MoDem PRO – Programme and opportunity


MoDem is the choreographic language that Roberto Zappalà has developed in his 32-year career with his company. Through practices that have acquired a specific terminology linked anatomically to flows, controls, articular and muscular exegeses, often inspired by the activity of the volcano Etna. A methodology that aims to bring the dancer closer to the language that characterizes Compagnia Zappalà Danza.

MoDem, an acronym for Democratic Movement, is also the focus of the two different programs MoDem Pro and MoDem Atelier.

MoDem PRO is an intense programme open to dancers who have technical expertise and to professional dancers wishing to familiarise with and/or contribute to MoDem’s creative style. The dancers will all go through the same selection process to check their suitability for Compagnia Zappalà Danza’s repertoire and language and ability to contribute within its creative framework. Dancers are expected to have a solid classical and contemporary training.

MoDem PRO programme provides a three months full immersion on the language MoDem of Compagnia Zappalà Danza. After this program, up to 6 dancers will be selected to join the CZD2 giovane compagnia zappalà danza which will work on new creations with guest choreographers and Compagnia Zappalà Danza repertoire. The selected dancers of CZD2 will receive a scholarship during the production period.

The MoDem Pro project allows dancers to analyse practises and bodily gestures typical of the MoDem language, to gradually work towards it and develop it and possibly bring it on stage. Classes of ballet, MoDem language and repertory workshops of Compagnia Zappalà Danza are held daily.

In the short but intense period, the selected dancers will also be involved in some creative activities (SEEDs). The SEEDs project is a first opportunity to meet with the audience and to present a series of choreographic pieces created by the same dancers. With the Seeds project the participants have the opportunity to test their creativity and artistic skills by reworking the concepts of the MoDem language and the repertory choreographic material learned during the 3 months program.

The next editions of MoDem PRO will be held in the following periods:
autumn section: 11 September – 17 December 2023
winter section: 15 January – 21 April 2024

The MoDem PRO program is accessed by audition, in SMART mode.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY. The SMART application system will remain open until May 20, 2023, but once the maximum number of participants is reached, applications will be accepted with reference to the following section (winter) of MoDem PRO

. The evaluation will take place following the vision of the underlying materials:

  • video max 1 minute of presentation
  • video max 3 minutes of choreography
  • video max 3 minutes of improvisation
  • cv
  • short text for the formative experiences
  • short text for the professional experiences

Applications presenting: the same video for choreography and improvisation / group videos where the candidate is not clearly identifiable / dance video instead of the presentation video / incomplete applications -, will not be considered.

for applications to MoDem Pro audition click here


MoDem PRO is also an important instrument for the company and for guest choreographers for the recruitment of new dancers. The dancers selected in the past years, who still collaborate with the company or took part to some of its productions:

Giulia Berretta, Jan Brezina, Andrea Rachele Bruno, Erika Cassarino, Corinne Cilia, Irene Coletta, Francesco Colaleo, Adriano Coletta, Veronica Cornacchini, Michela Cotterchio, Aya Degani, Annalisa Di Lanno, Filippo Domini, Alain El Sakhawi, Federica Esposito, Laura Finocchiaro, Anna Forzutti, Alberto Gnola, Raquel Gualtero Soriano, Nunzio Impellizzeri, Marco Mantovani, Sonia Mingo, Giulia Mininel, Gaetano Montecasino, Camilla Montesi, Gioia Maria Morisco Castelli, Gaia Occhipinti, Silvia Oteri, Fernando Roldan Ferrer, Silvia Rossi, Claudia Rossi Valli, Adriano Popolo Rubbio, Roberto Provenzano, Ilenia Romano, Ariane Roustan, Alessandra Scalambrino, Paola Valenti, Joel Walsham, Valeria Zampardi.