For the third year in a row, Danae Festival presents Laterale, a section whose projects go beyond the usual standards of theatre plays. A space where the artists invited are asked to devise and present some “objects” reflecting the paths, the practices, the obsessions, the remarks, the meditations of their role as artists. Materials usually invisible, standing behind what is presented to the viewers, but often fundamental to their activity. For this third edition, we offer this space to Marta Ciappina and Silvia Mai.
Duration: 2 hours + talk
DIARIO DI UNA OPERAIA DELLA DANZA
Diario di una operaia della danza (Journal of a dance worker) is a confidential and noctambulist reading, a chronologically disjointed, visionary and unassertive journey through a series of private notebooks that have sheltered meditations and remarks mulled over during the creation process of choreographies by three different authors: Marco D’Agostin, Michele Di Stefano, Alessandro Sciarroni.
These notebooks, scratched by the writing down of technical instructions and dramaturgical notes, and the traces of a dancer’s languishing and cruel obsessions, treasure the delightful, silent and contradictory exchanges that give an erotic edge to the thrilling relationship between author and performer. A daily journal that tries to delve into an inexplicable and enigmatic matter, an assembly line with intangible gears where the value of privilege shines out. Privileged is the performer, who can spy – in awe – upon the ineffable creativity of authors and find refuge and solace in their compelling wit.
by and with Marta Ciappina with the support of IntercettAzioni – Centro di Residenza Artistica della Lombardia (a project by Circuito CLAPS and Teatro delle Moire, Industria Scenica, Milano Musica, ZONA K)
Marta Ciappina Dancer, coach and teacher, she studied mainly in New York at the Trisha Brown Studio and the Movement Research. As a dancer, she partnered, among others, with Chiara Bersani, Tiziana Arnaboldi, Daniele Albanese, Daniele Ninarello, Luis Lara Malvacias, Gabriella Maiorino. Since 2013, she has been working with MK, a leading company of contemporary dance led by Michele Di Stefano, winner of 2014 Silver Lion at the Biennale Danza di Venezia. In 2015 she started her collaboration with Alessandro Sciarroni, winner of 2019 Golden Lion at the Biennale Danza di Venezia. She is currently working, as a performer, on “Pezzi Anatomici” – a project by MK, “Saga” – created by Marco D’Agostin, and “Quel che resta” – devised by Simona Bertozzi.
As a teacher, she works for the Scuola Luca Ronconi of the Piccolo Teatro di Milano directed by Carmelo Rifici, for the Biennale Danza di Venezia directed by Wayne McGregor, for the professional school of contemporary dance directed by Roberto Casarotto and for the project DA.RE. dance research directed by Adriana Borriello.
PROSPETTIVE ANIMALI/prima esposizione
a research project on the issue of human-animal relation
The life and work of Silvia Mai unfold along the threshold of a possible connection between dance and the relation with animals. Her thoughts and readings have lately focused on the issue of human/animal relation or, more generally speaking, the relation between what is considered “human” and what is not. The closer we get to our vulnerability, the stronger the relation is, the communication becomes vivid and transparent. When we try to communicate with a different species, a different way of looking at the world, we are more and more taken back to ourselves.
“Why did you come all the way here? What can I possibly try to answer? Maybe we think we have something in common, the love for dance, or the passion for animals… but what does this mean to you? And what is it for me? How do you translate it? What actions and choices does it lead you to making? When we dwell upon the question, we trigger a process and start a dialogue, exploring a free territory where words renew their meaning, and where the horizon can be widened. Maybe some answers can be revealed.” (Silvia Mai)
vision principle: Silvia Mai formulated, designed and carried out by Silvia Mai and Anna Paola Bacalov in flesh and bones Silvia, Gringo and Eco with the support of IntercettAzioni – Centro di Residenza Artistica della Lombardia (a project by Circuito CLAPS and Teatro delle Moire, Industria Scenica, Milano Musica, ZONA K) with the precious contribution of Floor Robert, Simon Davison, Floriana Taddei, Johnny Rosch, Johnny Rosch’s friend, Gea Lucetti, Tina Aguirre Vassallo, Marisa Rosenberg, Valeria Mai, Gringo, Eco, Fortuna.
Silvia Mai defines herself a dancer/mountain shepherd. Her artistic path was marked by her meeting with Raffaella Giordano, Silvia Rampelli, Dominique Dupuy, Claudia Dias, and by her experience on stage both as performer and author. Her performing mindset prompted her to search for ways to refine the perception and the awareness of movements in relation to space and time, gradually shifting towards a desire for concreteness and reality. For a few years she quit the dance scene and started living on sheep-breeding in the mountains, where she embraced a life with animals. Today she lives and shares any activity with her dogs Gringo and Eco, devising a pristine and consistent life project together with them.
Professor Alessandro Pontremoli of the Università degli studi di Torino, estimated scholar in performing arts, will close this section by sharing his reflections with the audience.