by Claudia Rossi Valli and Tommaso Monza
lights: Andrea Gentili
voice: Fabio Pagano
produced by Compagnia Abbondanza/Bertoni
supported by Léim Project
both SITE-SPECIFIC / THEATRE version
Mary's Bath is a researching project which keeps as its main theme of development the Annunciation.
However, Mary's Bath doesn't speak about religion, we're not intentioned to give a judgment;
our focus is addressed to the history of iconography, symbolism, and scriptures linked to the theme of the Annunciation that have had accompanied our culture from the Medieval, through the Renaissance, till today.
We felt the necessity to meditate on life starting from its beginning point: the conception, gestation. The maternity. To welcome it, to accept it, to be scared of it and astonished by it seems to us an interesting and important point to touch today in our artistic path.
We started to develop Mary's Bath inside an Italian church (The Angel Church, in Bassano del Grappa, OperaEstate Festival 2014) and this particular condition inevitably brought us to an honest comparison with this space as unusual as full of history and suggestions; we had worked full time into the church, letting the space and the atmosphere permeate us and our imaginary, surprising ourselves with images and advices coming from the environment itself.
The ideas with which we had arrived moved inevitably into a Sacred theme; the desire to examine our cultural symbols and archetypes, and the willing to focus on a more intimate subject, as the maternity, naturally revealed us which were the two figures to be investigated: the Angel, as the announcer and the keeper of a mystery; and Mary, as a virgin, mother and future Saint. The two figures are not immediately recognizable as the two characters the Virgin Mary-the Angel Gabriel, but develop their selves and their roles through their own actions and movements, becoming mature figures step by step,through lyrical impulses and dialogs of ironic bodies.
The aesthetic research of our project has been using from the beginning sculptural installations and movement languages starting from strong symbolic connotations. We firmly believe that a strong dance can grow if deeply routed into a symbolic and mythological World.
We had developed two different versions of Mary's Bath : a theatrical and a site-specific one.
Claudia Rossi Valli e Tommaso Monza started an artistic collaboration in 2012, working together for the project A TRE(80), as dance and dance-theatre teachers in Italy and abroad, and for ROD-Three Units on Kazakhstan, finalist project at Premio Equilibrio (IT) 2014.
In 2013 they have been invited as guest choreographers in the project Young&Young by Michele Merola(IT). In 2014 they sign together Mary's Bath.