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AMAE I Eliana Stragapede and Borna Babić

AMAE questions and investigates the need for co-dependency in human relationships. The desire to be passively loved, seeking the other’s indulgence. The wish to completely surround and feel at one with the other, trying to neglect and avoid confrontation with the outside objective reality. From a certain perspective, this might be perceived as a very warm and human behaviour, being in harmony with others and being able to rely on them. From another point of view, it might seem to encourage self-indulgence, dependence, and control. How far can this need bring us, so that from love we start hurting, from taking care we become obsessive, and from supporting we end up controlling?

Concept, choreography, performance: Eliana Stragapede & Borna Babić Dramaturgy: Margherita Scalise
Music composition: Nenad Kovačić
Voice: Teresa Campos
Original music: Nicholas Britell
Audio editing: Giuseppe Santoro
Costumes: Nina Lopez-Le Galliard
Lighting design: Benjamin Verbrugge

Eliana Stragapede and Borna Babić, both graduates of the Codarts, are freelance performers, choreographers, and teachers based in Brussels. Right after school, they both began working professionally with Marina Mascarell and Club Guy & Roni and since then, they have danced with renowned choreographers and companies. After working for Tanzmainz in Germany, Eliana has been part of the dance theatre company, Peeping Tom since 2020. Meanwhile, she has also been working with Club Guy & Roni in the Netherlands. Borna has been working with Olivier deSagazan, and he is part of Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus since 2019. Their performance ΑΜΑΕ was awarded the first prize at the Choreography and Production Awards - The Copenhagen International Choreography Competition 2022 for the Nederlands Dans Theater and Holstebro Dansekompagni. Furthermore, it was awarded the Partner Awards by Codarts and Dansateliers at the Rotterdam International Choreographic Competition 2023. 

Disclaimer: This work was produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.

Eliana Stragapede
Borna Babic

Duration: 30’

Save the Last Dance for Me Ι Alessandro Sciarroni

In Save the last dance for me, Alessandro Sciarroni works together with the dancers Gianmaria Borzillo and Giovanfrancesco Giannini on the steps of a Bolognese dance called Polka Chinata. It is a courtship dance originally performed by men only and dating back to the early 1900s: physically demanding, almost acrobatic, it requires that the dancers embrace each other, and whirl as they bend to their knees almost to the ground.

The work was created in collaboration with Giancarlo Stagni, a Filuzziani dance master who revived this ancient tradition thanks to the rediscovery and study of some documentation videos dating back to the 1960s. Sciarroni discovered this dance in December 2018, when only five people practiced it in Italy. For this reason, the project consists of a performance by the two dancers and a series of workshops that aim at spreading and reviving this popular tradition in danger of extinction.

Invention: Alessandro Sciarroni with Gianmaria Borzillo & Giovanfrancesco Giannini
Artistic collaboration: Giancarlo Stagni
Music: Aurora Bauzà e Pere Jou (Telemann Rec.)
Styling: Ettore Lombardi
Technical direction: Valeria Foti
Tour technician: Cosimo Maggini
Curator, promotion, consulting: Lisa Gilardino
Administration, executive production: Chiara Fava
Communication: Pierpaolo Ferlaino

Alessandro Sciarroni is an Italian artist active in the field of Performing Arts with several years of experience in visual arts and theatre research. His works are featured in contemporary dance and theatre festivals, museums, and art galleries, as well as in unconventional spaces involving professionals from different disciplines. In 2019 he was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Dance by the Venice Biennial. His work starts from a conceptual Duchamp-like matrix, making use of a theatrical framework, and he can use some techniques and experiences from dance, as well as circus or sports. In addition to the rigour, coherence, and clarity of each creation, his work tries to uncover obsessions, fears, and fragilities of the act of performing, through the repetition of a practice to the limits of the physical endurance of the interpreters, looking at a different dimension of time, and to an empathic relationship between the audience and the performers. His works have been presented worldwide: Europe, South and North America, the Middle East, and Asia. Among the main events he took part: the Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Impulstanz Festival in Wien, the Venice Biennale, the Festival d’Automne and the Festival Séquence Danse at 104 in Paris, Centrale Fies, Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Crossing The Line in New York, Hong Kong Art Festval, Juli Dans Festival in Amsterdam, TBA Festival Portland, Festival Panorama Rio de Janeiro. He exhibited his work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Walker Art Center Minneapolis, Punta della Dogana-Palazzo Grassi in Venice and the MAXXI Museum in Rome. Alessandro Sciarroni is an associate artist of CENTQUATRE-Paris and Triennale Milano Teatro 2022-2024. His shows are produced by Marche Teatro in collaboration with various national and international co-production partners depending on the projects. Some of the historical partners are Centrale Fies, Comune di Bassano del Grappa – Centro per la Scena Contemporanea, Amat, la Biennale de la Danse – Maison de la Danse de Lyon, La Biennale di Venezia, Mercat de les Flors – Graner (Barcelona), Fondation d’Entreprise Hermèsin the frame of New Settings and the association corpoceleste_C.C.00# of which he is the artistic director.

©Passages Transfestival-Metz 2023 | Photo: Raoul Gilibert

Duration: 20’

Organised by: Deputy Ministry of Culture (Department of Contemporary Culture) and Rialto Theatre.
Tickets: €8 (€30 for all performances)

Free entrance to students, soldiers, pensioners and dance professionals.

Free transportation from Nicosia to Limassol: Departure from Cyprus
Handicraft Centre (Athalassa Avenue) Departure time: 19:00
Information: 99 618225

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