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The ATACAMA Company is among the Live Entertainment Operators admitted to the contribution envisaged in the Lazio Region call for the “Digitization of the show and other live cultural activities”

The Company

Atacama Company was founded in 1999 by the dancer and choreographer Patrizia Cavola and the choreographer, dancer and actor Iván Truol, who take care of the artistic direction. The Company is supported and recognized by the M.I.B.A.C.T. (Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities) and, since 2009, it has been based at La Scatola dell’Arte in Rome, training and production center under the artistic direction of the two choreographers. Productions signed by P. Cavola and I. Truol have been performed in numerous important theaters and international Festivals in Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium, France, Poland and Brazil.

Their research has focused on the construction of a physical theater, which is located in a multidisciplinary border area, where movement and dance, vocal expression, text, music – and whatever artistic form becomes necessary during creation – interact and integrate. They are interested in the blend of languages.

Patrizia Cavola and Ivan Truol accompany the choreographic creation with many dance training, dissemination and promotion projects. From 2013 to 2019, they have been curating the Dance Artistic Direction of the Tor Bella Monaca Theater in Rome. Patrizia Cavola has directed Paesaggi del Corpo – International Contemporary Dance Festival, sponsored  by the Lazio Region, since 2019.

In addition to producing the creations of the two founding choreographers of the company, Atacama, over the years, has supported the production of projects by other choreographers who are close by poetic and research path, and young authors who had often already participated in the artistic project of the company as dancers.

The Music that dances

In terms of composition, my sense is that music for dancing needs different time and space than music for listening; choreography scans the notes, creating a perfect groove as well as complex and inspiring; it’s like being in an empty space, clean, dense of rhythmic divisions.
We move in such a space: the music coming out would then be made of a matter which maybe you’d never be able to create.
This way music tells and dance together with the moving bodies.

Twenty years of work with Atacama Company taught me to relate with different emotions emerging from their shows, to then inflect them in their choreographies.

La Scatola dell’Arte

La Scatola dell’Arte (literally, “The Art Box”) is a training and production center with the management and artistic direction of Patrizia Cavola and Ivan Truol, founding choreographers of the Atacama Company, which has a permanent artistic residency at the center.

It is a place dedicated to artistic training and in particular to the formation of contemporary dance and physical theater and to the knowledge and study of the body in all its possibilities.

It hosts research and artistic experimentation. It is a place of residences, production and support for the creation and testing of dance and theater companies. It hosts social and community dance and theater workshops. It is a performative space for openings to the public of creative residences, laboratories and jam sessions. The program combines regular and continuous courses with workshops and seminars.

Scheduled Events

12 June 2024 / Appuntamenti

Anime | Abano Danza Festival

Venerdì 14 giugno 2024 | Isola pedonale, Abano Terme PD
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12 June 2024 / Appuntamenti

Anime | Corpo Libero Festa della Danza di Roma

Mercoledì 12 giugno 2024 | h 19.10 | Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta, Roma RM in collaborazione con l’Ambasciata...
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6 June 2024 / Appuntamenti

Lost Solos | TanzArt Ostwest Festival

Domenica 9 giugno 2024 | Bernburg / Theater Carl von Maria, Schloßtraße 20, 06406 Bernburg h 18:00
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AUDITION Atacama Training Program
December 19th, 2023 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at La Scatola dell’Arte, via dei Latini 28, Rome. To participate send your CV and video of one of your performances to More info:; Gallery
District Dance Festival, in its second edition, is a festival dedicated to contemporary dance, created and organised by the Compagnia Atacama under the artistic direction of Patrizia Cavola and Ivan Truol. From 6 to 15 October 2023 the Festival presents performances, workshops and meetings in the San Lorenzo district, at La Scatola dell'Arte and Tuscolano, at the Teatro Furio Camillo. [...]
ANIME | national première
On Sunday 2 July 2023, Compagnia Atacama presents its new production ANIME as part of Paesaggi del Corpo International Contemporary Dance Festival, organised by the Associazione La Scatola dell'Arte in Velletri. The input of this creation is the concept of LIVING, developed through the relationship between human being and space and the influence of history and the characteristics of the [...]
ATP Atacama Training Program
Atacama Company presents 𝗔𝗧𝗣 Atacama Training Program: 3 months study + 2 months internship, January 30 to July 2, 2023. Audition December 19 h10:30/13:30 at La Scatola dell'Arte, Via dei Latini 28, Rome.

Press Review

22 November 2017 / Press Review

Migrants by Paolo Verlengia

A show like “Migrants”, by Atacama Dance Company, proposes interesting ideas for reflection, and not just because the title itself...
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22 November 2017 / Press Review

Migrants by Giacomo Piccoli

On a stage with no scenery, in the darkness of a symbolic night, a glimpse of exhausted bodies can be...
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4 July 2017 / Press Review

Migrants by Delfina Stella

Migrants is the new production by the Atacama Dance Company, which has been active for years in Italy and worldwide....
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10 November 2016 / Press Review

Red Riding Hood – Once upon a time, the Wolf and the Maiden by Ludovica Avetrani

Walking through the thick wood on a path twisting among the fronds, and being heading for getting lost. Being alone...
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30 September 2016 / Press Review

I, Her, Me by Teatro & Spettacolo

The show was performed at the Florian Espace Theatre in Pescara, within the CORPOGRAFIE 2016 festival. The work is about inner search,...
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