creation dedicated to Edgard Varèse's musical research
direction and choreography: Nicola Galli
production: Fondazione Musica per Roma, TIR Danza, Fondazione Teatro Grande di Brescia, stereopsis
in collaboration with: L’arboreto - Teatro Dimora di Mondaino, Teatro Petrella di Longiano
dance: Alessandra Fabbri, Nicola Galli, Paolo Soloperto
music: Edgard Varèse (Un grand sommeil noir, Poème électronique, Déserts, Ionisation, Density 21.5.)
texts inspired by: Edgard Varèse, Alice Miller, Gilles Clément, Marcel Proust
scenography: Giulio Mazzacurati
video e costumes: Nicola Galli
light and sound: Giovanni Garbo
organization: Giulia Melandri
artistic residences: L’arboreto – Teatro Dimora di Mondaino, Teatro Petrella di Longiano, CapoTrave/Kilowatt Sansepolcro
with the support of: h(abita)t – Rete di Spazi per la Danza / Leggere Strutture Art Factory, Centro di Residenza della Toscana
(Armunia Castiglioncello - CapoTrave/Kilowatt Sansepolcro), NEXT 2018 / 2019 Laboratorio delle idee per la produzione e distribuzione dello spettacolo dal vivo - Regione Lombardia
length: 60 minutes
Winner Prize Equilibrio 2018
is a choreographic pièce dedicated to Edgard Varèse's revolutionary music research and inspired by the composition "Déserts".
The experimental and complex work of the composer, focused on "organized sound" and integration of noise, becomes the driving
force of the pièce imagined as a visual and dreamlike ritual, point of contention between suspension, violence and catharsis.
The pièce presents an aseptic and synthetic scene in which an imaginary landscape reveals the desert intended as a boundess
place and existential condition.
"If I say the word desert, what do your eyes see?"
This question welcomes the audience and then leads it into a seductive and visceral sensorial trip, a sort of
magnifying glass that reveals the scene as a kaleidoscopic universe in constant short circuit.
A psychic and unreal atmosphere full of gestures, sounds and colors, envelops the space and guides three strangers
to generates a figurative atlas that gradually disclose the introspective nature of the human soul.
, in its meaning as fluid and immaterial place, shows itself as a geometric and pocketable horizon,
and opens a window into the desolate human condition, telling the silent revolt of latent emotions for the survival of the individual.
"From landscape installations to stratifications of bone architecture and research on the planetary system.
Deserto digitale (Equilibrio prize 2018, seen at FOG Festival - Triennale Milano) we find all the elements
of the poetic choreography of Nicola Galli, a fertile mind in continuous experimentation, that recently prefers the music of Edgard Varèse.
[...] Huge colored lenses, liturgically maneuvered and overlapped, create a chromatic scale and also act as a screen
for video projection of micro-organisms and for shadow games.
The show creates a sensorial and dreamlike journey - with the beautiful
Lied that evokes 'a great black
sleep' during the prologue - and presents metamorphic postures from reptile and feathered together;
martial struggles with long poles, synchronic solos and duets in relation to the timbric pulsing of music; astronaut
explorations, corporal reconnaissance with probes in the oral cavity; a naked body, which embodies at the
same time a climbing plant or chrysalis coming out of a steel carriage.
Many other sequences evoke no longer a boundless desert but a prolific vegetable, animal and human world."
Giuseppe Distefano [ Danza&Danza Magazine - 09/2019 ]