dance in Sussex. Upon returning to Italy, he attended advanced courses with Liliana Cosi and Marinel Stefanescu as well as at the Teatro Romolo Valli in Reggio Emilia, and shortly afterwards joined Carla Fracci’s company for a number of seasons.

He was 24 years old when he decided to leave the stage, making an important career move to achieve professional fulfillment in the performing arts and combine his love of dance and music with his organizational skills. He decided to put these skills at the disposal of artists with whom he began working as a consultant, agent and organizer. He became assistant to Joe Wishy, the documentary filmmaker of cultural programs for C.B.S. working at Polivideo in Locarno. During several trips to Japan and the United States he came into contact with other key players from the world ballet scene, including Alessandra Ferri, Patricia McBride, Jiri Kylian, Maurice Béjart and the very young David Parsons and Daniel Ezralow, with whom he formed an artistic partnership and friendship that has lasted to this day.

Those were the years in which he began to cultivate another artistic interest: that of drawing and sculpting bodies in motion. “Drawing is a warm-up exercise before transferring into material form that primordial and innate human need to move in space”.

In 1986 he set up his first exhibition in Milan and, with the proceeds from the sales of his works, he founded the AGR Associati agency. He created and organized classical, contemporary, experimental dance productions, as well as special events for theater and television, all enjoying great prestige and appeal both in Italy and abroad. For the very first time he brought to Italy some of the most interesting, innovative companies on the international scene. Thanks to his invaluable work and commitment, in a short time AGR became a trademark that is synonymous with shows of outstanding quality. Marking AGR’s ascent in the world of the performing arts are key figures and prominent companies,  such as Roland Petit Ballet de Marseille, American Ballet Theatre, the St. Petersburg Marinsky Theatre and the London  Royal Ballet, as well as cult names in contemporary dance, such as Matthew Bourne, Stephen Petronio, Tero Saarinen, DV8, Michael Clark, Martha Clarke, all of whom, as a result, began drawing large audiences in Italy too.

In the early ’90s he established a professional relationship and lasting friendship, with the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov. In 1993 he organized many his tour with the ‘White Oak Dance Project’, the modern dance company Baryshnikov co-founded with Mark Morris; in 1997 he brought “Una Serata di Musica e Danza” to prestigious Italian theatres, a show in which Baryshnikov was the sole performer  with the ‘White Oak Chamber Ensemble’ – on this occasion Mikhail Baryshnikov made his first, and only, appearance on the stage of La Scala Opera House in Milan; in 2018, with his new company Art Works Production, Antonio Gnecchi Ruscone,  for the first time in Italy, presented the theatre piece  ‘Brodsky/Baryshnikov’ (directed by Alvis Hermanis).

In 2019, commissioned by Antonio Gnecchi Ruscone for the Winter Festival in Sochi (under the artistic direction of Yuri Bashmet) was the performance work “A Night with Sergio Bernal”, international flamenco star.

  • Productions

    1988 First tour of Italy by the Parsons Dance Company; first appearance in Italy of the Soloists and principal dancers from the American Ballet Theatre with Alessandra Ferri; first appearance in Italy of the Soloists and principal dancers from the New York City Ballet with Patricia McBride

    1989 “Le Diable Amoreux” for the bicentenary of the French Revolution: choreography by Roland Petit with the Ballet National de Marseille, co-produced with the ‘Ville Vesuviane Festival’ and the ‘Fiesole  Festival’.

    1990 “Van Gogh”: a Maggio Musicale Fiorentino production

    1992 “Daniel Ezralow & Friends”

    1993 “Mandala”: created, performed and choreographed by Daniel Ezralow

    1994 “Midsummer Night’s Dream”: ballet by Stephen Petronio in collaboration with  ‘il Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’

    1995 “Salgari”: a co-production with the Verona Arena, multimedia design  and production by Jerome Sirlin, choreography by Daniel Ezralow, musica by Ludovico Einaudi

    1997 & 1998 “Impression”: created, danced and choreographed  by Daniel Ezralow

    1998 (theatre company) “Aeros”: based on an original idea by Antonio Gnecchi Ruscone, choreography by Daniel Ezralow, David Parsons and Moses Pendleton, in collaboration with The Romanian Federation of Artistic Gymnastics

    2004 e 2005 “Rocky Horror Picture Show”

    2005 “No Gravity”, choreography by Brian Sanders, written by Raoul Santiago

    2007 “Why Be Extraordinary When You Can Be Yourself?”, choreography and direction by Daniel Ezralow

    2008 & 2009 “Io Ballo” (Amici) 2009 Rhyth.mix, based on an original idea by Antonio Gnecchi Ruscone, choreography by Barbara Cardinetti

    2010 “Let’s Dance”, directed by A. Alemanno, choreography by Garrison Rochelle (Amici)

    2011 & 2012 The Scala Opera House Ballet with Vasco Rossi, choregrapher and director Martha Clarke

