“If I was asked to tell you about an image of happiness, that would be me on an upland, sitting on a rock, under the sun, a book in my hands” (S. Belmondo)
First love is an act of reparation put in an envelope and addressed to the first love. It’s the story of a boy in the 90s who didn’t like football but cross country skiing instead – and dancing too, but since he didn’t know any movement he used to copy the ones of ski, in his living room, in his bedroom, swallowed by the everlasting green of a Northern Italian province.
That boy now grown up, not anymore a skier but a dancer, not on the snow but on the stage, not a competitor but still a competitor, because of that agonistic attitude towards choreography that never fades away, recurring as it is, he met his childhood idol, the OIympic Champion StefaniaBelmondo, and went back to the mountain. Time has come to tell the world that his first love needed to exist, that it would tear his chest apart more than anything else.
Re-enacting the most renowned competition run by the Italian champion, a 15km free style race at the Olympic Games of Salt Lake City, First love becomes scream of revenge, desperate jubilation, dissolution of nostalgia.
Marco D’Agostin is an artist active in the fields of dance and performance. He has been acknowledged with several prizes in Italy and Europe: among them the UBU Award as Best Performer Under 35 (the most prestigious prize for theatre in Italy) and the second prize at the (Re)connaissance contest in Grénoble.
After a disjointed education with internationally reknown masters (Claudia Castellucci, Yasmeen Godder, Nigel Charnock, Rosemary Butcheramongothers), he strengthens his skills both as performer (working for Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Alessandro Sciarroni, Tabea Martin, Liz Santoro among others) and maker (his works have been touring in all Europe since 2010).
His poetics is fluid, dinamic, constantly adapting.
At the moment it resonates with visions from atlases, books by M. P. Shiel, catalogues of extinct creatures and iconographies generated by videos on Youtube. Recurring themes in his projects are memory operation, archive fever and entertaining as form of a specific relation between spectator and performer.
The choreographic devices he creates pay debt to the lesson that italian poet Amelia Rosselli gave about writing: “Concerning metrics, being it free it used to vary according to associations or to my own pleasure. Annoyed by preset schemes, overflowing from them, it used to adapt to a tempo that was psychological, musical and instinctive”.
The piece of art he’s more attached to is The Disintegration Loops I by William Basinski.
a project by and with Marco D’Agostin
scientific advice Stefania Belmondo and Tommaso Custodero
dramaturgical advice Chiara Bersani
lights Alessio Guerra
technical director Paolo Tizianel
promotion Damien Modolo
organization Eleonora Cavallo
visual Isabella Ahmadzadeh
production VAN 2018
co-production Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale, Torinodanza festival e Espace Malraux – scène nationale de Chambéry et de la Savoie
within the project “Corpo Links Cluster”, supported by Programma di Cooperazione PC INTERREG V A – Italia-Francia (ALCOTRA 2014-2020)
with Centro Olimpico del Fondo di Pragelato
created in residency at Lavanderia a Vapore, Centro Regionale per la Danza, inTeatro, Teatro Akropolis
supported by ResiDance XL
© Alice Brazzit