Salvo Lombardo enlightens our times with a very popular ballet of the end of the 19th century, enthusing the Western civilisation ready to conquer the world. What about today?
Created in 1881 at the Scala of Milan, the Excelsior ballet celebrated with pride the benefits of progress and the civilisation of a conquering Europe. In light of what was an international triumph, the Italian choreographer Salvo Lombardo questions, under the same title, our modernity. What is left today of this legacy, once the West has been deprived of its colonial power and its myths of cultural superiority? Are we really sure of having changed our view of others?
The result is an explosive performance that, like a DJ set, combines dance, music, video and scenography to bring the body to its highest incandescence. Seven dancers will join forces with ten performers of the Conservatoire national supérieur of music and dance of Paris (CNSMDP) auditioned on site to perform several scenes, namely the quadrille of the original ballet, in an unsettling chassé-croisé between eras. ISABELLE CALABRE
Idea, choreography and stage direction Salvo Lombardo
Choreography assistant Daria Greco
Cultural council Viviana Gravano
Music Fabrizio Alviti
Lighting and video Daniele Spanò, Luca Brinchi
Image editing Isabella Gaffè
Costumes Chiara Defant
With Jaskaran Anand, Cesare Benedetti, Lucia Cammalleri, Leonardo Diana, Fabritia D’Intino, Giuseppe Vincent Giampino, Daria Greco
and 10 performers of the CNSMDP DURATION 1h
PRODUCTION Associazione Culturale Chiasma, with the support of MiBAC – Ministero Beni e Attività Culturali
COPRODUCTION Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse / Festival Oriente Occidente, Rovereto / Festival Fabbrica Europa, Firenze / Romaeuropa Festival, Roma / Versiliadanza, Firenze
SOUTIENS Teatro della Toscana / Pontedera Teatro, ACS Abruzzo, Lavanderia a Vapore