BAU#1 – An interactive piece

concept, choreography, dance, text Barbara Berti
dramaturgy advice Carlotta Scioldo
assistant choreography Liselotte Singer
production TIR Danza
with the support of Ariella Vidach
support residencies: Ballhaus Ost (Berlino), DiD Studio NAO CREA residenze, Santarcangelo dei Teatri, H(abita)T – Rete di spazi per la danza

The performance series BAU – Choreography of thinking is based on research that examine the most instinctive aspect of human thinking as well as the conscious perception of reality. Having been begun in 2013, this exploration has resulted in a work method applicable to dance and other performing arts. Focusing on the invisible connections between body and mind, the performance prompts interaction between performers and audience, in a non-verbal dialog between their respective internal spaces. Over time, this practice was transformed into a precise stylistic approach, which puts the audience at the center of investigation – demonstrating the necessary and crucial polarity of any performance. The central question, which in a way is secularly mystical: What does it mean to exist simultaneously in matter and non-matter? Is it possible to find a mode, a space that facilitates the perception of the unity between these two conditions?

BAU #1 starts from the attention to the processes created by the “action of thinking” and the intentions such processes can produce. For example, in a space, how can we recognize a change in energy, understood as a state of the presence of the performer and the public? Starting from some practices related to meditation, BAU #1 explores the phenomenon of disembodiment in choreographic terms, creating, seeking and recognizing the moment of separation and detachment between the action of thinking, and thought itself. In order to try to focus on that indefinable condition of presence-in-absence, between mind and body, the areas of the non-human and non-verbal are explored, across movement and word. This production aims at constructing, experiencing and analyzing a guided meditation, as an inner process in dialogue and in interaction with the audience.

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