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Gianna Valenti is a choreographer, performer, improvisation coach for dancers and theatre training tutor. She started out as a child fond of classical dance and went on embodying different modern and contemporary techniques, Graham, Limon, Cunningham, Release Technique and Body Contact. To investigate her interests in dance and choreography at a practical and theoretical level, she then enrolled in a Master Degree at University of California Riverside. She graduated with Susan Leigh Foster who tutored her in the Theory and Analysis of Choreographic Processes and in Improvisation and had the opportunity to work with Heidi Gilpin. In the following years she worked in Lithuania as a choreographer and pedagogue with both dancers and actors, teaching both dance technique and composition and theoretical issues. She also received a EC fellowship for young artists to study New Dramaturgy at Amsterdam Summer University with Marianne Van Kerkhoven and Hans-Thies Lehmann. While working with actors and student-actors she took up studying acting herself, choosing the Strasberg and then the Stella Adler Methods. She then researched and coached in acting, performance and physical theatre, searching for the grounding principles of bodily and verbal action in performance practice. CorpoAct is Gianna’s teaching vision for theatre and performance, and DanceAct is her teaching vision for dance. Both programs view teaching as a coaching activity in which techniques and methods are used to develop awareness, creative autonomy and self-discovery. 
 

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