Interview with Matthew Totaro

1. ALTHOUGH YOU ARE VERY YOUNG, YOU HAVE A RESUME IMPORTANT “FOR ALL” BY SIANI, “ROMEO AND JULIET” BY DAVID ZARD WITH CHOREOGRAPHIES OF VERONICA PEPARINI AND DIRECTED BY GIULIANO PEPARINI, BUT YOU’VE DONE A LOT MORE. AMONG THE VARIOUS WORK EXPERIENCES THERE’S ONE OR MORE THAN ONE IN PARTICULAR YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE? WHY?
I don’t feel under any particular point in my career, in fact I think absolutely to be even earlier, he still has a lot of road, but I also think that, as a matter of talent, will I be able to reach many beautiful goals so let me remind the public and hit some people in the world of dance. I hope to make more jobs possible, to gain experience and keep doing what I love, for a long time, namely dance! Among the many experiences surely the most important were two: Romeo and Juliet and Beloved Enemy. I started Romeo and Juliet in Turin in may 2014, I play the part of the cat and I went to the show because I was called by Veronica Peparini and persons who take care of the show that they felt it was suitable to play this part. For me it was a great honor because initially seeing the show I thought I wouldn’t be up to par; rather slowly with great help from them and committing myself very I when interpreting and studying the movements that cats just per se do, I started to come up with a character who, although different from others, did his job well to express through dance Tybalt’s emotions to the fullest. So I was not so convinced of doing such a thing … but the people who saw that are gifted in making certain things I have chosen to do this part and today I feel more and more cat, every show I do, everything I do is studied more and more, even a small movement, a glance, a movement , I take care of everything in every detail to give the audience the feeling of seeing an animal on that stage taking shape both human and animals.
It was very important to cover the part of the cat in the play Romeo and Juliet because it is a role that I diversify from being a dancer, I also have the opportunity to represent the better with my changes and my steps a very important character, very relevant to the work that is Theobald. The cat is a bit like it’s the shadow of tybalt, I have the responsibility to represent his emotions. In particular this is a character has given me the opportunity to make a personal growth, to learn about even more my body, my anger, my expressions, my ability to take in the scene the sadness in losing artistically a person with the death of tybalt. This role, this story, this show made me understand many things about myself that I didn’t know. I used to be much more centered on the breakdance, the steps I did, instead joining the break, to theatre, to the emotions and the dramatic scenes, situations and different scope in which you are, rediscover a part of yourself that you never knew, indeed pull it off because maybe existed is never output. Doing a show like that I discovered another Matthew, another character who is locked up in me. In fact do for me the cat was very significant because it categorizes as a single artist, a professional covering a major part of a major show. From September to November 2016 I had the great honor of working with Heather Parisi and Lorella Cuccarini in Beloved Enemy, aired then on Rai 1 in December. It was a unique experience for several reasons, primarily for having had the opportunity to work in the Hall for a few months with two icons of dance, entertainment and tv, two great professionals from whom I could learn a lot and learn their secrets. Also I still worked under the direction of Veronica Peparini whom I respect very much as a choreographer and as a person and I found colleagues and friends with whom I had previously shared other experiences, all of excellent professionals with whom it has been a pleasure to share the stage.
2. WHAT INSPIRES YOU for YOUR CHOREOGRAPHIES?
For the moment I am a dancer, but I enjoy also to choreograph in my courses and internships that I do in my city and beyond. I really enjoy creating choreographies, be inspired by a song and try to represent it well against steps that come to imagine; I follow my gut and I enjoy it a lot especially in the Stage. The lessons in my schools or in schools that invite me, are occasions when entertain the kids on a song of any kind it is because the movements follow for wire and sign the music … is a lot of fun to teach and explain to people who try to follow what I’m imagining it, what I am hearing, understand how I express music and particularly I like to teach because I love seeing people who they laugh when I do some explaining. In fact I try to always be funny despite the breakdance is a discipline hard to play, I love to make learning fun with the guys, I like to keep them entertained while I explain a choreography.
3. LOOKING for INFORMATION on YOUR CAREER I READ that all started by BREAK DANCING and YOU HAVE to MUCH in THIS discipline, but when you STARTED your path? THERE IS A TRIGGERING INCIDENT OR PERSON WITH WHICH YOU APPROACHED IN THIS WORLD?
It all started when I was 11 years old and I saw from a friend of my sister some movements of breakdancing. While dancing I was immediately impressed so it was a love at first sight! The following day there was no day that do not have danced, has tried to make some movements of breakdancing and then gradually this thing was always constant training and fortified over the years his passion for breakdancing has always grown. Together with some friends, I then created a crew called the Knef. Belong to a Crew means being part of a family, with the guys from the group you share everything, positive and negative situations situations, in particular, comes when we need help. The guys in the group become their brethren and indeed one can always count, especially when there is need really. In a crew, everyone has a task to be accomplished in order to ensure that the Crew is always up, never down. The best thing is to share everything, divide responsibilities, commitments and competitive situations. With my crew Knef, from 2012 onwards, when we began to tighten DeKlan relationships, and to strengthen our cooperation with them, I started to attend not only worldwide, but also to those foreign competition because many experts of international breakdance scene invite DeKlan to represent our nation in world competitions. These appointments are obviously odd jobs, i.e. are organized into specific periods of the year. Us DeKlan we always very well received because we try to keep our home a success.
4. IS  THERE ANYONE YOU’D LIKE TO THANK? SOMEONE IN PARTICULAR WHO TOOK YOUR SKILLS? WHO DO YOU CONSIDER WAS YOUR OPPORTUNITY?
My first thanks go to Alessandro Siani that when I was still very young has given me the opportunity to perform with my crew on his show. Perform in the city of Naples is always a pleasure for me because the people of Naples is a people full of art and so consequently the theatre in Naples gives immense satisfaction. The people of Naples has always lived by sight, art, theatre, music, comedy and so is supergratificante performing on stage in front of this audience. Not that it isn’t a pleasure to perform in front of an audience of other cities, but the difference for me there. Dance, dance, to show my art where they lived, where I grew up, where maybe somebody in the past I also saw and thought that my dance was a joke and instead today I found on the boxes, is a unique satisfaction and Saini was the first to take on the big stages of Naples but also and above all my thanks goes to Veronica and Guliano Panchal who believed in me from Friends Maria De Filippi, who later led me to Romeo and Juliet, to work to friends as a professional, a Beloved Enemy, the Nutcracker, joined the Corps de ballet of Alessandra Amoroso’s concert … I experienced a lot of different situations with them who have always been able to exploit my art and my talent made me discover new aspects and giving me a chance to grow and improve professionally. I have also collaborated with Emanuele for Dance Dance Dance and to Do that I was the show of Virginia Raffaele and with many other choreographers and directors and I have to say to everyone I extend my thanks because every experience has enriched me.

