[SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME], 2019
In Save the last dance for me Alessandro Sciarroni works together with the dancers Gianmaria Borzillo and Giovanfrancesco Giannini on the steps of a Bolognese dance called Polka Chinata. It is a courtship dance originally performed by men only and dating back to the early 1900s: physically demanding, almost acrobatic, it requires that the dancers embrace each other, whirl as they bend to their knees almost to the ground.
The work was created in collaboration with Giancarlo Stagni, a Filuzziani dance master who revived this ancient tradition thanks to the rediscovery and study of some documentation videos dating back to the 1960s. Sciarroni discovered this dance in December 2018 when the dance was practiced in Italy only by 5 people in total. For this reason, the project consists of a performance performed by the two dancers and a series of workshops aimed at spreading and reviving this popular tradition in danger of extinction.
Number of Polka Chinata dancers:
December 2018 – 5 dancers
April 2019 – 7 dancers
June 2019 – 22 dancers
[invention Alessandro Sciarroni / with Gianmaria Borzillo and Giovanfrancesco Giannini / artistic collaboration Giancarlo Stagni / Aurora Bauzà and Pere Jou (Telemann Rec.) / styling Ettore Lombardi]
[production corpoceleste_C.C.00 #, MARCHE THEATRO Teatro di Rilevante Interesse Culturale coproduction Santarcangelo Festival, B.Motion, Festival Danza Urbana]