Meet me through creations
MMITARI 1st study | Galerie la Cathédrale | Fribourg |
FAKE | Buffer Fringe Festival | Cyprus
MMITARi | Incidanse | Fribourg CH
MMITARI | in situ | blueFACTORY Fribourg
MMITARI | Teatro Sociale | Bellinzona CH
My name is Manuela. When I came out of my mother's womb, my parents realized they had forgotten to choose a name for me. Taken by surprise, they asked the midwife who was holding me in the palm of her big, fleshy Spanish hands what her name was. She replied, "Manuela". I have often been told that I drive screws with a hammer.
I was born in Freiburg in 1982. I have Sicilian, Greek, German and northern Italian origins. I met my husband Felix in 2010 in Lugano; he is Uruguayan, he grew up in Buenos Aires and then in New York and London. Between one engagement and the other I was returning to my parents, with whom I had moved to Ticino in 1992. I had worked as a dancer in Italy, then in France and then in 2010 and 2011 I went to Israel. Dancing there is a question of being alive. That's where I met Gaga and the work of Ohad Naharin.
For the last 9 years I have been working with my husband. He is a writer, director, actor. I am a choreographer, dance teacher, performer. Nine months after meeting him we had a daughter, after a year another one, 5 years later a little boy. Having kids didn't take away the taste for our work. We moved to the lower town of Fribourg in 2016, and with some friends we founded an association for the mobility of creativity. Freiburg is a curious place. We thought it could be a suitable place for an association like Xocolat.
For a long time I thought that dance was a language or even a feat. Today I see it more as a ritual: an act that opens channels and transforms. Dance insinuates itself at an imperceptible, elusive level and engraves itself in deep places.
Photo: Claire Berbey