Composer and Musical Director
Maria Bonzanigo has worked closely with Corteo director Daniele Finzi Pasca since joining his company Teatro Sunil in 1984 (before it was even known by that name). Her music has been integral to many of the Sunil's best-known shows, including Te Amo and Tres Tristes Tangos.
Maria has also appeared in Sunil productions as an actress and dancer, and has worked as a director and choreographer too, for her own music and for other composers' works.
Maria Bonzanigo studied composition with Paul Glass and dance with Rosalia Chladek and went on to develop a highly personal approach of her own to creating music for the stage. In addition to her work for theater, she also composed for the highly-acclaimed Cirque Eloize circus shows Rain and Nomade (which were directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca).
"Working with Daniele Finzi Pasca for more than 20 years, we created a language together," says Maria. "A way to communicate intimately with the audience and the music is an integral part of that language."
For Corteo Maria Bonzanigo is sharing the duties of composer with Philippe Leduc. She is concentrating on the portion of the music that is performed by the artists in the show, while Philippe has been developing the orchestral soundtrack compositions.
"We're taking artists and acrobats and putting them in a show that is more theater than circus," explains Maria. "The music reflects that theatrical aspect of the show. The style is a kind of modern/medieval, with African, Asian and Latin American rhythms. It's new and simple at the same time."
Maria Bonzanigo was born in 1966 in Lausanne.