|Magazin FLUNTERMER - Daniela Ambrosoli Foundation für Tanz und Filme - 9. September 2018|
|Züriberg Article - The Making of a Dream - 31. May 2018|
|Züritipp Movie guide - The Making of a Dream - Daniela Ambrosoli - 24. Mai 2018|
|Zwei Teenies auf dem Weg zum Tanz-Olymp - Tagblatt Zürich - 31. Mai.2017|
|Ivan Urban nimmt seinen Abschied von der großen Ballettbühne - 7. Juli 2016|
|Danzasi - Interview with Daniela Ambrosoli - June 2016|
|Züritipp - 4. June 2015|
|La Regione Ticino - June 2015|
|Züriberg - 4. June 2015|
|RSI - Interview with Daniela Ambrosoli - 7. June 2015|
|Tages Anzeiger - 8. June 2015|
|Tages Anzeiger - Die Meisterschülerin - 1. February 2014|
|Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, ZHdK - Thanking - 2014|
|Danzasi - Interview with Daniela Ambrosoli - April 2013|
|La Libertà (Piacenza) - June 2007|
|La Libertà (Piacenza) - Interview with Daniela Ambrosoli - June 2007|
Intervista a Daniela Marcacci Ambrosoli
Acquista un respiro internazionale la serie di saggi delle scuole di danza cittadine in corso in questi giorni, con la venuta a Piacenza, sabato prossimo, di Daniela Marcacci Ambrosoli, presidente della Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation di Zurigo, nota organizzazione no-profit che da oltre diciassette anni elargisce borse di studio a giovani talenti nel campo della musica e della danza.
Figlia dell’imprenditore Pierino Ambrosoli e della ballerina espressionista tedesca Sonja Bragowa, Daniela Marcacci Ambrosoli verrà a Piacenza per assistere al Concerto annuale degli allievi dell’accademia di danza Domenichino da Piacenza diretta da Giuseppina Campolonghi, presso la quale insegna una ex-borsista della Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation, come la stessa Daniela Ambrosoli racconta in questa breve intervista.
Quali sono gli scopi della Fondazione da lei istituita?
Ho creato la Fondazione nel 1990, con l’intento di portare avanti la lunga e fruttuosa attività di mio padre mediante un’operazione di mecenatismo culturale, mettendo a disposizione di giovani talenti di diversa nazionalità nel campo della musica e della danza borse di studio in scuole riconosciute in tutto il mondo. Sento questo compito come un’eredità paterna: mediante l’attività della Fondazione è come se mio padre potesse ancora oggi prodigarsi in favore delle espressioni artistiche della musica e della danza con la stessa energia e lo stesso impegno con cui si è dedicato in vita agli affari.
Cosa la porta a Piacenza?
Il legame iniziato 14 anni fa con la brava ballerina Michela Arcelli, allora allieva della SBBS (Scuola Professionale Svizzera di danza Classica) e nostra borsista. Desidero ammirare di persona l'ottimo lavoro che Michela svolge con la sua scuola di danza.
Lei che frequenta i teatri di tutto il mondo, come giudica oggi la situazione della danza in Italia?
La sua domanda mi mette molto in imbarazzo. Preferisco dirle che molto si potrebbe ancora fare...
Caterina Caravaggi - La Libertà - 06.06.2007
|CODARTS magazine - January 2006|
|Zürichbergzeitung - July 2005|
|tanz - la danse suisse - For the love of art - May 2000|
For the love of art
Investigations made into the history of Daniela Marcacci Ambrosoli' family arose that already on the mother's side of the family Ambrosli-Knieser a patron of the art existed at the beginning of the 19th century (Sonja Bragowa).
The grand uncle of Daniela Marcacci Ambrosoli, Friedrich Hauber, was a successful businessman from Schwäbisch-Gmünd (South Germany), was also an enthusiast of the fine arts. He supported painting, music and dance.
On the re-discovered ex-libris etching by the famous Swabian painter Reinhold Nägele one recognises the person of Friedrich Hauber who has been an artistic person himself playing music.
