EM+ | Emanuele Rosa & Maria Focaraccio 

EM+ represents the project that combines the choreographic practices of Emanuele Rosa and Maria Focaraccio [IT/DE]. Emanuele and Maria started their co-authorial journey in 2020, although their paths have been crossing on several artistic occasions since 2008. Moved by an undefined urgency, somewhat clouded by closures and deprivations, they met in Berlin [Maria's base city], entered a co-working studio and laid down on a carpet. The idea of the first co-creation "HOW TO _ just another Boléro" was born from this simple action: since then they have never stopped creating together, building an ever stronger bridge between Italy and Germany. Their work stems from the archives of classical and contemporary dance (as common training and professional background), meets the languages of the visual and performing art and constantly opens up to collaborations with several artists.

EM+ was born in 2022 as a container of their choreographic practices: E _ manuele, M _ aria, "plus" the many collaborators of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Focusing on the diversities, fragilities and vulnerabilities of each body and person, Emanuele and Maria’s work digs into the theme of identity and gender, generally treating it with irony and lightness. What is the essence of one’s expression? Which intentions lie behind actions or movements? In attempting to answer these questions, Emanuele and Maria seek the courage and the honesty to admit and accept one’s own identity through physicality and movement.

EM+ is the project that combines the choreographic practices of Emanuele Rosa and Maria Focaraccio. The first work "HOW TO _ just another Boléro" (2021) is the winning project of Call from the Aisle 2021, selected at the Vetrina della giovane danza d’autore eXtra 2021 and at dFeria 2023 (San Sebastián, Spain). EM+'s second work, all you need is (2022), received the 1st Prize Award at TWAIN Direzioni Altre 2022 Award and got selected at Vetrina della giovane danza d’autore eXtra 2022. Emanuele and Maria are associate artists of C&C Company, co-producer of their works together with S'ALA / spazio per artist+ ; EM+'s works are presented in numerous festivals in Italy and abroad (Spain, Portugal and Greece). For the year 2023, Emanuele and Maria have been selected as artists of ResiDance XL - action of Network Anticorpi XL and for the internationalization project of Italian performing arts "Crossing the sea". They have been also invited to the section Visiting Artists Programme of the European project Big Pulse, as part of the Festival Tanec Praha, Prague in June 2023.During their first years of activity they were supported by: Twain_Centro di Produzione Danza, PERIFERIE ARTISTICHE_Centro di Residenza del Lazio, KOMM TANZ/PASSO NORD, residency project Compagnia Abbondanza/Bertoni in collaboration with the Municipality of Rovereto, by Start and Go project of the Municipality of Genoa, CURA - Centro Umbro Residenze Artistiche, Corsia Of - Centro di Creazione Contemporanea, Micro Macro Terra Marique.