WELCOME TO MY WORLD
Direction and choreography: Enzo Cosimi
Costumes and make up: Enzo Cosimi
Sound design: Enzo Cosimi
Music: Chris Watson, John Duncan, Pansonic, Brian Eno
Lighting design: Stefano Pirandello
Organization: Maria Paola Zedda
Interpreters: Paola Lattanzi, Alice Raffaelli, Francesco Marilungo, Riccardo Olivier
Production: Compagnia Enzo Cosimi, MIBAC, in collaboraztion with the Scuola Civica d’Arte Paolo Grassi in Milan
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What will the End of the World be like? Welcome to my world: otherwise known as the ‘Apocalypse according to Enzo Cosimi’, the man who is the cutting edge of contemporary Italian choreography. He once again aims straight to the heart with a tough, exciting and often disturbing performance. Four dancers, two men and two women naked from the waist up, deprived of any gender identity, with black marks on their hands and noses; a barren stage, reduced to the bare essentials, where the space is slashed with flashes of red light and shaped alternately by sounds of nature and dark vibrating mechanical noises, from gusts of wind to clouds of smoke, and filled with erotic and tragic dance steps and movements, broken down by the protagonists, in the laborious search for a new harmony. Every attempt to achieve purification through articulated primordial rituals, such as drinking milk from a bottle, seems destined to fail. From scene to scene the dramatic and heroic search for a new world and a new ‘oneself’ through excruciating dichotomies takes place, amidst bleeding wounds and attempts to resurge like phoenixes from the ashes. In the finale, the survivors gather around one of the dancers who rotates a long stick as if it were an oar or the yard of a ship: an image of hope which brings to mind the Raft of the Medusa by Géricault.
Welcome to my world is the latest of a long and fortunate series of productions by Enzo Cosimi and his company, which over the years have been performed in the most important theatres and festivals in Italy and have toured in France, Germany, England, Spain, the ex-Yugoslavia, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Denmark, The United States (DTW in New York, Charleston, Spoleto), Peru, Australia, India.
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