The first in a series of four performances presenting the work of upcoming 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 will be 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
Irene Russolillo & Lisi Estaras | THE SPEECH
THE SPEECH is a chaotic attempt to fill up our personal “empty spaces”. Made of extreme gestures, it speaks to the audience and invites them to read thought and language differently. An invitation that reveals something intimate; a desperate and beautiful call; or maybe just an excuse to show the very raw material of which we are made.
THE SPEECH was made in collaboration with Lisi Estaras, long-time collaborator of Alain Platel/ Les Ballets C de La B.
Creation: Lisi Estaras and Irene Russolillo
Performance: Irene Russolillo
Sound processing: Spartaco Cortesi
Light design: Valeria Foti
Text (adapted): Édouard Levé, "Autoportrait"
Production: Fondazione Musica per Roma, ALDES with the support of MiBACT - Minestero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali edel turismo / Direz. Generale per lo spettacolo dal vivo, Regione Toscana / Sistema Regionale del lo Spettacolo collaborations les ballets c de la b / studio – Gent, MonkeyMind vzw, Santarcangelo dei Teatri
Dance-maker and performer born in 1982, Irene Russolillo was awarded the Best Performer Equilibrio prize in 2014, which gave her the chance to invite Lisi Estaras to make THE SPEECH with her. She received the Masdanza Best Performer Prize in 2014 and Prospettiva Danza prize in 2015. As a dancer, she has worked for Micha Van Hoecke, Roberto Castello, Abbondanza/Bertoni, Erdem Gunduz. In 2016 she was selected for the program Les Promesses de l'Art by the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris.
Lisi Estaras was born in Cordoba (Argentina), where she began her dance studies that continued in Jerusalem at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. She later worked with Batsheva Ensemble of Tel Aviv, directed by Ohad Naharin. Since 1997 she has worked for les ballets C de la B. Over the years she has also made personal projects like Bartime (Campo, Ghent), Cocina Erotica and No Wonder with Constanza Macras (Schaubühne, Berlin). Her latest creation is Monkey Mind, a piece for disabled and non-disabled dancers, produced by Platform K and les ballets C de la B.
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.
Don’t miss Trip the Light: Intercontinental Drifts #1, on Saturday 17th June at TripSpace! link