ARTEFFETTO was created in 1989 from the initiative of a group of nine passionate dancers (Alessandra Scaffei, Corrado Canulli, Cristina Ginevri, Giorgia Cappelli, Laura Morandini, Luciano Pasini, Roberto Bonora, Sarah Taylor and Silvia Califano). They decided to form their own company finally to be able to feel proud and satisfied with what they were dancing on stage.
They bought choreographies by both foreign and Italian artists (Carlos Iturrioz, Michela Barasciutti, Charles Vodoz, Michelle Ellis, Thierry Parmentier, Sarah Taylor and Corrado Canulli) and performed them in Italy and abroad (from Lausanne to Messina, from Ljubljana to Turin), always receiving acclaim from the public and flattering reviews from the press.
In the wake of the company’s success, there have been many requests for collaboration, resulting in the company branching out into other fields; from the organisation of fashion shows, to the production of shows and events; from television appearances, to the creation of documentaries and films; from themed conferences for teaching, to the establishment of a training center.
Arteffetto has collaborated with the Giuseppe Verdi Opera Foundation, the Department of Addictions of the Health Services Company, the University, the Revoltella Museum, La Contrada Teatro Stabile, GiocoMondo, Palacinka, the Goethe Institute, the Petrarca High School and the CNA of Trieste; the Teatro Stabile del Friuli Venezia-Giulia, the Piccolo Opera Festival; the Mittelfest of Cividale del Friuli; the International Operetta Festival Association; the associations Sipario! of Fagagna, Studiodanza of Maniago and Isadora of San Vito al Tagliamento; the Miela Theater/Bonawentura Cooperative; the Serenade Ensemble Orchestra and the Municipality of Muggia; the Fairs of Udine and Gorizia; the Organisation of Slovenian Cultural Clubs; the Playful Opera of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Evenings of dance, drama, music, comedies, videos and documentaries, fashion shows, installations and photographic exhibitions and video reviews have also been produced.
The press, national and foreign, has always supported the work of the company, judging it with enthusiasm and critical acclaim.
Arteffetto was recognised in 2003 as a "Cultural Organization of Relevant Interest" and is supported by the Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and the Municipality of Trieste.