Gianni Santucci


Gianni Santucci

Choreographer and stage director Gianni Santucci studied classical dance in Arezzo, Italy (with Giovanna Papi), in Rome (with Michelle Ellis and Hélene Diolot), and in New York (with David Howard and Lisa Danias). He studied modern dance styles both in New York (with Michael Owens, Michelle Assaf and Rick Atwell) and in Rome (with Silvie Moujolle), then continued his studies of contemporary dance in New York (with Alvin Nikolais and Roger Tolle), Rome (with Enrica Palmieri), and France (at the Atelier de Paris – Carolyn Carlson, and at CCN Roubaix-Nord-Pas de Calais). As an artist of great versatility, he has been active at various stages of his career as a dancer (1984–1992) with various Italian companies in Rome, Naples, Taormina, Urbino and Trieste, and with several dance ensembles in New York. Later on he worked as professor of modern dance at the Centre Choréographique National de Roubaix-Nord-Pas de Calais; ballet master of the Bellini Theatre in Catania; teacher of classical and modern dance at a number of schools in Italy France and elsewhere; drama-school teacher; musical-school teacher; stage manager, chiefly of musical theatre productions in Rome and Trieste.

Following an early period as assistant director, he has evolved into a distinguished stage director, having to his credit an impressive list of productions and choreographies.


for operas and Operettas

Manon, Revival Monaco Monte-Carlo

Merry Wives of Windsor, Kaunas music Theatre, Lithuania

Tosca, Pompei Festival; Taormina Arte festival

Nabucco, co-regie S. Mazzonis, Tel Aviv, Israel, ORW, Belgium

Madama Butterfly, Revival Sassari

La Bohème, co-regie S. Mazzonis, Tel Aviv, Israel, ORW, Belgium

Carmen, Revival Bilbao, Japan;

La Traviata, Ancona, Palazzo Farnese, Roma;

Pagliacci for Woody Allen’s movie To Rome with Love;

La Fille de Mme Angot, Liège, Lausanne;

Don Pasquale, Opera di Roma;

La Vedova Allegra, La Principessa della Csardas, Operette’s festival T. Cassia, Rome;

Choreographer and/or Assisting director for Operas:

Otello, ORW, Belgium

Jerusalem, ORW, Belgium

Vespri Siciliani, Marinski theatre, St. Petersburg RU

Orphée aux Enfers, ORW, Belgium

Falstaff, Erkel theatre Budapest

La Traviata,ORW, Belgium

Tosca, in Rome, Festival Puccini – Torre del Lago

Carmen, in Helsinky, Lausanne, Wichy, Vilnius, Muscat – Oman;

Traviata, in Prague, Lausanne, Ancona;

Pikovaia Dama, Capitole de Toulouse;

Le Roi de Lahore, Teatro La Fenice, Venice;

Les Huguénots, Werther, Martina Franca;

Falstaff in Naples, Lausanne, Bilbao, Budapest;

Thais, T. Megaron Athens;

Gogo No Eiko, Amelia al Ballo, Turn of the screw, Spoleto festival;

Madama Butterfly, Tosca, I due Foscari, Opera di Roma;

Roméo et Juliette, Lausanne, Marseille, Liège;

Madama Butterfly, Cavalleria Rusticana, Ancona

Manon, Lausanne

Elisir d’Amore, Liège

Director for drama theater:

for literature works:

Liolà based on Pirandello’s novel;

Uomini e Dei, based on Cesare Pavese’s Dialogues with Leuco;

Inferno, two cantos from Dante’s Divina Commedia, Lecce

original drama plays:

Suoni della Memoria, Underground, by himself;

Il contrabbasso by Suskind,

Un contrabbasso in cerca d’Amore by F. Petracchi


for musicals:

Musical – TSF, Rome 2004;

Cancan, 1998/1999

The Prince of Youth, T. la Fenice Venezia,

American musicals Teatro Music Hall, St Petersbourg, Russia;

Classics T. Friedrich Stadt Palast, Berlino

for drama theater:

Satyricon, dir. Renato Giordano with Maximiliano Guerra;

Aristophanes’ Gli Uccelli, dir. Renato Giordano;

Ma l’Amor mio non Muore and Liola of Pirandello by Gigi Proietti;

Steaptease by R. Giordano;

Ortelio non riesce a dormire by B. Maccallini;

Vengo anch’io, by i Picari;

Musical pocket show Salomè by G. De Feo

for films:

Gore, director Michael Hoffman

John Wick 2, director Chad Stahelski, David Leitch

Ben Hur XXVI, production MGM

Fratelli Unici, dir Alessio Maria Federici

Third Person, dir. Paul Haggis;

Il Viaggio della Sposa, dir. Sergio Rubini, awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Festival;

Aprile, dir. Nanni Moretti;

Matilde, dir. Luca Manfredi;

Pinocchio, dir Roberto Benigni;

Moana, dir A. Peyretti;

Cinderella, dir C. Duguay 2011;

Selfless, short movie by Gregg Strasz


choreographer for TV series:

Rome, produced from the HBO, Los Angeles.

I Borgia

I Medici, masters of Florence (2nd serie, two episodes)

choreographer for commercial promotional films and presentations:

Peroni beer;

car industry: Ferrari Marlboro Tour; Fiat,

Singers: Claudio Baglioni’s Red Tour

television shows: Domenica in; Fantastico; Bulli e Pupe; Non è la Rai 2; Donne.

He directed and choreographed the international 61° Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore as well as the Musical Comedy Nicola, il Santo that he also wrote.

Stage Manager for Italian Musical theatres from 1998 through 2003

Apart from numerous Italian theatre, film and television companies, he has worked in Russia in the USA, France, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Finland, Greece, Spain, Belgium , Hungary, Oman, Japan, and Israel.