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Capricci

(Caprices)

created in 2006

by
MICHELE ABBONDANZA and ANTONELLA BERTONI

performed by
ELEONORA CHIOCCHINI, CHIARA MICHELINI, TOMMASO MONZA, ANTONELLA BERTONI, MICHELE ABBONDANZA

lighting design
LUCIO DIANA
c
ostumes made in association with
RIZZI SARTORIA

organization and press office
DALIA MACII, MARIKA ERRIGO

produced by
COMPAGNIA ABBONDANZA/BERTONI

co-produced by
FESTIVAL ORIENTE OCCIDENTE
CENTRO SERVIZI CULTURALI S. CHIARA

with the support of
MINISTERO PER I BENI E LE ATTIVITÀ CULTURALI – DIP. SPETTACOLO
PROVINCIA AUTONOMA DI TRENTO - ASSESSORATO ALLA CULTURA
COMUNE DI ROVERETO - ASSESSORATO ALLA CULTURA
CASSA RURALE DI FOLGARIA - FILIALE DI ROVERETO

 

We do not submit to caprice since we consider its possible satisfaction useless: therefore this performance is called Caprices.

Same as the audience seated, so the dancers you see on the stage are here on their own volition. There could have been eight, or two, or fifteen. There are seven of us by chance and necessity.
We persisted on this road of necessity and chance when we assembled the first fragments of the performance, and immediately realized that we did not want to explicitly relate anything to anything else. Not to a logic, nor a character, nor our actions to a meaning. We wanted to neither tell nor instruct. What was happening was, above all, movement: our bodies sensing the difference between on and off. Simply walking or standing in space, not necessarily aiming at a bridge towards something else.
We subjected the musicians to the same conduct, denying them points of reference and asking them to be provocative in absorbing every sort of music, sound and noises, re-claiming this capricious mixture.
We wanted to design a dance about nothing in particular. With no messages, with nothing to say. And, of course, we realised very soon that nothing could be more utopian: that to cancel out communication was impossible, and yet we could get close through continually de-emphasizing meaning. I do not know whether we succeeded; however, success is not what we were interested in. We needed to measure ourselves with gestural aphorisms, dancing haikus, physical proverbs, gestural maxims: in other words, letting the body do what it may.

Allow us the attempt to make you happy, at least for a while, without consuming anything, since happy people do not consume.

Michele Abbondanza