Monday can mean different things.
It can be Monday blues, when everything went wrong,
Or the day after a disaster,
Or the day with possibilities, the start, beginning, when you can change everything.
When I was asked if I could come and do a duet; a trio perhaps, or perhaps a workshop and the choose a few persons to continue, I said yes.
I really love Leopolda. My company zero visibility have performed there twice, earlier year on the Fabbrica Europa festival.
I wanted to come back and do “something”
“Can you do something site specific?” Yes I can try…
So I have chosen some Italian dancers, who will perform together with two dancers from zero visibility, and we will try to make an athmosphere of possibilities, searching for a start,
using the group of dancers like a tide, washing the shore again and again, and each speaking their own personal language, from the body and mind – the thinking body.
Ina Christel Johannessen
One of the most interesting choreographers in the Northern European artistic scene, the Norwegian choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen, gives shape to Il lunedì, a site-specific creation designed for the Alcatraz space of the Stazione Leopolda.
Two dancers of her company Zero Visibility Corp work together with some Italian performers to create a work which aims to involve young local artists in international projects.
Ina Christel Johannessen is a pioneer. With her company Zero Visibility Corp she thrills audiences worldwide. She is a choreographer who through her art and experience is as capable of charming audiences as she is of making them alert. Ina’s choreographies explore opposites that are constantly changing, and her work is full of both energy and poetry. Since they began touring internationally in 2003, the company has been invited to Sydney Opera House, Sadler’s Wells in London, Place Des Arts in Montreal, Mercat de Flores in Barcelona, Movimentos in Wolfsburg and Belgrade Dance festival. The sought-after Johannessen additionally works for companies such as Ballet de Monte Carlo, CCDC Hong Kong, Cullberg Ballet, Gothenburg Opera Dance Company, Iceland Dance Company, Helsinki Dance Company, Oldenburg Tanz Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre and Royal Swedish Ballet. The close relationship with Carte Blanche in Bergen has also been significant, resulting in 14 full-evening works to date. Ina received the Critics Award in 2008 for Ambra, created for Carte Blanche and Iceland Dance Company.
In February 2019 Johannessen had a premier with Rites Of Spring, a creation for The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and in September 2019 another premiere with Australian Dance Theatre.
Johannessen’s work is characterized by high energy in the physical movements merged with very poetic and often theatrical elements. She is very much involved in and cooperating on the creating of visual elements such as lighting and scenography, which play crucial parts of her work as a whole. The musical element is often composed of electronic works from international composers, either new or rewritten works.
choreography: Ina Christel Johannessen
performers: Line Tørmoen, Anton Borgström, Giulia Gilera, Elena Zagaroli, Agnese Gabrielli, Gianmaria Girotto
partecipants: Alessandra Cozzi, Camilla Neri, Livia Bartolucci, Nicolò Giorgini, Pablo Ezequel Rizzo
costumes: Loretta Mugnai
light design: Paolo Pollo Rodighero
sound design: Spartaco Cortesi
sound projection: Tempo Reale
production: Fondazione Fabbrica Europa, Compagnia Xe
in collaboration with Corso Danzatori / Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi di Milano
[photo: Yaniv Cohen]