Quattro danze coloniali viste da vicino
(Four colonial dances at close range)
production mk 2011 and Armunia Festival Castiglioncello
with Philippe Barbut, Biagio Caravano and Laura Scarpini
set and choreography Michele Di Stefano
music Lorenzo Bianchi
Out of their proper exotic place (the performance Around the world in 80 days) these pure dances are deployed as in a catalog.
The piece reflects the complexity of a journey where every encounter with the others becomes a negotiation towards a hybrid common new destination.
This is about “where are we going together” and not “where are we coming from”.
The bodily presence is redefined by the distance between the performers; the margin between here and elsewhere is the place where everything happens in terms of bodily dynamics.
It’s a geographical piece, where the reality of movement is developed as a constant work of translation into the surroundings.
Choreography is set as a perturbation of sightseeing, an “atmospheric” condition of the body: as if it would be possible to define choreographic systems through a climatic perspective, on the side of steam and meteorology.
Established 1999 in Rome, the group mk moves along an autonomous and auto-poietical research line, focusing on body research, choereography and sound matter.
Soon engaged by distinctive international festivals for new dance and theatre, mk is considered as one of the most interesting research ensemble of the Italian scene.
2011 production Around the world in 80 days premiered in October at TorinoDanza Festival and is now on tour.
Other 2011 projects are the urban inquiry Park, the dance piece Quattro danze coloniali viste da vicino, !Exotica! and the delirious Grand Tour, recently hosted at BE Festival in Birmingham and Drodesera Festival.
2010 mk stages two productions about Fundamentalism at the NuovoTeatroNuovo in Naples, commissioned by Antonio Latella.
In November starts the Instruction series project, which involves different casts of performers and visual artists, in collaboration with Xing.
Michele Di Stefano helds the 2011 masterclass at Scuola Paolo Grassi Milan, whith a commission by Biennale Danza 2011 in Venice and creates a piece for the students of the National Dance Academy in Rome (2012).
MK is amongst the five groups selected for “Corpo Sottile” (Ubulibri, Milan 2003), a book about the new European dance scene (with Jerome Bel, Xavier LeRoy, Myriam Gourfink and Kinkaleri), edited by Silvia Fanti/Xing.Starting 2010 the group is supported by MIBAC Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività culturali.
Lorenzo Bianchi composes electro-acoustic music and collaborates with IRCAM. He developed projects for Luca Ronconi, Richard Siegal, Luca Francesconi and starting 2005 he creates music for MK.
With the support of Aterdanza