Micol Mantini.

Micol Mantini. "It isn't what I am doing with my body that is interesting."

Micol Mantini
Micol MantiniMarcus Palmqvist

When Micol describes contemporary dance, the physical challenges are not what she talks about; instead, it's what each dancer expresses through his or her personality. "It is difficult to explain contemporary dance, it isn't at all like ballet which most people are familiar with. Instead it is a freer type of dance which is about expressing and conveying what you are feeling. The movement comes from within."

Micol Mantini began dancing when she was five, and when she was eight she was already determined that she wanted to change school and go to a more advanced dance school. From the outset, dance was just one of her interests and had to compete with skiing, swimming and gymnastics. Danceing started to take more and more time and as a 16-year-old she went to a school in Florence that was associated with a well-known contemporary dance company.

"I went to that school for a year, then I was able to start working in the company. At that time, I was the youngest of them all and surrounded by experienced, gifted dancers. It was a fantastic opportunity and I learnt a great deal,” she says.

Dance during working hours – and during leisure time
For Micol, her days are filled with dance, away from The Göteborg Opera too. "I like to go out dancing in my free time – I love Latin American dances like the salsa. I also teach an advanced group at Dansforum twice a week, and I am a trained Zumba teacher. It is fun that there is such a great interest in dance just now,” she continues.

An ordinary working day for the dancers in the company runs from 10 am to 6 pm, if there is no performance. Before the start of her working day, Micol will often have spent an hour at the gym.

"Contemporary dance is free, wild and almost a bit brutal. The body is the tool I use to express what I have inside. To be able to let go and improvice I have to work with my self constantly. ” says Micol.

"At the same time, it is just on stage that I really feel completely free to be myself. It is difficult to explain, so the best way is to come here and experience what we are doing." / Micol Mantini

Loves meeting the audience, even off-stage
Micol is one of the dancers that have been with the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani the longest. She felt at home as soon as she got here, and in her very first year she played one of the roles that has been most meaningful for her. The piece is called "White Darkness" and Micol describes the process as a fantastic period.

"But I am actually happy with everything I have done to date. I am developing all the time, and a lot of that is precisely because I am working here. It is enriching to be in a great opera house with so many different performances, methods and people.”

Micol is now in her ninth year with the company and she has worked with many different choreographers. The loyal audience recognises her, and they sometimes stop and comment on some performance. "I love it, the contact with the audience and being able to hear whether they have been touched by the performance. I always try to express my innermost self to them,” concludes Micol.

In spring 2013, you can see Micol dance in Body Remix and The Rite of Spring


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