MicroDanza by Fernando Melo
A dance that becomes a game of optical illusion. The dancer projects on a film her doubled moving image. It is as if she were inside a glass bell, which distorts her vision of the world and keeps her from connecting with the people around her. The spectator, disorientated at first, can choose whether to enter her world or remain distant and alien.
The Bell Jar invites the audience to observe a dancer through an optical lighting film. This glass-like structure creates the optical illusion of a double image and a sense of disorientation to the observer. Behind this frame, watching the simple actions of a person becomes a unique visual experience. I have always been interested how watching a performer can be an exercise in empathy. The simple fact of observing another human being can challenge existing habits of thought and open up new perspectives. Particularly in times when, too often, conformism and fear seem to prevail, understanding the actions of others through empathy is crucial to our co-existence.
The Bell Jar
Choreography, set and costume design FERNANDO MELO
Music MACHINEFABRIEK, THOMAS KÖNER
Dancer INA LESNAKOWSKI
A production FONDAZIONE NAZIONALE DELLA DANZA/ATERBALLETTO
co-production FONDAZIONE PALAZZO MAGNANI
within AN IDEAL CITY, public art project in partnership with LES HALLES DE SCHAERBEEK – BRUSSELS and GREEK NATIONAL OPERA – ATHENS, co-funded by the CREATIVE EUROPE programme of the European Union