Barbara Berti

BAU#1

June 21, 2019 21:00

PARC Performing Arts Research Centre Firenze | IT


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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.

Barbara Berti

 

Barbara Berti  is an Italian choreographer, dancer and performer. Born in Bologna, she works between Italy and Berlin. After an initial training as a graphic designer, she moved into the performing arts, working with artists, performers and dancers such as Judith Seng, Tino Sehgal, Gabi Schilling and Isabelle Schad. At the same time, she developed her own artistic key in contemporary dance, developing a personal choreographic language with the help of hybrid disciplines such as instant composition, body-mind centering, meditation and contact improvisation. In her creations, a key aspect is research into kinaesthetic empathy and the transmission of the performer’s physical experience in a strong interaction with the audience. In 2014, she won the jury prize at the 100° Berlin festival with I am a shape, in a shape, doing a shape, selected in 2016 for the Vetrina italiana della GD’A (Italian Showcase of Young Dance). In 2017 she won in ex-aequo Premio Scenario award with BAU#2, from the series Choreography of thinking. Since 2016, she has been supported by TIR Danza.

 

choreographic creation and performance: Barbara Berti
dramaturgy advisor: Carlotta Scioldo
choreography assistant: Liselotte Singer
lights assistant: Thomas Cicognani
produzione: TIR Danza
with the support of Ariella Vidach
in collaboration with DiD Studio NAO CREA residenze, H(abita)T – Rete di spazi per la danza, Ballhaus Ost (Berlin) and Santarcangelo Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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