Marco Cantalupo was born in Genova, Italy. He studied at the Scala in Milan ballet school followed by the Hamburg Opera ballet school, where he graduated. Several stays in the U.S.A. gave him the opportunity to study the Limon technique. He danced with the Hamburg Opera, and then as a soloist with the Staatstheather Gelsenkirchen, the National Ballet of Portugal, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Stadttheater Bern and the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. He choreographed for a number of independent projects in Italy before founding Linga with Katarzyna Gdaniec.