matanicola is a creative duo project founded by the Israeli choreographer and performer Matan Zamir and the Italian choreographer and performer Nicola Mascia. The duo's first production, »under«, created in collaboration with the Israeli choreographer Yasmeen Godder, premiered in Berlin in August 2005 and has since been touring extensively throughout Europe and was awarded the »Kurt Jooss Prize 2007«. Their second production »Ladies first« premiered in Groningen in August 2007 and was co-produced and presented by Grand Theatre Groningen (NL), Tanz im August and Sasha Waltz & Guests Berlin (D) and Civitanova Danza (I). matanicola recently choreographed and performed together with Peaches in her project “Lose you” presented in “X WOHNUNGEN NEUKÖLLN 2008” in Berlin.
The duo also collaborated with photographers, classical musicians, new media and performance artists in a Japan-EU project called Zensors, supported by Japan Foundation Europe in May 2008. This project was presented at Radialsystem V theater and in Cookies club, Berlin. At the beginning of this year, matanicola was invited by Jeremy Wade, Meg Stuart and Brendan Dougherty, curators of “Politics of Ecstasy“, to join a pool of choreographers and performers in a series of exploratory dance improvisations at the Hebbel Am Ufer.
Besides choreography and performance, matanicola also regularly teach classes and workshops.