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MAB, Maria Antonietta Berlusconi

Maria Antonietta Berlusconi Beretta has lived the world of ballet with that dedication and discretion that naturally translated into a sign of elegance and commitment. Far from any clamour in the news and close to the beating heart of artistic education, young people and their world, in relation to this world, Mrs. Etta has “listened to”, to grasp its expectations, thoughts, difficulties, dreams. Ballet was HER dream ever since, sublime instrument of training even firstly of the human being and then of the dancer.

The MAB Award is dedicated to her and it was created by the association after her name, therefore it intends to offer a testimony of her work in the promotion of art, culture and human growth through art, continuing on the path laid with the foundation and direction of the school Principessa Danza in Milan and, more generally, with a systematic attention to young people, their potential and their training.

Key figures of the project have always been: quality, professionalism and good taste. It is a precise path of excellence aimed at young people and aimed at carrying forward the ideas of those who knew how to love them, exhort them and simply stand by, “leaving like this, on tiptoe”.

Founder and Artistic Director – Roberto Fascilla

Associated Artistic Director of MAB 2024: Lizt Alfonso

Founder of Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba | Director | Choreographer | Teacher | UNICEF Ambassador | BBC 100 Women 2018 | CAF Ambassador | CID Member | MAB Award Artistic Director 2024
Lizt Alfonso founded in 1991 the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba (LADC), a resident company at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, which has become one of the most popular and prestigious in the world of dance and music for its innovative style.
Lizt Alfonso began to approach the art world at the age of four, when she attended her first ballet class. From then on, his training took place at the National School of Ballet of Cuba and at Spanish dance academies, Dance Theatre, Folklore and other schools, until he graduated in Theatre and Dramaturgy at the University of Arts of Havana (ISA) in 1990.
He designed, choreographed and directed all the LADC shows. Under her direction, LADC has performed on hundreds of stages around the world, participating in major dance festivals, regular dance seasons and commercial theaters. Her vision and perseverance led LADC to be the first Cuban dance company to have seasons of performances in New York, at the New Victory Theater. She was invited to explain her creative process and staging her work in the Work and Process series of the Guggenheim Museum in New York and took LADC to the Fall for Dance Festival of the New York City Center and the Luminato Festival in Toronto, among many others.
With LADC he developed a new line of entertainment, creating dance musicals and staging them in long seasons, such as his show “Vida” at the Royal Alexandra Theater in Toronto and “Amigas” at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg. It made history by presenting LADC as the first Cuban dance company to perform at the 2015 Latin Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. She is the choreographer of the music video of the famous song “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias, one of the most watched videos on Youtube. She is one of three jurors of “Bailando en Cuba”, the most popular dance competition on Cuban TV. He is a jury member of the Grand Prix Danza Activa, International Dance Competition, held in Panama City, as well as the Ballet Beyond Borders in the United States.
She has gained great prestige and is constantly acclaimed as artistic director of special and multidisciplinary gala evenings for international summits and organizations, world leaders, special events, heights, etc. such as the opening of the Havana Film Festival, the Dance Gala for the King of Spain, special celebrations of international banks and many others.

Her constant dedication to the education of children and young people to the best human and artistic values led her to found and direct her own Dance School, a Ballet for Children and Young People, as well as Summer Courses and Choreographic Competitions, all with her imprint, bringing education and hope to the new generations. The results of this work have made her UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, leading the “25 leaders, 25 voices for children” campaign, organised by UNICEF on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
He has received several awards around the world: the Official Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, delivered by the King of Spain, Don Felipe VI. The BBC list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world in 2018; the International Spotlight Award of the Committee of the President of the United States for the Arts and Humanities, presented at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2016; the National Order of Culture of Cuba; Ambassador of the Cuban Artists Fund of New York; the Dora Mavor Moore Award of Canada in the category Best Choreography of a Musical for his show “Vida” in 2008; the First Choreography Award of the Association of Cuban Artists and Writers in 2006 and 2008 and the Cuban Artists Fund of New York Award in 2001, as well as many others. More recently, she was invited to talk about her life and work at major events such as Ballet Beyond Borders in Los Angeles CA; the Regional Conference of the Organization of Young Presidents (YPO) in Havana and Talks at Google in New York. Now artistic director of the MAB Prize 202, nominated by the director coming out M the. Julio Bocca.

