Photo by MARK DOUET
PREMIERED IN CARDIFF, 9.06.2016 SELECTED FOR THE "VETRINA DELLA GIOVANE DANZA D'AUTORE 2017" (RAVENNA,ITALY) SELECTED FOR "ALTOFEST 2017" (NAPLES,ITALY) REVISITED AS A SITE-SPECIFIC SOLO
CrossWord was created in June 2016 with the idea to create a choreography which was inspired or made use of the them of "voice". I got curious on the emotional impact that a dialogue of voices can have on people, adding the restriction to use a language that the dancers didn't understand. By working with British dancers I had the opportunity to use Italian dialogues.
My aim was to create a solo for each dancer that worked on its own, both emotionally and choreographically, and find a complementary aspect when by the end all the solos are danced simultaneously in the space, creating an intricately woven visual scene. The result was a deeply emotional and human response and a textured physical language.
During the performance the audience will be able to gradually piece together the work as it unfolds in front of them, solo by solo, each complimenting the other to create a rapturous, rhythmical group finale.
CrossWord can be performed either in a conventional performance setting as well as in the round with audience on all four sides.
Choreography and Concept: MATTEO MARFOGLIA Dancers and Collaborators who performed it on different occasions: BETH POWLESLAND, ED MYHILL, CAMILLE GIRAUDEAU, JOSEF PEROU and NATALIE CORNE. Lighting Designer: ALIA STEPHEN Costume Designer: PANAYIOTA KOUSHIAPPA Music: IN MEMORIAM by LES CHORISTES