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Abiectio – “O” – BLISS

The Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto closes its 2018-2019 season in the renovated Chiostri di San Pietro in Reggio Emilia.

Abiectio by Damiano Artale is an engaging duet on the notes of the Passion of Bach and the Requiem Pies Jesus by Fauré. Followed by “O” by Philippe Kratz, choreography from the unstoppable rhythm awarded at the prestigious competition in Hanover 2018. BLISS, a masterpiece by Johan Inger to the notes of Keith Jarrett’s Koln Concert, is a dance that emanates happiness and above all life. A joy for the performers, who surrender to the music without any resistance, and for the public, who can admire the maturity and skill of each dancer.



When violence bathes the soul of a human being, we celebrate the failure of communication, also the funeral of education. Frightened and disoriented, an injured individual looks at himself in the mirror with degrading mortification and responds to the outside world by attacking. Every man, however, in possession of that particular gift called empathy, places himself immediately and positively in the condition of

Choreography Damiano Artale
Music Johann Sebastian Bach and Gabriel Faurè
Costume design Francesca Messori
Lighting design Carlo Cerri
Dancers Damiano Artale and Arianna Kob

The idea at the base of “O” is eternity and how attaining it is humanity’s ultimate goal. As in the summer of 2017 in Hong Kong for the very first time two humanoid robots vocally interacted with one another it became clear to anyone watching that a future, in which accumulated human knowledge is passed on by communicating inorganic material, is within reach. Therefore “O” can be seen as two human beings or two robots celebrating in a state of transcendence and emotional fulfilment, both moving to the never-ending beat of their unstoppable hearts.
And as the spaceship computer Hal in Stanley Kubrick’s movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ puts it: “I know I’ve made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I’ve still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.”

Choreography Philippe Kratz
Music Mark Pritchard, The Field
Costume design Francesca Messori
Lighting design Carlo Cerri
Dancers Philippe Kratz and Ivana Mastroviti

First prize at 32° Hannover Choreographic Competition – June 2018



“Exciting BLISS by Johan Inger. It is an ode to the joy of dancing, to the pleasure of seeing the performers moving in an unstoppable chain of choreographic beauty. One of the best shots recently scored by Aterballetto.”

Sergio Trombetta, La Stampa

Choreography Johan Inger
Music Keith Jarrett
Set design Johan Inger
Costume design Johan Inger and Francesca Messori
Lighting design Peter Lundin
Assistant to the choreographer Yvan Dubreuil

Premio Danza&Danza 2016 “Best Italian Production”


Full 12 euro
Reduction 9 euro for under 30, dance schools DanzaRE (Arcadia, Danzarte, Eidos Danza, Let’s Dance, Progetto Danza), Liceo Coreutico Matilde di Canossa, over 65
Reduction 3 euro for under 8

Info, reservations and tickets withdrawing

tel. +39 0522 273011
cell. and whatsapp +39 3341023554
email info@aterballetto.it

Reserved tickets must be collected by Friday, July 19th at the ticket office of the Fonderia, in via della Costituzione 39.
Uncollected tickets will be resold.

Purchase at ticket office

Fonderia, headquarters of Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto, via della Costituzione 39, Reggio Emilia
Monday and Friday from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Chiostri di San Pietro, via Emilia San Pietro 44, Reggio Emilia
Only Sunday 21 and Tuesday 23 July from 7.30 p.m.

Online purchase


Tickets purchased online can be collected at the ticket office of the Fonderia in via della Costituzione 39, during opening hours, or on the evening of the shows (Sunday 21st and Tuesday 23rd July) at the ticket office of the Chiostri di San Pietro in via Emilia San Pietro 44, from 7.30 p.m.