Body, ideology, contemporary
Polli d’allevamento is the result of a workshop that Er Gao conducted in Florence, a continuation of the video project This is a chicken coop (2016).
Screened at international festivals in 7 countries, the original video work focuses on the wild modernization / urbanization process that has taken place in China over the past 30 years. As in intensive farming, people are force-fed and stuffed into ever-cramped spaces, at ever-faster rates.
Similarly, during their education, dancers and choreographers are “stuffed” with technical skills, theoretical and aesthetic notions in an automated way, often without understanding (or being involved in) how and why this happens. For this edition of Fabbrica Europa a group of ten local dancers joined Er Gao for a 4-day workshop whose the final result was presented to the public.
Dancer and choreographer, Er Gao uses dance, film, installation and other creative strategies. Graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong, in 2007 in Canton he founded the ErGao Dance Production Group (EDPG) which works in particular on dance theater, public art and dance education. Between 2008 and 2012 he was invited to participate in projects with international dance companies including Rubatu Tanz (Germany), Angie Hiesl and Roland Kaiser (Germany), Limitrof Company (France), Emio Greco | PC (Netherlands). Since 2012 he has received commissions from various organizations and festivals including Ibsen International (Norway), Hong Kong Arts Festival, Jumping Frames Dance Film Festival, Guangdong Modern Dance Festival, Guangdong Modern Dance Company, DPAC Dance Company (Malaysia), Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum. In Italy he participated in GenderBender Festival 2015 with Disco-Teca. He is currently in Zurich for a creative residency supported by Pro Helvetia.
choreography: Er Gao
performed by Olimpia Capitano, Barbara Carulli, Maria Combi, Lucile Ducron, Greta Francolini, Marisa Garreffa, Ian Gualdani, Nataliia Ogorodova, Ilaria Sicilia
co-production: Fabbrica Europa, S.E.T.A.
[photo: Tiziano Massaroni]