A Peaceful, Peaceful Place originates from the encounter between Davide Valrosso and three dancers from the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in Bangalore thanks to the support of the Crossing the sea project, designed in order to create and consolidate long-term collaborations between Italy and Asian and the Middle East countries.
The work is based on some choreographic actions that combines different languages: Kalari Payat, one of the most ancient fighting arts, elements of yoga (Asana and Pranayama) and gestures drawn from ancient traditional Indian dances.
The result is a compositional architecture with a highly original language, poised between the sacred and the profane, a space for reflection on the theme of the ONE, a principle that points out the unity of all things. A theme dealt with in one of the oldest sacred texts of the Hindu tradition, the Rig Veda, dating back to around the second millennium AC, and then taken up again in the West by Plato Plotinus and finally by Hegel.
Davide Valrosso, after graduating from English National Ballet, studied in numerous contemporary training centers. During five years he has been working permanently with the Compagnia Virgilio Sieni both as a dancer and as a performer and trainer within the Accademia sull’Arte del Gesto (Academy of Art of Gesture), in Florence. He is author of the ‘Cosmopolitan Beauty’ project, produced by Cango – Centro di produzione sui linguaggi del corpo e della danza and supported by the Teatro Pubblico Pugliese (Anticorpi selection 2016), and in the We_Pop project, selected for NID Platform 2017, produced by the Festival Oriente Occidente. He has been involved in the ‘Prove D’autore XL’ project, 2017 edition, in which he has created We are not alone for the Triennium of the Balletto di Roma, under the direction of Roberto Casarotto. In 2018 he created Biografia di un corpo, produced by Kilowatt / Capotrave, as part of the European project BeSpectACTive, and Dream, a mid-summer night commissioned by the Balletto di Roma. He has been also selected for the Resid’And project at the National Academy of Rome for which he has created Bloom. In 2018 he became the coordinator of the project “C.I.M.D Incubator for young choreography” supported by the Mibac. In January 2019 he presented Bloom II site-specific created in collaboration with the Cultural Center S. Chiara inside the Mart Museum of Rovereto. His work has been presented in several festivals and events, both in Italy and abroad: Spain, Korea, Romania, Croatia, India.
concept and choreography: Davide Valrosso
dancers: Nihal Pasha, Arathy AR, Virendra Nishad
co-production: Fabbrica Europa, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Anghiari Dance Hub
June 14, 2019 | Fabbrica Europa for Secret Florence – Chiostro del Vecchio Conventino, Florence
June 19, 2019 | Inteatro – Villa Nappi, Polverigi
June 22, 2019 | CROSS Festival – Il Chiostro, Verbania
June 26-27, 2019 | Festival Inequilibrio, Castiglioncello
[photo: Marco Caselli Nirmal]