Project Simona Bertozzi, Marcello Briguglio
Concept and choreography Simona Bertozzi
Dance Wolf Govaerts, Manolo Perazzi, Sara Sguotti, Oihana Vesga
Singing Giovanni Bortoluzzi, Ilaria Orefice
Sound direction and music Francesco Giomi
Dramaturg Enrico Pitozzi
Lighting and set design Simone Fini
Costumes Katia Kuo
Video maker Luca del Pia
Length: 60 min.
ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione | Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Modena | Associazione Culturale Nexus
With the contribution of:
MIBAC | Regione Emilia Romagna | Fondo Regionale per la Danza d’Autore
With the support of:
Fondazione Nazionale della Danza – Aterballetto | l’Arboreto Teatro Dimora di Mondaino
“The real happiness represents the great dilemma of everyone, or at least of the wisest one.”
Joie de vivre is a thought in a choreographic form, which relates to the vegetal universe, willing to investigate specific behaviours in the relationship between body and space.
In Joie de vivre the preponderance of an emerging behaviour is the symptom of an energetic purpose, of an organic and perceptual impulse, of a practice, which is developed between the human being and the entire world.
This kind of behaviour is a phenomenon which initiates continual irradiations, among belongings and deepness, placing the body in an arrangement of admissions and distances in relation to the knowledge: of itself, of other people, of the territory, of our habitat and environment.
Joie de vivre points to that biological dimension of the existence, to the limitless interrogation of the standing among the events, a time and a place. Everything happens looking to the vegetal universe, trying to catch the florescent and rhizomatic attitudes of the changes in state, absorbed in a logic made by silent and invisible transformations, tactical skills, territorial projects, borders mobilities, meetings and settings of liquid communities.
Joie de vivre tells about natural inclination, emerging behaviours, polyphonic relations between events and elements. In those border territories, the docking is not certain, and the singularities burst into the dynamic landscape continuum to maintain the elementary urgency of their existences.
Joie de vivre prefers the scale variations, in which the rhythmic variances rules the choreographic
composition, and the gestures vegetal origin is searched in the bodies depth, in the infinite
“With the compositive accuracy which denotes her, Simona Bertozzi built a surgical show in which the osmosis between space, lights, performers – four dancers and two dyphonic singers – becomes a political act of survival.”
Maria Luisa Buzzi, Danza&Danza
“A metaphysical landscape, an open door on an slightly unreal dimension… in that breath of the bodies, in their irreducible singularities and in their contacts, in the research of balance, although uncertain, you clearly read the ineffable flowing of the time, the unstoppable flux of the being, without a purpose or judgment, and then, maybe, the happiness.”
Roberto Giambrone, Il Sole 24 Ore
“It’s a work in which the opening to the constant dialogue it’s an essential factor. Welcoming the bodies in the creation process, starting from their unavoidable unicity can generate a sort of joy, that joie de vivre which inspired the title. Following that way the dancers move in certain moments with a creeping strategy and uncertain moorings. The will is to occupy the widest space as possible, and to find the most efficient contacts between the bodies.”
Franco Acquaviva, Sipario.it
“In that variation of the species in an eternal shifting, of forms in changing observed in their mutation, of surprise born from an active imaginary, flows the swarming gesture of the four dancers of the new, beautiful creation of Simona Bertozzi.”
Giuseppe Distefano, Artribune
Danza e gioia di vivere. La nuova coreografia di Simona Bertozzi