The second in a series of four performances presenting the work of independent Italian choreographers in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute at their stunning venue in Belgravia, Central London. Part of our new season Intercontinental Drifts 2017: performances and workshops that move, mix and matter.
Each performance is followed by a post-show talk offering further insight into the artist’s process and thinking, hosted by Betsy Gregory.
PLEASE NOTE: THESE PERFORMANCES TAKE PLACE AT THE ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE link
Piergiorgio Milano | Denti
Denti is the Italian translation of teeth. In many ancient cultures the loss of teeth is connected with the loss of a loved one, with the feeling of jealousy, and the urgency to leave one's home country. Denti makes a sensible journey through physical sensations and memories, a struggle between the impossibility to leave and the wish to forget. Denti is the impossibility of letting go, the feeling of being trapped, the illusion to return back, the sensation of falling, the wish to receive attention, the need to hide ourselves. The piece has been made experiencing loss, absence of love and desire. Denti is what remains; it is the voice that we still believe we hear. It is the wish to keep what is gone; to chase, to bite, to growl.
Piergiorgio Milano is an Italian internationally recognized choreographer and performer. His background embraces circus, dance, theatre and martial arts. He has collaborated with international artists such as James Thierrée, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Rodrigo Pardo, David Zambrano, Roberto Olivan and Raffaella Giordano. His performances are developed around and through the body. He has experience as a dancer, an acrobat and a performer; he gathers all these experiences into a strong physical language that combines virtuosity in movement with a clear theatrical aesthetic.
“Denti” won first prize at the Baltic Movement Contest 2011, Club Zack, Dansk, Poland; first prize at “Factory Dance Competition” Fabbrica Europa 2011, Florence, Italy; and audience award at MasDanza 2009, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain.
Made and performed: Piergiorgio Milano
Artistic advisers: Brune Campos, Claudio Stellato
Music: “Je croix l’entendre encore”, Georges Bizet; “La Valse d’Un Jour”, Gianmaria Testa
Partners and co-production: DancentrumJette, La Raffinerie Bruxelles, Garage29 Bruxelles, Balletto Teatro Torino & Sosta Palmizi Arezzo
Many thanks to Natalia Medina, Fre Werbrouck & Brechie Moerman: without them this work would have never been created.
Artist talk with Betsy Gregory
Betsy Gregory has worked in dance for 40 years, as a performer, teacher, rehearsal director, programmer, producer, mentor and artistic director. In 2007, she succeeded Val Bourne as Artistic Director of Dance Umbrella, a post she held until November 2013. In September 2014 she returned to the stage, performing at Sadler’s Wells alongside eight former professional dancers, in Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion’s Olivier Award nominated The Elders Project. She was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French government in October 2005. She is currently a member of the board of Aerowaves and is Chair of Dance 4.
ALSO! Don’t miss Trip the Light: Intercontinental Drifts #2, on Saturday 23rd September at TripSpace! link