"To live is to pass from one space to another, trying to not get hurt too much." (Georges Perec)
Dancers: Eleonora Chiocchini, David Labanca
Musical research: Mauro Casappa
Light beams, mechanical objects and performance: François Gendre
I wish there were places that were stable, unmoving, untouched and almost untouchable, unchangeable. Places helping us to find reference points, as well as starting points, a source: the house where I might have been born, the tree that I could have seen grow...Just like thinking of nothing, without automatically adding something around that nothing, without making it just another void to be quickly filled with something: a look, a need, a destiny, a lack of something... We have to live within fragile spaces, drained, destroyed by time; ultimately we are betrayed by our memories, as oblivion seeps in. In our vacuum, we set off on a journey of exploration of our humanity, suspended somewhere between reality and imagination, tracing the boundaries of spaces, micro-worlds penetrated by beams of light, the vibrations of sounds and mechanical objects which confront our bodies, the bearers of gestures.
Eleonora trained as a dancer at Perugia’s Dance Gallery and completed her training through master classes and workshops both in Italy and abroad (Paris, Brussels and Vienna). Since 2005, she has performed for Compagnia Abbondanza Bertoni, Teatrodanza Tiziana Arnaboldi (Switzerland), Dejà Donné, Dergah Danza Teatro, Teatro dell'Archivolto, Compagnia Simona Bucci, Habillé d'eau and Sosta Palmizi. Alongside her work as a performer, she has been developing her own personal research, involving the creation of choreographies including “Attentazione: esercizi all'azione attenta” (2010, Attentation: Exercises for an Attentive Attention) winner of the “Nutrimenti: sostenere l'emergente” Prize (Terni); “A piccole dosi” (2010, In Small Doses) in collaboration with the association Sosta Palmizi; “Frane” (2011, Landslides) awarded the Toscana Factory Dance prize at Fabbricaeuropa (Florence); Fragilefrana (2011) winner of “Created in Umbria” and the “E45 Napoli Fringe Festival”.
David was born in Tuttlingen (Germany) but grew up in Milan, where he attended his first theatre classes and became part of Compagnia TeatrObliquo. In 2007 he decided to move to Switzerland to attend Scuola Teatro Dimitri, where he studied in-depth acrobatics, dance, voice, improvisation, masks and clowning, gaining a bachelor’s degree in Physical Theatre. From 2010 he has been a member of Compagnia Teatro Dimitri, taking part in comedy shows and, at the same time, collaborating with Compagnia Teatro Danza Tiziana Arnaboldi as a dancer. He has also collaborated on a string of independent productions, further developing his personal research and study of movement as a mean of expression in both theatre and dance.
Born in Fribourg, François is a painter, musician, lighting designer, clever bricoleur and performer. He has worked with a long list of theatre and dance companies thanks in no small part to his versatile talent: Guignol à roulette (Fribourg), Atelier des gestes (Fribourg), Drift (Zurich) (since 1994) and Compagnia Tiziana Arnaboldi (Ascona) (since 2004). He has also composed film scores: for Alain Favre’s “New‐York, 2 secondes trop tard” (Fribourg) and Fulvio Tomazzi’s “Bad trip to mars” (Lausanne). He has also co-created (with Olivier Suter) an installation for the 20th anniversary of the Paris Swiss Cultural Centre.
A composer and musical researcher, Mauro studied music and composition at Parma Conservatory and Reggio Emilia’s Musical Institute, attending classes held by Luciano Berio, Sylvano Bussotti, Paolo Cavazzini, Franco Donatoni, Armando Gentilucci, Gerard Grisey, Adriano Guarnieri, Giacomo Manzoni, Emmanuel Nunes, Salvatore Sciarrino and Alvise Vidolin.
He has worked with theatre companies including Elsinor, Il Buratto, Nuova Scena, Teatro dell’Arca and Teatro delle Briciole, with directors Stefano Monti, Letizia Quintavalla and Bruno Stori, the dance companies of Abbondanza-Bertoni, Artemis Danza (Monica Casadei) and Teatrodanza Tiziana Arnaboldi (Switzerland) and choreographers Nicoletta Cabassi, Chiara Frigo, Daniele Ninarello, Thierry Parmentier and Piera Principe. He has also collaborated with sculptors Oscar Accorsi and Robert Morris and with director Peter Greenaway.
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