Compagnia Virgilio Sieni PULCINELLA_Quartet
7 - 8 APR 2018
Ticket 20,00 Euros
Ticket under 30/over 65/groups 15,00 Euros
Students 10,00 Euros
Saturday 8 pm Sunday 4 pm Running time 50'
Triennale Teatro dell'Arte
The famous Neapolitan character of Pulcinella is at the centre of the latest work by Virgilio Sieni, considered one of the key figures of the dance scene over the last thirty years. As in all the works by the Florentine choreographer, the focus is on the body and on its endless expressive possibilities. Through the bodies of the four dancers, the piece explores the suffering of these Pulcinellas, trapped in the tragicomic role of their mask and by the expectations of their audiences.
Moments of authentic pathos alternate with the steps of the tammurriata, a traditional Neapolitan dance. The dancers, like gesture-finders, perform a series of choreographies on the themes of inhabiting space, gravity, play and lightness. The piece features adventurous flights, trajectories that lead to encounters, moments of coming together and of sharing.
In this mesh of intersections, the spectators are led by Michele Rabbia’s music, played live by the author, which alternates sparse sounds with powerful and poignantly dramatic moments, and ultimately climbs to overwhelming rhythms of fleeting comedy.
Virgilio Sieni choreographer and dancer, founded the Compagnia Parco Butterfly in 1983; the company, renamed Compagnia Virgilio Sieni in 1992, led him to numerous awards, including three Ubu Prizes (2000, 2003 and 2011) and the “Lo Straniero” prize (2011). Osso, La natura della cose, based on Lucretius’ De rerum natura, with the dramaturgical collaboration of the philosopher Giorgio Agamben, Solo Goldberg Improvisation, Tristi tropici, inspired by the text by the same name by Claude Lévi-Strauss and De anima, inspired by Aristotle: these are some of his most remarkable productions. Alongside his choreographies, Virgilio is engaged in researching and disseminating the language of contemporary choreography through residency, production and development projects. He has been the director, since 2003, of Cango, Cantieri Goldonetta in Florence, and since 2007 he has led the Academy of the art of gesture, dedicated to the development of artistic practices and open to both professionals and amateurs of all ages and abilities, from children to older people and the visually impaired. Between 2013 and 2016 he directed the Venice Dance Biennial and in 2013 he was awarded the status of Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. He represented Italy in Marseille, European Capital of Culture in 2013, with the project Arte del gesto nel Mediterraneo which involved 160 performers from different countries, and in Brussels during the six-month term of the Italian presidency of the European Union in 2014 with the project Vita Nova about sacred iconography at the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts. In 2015 he realised Atlante del gesto for Fondazione Prada in Milan.
Michele Rabbia is a percussionist and drummer. In his “solo” and group works he creates sound spaces where he brings together technology and the originality of crafts made materials. He plays music in diverse contexts: improvised music, contemporary and electronic music. He has worked on concerts and albums with artists that come from diverse backgrounds. His collaborations extend to dance where he has worked with Virgilio Sieni, Teri Janette Weikel, and Giorgio Rossi. He composed the music for Genova 01 by Fausto Paravidino. He has also worked with various authors such as Dacia Maraini, Gabriele Frasca and Sara Ventroni, with the painter Gabriele Amadori and with the architect James Turrell.
choreographed and directed by: Virgilio Sieni music: Michele Rabbia, performed live by the author performance and collaboration: Claudia Caldarano, Maurizio Giunti, Lisa Labatut, Davide Valrosso assistant choreographer: Giulia Mureddu costumes: Elena Bianchini e Virgilio Sieni lighting: Mattia Bagnoli produced by: Compagnia Virgilio Sieni / Centro di produzione nazionale sui linguaggi del corpo e della danza in collaboration with: Fondazione Federica e Brunello Cucinelli and Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria photo: © Virgilio SIeni