Lisa Masellis

Choreographer, teacher and performer for over thirty years dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of contemporary dance.

She graduated with honors in Literature and Philosophy with a thesis in Sociology of Literature “Poetry and neo-avant-garde: Elio Pagliarani” (Prof. ssa Anna Clara Bova).

She trained at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam, the Laban Center in London and with the dancers of the Wuppertaler Tanztheater by Pina Bausch studying among others with Katie Duck, Julyen Hamilton, Ornella D’Agostino, Malou Airoudo, Laurie Booth.

She studied Capoeira angola and regional with Mestre Samara.

The only Italian selected for the project “50 days of Flying Low and Passing Through Costa Rica” directed by David Zambrano. It is part of the international traveling project (The) Passing Through – 50CollectiVe.

Among her works: “Sur” finalist Prize Scenario 2005; “Primo sale” (2007), “Cosa vedi?” (2011), “Senza” (2012), “Meh! Dai! ”(Study 2015). She presented her shows in Italy, Holland, Portugal, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France.

Numerous improvisation and site specific performances in collaboration with jazz musicians and electronic experimenters. She has collaborated with the University of Bari (History of Theater and Performing Arts) and with the N. Rota Conservatory of Bari.

In 2002 she founded the contemporary dance company QuaLiBò.

From 2006 to 2015 she was the artistic director of the International Festival of Contemporary Dance and Performing Arts Visioni di (p)arte created in collaboration with the Teatro Kismet OperA of Bari.

From 2008 to 2015 she is artistic director of the dance section of the Teatro Comunale di Ruvo di Puglia.

Since 2008 she has held courses in choreographic composition for dancers and actors

In 2004 she began to study with Master Franco Gervasio (School of the three harmonies) Tai chi chuan Yang style and weapons (stick, saber, double saber, spear and straight sword). From 2014 she began studying Bagua Zhang and the basic elements of Xing Yi Quan. Initiated in teaching for the basic Tai Chi Chuan courses in 2016.


Dive enthusiast, she obtained the second level patent “Advanced open water diver” (PADI).