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ALESSANDRO MAGANIA is an actor, dancer, choreographer, writer and director based in New York City, originally from Bologna, Italy. Alongside performing for many renowned artists across mediums and disciplines he creates his own original work. He has presented work in NYC at CUNY Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (Prelude Festival, NYC), The Performing Garage (Artist in Residence), Dixon Place, The Collapsable Hole, and Brick Aux Gallery in Brooklyn. He has received residencies at P.A.R.T.S. (Bruxelles), YADDO (Saratoga Springs, NY), and Centro Mousikè Bologna (Italy). He’s a Foundation for Contemporary Arts 2018 grantee. There Were Always Dogs Never Kids (Special Mention Prize, Milano MIX Festival, Italy; 2018 Rockaway Film Festival), a 25 minutes documentary he co-directed with musician Max Tannone about NYC’s legendary video store Alan’s Alley is distributed by IndiePix Films, and can be seen through their Amazon Prime channel.

He has performed in original works by, among others, Object Collection, The Wooster Group, Eliza Bent, Sibyl Kempson, The_Million_Undercores, Allison Plamondon, Benjamin Gassman, The Operating Theater, Peter Petralia, Andrew Ondrejcak, and Tereke Ortiz, and in performance-based installations by artists Roman Ondak, and Jarrod Beck. Other NYC stage credits include Harold Pinter’s Celebration at The Brooklyn Lyceum, Bad Seed at The Ice Factory, and the New York premiere of Robert Schneider’s one man play Dirt. International festivals and venues include The Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Hellenic Festival (Athens), Edinburgh International Festival, Dublin Theater Festival, SESC Pompeia São Paulo, and Festival Internacional de Teatro Santiago at Mil (Chile), amongst others.  


Alessandro has appeared in a handful of feature films, among which Utopians (Zbigniew Bzymek, 2011 Berlinale, CHPIX ‘11), Love, Ludlow (Washington Films, 2005 Sundance Film Festival), Past Present Future (Andrew Gitomer, 2013), in the Netflix series Living With Yourself, and in video works by artists Anton Vidokle (Autotrofia, 2020) Diller/Scofidio (Chain City, Venice Biennale 2008), Viva Ruiz (MoMA PS1), Alison Folland (ICA Boston), and Guy Richard Smit. He co-wrote with director Asia Argento the screenplay for the movie adaptation of the novel The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things (2004 Cannes Film Festival). He has written articles and conducted interviews on a variety of topics for, Paper, Index, The Last Magazine and V Magazine, of which he was an Editor at Large from 1999 to 2003.

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