Elisabetta Lauro received her Bfa at the Folkwang University of Arts where she also finished a two-year master as a solo interpreter. During her studies she danced in pieces by Malou Airaudo, Libby Nye and Carlos Orta. She worked as a guest artist in “Le Sacre du Printemps” by Pina Bausch and was for several years dancer and assistant of the Taiwanese choreographer Wu Kuo-Chu, with whom she worked in productions for the Folkwang Tanzbühne, the Wuppertal Schauspielhaus and the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre di Taiwan.
Between 2004 and 2011 she worked as dancer and assistant in the Staatstheater Kassel dance company and created works with Wu Kuo-Chu, Johannes Wieland, Vivienne Newport, Yossi Berg/Oded Graf and Rootlessroot, among others.
During these years she also choreographed several short pieces.
In 2011 she began the artistic collaboration Cuenca/Lauro together with the Colombian dance artist César Augusto Cuenca Torres and created the piece “Hay un no sé qué no sé donde”. She worked in Berlin with the Turkish choreographer Leyla Postalcioglu and in Italy with the Associazione Menhir and the Compagnia delle Formiche. In 2013 she was invited by the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre to restage in Taiwan “Oculus” by Wu Kuo-Chu and in that same year she presented the preview of a new production “(zero)” which she choreographed and directed. The piece was awarded in 2015 with the production prize Premio Equilibrio Roma and premiered in 2016 in its full-length version within the Festival Equilibrio Roma. It obtained also the Prize of the Jury at the international dance contest Masdanza and was selected for the network Anticorpi and the NID Platform. “(zero)” has toured in Italy, Europe and South America. In 2017 she worked with the German company Hidden Tracks.
In October 2018 she shared at Azioni in Danza a first study of her new research “REGENLAND- Eulogy of Darkness” for which in 2019 she received a grant and was selected for an artistic residency within the European program “FabricAltra”. The residency ended in September 2019 with the showing of a second extended version of the work. In Springtime 2019 she directed for the Folkwang University of Arts the restaging of the piece “Tantalus” by Wu Kuo-Chu and in December of the same year she curated the choreographic movements of the theatre piece “Macbeth-In the land of remorse” by I Nuovi Scalzi. In March 2021 the streaming version of “REGENLAND- Eulogy of darkness” premiered within the Invito di Sosta online festival and in the following September it premiered live at the festival Contemporanea Prato. In September 2021 she also created and performed together with four other female artists the site-specific piece”QUINTETTO” which was presented at the Palazzo Marra in Barletta. She is currently working on a new production together with her brother, the performing artist Gennaro Lauro, which will premiere in 2023. They opened the research process to the public in occasion of the Festa di Teatro Ecologico Stromboli 2021 and of the Carta Bianca Cortona/Sosta Palmizi. Elisabetta collaborates regularly with the A.S.D Invito alla Danza and is an associated artist of the Associazione Sosta Palmizi.
César Augusto Cuenca Torres is a Colombian dancer and choreographer, born in Santiago de Cali and resident in Berlin. He started his dance studies at the age of 11 at the Incolballet, Colombian Institute of Classical Ballet, where he obtained his degree in 1991. Immediately afterwards he joined the Ballet de Cali Dance Company where he remained until 1999. During and after his profession in classical ballet he explored contemporary dance and dance-theatre with Ivan Favier, Adriana Urdaneta, Jacques Broquet, Dominiq Depuis, Alvaro Restrepo, Marie France Delieuvin and Charles Vodoz. In 2001 he decided to move to Germany to extend his studies at the Folkwang University of Arts, where he obtained a second degree and finished a biennial Master, majoring in interpretation. During his studies he created works with Malou Airaudo and Juan Cruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola and began his artistic collaboration with the Taiwanese choreographer Wu Kuo-Chu. From 2002 to 2004 he participated as a guest dancer for the Tanz Theater Wuppertal in “Le Sacre du Printemps” of Pina Bausch. In 2004 he joined the dance company of the State Theatre of Kassel, directed first by Wu Kuo-Chu and afterwards by Johannes Wieland. He created and danced works of Wu Kuo-Chu, Vivienne Newport, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Johannes Wieland, Yossi Berg/Oded Graf and Rootlessroot. He left the company in 2011 and started his present artistic collaboration with the Italian dancer and choreographer Elisabetta Lauro with whom he has realized the dance works “Hay un no sé qué no sé donde” and “(zero)”, obtaining various prizes for choreography and production both in Italy and internationally. He assisted the choreographic process of the production "REGENLAND-Eulogy of darkness", a solo directed and danced by Elisabetta Lauro. During the freelance career he has also collaborated with the Turkish dancer and choreographer Leyla Postalcioglu, with the Compagnia delle Formiche and with the Compagnia Menhir, and is an associated artist of Sosta Palmizi.