DEWEY DELL | Sleep Technique
16 September| 9.30 p.m.
Sala 1 | La Pelanda
concept | Dewey Dell: Agata, Demetrio, Teodora Castellucci, Eugenio Resta
with | Agata, Teodora Castellucci, Ivan Björn Ekemark, Enrico Ticconi
coreography | Teodora Castellucci
music | Demetrio Castellucci (electroacoustics, granular synthesis, field recordings
sound | Chris Watson – “Lioness Threatens Male, Itong Plains, Kenya”© 1998 Touch ), Massimo Pupillo (bass, electronics)
stage space and lighting | Eugenio Resta
voice | Attila Csihar
costume | Guoda Jaruševiciute
with contribution of Dominique Baffier
thanks to | Stefano Pilia, Benas Staškauskas, Stefaan Van Akoleyen
production | Dewey Dell 2017
coproduction | Societas, PACT Zollverein, BIT Teatergarasjen, Brut Wien, Tanzfabrik Berlin (with the support of Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten)
in collaboration with | Buda Kunstencentrum, Dialoghi – Residenze della arti performative a Villa Manin, Ateliersi, Menu Spaustuvė.
The play is an answer, an answer to the question posed by the cave of Chauvet-Pont d’Arc in Ardèche, France. The perception of that which has remained of life in the distant past, filtered by eyes far away from that ancient way of life and understanding. Yet, we still feel the sensibilities of our ancestors so close to us, as if their myths and primitive rituals might still be, somehow, profoundly present. From distant times, arrives something that shakes us, the echo of another life reaches us. Even if the original meanings have been lost to time and only the memory of certain elements resists, the traces that remain go well beyond the need for meaning. When we enter a cave and contemplate the prehistoric paintings of our ancestors, we feel the past watching us, watching us with a look that is strangely similar to the one with which we look at the past. Their art, hidden in the most darkened recesses of the mountains, seems to demand an answer from the abyss of time. This performance is an attempt at dialogue, an impossible answer to the infinite treasure left to us by the first homo sapiens sapiens in the cave of Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, a wealth of paintings and writings from 36,000 years ago including images of various animal species and hardly-recognisable human figures. Their presence on the living rock confers them with a powerful dynamism, an incredible energy. In the dark of the theatre, we can visit the halls of the cave, getting closer to the past without moving away from ourselves.
In 2007, Dewey Dell was founded in Cesena, a dance company formed by four young artists: Agata, Demetrio, Teodora Castellucci and Eugenio Resta. The four founders of the company bring together diverse capabilities, while always maintaining a collective approach to forging their material. Dewey Dell’s creations include: A Elle Vide (2007), KIN KEEN KING (2008), Baldassarre (2009), Cinquanta Urlanti Quaranta Ruggenti Sessanta Stridenti (2010), Grave (2011/12), Marzo (2013) and numerous performances within live concerts and electronic music events. Currently dividing their time between Berlin and Cesena, the company is working on experimental forms connected to dance that can involve various art forms brought together.