New 2018 Production
Debutto 2 novembre 2018
LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura | Lugano
in co-production with
LIS Lugano in Scena e
Ariella Vidach AIEP / Avventure In Elicottero Prodotti
This performance is about augmented reality and robotics, and offers a choreographic experience that opens to multiple levels of sensory per-ceptions. The dancers get dismembered and multiplied within an uncon-ventionally conceived space, misshaped by a repeatedly changing viewpoint, where a robot is placed on the stage and projects their digi-tally duplicated frames. A duet between the human being and his doppleganger, between man and robot, tells the full unsettling story of our present time, when in the attraction that compels towards progress in science and technology often seems to abide the threatening risk of loss of humanity. The movement unfolds its dance within a non-narrative context and turns the events to sensory experiences for the audience, that on getting themselves captured and projected on the stage walls, try their chance to face up with their alter ego.
We live in the age of the coexistence of hu-mans and robots, we use machines that seem to be fitted of the same skills as humans, such as the ability to speak or to simulate human behav-iour, and this opens up unsettling questions. Which psychological and ethical outcomes is this coexistence going to have, since it has been growing more and more intimate between the two entities in time? How are they going to en-hance their communication with each other, to what extent are they going to explore the poten-tial physical relationships between them? How can two robots speak to each other and which languange are they going to implement? Are we going to allow that a man has feelings for a ro-bot, and that a robot can take a role that implies emotional challenges, such as a caregiver or a sexual partner? This performance offers a point of view on these most upsetting issues, in particular it focuses on the dialogue and on the physical relationship between man and robot. Technology here is used to enhance the observation of the other, to amplify the way you can hear it or feel it, and it suggests an emphatetic approach to what is alleged an artificial, inorganic, neutral, high skilled entity always at hand, with the intent to open a better understanding of what in fact is part and parcel in our life.
Concept and Direction
Ariella Vidach, Claudio Prati
in Co-Production with
LIS LUGANO IN SCENA
ARIELLA VIDACH AIEP / AVVENTURE IN ELICOTTERO PRODOTTI
with the support of
MIBACT | NEXT REGIONE LOMBARDIA
COMUNE DI MILANO | DECS CANTON TICINO SWISSLOS, COMUNE DI LUGANO
Ariella Vidach / Choreographer and dancer
Ariella Vidach began producing her choreography in New York where she moved in the 80’s inspired by the work of the most significant artists of the postmodern dance generation as Trisha Brown, Dana Reitz, Steve Paxton and with the aim to deepen her study in contemporary dance. Her work was presented in the United States, Canada, Germany, Holland, France, Switzerland, the Slovak Repub-lic, Slovenia and Macedonia, Turkey, Luxemburg, Cuba and Portugal.She is co-founder of Avventure in Elicottero Prodotti , founded in 1988 in Lugano and she creates in 1996 with Claudio Prati, the Ariella Vidach – AiEP dance company with which she produced multimedia perfor-mance among others: Exp (’96), Drans (’98) and Beat Box (’00), Opus (2001), Buffers (2003), DanxyMusic (2004), Id (2005), Intervita (2007), .Mov (2009).The Ariella Vidach – AiEP dance company has an artistic space inside Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan, an industrial archeological area that was restored and reused as cultural and artistic venues.
She currently teaches at Scuola D’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi and Art Academy of Brera and continues her re-search producing performances concerning the relationship between body and technology.
Claudio Prati / Videomaker and director
Graduated in Sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milano, he lived in New York between 1986 and 1988, where he studied Video art and Special Project mixed media at New York University, as well as Con-tact Im-provisation Dance at the Movement Research Centre and PS 122. In 1988 in Lugano (Switzerland), he founded Avventure in Elicottero Prodotti cultural Association with Ariella Vidach, Carlo Somaini and Marcello Mazzella and in 1996 he was the founding partner of Ariella Vidach – AiEP dance company in Milan. Between 1989 and 2016 he produced 25 multimedia interactive dance productions, in collaboration with Ariella Vidach, and various dance videos, inspired to the performances, which were presented in several interna-tional dance Festivals in Paris, Skop-je, Ankara, New York, Montreal, La Havana, Roma, Freiburg, Arnhem, Ljubliana, Luxembourg, Bern, Zuerich and in Video Dance Festivals like the “TTV Video Festival of Riccione”, “Electronic Choreographer of Naples″, Video-dance (Athens), Invideo Festival (Milan) and in Tel Aviv, Oslo, Lu-zern. He was member of the jury of some interna-tional and prestigious video and multimedia contests like “VI-PER Luzern”, in 1996, “Premio Immagine IBTS/Milano” in 1997, “Prix PIXEL IMAGINA– INA Monte Carlo “in 1998 and “Il Coreografo Elettronico/Napoli”in 1999. Between 2016 and 2017, in collaboration with Ariella Vidach, he produced two new dance performances with a special glance into the relation of dance and technology. He lives and works in Lugano and Milan.