Salvo Lombardo – Chiasma (IT) dance company

Duration: 30 minutes

concept, choreography and direction: Salvo Lombardo |performance: Daria Greco e Salvo Lombardo |music: Fabrizio Alviti, Giuseppe Verdicultural advisor: Viviana Gravano | production: Chiasma | supported by:  MiBAC – Ministero Beni e Attività Culturali |in collaboration with: Scenario Pubblico, Versiliadanza, Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, ACS Abruzzo, Festival Teatri di Vetro.

Salvo Lombardo’s Opacity#1 has a two chapter structure and emerges from a reflection on the colonial heritages and post-colonial imageries within the representation of bodies in the Western world. The Opacity project attempts to undermine the very principles of identities classification by investigating concepts such as flag, tradition, modernity, canon, stereotype, nation, progress, civilization, light and darkness. The first part of Opacity#1 is raising questions on the aesthetic canon and power in the representation of female bodies in classical ballet. The second part reflects on the dynamics of desire-repulsion of what we do not know, of what we consider “other” than us and about the “racialization” of sexual imagery.

Chiasma is a dance company founded and directed by Salvo Lombardo and supported by Mibac (Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities). The company’s productions have been programmed in many theaters and festivals across Italy and abroad. Chiasma works with both the support and collaboration of Festival Oriente Occidente, Théâtre National de Chaillot (FR), Fabbrica Europa, Romaeuropa Festival, Aura International Dance Festival, (LT) Attakkalari Dance Festival (IN), Scenario pubblico, ATER,  Short Theater, Teatro di Roma, Teatri di Vetro, Attraversamenti Multipli, Festival Corpi in Movimento, Versiliadanza, Piemonte dal vivo and many others institutions. and many others institutions. Chiasma also collaborates with numerous artists as dancers, video artists and sound designers focusing mainly on contamination of languages and interdisciplinary artistic research. Chiasma has been supporting Salvo Lombardo’s works since 2018, as well as the choreographers: Valentina Pagliarini and Fabritiza D’Intino.

Salvo Lombardo is a performer, choreographer, director and founder and artistic director of the Chiasma Company. His own artist research moves between dance, theater and visual arts while focusing on the languages of video art in the field of visual arts. He has been the co-founder and director of Clinica Mammut, until 2015. In 2015-2016 he has been resident choreographer at Anghiari Dance Hub. In 2017 he has been the guest choreographer at the Aura Dance Theater Company in Kaunas (LIT) and at the Festival Fabbrica Europa. For the two-year period 2017-2018, he started his collaboration as an associated artist with the Festival Oriente Occidente. In 2018 he was awarded a tender by the Piemonte dal Vivo’s Residenze Coreografiche Lavanderia a Vapore 3.0 to work on the project Excelsior in co-production – among others – with the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris and the Romaeuropa Festival. In 2019 he worked as choreographer for the Indian Attakkalari Dance Company of Bangalore. From 2019, together with Viviana Gravano and Giulia Grechi, he is the curator of Resurface_festival di sguardi post coloniali in Rome.