Choreographer Alessandro Sciarroni takes a traditional dance form and works it for all it’s worth. It’s a sheer physical feat of performance. The schuhplattler (“shoebeater”) is a Bavarian folk dance where its performers slap their shoes and legs with their hands; it’s ecstatic, kinetic and one walloping workout. Here the dance is torn from its musical and cultural idioms: Sciarroni wears some nice lederhosen, but other than that we’re witness to the liberating pleasure of abstraction—enduring, playful, even humorous. It all unfolds in various rhythms and physical configurations, evolving and shifting as the energy increases. There are no pauses, no interludes, no intermission, just the beauty of a form taken to its extreme.
This is a demanding performance: the dancers push themselves to the limit. For roughly 90 exhilarating minutes the show ratchets up from impressively strenuous to almost-inconceivable exhaustion; what emerges is a strong suspense, electric and palpable. Sciarroni and his fellow dancers offer a radically innovative work, and key among its virtues is its approach to endurance. How far can these dancers go?
By turns beleaguering, hypnotic and curiously mystical… The freedom to leave made me want to stay, and FOLK-S grew more lovable as it went on—and on.
CREATOR, DRAMATURG Alessandro Sciarroni PERFORMERS Marco D’Agostin, Pablo Esbert Lilienfeld, Francesca Foscarini, Matteo Ramponi, Alessandro Sciarroni, Francesco Vecchi ORIGINAL MUSIC Pablo Esbert Lilienfeld VIDEO, IMAGES Matteo Maffesanti LIGHTING DESIGNER Rocco Giansante TOUR TECHNICIAN, LIGHTING OPERATOR Cosimo Maggini, Valeria Foti COSTUME DESIGNER Ettore Lombardi FAITH COACHING Rosemary Butcher DRAMATURGICAL CONSULTANT, CASTING Antonio Rinaldi PRODUCTION MANAGER Marta Morico ORGANIZATION Benedetta Morico PRESS OFFICER Beatrice Giongo ADMINISTRATOR Chiara Fava PROJECT CURATOR, PROMOTION Lisa Gilardino CHOREOGRAPHIC CONSULTANT Tearna Schuichplattla PRODUCED BY MARCHE TEATRO Teatro di Rilevante Interesse Culturale, Progetto Archeo.S–System of Archeological Sites of the Adriatic Seas FUNDED BY IPA Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation Program with Corpoceleste_C.C.00# SUPPORTED BY Inteatro, Amat-Civitanova Danza per “Civitanova Casa della Danza”, Centrale Fies, ChoreoRoam Europe Centro per la Scena Contemporanea–Comune di Bassano del Grappa, The Place (London), Dansateliers (Rotterdam), Dance Week Festival (Zagreb), Paso a 2/Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid