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Joie de vivre

Premiere: Teatro Storchi, Modena, 14/12/2018

About this event

Simona Bertozzi is a choreographer, dancer and performer. Since 2005, she carries on a research in movement, composition and choreography, merging the impact of a strong physicality with theoretical references from visual arts, anthropology and philosophy. In her works, choreography appears as a landscape of events, an architectural system where each movement cannot exist without the clear perception of the environment where it takes place. Anatomy and presence become part of a bigger image, a microcosm in which nothing seems to start or end. 

In an historical moment in which we raise new walls and re-design borders, in which the geopolitics proposes again old authority zones, the matter on belonging to a specific territory continues to break apart imaginaries and ideologies (modern and post-modern ones), underlining the fragility and the uncertainty in which we live an instable (hostile?) contemporaneity, signed by unsuitable contents.
It seems to move in a limbo, a territory marked by a season that can’t no more oxygenate bodies and institutions, a vocabulary that struggles to renovate itself, in its actions, in its events, in its recognitions.
The general perception is that we need to reset postures to welcome the unexpected, the unavoidable and the swirling change of reality.
It’s a huge argument, which focuses on the landscape matter, and underlines the set of problems regarding the boundaries, the separation, the protection, as the assumption criticisms to the values of a common awareness.
Regarding the reflections on the territory, in the contemporary age arises the French landscape expert Gilles Clement, who in his Manifesto of the third landscape gives us a series of concepts to place us near the diversity, starting from the excellent plant and animal community dynamism which develops in all those territories, different for position, kind and foundation, where the human action is less present.
Those are hesitant fragment of space, in which the nature takes advantage.

“Praise of the «vegetal amusement», Joie de vivre questions the behaviour
and the space as a possibility field.”

Joie de vivre is a non-teleological vegetal intellect. There’s no project in it, no direction or aim, no purpose to reach; the matter is only to pursue a space, mapping a territory in which things happen and the unexpectable is received as an epiphany, a revelation.

Joie de vivre disassembles the anthropomorphic point of view in order to follow the development of the vegetal world in a diversity praise, traced in in all those territories – all different basing on setting, typology and nature – from which the human eludes.

Joie de vivre tells about natural inclination, emerging behaviours, polyphonic relations between events and elements. In those border territories, the docking is not certain, and the singularities burst into the dynamic landscape continuum to maintain the elementary urgency of their existences.

Joie de vivre prefers the scale variations, in which the rhythmic variances rules the choreographic composition, and the gestures vegetal origin is searched in the bodies depth, in the infinite anatomy’s sides.



Theater season 2018/2019
from 14/12/2018 to 15/12/2018

Artistic Data

project Simona Bertozzi, Marcello Briguglio
concept and choreography Simona Bertozzi
dance Wolf Govaerts, Manolo Perazzi, Sara Sguotti, Oihana Vesga
singing Giovanni Bortoluzzi, Ilaria Orefice
sound direction and music Francesco Giomi
dramaturg Enrico Pitozzi
lighting and set design Simone Fini
costumes Katia Kuo
produced by Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Modena and Associazione Culturale Nexus
with the contribution of MIBACT, Regione Emilia Romagna, Fondo Regionale per la Danza d'Autore
with the support of Fondazione Nazionale della Danza - Aterballetto, L'arboreto - Teatro Dimora di Mondaino


photo Luca Del Pia

a production of Joie de vivre • Production Emilia Romagna Teatro