May 2, 2013 21:00
Taken from Jean Cocteau’s literary text Les enfants terribles (1929), thoroughly disconcerting in its fearful modernity and its dealings with the age of adolescence, so atrociously happy and tortuous, with such tragic severity and impalpable elegance, La Boule de neige by Fabrizio Monteverde, already back in 1985 unravelled a current of Italian contemporary dance devoted to relations with literature. At that time the mirror reflection among Cocteau’s four cursed protagonists and the interpreters was almost total.
Today the choreographer places in the hands of the youngsters of the Balletto di Toscana Junior a choreography similar to a concert for four voices: all that remains of the colourless chambre where the tragic event is played out are the lights. An identical search for direct emotions that strike the spectator’s heart, like the boule, the real and metaphorical snowball that is at once hurled.