Idiot-Syncrasy

choreographed & performed by Moreno Solinas and Igor Urzelai
produced by Igor and Moreno
Artistic Associate Simon Ellis
lighting designer Seth Rook Williams
sound designer Alberto Ruiz Soler
set & costume KASPERSOPHIE
voice voach Melanie Pappenheim
company producer Sarah Maguire
photographer Alicia Clarke

Supported through public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by Yorkshire Dance, Cambridge Junction, Birdhouse Creative Ltd, Centro per la Scena Contemporanea, Bassano (Italy) and BAD Festival in Bilbao
Igor and Moreno are work place artists at The Place (UK), associate artists of TIR Danza (Italy) and developed with The Lowry (UK)

We started with wanting to change the world with a performance. We felt like idiots. Then we danced a lot. We jumped. We called on the folk traditions of Sardinia and the Basque Country. We sang. We jumped some more. We committed. Now we promise to stick together. We promise to persevere. We promise to do our best.

Igor and Moreno

 

Idiot-Syncrasy is a dance involving two radically different – though physically similar -performers, accompanied by a hypnotic sound track.
Calling on traditional folk singing – eighteenth century Sardinian song – the song gradually turns into a jump that becomes part of them. Igor and Moreno keep jumping for 45 minutes while they move through the space, disappearing on one side and reappearing on the other side, or holding shot glasses to toast with the audience. The jump lingers to remind us that they are here to stay.
The tension grows and the audience is drawn into the scene, and when the climax is reached, it breaks to give way to a section when both performers spin on their own axis. As two satellites orbiting in space and never colliding, they generate a feeling of ecstasy, ending up into a sweaty and exhausting hug. It is an emotional hug in slow motion that generates a new force. The performers look back at the audience as if it was their turn to start jumping while the energy continues to grow more and more. And suddenly everything stops and we feel like floating in the air.

 

Idiot-Syncrasy is a warm, fabulous and funny show, but it also makes us vividly and unsettlingly aware of the altered states that we and the dancers can undergo during the course of a performance”.

[ The Guardian ]

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