The project

The project Danza in Arte a Pietrasanta is a unique Festival of its kind: the performing arts (dance and music) blend with the visual arts to give rise to a new and evolving universal language that manifests itself even outside the traditional theatrical space, reaching the spectator in external locations, surprising them with unexpected and suggestive performances.

From June 17 to 30, 2019, the “dance of the invasion,” a succession of dance raids in places of art of the territory, takes shape in Pietrasanta, famous for its foundries, artisan shops, and international galleries.

Divided into three sections (choreographic platform, college, and artistic project) it is an event of wide media visibility, not only in Italy, but also in Europe, Russia, and the United States of America, thanks to the international imprint of the artistic direction of Adria Ferrali.

The usual summer art exhibition, presented each year by renowned masters of sculpture within the complex of Sant’Agostino and in Piazza del Duomo, offers itself as a source of inspiration for choreographers and national and international dancers.

The final artistic production is presented at the Gran Galà of the Dap Festival at the La Versiliana Theatre in Marina di Pietrasanta.

During the year, the Dap Festival offers master classes and performances where students, dance companies, scholars, and artists share their experience and their cultures in theatrical spaces, both public and private.


Comune di Pietrasanta
Centro Arti Visive Pietrasanta
New Dance Drama


Cons.to Onorario della Fed.ne RUSSA in PISA
Ambasciata di Israele a Roma
City of Montgomery, Alabama
Provincia di Lucca
Regione Toscana
Bicentenario Consolato Usa Firenze
Consolato Usa Firenze


Kemerovo State
Royal Danish Odense
Troy University


Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca
Banca Versilia Lunigiana e Garfagnana
Bondarenko Oxana – Tsyganov Vladimir
Contini Galleria d’Arte


DAP THEATRE The Civic Theatre of Pietrasanta and Sant’Agostino Church: where shows and performances will take place;

DAP COLLEGE – Aula magna Ist.Tec.Comm.Le Lazzeri, Palestra Scuola Secondaria Primo Grado “P.E.Barsanti”, Green House inside Versiliana where Master Classes will take place;

DAP MAIN VENUE  – Versiliana Theatre, where the final Gran Galà of DAP Festival will take place;

DAP OUTSIDE LOCATIONS – The city and sculpture map become a particular theater where dance reaches the audience in a continuous  “Dance of the Invasion”;


New Dance Drama is the project of the “New Dance Drama” Cultural Association for the promotion of Contemporary Dance. Created in Sweden 2000, the Association was legally constituted as an organization in Italy in 2003. Since then, the organization acts in Italy and Northern Europe researching young talents and expanding on principles of modern and contemporary dance for the creation and development of new dance compositions with a dramatic character. The Association’s proposal is to offer the basics for the education of young artists in a place deeply bound to contemporary visual arts such as sculpture and set design. For this reason the former New Dance Drama association has had its artistic residence in the City of Pietrasanta since 2008. In 2009, New Dance Dreams participated in “The Pietrasanta Festival: Michelangelo and his Heirs” in Montgomery, Alabama, which undertook a journey through the universal themes of existence by connecting the deepest aspects of human nature to our contemporary world.

The program was inspired by Michelangelo’s art, which represents a model to follow according to the highest canons of Aesthetic. All of this is expressed in strongly dramatic terms, communicating ethical, spiritual, and political messages in an intellectual and collective manner. At the same time, dance sculpts the space around it through the sculpture and dynamics of the bodies.

The unveiling power of movement makes dance the art of excellence, able to pass beyond the boundaries of the word and to lead the artist to new creations, founded on the living relationship between space, the body, the scene, and the audience. The moment in which the dance “happens” becomes “DRAMA” , an artistic dream.


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