A ballet and photographic project for urban, natural and historical spaces.
The project idea is to compare the dimension of human body performance – ephemeral by definition – with its photographic representation, which freezes in time a given moment.
These are two different ways of conceiving the body, of setting it in relationship not only with the dimensions of space and time, but also with the eye of the spectator.
Our body and the identity of spaces: to which degree is the dancing movement able to change the perception of spaces or images that we assume to be crystallized in a definite meaning, at least according to our collective identity? A single frame of a dance, in this sense, has a resonance that is at once finite and infinite.
Micro-performances of five minutes of duration each for single dancers. They will be commissioned to six choreographers / dancers under 35 years of age. These short choreographies will be performed in urban spaces which are undergoing a transformation of some sort (we might define transformation in many ways: restoration, change, regeneration, …) or – alternatively – in courtyards and historical town squares.
This is a way to introduce a much-needed reflection on the multiple and multifaceted identities of the town we live in, infinitely more articulated than what each single social category experiences. Toni Thorimbert will be shooting at each performance, in every space.
In the exhibition spaces, at given days and times, will host the same performers, surrounded by a small audience, performing again their short choreographies, this time with their photos as a background. Those frames that the lens of the photographer made perennial will duplicate, leaving the public with a double point of view and a dual emotional and aesthetic approach to the same images.