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Rocco

Ballet National de Marseille 2014

Choreographer(s) : Greco, Emio (Italy) Rocco (France)

Present in collection(s): Ballet National de Marseille

en fr

Rocco

Ballet National de Marseille 2014

Choreographer(s) : Greco, Emio (Italy) Rocco (France)

Present in collection(s): Ballet National de Marseille

en fr

Rocco

In ROCCO, the dancers become boxers and the boxers become dancers. The stage becomes a boxing ring and they challenge one another with punches, nifty footwork and clever tactics. They portray the many facets of brotherly and sisterly love : Cain and Abel, Romulus and Remus, Laurel and Hardy, Serena and Venus Williams. In this hand-to-hand fight, the relationships are intensified and the performers head off on a quest to establish their physical and mental limits. It’s just like being on a choreographic “dark ride”.

Greco, Emio

Emio Greco was born in 1965 in Brindisi, a port in southern Italy, into a modest peasant-farming family. A classically-trained dancer, he spent three years at the Rosella Hightower Centre in Cannes before joining the Ballet Antibes Côte d'Azur. But it was while dancing with Jan Fabre, from 1993 to1996, that he revealed his fabulous talent as a performer. Marrying his instinctive and spontaneous approach to the figurative and visual world of Jan Fabre, Emio Greco savoured this taste for “the skin of the animal”, this fragile and violent creature cowering within us which rebels against the rules that safeguard harmonies and disciplines. In 1996 he joined the Karas company, run by Japanese choreographer and sculptor Saburo Teshigawara, for whom the body is a sculpture brought to life and which its maker animates in space and light, a genesis impregnated with spirituality and oriental aesthetics. There is no doubt that Saburo Teshigawara conveyed to him the idea of the specific potential which, according to him, lies in the transience of this art: dance is born of the acute awareness of what is and what will be. Having absorbed the wealth this fine and incisive choreographic culture, Emio Greco undertook his own choreographic and research project in parallel after meeting the director Pieter C. Scholten in 1995, relentlessly searching for new ways to allow the body's wisdom to express itself.


With Pieter C. Scholten, he founded the company EG | PC in Amsterdam, which works on a triple principle of contemporary creation, interdisciplinary exchanges – within the framework of International Choreographic Art Center Amsterdam (ICKamsterdam) which they also founded and which houses their company – and teaching, provided by the Accademia Mobile. Experimental in its principle (Bianco, Rosso, Extra Dry, a trilogy, 1996-2000), the dance of Greco and Scholten has been developing since 1998 around the concept of Double Points, short pieces which are similar to the events of Merce Cunningham. Their dance also appropriates traditional heritage, through a tetralogy which explores Dante's Divine Comedy – the first three parts being Hell (2006), then Popopera and In visione ([Purgatory], 2006-2008) – and through the rediscovery (and reinterpretation) of Bach, whose St Matthew Passion inspires the music accompanying the solo by Emio Greco in In visione.
 

Source : Maison de la Danse 


More information : www.ballet-de-marseille.com

Rocco

Rocco

Artistic direction / Conception : Emio Greco I Pieter C. Scholten

Choreography : Emio Greco I Pieter C. Scholten

Lights : Paul Beumer et Pieter C. Scholten

Costumes : Clifford Portier

Sound : Pieter C. Scholten

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Production Ballet National de Marseille, Collaboration ICKamsterdam

Duration : 1 heure 10

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