Elisabetta Lauro studied in Italy with Rosellina Goffredo at the Invito alla Danza of Barletta. She moved to Germany to obtain her degree in Performing Arts at the Folkwang University of Arts, where she also finished a biennial Master, majoring in interpretation. During her studies she danced in works of Malou Airaudo, Libby Nye and Carlos Orta. She later participated as a guest dancer in Pina Bausch's “Le Sacre du printemps” and for several years collaborated and assisted the taiwanese choreographer Wu Kuo-Chu, realizing different productions for the Folkwang Tanzbuehne, the Wuppertal Shauspielhaus and the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre. She has worked at the Staatstheater Kassel dance company, directed by Johnannes Wieland, and created works with Wu Kuo-Chu, J. Wieland, Yossi Berg& Oded Graf and Rootlessroot among others. Over the years she has choreographed several short pieces. She left the State Theatre of Kassel in 2011 and started the artistic collaboration with the Colombian dancer and choreographer César Augusto Cuenca Torres. They realized in 2011 the full length evening piece “Hay un no sé qué no sé donde”, which has been awarded the Masdanza13 Public Prize and toured internationally. In 2014 she has directed the piece "(zero)". The work got in 2015 the prize "Premio Equilibrio Roma" and premiered in 2016 at the Festival Equilibrio of Rome. It received also the First Prize of the Jury at the Masdanza20 competition, it was selected for the italian dance network Anticorpi and for the New Italian Dance Platform, and toured Italy, Europe and South America. In October 2019 she presented, as dancer and director, the first study of the Cuenca/Lauro production "REGENLAND- Eulogy of darkness". The project has been selected for an artistic residency within the "Project FabricAltra-Percorso di Rigenerazione Culturale" and the artistic progress was opened again to the public at the end of September 2019.  During her freelance activity Elisabetta worked also with the turkish choreographer Leyla Postalcioglu, the italian dance company Menhir, the theatre company Compagnia delle Formiche and with the german dance company Hidden Tracks. Elisabetta regularly collaborates in Italy with the dance centre Invito alla Danza where she is a resident artist and a guest teacher, and with the artistic association Sosta Palmizi. She has also worked as an artistic assistant and as a rehearsal director for the Folkwang University of Arts and for the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre. 

 

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 is currently working as an assistant for the new Cuenca/Lauro 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.