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Körpersprache by Gabriella Riccio ph Piero Cremonese
photo Piero Cremonese

challenge, courage, risk, fragility, power and loss of power, obedience and disobedience, the individual versus the group, freedom, responsibility, choice, presence, trust, physics, action and reaction, constellations, mind and body. It is an investigation of the possibilities of choreographic composition through the translation of the word into movement.

Körpersprache is a research work on the possibilities of choreographic composition through the translation of the word into the language of the body. Körpersprache invites the audience to actively participate! Members of the audience take the microphone and pronounce words that are connected to concepts which have been previously developed in the research phase. With the help of a chart, participants are guided into the system of the performance… but once the system is understood, they can choose to surprise the dancers with new and unexpected words. The “active” spectator has the possibility, if only for 3 minutes, of finding himself in the position of the choreographer. As both participant in and co-author of the creative process, the spectator can modify and determine the compositive game. While the performance is in the process of being composed under their very eyes, the “passive” spectators enjoy the performance as a unified whole. By observing the reactions of the dancers to the words spoken into the microphone, they can intuitively discover and understand the grammar upon which the “body language” of dance is based. Körpersprache is an abstract work founded on  choreographic composition elements: body, time and space, as well as images, symbols and concepts. Based on abstract compositive and interpretive systems, it generates an organic whole of visual suggestions in complicity and dialogue with the participating audience [Gabriella Riccio]

idea choreography light design Gabriella Riccio
dance Gabriella Riccio, Marco Angelilli, Chiara Orefice, Alezzandra Cozzolino, Giusy Palmisano, Angelo Ruggieri
music K&D
stage photos Piero Cremonese
production caosmos | cie gabriellariccio
with the support of Goethe Institut
genere contemporary dance
running time 30’

commissioned by the Goethe Institu Neapel

Torino, Goethe Institut Turin, 13 October 2006
Roma,  Goethe Institut Rom, Auditorium, 6 October 2006
Naploli, Nuovo Teatro Nuovo Sala Assoli, Di Seconda Mano, 4 November 2005
Napoli, Goethe Institut Neapel, Palazzo Serra, 10 November 2004, absolute première