Honorary Artistic Director 2024: Salvatore Manzo

She studied classical and modern dance with the masters Rosa Varriale and Francesco Imperatore, then continued her training in London at the Royal Ballet School (Upper School).
He began his career in 2007 with the English National Ballet, in 2008 he danced with the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, while in 2009 he was a soloist at the Arena di Verona. He won the first MAB Award in 2010. Since 2011 he has been part of the Ballet Corps of the Teatro di San Carlo, playing Soloist and Principal roles including: Il Cigno in ‘Carmina Burana’ (S.Wei), Il Giovane in ‘Mozart Requiem’ (B.Eifman), the Prince of Sugar in the ‘Nutcracker'(L.Chang), ‘Lo Spettro della Rosa'(M.Fokine), the Prince in the ‘Nutcracker'(C.Jude), the White Rabbit in ‘Alice in Wonderland'(G.Schiavoni), the Prince in the ‘Nutcracker'(G.Picone), the Prince in ‘Cinderella'(G.Picone), ‘Grand Pas Classique’ (V.Gsovsky), Puck in ‘Dream of a Midsummer’s Night’ (P.Chalmer), Prince Siegfried in the ‘Swan Lake'(P.Bart), Main Man 1st Movement in ‘Concerto'(K.MacMillan), ‘In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated'(W.Forsythe), ‘Delibes Suite'(José Carlos Martínez), Infiorata a Genzano pas de deux in ‘Napoli'(A.Bournonville), Jean de Brienne in ‘Raymonda – Act III'(M.Petipa).
He participates in numerous shows and galas of international importance such as the ‘XVIII, XX and XXIII International Ballet Festival’ in Miami, Florida, the ’24 International Opera Festival de la Habana’ under the general direction of Alicia Alonso and ‘The 3 International Silk Road Festival Gala-Ballet’ in Astana under the general direction of Altynai Asylmuratova.

Jury 2024 (under definition)


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General Manager and creator – Gisella Zilembo

Graduated from the Liceo Classico “M.T. Varrone”, Rieti (60/60), she obtained a degree in Literature at the University “La Sapienza”, Rome (110/110 cum laude). She gained professional experience in the communications sector for RAI Italian boradcast (Centro Ricerche e Innovazione Tecnologica, Turin) and RAI ICT (TO). Then she specialised in multimedia communications (Master in Multimedia Ma.Gi.Ca. – Prog. MEDIA3 UE). She dedicated herself to specialised training in Coaching (Master C.U.I. – Centro Universitario Internazionale), with a thesis on creative techniques for talent development. She obtained her professional qualification and registration with ReNaCop (National Register of Professional Coaches), and then went on to study Business Coaching (Mater Executive). She keeps up to date in Team Management (24Ore Business School) and Social Media Marketing (SDA Bocconi).

She is a manager, with many years of experience in the field of Entertainment: General Manager of Ass. Maria Antonietta Berlusconi, for which she also takes care of institutional relations, in collaboration with Fininvest, Mediaset and Mondadori. She is lecturer and manager for the West Finland College, Performing Arts Academy (Huittinen, Finland), with reference to the coordination of cultural exchanges Italy\Finland and lecturer for the University of Oulu (Finland), in the role of co-director of IPADD (International Performing Arts and Dance Diploma), with professors Schoombie and Keskikallio. She is a guest lecturer for the second level Master in “Sport Psychology” at the Pontifical University of Turin (lab. on Team Building and Coaching techniques, in collaboration with Prof. M. Braghero). She is a guest lecturer in Team Building at ALASU (Alabama State University \ USA – Performing Arts department, dir. Prof. D. Todd); she is a guest lecturer and resident manager for international projects Peridance Capezio, New York.

