In Life is a Carnival, Moreno Solinas delves back into his early training in Latin American dance, threading together fiery dance routines and evocative songs in a fast-paced and playful journey to his past.
choreography & performer: Moreno Solinas
research & choreography assistant: Igor Urzelai
voice coach: Melanie Pappenheim
lighting design: Seth Rook Williams
design: Kasper Hansen
costume creation: Sophie Bellin
music by: Celia Cruz and Violeta Parra
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It’s difficult to write about Moreno Solinas’s Life is a Carnival without giving away the sweet surprise that is the centre of the work’s presentation. Solinas, a London Contemporary Dance School graduate and member of the BLOOM! collective, initially trained in salsa and Latin American dance; his self-performed solo deals entertainingly with the weighty themes of essence, identity and the death of selfhood, without becoming either pretentious or cheesey. The tricky balance of depth and sparkle is well-executed by the charming Solinas, who brings a lovely singing voice and sizzling rhythms to the piece. (Lise Smith, londondance.com)
[...] Moreno Solinas’ Life is a Carnival came next – an autobiographical solo that explored the many journeys and emotional extremes in his life. Solinas was able to craft a piece that showed humour and joy, vitality and strength, yet also a deep and crushing sadness. I was struck by the flow of the piece, which from start to finish was eloquently crafted to achieve a strong emotional reaction. It also benefited from a beautifully subtle lighting design, and a well-thought-out soundscape performed live by Solinas through vocal work and body rhythms. The salsa-inspired solo found a good balance, and was engaging from beginning to end. (Erin Johnson, onestoparts.com)
After being invited by Benjamin Millepied to a rehearsal for the L.A Dance Project's premiere performance, Oscar-nominated director Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Biutiful (2010), Babel (2006)) was inspired to make a video-exercise that documents movement and dance in an experimental way, with a stream of consciousness narrative. The result is NARAN JA (One Act Orange Dance).
The film, produced by The Amoveo Company, was shot outside of L.A. and features excerpts of the new choreography Benjamin Millepied crafted for Moving Parts. The story takes place in a secluded, dusty space and centers around LADP dancer Julia Eichten who seems to be on an eternal search... for herself.
in this place
Choreographer Heather Maloney
Created in collaboration with dancers: Joanne Barrett, Shaneeka Harrell, Heather Maloney
Lighting Design: Thomas Artananha & Corey Silverman
in this place” is a new multidisciplinary project by choreographer Heather Maloney. A physical theatre work driven from the method of loci or memory palace, which relies on memorized spatial relationships to establish order and recollect memorial content. A non-linear narrative that is woven from the reassembly of first memories as artifacts lost and found in the body. “in this place” opens a window into the extraordinary action of memory staged in the body.
The work merges active recollections of single memories into photographic
state based physical declarations of place. Deconstructed into actions that
are rarely fluid but exemplify the rolodex flow of memories, switching from
physical extremes painting the time driven action of memory. The artists
fall into an out of memory actions, running, grasping, spinning a web, and
building a house for the memories to live.
In constructing a house for the memories to live, the performers build a surrealist associative spatial language that speaks of how through our bodies we remember to remember.