1 OCTOBER

Sala Shakespeare
8.30 p.m.

DANCE-CARD

CHIASMA/SALVO LOMBARDO

Excelsior

concept, choreography and direction Salvo Lombardo

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ph. Carolina Farina

SALVO LOMBARDO

He is a performer, choreographer and director. His research focuses on the cracks between dance, theatre and visual arts. He works and makes artefacts in the performing and artistic field together with his work group called Chiasma, which has been acknowledged by the Ministry of Culture as a production company for the under-35 dance scene.

A former co-founder and director of the Clinica Mammut, he has been a resident choreographer at the Anghiari Dance Hub where he created Casual Bystanders and at the company Aurora Dance Theatre in Kaunas (LT) for which he created Twister. He cooperated with the Festival Oriente Occidente and for them he created Present continuous and the video-installation Reappearances. In 2018 he won the tender for the choreographic residence Lavanderia a Vapore 3.0 and worked on the projects L’esemplare capovolto and Excelsior. He created Bodies Memories in the framework of the project Crossing the sea, while Opacity was selected at NID, New Italian Dance Platform.

He was a member of the jury for the prize DNAppunti coreografici. He is a founder and co-founder of Resurface_festival and is the creator of Under 35 Italian Alliance. Since 2020 he has been an associated artist and guest curator for the Lavanderia a Vapore in Collegno (Turin).

Foto di Sara Meliti

performers Jaskaran AnandCesare BenedettiLily BrieuLucia CammalleriLeonardo DianaFabritia D’IntinoDaria Greco together with the participants in the workshop Around Excelsior 

choreographic cooperation Daria Greco 

cultural advisor Viviana Gravano 

music Fabrizio Alviti 

lighting design and video Daniele SpanòLuca Brinchi 

video contributions Isabella Gaffè 

video Homo Homini Lupus Filippo Berta 

costumes Chiara Defant 

technical optimization Loris GiancolaLuca GiovagnoliGabriele Termine 

executive production Associazione Culturale Chiasma, with the support of MiBAC – Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities 

co-production Théâtre National de ChaillotFestival Oriente Occidente, Festival Fabbrica EuropaRomaeuropa FestivalVersiliadanza 

in cooperation with Teatro della Toscana / Pontedera TeatroACS Abruzzo; 

project realised in the framework of choreographic residences Lavanderia a Vapore 3.0 Piemonte dal Vivo 

duration 60’ 

In 1881, at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Gran Ballo Excelsior had its premiere. It was one of the 1800s most successful Italian ballet and, as its author Luigi Manzotti explained, it was meant to celebrate the splendour of civilization against the dark forces which keep the people in the ‘darkness of slavery and disrepute’. During those years progress was being celebrated through Universal Expositions, the industrial revolution, colonialism and the concept of national identity was consequently emerging. Having said that, Salvo Lombardo, the leader of the Chiasma company, asks himself what is left of the Western cultural heritage from the late 19th century. Which iconographies and images of the Gran Ballo Excelsior still emerge, in different forms (maybe only in appearance), in the ways we represent the other, draw their bodies and develop relationships between Europe and the so-called ‘rest of the world’?  

This is not a re-staging of a traditional ballet, rather it is a relocation to try and find new territories by reflecting on the stereotyped images in the light of the new languages we use to describe the current times.