Sandhya Nagaraja dancer and choreographer of italian-indian origins lives between London and Milan. She studied ballet with teachers from La Scala. As far as contemporary dance is concerned she learned Graham and Cunningham technique and approached the basic principles of Laban’s movement analysis. She experienced modern jazz with David Parsons in New York and different contemporary dance styles (Limon, release and contact) as well as Indian dance in London with companies such as Akram Khan, Henri Oguike and Mayuri Boonham.
She took a master degree in foreign languages and literatures with a dissertation about early dance and has a diploma in dance theatre at the Paolo Grassi Academy in Milan where she started making her own choreographies.
As dancer she worked among others with Suzanne Linke, Cesc Gelabert, Avi Kaiser, Susanna Beltrami and Giovanni Di Cicco and cooperated with several directors, visual artists and musicians.
She is very much interested in music and the musicality of dance. She explores the dialectic relation between sound and movement using also her voice through improvisation.
As choreographer she’s been working with dancers, actors and singers both in traditional projects in the most important opera houses throughout Italy and in more experimental projects when voice and movement interact in a mutual influence.
She took part in several festivals such as the 10th Biennal of the young artists in Sarajevo, the Internationale Orgel Konzerte Konstanz, the MittelFest, the Monteverdi festival in Cremona and the Biennale Danza of Venice. She sings jazz and early music. She teaches contemporary dance and dance-theatre.