Milano Teatro Scuola Paolo Grassi (Italy)
May 14th, 8:00 p.m.
Teatro Piccolo Arsenale
sets and choreography Michele Di Stefano
with the dancers from the 3rd Theatre-Dance Course: Lorena Amico, Elda Gallo, Alessandra Gaeta, Stefania Lazzeri, Camilla Monga, Alessandra Rizzuto and Claudia Rossi
music Lorenzo Bianchi
Having appeared in the past at the Biennale Danza in 2005 with Millimetri by Sergio Antonino and in 2009 with A Study of Sudden Birds by Yasmeen Godder, the third-year students from the Course in Theatre-dance of the Milano Teatro Scuola Paolo Grassi come together this time for an original reinterpretation of the recent repertory of the MK group, one of Italy’s experimental choreographic groups. The result is a crossing space, to experiment with writing in languages that cannot be classified as a predetermined style; on the contrary a grammar is developed that is based fundamentally on the power of exchange, on the capacity to interchange its components and translate them. To a body seeking this polyglot quality, every movement appears useful, no matter how stereotyped or sophisticated its design appears to be.
In a choreographic work timing is everything; the relationship between an individual anatomy and the construction of a linguistic universe is clearly a question of timing: many decisions are made in real time to help adapt and negotiate one’s own presence in a space in which other bodies are in action. The performer works constantly to adjust.
Hence the performance explores the sense of belonging that the body seeks outside itself, in its movement towards the outdoors – or at the border between the home and the open field. In any case the expedition takes place when collapse is imminent.
The Reform Club is an imaginary place where the protagonists of Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne accept the challenge to circumnavigate the globe in a short span of time. The journey and all its unexpected trials were addressed with unflappable nonchalance and unlimited faith in an order that seemed inscribed in the Earth itself, but upon closer look it is also a joyful acceptance of the labyrinthian nature of the world.
As the geographer said, “anthropology tends increasingly to compare the traditional rural village with the waiting room of an airport: to consider moving, journeys, migration not as a simple accident of human existence, as a casual and secondary event, but on the contrary as a practice that is fundamental to the identity of the subject, and to every cultural expression”.
Michele Di Stefano
MK is an independent group that works in the field of performance, choreography and sound research. The group’s project developed after 1999 with its participation in the most important festivals of the new scene with a self-taught project for the exploration of the body exploration, projected onto the international stage. Its most recent productions include: Comfort, performed at the Indonesian Dance Festival and the Sparks Festival in Minneapolis, and speak Spanish which toured in 2010-11. November 2010 marked the beginning of the Instruction series, choreographic works and performance spaces created at a distance by e-mail, regarding vaguely post-colonial issues, co-produced by Xing/Raum. In 2005, Around the world in eighty days and Grand Tour.
MK is one of the five international companies selected for the book Corpo sottile. Uno sguardo sulla nuova coreografia europea (UbuLibri, Milan 2003).
In 2010 Michele Di Stefano participated as a choreographer in the project Dance n.3 by Cristina Rizzo, with Eszter Salomon and Matteo Levaggi. He collaborated in the Swiss Cube program by the Swiss Institute of Rome with Gilles Jobin and Simon Vincenzi. The same year the group was working on two productions (Kamikaze and Giuda) in the season on Fundamentalisms organized by Antonio Latella at the Nuovo Teatro Nuovo in Naples.
Lorenzo Bianchi is a composer of electro-acoustic music; he lives and works in Paris where he collaborates with IRCAM. He has developed projects for Luca Ronconi, Richard Siegal, Luca Francesconi and has created music for MK since 2005.