An anthology of dances balancing between geometry and swirl where the aerial element is the paradigm for a reflection on the boundaries of control. Currents and storms, air fans and drones, birds and gran-jetés become allegories of the relationship between choreography and dance in an investigation that bounces from the repetition to improvvisation, from writing to interpretation. Score of this exploration is a notebook from the childhood of Francesca Pennini, where she wrote dozen of choreographies, invented but never performed. A time machine for an impossible archeology that is now declined on the stage in a series of outlandish possibilities. The body is tested borrowing the principles of thermodynamics, going from the plasticity of gymnastics to evanescence of inertia. Among contortions and asphyxiating efforts is triggered a respiratory exchange that mixes the volumes between body and space, audience and stage in a suspended and floating geography.
Franceska Penini (Ferrara, 1984) starts off as a gymnast and then devoted herself to contemporary dance. She studied at Balletto di Toscana, Laban Centre in London and she explored a broad range of disciplines: from butoh to free diving, from martial arts to disco-dance competitions. She worked as a freelance dancer for Sasha Waltz & Guests. In 2007 she founds the company CollettivO CineticO as a flexible net of artists: more than 50 members from different disciplines focusing on movement and keeping the structure of the company itself in constant dynamic. Her work crosses genders and codes reformatting the rules of the performative event, challenging the relationship with the spectator, meeting different kinds of bodies and spaces with a rigorous yet ironic approach. She gives lectures and seminars in museums and arts centers (Biennale College Danza in Venice, MAXXI Museum in Rome, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Academy of Fine Arts of Rome, Academy of Fine Arts of Milan...) and she is a professor of “Theatre and performing arts” at IUAV University in Venice.
CollettivO CineticO was founded in 2007 by the choreographer Francesca Pennini and today it’s a network of more than 50 artists coming from different disciplines and backgrounds. Their work crosses genders and codes reformatting the rules of the performative event, it challenges the relationship with the spectator with a rigorous yet ironic approach. The company until now made 60 creations, winning many awards: GD’A Prize 2008; Rete Critica Award as Best Italian Artist 2014; Jurislav Korenić Award / Best Young Director - Sarajevo 2014; Danza&Danza Prize 2015; MESS Prize 2016 BE Festival; Hystrio Iceberg Award 2016; Prize of the National Association of Critics 2016; UBU Award - Best Dance Piece of 2017; Grand-Prix Award for Best Performance at MESS Sarajevo 2018.
COUNTRY : ITALY
AUTHOR : Francesca Pennini
PRODUCER : CollettivO CineticO, Danae Festival
DIRECTOR : Francesca Pennini
CAST : Direction, choreography, dance: Francesca Pennini Dramaturgy, light design, drone pilot: Angelo Pedroni Assistance: Carmine Parise MUSIC: J.S. Bach, B. Britten, Cher, Frescobaldi, Ligeti, Purcell, Romitelli, Strauss.
SHORT BIO OF PLAY
DURATION : 50min
YEAR OF PREMIERE : 2015
LANGUAGE : italian, english and macedonian subtitles
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