MICHELE RIZZO “Higher” – PERFORMING ARTS
we attempt in becoming One.
HIGHER is a dance performance inspired and based on the experience of clubbing and club dancing. Such form of dance, which is not easily ascribed to any category, taking the cultural role of a social dance and also at times featuring various techniques, styles and influences, is extremely explicative of what ultimately seems to be the purpose of dancing, intended as a human form of expression.
Philosopher Julia Kristeva once said: “As to be human embraced political, sexual, religious, familiar identity, we are undergoing a time of major identity crises. We need to find a language that transcends the human in order to overcome such crises an d awake a new Renaissance. This language can be dance”.
I interpret this cathartic power of dance, as its being a form of prayer and celebration of existence, and I found in the club a place for such transcending activity, which entirely matches the often used association of clubs to churches, however obscured by the most common understanding of clubbing as a mere recreational activity.
In this performance, while trying to transfer the magical essence of the club in the theatrical/representational context of the black box, and trusting in dance as the practice that compensate for the fact that we can never be each other, we attempt in becoming One.
CONCEPT AND CHOREOGRAPHY: Michele Rizzo
MUSIC: Lorenzo Senni
PERFORMANCE: Juan Pablo Camara, Max Goran and Michele Rizzo
LIGHTING DESIGN: Michele Rizzo
TECHNICAL SUPERVISION: Lucas Heistinger
PRODUCTION: Frascati Productions and ICKamsterdam
Presented by Folkets Park.