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Choreography, scene and visual concept | Alessandro Carboni

Perfomer | Ana Luisa Novais and Sara Capanna

Costumes | DEM

Music | Danilo Casti

Assistant | Chiara Castaldini

Production | Formati Sensibili 2018

With the support of Città delle 100 Scale Festival; ATER – Circuito Regionale Multidisciplinare; Santarcangelo Dei Teatri; H(abita)T – Rete di Spazi per la Danza / Sementerie Artistiche; L’Arboreto – Teatro Dimora Mondaino

The performance was selected for Aerowaves Twenty20

Duration | 50 minutes


The Angular Distance Of A Celestial Body is a transversal reflection on the cartographic process - seen as “the reduced representation of the Earth’s surface, as well as of the events that are observed and occur on it” - where the graphic sign used on maps is replaced by the body in the attempt to critically claim back the complexity of the world, thus declaring the impossibility to reduce it.

On the floor, a geometric modular structure counterposes the vertical tension of two symmetrical, specular - but never identical - bodies with no identity, nor gender. At the same time it’s their projection on the horizontal plane to symbolize the constant aim for an ideal control of the world and its actual impracticability. The “fragmented” costumes that wrap the bodies tell us about the chaos that rules our world and the lack of continuity between the objects. They are disguises of a metaphorical carnival aimed at destructuring the established order of things to investigate unstructured forms of discourse and make them visible through the ritual act of representation. The sound follows and leads the actions, scans the internal rhythmics of movement, outlines a variable horizon, thus relating the numeric - cartographic - dimension of the world to an archetypical, organic, analog landscape that describes and measures the world without contemplating numbers.

The performance condenses on stage the last ten years of Alessandro Carboni’s artistic research, and marks the transition from the unpredictability experienced by the artists during his fieldwork in urban spaces to the defined structure of the choreographic score, from the process to representation. It’s an imaginative tale about the potential of artistic creation, capable to question our categories of thought to broaden our horizons towards new perceptions of reality. It’s a declaration of uncertainty that becomes a possibility.

"The Angular Distance of a Celestial Body" is the definition of azimuth, that angle that allows to measure everything that is in the terrestrial sphere. I started from an idea of numerical convention, through the drawing of a line that allows to represent everything, and I arrived at a language that does not contemplate measurement: the voice of a member of the Piraha community of the Amazon rainforest speaks in a language in danger of extinction that does not contemplate the number suggesting a gradual dissolution. From digital 1-0 numerical measurement to a gradient, analog dimension. (Alessandro Carboni)

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