Gioia Masala

Organization: Princess Grace Academy

Position: Faculty

Affiliation with organization: 2019 – Present

Years active at YAGP: 2012 – Present

In 1989 she joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium, where she was to return in 1999 as a soloist, and then the Staattheater Wiesbaden in Germany also as a soloist. She interprets the great ballets in the classical repertoire but her curiosity also encourages her to try to more modern works. At the age of 24 she performed in Wiesbaden in particular the role of Anita in West Side Story by Jerome Robbins. In 2000, she joined the Ballets de Monte-Carlo directed by Jean-Christophe Maillot as soloist and danced leading roles in pieces by him: The Mother in Romeo & Juliet, The Octopus in Oeil pour Œil, The Stepmother in Cinderella, The Queen in La Belle, The Dream, Miniatures, Towards a wise country. At the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, she also performed ballets by William Forsythe (In the Middle, somewhat elevated, Second Detail, Artifact Suite), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (In memoriam, Mea Culpa), Jiri Kylian (The Wedding), Nijinsky (The Rite of Spring), Chris Haring (Sacre – The Rite Thing) and Maurice Béjart (The Rite of Spring).

In 2008, she revived In Memoriam by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for students at the Paris Conservatoire. In 2010 she revived the same ballet at the dance school in Antwerp and for Introdanse, then in 2011 for the company “At Danza” in Barcelona. In the same year she revived Opus 40 by Jean-Christophe Maillot at the Princess Grace Academy and Romeo and Juliet of Jean-Christophe Maillot for the “Korea National Ballet” in Seoul. In 2012, she graduated from her training with Swissbody Pilates Level 1 in Geneva and was awarded the State Diploma for dance teacher at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris. She has also completed a specialist course in the study of feet at Swissbody Pilates in Geneva. Since September 2012 she has taught ballet, contemporary and Pilates at the Princess Grace Academy. In 2014, she revived Mea Culpa and In Memoriam by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for Natalia Ossipova and Ivan Vassiliev, in California. In 2014 and 2015, she was invited by the Southland Ballet Academy in California, for the short intensive summer courses. In 2016, she revived In Memoriam by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for the company Introdanse in Arnhem (Netherlands).