The dance introduced me to so many people and are more and more grateful to it for this, many people have jobs but are not satisfied with their lives and cling to what they find to go ahead and than I that I did of a passion my job, are in a more difficult situation. I myself always goals and is a great satisfaction to get to these goals to become more and more known and active in show business.

5. THINKING ABOUT YOUR ROUTE, WHAT WERW YOUR BIGGEST SOTISFACTION  WHAT YOU’D LIKE TO STILL EXPRESS AND ACCOMPLISH?

Success is nothing more than a reflection of his art, of what one is good at it and manage to stay embossed, giving positive energy to people, the people themselves will give you positive energy back and they still have the strength to do your job well and to try to remain at high levels. The breakdance is important to me, is the situation that raised me, that I have always lived, which always gave me and continues to give me much, participate in national and international events, juries, workshops and especially to continue teaching at new levers, to young people, to people who want to do so, it is very important both for myself and for others first of all because it continues growing and gives me the opportunity to divulge what I learned over the years and second because the events and situations in which I participate now part of me.

6. WOULD YOU GIVE ADVICE TO STUDENTS TO PURSUE A CAREER IN  THE WORLD OF DANCE AND PERFORMING ARTS?

The dance allows you to express yourself and express your feelings with music and rhythm and to get yourself with the movements. The dance is for all and should have it all or many because it can be an escape valve, a great help for people who are unable to express themselves with words, but they can do it with the movements and with the body. When I say that the dance is for everyone I mean however that is for everyone of course according to their abilities. I think trying anyone who might be able to do things that he never expected to do. The dance should practice it all, is for everyone because it is life, you vent, you represent yourself and bring out all the emotions that you have inside. Dance as a profession is not something that everyone can do … If dance is for everyone, make dance an art and a profession is for those who have certain physical qualities and fine motor skills. Serve the study, technique, commitment, perseverance, but also the ability to collaborate with others, to live in the group. The majority of shows I made were collective works, sharing, group, there were more people working and it was beautiful, in team work there is always an advantage. Many ideas are born, you connect with people, create a feeling very strong, do not neglect your personal side because you have to always try to improve yourself personally anyway. Although you’re a part of a company, you should always do a personal search of your style, your evolution because for a dancer is important to have technical, coordination, work well in groups, but also be very prepared mentally.

The growth of a dancer is not only into the practice and technique, but also in being ordered at the level of thoughts, you must always stay focused.

7. WHAT ARE YOUR NEXT PROJECTS?

I have already achieved many goals: in 2014/2017 I trod the scenes of the most important theatres in Italy (and even those of Switzerland and Turkey) with Romeo and Juliet Love and change the world, I was in the studios of Cinecittà as a professional for Amici di Maria De Filippi, in theater 5 for Beloved Enemy, at the Rome Opera House for the Nutcracker , at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples for the show ten times ten with Maradona and then toured again in major theaters with abusive Prince a. Siani and again at the Arena di Verona with Alessandra Amoroso and Cinecittà Studios to Do that I was show…ma despite this who knows what news still will be there. A dancer must always invest on himself to reach new goals, always has to do more to get higher and higher. Plans for the future … well there have been several proposals which I declined for artistic choices, but I am convinced that continuing to do what I’m doing in my world and even in showbiz, I’ll definitely new proposals, already there are already some things planned … we must be able to live from day to day and discover with enthusiasm and confidence in what the future holds. Surely you’ll see me again very soon on stage, you’ll see me again at work, join me on my page and you’ll know what I will do in the future as soon as possible.

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