10 TRACKS FOR THE END OF THE WORLD
Choreography/performance Riccardo Buscarini
Choreography and dramaturgy in collaboration with Elisabetta Consonni
A production by Riccardo Buscarini/TIR Danza with the support of Fondo Fare Anticorpi 2012
(Progetto di Rete Anticorpi - Rete di Festival, Rassegne e Residenze Creative dell’
Emilia-Romagna, Hiru Dance Organisation (London), PimOFF, Accademia Domenichino da
«10 is the number symbolizing perfection, as well as the cancellation of all things.
10 = 1 +0 = 1 manifests the eternal rebirth. Ten is the total of the first four numbers
and therefore contains the totality of universal principles. It expresses the totality,
the completion and the final realisation. 10 is divine because it is perfect, in
bringing together in a new unity all the principles expressed in the numbers 1 to 9.
The number 10 is known as Sky, indicating both the dissolution and the perfection of
all things, because it contains all possible numerical relationships. According to
geometrical symbolism, there is an analogy between 10 and the center of the circle:
the numerical value of the center of the circle is one, while that of a circle is nine.
Any number multiplied by 9, by addition of the figures making up the result,
always and only gives 9, just like a perpetually recurring circle. This symbolism
suggests that the decade represents time and space circularity, the divine immanence.
10 indicates the change that enables the initiate to evolve, to grow spiritually and
Dictionary of Myths and Mysteries, Section of Symbology of Numbers
28 > 2 + 8 = 10 > 1 + 0 = 1
In the 28th year of my life, I celebrated my first 10 years of dance, when everyone was saying
that the world was about to end.
To celebrate these 10 years, fundamental in my personal growth, I decided to
create a long solo consisting of 10 chapters put together in a playlist prepared with
the advice of the 10 friends who know more about music.
The tracks represent memories collected over the course of these 10 years, the
anthology of a young man’s life who looks at this world that is not simple at all,
where the future seems darker than the darkest past. 10 tracks for the end of the
is the personal revelation of universal concerns, my response to the insecurity
and the precariousness that dominate us and turn into prophecies, an answer to this
slow, much discussed, much awaited Apocalypse. With a fragmented dramaturgy, a serial
structure that leans towards cancellation, 10 tracks for the end of the world is a
discourse on “the end”, the end of a cycle, but also on change, on '”waiting for a
There are tracks, events, movements of mind that, even after they are finished, leave
a trace. They resonate within you and remain tangible, visible as the dust remains
suspended after the chalk that fell from the blackboard, has crushed onto the floor.
As the number ten represents the beginning and the end, the static perfection and the
cyclical renewal, I would like 10 tracks for the end of the world
to fluctuate in the
tension between the fear of a determined ending and the desire of wanting the “end of
the world” to swipe everything away.