Danced exhibition // VR Experience // Urban Setting
a project by FONDAZIONE NAZIONALE DELLA DANZA /ATERBALLETTO
in co-production with FONDAZIONE PALAZZO MAGNANI
MICRODANZE is a production within AN IDEAL CITY, project in partnership with
LES HALLES DE SCHAERBEEK – BRUSSELS and GREEK NATIONAL OPERA – ATHENS,
co-funded by CREATIVE EUROPE programme of the European Union.
MicroDanze (MicroDances) is an ambitious “danced” performance project. Conceived by Gigi Cristoforetti, the project is the answer to an invitation from the Fondazione Palazzo Magnani of Reggio Emilia to further enrich an exhibition dedicated to the ways dance has been represented in art and was developed by exploring the different ways dance performance can be enjoyed.
Twelve choreographers of national and international extraction have authored short pieces (of six-eight minute duration, to be performed in the most restrictive of spaces) that spectators will view one after another, as if strolling through a museum. The project eludes the confines of stage dynamics and shortens the distance separating spectator from performer, creating a continuum between the observer and the object of observation from which to solicit an aesthetic and emotional experience that is as various as it is original.
A project, three levels:
A danced exhibition of short creations for non-theatrical spaces.
The first level, the original, is linked to the exhibition of dance enhanced by the participation of numerous guest choreographers. Two of Aterballetto’s choreographers, Philippe Kratz and Diego Tortelli, will be joined by Angelin Preljocaj and Fernando Melo, from among the others who have been invited, who take particular approaches of their own. Still others will come from nations with different artistic backgrounds and horizons.
The number of dancers has been set at eighteen: the entire Aterballetto company, plus two “distinguished guests” for Meridiana, the 13th MicroDanza, added by special commission from AGO Modena Fabbriche Culturali, which hosted a prelude to the project followed by its first steps in Autumn 2021: Athens, Reggio Emilia, and Brussels.
It will be viewed in different ways. Either by freely moving around a large space hosting all the performances, separated from each other. Or by placing each work in one room, as in a gallery.
A research project for the creation of immersive experiences in Virtual Reality inspired by some MicroDanze.
The second level is immersive.
Can spectators that are already so close to the performance literally enter these miniscule performance spots?
Thanks to Cinematic VR technology, for which Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto has availed of the services of two specialized studios, RE:lab in Reggio Emilia and Riot Studio in Naples, four of the MicroDanze have already been filmed in 360° view that audiences wearing special visors will be able to watch as a unique experience, a sort of zoom close-up of the danced gesture and the dancer.
This option has opened the door to an additional process or reflection and research in the conception of the choreography, which was accordingly adapted to incorporate the 360° camera onstage (becoming the viewer’s point of view in the video).
The staging of part of the MicroDanze in urban spaces: a public art experiment.
The third dimension is directly linked to a Creative Europe project, co-funded by the European Union, that Fondazione Nazionale della Danza, in partnership with Les Halles de Schaerbeek – Brussels and Ballet Greek National Opera – Athens, won in 2020 with its exploration into the potential of dance as public art rooted in urban tissue. This step will be taken in all European project partner cities, which in addition to Reggio Emilia include Athens and Brussels.
Certain MicroDanze will be performed as the center of a reenactment process: a transposition of the original versions for young local dancers and public spaces for the development of an urban version. The result will be a project rambles creatively through remarkably different choreographies and radically new occasions for encounter with audiences in culturally significant European contexts. The entire process will be the subject of a docufilm.
DANCE AND VR EXPERIENCE
Dance becomes digital but not abstract. And technology does not become the object of production, but the language that allows dance to release the strongest emotions it contains and that those who choose to see it are looking for.
DANCE AND PUBLIC ART
FND/Aterballetto together with Les Halles de Schaerbeek in Brussels and Greek National Opera in Athens has created An Ideal City, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
The project aims to apply the historically established functions of public art (enhancement of a site, creation of a shared and socially transversal rituality, affirmation of a broad and symbolic accessibility of art) to three European urban landscapes – Athens, Reggio Emilia and Brussels – which are deeply representative, both historically and symbolically.
Through An Ideal City the three institutions aim to:
– Experiment with the reenactment of MicroDanze in urban spaces;
– Explore the potential of the body to narrate urban and social transformations;
– Create performances able to show both Micro and Macro dimensions in different places.
MicroDanze premieres in Athens on 9 and 10 October, at several relevant cultural venues of the city: the Greek National Opera / Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, the Acropolis Museum and the EMST Museum.
On the occasion of the dates in the Greek capital, the 12 MicroDanze of the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto are joined by 9 other creations by Greek choreographers and dancers, with the artistic coordination of the Greek National Opera Ballet, directed by Konstantinos Rigos. Among the various artists involved on the Greek side are Lenio Kaklea, Cecilia Bengolea, Yiannis Nikolaidis and Rigos himself. Thus, an exhibition of 21 creations comes to life, celebrating 200 years since the 1821 revolution that led to Greek independence.
