"Dance allows me to see beyond, to move forward and develop, to inspire myself and inspire others. It is the art form that most keeps me connected to life, that makes me perceive people with whom I relate.
Every time I start a new work, it leads me on a journey towards something always new, something that I haven’t yet deepened or explored. It brings me in that place where all my experiences merge together and begin to communicate in a single act of unity, while the body remains at the center of everything.”
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.
He was born in Acireale, in the province of Catania, Italy. After an international career as a solo dancer for several prestigious dance companies, he found in choreography the best form of expression that suited him. In Switzerland he started his collaboration with the Tanzhaus Zurich with the choreographic platform 12 Min. Max. in 2009. In 2010 he was selected for SiWiC 2010 directed by Reinhild Hoffmann. In 2013 he was appointed choreographer for ChoreoLab, a choreographic platform directed by Tanzhaus Zurich and Centrum W Ruchu Warsaw. For two consecutive years, 2012 and 2013, he was awarded 1st prize at the choreographic competition Ballet-ex, Rome. He directed the dance short film "Quieta... inquietudine", which received the audience prize at the Loikka Dance Film Festival - 60secondsdance Competition, Helsinki 2016. That same year he was appointed to choreograph for the opening of the Zurich Landesmuseum.
His collaborations as a guest choreographer include the Teatro Bellini in Naples, LaMOVCompañía de Danza from Zaragoza, Gisela Rocha Dance Company, Zurich University of the Arts / BA in Contemporary Dance, Giorgio Madia and Cottbus Staatstheater, Faa-Zone Dance Company, Cinevox Junior Company, choreographic centre Art Garage Pozzuoli.
Nunzio Impellizzeri’s work has been presented in theatres and international festivals in Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Italy, Finland, Denmark, Chile, Spain and Central America.
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); and the dance films: WATER RESISTANT (2013), Quieta... inquietudine (2014), THE DOCTOR SAID (2017) and CURA (2017).