Picture by Vicky Solli
PERFORMED FOR ALTOFEST IN NAPLES (IT), 7-9.07.2017
Crossword came out in June 2016 with the idea to create a choreography which was inspired or made use of the theme 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. Working with British dancers I had the opportunity to use Italian dialogues. My aim was to create a solo for each dialogue that worked on its own, both emotionally and choreographically, and find a complementary aspect when by the end all the solos come together 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 finale. Bringing this work to Italy will bring the audience and the performers to explore a completely different experience due to the language barrier, therefore leaving the movement language as their only way to connect to one another. Bringing CrossWord to "Altofest" gave me the opportunity to reshape and remodel the contents of the work by responding to the energy and inputs given by the performance space and the city itself. The combination of those factors gave the piece of work a much more real and true connection to the place and the city where it took place.
Choreography and Concept: Matteo Marfoglia Dancer and Collaborator: Alexandra Pholien Costume Designer: Panayiota Koushiappa Space Donated by: Alessandra Salomone and Fabrizio Schirru