COLLAPSE Francesco Sgrò

Tuesday 2 July

9.30 pm

Piazza Amedeo d’Aosta – Levate (Bg)

In collaboration with festival A Levar l’Ombra da Terra e Comune di Levate

This creation arose from the desire to make room for study, both physical and dramaturgical, that puts circus actions and the centre of a work. On stage, three juggler-acrobats are supported by a musician and a lighting tech/audio engineer. The interaction between what these five people produce will bring an innovative composition to life, the fulcrum of which is the work itself and respect for each of the art forms represented. Music is an art, juggling is an art, acrobatics are an art, as is the transformation of sound and light. The figure who is usually found working in the shadows of the control room, the engineer, in Collapse the Box becomes an actor manoeuvring fundamental components of the show’s dramaturgical script. A search for what still hasn’t been seen; an attempt to enter a completely-unexplored world, get lost and then find oneself again takes place through a journey with professionals who are also friends that have shared years of work and study. In doing so, our understanding of juggling develops into an art of manipulation between objects, movement, sound and light

ORIGINS

The need for this work comes from the passage of time, the natural evolution of a path that has lasted many years. The desire derives from Francesco Sgrò’s need to return to his origins as a juggler, now also able to draw upon a wealth of experience working as a circus director and years of artistic study spent developing his understanding of sound and movement. Not only Sgrò, but in recent years the other performers have analysed the relationship between physical and acrobatic gestures and objects, seeking to make circus disciplines emotionally engaging. In addition, they’ve continuously collaborated with each other in order to understand when the interaction between their art forms might lead to a new discipline instead of simply creating a mash-up. We hope this performance is one that cannot be categorized, that it eschews classification among the arts, a performance that makes the moment on stage and the encounter with the audience the motive for its very existence. It is sure to be a shock for those used to saying ‘this isn’t dance’, ‘this isn’t circus’ and ‘this isn’t music’. 

THE BODY AND OBJECTS

The language used to develop this material is purely physical. The interaction between characters and objects is experienced and externalized through the body via physical motifs based on movements selected over the years. The manipulation of objects doesn’t take on an aesthetic form, but seeks out the possibility of giving them life, transforming them into other players on the stage. The bodies presented are chameleon-like: musicians become dancers, jugglers become musicians, engineers become actors. Spectators will no longer catalogue the performers by their craft, but rather simply recognise them as human beings immersed in actions on stage. 

Francesco Sgrò 

Acrobat, juggler, performer and graduate of the Flic Circus School, Francesco Sgrò also studied classic guitar at the Conservatorio di Torino and deepened his artistic literacy via theatre and dance training, seeking greater expressive versatility through familiarity with different performance 

Choreography Francesco Sgrò 

Creation and interpretation Pino Basile, Luca Carbone, Leonardo Cristiani, Enrico Seghedoni, Francesco Sgrò 

original music Pino Basile 

Light design Raffaele Biasco, Luca Carbone 

external look Giulio Lanzafame, Riccardo Massidda, Piergiorgio Milano 

Produced Fabbrica C with contribution from the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activity and pazio Dilà Magazzini Creativi Torino, Associazione Jaqulè, Associazione fuma che n’duma. 

ph: Cristiano Castaldi

Tuesday 2 July

9.30 pm– Piazza Amedeo d’Aosta (in caso di pioggia Auditorium), Levate (Bg)

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