DREAM was born from writing, from an intimate practice that Alessandro Sciarroni approached between 2019 and 2020. Text is the intuitive spark that branches out, creating a transferral of levels and languages, all leading to a score for six performers, a pianist and an upright piano.
Spectators are authorized to “visit” the performers as if they were inside a museum, a plaster cast gallery: but the sculptures here are in the flesh. Their emotional state resembles that of a sleepwalking body grappling with possibilities of encounter, barely perceptible gestural conversations, transmission processes and sympathetic strategies that float in a dreamlike dimension. The music, from Bach to Cage, the bodies and the space all inform each other’s responses, mutually influencing themselves in a subtle game of collective tuning. The figures organize their sensitive and tactile field in relation to the proximity to the gaze that crosses them. The music performed by the pianist, who is also in a state similar to being half asleep, pushes those present to listen to each other from afar, activating attention to the gestural details, densifying the environment, in a composition that is the written unison of all these elements. The DREAM scene is inhabited for a predetermined time, a time long enough to allow one to forget their sense of duration.
DREAM is a project responsive to its host site, and for Short Theatre 2023 it will inhabit the neoclassical architecture of the Acquario Romano – today Casa dell’Architettura and base of the Association of Architects, in the heart of the Esquiline area.
Alessandro Sciarroni is an active artist in the performing arts with several years of training in the field of visual arts and theatre research behind him. His work, as well as involving professionals from different disciplines, are presented at contemporary dance and theatre festivals, in museums and art galleries and in unconventional spaces with respect to the traditional ones we might think of. Among the various awards, in 2019 he received Leone d’Oro alla Carriera Achievement for Dance.
Sciarroni’s work starts from a conceptual approach of Duchampian origin, makes use of a theatrical system, and can include dance techniques and practices, as well as from other disciplines. In addition to the rigour and sharpness of each creation, his works attempt to reveal the obsessions, fears and fragility of the performative act by repeating a practice to the limits of the performers’ physical resistance.
by Alessandro Sciarroni
with Marta Ciappina, Matteo Ramponi, Elena Giannotti, Valerio Sirna, Edoardo Mozzanega, Pere Jou
pianist Davide Finotti
dramaturgical advice Salvo Lombardo
soundscape Aurora Bauzà & Pere Jou
costumes Ettore Lombardi
lighting design and technical care Valeria Foti
advice and development Lisa Gilardino
administration and executive production Chiara Fava
press relations and communication Pierpaolo Ferlaino
social media Giulia Traversi
production MARCHE TEATRO Teatro di Rilevante Interesse Culturale, Corpoceleste_C.C.00#, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels, CENTQUATRE– PARIS, Festival D’Automne à Paris, Triennale Milano Teatro, CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG, Centrale Fies, Snaporazverein, Azienda Speciale Palaexpo – Mattatoio | ProgettoPrender-si Cura, La Contrada Teatro Stabile di Trieste.
with the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels
for the novel DREAM by Alessandro Sciarroni
editing Alessandro Iachino
French translation Nicolas Aude e Gaia Clotilde Chernetich
book layout Alice Butera
coordination Pierpaolo Ferlaino
Alessandro Sciarroni is Associate Artist of CENTQUATRE – PARIS e della Triennale Milano Teatro 2022-2024.
ph. Alessandro Sciarroni