Monique Mangano

Winning entry AURA

“After listening and reading the story behind the creation of Emma Greenhill’s piece Regrowth, I was inspired to choreograph a piece that embodies the growth and eventual breakdown of a tree. I also wanted to explore the idea of a potential aura and spirit that flourished in the forest while nature rebuilt itself. This piece of music continuously changes with interesting and new sounds, this allowed me to show the contrast between organic pure movement and rigid sharp movement. Through these dynamic changes, I wanted to reflect the continuous growth and strength of a tree as well as the subtle breakdown. My intention was to have an energy pull towards the corner that continuously draws you back in, I was able to signify this through the use of stillness and the constant push and pull of movement.”


Monique Mangano by Kenn Santos

About Monique Mangano

Monique grew up in Brisbane, Australia, where she trained at Promenade Dance Studio, owned by Rosanna Castellana. Monique studied the RAD Syllabus growing up and successfully completed her Advanced 2 RAD Exam in 2017. Monique then went on to full-time training at the Queensland College of Dance in Brisbane, and obtained a Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance).

After graduating in 2018, Monique accepted a position as Guest Teacher for Merge Dance Theatre, a youth contemporary company aiming to bridge the gap between dance schools and professional companies, directed by Deanna Castellana. Monique has performed in their past six seasons: Left Behind, Uninvited Guests, Dis/Connect, Beautiful World, Behind the Brush and 5 senses. Monique has accepted a contract with Norwegian Cruise Lines as a Dancer on the Norwegian Sun in August of 2022.

“I am so excited to have been chosen as the winner of the MadeBy Choreographic Competition and to have been given the opportunity to work with some of Australia’s leading artists. Thank you to Emilia Bignami (dancer) and Deanna Castellana (mentor) who inspired me throughout the competition process, none of this would have been possible without you! said Mangano.


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