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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 2023 – M° Julio Bocca

Julio Bocca (born March 6, 1967 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Argentine dancer. He is one of the most brilliant dancers in the world, a sensitive interpreter of temporary choreographies and Argentine folklore. He trained at the school of the Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, debuting as a soloist in 1982 at the Teresa Carreño Foundation of Venezuela and the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro. He won first prize at the Moscow International Competition (1985) and was invited to the American Ballet Theatre (1987). After having been part of numerous ballet companies (Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet), in 1990 he founded the Julio Bocca Ballet Argentino, with which he performed all over the world, together with his regular partner, Eleonora Cassano. He also worked at La Scala in Milan (Le Corsaire, La Bayadère, The Kiss of the Fairy and Romeo and Juliet). In 1998 he starred in the film Tango by Carlos Saura. In 2000 she danced in the musical Fosse on Broadway. In 2007 he announced his farewell to the scenes.

Jury 2023

The jury will be published after the video selection phase


Premio MAB is organized by GisellaZilembo_EventiDanza

General Manager – 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).

Patroness – Oriella Dorella

Oriella Dorella, étoile and icon of International Dance, historical judge of MAB and always vigorous mentor of those young people who dedicate their lives to Ballet, addresses to the finalists MAB an invitation to “not settle” and live the goals as a spur to do more and better, with the courage to pursue the best opportunities for their training, even at the cost of leaving the security of their beliefs and habits. It is a deep and honest speech, as in the character of the great artist, which is worth the honorary charge of Madrina 2023 and that finds full expression in its constant activity in support of the Prize, admirably summarized in the wish to the candidates of the XIV edition: “The wish that I address to these guys is not to stop, always be honest (first of all with yourself), determined and ready to leave, where certainly the opportunities await them. Because, as Sepulveda used to say, ‘Fly only those who dare!'”.

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.

Stage Manager – Gaia Landoni

He combines a choreographic training with that of stage management under the Artistic Direction of Maestro Roberto Fascilla.
He works in the field of stage direction for prestigious realities, including: 

• “MAB Award – Maria Antonietta Berlusconi International Prize for Classical Dance for Young People”, also with teaching interventions in the context of higher education courses called “Artistic Residences”.  

  • For Gisella Zilembo EventiDanza: “Your Dance Festival” , “Italian Week at West Finland College for Performing Arts” – Huittinen • “DanzainFiera – International Dance Fair” – Fortezza da Basso – Florence ; “Cibus – International Taste Fair” – Palacongressi di Parma – Brand “Pasta La Molisana”; Mediterranea” – Teatrului Naţional I.L. Caragiale, Bucharest – for the Embassy of Italy in Bucharest – cor. Gisella Zilembo
  • D’Anzikè, “ConcorsoDanzainCalabria”, Calopezzati (CS)
  • “TAR Transcendence” – Palazzo Serbelloni, Milano – book’s guest curator and lead artist David Linch,at the request of Gisella Zilembo for EventiDanza.
  • “The Golden Leaf-Watersong Episode” – CPR/Center of Performing Research – New York, at the request of Gisella Zilembo for EventiDanza.
  • “Que Sal Mah Event” – GlassHouse – artistic director Litan Dotal – New York, at the request of Gisella Zilembo for EventiDanza.
  • “Tiempo de Tango” – Teatro Arcimboldi, Milan – artistic director Miguel Anguel Zotto
  • “Sala 7” – Teatro Elfo Puccini, Milan – artistic director LL
  • “Billy Elliot – Musical” stag do. 2017 – Teatro di Varese and Palazzetto dello Sport di Brescia. 

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.

Presenter – Giorgia Venturini

Giorgia Venturini is a television presenter and radio speaker for Radio Monte Carlo. She is also known to the general public for her participation in numerous Mediaset television programs. Today, leads with great success, the column of Fashion, Art, Design and trends ” X-Style”, broadcast on Channel 5.

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Technical partners

Dance partners

BBB - Partner Coreutici
PARSONS DANCE - Partner Coreutici