She is educational manager for AGR Associati and World Entertainment Company (Daniel Ezralow Dance Company; Parsons Dance, Mark Morris Dance Group, Cinecittà/C. De Sica, Catapult, etc…). She is a speaker for the international seminars of Theatrical Anthropology dedicated to the Maldivian performative culture and Bodu Beru Dance in Huraa (Maldives) , in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

She holds Stage Coaching seminars in Italy, USA, Africa, Finland, Romania, where she also works as Creative Director, for productions linked to international events (Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, Alabama USA; Qinani International Platform of Contemporary Dance in Maputo 2010, for the Italian Embassy in Mozambique; World Cup 2010 for Fifa Fun Fest, at the invitation of the South African Embassy in Italy; Giro ciclistico di Sardegna 2011 and 2012, with the show “Raggi”, to which the Italian Post Office dedicates a special stamp; Pan-African Fashion Week in Maputo 2011 and 2012 for the Italian Embassy in Mozambique; European Semester of Italian EU Presidency 2014 for IIC Bucharest; Dante Celebrations for the Italian Embassy in Bucharest, 2015; Parsons Intensive 2014, 2015, 2016 Teatro Arcimboldi Milano and Muratella Events; “Leisure and Show” billboard for Muratella Events, Itallia 2016; International Dance Project Italy\USA, with Peridance Capezio NY 2019; … ).

She plans and directs the Courses of High Choreographic Education at Teatro Comunale di Pietrasanta (LU); RA (Artistic Residences) MAB (partners: Vancoucer City Dance Theater, University of Madrid, Santander Festival; EM Producciones Uruguay, Carolina Ballet Theater, Desiderio Management and Festival Ballet of Miami…), Festival “Il Movimento” Teatro Manzoni (in collaboration with producer Antonio Gnecchi Ruscone for Victor Ullate, W. Matteini, Tanz Theater,..). He conceived, planned and realised training events in collaboration with world famous names such as Misty Copeland, Melanie Person, Igal Perry, Jae Man Joo, Desmond Richardson, Natalia Osipova, Susan Jaffe. She collaborates with Rai TV productions (“Balla con me – Roberto Bolle”, “Stasera a casa Mika”, “Senti chi mangia”, “Festival di Sanremo”..) and Mediaset (Amici di Maria de Filippi, for MAB…).

An expert in Brand Management, she is Founder and Owner of School of Excellence and Leadership Training, management training programs for entrepreneurs. C2 English Language Certificate (West Finland College, Huittinen).

President – Silvio Andrea Beretta

Director of the Principessa School of Dance (founded by Maria Antonietta Berlusconi), he works in the marketing / admin sector in AC Milan, and then devotes himself to the world of non-profit (Mediafriends Onlus). Together with his father (Giorgio), his sister (Sabrina) and his brother (Paolo) he founded the MAB – Maria Antonietta Berlusconi association (in memory of his mother), dedicated to supporting national and international projects related to the world of dance. Having become President of the association, he dedicates himself to administration, supervision and communication. In 2021 he created the MAB book “La Vita che Danza”, published by Mondadori Rizzoli.

Assistant Manager – Costanza Frisone

Graduated from the Liceo Classico “G. La Farina” in Messina, she graduated in Design and Management of Events and Companies of Art and Entertainment (PROGEAS) at the University of Florence. He designs and realizes several events on the Sicilian territory, in particular in that of Messina. It collaborates with the Treccani Institute for the realization of numerous events, among which the thematic cruises in collaboration with MSC Cruises (editions 2021 and 2022) and the Turin Book Fair (edition 2022).
In 2022 she is executive collaborator in the planning and realization of the cultural events “Estate Fiorentina” at the City of Florence.
Since 2023 he has been assistant director for MAB Association.

Photographer – Cristiano Castaldi

Photographer specialized in the dance sector since 1986: the biggest names in world dance are in the archive. His photos are published in the most important Italian and international magazines. Since 1989 he has exhibited in public and private spaces and is the official photographer of the most prestigious national and international dance festivals and competitions. In 1993 he received the prestigious “Positano Award” as the best Italian dance photographer. In 2013 he exhibited a solo show at the Manzoni theater in Milan, on the occasion of the MAB award, entitled “1988-2013 / 25 years of International Dance in the photographs of Cristiano Castaldi” and during the Gala evening he received the “Maria Antonietta Berlusconi Award” at the career. In April of the same year he received a nomination as BEST INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER of the year from the magazine IL GIORNALE DELLA DANZA.COM directed by Sara Zuccari. In June he won the prize. Parallel to his activity as a photographer, he dedicated himself to television directing, creating video-shootings for the most important Italian dance companies. In 2003 and 2004 he directed two television programs with the collaboration of Monica Ratti and Vittoria Ottolenghi “A WORLD IN COLORS” which is broadcast on RAI2 and “HIP HOP GENERATION” on RAI3.

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