Choreography and direction: Virgilio Sieni
Featuring: Giulia Mureddu, Sara Sguotti, Jari Boldrini, Nicola Cisternino
Music: J.S. Bach, Three Sonatas for Viola and Piano
Costumes: Giulia Pecorari
Lights: Virgilio Sieni
Production: Compagnia Virgilio Sieni, Comune di Siena – Assessorato alla Cultura and Comune di Firenze – Assessorato alla Cultura
In collaboration with: RED Festival Reggio Emilia Danza, CANGO-Cantieri Goldonetta Firenze
Supported by: Ministero per i Beni e le Attività culturali – Dipartimento dello spettacolo, Regione Toscana
Eleven choreographies that burst out in gestures of pain and of painting, reminding us of eleven tragic events that have occurred in recent conflicts: Sarajevo, Kigali in Rwanda, Srebrenica, Tel Aviv, Jenin, Baghdad, Istanbul, Beslan, Gaza, Bentalha, Kabul.
Eleven emblematic dates gathered around the eleven pieces of music that make up the three Sonatas by J.S. Bach. Photographs of bodies diluted through dynamics and figures, seeking an unfathomable approach to horror.
Dance here affirms the effort to draw out of these ruins of existence an impossible and paradoxical beauty, carved out with the ethical and political instrument par excellence: the gesture.
Thus our attention turns once again to the question of the body, its meaning, its complexity and topicality.
The only response offered is once again that revealed to and by the 14th-century painter: the sublimation of tragedy in artistic transfiguration without comment, involving both the human and the sacred, the individual and the universal. The eleven dances that follow have the appearance of ballades; at the same time they are a continual dedication in memoria in reference to the events that ichnographically mark the choreographic fabric.
Dancing anguish, fear, the absurd and unjust death: not an easy undertaking, but one that nontheless succeeds in the piercing, intense beauty of the Bach Sonatas – faced with the pain of others. Sieni gives expression to the multimedia and performance-art aspects of his work, and in the ethical-aesthetic maneuver of bringing near and then distancing us from the suffering of almost quotidian wars, confirms most of all his talent for composition. The dance, before it is dance, and well before there is movement, is what he is able to reveal, here with results of rare substance and sensitivity.
Marinella Guatterini -Il Sole 24 Ore, Svibanj, 2007.
The awareness of tragedy, of the pain suffered by so many in these lacerated times of ours, conflicts, explosions, mourning translated into movements of refined rigor,
pictures moving in silence or enveloped by the notes of Bach. [...] Desperation rendered in limpid images of bodies falling, losing one another, ties broken. Death is there as well, but only brushed, its presence felt, but as a background of disturbance, the suspended laugh, disequilibrium of bodies, bewildered solitudes.
At the end, only a few figures remain on the floor - symbolically, a person from the audience as well – covered by large leaves, in silence. And then, the warmth of applause, for Sieni too, standing among the dancers. Magnificent!
Valeria Ottolenghi - Gazzetta di Parma, 14.05. 2007.