toPRAY è uno spettacolo in cui le danze urbane si mescolano a gesti contemporanei, producendo una danza fuori dagli schemi, dal tempo. La scrittura coreografica attinge da calligrafie multiculturali, risultando un linguaggio universale: come il racconto dell’anima dell’uomo.
The contemporary dance company Déjà Donné was founded in 1997 in Prague; in 2000 the head office moved to Umbria where an intense activity of creation and circulation of shows began, both in Italy and abroad. During the year 2015 a transformation takes place that starts a new path of the company, imagined by the artistic direction of Virginia Spallarossa and Gilles Toutevoix.
Their work intends to guide Déjà Donné towards new potentialities, contributing to a deep renewal of sign and languages through the creation of their own shows.
The main activities of Déjà Donné include: creation and production of contemporary dance performances and shows; regional, national and international distribution of the works produced; training activities for professionals and non-professionals; creation of projects aimed at promoting contemporary dance and training the public through the involvement of other artistic subjects, in Italy and abroad.
The company’s works have been presented in 26 countries, in North and South America, in Asia and in Europe.
Déjà Donné’s activity is supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and the Umbria Region.
The group was founded in 2006 following the creation of “HEIM”, which will be the only overall winner of the International Dance Week in Spoleto, attracting the interest of many professionals. The choreography Heim will be hosted in the largest Italian festivals, including Amores (Bologna), Cross Roads (Florence), Giffoni Film Festival (Giffoni), Notte Bianca (Rome), Fringe Festival (Spoleto).
Hence the idea of creating a stable group of young artists, promoters of new forms of contemporary street art, urban dances and trends.
Production will follow: Departure (2007), Underskin (2008 – winner of the International Dance Week in Spoleto), Protest! (2009-2010 – winner of S.I.D. Spoleto, LatinArte, UISP prize, Positano Leonide Massine prize), Oceania (2012 – in production with La- MaMa Umbria, presented at LaMaMa Moves Festival at Ellen Stewart Theater in New York).
In 2015 the toPRAY production debuts at the 58th edition of the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto. Director Giuseppe Tornatore chooses the INC company for a dance scene from his film “La Corrispondenza”, which will be released in cinemas in January 2016.
Characterized by a surprising young age and a strong artistic fellowship, they are the supporters of an alliance, where talents and skills are shared, mixed and recomposed towards collective goals. Afshin Varjavandi’s productions dance and together with him they invent creations, styling and concepts for performances, installations and videos.
From 2017 a collaboration with Déjà Donné was started as an associated production project.