Augusto

Alessandro Sciarroni
Dance
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Alessandro
Sciarroni

is one of his generation’s most unconventional and innovative artists. His artistic practice encompasses choreography, visual arts and theatre research. His artistic works have premiered worldwide at dance and theatre festivals, museums and art galleries. In 2019, he was awarded the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the Venice Dance Biennale. Similar to Marcel Duchamp’s method, the starting point for all Sciarroni’s works is a conceptual matrix which he transposes into the space of the stage and which he combines with his experience in dance, acrobatics and athletics.

Sciarroni’s interests lie in the study of obsessions, anxieties and the fragility of the performer on stage. By focusing on repetition and durability, he often brings his performers close to their physical breaking point, introducing the viewer to original readings of empathy and the passage of time. The Roman daily newspaper Repubblica observed: “His central theme might be the individual’s solitude, but he loves the emotional, interpersonal connection between the performers and the audience.”

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60 minutes, no intermission

“And yet there is something esthetic about laughter, since the comic comes into being just when society and the individual, freed from the worry of self-preservation, begin to regard themselves as works of art.” — Henri Bergson, Laughter (1900)

“Little by little, laughter becomes an absolute norm […] The dancers give the fatal impression that something of humanity ends up being lost.” — Libération

Augusto is about the human desire for unconditional love and about the pain that goes with it. But it also pays tribute to the clown character of Auguste – the circus’s loser, the fool who cannot stop laughing even when things look dire.

Laughter is only being made possible by the interaction of a totality of eighty muscles in our body, by the modality of our voice and the dance-like contractions of our diaphragmatic region. But there are many more facets to laughter than just the simple physiological aspects. In Augusto, the voice, body and movement-based research by award-winning Italian choreographer Alessandro Sciarroni, nine dancers will only be equipped with one mode of expression: laughter. Whatever the state they are in – if they walk, run or dance, if they feel sad, excited, anxious or if they are hurting – there will only be obsessive laughter. A laughter without specific cause, totally uncontrollable, at the threshold of pain.

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Credits

By
Alessandro Sciarroni
Cast
Massimiliano Balduzzi, Marta Ciappina, Jordan Deschamps, Pere Jou, Benjamin Kahn, Leon Maric, Francesco Marilungo, Cian McConn, Roberta Racis
Music
Yes Soeur!
Lighting design
Sébastien Lefèvre
Movement coaching, dramaturgical collaboration
Elena Giannotti
Outfit
Ettore Lombardi
Dramaturgical consultancies
Chiara Bersani, Peggy Olislaegers, Sergio Lo Gatto
Laughter yoga coaching
Monica Gentile
Artistic collaboration
Erna Ómarsdóttir, Valdimar Jóhannsson
Vocal coaching
Sandra Soncini
Technical director
Valeria Foti
Tour technician
Cosimo Maggini
Assistance, research
Damien Modolo
Curator, promotion, consulting
Lisa Gilardino
Administration, executive production
Chiara Fava
Press office
Beatrice Giongo
Produced by MARCHE TEATRO – Teatro di Rilevante Interesse Culturale, corpoceleste_C.C.00#, European Creative Hub – French Minister of Culture / Maison de la Danse Grant for Biennale de la Danse de Lyon 2018, Grec Festival of Barcelona, Théâtre de Liège (BE), Teatro Municipal do Porto (PT), CENTQUATRE-PARIS, apap – Performing Europe 2020, a project co-founded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Snaporazverein (CH), Theaterfestival Boulevard, Theater Freiburg (DE), La Biennale di Venezia.

Coproduced by Tanzfabrik Berlin, Centrale Fies (IT), L'arboreto – Teatro Dimora di Mondaino (IT).

Alessandro Sciarroni is associated artist at CENTQUATRE-PARIS and is supported as focus artist by apap – Performing Europe 2020.
Alessandro
Sciarroni

is one of his generation’s most unconventional and innovative artists. His artistic practice encompasses choreography, visual arts and theatre research. His artistic works have premiered worldwide at dance and theatre festivals, museums and art galleries. In 2019, he was awarded the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the Venice Dance Biennale. Similar to Marcel Duchamp’s method, the starting point for all Sciarroni’s works is a conceptual matrix which he transposes into the space of the stage and which he combines with his experience in dance, acrobatics and athletics.

Sciarroni’s interests lie in the study of obsessions, anxieties and the fragility of the performer on stage. By focusing on repetition and durability, he often brings his performers close to their physical breaking point, introducing the viewer to original readings of empathy and the passage of time. The Roman daily newspaper Repubblica observed: “His central theme might be the individual’s solitude, but he loves the emotional, interpersonal connection between the performers and the audience.”

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