Winner of Premio Scenario 2017, Berti is a young artist whose work is the result of a profound research (choreutic, physical, philosophical) and is marked by a surprisingly mature authorial touch. With its bold performative quality, her molecular dance focuses more on listening to what happens rather than on showing (off), a dance made of slowed-down and fluid movements, whose radicality sets it apart from many other proposals dealing with the issue of identity. Bau#2 is a dazzling performance, hypnotic and fascinating, a ritual concurrence of meditative practices, dance and words, elaborated with an authentically choreographic and conceptual approach. A choreography of the mind, where the artist tries to verbally express her thoughts, a complex work in which the micro-information caught from the viewers are processed and rendered in physical and vocal inserts, whose self-irony can sometimes take the audience aback.
concept, choreography, dance, text Barbara Berti dancer and assistant light Liselotte Singer dramaturgy advice Carlotta Scioldo light Thomas Cicognani production TIR Danza winner (ex-aequo) of Premio Scenario 2017
duration 40 minutes
Born in Bologna and resident in Berlin, Barbara Berti is a dancer and choreographer. After initial training as a graphic designer, she moved into the performing arts, working with artists, performers and dancers such as Judith Seng, Tino Seghal, Gabi Schilling and Isabelle Schad. At the same time, she developed her own artistic key in contemporary dance, developing a personal choreographic language with the help of hybrid disciplines such as instant composition, body-mind centring, meditation and contact improvisation. In her creations, a key aspect is research into kinaesthetic empathy and the transmission of the performer’s physical experience in a strong interaction with the audience. In 2014, she won the jury prize at the 100° Berlin festival with “I am a shape, in a shape, doing a shape”, selected in 2016 for the Vetrina italiana della Giovane Danza d’Autore (Italian Showcase of Young Dance). In 2017 she won Premio Scenario with BAU#2– from the series “Choreography of thinking”. Since November 2016, she is supported by TIR Danza.