Anghiari Dance Hub | Adriano Bolognino

Gli Amanti


The remains lie intact and reveal where the victims died in AD 79.

Inspired by Pompeii’s suggestive cast of “lovers” – two twisted bodies embracing one another – Adriano Bolognino’s duet digs into the intimate gesture suddenly interrupted by the overbearing force of nature, still preserved forever. Locked in their eternal embrace, the lovers’ identity and story remains a mystery.

With solemn and somber music, Bolognino’s duet invites the audience to visit this 2000-year embrace through a sculptural choreography stretching time and gesture.

The production is an official selection of Aerowaves Twenty21 Spring Forward.


Choreography: Adriano Bolognino
Dancers: Rosaria Di Maro and Giorgia Longo
Music: Akira Rabelais
Production: Anghiari Dance Hub


Born in 1995, Adriano Bolognino studied dance at the Lyceum Mara Fusco in his hometown Naples. As a dancer he has worked and collaborated with several dance companies and choreographers such as: Milano Contemporary Ballet, Studio XL, Valencia Dancing Forward, Marcos Morau, Wayne McGregor, Damián Muñoz and Jorge Crecis.

After his experience as a dancer, Bolognino decided to pursue a career in choreography. His first piece, Yellow, won the contest for young choreographers New Dance Generation in Caserta (Italy). In 2019, he created Your Body is a Battleground (trio version) for the EgriBiancoDanza company and Preludio dell’anima for Verona’s OCDP training project. That same year he was selected to take part in the Venice Biennale College Dancer-Choreographers, where he created La più viva delle città morte, and to present Gli Amanti at Anghiari Dance Hub.

His work has been presented at festivals and international platforms such as the Cross Festival Verbania, Inventaria Festival, Corpo Mobile Festival, LDIF Leicester, Opus 1 Slovenia, Monday Dance Napoli, Estate Fiorentina, Fabbrica Europa, Gender Bender Festival Bologna, Prospettiva Danza Padova. Within a few years he has won several awards in choreographic competitions and platforms in Italy and abroad. In 2020, the Venice Biennale commissioned him to make a new work for the festival in collaboration with Cornelia – the company with which he is an associate artist. With Gli Amanti, Bolognino has become one of the Aerowaves Twenty21 artists.

Bolognino’s choreographic research focuses on the use of gestures. Giving a great emphasis on clean and aesthetic shapes, he explores how gestures penetrate dancers without losing sight of the exterior outcome.