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The last of 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.
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ELENA GIANNOTTI - Company Blu | LO SGUARDO DEL CANE (the dog's gaze)
Lo Sguardo del Cane (The Dog’s Gaze) explores the relationship between the performer and the ethereal elements of performance. Elena took initial inspiration from the last of Vittore Carpaccio‘ s paintings on Saint Jerome (1465 – 1525): The Vision of Saint Augustine. The work revolves around discontinuity between what is done, what is seen and what is left. The performer dances intricate and minimalist movements with precision and forgetfulness, a bundle of choreography where layers of structure become ghosts.
Elena is an independent dancer. In England she worked with Rosemary Butcher for many years. She started to make her own work in 2008. To date her works have been shown in Ireland, UK, Mexico, Italy, New York, Slovakia, and Czech Republic. She is a chinese medicine practitioner.
Choreography and dance: Elena Giannotti
Production Company Blu with the support of: Centro Artistico Il Grattacielo Livorno, CSC- Bassano del Grappa, Dance Ireland
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