Nunzio Impellizzeri

  Artistic Director and Choreographer

The body that 'moves', that's how I like to define it, because when it moves it activates the soul and the mind. It also stirs the air, thus creating space, inclusion and connection. In dance I experience the power to transform, to grow, to inspire. Each creation is a journey into the unknown, where my experiences meet others and merge into an authentic synergy. The body, it moves!
Nunzio Impellizzeri

NUNZIO IMPELLIZZERI is a choreographer known for his unique artistic signature, dynamics and strong visual imagery. His work is highly physical, impassioned and characterized by an innovative use of space.

Nunzio's visual arts background plays a significant role in his creations: his studies in art history, life drawing, the art of sculpture as well as costume design, deeply influence the way he creates work. After his graduation in art studies in Sicily, he realized that dance is closest to his nature and the most suitable artistic medium to paint, mould and transform the space. 

Nunzio Impellizzeri's work is characterized by great attention to detail and he designs the set, light and costumes for most pieces himself. His productions emerge from his observation of human existence within a social context. He invites the audience to reflect upon and question social phenomena. A movement language is developed that communicates through intense physicality and intricate patterns carried by a solid dramaturgy.

Nunzio works with performers with high technical abilities and unique movement qualities. The smart choice of dancers leads to heterogeneous constellations with a strong stage presence, leaving space for their individual movement vocabulary. The dynamics of the bodies merge with the space, light, music and soundscapes. His pieces are physically extremely challenging and impress with their captivating aesthetics of contemporary poetic strength.


Nunzio Impellizzeri founded the Nunzio Impellizzeri Dance Company in Zurich in 2014.

Born in Acireale, CT, Italy, he enjoyed an international career as a solo dancer with several renowned dance companies before discovering that choreography was his most suitable form of expression. In Switzerland, he began collaborating with Tanzhaus Zurich on the choreographic platform 12 Min. Max. in 2009. The following year, he was selected for SiWiC 2010 under the direction of Reinhild Hoffmann.

In 2013, he was appointed choreographer for ChoreoLab, a platform directed by Tanzhaus Zurich and Centrum W Ruchu in Warsaw. He won 1st prize at the Ballet-ex choreography competition in Rome in both 2012 and 2013. He also directed the dance short film "Quieta... inquietudine," which won the audience award at the Loikka Dance Film Festival's 60secondsdance Competition in Helsinki in 2016. That same year, he was invited to choreograph the opening of the Landesmuseum Zurich.

His collaborations as a guest choreographer include work with Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, Marchepied Cie. Lausanne, Teatro Bellini in Naples, LaMOV Compañía de Danza in Zaragoza, Gisela Rocha Dance Company, Zurich University of the Arts' BA in Contemporary Dance, Giorgio Madia and Staatstheater Cottbus, Faa-Zone Dance Company, Cinevox Junior Company, and the choreographic centre Art Garage Pozzuoli.

For the Nunzio Impellizzeri Dance Company he has created the full-length works: WAY OUT (2015), IN.QUIETA ROOMS (2017), CORPO BAROCCO (2018), SCH.NEE (2022); the performance-installation PLEASE, HOLD ME (2021); the site specific works: LOST & FOUND (2015), HAPPENING (2016), PINK CARPET (2024); and the dance films: WATER RESISTANT (2013), Quieta... inquietudine (2014), THE DOCTOR SAID (2017) and CURA (2017).

Nunzio Impellizzeri's work has been presented in theatres and at international festivals in Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Italy, Poland, Finland, Denmark, Chile, Spain, North and Central America. His artistry continues to captivate and inspire audiences worldwide, establishing him as a prominent figure in contemporary dance.


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