2 till 3 August 2019


Alessandro Sciarroni | IT

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The midriff shaking, the mouth uttering sounds. Caused, usually, by something funny. This is the traditional version, but laughter is considerably more pluriform. In the remarkable dance show Augusto nine dancers respond to anything and everything with laughter. To walking, running or dancing. To grief, euphoria, fear or pain. Always uncontrollable, often uneasy – it hurts to laugh until you’re blue in the face. From ha to ouch. For the laughing body is a difficult thing to choreograph. The performers grow fatigued. Their humanity, which seems to be fading, is mercilessly scrutinised. Alessandro Sciarroni is a fascinating Italian performance artist whose main inspirations are circus and sports. His Augusto is about feeling unconditionally loved, or the pain of not having that. The title resounds with both the first Roman emperor Augustus, and the pie-eyed clown August. He is the timeless loser tripping over his own shoes. Laughing about anything and everything.

Alessandro Sciarroni is on 3 August together with theater historian and cabaret dramaturge Suzanne Kooloos
guest in the Gesprek van de Dag (Conversation of the Day) in Josephkwartier. About laughter as a social strategy. Language is English.

Choreografie en director:  Alessandro Sciarroni 
Dance: Negen dansers uit de cast: Massimiliano Balduzzi, Gianmaria Borzillo, Marta Ciappina, Jordan Deschamps, Pere Jou, Benjamin Kahn, Leon Maric, Francesco Marilungo, Cian McConn, Roberta Racis, Matteo Ramponi 
Production: Marche Teatro, Teatro di Rilevante Interesse Culturale, CORPOCELESTE_C.C.00#, European Creative Hub, - Maison de la Danse, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, Festival GREC Barcelona, Théâtre de Liège, Teatro Municipal do Porto, CENTQUATRE-Paris, apap - Snaporazverein, Theaterfestival Boulevard, Theater Freiburg 
Coproduction: Tanzfabrik Berlin, Centrale Fies, L’arboreto Teatro Dimora di Mondaino 

Libération: “Little by little, laughter becomes an absolute norm […] The dancers give the fatal impression that something of humanity ends up being lost.”

Location Verkadefabriek/ Grote Zaal
Running time 60 min.
Theaterfestival Boulevard thanks:
  • Gemeente 's-Hertogenbosch
  • Den Bosch Partners
  • Provincie Noord-Brabant
  • Fonds Podiumkunsten
  • VSBfonds
  • Fonds21
  • Vriendenloterij Fonds
  • Creative Europe Programme (EU)
  • Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds
  • Dioraphte
  • VandenEnde Foundation
  • Fonds ZOZ
  • Jeugdfonds Sport & Cultuur
  • Jan van Hoof Galerie
  • Apap
  • Feminist Futures
  • Performing Gender