wee/scavetta & batagraf/balke

surprised body project

Wee/Francesco Scavetta & Batagraf/Jon Balke
Choreography: Francesco Scavetta. Original version created in collaboration with the dancers: Juan Dante Murillo Bobadilla, Gry Kipperberg, Kristina Søetorp/Ingrid Berger Myhre, Meri Pajunpää, Arnulfo Pardo Ravagli/Sudesh Adhana, Orfee Schuijt, Soile Voima.
Later touring version created in collaboration and performed by: Luke Divall, Ben McEwen, Petra Hrascanec, Riina Kalmi, Gry Kipperberg and Tiia Ojala
Music composed by: Jon Balke
Music performed by: Batagraf (Jon Balke, Snorre Bjerck)
Lighting Design by: Stefano Stacchini
Costume Design by: Gjøril Bjercke Saether
Photos: Edith Zehentmayer, Patrick Beelaert, Bjørn-Eivind Årtun and Wee
Production: Wee
Co-produced by: Dansens Hus – National Scene for Dance/Oslo, Greenwich Dance/London
Supported by: Arts Council Norway, Fund for Performing Artists, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, UD–Norwegian Foreign Affairs/DTS, Nordic-Baltic mobility program
In collaboration with: Vitlycke-Centre for Performing Arts
Original version created in collaboration with: SEAD/ Salzburg, Festival Buenos Aires Danza Contemporanea/ Buenos Aires, Bienal Internacional de Dança do Ceará / Fortaleza (Brazil) and Dansmakers Amsterdam.
The project has been supported by the Italian Institutes of Culture of Buenos Aires, New Delhi, Caracas, Moscow and Santiago del Chile, and by several Norwegian Embassies in the world.

Duration: circa 60 min

10.03 - 13.03

A sort of utopia has been the scornful athleticism, the absurd acrobatics of a body in balance, that state of precariousness, not only physical, in which one might fall at any moment, even if this will not happen. A constant tension between falling and regaining balance. A movement which does not show itself, but which happens

The Surprised body is a dance project that focus on choreographic and compositional issues and sees the body and the movement as its central element. Already as a title, Surprised body project defines a metaphorical space. The image of a body in a constant alert, escaping from a habitual daily body and from any kind of routine. The sense of “surprise” is intended as the inner state that allows to be constantly ready to “react” and respond, as individual and as a group. To affect each other, by any physical decision, also throughout structured improvisations and instant composition.

The project has been developing, as an ongoing creative process, by creating several new versions of the work while touring in different countries, sometimes also involving guest dancers and new composers to participate in the performance.
Since its première in Buenos Aires in October 2010, Surprised body project has been successfully presented in 26 countries in Europe, Asia and South America. In 2013-2014 we created five different new productions, in collaboration with dance artists and artistic structures in five countries: PLATFORMA from Moscow, Reykjavik Dance Atelier and Reykjavik dance festival, Studio-contemporary dance company from Zagreb, Plesni teater from Ljubljana and Monochrome circus/Kyoto Art Center-Kyoto. The version created in Zagreb won the Price for Best performance of the year in 2014. The most recent version has been created in co-production with Greenwich Dance in London and presented within Greenwich Dances Festival, in June 2016, at Live Art Festival in Strømstad (Sweden) and at IX International Festival Danza en la Ciudad, Bogotà (Colombia).

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