Born in America and raised in Italy, Ariella Casu began dancing in her mother’s dance school at four years old. At 16, Ariella was awarded a scholarship to train under Mauro Astolfi at the I.A.L.S. in Rome. At 19, Ariella performed at the Biennale di Venezia with Arsenale Della Danza.
Ariella has performed as soloist in Karl Alfred Schreiner’s Der Nussknacker with Stadttheater Klagenfurt in 2010, and with Gartnerplatztheater Munich under the direction of Karl Alfred Schreiner from 2011-2017.
While at Gartnerplatztheater Ariella performed in works by Jo Stromgren, Gerog Reischl, Cayetano Soto, Edward Clug, Alexander Ekman, Marko Goecke, Antony Rizzi, Christopher Roman, Nanine Linning, Marguerite Donlon, Benoir LaChambre, Roberto Zappala, Eyal Dadon.
Ariella appeared in William Forsythe’s One Flat thing Reproduced and Jacopo Godani’s Versus. In 2017 Ariella performed with the Oslo Dance Ensemble in Jo Stromgen’s Salve Regina.
She first joined Sydney Dance Company in 2018 and has performed with the Company on two European tours and in Antony Hamilton’s Forever & Ever, Melanie Lane’s WOOF, Gabrielle Nankivell’s Neon Aether and a critically acclaimed performance in Rafael Bonachela’s ab [intra];
‘Ariella Casu removes herself from the group to dance to her own rhythm and is euphoric.’ The Australian