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LA FORMA DELLE COSE (2002)

part I of IL MIGLIORE DEI MONDI POSSIBILI / 2003 UBU PRIZE ‘Best contemporary dance performance’

project by ROBERTO CASTELLO and ALESSANDRA MORETTI

previous repertory

choreography ROBERTO CASTELLO

performers (2002/2008) ROBERTO CASTELLO, VALERIE ERKEN/VALENTINA BULDRINI /FRANCESCA FOSCARINI, ALESSANDRA MORETTI, STEFANO QUESTORIO, SILVIA CATTOI/SILVIA BERTI/GABRIELLA SECCHI, AMBRA SENATORE

music Various

lighting project (2002-2004) GIANNI POLLINI

video ALDES

costumes ALDES

organisation SIMONA CAPPELLINI (2003/2007)

production ALDES, ARMUNIA-FESTIVAL COSTA DEGLI ETRUSCHI

with the support of Mibac MINISTERO per i Beni e le Attività Culturali / Dip. Spettacolo, REGIONE TOSCANA / Sistema Regionale dello Spettacolo

length of performance 1h

“La forma delle cose” is a performance for 6 performers/actors for italian-like stages. On an empty black stage framed by big black wings is a screen on which a large clock face is projected. Throughout the performance a 'ring' marks each passing minute, clocking up the time-counter as the seconds run on. “La forma delle cose” is about time and our relation to it, social and political life interlacing movement, word, video and music. It’s a long sequence of short and heterogeneous fragments which capture small details of everyday life and crystallise them in simple choreographic forms. The music used is mainly composed by experimental works realised in New York around the beginning of the ‘80s by authors such as Christian Marclay, Adele Bertei, Nigel Rollins, Steven Brown and Blaine Reininger, put close to pieces of Tricky, Khachaturian and to sound elaboration of the company itself. The texts stretch from Eugene Ionesco and Charles Bukowski to improvisations and texts written by the company.

Massimo Marino - Tuttoteatro.com - 30 April 2004

"(…) is a kind of performance/manifesto that sets out to dismantle perception, the relationship between choreographed acts and time, action and the spectator, portrayal and reality. It even delves into the history of our times, with a dash of sharp political indignation that is distilled between abstract movements or fascinating expressionistic accelerations and always served up with a hint of laughter to keep the audience hooked, startling its perception and shifting attention towards a bitter reflection on the present. (…) The show provides heated entertainment, lasting maybe an hour or anyway the standard time required for a bombardment of stimuli… (…)".

Rossella Battisti - L'UNITA' - 28 August 2002

"(…) Castello has never been one to beat about the bush, choreographically or otherwise. Provocative and scathing from his “Siamo qui solo per i soldi” Zappa paraphrasing days, he is an artist who does not like to be hemmed in by convention. Ingenious in his own way…, Castello is unpredictable and does real experimentation, avoiding the status quo. And sometimes he hits the mark. Like now (…)"

Andrea Porcheddu - www.delteatro.it - July 2002

"(…) It’s no secret that Roberto Castello is a restless spirit: this choreographer-dancer who for years has been a key figure on the Italian and European dance scene has never been one to accept facile popularity and has never hesitated to take risks, in projects where irony often veils biting criticism. A complex artist who combines contemporary dance with videoart or literature… The name itself a declaration of war, this project marks a new stage in the journey of Castello and the excellent dancers that accompany him: a ferocious, implacable look at the present day… (…) this work is the generous protest of an intellectual, an artist, who definitely has something to say. And still has the will, the strength – or maybe the guts – to make himself heard…(…)"

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