This work stemmed from curiosity regarding how oracular and prophetic messages are transmitted. Although precise in form, they are the result of destabilisation. Both exact and ambiguous in one, their communication is based around the momentary domestication of something whose nature desires it to be continually rewritten and reinvented. And misinterpreted.
Perhaps in the constant changing of the body’s state and its inconsequential reordering we can get closer to this unusual point of view and the compositional potential of a changing form of writing. Like the electronic inks of the near future, but only readable as a premonition.
Michele Di Stefano, 1999
The duet e-ink is fully choreographed, down to the smallest detail, to the extent that is appears paroxysmal and maniacal in its abundance of symbols, each of which follows a different rhythmic logic. Whilst we were reconstructing the work for Aterballetto, 15 years on, it was above all the body which rediscovered the precision of the writing, fusing all the detached details and returning them to an organic whole made up of mysterious iconography.
The main thing we asked to the two new performers was unconditional trust in this unrecognisable system, producing a physical rhythm that is not necessarily identical to the original, but which is capable of recreating the same absolute, arbitrary authority that characterises the work. The extraordinary pliability of these new bodies led once more to the blossoming of a choreographic element based on the contrast between precision and disorientation, the same principle for which the Oracle of Delphi was built. This new dynamic is achieved through unspeakable power, producing perfectly crafted verses in the process. Dance is clearly a matter of language.
In this sense the RIC.CI project, which gave us the opportunity to restore this choreography, offers the chance to trace one of the fundamental premises of its untranslatability right back to the first words of the creative process.
Michele Di Stefano, 2015
The duet e-ink was the mk company’s debut work, and was received very well by audiences and critics alike, with over 70 performances in Italy and abroad.
Production mk/Festival Teatri 90/Ref
Premiere February 1999 Teatri90 Festival – Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan
Performers Biagio Caravano, Michele Di Stefano
Michele Di Stefano
Light and costume design
Michele Di Stefano
Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto costume department – Francesca Messori
Firenze, Stazione Leopolda – Fabbrica Europa, 12 May 2015
Stagis 2015 by Biagio Caravano and Michele Di Stefano
within RIC.CI Reconstruction Italian Contemporary Choreography Anni 80’/90′ concept by Marinella Guatterini
Production mk, Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto, Fabbrica Europa Fondazione Fabbrica Europa per le arti contemporanee
In partnership with Amat – Associazione Marchigiana Attività Teatrali / Arteven Circuito Teatrale Regionale Veneto / Teatro Pubblico Pugliese
In coproduction with Fondazione del Teatro Grande di Brescia / Fondazione Fabbrica Europa per le arti contemporanee / Fondazione Milano Teatro Scuola Paolo Grassi / Fondazione Ravenna Manifestazioni / Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Ferrara “Claudio Abbado” / Torinodanza | Fondazione Teatro Stabile di Torino
Duration 12′ – For 2 dancers