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An evening dedicated to music is the one proposed by the company directed by Michele Merola. On the notes of famous pieces, but also on more intimate and seductive music by the American composer, Merola looks to the 20th century and the atmosphere of the Roaring Twenties, drawing inspiration from the dynamic compositions of George Gershwin and the realistic and almost ‘cinematographic’ painting of Edward Hopper. Schubert frames is a work full of poetic images by Enrico Morelli, who lets himself be enveloped by the delicate and moving music of Franz Schubert.

The performance is within the summer festival DANZA AI CHIOSTRI curated by Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto and Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia.


Choreography: Michele Merola
Music: George Gershwin, Stefano Corrias
Lighting and set design: Cristina Spelti
Set design: Alice De Lorenzi
Costumes: Carlotta Montanari
Music adaptation and recomposing: Stefano Corrias
Choreography assistant: Paolo Lauri
Performers: Emiliana Campo, Dylan Di Nola, Mario Genovese, Matilde Gherardi, Fabiana Lonardo, Annalisa Perricone, Alice Ruspaggiari, Nicola Stasi, Giuseppe Villarosa

Duration: 40 min.

Premiere: 8 February 2018, Teatro Ristori, Verona

The notes of George Gershwin (1898-1937), one of the most representative musicians of the 20th century, reflect the spirit of the time in which they were created, with the moods and atmospheres of the Roaring Twenties. Starting with the composer’s best pieces and suggestions from the pictorial works of another great 20th century American artist, Edward Hopper (1882-1967), Michele Merola has created Gershwin Suite, whose soundtrack anthologises the author’s most captivating pages, such as, among others, Summertime, which seals the show and recurs in several moments and in different versions, and Rhapsody in Blue. But it is not only the lush and lively music that attracts the choreographer: Merola chooses Gershwin’s music in its various facets, not only the more euphoric and brilliant pieces, but also the more romantic and intimate, sensual and seductive ones. A new composition by Stefano Corrias welds it all together, a musical carpet that gives unity to the rich mosaic of scents, now overflowing with dynamism, now fully lyrical, suspended in rethinking and thickened in melancholy. Another authorial contribution to the realisation of the show was made by Cristina Spelti, who designed the lighting and set design, and co-wrote the concept with Merola.

Some scenes are therefore inspired by the connection between the composer’s various pieces and various paintings – such as New York Movie, Soir Bleu, Summer in the City, People in the sun – by Edward Hopper, a painter who, thanks to his realism and his modus operandi of ‘framing’, is considered an artist very close to the world of photography and cinema, capable of poetically and evocatively depicting even humble and simple moments of everyday life.

“I was attracted” – says the choreographer – “by the painter’s ability to construct atmospheres and nuances that outline the implications and secrets of the human condition. The direction of the danced images and the staging of the scenes create characters and situations that are not determined once and for all, but open to different endings and solutions”.

Directly inspired by Hopper’s paintings, the intimacy of the pas de deux and solos are paraded, complemented by ensemble scenes, where the will to live and redemption from everyday life take over. On stage, so much variety takes on the guise of a film set, thanks to a set design that changes constantly, just like a set, and a choreography that touches several keys, thanks to the versatility of the choreographer, who is able to apply his creativity and talent in step with contemporary times.

Choreography: Enrico Morelli
Music: Franz Schubert
Lighting design: Cristina Spelti
Costumes: Carlotta Montanari
Performers: Emiliana Campo, Dylan Di Nola, Mario Genovese, Matilde Gherardi, Fabiana Lonardo, Annalisa Perricone, Alice Ruspaggiari, Nicola Stasi, Giuseppe Villarosa

Enrico Morelli wanted to entrust his new work to the extraordinary music of Franz Schubert: no one better than the Viennese composer was able to interpret the conflicting feelings of love, tension, melancholy, regret, but also hope.
A collage of Schubert’s celebrated pieces, extracts from real masterpieces of infinite beauty – composed two centuries ago, they still amaze today for their great topicality – serve as the soundtrack to this work dedicated to the many souls of contemporary man, where love gives way to disenchantment, detachment to sharing, passion to fear, and vice versa, in a coming and going between crescendo and diminuendo, revealing entire universes and secret bonds.

The choreography has no pretence or descriptive ambition: it is an abstract tale of loneliness and kindred souls, in an era such as ours, tired, turbid, disenchanted, tormented by a malaise that hangs in the air, but also anxiously searching for meaning and hope for happiness. It is a story in which we focus above all on the moment of return, because happiness is a home to return to, perhaps changed, heedless of the accelerated speed of a present that frightens us and a future that we may be afraid to explore. The problem is not to arrive, but to return. Learning each time to love, again. Having the courage to recognise ourselves as fragile, and therefore generous in tenderness.

The MM Contemporary Dance Company is a contemporary dance company directed by choreographer Michele Merola. It was established in 1999 as a centre for the production of events and performances and as a promoter of festivals and workshops with the aim of fostering exchanges and alliances between Italian and international artists, witnesses and spokesmen of contemporary culture.
The repertoire of the company, based in Reggio Emilia, is rich and varied, thanks to works by Michele Merola and creations by European and Italian choreographers such as Mats Ek, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Karl Alfred Schreiner, Emanuele Soavi, and Enrico Morelli.

In 2010, the MM Contemporary Dance Company won the prestigious Danza&Danza Award as best emerging company and today, it is, to all intents and purposes, a reality of excellence in Italian dance, with a consolidated activity of performances throughout the country. For some years now, it has conquered an international market with performances in European and non-European countries (Korea, Colombia, Canada, Germany, Russia, Morocco…).
In 2017, the MM Contemporary Dance Company won the 2017 Europaindanza Prize – Prize for Merit in Choreography, for the show Bolero by Michele Merola.
For the three-year period 2018-20, the MM Contemporary Dance Company is an associated company of the Trentino Alto Adige InDanza Circuit.

MMCDC is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Emilia-Romagna Region, National Dance Foundation/Aterballetto, Teatro Asioli in Correggio, ASD Progetto Danza. Technical partner: Pro Music.

The performance takes place at the Chiostro Grande of the Chiostri di San Pietro complex.

Single seat 10 €.

The performances at the Chiostro Piccolo at h 19.30 entitle you to a reduction on the tickets for the performances of the review DANZA AI CHIOSTRI at the Chiostro grande: reduced ticket at € 8 instead of € 10

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