Artistic Director

Caterina Rago

Artistic Director of the Caterina Rago Dance Company & Founder of Tecniche Di Danza Moderna

Originally from Italy, Caterina Rago is the Artistic Director of the Caterina Rago Dance Company a modern dance company based in New York City and Founder of Tecniche Di Danza Moderna educational dance project based in Rome, Paris, Malaga and Madrid. She obtained her B.F.A. from l’Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome. While there, she was a company member of Danzare La Vita under direction of Elsa Piperno with choreographer Joseph Fontano, President of the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute of UNESCO; and an aerial dancer in 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 Torino. After moving to New York she completed the Professional Training Program at Martha Graham Center and was invited to present her work, “Eternal Return”, at the 2008 Graham II New York Season.

In New York, Rago has danced with I Giullari di Piazza directed by Alessandra Belloni, Nu Dance Theatre, Hunter Performance Group, Mare Nostrum Elements, Graham II 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. She was Principal Dancer of the Off-Broadway Show Spider Dance directed by Jeff Whiting and toured Italy in the original cast of Cercando Picasso, with the Martha Graham Dance Company, 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, at the Anfiteatro Greco of Siracusa, Sicily.

Throughout her career, Rago has received Among numerous honors and awards. Rago received an official invitation to the 33rd World Congress of the International Theatre Institute ITA in Xiamen, China, was Guest Artist in Kiev, Budapest, Brussels, and Montalto Uffugo for the Ruggiero Leoncavallo Gala Opera Competition. She was movement consultant to photographer Sebastian Faena for fashion spreads in V Magazine and Vogue. She was a guest artist for IX Festival Nostos “viaggio di ritorno” at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome, Italy. Rago officially founded the Caterina Rago Dance Company (CRDC) in 2007. Caterina presented her original work in the Graham II 2008 season, and in many festival and showcases throughout New York City and Italy. In 2010 two sold-out performances at the MMAC marked CRDC’s debut season. 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 in the opera La Nave with I Giullari di Piazza. CRDC presented in 2013 the premiere of their evening-length work, Fall in Autumn, at MMAC. Caterina has received Company Commissions for Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation, the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome, Italy and Peridance Capezio Center. Selected as the 2016 Emerging Choreographer for the MET Dance Company, Houston, Texas. CRDC recently premiered “Labir Into” at the New York Live Arts in collaboration with the renown set designer, Pier Paolo Bisleri. Rago also teaches Graham Technique at Peridance Capezio Dance Center. Rago has restaged Graham’s Panorama (1935) for the students of the Accademia Nazionale Di Danza performed on June 2016 for the Soirees DansAnd in Rome and for the American Dream di Karole Armitage for the Ravello Festival 2016. She continues to be a guest teacher of numerous dance centers in Italy and New York City. Rago has created “Tecniche di Danza Moderna” in September of 2016 and is a program that aims to promote Modern Dance in Europe. The program offers students the opportunity to work with renowned American Instructors. Every monthly meeting involves the study of Graham, Horton and Limón technique and repertory. The program concludes in July with a Summer Intensive that involve several activities; technique and repertory classes, creative processes, rehearsals, panel discussion (Q & A), networking, showcase and we culminates with granting scholarships for some of New York’s most prestigious dance centers. Rago joined The Deborah Zall Project In The Company of Woman. The CRDC Gala was recently performed at the Martha Graham Studio Theater on April 19th, 2018. The Company was invited to perform at NEXT@GRAHAM, the latest addition to the dynamic Martha Graham Studio Series, showcase the work of the extended Graham Family and for the 37th Annual Battery Dance Festival, 2018.