Transiti Humanitatis #1
INVENZIONI A TRE VOCI
worldpremière 14 June 2014
Teatro Garibaldi/Unione dei Teatri d’Europa, Palermo
an idea by Nello Calabrò and Roberto Zappalà
choreography and direction Roberto Zappalà
Johann Sebastian Bach
dance Maud de la Purification, Gioia Maria Morisco Castelli, Valeria Zampardi
at the piano Luca Ballerini
at the viola Adriano Murania
light and costumes Roberto Zappalà
technical director Sammy Torrisi
production and tour manager Maria Inguscio
the project Transiti Humanitatis is a production
compagnia zappalà danza – Scenario Pubblico international choreographic centre Sicily
in collaboration with
Teatro Garibaldi/Unione dei Teatri d’Europa (Palermo)
Teatro Comunale of Ferrara
Transiti humanitatis, the Compagnia Zappalà Danza’s new project, will come to a close in autumn 2015 with the production I am beautiful. It is now approaching its first milestone, Invenzioni a tre voci, which was premièred on 15 June 2014 at the Garibaldi Theatre/Union of Theatres of Europe in Palermo.
The “inventions” and “voices” are J. S. Bach’s, performed live on the piano and violin and by the three dancers.
The immobility of the female body and its pivotal role in western art are transformed and transfigured by the body or bodies, in movements shaped by the choreographer.
For Zappalà, stripping the female form bare – in the figurative as well as the literal sense – equates to stripping the human heart bare. It reveals the constant illusions and deception of men when they look at the woman and at the female body.
Everything begins in the body – in this case that of the woman/dancer – and it is in the same body that everything ends.
Appropriating the reflections of John Berger and the verses of Wislawa Szymborska, Zappalà offers a reflection not only on the female condition but also on the imagination – an imagination produced by the beauty of the female body, simultaneously protagonist and victim. Naturally, he does it through dance, a dance whose grammar and syntax resides in the nerves and joints, in the quivers and starts of the body of the three dancers/inventions.
This dance conceptually appropriates the verse of the Polish poet Jan Twardowski when he says “you have to have a body to find a soul”. (1)
1) From Only by Jan Twardowski