Artistic Director

Photo: Richard W. Davis

Caterina Rago
Founding Artistic Director of CRDANCE COMPANY, LLC and Tecniche Di Danza Moderna.

Caterina Rago is the Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer and Principal Dancer of CRDANCE COMPANY, LLC a modern dance company based in New York City, founded in 2007, as well as the Artistic Director and Founder of Tecniche Di Danza Moderna (TDM), the educational component of CRDANCE COMPANY that features international workshops program in Rome, Paris, Malaga and New York. A native of Italy, she holds an MFA from l’Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome and in New York City she completed the Professional Training Program at the Martha Graham Dance Center.

Company member of Danzare La Vita under direction of Elsa Piperno, with choreographer Joseph Fontano and an aerial dancer with Kitonb Extreme Theatre Company directed by Angelo Bonello. In 2006, Rago was chosen to perform Ivan Manzoni’s “Simbolo Della Pace” at the Inaugural Ceremony of the XX Winter Olympic Games in Turin. In New York, Rago has danced with I Giullari di Piazza, Nu Dance Theatre, Hunter Performance Group, Mare Nostrum Elements, Graham 2 and in 2009 she joined the Martha Graham Dance Company. She has performed work from Robert Battle, Pearl Lang, Virginie Mecene and Lone Kjaer Larsen. Principal Dancer of the Off-Broadway Show Spider Dance directed by Jeff Whiting and toured Italy with the Martha Graham Dance Company in the original cast of Cercando Picasso, directed by Antonio Calenda e Giorgio Albertazzi. After the great success of Cercando Picasso, Rago danced in two Greek Tragedies: Baccanti directed by Antonio Calenda and Prometeo, by Claudio Longhi performed at the Anfiteatro Greco of Siracusa, Sicily. Rago joined The Deborah Zall Project In The Company of Woman.

Caterina received an official invitation to the 33rd World Congress of the International Theatre Institute ITA in Xiamen, China. Guest Artist in Kiev, Budapest, Brussels, Montalto Uffugo for the Ruggiero Leoncavallo Gala Opera Competition and for the IX Festival Nostos “viaggio di ritorno” at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome, Italy. Named the 2016 Emerging Choreographer for the MET Dance Company in Houston, Texas. She was movement consultant to photographer Sebastian Faena for fashion spreads in V Magazine and Vogue. Rago was invited to present her original work, “Eternal Return”, for the Graham 2 season 2008 and the company work performed in many festival and showcases throughout New York City and Italy. In 2010 two sold-out performances at the MMAC marked CRDANCE COMPANY debut season and in 2013 the company premiered their evening-length work, “Fall in Autumn”, at MMAC. The company’s work was selected for White Wave Rising Series Festival, Kat Wildish’s NYC Showcase at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, and NYC Dance Week at Dixon Place, IDACO Italian Dance Connection, Emerging Choreographer Series, Take Root and Fertile Ground at Green Space, Steps Beyond Foundation, HATCH Jennifer Muller/The Works, The Dance Gallery and choreographed at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the opera La Nave with I Giullari di Piazza. CRDANCE COMPANY premiered “Labir Into” in 2016 at the New York Live Arts in collaboration with the renown set designer, Pier Paolo Bisleri. CRDANCE COMPANY Gala was performed at the Martha Graham Dance Studio Theatre on April 19th, 2018 premiering sequences from Morso D’Amore. The company was invited to perform at Next@Graham and for the 37th Annual Battery Dance Festival.

Caterina has received Company Commissions for Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation, the National Dance Academy in Rome, Italy and Peridance Capezio Center where she’s on the faculty. Rago has restaged Martha Graham’s 1935 work, Panorama for the students of the National Dance Academy, performed on June 2016 for the Soirees DansAnd in Rome and for the American Dream of Karole Armitage for the Ravello Festival 2016. Rago was invited as a panelist for the Emerging Choreographer Series 2008. She continues to be a guest teacher of numerous dance centers in Italy and New York City.

CRDance Company is currently being re-launched in New York with the collaboration of Caterina Rago and Cheryl Kaplan, Executive Director, as well as the company of ten dancers, CRDance Company is now taking choreography beyond stage-based performance while also creating major new works, such as Morso D’Amore.