The danced exhibition of the 12 MicroDanze of the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto is curated by director Fabio Cherstich.
The world premiere in Athens is supported by:
ORIZZONTI DEL CORPO
Art / Dance / Virtual Reality
Palazzo da Mosto, Reggio Emilia
12 November 2021 – 16 January 2022
Exhibition by Marina Dacci
- 12, 13, 14 November 2021
14, 15, 16 January 2022
Six MicroDanze at Palazzo da Mosto in live:
Shelter by Saul Daniele Ardillo, Kepler by Diego Tortelli, Afterimage by Philippe Kratz, Platform02 by Ina Lesnakowski, Near Life Experience by Angelin Preljocaj only live; Meridiana by Diego Tortelli only in virtual reality.
- From 15 November 2021 to 13 January 2022
Six MicroDanze at Palazzo da Mosto in VR:
Shelter by Saul Daniele Ardillo, Kepler by Diego Tortelli, Meridiana by Diego Tortelli presented in VR Experience.
Afterimage by Philippe Kratz, Platform02 by Ina Lesnakowski and Near Life Experience by Angelin Preljocaj presented in video.
After the premiere in Athens, six of the thirteen MicroDanze are performed, for the first time in Italy, in Reggio Emilia, in an equally new and original context: the contemporary art exhibition ORIZZONTI DEL CORPO (Horizons of Body) Art / Dance / Virtual Reality which, produced by the Fondazione Palazzo Magnani and curated by Marina Dacci, can be visited in the historic Palazzo da Mosto from 12 November 2021 to 16 January 2022.
The project combines visual, performing arts and technology in a continuous exchange: the MicroDanze, in fact, are designed to be enjoyed together with the artworks and are presented live in the first and last weekend of the exhibition, while during the entire period it is possible to experience them through virtual reality visors.
Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Bruxelles
9-10-11 December 2021
After the performances in Athens and Reggio Emilia, MicroDanze are staged in Brussels, in the evocative setting of Les Halles de Schaerbeek, from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 December.
The performances are presented, together with three choreographies of the Greek National Opera Ballet, within the dance season of the Belgian cultural centre.
The MicroDances are organised in two programmes:
Programme A (1h)
1. AFTERIMAGE – Philippe Kratz
2. NEAR LIFE EXPERIENCE – Angelin Preliocaj
3. PENSIERI DI CARTA – Hélias Tur-Dorvault
4. FORGET ME NOT – Konstantinos Rigos
5. THE WOUND/ARCHIVE OF WESTERN IMAGES – Pietro Marullo
6. EPPUR SI MUOVE – Francesca Lattuada
Programme B (1h)
1. ACTIVE MOTIVATION – Elena Kekkou
2. CARNE DA EROE 2.0 – Roberto Zappala
3. INSIDE – Norge Cedeno Raffo
4. KEPLER – Diego Tortelli
5. KNIGHT RIDER – Yannis Nikolaidis
6. THE BELL JAR – Fernando Melo
Programme A & B (2h)
1. ACTIVE MOTIVATION – Elena Kekkou
2. AFTERIMAGE – Philippe Kratz
3. NEAR LIFE EXPERIENCE – Angelin Preliocaj
4. CARNE DA EROE 2.0 – Roberto Zappala
5. PENSIERI DI CARTA – Hélias Tur-Dorvault
6. INSIDE – Norge Cedeno Raffo
7. FORGET ME NOT – Konstantinos Rigos
8. THE WOUND / ARCHIVE OF WESTERN IMAGES – Pietro Marullo
9. KEPLER – Diego Tortelli
10. EPPUR SI MUOVE – Francesca Lattuada
11. KNIGHT RIDER – Yannis Nikolaidis
12. THE BELL JAR – Fernando Melo
- Programme A > 10, 11 December (two performances h. 15.00/17.00)
Programme B > 10, 11 December (two performances h. 16.00/18.00)
Programme A & B > 9, 10, 11 December (h. 20.00)
Italy Pavilion Expo 2020 Dubai
27-28-29-30 January 2022
From 27 to 30 January, in the frame of Expo Dubai 2020, the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto presents Virtual Dance for Real People, an experiment that combines dance and technology through the use of VR and 360° video. The MicroDanze, presented through oculus (Shelter by Saul Daniele Ardillo, Kepler and Meridiana by Diego Tortelli), nevertheless defend the special relationship with the spectator: technology is not an object but the language of a new work, of a digital but never abstract dance.
Event promoted and supported by the Emilia-Romagna Region.
Public art in urban spaces
21-22 May 2022
Eight MicroDances are now being transmitted to semi-professional dancers from Brussels. After ten days of workshops with the choreographers who were commissioned to create these works, they offer to rediscover them, transposed for the public space. From the Coulée verte to the Place de la Musique, we invite you, with the support of Creative Culture, to wander from dance to dance, to encounter art in complete freedom!
public art in urban spaces
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public art in urban spaces
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