Jacopo Godani, choreographer

was born in Italy. He began studying classical ballet and modern dance techniques in 1984 at the Centro studi Danza of La Spezia under the direction of Loredana Rovagna. He also pursued studies in the visual arts for three years at the Fine Arts School of Carrara. In 1986, Godani was accepted to further his studies at Maurice Bejart's international dance centre, Mudra in Brussels. Godani made his professional debut in 1988 performing in Le Marietta Secret in Paris. He also performed with Archipel Sud in Namur, Belgium and in the Paris-based company of Jean Francois Duroure. As a dancer he has worked with a range of international choreographers. In 1990, Godani formed his own Brussels based company and began his choreographic career. His work in Brussels was produced by the theatre Atelier Saint'Anne and was supported by the arts festival Brussels Centra(a)l and the Plateau theatre. From 1991 to 2000, Godani has been a leading soloist with William Forsythe's Ballet Frankfurt and has collaborated with Forsythe on the choreographic creation of many of Ballet Frankfurt’s most representative pieces. Godani developed his career as a choreographer creating original works for a vast range of international companies, such as NDT, Cedar Lake, Royal Danish Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ballet du Rhin, Het National Ballet, Aterballetto, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and many others. Light Years is his first work presented at the Israeli Opera.
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