Jacopo Jenna is an artist that Danae has been following for years. His research focuses on the perception of dance and on choreography as an extended practice. Choreographer, performer and film-maker, after his degree in Sociology he worked with various artist, among which Jacopo Miliani, Caterina Barbieri, Roberto Fassone, Ramona Caia, Bassam Abou Diab.
The Macabre Dance is a late-medieval tradition merging visual arts, architecture, poetry, and other codes. It is one of the most developed iconographic themes in the history of Western arts, also due to the spreading of the Black Death, the plague that killed millions of people but also urged humankind to ponder over its relationship with the earthly world. The dead people’s dance stems from the shared belief that any supermundane and otherworldly motions are dance. Stars, gods, spirits, and nature, all of them dance. Danse Macabre!, made in artistic collaboration with the video-maker Roberto Fassone, relies on a visual score to stimulate both the performers’ physical memory and the viewers’ free associations by including a third element on stage, a film that records some parts of the choreography from different angles and projects them in synchrony with the live dancers. It is an austere invitation to dance towards the unknown, to tie and affirm relationships with the current world, in a research based on a visionary combination of dancing bodies, film, electronic music, and light.