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Tortelli suggests echoes of stories, inner movements, images, experienced emotions with a dance of many rigid lines, broken and deformed, by thickening of bodies, supple dynamics, multiplication of limbs, hints of contact dance, which reveal the rich and varied compositional background of the author and confirm his qualities.

Giuseppe Distefano for Artribune


Domus is the intimate space in every individual that contains a wealth of stories made up of images and echoes. Perhaps we do not recognise them, but we can be affected by them, if we leave the gateways of the soul open to ‘listen’ not only to the music, but also to the visual suggestions. 

Domus Aurea thus becomes a space that is created through continually interweaving the rational and irrational. This is the condition within each of us: a continual precarious balance between certainty and uncertainty, inspired by the desire for change and by utopia to at least fleetingly achieve perfection and freedom, which today perhaps only belong to art.



In Massimo Uberti’s works, right in the middle of a choice of removing distance light becomes the core matter – the work itself. The space is only light and without obstacles can become infinity. The work Domus Aurea is a luminous design of an ideal house within an Ideal City. Domus Aurea is like a thin line that outlines a just mentioned volume

Luminous energy is a source of life and Uberti reinforces it in this role in the art world.

In his research light does not only have the task of revealing the work, but also that of making it a material apparition, of holding it together in its conceptual coherency, offering it to the visitor as a passage outside the void.

And it is not a question of technique or artifice, but instead of a natural tendency to walk on the edge, to measure each step, to experience vertigo as a real emotion, in his case the virtual character of the luminous phenomenon in its evanescence and physical essence.



My score relates to the French Suites by harking back to the principle of construction/deconstruction behind Diego Tortelli’s choreographic project. A local trajectory, similar to the one presented by the entire work, is created in the six islands found along the pathway, each of which has been constructed predominantly on elements taken from a single piece of the Suites: an opening narrows down the original substance to a very restricted number of elements (individual voices, only the harmonic content, the trimmed lines of the links and ornamentations and so on) to gradually reconstruct the Bach-like image in view of its subsequent deconstruction and, at times, its disintegration. Each ever-changing revision does not, however, aim to profoundly and aggressively transform the musical essence and turn Bach into a distant, unrecognisable inspiration, but rather to respectfully reveal hidden, secret aspects of these pages. 

The use of electronics gives unity to the pathway, by creating a sort of acoustic setting, which deliberately lacks in naturalistic suggestions of easily identifiable, recurring figuration. It becomes autonomous as it was at the beginning, at times joined by fluctuating, Bach-like apparitions (only in the final sarabande does it step aside, after occupying the acoustic space with its most important, tense intervention), at others matched with fleeting interventions improvised by the instruments in the parts linking one island with the next.


14th and 15th September 2018, Turin, Teatro Carignano

17th September 2018, Milan, Teatro Elfo Puccini

Choreography: Diego Tortelli 

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Suites Francesi, transcribed by Giorgio Colombo Taccani

Performed by Ensemble Sentieri selvaggi:

Mirco Ghirardini clarinet, Paola Fre flute, Piercarlo Sacco violin, Aya Shimura cello, Andrea Dulbecco vibraphone and percussion

Set design: Massimo Uberti

Light design: Carlo Cerri

Costume design: Diego Tortelli, made by Francesca Messori and Nuvia Valestri

Press photos: Lorenza Daverio


DURATION 40’  for 16 dancers of the company:

Noemi Arcangeli, Saul Daniele Ardillo, Damiano Artale, Estelle Bovay, Hektor Budlla, Martina Forioso, Clément Haenen, Arianna Kob, Philippe Kratz, Ina Lesnakowski, Grace Lyell, Ivana Mastroviti, Giulio Pighini, Roberto Tedesco, Hélias Tur – Dorvault, Serena Vinzio



production Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto

Coproduction Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino–Teatro Nazionale, MITO SettembreMusica, Les Halles de Schaerbeek – Bruxelles, Fondazione per la Cultura Torino, Fondazione I Pomeriggi Musicali e MILANoLTRE 


In collaboration with Fondazione Teatri di Piacenza, Fondazione Teatro Regio di Parma, Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Modena, Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Fondazione Ravenna Manifestazioni


With the support of Città di Carpi

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