Camilla Monga


September 22, 2021 21:00

Teatro Cantiere Florida di Firenze | IT


As part of the “Swans never die” project which at Fabbrica Europa also includes Living like I know I’m gonna die by Collettivo MINE, L’Animale by Chiara Bersani and Open drift by Philippe Kratz in a single evening

The project invites some young artists to revisit in a contemporary way “The Dying Swan”, originally choreographed by Michel Fokine for Anna Pavlova in 1905.


In Swaën the choreographer and dancer Camilla Monga invites two musicians, Filippo Vignato and Emanuele Maniscalco, to reinterpret the same score, creating a composition, partly written and partly improvised. Improvisation plays on the same theme as Camille Saint-Saëns’ score, thus becoming a new reinterpretation.

The same principle is translated into dance that shows choreographic steps within one structure that becomes more and more complex and is repeated by inserting continuous variations throughout the performance.

The title “Swaën” is an invented word that graphically combines the name of the composer Saint Saëns with the word Swan becoming
manifest of an open work that starts from the same historical reference and is enriched thanks to new interpretations to always affirm value
precious of the immediate dialogue between music and dance.

Camilla Monga, after studying at the Brera Academy and at the Civica Paolo Grassi in Milan, graduated from the P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels.
Her choreographic research, which focuses on musical and dance composition, leads her to collaborate with various composers and musicians. In 2019 she created, with the jazz trombonist Filippo Vignato, Golden Variations, a production commissioned by Bolzano Danza and Novara Jazz, presented in numerous Italian theatres and festivals. In 2020 she choreographed the Calling Bach concert by Cesare Picco and Taketo Gohara, commissioned by Teatro Ristori Theater, Verona. She also has begun a collaboration with the composer and multi-instrumentalist Emanuele Maniscalco for a cycle of productions and projects that combine improvisation techniques between dance and jazz music.


choreography and dance: Camilla Monga
live music: Filippo Vignato and Emanuele Maniscalco
freely inspired from Il Cigno di Camille Saint-Saëns
creative producer: Marco Burchini
production: VAN
co-production: Operaestate Festival Veneto and Centro per la Scena Contemporanea CSC Bassano del Grappa; Festival Bolzano Danza – Fondazione Haydn as part of the Swans never die project, thai includes as partners Lavanderia a Vapore – Centro di Residenza per la Danza (Piemonte dal Vivo – Circuito Multidisciplinare dello Spettacolo, Coorpi, Didee Arti e Comunicazioni, Mosaico Danza, Zerogrammi); Triennale Milano Teatro e Fondazione Teatro Grande di Brescia; Gender Bender Festival; “Memory in Motion. Re-Membering Dance History (Mnemedance)” – Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia; DAMS – Università degli Studi di Torino











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