Since I was a child I have always been fascinated by the “journey” that everyone can make within themselves … I was a little researcher of the inner world, being an only child I played a lot by myself cultivating an inner dialogue that I discovered to be very important and powerful.
Soon I also explored the world … It was the cultures and traditions of Asia that fascinated me so much, they were one of my schools of life and inspiration and still is…
I have traveled to various continents in Europe, North and Central America, North Africa, and Southeast Asia. Traveling around the world has always been a way to get to know me better.
I was reflected in the looks and expressions of people of other cultures and in the landscapes that are also emotional in which I got lost and found.
At 19, I spent a year in Australia between travel and study, during which I approached the cultures of Asia.
The Asian continent has often “called” me especially the ancient and secular philosophies such as Buddhism and Hinduism that I have seen practiced while visiting very ancient temples and monasteries in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia.
I understood and experienced the close link between art and religiosity in Asia. In Bali I dedicated myself to field research, at the time I was attending a course in the Anthropology of Asian Theaters.
Music, theater, dance are living arts within the temples of Bali and narrate epic texts such as the Mahabharata and Ramayana.
My theatrical anthropology teacher Giovanni Azzaroni pushed me to do a research on the theatrical traditions and ancient dances of Bali.
In addition to doing research, I studied those dances myself. Every morning I went to my teacher’s bamboo house deep in the forest and studied Baris male dance, and Topeng mask dance.
I fondly remember my teacher Cristina Wistari Formaggia.