io abito qui this is my address
Project supported by IBERESCENA ((funds for the creation of Latin American performing arts)
and ELECTA CREATIVE ARTS Teramo, Italy
"IO ABITO QUI THIS IS MY ADDRESS MY DRESS ABITO NEL MIO ABITO I LIVE HERE IN EUROPA EU ROPA ESTA ES MI ROPA MA ROBE QUEM SOU EU ROPA YOU ROPA CHI SONO IO EUROPA WHAT WE WEAR WHERE WE ARE ROPA TRAS ROPA WORDS AFTER WORD EVERYTHING THAT COVERS MY SHAME OF BEING NAKED SHOULD WE NOT COVER WITH NUDITY THESE SHAMEFUL CLOTHES MA ROBE WE ROB LIFE MA ROBE WHERE I LIVE IS NOT NECESSARY MI ROPA EU ROPA NOT NECESSARY WORDS ARE NOT NECESSARY WE CAN BE NAKED WHO TOLD YOU WERE NAKED? "
EU-ROPA is an artistic investigation about clothes - through the medium of performing and media arts –clothes that cover and smarten us up, give us identity and color, while depriving other people of basic human rights, and impoverishing the environment by their production.
In April 2013 the collapse of Rana Plaza factory building near Dhaka, Bangladesh, put all of us in front of the world’s worst industrial disaster after Bhopal, and the worst ever in the garment sector, with more than 1100 victims. That was just the last of a long black list of accidents and violations, involving the most important global brands, revealing a system of exploitation of human and natural resources which is just the B-side of our western society. We cannot turn our heads as we are part of this society, and we are all probably dressing - or have probably dressed – some clothes that are the result of a fundamental injustice. We cannot turn our heads since the awareness about what we wear involves also awareness about what we are, as individuals or society, and what we appear to be.
Clothes are mostly the reason why we put ourselves in front of a mirror, so the project “EU-ROPA” aims to put us in front of a mirror at a deeper level; in front of our condition as western citizens, fostering reflection about our life style; in front of our condition as human beings, since it is very pregnant to compare clothes covering up our body with our body covering up our soul as a permanent yet transitory dress. And as dresses can mean prison or slavery for some people, also our bodies can be a prison for ourselves, if we don’t get the way to freedom.
The project will be developed by four people: two dancers, a video artist and a musician melting together their artistic languages. The final goal of the artistic project is the production of a Theatre-dance performance in which two dancers on stage will interact between themselves, and within clothes. Video projections and music will accompany their performance on stage adding elements or landscapes for their expressive movements, and layers of meaning to their investigation.
“EU-ROPA” is an artistic project which aims also to support the European Clean Clothes Campaign (cleanclothes.org) and the argentinian Alameda Foundation to spread awareness about social injustice and working conditions in the global garment and sportswear industries.
Showcase Trilogy explore tour à tour l’idée de la vacuité, l’idée du temps et l’idée de la beauté. Ces notions, successivement problématisées, deviennent le sujet du spectacle pour être partagées pleinement avec le spectateur.
Dans le cadre d’une seule scénographie de l’espace, un sol blanc de 6m x6m et un écran, Showcase Trilogy dévoile et met en jeu ces idées avec sérieux et dérision.Chaque idée chorégraphiée et mise en scène est accompagnée d’une partition mythique de l’histoire de la danse. Hubert Michel, compositeur électroacousticien, revisite tour à tour Le Lac des Cygnes (P. I. Tchaïkovski), Le Boléro (M. Ravel) et Le Sacre du Printemps (I.Stravinsky).
Showcase Trilogy explores the beauty idea, then the time idea and the vacuity idea. These notions interrogating in each performance become the main subject to be entirely share with the audience. In the same scenery these notions are revealed and showed with as much serious than derision.With the composer Hubert Michel, Frédérike Unger and Jérôme Ferron revisit 3 masterpieces of the dance history. The audience is immersed in a universes wrongly familiar. The Rite of spring (Stravinsky), the Bolero (Ravel) and Swan lake (Tchaikovsky), illustrate the problematic giving their history for an invigorating the rereading.