Cristiana Morganti, Rome

Jessica and me

Dance theatre solo
The stage is dark. You can hardly recognize that a female body is moving here. “Would you like me to talk, or would you like me to dance?” A woman in a white dress and red stilettos introduces a touch of glamour in the space – it is Cristiana Morganti. The Italian woman danced for more than 20 years at the Wuppertaler Tanztheater with Pina Bausch and created numerous roles in the legendary choreographer’s pieces.

“Jessica and me” is a self-portrait that beautifully demonstrates how Cristiana Morganti – after the shock of Pina Bausch’s death in 2009 – has found her own dance and choreographic authenticity. Morganti offers insights into her life and becoming; she reflects on the art of dance as well as her existence as a dancer. Humorous and with plenty of tempo, she tells of her momentous meeting with the dancetheater-icon Pina Bausch and also touches on poetic and melancholic subjects of age and transience.

Cristiana Morganti was born in Rome in 1967. She studied classical dance at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome and modern dance at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. In Germany, she worked with Susanne Linke, Urs Dietrich, Joachim Schlömer, Felix Ruckert, VA Wölfl and Wanda Golonka. From 1993-2014 she was a dancer in Wuppertal with Pina Bausch; she continues to be invited there as a guest artist. She is a guest professor at conservatories in Rome and Paris. She created her first solo, “Moving with Pina”, in 2010. “Jessica and me” (2014) has had guest performances in more than 30 cities in Italy, France, Ireland, Sweden, Great Britain and Germany. In 2016, the duo “A fury tale” followed.
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In German language (a few texts in English language / German translation in the evening program)
From 14 years


Cristiana Morganti as Actor and dancer


Concept and choreography: Cristiana Morganti
Artistic collaboration: Gloria Paris
Music collage: Bernd Kirchhoefer
Video: Connie Prantera
Light design: Laurant P. Berger

euro-scene Leipzig

05. Nov. – 10. Nov. 2019
“Parallelwelten” / “Parallel worlds”

euro-scene Leipzig, Festival of contemporary European theatre and dance, will take place for the 29th time from 05. – 10. November 2019. The stages of Schauspiel Leipzig are home to 4 guest performances and the competition “Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo” (“Best german dance solo”) in 11 performances in total.

Further guest performances at Schaubühne Lindenfels, Theater der Jungen Welt and LOFFT – Das Theater. The fringe programme includes audience discussions, films, an exhibition, a book presentation and a technical tour.

phone: 0341 – 980 02 84
Tickets may be ordered at Schauspiel Leipzig, at the festival box office at the Englandladen as well as at further advance ticket offices from now on. Further information

The guest performance in Leipzig will take place with the kind support of Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Italian Cultural Institute), Berlin.