OtherNess

pics by Enrico Fedrigoli

Credits

choreography and dance Paola Bianchi
sound design Stefano Murgia
light design Paolo Pollo Rodighiero
tutor Roberta Nicolai
outside perspective Ivan Fantini
artistic residencies Teatro Felix Guattari | Masque teatro; Teatro Galli, Rimini
production PinDoc
a coproduction Teatri di Vetro, Città di Ebla
thanks to Santarcangelo Festival, Milano Mediterranea, Rumori Sinistri ODV/Casa Gallo
with the contribution of MiC and Regione Sicilia

OtherNess is the result of a long analysis around the body as a place of deposit of images, and of a long research process that developed through some steps:
  • Establishment of a retinal-mnemonic archive by asking about 40 people to identify images fixed in their personal and collective visual memory, symbolic images that underline a change in the course of history, iconic images that are fixed in personal memory precisely because of their collective value. So far, three retinal-mnemonic archives have been created: WESTERN MEMORIES; OTHER MEMORIES and BODIES OF PROTEST.
  • Creation of three Paola Bianchi’s dance solos through a long process of embodying a selection of the images received. The initial retinal-mnemonic archive enters her body and her body itself becomes the archive and repository of those images in a process of organic re-actualisation of history through an anachronic montage.
  • Each solo has been dissected and the postures of which the solo is composed have been verbally described and recorded as audio files, contributing to three archives of postures.
  • Each posture was dissected and catalogued according to an anatomical logic (body positions / right arm / left arm / torso / head / right leg / left leg). The pieces of the body, separated one from the other, were mixed according to an aleatory logic, generating figures and no longer images, in a clear reference to Hans Bellmer's dissected and recomposed dolls.

 

Directed by her own voice (signifying the extent to which moral and juridical law is absorbed by the individual) and equipped with earphones, Paola Bianchi is subjected to incessant vocal inputs that forces her to continuously modify her posture without being able to follow her own will, acting exclusively in a very limited field of choice linked to variations in the tension of the body and directions in space.

Contemporary human beings are conditioned from birth by a double condition: on the one hand their own will, their own desire, and on the other hand their duty, the obligations of community living and morality. Never completely free, we act in a constant compromise between inside and outside, between what we want to do and what we have to do. The Covid-19 pandemic has, if possible, exacerbated this divide, this conflict, or perhaps just made it more apparent.
OtherNess investigates the conflict between desire and duty, between law and autonomy. Locked in a well-defined enclosure of laws and moral duties, we are under the illusion of choice, an illusion that vanishes when we realise that we can only choose between something that is given to us. OtherNess reveals a desperate vitality, there is no surrender, but a continuous struggle to confirm one's existence, to feel alive.