My idea is a comparison with Pina Bausch’s work - she observed daily life, noted what struck her, and a series
of questions started from which her shows were created.
The dancers of the Wuppertal Tanztheater have great awareness of their bodies. On stage, they transmit
feelings through gestures they choose. But is this awareness of their bodies essential for the creation of a
piece? For Pina Bausch, very probably, yes. I chose a different route. I tried to show that a trained body isn’t
necessary to express daily life artistically through little movements of the body.
The centre of this project consists of the attempt to create a dance with gestures from non-professional people because I believe that the gestures from non-expert people can create a dance, a flow of movements, with a certain rhythm.
I tried to ‘force’ Pina Bausch’s dramaturgy on the artistic level to give an artistic expression to gestures of the
daily life often lived automatically or unconsciously, by people who do not act or dance. I favoured a certain
liberty in the choreography, letting each one react as spontaneously as possible to my questions. Some
responded with very brief gestures, others preferred a surreal register and yet others, as I’ve already said,
interpreted my questions with gestures that followed what I asked more closely. The result is a set of sketches
that I would define as ‘impressionist’, which try to return the feelings of the people who shared this experience
In brief, I see and I lived this experience as the first stage of a project that I intend to extend and investigate
further through other work, reflections and research. Naturally, in the future or, better, Bewegung, “A gesture, a
step forward from one place towards another place.”
© Giulia Emanuela Storti