Laurea magistrale in Lettere (Insegnamento di Indologia) presso l’Università degli Studi di Milano. Nel 2008 vince la borsa di studio per le eccellenze internazionali e completa un master in Bharatanāṭyam presso la scuola Bharatha Choodamani di Chennai diretta dal guru Padmashri Adyar K. Lakshman. Si occupa di teatro dal 1993 dapprima come attrice e poi come docente sia nelle scuole superiori che negli istituti privati. In India studia canto carnatico e solfeggio ritmico con Seetharama Sharma e T.V Ramprasadh, espressività con Indira Kadambi. Debutta al tempio Kapalishwara di Chennai nel 2009 e da allora si esibisce regolarmente in India (Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad) e in Europa in Festival e rassegne. A Milano fonda e dirige il progetto “Accademia Sangam” (ramo dell’Associazione Sagome Teatro) per la diffusione della danza Bharatanāṭyam.
Come artista è attualmente sotto la guida del coreografo Mavin Khoo e della Maestra Leela Samson. Ha collaborato tra gli altri con l’Università degli Studi di Milano, l’Università Suor Orsola Benincasa di Napoli, il Consolato dell’India a Milano, Il museo Lac di Lugano, la compagnia Spanda di Chennai, l’Ambasciata indiana di Berlino e con l’Accademia Teatro alla Scala di Milano come insegnante di“presenza scenica”.
La sua prima formazione ed esperienze in campo teatrale, costituiscono un valore aggiunto sia alla pratica scenica che all’insegnamento.
La dott.ssa Maniscotti spende lunghi periodi in India dove ha acquisito consapevolezza e riconoscimento dai docenti e dalle istituzioni locali, in qualità di artista e insegnante di Bharatanāṭyam. Recentemente è stata selezionata“Visiting artist 2021/22” dal centro studi ellenistici della Harvard University di Washington.
2018 nominata “Natya Ratna” dal Trinity Arts Festival, Chennai
2018 “Kalá Srijan Sevá Padak” e “Kalá Sárang Sammán” dall’associazione indiana “Vishwa Hindi Sáhitya Parishad”
Hailing from Italy, Lucrezia Maniscotti is a Bharatanāṭyam (an Indian classical dance form) dancer, and a western drama theatre artist. She acquired both academic as well as artistic working experiences in the performing arts over the last 3 decades.
After completing her MA degree from University of Milan, with a dissertation comparing the Indian and Western theatre forms, she has been a recipient of the prestigious one year scholarship for International Excellences (Milan University and Cariplo Foundation) to master her art in India.Founder of Sagome Teatro Association and Director of “Accademia Sangam”, Lucrezia pursues a key role of bringing the Indian classical arts to the forefront in Europe. She has worked with important cultural and academic organizations across Europe, as well as the Indian Embassies. At present, she is a self-employed teacher in Italy working in collaboration with eminent institutes such as the Musical Conservatory of Vicenza, the University of Milan, the Accademia La Scala, to name a few.
Lucrezia has been trained in Chennai (Tamil Nadu, India), from eminent gurus such as PadmashriAdyar K Lakshman (in traditional Bharatanatyam) and Bhagavatula Seetharama Sharma (in Carnatic music) and from Smt Indira Kadambi she learnt abhinaya, the expressions tecnique.
After acquiring years of stage experience in theatre, Lucrezia presented her debut performance in Bharatanāṭyam at Kapalishwara Temple, Chennai, in 2009. She has given solo performances during the Madras Music and Dance Season, and in many different major venues in India and Europe. Recipient of awards such as “Natya Ratna” from Trinity Arts Festival from India, Milapfest fellowship from the UK. Currently, she is continuing her creative journey under the mentorship of the renowned artists Miss Leela Samson and Mavin Khoo.
Recently Lucrezia has been selected as visiting artist 2021/2022 at The Centre of Hellenic Studies of the Havard University of Washington with her project crossing ancien Greek mythology with Indian one.
Deeply anchored in the traditional heritage of Indian cultural aesthetics while carrying inside her own western cultural inheritance, Lucrezia finds a unique voice in her constantly evolving artistic journey that enables her to investigate newer ways of artistic expressions.
Main performances and events
2022 – Chidambaram, solo on Mahashivaratri for the Natyanjali Festival
· Chennai, solo monthly program for Natyarangam, Narada Gana Sabha, mini hall
2021 – Chennai, Spanda seminar on varnams directed by Leela Samson, Rasika Ranjani Sabha 2020 – Chennai, “Guru Samarpana”, solo with live orchestra, for the centenary celebration of Sri
G.V. Ramani, Narada Gana Sabha (mini hall)
2019 – Chennai, december season, solo for Trinity Arts Festival, Rasika Ranjani Sabha
· Milan (Italy) – “Dhvani-Resonances” Group performance with live music at Pime Theatre 2018 – Chennai, – solo for Trinity Arts Festival, Rasika Ranjani Sabha
· Assam, solo at Pragiyoti Dance Festival, organised by Kalpa Society in Jorhat and Manjuli · Chennai, “Mann Manam” festival organised by Spanda and directed by Miss Leela Samson
2017- Chennai, “NRI Festival” at Youth Hostel for the Music and Dance Festival 2017 (Sangita- Natya Utsav), hamsadwhani foundation.
· Bangalore, solo for VRC Acadeny of Musica and Dance at Nayana auditorium
2016 – Chennai, at Narada Gana Sabha, solo promoted by Sampoorna Foundations for Music· Madras Boat Club, Chennai, India. Performance with Dunia Trio
· Cuttack festival, Orissa, India, solo
2015 – Hyderabad, solo at “Natya Yatra” Festival organised by Naatyasamgraha. · Hyderabad, India, perfomance with Dunia Trio at Shilparaman
2014- Chennai, Performance 45th anniversary of Bharata Choodamani, at Kalakshetra auditoriium· Inauguration of the new Indian General Consulate office in Milan
· Lecture demonstrations with sanscritist Professor Boccali
· “Shakti” solo performance at Indian Embassy, Berlin
2011 – “Saila Sudha festival” at Bharata Vidya Bhavan di Chennai, India
2010 – “Shivaya”, Group performance with Rangoli Company directed by Malati Iyengar, JS
2010 – “Dieux et Déesse”, Group performance at Crypte Ararat, Paris
2010-2012 and 2014 Solo for Dasyam Festival at R.K.Swamy hall in Chennai,
2010 – dancer for the Group “Milon”, Italian tour
2009 – debut perfomance at Kapalishwara Temple di Chennai with live orchestra directed by Guru
late Adyar K Lakshman
In 2018 Lucrezia got “Natya Ratna” Award from Trinity Arts Festival for her artistic work and for teaching skills, she was also awardeed with “Kalá Srijan Sevá Padak” and “Kalá Sárang Sammán” by “Vishwa Hindi Sáhitya Parishad” association
Review of her program in Chennai 2016: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp- fridayreview/A-mix-of-skill-and- energy/article14589526.ece
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