Alessandro Sciarroni is the 2019 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement for Dance - Biennale di Venezia. Here the short film dedicated to him, part of the series "dancewords in motion", I directed and conceived in 2017 for the digital English edition of the magazine Danza&Danza International (English edition available on app of the Italian dance magazine Danza&Danza).
Sciarroni is an Italian artist in his forties, with a background in theatre and visual arts, who is internationally renowned and appreciated for his radical and original research in the performing arts. The Italian magazine Danza&Danza gave him the Award as Best Emerging Artist in 2012: his works reflect an acute perception of the relationship between space and time, inner consciousness and awareness of the world in which we live, his research is conceptual and full of humanity at the same time. We filmed him and his works in Venice, at the Teatro alle Tese, in the the Arsenale, during the first Biennale Danza directed by Marie Chouinard. He danced in the Italian premiere of "Chroma - Don’t be frightened of turning the page", part of a long-term project titled "Turning" centred on the action of rotation. A hypnotic solo performed in the round, a solo full of beauty and mystery. With his company Corpo Celeste (a name evocative of the energy and trajectory of the planets), Sciarroni also presented in Venice "Folk’s - will you still love me tomorrow" (2012), a study of time through a traditional Bavarian and Tyrolean dance, the Schuhplattler; this is a group piece about endurance, one of the topics of Sciarroni’s research. A joyful, strong dance in the present about the meaning of traditions. "Aurora" (2015) is the third piece presented in Venice, a unique work, third chapter of the trilogy "Will you still love me tomorrow?" The stage is transformed into a goalball field: goalball is a Paralympics sport for the blind and visually impaired. Sciarroni and his company worked with goalball athletes, we see them in "Aurora" as they play a game: the borders between theatre and reality fade while we question ourselves about different ways of perception and living, not to be taken for granted.