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An athletic performance work on stage, a visual and sound experience in the auditorium: Aurora is a new work from radical artist Alessandro Sciarroni, pushing the boundaries in characteristic style with a fascinating exploration of rhythm and the five senses, accompanying a film by Cosimo Terlizzi.
Aurora is the third part of a powerful trilogy entitled Will you still love me tomorrow? After folk dancing as an endurance sport in Folk-s_will you still love me tomorrow? And juggling as meditation in Untitled_I will be there when you die, Italian artist Alessandro Sciarroni takes on the paralympic sport of goalball, played by blind and visually impaired athletes. The result is a sporting performance paired with a documentary film directed by Cosimo Terlizzi. Aurora explores the interaction of dark and light in a soundscape focusing, like its predecessors, on themes of resistance, concentration and presence.
The stage becomes a goalball pitch for two opposing teams of three athletes, all wearing eye masks to ensure uniform darkness. The aim is to score in their opponents’ goal net. The ball contains metal bells whose tinkling is the players’ principal cue for placing, grasping, throwing and blocking it on court. The game involves extraordinary displays of agility by the players, who hear what the audience both hears and sees (though the piece opens in complete darkness: we too experience the game in sound only before the ‘dawn’ of light).
The result is a captivating spectacle of athletic prowess, and a fascinating examination of our perception of time, thanks to a meticulously crafted sound installation at the heart of the performance. Produced during preparations and rehearsals for Aurora, a film by Italian artist Cosimo Terlizzi captures the power and energy of this unique project. The documentary questions our senses, and the nature of what we have just seen – screened after each performance, the film penetrates the mystery of sound as vision.
Théâtre de la cité internationale,
with the Festival d’Automne à Paris
Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 November at 8 p.m.
Thursday 26 November at 7 p.m.
Friday 27 November at 8 p.m.
(performance time 1 hour)
Concept and choreography: Alessandro Sciarroni
with: Alexandre Almeida, Emmanuel Coutris, Charlotte Hartz, Matej Ledinek, Damien Modolo, Emanuele Nicolò, Matteo Ramponi, Marcel Van Beijnen ou Sebastiaan Barneveld, Dimitri Bernardi
Audiovisual production, co-dramatisation: Cosimo Terlizzi
Lighting: Valeria Foti, Cosimo Maggini, Alessandro Sciarroni
Soundscape: Pablo Esbert Lilienfeld
Dramatisation and casting consultant: Sergio Lo Gatto
Artistic collaboration: Francesca Foscarini, Francesca Grilli, Matteo Maffesanti, Éric Minh Cuong Castaing
Styling: Ettore Lombardi
Technical and sporting advisers: Ettore Armani, Angelo De Meo, Aurora Zanolin
Production: Marche Teatro - Teatro di Rilevante interesse Culturale, with the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès (‘New Settings’ programme).
Co-production/partners: Mercat de les Flors, Torinodanza festival, Kunstenfestivaldesarts/Halles de Schaerbeek, Théâtre national de Bretagne - Rennes and Comune di Bassano del Grappa - CSC Centro per la scena contemporanea, Centrale Fies, Szene Salzburg (Advancing Performing Arts Project), Espace Malraux - Scène nationale de Chambéry et de Savoie, Vooruit
With the support of CND Centre national de la danse - Pantin, Graner Centre de Creaciò, Dansehallerne Copenhagen
Executive production: Corpoceleste_C.C.00#
Development, promotion, consultancy: Lisa Gilardino
Administration, organisation: Chiara Fava assisted by Damien Modolo