MMContemporary Dance Company (Giovanni Napoli, Cosmo Sancilio)
“Nature! We are surrounded and embraced by her: powerless to separate ourselves from her, and powerless to penetrate beyond her. Without asking, or warning, she snatches us up into her circling dance, and whirls us on until we are tired, and drop from her arms.” (Goethe)
MM Contemporary Dance Company is a contemporary dance company founded in 1999 and directed by choreographer Michele Merola; in 2010, it won the prestigious Danza&Danza award for the best emerging company.
ConTrust (Martin Angiuli, Malwina Stepien, Alberto Cissello)
Trust is one of the most powerful components of human nature, defining the process in which relations – and reality – are created. It is a dynamic journey through the unknown space where we take one step forward and one back. Sometimes, trust is broken. Will you be ready to let yourself fall into someone else’s arms?
ConTrust won the 2015 Best Emerging Artists Duo prize at the Köln International Festival SoloDuo NRW+Friends, and the Best Choreographic Writing award at the ninth edition of Cortoindanza. Alberto Cissello joined them in 2017, and they became a trio.
Irene Andreetto, Silena Bertolino
Dance lives on traditions and cliches: “TUTTI SANNO CHE” (“EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT”), will examine wildly popular notions on dance – “all dancers are anorexic”, “dancers can only count to 8” – from a scientific perspective.
Irene Andreetto worked with the Europa Danse company, Ballet Basel and Bern Ballet. She co-founded the Unplush company, based in Bern. Silena Bertolino is an independent dancer, teacher and choreographer working in Bern, and became a yoga instructor thanks to the Yoga Teacher Training Bern.
The lotus symbolises beauty and oblivion. This is a work of contrasts, circular motions, seasons that come back; it’s an investigation on nostalgia and envy. Bodies, words, sounds meet to experiment indefinite trajectories.
Sweet Cicuta is an artistic collective founded in 2013 and is interested in exploring different languages and styles within music, dance and viceo: their works feature original music and videos, which are strictly connected to the actions of the performers.
Omar Peruzza, Mattia Gardenal, Alice D’Altoè
Water Dreamer originates from an interior quest based on the concepts of order and chaos. The two performers, a musician and a dancer respectively, abandon themselves to the sudden chaos, improvising music and dance and letting themselves be inspired by the surrounding nature and environment.
Alice D’Altoè is a dancer at Monica Casadei’s Artemis Danza. She studied contemporary dance in depth alongside choreographers Fabrizio Monteverde, Nicoletta Cabassi and Virgilio Sieni. She is part of the artistic collective Maison Rode Waste Culture.
Inspired by Laurie Anderson’s work of the same name, the performance stages a slow motion walk. The perfomer, who becomes a flaneur, clashes with the several declinations and identities of our society. We therefore look at an analysis of the landscape and the porosity of the human body through the notion of speed.
Nicolas Vamvouklis lives and works in Milan and Athens. He collaborated with the Bejart Ballet in Lausanne and the Marina Abramovic Institute, and took part in the NEON Curatorial Exchange 2015 in partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery. He is currently a curator at FABRICA.
Claudio Pisa, Laura De Nicolao
The waiting, the anticipation, the synergy of two bodies that long to touch and fuse together, the eroticism generated by waiting, by the anticipation of a kiss not yet exchanged or one that has just ended. Words and gestures are a prelude to what destiny has already written. Inspired by “The Kiss” by Auguste Rodin.
Claudio Pisa worked with Korper, Borderline Danza, Biennale di Venezia e Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Laura de Nicolao danced at Abc Balletto Classico, Leggere strutture, Venezia Balletto and Deutsche Oper am Rhein. They are both instructors for Biennale Educational.
Federica Camata (voce), Michele Tajariol (sculture)
One singer, two “hand sculptures” and a score. Here, singing and sculpture are languages at war, in a constant tension towards one another. Singing tries to give order and sense to the musical score, and sculpture opposes that with its physicality, in the desperate attempt to become a useful instrument.
Michele Tajarol attended the Fine Arts Academy of Carrara. He exhibited work at the Baltimore Jewelry Center Gallery, 98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Kilowatt Festival and Trieste Contemporanea. He was awarded Francesco Fabbri prize for emerging artists.