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 disciplines he creates his own original work. Most recently his theatre/dance piece Radio Delirio had its premiere run at The Performing Garage NYC (Artist in Residence). He has also presented work at CUNY Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (Prelude Festival, NYC) and Dixon Place (Little Theatre, NYC), received residencies from P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), YADDO (Saratoga Springs, NY), and ToyKraft (NYC), and 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 video store Alan’s Alley is distributed by IndiePix Films, and available on their Amazon Prime channel.
He has performed in works by, among others, The Wooster Group, Eliza Bent, Sibyl Kempson, Object Collection, The Operating Theatre, Allison Plamondon, Peter Petralia, and Tereke Ortiz, and in 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 (Dactyl Foundation for the Arts). 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, amongst which Utopians (Zbigniew Bzymek, 2011 Berlinale, CHPIX ‘11), Love, Ludlow (Washington Films, 2005 Sundance Film Festival), Past Present Future (Andrew Gitomer, 20013), in the upcoming Netflix series Living With Yourself, and in video works by artists Anton Vidokle (Autotrophia, 2020) Diller/Scofidio (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 Visionaire.com, Paper, Index, The Last Magazine and V Magazine, of which he was an Editor at Large from 1999 to 2003.