From and with: Alfredo Zinola & Felipe González
Light: Marek Lamprecht
Technic: Paul Friedrich/Andrea Damiano
Video/Photo: Caroline Kox and Antonio deLuca.
In co-production with: SCHAUBUDE BERLIN Theater. Puppen.Figuren.Objekte, fabrik Potsdam in frame of the Artists-in-Residence program, Fondazione Teatro Ragazzi e Giovani Onlus Torino, Barnes Crossing Köln, Theaterlabor Bielefeld e.V.
Alfredo Zinola and Felipe González present PRIMO, an unusual performance of underwater contemporary dance, set in a large pool on stage.
Sitting in front of the numerous windows, the small audience discovers the underwater scenes and observes actions that become miraculously touching. You can see feet, arms, hands, and legs appear and walk among strange creatures, you see two people who find each other in a game that is playful, affectionate, and powerful.
Zinola and González play with water, the primordial source of life, making an enjoyable theatrical connection between themselves and their small audience. A game takes place above and below the water’s surface, which explores the relationship between the liquid element and movement, investigating in an artistic way the narrative potential of the liquid space.
PRIMO stimulates sensory memories in adults and children: associations are formed for anyone watching with being suspended, with the slide into the water, even with the fears, all feelings associated with this great substance. The boundaries between inside and outside, between action and reaction fade, leaving space for a unique atmosphere, which provides a comforting sense of wholeness, and at the same time communicates an idea of primary vitality. The swimming pool is invaded by light and sound, creating a unique universe which challenges the perception of child and adult alike, leaving plenty of space for the associative involvement of everybody.
The show has been carried out with the support of Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., Kunststiftung NRW and Small size, big citizens - Widening of the European Network for the diffusion of the performing arts for early years.