As along as art exists, there will be art-lovers who are convinced that art serves humanity and who are willing and able to support the arts financially. Daniela Marcacci Ambrosoli from Ticino, Switzerland, is one of these people. In 1990, she used part of her inheritance to found the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation at Kreuzstrasse 78, Zurich. She established this foundation in memory of her parents, the businessman Pierino Ambrosoli, from whom she inherited her fortune, and the dancer Sonja Bragowa, from whom she inherited her love of dance. Daniela Marcacci Ambrosoli's foundation is particularly supportive of talented young dancers, but also furthers the careers of aspiring musicians and filmmakers. The foundation subsidises training courses and contributes towards art productions; it offers counselling for young dancers and their parents and co-operates with selected schools and other institutions promoting culture, as well as with theatres and dance companies. It acts as an agency for auditions, international juries and contests, as well as sponsoring prizes for the Prix de Lausanne and other competitions. In 1999, 15-year old Laetitia Guggi received the "Prix du Meilleur Suisse" from the funds of the foundation. In 2000, the Russian Sergej Kheilik received the "Prix Espoir" for a year's training, donated by the foundation.
Aspiring professional dancers of all nationalities between the ages of 15 and 18 may apply to the foundation for a grant, provided they have sufficient preliminary training in classical dance. Over a hundred young hopefuls apply for a grant each year. Eight to ten candidates are then selected by the foundation's president, together with a panel of experts, as being sufficiently talented to receive a scholarship to one of fifteen schools worldwide recognised by the Ambrosoli Foundation. In Switzerland, students of the Ecole-atelier Rudra Béjart in Lausanne and of the Swiss Professional School of Ballet (SBBS) in Zurich are supported by the foundation. In the period 97/98 and 98/99, for example, Mia Kivelä from Finland (born 1983) was sponsored by the foundation on the strength of a recommendation from the SBBS administration.
Daniela Marcacci Ambrosoli is not only interested in classical ballet, but also promotes modern and contemporary dance, music and filmmaking. In a few instances, her foundation has also supported young people in related fields of art. Thus Mona Pête from Eastern Switzerland received a grant this year for the second time to attend the School of Circus Arts in Berlin. After completing their course, students can apply for a trainee's post, where they will gain practical experience. They receive monthly grants for an apprentice year at a theatre or with a dance company. In this way, the foundation has helped many young Dancers to find an engagement with a renowned Ballet- or Dance Company.
Those who are not content with being a member of the corps de ballet and want to branch out on their own are usually even more dependent on benevolent patronage. One example is the Trio Metzger/Zimmermann/de Perrot, a Swiss ensemble supported by the Ambrosoli Foundation thanks to its innovative combination of dance, artistic expression and music. The success of their first presentation "Gopf" proves that the foundation has a good feel for talent. The dance companies "Nomades" and "Linga" from Western Switzerland are also indebted to the foundation for their success.
Apart from promoting specific people or groups, Daniela Marcacci Ambrosoli is also interested in supporting the arts in general. Last November, she helped to organise international conferences in Toronto and The Hague on the theme "Not Just Any Body", focussing on the health aspect of dancing and modern methods of training and treatment. In December 1999, a website was created to publicise the activities and projects of the foundation. For further information, please call up www.ambrosoli.org If required, you can simply download the registration form for a scholarship.
Christina Thurner - dance magazine "tanz-la danse suisse" - May 2000
|Ballett-Moscow - Trip to Russia - 1997|
At the invitation of Mr Philippe Braunschweig and his wife Elvire, I travelled to Russia in October 1997; it proved to be one of the most outstanding experiences ever. Once again I would like to express my thanks to them for giving me the opportunity to take part in their wide and varied experience.
This year we were able to carry out the translation of my interview with the leading specialist magazine "Ballet", Moscow. Here a few excerpts from the interview:
Meeting at the Editorial Office
… WITH ELVIRE AND PHILIPPE BRAUNSCHWEIG AND DANIELA MARCACCI
"… Together with Elvire and Philippe Braunschweig, their friend Daniela Marcacci, the President of the "Ambrosoli" Foundation, which has continually provided financial support for the "Prix de Lausanne" competition, was also present at the Editorial Office. We also asked our guest to report on her activities. We are publishing below the interview she granted our correspondent in which it is made clear yet again that culture should prevail everywhere.
- Ms Marcacci, please tell us a little about the "Ambrosoli" Foundation.
"The Foundation was founded in Switzerland, in Zurich, in 1990, in memory of my mother who, in the twenties, was an interpretative dancer. She trained under Mary Wigman. But the Foundation itself is named after my father Pierino Ambrosoli, as it was set up on the basis of the funds he bequeathed to me. My mother's stage name was Sonja Bragowa although she was German by origin.
