The docu-film Dance for An Ideal City is a project that tells the different ways of experiencing dance within public places and through different languages, developed between Athens, Brussels, Rome and Reggio Emilia. These small danced fragments, interpreted by both company dancers and amateur dancers, bring out a landscape of infinite variables and the design of a movement that takes place in a conceptual environment, which can therefore be used in a non-traditional way.
A video-story, signed by the director Daniele Costa and written by the art critic Nicolas Ballario, which investigates the possibility of reinterpreting urban places through contemporary dance, in particular with the MicroDanze project of the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto (a of the most prestigious contemporary dance companies in Italy and the first and only Italian National Choreographic Center), through interviews with artists and curators (including the choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, the art historian Angela Vettese, the visual-artist Gianmaria Tosatti, the art curators Nadja Argyropolou and Costanza Meli and the director of Aterballetto Gigi Cristoforetti).
In my research I translate parentheses of contemporary experience into filmic material, in an attempt to investigate human singularity and the reflections that it projects in the narration of a collective story. To do this, I investigate on the one hand the functioning of the human body through the direct learning of medical-scientific notions, so that they reveal the synchronicity and rhythmicity by which it is regulated, the structures and autonomous functioning that are technically unknown to us even though they belong to us. On the other hand, I deepen my knowledge of an individual by focusing on aspects of his life that define him and place him in his own context of reference, with reference to the interpretative need that he implements towards what surrounds him.
durata: 27′ 30”
From an idea by Gigi Cristoforetti, author Nicolas Ballario, directed by Daniele Costa a National Dance Foundation / Aterballetto production with the participation of (in order of appearance) Gigi Cristoforetti, director of the National Dance Foundation / Aterballetto; Costanza Meli, art historian, curator and researcher; Angela Vettese, art historian and critic, IUAV-Venice professor; Gian Maria Tosatti, Visual Artist; Angelin Preljocaj, choreographer; Nadja Argyropolou, Independent Curator Choreography “Near Life Experience” by Angelin Preljocaj; “Shelter” by Saul Daniele Ardillo; “Kepler” by Diego Tortelli; “And yet it moves” by Francesca Lattuada; “Paper Thoughts” by Hélias Tur-Dorvault; “Platform02” by Ina Lesnakowski; “Inside” by Norge Cedeño Raffo; “The Wound / Archive Of Western Images” by Pietro Marullo; “Turn The Tide” by Roberto Tedesco; “Afterimage” by Philippe Kratz; “Strôma” by Giovanni Insaudo; “Forget Me Not” by Konstantinos Rigos; “Fantasmagoria” by Markella Manoliadi; “Knight Rider” by Yannis Nikolaidis; “Bodies. Ever. Stitches” by Cecilia Bengolea; “Harpy” by Michalis Theophanous; “Butterfly” by Yorgos Papadopoulos; “Blue Tits” by Lenio Kaklea; “Active Motivation” by Elena Kekkou Filming Camera 1. Daniele Costa Camera 2. Valeria Civardi Camera 3. Nikos Papangelis Sound design and mix Mauro Martinuz and Alberto Paolini Studio Bottega Sonora (Bassano del Grappa) Mastering Federico Pelle Studio: Basement Group (Vicenza) Editing and post-production Daniele Costa Producer Lisa Rebellato Curatorial project Fabio Ferretti Management and communication Elettra Cicirello (organization), Raffaele Filace (Communication), Stefania Catellani (Press office) a project by FONDAZIONE NAZIONALE DELLA DANZA /ATERBALLETTO – REGGIO EMILIA in partnership with LES HALLES DE SCHAERBEEK – BRUSSELS and GREEK NATIONAL OPERA – ATHENS, co-financed by the CREATIVE EUROPE program of the European Union. MICRODANZE is a production of FONDAZIONE NAZIONALE DELLA DANZA / ATERBALLETTO in co-production with FONDAZIONE PALAZZO MAGNANI – REGGIO EMILIA Scientific committee of An Ideal City: NADJA ARGYROPOULOU, PAULINE DE LA BOULAYE, COSTANZA MELI Directors: GIGI CRISTOFORETTI (National Dance Foundation / Aterballetto), CHRISTOPHE GALENT (Les Halles de Schaerbeek), KONSTANTINOS RIGOS (Greek National Opera Ballet)
Thanks to For filming in Athens, thanks to Acropolis Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST), Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Greek National Opera; For filming in Brussels thanks to Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Bruxelles environnement, Molenbeek 1080, Tour & Taxis, Parckfarm; For the filming in Reggio Emilia we thank the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia City without Barriers, Farmacie Comunali Riunite, Consorzio Oscar Romero, Coress Società Cooperativa Sociale / Progetto STRADE, L’Ovile – Cooperativa di Solidarietà Sociale / Progetto SemiLiberi, K- Lab, Via Roma Zero Association, Reggio Children, Teatro San Prospero, Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali ‘Peri-Merulo’ of Reggio Emilia and Castelnovo ne’Monti, Reggiane – Parco Innovazione, Research to Business, Agora Coaching Project, Studio XL; For the filming at Castel Sant’Elmo in Naples we thank the Regional Directorate of Campania Museums – Ministry of Culture; For the filming at Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome we thank the Directorate of State Museums of the City of Rome. Filming took place from October 2021 to July 2022.