L’età dell’horror

year of production: 2017
concept, choreography Riccardo Buscarini dancers Andrew Gardiner, Mathieu Geffré music Die Kunst der Fuge, J.S.Bach Music advisors Alexis Delgado, Sebastiano Dessanay lighting design Michael Mannion
costumes Ludi Andrade
production Riccardo Buscarini/TIR Danza
with the support of PimOff (Milan), Centro Danza Canal (Madrid), The Place (London), CSC – Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (Bassano del Grappa), Mediterranean Dance Center (Sanvicenti, Croatia)

I will show you fear in a handful of dust
Thomas Stearn Eliot

A project born at the end of 2015, L’età dell’horror has found its origin and development in a series of polarities visible in the title. L’età dell’horror in fact sounds like “l’età dell’oro”, “The Golden Age”. The mythical period of primordial harmony and prosperity here is juxtaposed to horror, a mix of disgust and fear, the primary emotion responsible to make us escape. Opposite and equal to the title, the choreography of this duet stems from the instinct to escape from the other, and, at the same time, from the desire to merge with the other. The structure of the work is found in a cyclical repetition of a single phrase and in its progressive variation, as the counterpoints from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “The Art of Fugue” suggest.
With which weapon can we fight the separation fear (inevitably) brings along and how can we make this distance a space of trust, if not choosing to hold on to each other?
L’età dell’horror is a reflection on escaping and on staying together. The hostile landscape where it takes place is transformed in a space of listening and negotiation through the bodies’ plasticity and endurance challenged by Bach’s music ticking like an unavoidable countdown.

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