17 till 19 August 2021

The Whales Song

Chiara Bersani | IT

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A group of wedding guests gather on a boat: a whale could show itself in this spot in the vast ocean. They are silent. No one dares to ruin the opportunity, and no one wants to miss it. They wait and hope for a glimpse of a fin. This experience happened to Chiara Bersani and moved her to the extent that she made a performance about it. A choreography of blending into a group. Of becoming one together and disappearing alone. In The Whales Song, Dancer Matteo Ramponi merges into a group and manipulates their movements. He disappears between bodies, guiding their movements. Ramponi changes the audience from single individuals to a group and from a group to a choir. Something we haven't been able to do for so long: merging.

Location Verkadefabriek/Grote Zaal
Running time 65 min.
Genre Theatre, performance

Bersani brings a mix of different art forms into her performances as a performer and choreographer. The artist herself suffers from a mild form of brittle bone disease. Her physical condition inspires her to look for how people perceive a body. During the pandemic, the collective experience of home isolation influenced her perspective on the performance: far from each other, but closer together than ever because of the shared sense that life is somewhere else.

creation Chiara Bersani
action Matteo Ramponi
sound F. De Isabella
participation to sound composition Ilaria Lemmo
light and Set design Valeria Foti
technician Paolo Tizianel
dramaturgic advice Marco D’Agostin

coach Marta Ciappina
styling Greta Rizzi
mentoring Alessandro Sciarroni
video & Photo Alice Brazzit
producer and Logistics Co-ordinator Eleonora Cavallo
communications, diffusion and Care Giulia Traversi
administrative Consultant Chiara Fava 

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