Prototype Hero

Jacopo Godani

Jacopo Godani is considered to be one of the most required young choreographers of the present moment. At 38 years old, he has already upon his back a very important career and in front of him a packed agenda for the next three years. He recognizes the great importance of those ten years he spent by the side of William Forsythe at Ballett de Frankfurt. “I cannot forget that period. We danced with so much energy and a free spirit.

  • World premiere by: Compañía Nacional de Danza at Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid (Spain), October 28th 2005

On stage, we ate it all. After that, I started creating full sections of his ballets, and arrived to create original ballets for the Frankfurt Ballet as well as for other companies”. Godani owns an impetuous and seductive style apparently very free, but with a complex structure and absolutely personal. His spirit can be defined as that of a rebel with a cause: the result of his irredentism and ant conformism. “My ideal would be to act as the voice of new generations, to fight against mediocrity and conformism in this horrible world we are constructing all around”. The same idea that he’s got in the way he works when preparing a ballet, motivating the dancers to overcome their own limits, to listen to their bodies, to discover themselves and be able to move freely, further than the limits drawn by technique, with intensity but effortless. “I do not intend to play the artist, only. In my work I like to do it all: I design the sets and costumes, I also do the light design as well as the composing of the music in a recording studio. I’d love to have my own company, like an assault group, a command unit, more than only a dance ensemble. My dream is to count with a group of global artistic production”.

Excerpts of the interview made by Valentina Bonelli (Vogue Italy September ´05).


  • Choreography:
    Jacopo Godani
  • Music:
    Steven Mackey (Short Stories, Kronos Quartet)
  • Scenography, Costume and Ligthing Design :
    Jacopo Godani
  • Length:
    16 minutes
  • Premiere cast:
    Tamako Akiyama, Ana María López, Rafael Rivero, José Carlos Blanco, Héctor Torres, Randy Castillo