The underlying question of this project concerns the relationship between man and animal. Following a personal experience based on a trip to Namibia, the author, in direct contact with nature, has lived that sense of beauty and poetic evocation that springs from the simple observation of the animal that moves freely in its habitat.
Hence the reflection, by contrast, on the existence of real lagers in which the animals are forced to live, for reasons related to the needs and conditions of the current market, aimed at intensive productivity.
The observation of the market and of intensive production is not the ultimate goal but the reflection from which to look at the order of things, to relate beauty and ugliness, shadow and light, to become aware of and to renew a possible balance between these opposites that are inherent in human nature. The project involves of 5 dancers (including the choreographer), dramatist, sound designer, light designer. The creative process developed through residences in different places and includes sharing and mentoring by the artistic directors of the involved structures.
Olimpia Fortuni, born in 1985, is a dancer and choreographer. She graduated at the Scuola Paolo Grassi in Milan in 2008 and in 2010 she concluded the two-year course “Scritture per la danza contemporanea” directed by Raffaella Giordano. Soon after she started up, along with other artists, the collective Famigliafuché. In July 2010 she concludes the training course for professional dancers, organized by OperaEstate and studied with Dv8 physical-theater in London. She was hosted at the international BIDE_Barcelona International Dance Exchange 2016 platform as an associated artist of Sosta Palmizi. She worked for Kiss by Tino Sehgal and in Lo scorrevole by Vettor Pisani, for Costanzo / Rustioni, Arearea, Valdoca, Samotracia, Giorgio Rossi, Raffaella Giordano, Casa Strasse, Zerogrammi and Company Blu. Olimpia Fortuni is the author together with Pieradolfo Ciulli of Viale dei Castagni 16, awarded within Milano Next competition. She participated in the Anticorpi Award (2016) with the first movement of his solo Soggetto senza Titolo and debuted at Kilowatt Festival 2017 with the full version. In the same year the solo won the public award GD’A _ Giovane Danza D’Autore. The artist currently collaborates with Sosta Palmizi, of which she is an associated artist, for the choreographer Maria Francesca Guerra, for Elisabetta Consonni and for Masako Matsushita. Her last creation Fray has been selected by Vetrina Giovane Danza d’Autore in the frame of Anticorpi network (2017). In 2018 she started her new choreographic project Do animals go to heaven?.
director, choreographer and dancer Olimpia Fortuni
dancers and collaborators to the creation Pieradolfo Ciulli, Masako Matsushita, Gabriele Montaruli, Raffaele Tori
dramaturg Cinzia Sità
musicians Danilo Valsecchi, Walter Cesarini
light designer Andrea Rossi
production Associazione Sosta Palmizi
with the contribution of Emilia Romagna’s Regional Fund in support of author’s dance 2017/ ResiDance XL 2018 – locations and projects for choreographic creations, action by the Anticorpi XL – Network – Action of Young Author’s dance, coordinated by L’Arboreto – Dimora di Mondaino
with the support of MiBAC and SIAE within “S’illumina – Copia privata per i giovani, per la cultura”; Regione Toscana/Sistema Regionale dello Spettacolo
[photo: Andra Macchia]