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 GUT REACTION is an English expression that indicates a reaction to a situation derived by a person's instinct and experience. MARCO RIVAGLI and GIULIA MANDELLI, both established professionals in their own artistic field, after many previous collaborations, give birth to the Gut Reaction at the beginning of 2015.

The unique style that characterizes them, leads the audience on a journey into the most improbable imaginings through an investigation where theatre, body movement, music and rhythm collide. 



Giulia was born in Crema (Italy) in 1990. She begins studying Ballet in the local Dance School at the age of 3.

After mastering the studies of the Academic Ballet Techniques in several Professional National Centers with renowned teachers like Marinel Stefanescù, Liliana Cosi, Margarita Smirnova and Carmen Ragghianti, becomes student of the “Beltrami's Academy” state department of contemporary dance where she gets a degree in 2012.

Soon after that, Giulia starts dancing in several projects in Berlin.

From October 2012 becomes part of “Dagipoli Dance Theatre” in Athen (Greece), therefore participating also for the BioMechanix European project. In 2013 Giulia comes back to Germany, dancing in various Siciliano Contemporary ballet's piéces. She also works in many other projects like “Istant /Berlin” and “SetTanz Theatre” in Nuremberg. On January 2015 co-creates the performative Project “GutReaction, Percussive Dance Theatre” with the musician Marco Rivagli. Project with which she is traveling, creating and performing around Europe. Giulia is now based in Berlin where she performs, teaches and collaborates with many different companies. Artistic director of Gut Reaction Percussive Dance Theatre.


Marco was born in Italy in 1987 in a family of musicians. He starts playing drums and percussions at the age of 3, studying with many international teachers. He also frequented the CFM and the Berklee Summer School (Umbria Jazz). From the age of 18 he's part of many famous TV festivals like SANREMO, Tezenis Live and, as testimonial drummer for VODAFONE, in every mainstream Italian TV channel. During the years, has the pleasure to collaborate in Czech Republic, Spain, Russia, Germany, Italy, Sweden and UK with many artists, like: The Fuzztones, Sofi de la Torre (Warner), Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Simonetta Haupstadtharfe (MTV music awards), Experiment N.Q (Therion), Philipp Gorbachev&The Naked Man (BOILER ROOM, CTM, Outline) In Jan 2016 plays for the official German release party for the last David Bowie's album “Blackstar” in the legendary HANSA STUDIOS, where HEROES was recorded amongst other all-time classics. Marco has also played at Tempelhoff Flughafehn for the private celebration of the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2015 finals in Berlin and at the public one at the “Champions Festival”.

On January 2015 co-creates the performative duo “Gut Reaction, Experi-Mental Theatre” with the dancer Giulia Mandelli.

Marco is now based in Berlin where he performs,

teaches and produces new creations with the Gut Reaction

and many different other projects. Artistic director of Gut Reaction Percussive Dance Theatre.


NAHUEL WOLFGANG ARIAS (1991) is an Italian drummer, percussionist and performer born in Cles, Itay, from an Argentinian family. His first encounter with music is in high-school where he starts playing guitar and joins soon many local bands. It's in 2012 that he finally discovers and falls in love with the world of percussion and, after having studied with different teachers, he decides to move to Berlin in 2015, where he meets Marco Rivagli. He then starts taking drum lessons with him, bringing his skills and focus to the next level. At the end of November 2017 Marco and Giulia Mandelli ask him to join Gut Reaction. Together they create and perform "Plastic" (the last piece of Gut Reaction), premiering it in March 2018. At the moment Nahuel dedicates all of his efforts to music and performing arts, playing with the Berlin based electro rock-pop band Natalie's High, working with Gut Reaction and collaborating with other different bands and projects in the local and international scene.