The Company

MM Contemporary Dance Company, based in Reggio Emilia, Italy, is directed by choreographer Michele Merola. The company was created in 1999 as a permanent center for the production of events and shows and as a promoter of projects and workshops with the aim of supporting exchanges and alliances between Italian and international artists, witnesses and spokesmen of contemporary culture. 

The company repertoire includes a range of styles: Merola’s works, and those of international and Italian choreographers such as Maguy Marin, Mats Ek, Mauro Bigonzetti, Thomas Noone, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Karl Alfred Schreiner, Silvia Gribaudi, Eugenio Scigliano, Emanuele Soavi, Enrico Morelli, Daniele Ninarello, Ginevra Panzetti ed Enrico Ticconi, Roberto Tedesco, Camilla Monga, Silvia Gribaudi, Adriano Bolognino. They all give the audience an idea of what contemporary dance is nowadays.

In 2010 MMCDC won the Danza&Danza Critics Award as the Best Emerging Italian Dance Company and in 2017 won the Europaindanza - Merit Award to Choreography for the show Bolero by Michele Merola. Today the company is, in effect, an outstanding ensemble of italian dance talent, with consolidated activity of shows all over the country: it is hosted in many theaters in most of Italian regions, is invited in major festivals, collaborates with almost all the regional circuits, with a long history of shows performed all over the country. Abroad, MMCDC is present in Europe and beyond, including shows in Korea, Colombia, Canada, Russia, Germany, Morocco, Belgium, Spain, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Sweden, France, Finland, Serbia.

On 1st January 2021 and 1st January 2022 the MMCDC was present on the Italian national TV RAI 1 in the program “Danza con me” by Roberto Bolle interpreting choreographies by Mauro Bigonzetti and Lorca Massine.

From 2018 MM Contemporary Dance Company is a partner in the InDanza Circuit of Trentino Alto Adige.

In January 2023 MMCDC received the Danza&Danza Critics Award 2022 for the production Ballad composed by Elegia of E. Morelli and Ballad of M. Bigonzetti, as best production of the Year.

The MM Contemporary Dance Company is supported by Italian State Ministery of Culture, Region of Emilia-Romagna, Municipality of Reggio Emilia, Centro Permanente Danza/Reggio Emilia.


Artistic direction: Michele Merola

General manager and press office: Anna Abbate

Administration: Debora Galloni

International Contacts: Amei Teupel

Administrative and logistic secretary: Paolo Lauri

Organizational secretary: Serena Roberti

Technical manager: Gessica Germini

Costumes: Nuvia Valestri, Carlotta Montanari

Choreography assistants and repeating masters: Paolo Lauri, Enrico Morelli

Dancers: Filippo Begnozzi, Emiliana Campo, Lorenzo Fiorito, Mario Genovese, Matilde Gherardi, Fabiana Lonardo, Alice Ruspaggiari, Rossana Samele, Nicola Stasi, Giuseppe Villarosa, Leonardo Zannella

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