Initially, the purpose of our Foundation was to help young people who had decided to make a career in various artistic fields. But relatively soon our attention began to focus essentially on people who had dedicated themselves to ballet."
- Your daughter had also chosen a career in ballet?
"Yes. It was also through my daughter that I got closer to ballet, that I saw how she and her friends studied, how they lived. And I came to realise that while my daughter had everything she needed for her studies, many of her classmates had to do without so many of these things.
In its activities the Foundation worked together with Elvire and Philippe Braunschweig. Philippe has worked on our Board of Trustees from the very beginning.
We created a special scholarship for the Lausanne Competition: as a rule we take over the payment of a bonus to the best competition participant from Switzerland, under the condition that he or she reaches at least the semi-finals.
We also act as sponsors for modern stage productions by individual ballet companies. In Switzerland, for example, there is a company that calls itself "Nomades", and it is made up of former soloists from Maurice Béjart's company. We have also helped other Swiss troupes, most of which work in the modern genre. In some cases we take charge of the fee for a young dancer who has just started out with a troupe."
- Who is your Foundation for?
"Anyone who needs help can turn to us, even in person, and present his or her situation to us. We will then send the applicant a questionnaire which he or she should fill out by answering all the questions it contains."
- Could you tells us a little more about yourself?
"At the time I was working in ultrasound medicine for gynaecology. After my father died, I inherited his business and continued to run it. It was a trading company."
- How many years have you now been involved with the Competition?
- Ms Marcacci, do you find your work morally satisfying from a personal point of view?
"I'm just so happy when I see someone on stage whom we were able to help with a scholarship from our Foundation."
- You yourself have three children. Do you think your children will continue your work?
"I certainly hope so. Even if it's hard to say right now. But we have a rule in place according to which the money handed over to the Foundation cannot be taken back by anyone. Even after I have died, the Foundation will continue to exist with the funds that have been paid into it. Under Swiss law not even I am entitled to withdraw funds from the Foundation…"
[(The text was processed by A. Michalewa Translated from the article "Wstretschi w readkzii…" from Russian into German by Wilma Krätz.)]
|The Foundation - 1990|
The Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation is dedicated to Daniela's father Pierino Ambrosoli and to Sonja Bragowa, former dancer (in the twenties) of the 20th century, Daniela's mother.
The why's of a foundation can be the most varying, but very often behind the will to create it there is a wish, a dream unrealised for reasons beyond our control. Serious scientific research, assistance to the disabled and, today more than ever, the attention to the state of precarious health which our planet is in, constitute a series of noble causes in which each extra-ordinary and unexpected help can revive a hope. Beside the great material problems of humanity, however, there are other values which merit attention.
Perhaps today more than yesterday, because of the spreading power of materialism, it is necessary to give back the right importance to art in its various forms, because it is through the non superficial approach to the artistic disciplines that in the individual a sensitiveness is born and matures which raises him/her to a higher spiritual condition. 'Food for the soul': music and poetry were often thus defined. An accurate comparison, which well describes the need to nurture the spirit, just as one does the body.
A necessity strongly felt by Daniela Marcacci Ambrosoli, who thus decided to set up afoundation to promote dance and music, two of the artistic disciplines most dear to her. Contrary to what often happens, the realisation of this wish was not referred to the testamentary will of the founder, but was born and developed in a woman who, while still young, has decided to destine a large part of the fortune inherited from her father PIERINO AMBROSOLI to help those who intend to set out on a path which leads to the stage. So the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation was born in Zürich on Mai 10, 1990.
A Foundation therefore which has the double aim of making the path easier for artistically gifted young people and of remembering the figure of PIERINO AMBROSOLI, a man full of inventive ideas and entrepreneurial courage who, with his work, laid down the base which today enables his daughter to give to a real institution.
A Foundation which wants to be of help to individual artists and organisations faced with her inevitable taking-off problems which from the very beginning can boast a board of governors, which Daniela Marcacci Ambrosoli waned to have a good profile from the point of view of competence. It is this same Foundation Council which sifts through the requests and verifies the merits of the applicants, whose only requisite is to have practised, at least partly, the artistic activity for which they intend to receive a grant. (The cases will be examined closely with the help of experts from outside the Foundation.)
Cristina Foglia 1990
|The Book - Kulturstiftung Pierino Ambrosoli|