14.06.2015. / 11:00 / ZPC

Alessandro Sciarroni (IT)

Photo: futuraTittaferrante & Alessandro Sciarroni

Following the huge success of Joseph, the first solo by Alessandro Sciarroni, created in 2011 and, in less than two years, presented in 10 different European countries as part of the most interesting programs of contemporary dance and theatre, the artist re-engages with his reflections on the mechanisms of the scenic creation by rethinking this piece for a young audience, on commission of The Place (London).

In Joseph_Kids we see on stage a performer, a lonely man in front of his laptop. Like in the version for adults, the interpreter is searching for his own image, which in turn is projected, deformed, doubled, deconstructed via the webcam and the application of basic video effects. Joseph makes his choices in front of the audience/witness that can follow the development of this physical monologue thanks to a video-projection that reproduces exactly the screen of the laptop.

At the beginning, serious and rigorous, Joseph’s journey becomes ironic and unexpected when the man pretends to be inside a virtual western gun duel, while his intense image breaks up in magical rays of light and his gaze, loosing its human form, turns alien. The expanded projected image embraces the entire young audience with an unexpected ending. This work aims to show children how technological tools can be potential carriers of creativity and not the cause of mere alienation. Joseph_kids is a show that is fun to watch while making the audience think, among other things about the fact that we can move in a performative space in ways that can be always new and surprising. This is a work that takes into consideration the deep understanding and insights that every young spectator (and potential performer) possesses.

The piece has been invited among others at Festival D’Automne à Paris, Le 104 Paris, Mac Creteil, Paris, Biennale de la Danse Lyon, Toto Festival Ile de la Reunion, The Place, London, Bolzano Danza, Bolzano.

Alessandro Sciarroni is an Italian performer, choreographer and director with a background in visual arts and and several years of activity as a performer. His works were presented in Dance and Contemporary Theatre Festivals, museums and art galleries, as well as in non-theatrical venues. Since 2007, his work has been performed in 21 European countries, in Uruguay (FIDCU) and in the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi Art Fair). From 2012 the artist's poetical research changed radically and he started creating long-running shows that merge languages from Contemporary Dance and Performance Art, characterized by rigorous conceptual projects having strong emotional impact on the audience. The trilogy Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? is composed by the shows Folk-s, Untitled and Aurora. In 2013, Folk-s launches the "Rencontres internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis" and concludes the "Impulstanz Festival" in Wien, getting that way invitations to many acclaimed European Festivals including the "Kunstenfestivaldesarts" in Brussels and the "Festival d'Automne" in Paris that dedicated him a monographic programme in different theatres of the city. About his last piece, Untitled, its premiere takes place in 2014 at the "Biennale de la danse" in Lyon along with Joseph_Kids, a version for young audience of his solo piece Joseph. Furthermore, in 2013 and 2014, the artist is invited to create tow events for the "Venice Biennale", dance section, directed by Virgilio Sieni. Alessandro Sciarroni has participated to cross-border networks that promote Contemporary Dance and the artists' mobility throughout Europe like "Anticorpi Explo", "Aerowaves" and "Modul Dance", a multi-annual cooperation project established through the collaboration of 19 European dance houses from 15 different countries. He's also taken part to residency projects like "Choreographic dialogues", "Choreoroam", "Performing Gender" and "Migrant Body", a dance project that aims to translate into choreographic creations a reflection on migration and its cultural impact on the European and Canadian society. Alessandro Sciarroni is supported and produced by Marche Teatro in collaboration with international co- producers like the Comune di Bassano del Grappa / Centro per la Scena Contemporanea, la Biennale de la danse / Maison de la Danse de Lyon, Mercat de les Flors-Graner / Barcelona and by the association Corpoceleste_C.C.00# of which he's the artistic director. Sciarroni is one of the artists of the Progetto Matilde, a regional project that promotes artists in the Marches region in Italy and APAP - Advancing Performing Arts Projects.