Alessandro Sciarroni


June 10, 2022 - June 12, 2022 21:30

Sferisterio delle Cascine Firenze | IT

Free admission

as part of Secret Florence 2022


From an ancient game to a contemporary performative practice

In PLAY, a creation produced by Fabbrica Europa, which originates from the ancient game of the Pallone al bracciale, the Italian artist Alessandro Sciarroni revisits in a contemporary way, through a performance/live video installation, the concepts of time and duration, bringing the performers to measure themselves with dedication, endurance, energy.
The Pallone al bracciale is a game that was practiced during the Renaissance and that is still played in Italy in special facilities called Sferisteri. The game is based on the players’ ability to control and direct a leather ball with a “bracelet” (bracciale) – a heavy wooden cylinder fitted by pyramid tips that covers the hand – and throw it with precision and vigor from one side to the other of the playing field.
At the Sferisterio delle Cascine in Florence – 80 meters long and 18 meters wide – a performer, a Pallone al bracciale player, is alone in this huge space. With the heavy wooden “bracciale”, he relentlessly throws the leather ball against the wall. The lightness and agility in the feet and legs and the strength in the arms create a dynamic movement that becomes almost a dance.
The Pallone al bracciale, a team game, is depicted here in a solitary dimension. A lonely human being, in a huge space, plays his own game. The solitude of a body that challenges its limits and expands the void, filling it with powerful echoes and resonances.


Alessandro Sciarroni is an Italian artist active in the field of performing arts with several years of experience in visual arts and theatre research. His works are featured in contemporary dance and theatre festivals, museums and art galleries as well as in unconventional spaces and involve professionals from different disciplines. In 2019 he was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Dance by the Venice Biennial. His work starts from a conceptual Duchamp-like matrix, making use of a theatrical framework, and he can use some techniques and experiences from dance, as well as circus or sports. In addition to the rigor, coherence and clarity of each creation, his work tries to uncover obsessions, fears and fragilities of the act of performing, through the repetition of a practice to the limits of the physical endurance of the interpreters, looking at a different dimension of time, and to an empathic relationship between the audience and the performers. His works have been performed worldwide, from Europe to South and North America, from Middle East to Asia. Alessandro Sciarroni is associated artist at CENTQUATRE-Paris and at Triennale Milano Teatro 2022-2024. His shows are produced by Marche Teatro in collaboration with various national and international coproduction partners. He’s artistic director of corpoceleste_C.C.00#.


invention: Alessandro Sciarroni
with Luca Gigli, Sara Miccoli, Rodolfo Sorcinelli
music: Aurora Bauzà e Pere Jou (Telemann Rec.)
outfit: Ettore Lombardi
lighting design: Valeria Foti
video direction: Enrico Re
camera operators: Marika Catania, Alessandro Di Fraia, Alexandra Lemos Cavalheiro
technical staff: Mattia Bagnoli, Giacomo Ungari
artistic collaboration Fabio Novembrini
executive production: Alice Chiari
advisors on Pallone al bracciale: Stefano Sani, Paolo Petruzzi, Club Sportivo Firenze
production: Fondazione Fabbrica Europa, Comune di Firenze – Assessorato alla Cultura, Assessorato allo Sport
in collaboration with corpoceleste_C.C.00#, Marche Teatro
Secret Florence is a strategic project of Estate Fiorentina promoted by the Municipality of Florence and carried out by the five internationally active organisations based in Florence, Fabbrica Europa, Lo schermo dell’arte, Musicus Concentus, Tempo Reale and Centro di Produzione della Danza Virgilio Sieni. The project is imagined for a series of spaces, most of which are being used for the first time, where dance, music, art and cinema events adapt each time to the characteristics of the different locations. This way the actions that compose the project help rediscover traditional spaces under a new light, allowing to establish different aesthetic perspectives buildings or natural environments, or to reveal forgotten or unknown histories.
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[photo: Monia Pavoni, detail]









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