Daniela LUCA


Born in 1966 in La Spezia, Italy, Daniela Lucà first studied classical dance. Winner of “Venezia Danza Europa ‘81”, she obtained a scholarship to the Mudra School, where she studied under Maurice Béjart.

From 1983, she spent three years at the “Nederlands Dans Theater 2”, under the artistic direction of Jiri Kilian and performed in creations by Jiri Kilian, Nacho Duato, Hans Van Manen, etc., before being offered a contract with the Geneva Ballet by the choreographer Oscar Araiz. There she became principal ballerina in choreographies by, amongst others, Oscar Araiz, Jiri Kilian, Christopher Bruce, and Ohad Naharin, touring throughout Europe and in China.

She returned to Belgium in 1992 and signed a contract as a soloist at Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie for the productions Médéa Material and Dido & Aeneas, directed by Jacques Delcuvellerie and choreographed by José Besprosvany.

Her encounter with the choreographer José Besprosvany resulted in a close artistic collaboration. For five years, she worked for the José Besprosvany Dance Company in productions of Cuarteto, Ixtaziuhal, Prometheus, Hombre Alado and Lara followed by A propos de Butterfly in 2004, 9 in 2005, and La Belle au Bois de Dandaka in 2007.

In 1998, an artistic encounter with Claudio Bernardo of the As Palavras Dance Company led to performances of Systol and Dilatation. In 2005, she participated in the production of Nomes to mark the anniversary of the Company.

2008-2009: She tours in France, Croatia and Scotland (Edinburgh Festival) with the production A propos de Butterfly.

June 2009: creation of Klanglink (one part of “Pagina Bianca”) for the “Festival Danse Balsa” (Brussels), followed in October of the same year by another part: A hora da estrela, presented at the “Machine à Eau” (Mons). February 2010: creation of Pagina Bianca, which was performed at the “Pays de Danse” Festival (Liege).

In April 2010, repeat performances of A propos de Butterfly at the “Steps #12 Festival” in Switzerland.