Matteo Sedda Marcel Lennartz

Matteo Sedda

Matteo Sedda is a Sardinian choreographer and performer. He graduated at DanceHaus, Academy of contemporary dance and performance in Milan (IT). He worked and still collaborates as a dancer and choreographer for different artists such as Enzo Cosimi, Jan Fabre, Aïda Gabriëls and Igor x Moreno.

Since 2018, he has been an artist-activist against HIV/AIDS. In connection with his status as a person living with HIV, he channels his experiences into highly researched choreographic exploration driven by a compelling physical presence.


The decision to embark on this artistic journey not only serves an aesthetic purpose but also delves into the intimate sphere. Like many other artists and non-artists, we are bound by a thread that was initially woven around the bodies of minorities. The debt I feel to millions of unknown individuals compels me to embark on personal artistic research.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, individuals with AIDS were marginalized due to their loss of productive capacity. Deemed useless, uncontrollable, expensive, and perceived as threats to society, this stigma continues to infect our culture today. The revelation of my serological status propelled me into a realm of isolation and exclusion. Engaging in the study of artistic practices centered on AIDS representation not only fostered psychophysical well-being but also cultivated a profound sociopolitical awareness, ultimately culminating in artistic vindication.

HIV has had a profound impact on society, challenging the very notion of culture, and it continues to do so. It evolves alongside the cities in which it resides, and its historical, artistic, and political significance varies from individual to individual, from one situation to another. As a result, the/my body becomes a product of these social changes, with its physical intimacy assuming both artistic and political significance.

My choreographic research aims to challenge traditional categorizations and create new narratives that resonate with the contemporary present by re-appropriating languages from various disciplines inspired by deceased GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency) artists.