[CHROMA_don’t be frightened of turning the page] and [DON’T BE FRIGHTENED OF TURNING THE PAGE], two versions of the same performance, 2017
[During the experience of the project “Migrant Bodies”, between 2014 and 2015, the artist develops an idea for a new performative practice that is deeply germinal. Starting from the observation of the migration flows of some animals that at the end of their life return to spawn and die in their natal territory, the artist began working on the concept of “turning”. The English term is translated and represented on stage in a literal sense, through the action of the body rotating around its axis: the action develops into an emotional psychophysical journey, a dance of duration, in the same way in which “turning” also means to evolve, to change.
The TURNING project is divided into different presentations and events that the artist calls “versions”. Each “version” involves different performers, as well as visual artists, musicians and designers, called by the artist to interpret the same action according to their own sensitivity – dramaturgically consistent with the title of the project: the materials and the physical scores are subject to a change, an evolution, a transformation, within each individual event.
Among the already created versions, we mention:
TURNING_thank you for your love version, presented in June 2015 in the Teatrino of Palazzo Grassi in Venice for the Biennale directed by Virgilio Sieni, with 5 dancers in an event created with the original score by Pablo Esbert Lilienfeld.
TURNING_ Symphony of sorrowful songs version, is a performance created for the MAXXI Museum in Rome presented in October 2015 at the Romaeuropa Festival. For the occasion Sciarroni worked with 15 dancers from the company of the Rome Ballet
TURNING_Motion sickness version, is the title of the performance created for the company of the Lyon Opera Ballet in 2016 and which opened the Lyon Biennial the same year.
CHROMA_don’t be frightened of turning the page is the solo version directed and interpreted by Alessandro Sciarroni himself, borrowing the title and subtitle respectively from Derek Jarman’s book of colours and from an album by Bright Eyes, the artist’s favourite rock band.
There are two different versions of the show:
CHROMA_Don’t be frightened of turning the page is performed in theaters and involves the light design by Rocco Giansante where the encounter between light and the spinning body generates shadows and shades. The spectator attends a chromatic kaleidoscope turning into a mandala: circle, meditation, cosmos. As in a holy space.
DON’T BE FRIGHTENED OF TURNING THE PAGE is mainly dedicated to unconventional spaces, such as museums and artistic centers, and is performed with fixed light.]
[invention, performance Alessandro Sciarroni / lighting design Rocco Giansante / music Paolo Persia / outfit Ettore Lombardi / dramaturgy Alessandro Sciarroni, Su-Feh Lee / curator, promotion, consulting Lisa Gilardino / administration, executive production Chiara Fava / technical director Valeria Foti / tour technician Cosimo Maggini / research, comunication Damien Modolo]
[production corpoceleste_C.C.00#, MARCHE TEATRO Teatro di Rilevante Interesse Culturale coproduction CENTQUATRE-Paris, CCN2 – Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble, Les Halles de Schaerbeek]
[the show’s creation took place at Dialoghi – Performing Arts Residencies at Villa Manin a project of CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG and Azienda Speciale Villa Manin with the support of Mibact – Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia][sviluppato come parte di Migrant Bodies presso il Centro per la Scena Contemporanea Bassano del Grappa (Italia), La Briqueterie – Centre de Développement Chorégraphique du Val de Marne (Francia), Circuit-Est (Quebéc), The Dance Centre (British Columbia) and HIPP The Croatian Institute for Dance and Movement (Croazia)]
[it was developed as part of Migrant Bodies at the Centro per la Scena Contemporanea Bassano del Grappa (Italy), La Briqueterie – Centre de Développement Chorégraphique du Val de Marne (France), Circuit-Est (Quebéc), The Dance Centre (British Columbia) and HIPP The Croatian Institute for Dance and Movement (Croatia) and as part of La Biennale di Venezia – Biennale College 2015]