    2013 & 2014 ‘Open’, a show by Daniel Ezralow

  • Tours

    Alessandra Ferri  and the Etoiles of the American Ballet
    American Ballet Theater
    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
    Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
    Complexions Contemporary Ballet Dance Theatre of Harlem
    DV8 Ismael Ivo / Kresnick
    Kirov Ballet Marinsky Theatre Saint Petersburg
    Lucinda Childs Company
    Michael Clark Dance Company
    Parsons Dance
    Phoenix Dance Company
    London Royal Ballet Soloists
    Shapiro Dance Company
    Solisti dell’Opera di Parigi
    Solisti del New York City Ballet
    Stephen Petronio Dance Company
    Tokyo Ballet
    White Oak Dance Company

  • Clients

    Mikhail Baryshnikov
    Howell Binkley
    Matthew Bourne
    Debra Brown (Cirque du Soleil)
    Ludovico Einaudi
    Daniel Ezralow
    Romanian Gymnastics Federation
    Giorgio Mancini
    David Parsons
    Moses Pendleton
    Brian Sanders
    Jerome Sirlin
    Giampiero Solari
    Danny Wooten

  • Events, Festivals, Television, Advertisements, Music Videos

    1989 Special Edition of Minoli’s “Mixer” tv program with the return of the Italian Ballet Etoiles to the Fiesole Festival
    1991 and 1992 “Festival Danza Ascona” with Tokyo Ballet and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
    1991 Lion Track (Gruppo la Perla) Advertisement with David Parsons
    1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 Milano Festival: International dance festival at the Carcano Theatre, in collaboration with the City of Milan
    1997 Concert by Renzo Arbore with ‘L’Orchestra Italiana’ for “Bracco”
    1996, 1997, 1998 “Milano Festival”: summer festival of opera, dance and  music at the Sforzesco Castle, in collaboration with the City of Milan
    1997 “One Man Show”, ‘An Evening of Music and Dance’ with Mikhail Baryshnikov, in Venice, Milan, Cremona, Ferrara, Florence.
    1997 “Long Interview with Mikhail Barysnhikov”, on Canale 5
    1997 and 2000 Study and design of “Arena 2000” by Jerome Sirlin for the first edition of the multimedia AIDA sponsored by the EU and the Arena di Verona Foundation for the protection of historical spaces of interest to humanity.
    1998, 1999, 2000 “L’ultimo Capodanno del Millennio” (The Last New Year of the Milennium), in collaboration with the City of Milan
    1999 Presentation of ‘Zegna Sport Collection’ at Pitti Uomo Florence, with the Aeros company – choreography by David Parsons
    1999 Music Video for the song “O mare e tu” by  A. Bocelli and D. Pontes, with Daniel Ezralow and Vikkia Lambert
    1999 “Torino Notte di Stelle” from Piazza San Carlo with Daniel Ezralow, David Parsons, The Parsons Dance Company,
    1999 “Elastesse”
    1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 “Vitasnella” Danone TV ad with Daniel Ezralow
    2000 “Amalfi, Notte di Stelle”, produced by Cappelli on RAI 1
    2000 World Youth Day Jubilee and Pope John Paul II with Aeros, at Tor Vergata, on RAI 1 TV
    2000 Presentation ‘Collezione Sport Zegna’ at Pitti Uomo Florence and Moda Barcellona, with the  Aeros company, choreography by Debra Brown
    2001 “125 milioni di caz…te” by Adriano Celentano with Daniel Ezralow and the corps de ballet
    2002 Documentary and Film of the Aeros show for Bravo Network USA
    2003 ‘Tosca’ by Lucio Dalla with choreographer and co-director, Daniel Ezralow,
    2004 “Flair” TV ad with David Parsons
    2004 “Stasera Pago Io Revolution” by Fiorello, with Moses Pendleton and his Corps de Ballet
    2004 & 2005 Waterwall tour (Israel Festival, Just for Laugh Festival of Montreal)
    2005 “Rockpolitik” by Adriano Celentano with Brian Sanders and Danny Wooten and the corps de ballet
    2006 “Famiglia Salemme Show” by Vincenzo Salemme with Brian Sanders and the Corps de Ballet
    2006 Paralympics Closing Ceremony.
    2006 in Turin: David Parsons created the choreography for extracts from the show ‘NoGravity’
    2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 “Amici di Maria De Filippi”, with Daniel Ezralow and the corps de ballet.
    2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Sanremo Festival with Daniel Ezralow and the corps de ballet.
    2009 Fiorello Show
    2010 “Cavalli a Milano”, a show with 150 horses and horse-trainers; artistic and stage direction by Antonio Gnecchi Ruscone
    2014 Sanremo Festival with ‘Pilobulus’
    2015 Sanremo Festival with ‘Marciel’
    2015 Aspen Company Santa Fe at La Fenice Theatre in Venice
    2014, 2015, 2016 Mark Morris Dance Group
    2016 West Side Story at the Teatro Regio in Turin
    2016 “La nuvola di Fuksas” on Rai TV
    2016 Sleeping Beauty by Nacho Duato with the Berlin Staatsballet at the Teatro Regio in Turin
    2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Parsons Dance Tour
    2018 & 2019 Sanremo Young with Daniel Ezralow
    2019 Loro Piana ‘The Rare Walk’ New York Parsons Dance
    2020 Festival di Sanremo con Daniel Ezralow
    2021 Ricomincio da Rai3 con Daniel Ezralow

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