Roberto Zappalà founded the compagnia zappalà danza in 1989, recognized as one of the most interesting Italian dance companies. In over 15 years activity, Zappalà has created for his company more than twenty-five productions, performed all over Italy and in Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Irland, Morocco, South America, Germany, Israel and Palestine. He has also been invited to create choreographies for other companies, among them Balletto di Toscana (I) , Ballet School of Teatro alla Scala (I), Norrdans (S), the Dance Academy ArtEZ in Arnhem (NL) . He also collaborated with directors Federico Tiezzi, Daniele Abbado, Francesco Torrigiani. He held workshops all over Italy, Madrid, Zurich, London, Stockholm, etc and he also held workshops on the performing arts’ language at the University of Catania. At present he is also the director of Scenario Pubblico, centre for the performing arts in Catania and residence of compagnia zappalà danza.
Roberto Zappalà’s workshops consist in strengthening body and mind through a strong muscular work, a movement study which starts from the relation between the dancer and the floor and continually uses off-balance and sliding. During his workshop R.Zappalà in a little time manages to convey the final result of his work, leading the participants to test and work out new representations through his style which, getting features from the heterogeneous world of the body has became an original and versatile language.