Artistic Director and Choreographer
Born and raised in Italy, educated in Sweden and in the US, a dancer in both Swiss and German theaters, she moved to NY to focus on contemporary dance studies and work with choreographer Douglas Dunn. Back in Europe in the early 80’s she taught extensively in Germany, Austria and Sweden, settling in Stockholm in ’83, where she has been a resident ever since. Cristina began to choreograph in the mid 90’s and in ´98 founded the independent dance company ccap through which she has produced over 30 works. Her ccap work tours nationally on a regular basis and is internationally acclaimed in New York, Helsinki, Oslo, Paris, Warsaw, Vilnius, Riga, Vienna, Munich, and other cities in Russia, Italy, England, and the US.
After more then two decades of continuously innovative work, Cristina has gained the indisputable position as one of Sweden’s foremost choreographers. Her choreography is marked by clarity, stringency, and precision, but also by its complexity and strong physicality. Her interest lies in structure and disorder. She works with units and operational schemes, tasks and restrictions, logics, counter-logics, and hypothetical strategies in order to resist habit and coerce meaning, construct and question, examine and respond. Cristina’s choreography acts as a critical discourse and therefore demands, but also generates, attention and participation.
Cristina’s interest in theory marks all of her work, onstage and beyond. To practice, investigate and develop these interests she has curated and produced the festivals Talking Dancing (1997) and Movement is a Woman (2002), the research projects t.lab (2004) and after cover (2009-2011). She has also published the dance anthology Choreographies (2008), and most recently curated and produced the WEAVING POLITICS symposium (2012).
Cristina also works with film: BODY-interrupted (2001), in collaboration with Mateusz Herctzka and commissioned by the Tate Modern, the much acclaimed in-(site)sight and 2soon (2005), and the newly produced cloth (2012).Two new films are planned for 2013; Solo and Nevada (to be shot in June 2013 in Nevada).
Cristina often works with digital technologies, such as in on point(s)only (2007) decover (2008) cut-outs & trees (2010) and the web-based project documentation/archive www.aftercover.org (2012). Currently she is involved in a 2 year investigation of language and technology with the productions The Piece… and TO THEE.
She has choreographed for a number of dance companies, most recently with Stockholm 59North (2007 and 2008), and the GöteborgBalett (2009). She has also choreographed for theater productions and participated in several international projects in England, South Africa, and most recently in Indonesia, with the exchange project D_LAP.
Cristina is also an appreciated teacher and lecturer and has taught extensively in Stockholm and abroad, such as at ImpulsTanz Vienna, SEAD Salzburg, Skolen for Moderne Dans in Copenhagen and others. She currently teaches sporadically at DOCH and ccap.
During the years 2000-2002 she was head of the choreography program at University of Dance in Stockholm, where she initiated the pilot program dot. As a professor of Choreography at the university of Dance and Circus (DOCH) since 2008, she worked on the project after cover (2009-2011) and currently runs the research mediality gesturality reciprocity – Choreography as the Weaving Labour of Politics – with the support of the Swedish Research Council and in coproduction with ccap.
Cristina has received a ten years artist grant (1996-2006) and in 2002 a life time artist income guarantee.
In June 2006 she was awarded the Cullberg Prize.
March 2012 she was honored with the prestigious Per Gannevik stipendium.