MERIDIANA is a combination of science and nature, human and divine, earthly and oneiric, electronic sound and spoken word, symmetry and asymmetry of the bodies of two dancers.
MERIDIANA is a creation for two dancers (one ‘able’ dancer and one disabled dancer), two women accompanied by the sound of the Finnish writer and electronic composer AGF (Antye Greie), whose work explores the spoken word in combination with electronic music to create atmospheres that are at times both alienating and intimate; the sound thus transforms the place of the performance into a science fiction immersion, a journey to a foreign place, while maintaining the sound of the human voice as a memory of something that once was, something that has already been inhabited by the voice itself.
In MERIDIANA the mirrored floor creates the illusion of being suspended in the middle of a space in which the golden ceiling of the room is reflected on the floor, enveloping the spectator in a “golden cage”. A cage inhabited by two creatures, extraordinary for their poignant imperfect beauty, as natural as it is dreamlike; because it is in the midst of the perdition of a reflected space that the nature of things is found.
I imagine all the shelves of the historic Pharmacy in the Sant’Agostino complex in Modena covered with black and white plants (as if filtered by an artificial light), a sort of vertical garden illuminated by micro-installations of circular lights that recall a sacred place.
A broken dance recounts the tragedy and constant innovation of the body; a dance that does not wait for time to pass but moulds it to its own satisfaction, speeding up and slowing down the hours; a dance characterised by more rigid and geometric movements, incorporating contortions of the limbs and control of the arms to create geometric forms which in turn progressively reveal the dexterity, beauty, distortion and memory of the body itself.
A production FONDAZIONE NAZIONALE DELLA DANZA/ATERBALLETTO
co-production FONDAZIONE PALAZZO MAGNANI
within AN IDEAL CITY, public art project in partnership with LES HALLES DE SCHAERBEEK – BRUSSELS and GREEK NATIONAL OPERA – ATHENS, co-funded by the CREATIVE EUROPEprogramme of the European Union
Technological development and user experience design RE:LAB
Video production & editing RIOT STUDIO (LAPEJ)
With the support of MINISTRY OF CULTURE / SPECIAL PROJECTS 2021 and AGO MODENA FABBRICHE CULTURALI
DURATION 7' for 3 dancers