The choreography is built through the mimesis of a large amount of video fragments tightly edited, digging across dance and performance history, passing through cinema and the internet, looking for a sensible kinetic matter.
The dancer embodies, transforms, connects and actualizes the body of the image, explores its dynamic, its freedom and linguistic immediacy without a privileged point of view, she eradicates it from the imaginary executing an exact and precise choreography. During the second part, an original video by artist Roberto Fassone offers a sequence of visual choreographies, a symbolic landscape where the human figure is absent but still looks for a relationship with the body on stage and ponders on that intangible matter which dance itself is made of.
Workshop info here
Jacopo Jenna is a choreographer, performer and filmmaker creating stage works, video pieces, and installations. The works are oriented towards research concerning the perception of dance or choreography as an extended practice generating a variety of performative context to reframe the body in relationship with movements. As a graduate of Sociology, he also studied dance in Codarts/Rotterdam. He deals with training and educational programs for various age groups experimenting with new ways of relating to performance art. He presented his projects internationally in festivals, museums and institutions, collaborating in choreographic research projects with dance companies and various artists like Jacopo Miliani, Caterina Barbieri, Roberto Fassone, Ramona Caia, Bassam Abou Diab.
conception, direction e video choreography Jacopo Jenna
collaboration and dance Ramona Caia
collaboration and video Roberto Fassone
original music Francesco Casciaro
lights design Mattia Bagnoli
stage costume Eva di Franco
organization Luisa Zuffo
production KLm – Kinkaleri
coproduction Centrale Fies
supperted by Azienda Speciale Palaexpo – Mattatoio | Progetto PrendersiCura
Notes on Short Theatre 2020
What else is your work about, besides what is already told in the synopsis?
It is about dance that speaks of dance through dance, confusing with it until producing new images. It is also about what is out of frame – using a cinematic term. This work would like to free dance from the power of the image through which it often ends up referring to something other than itself, to begin referring only to itself instead. Everything is decontextualized to be readapted at the present scene in a new form, always searching for other meanings, as if only in the non-place of detachment lies the true shape of things, their dynamics.
Who or what—real or imaginary, present, past or future—do you think contributed to the creation of this work? Is there any object/trace you own that can make this clear?
book DANCE WITH CAMERA curated by Jenelle Porter for the Dance with Camera exhibition 11 September 2009 – 21 March 2010 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 7 August – 17 October 2010 Contemporary Art Museum, Huston
What do you imagine you will say about this work in fifteen years time? Would you ever have imagined making such work fifteen years ago?
“I don’t know how I spent all that time editing those damn videos, merging on the scene years of parsimonious collection of images on dance: I have archived them, analyzed them, looking at them a thousand times in a compulsive way to find common kinetic elements. Only Ramona and Roberto could support me on that journey… ”
Fifteen years ago, in 2005, I was studying in Rotterdam. In the school library I had access to a lot of stock footage of shows, I could easily burn them to study.
Maybe this whole project started right there…