Learn & Understand

Learn & Understand

Keys for understanding dance and its history


Contemporary Italian dance: the 2000's

Italy has never established real political and cultural policies for contemporary dance and, except in a few rare cases, choreographers have never been given the run of institutional theatres. This aside, the current outlook is lively and diversified, not only in generational terms, but also from the point of view of the variety of formats, practices, and creative processes.

Outdoor dances

During different periods of the 20th century, alternative movements moved dance away from the stage and the theatre to rediscover the body, to reintroduce ritual, organic dance in the Monte Verità community, dance that was highly-personal and inspired by everyday realities for the members of the Judson Dance Theater, dance that was urban and responsive to its environment at the turn of the 21st century. When dance moves outside, it uses the front-stage, and occasionally even horizontality and weightlessness. Its spectacular and performative aspect is, as such, questioned, shifted; its creative codes are shook up.

The new interpretation of works : "Swan lake" and "Giselle"

As soon as a work is reproduced, is it not inevitably transformed? Because the bodies are different and the steps, the figures are no longer danced in the same way. When choreographers reproduce a ballet, they take the liberty of incorporating little extras, modifications to the partition, the characters, the sequences… It’s a sign that the dance is well and truly alive! And revisions, no matter how unusual they are, definitely contribute to breathing life into the choreographic repertoire and to enriching it. They are proof that the works in question deal with major themes, which lend themselves to a host of perspectives.

Dance and (Dis)Ability

"A choreography in which a disabled person is present is not necessarily an example of integration [...]" Adam Benjamin. It is within the thickness of time that a more balanced perspective of inclusive dance can be achieved, one that integrates different characteristics and capabilities of what is usually considered a conventional body. The concept of inclusion focuses on building a new relationship stage. It requires infection, influence and/or a simple encounter between human landscapes.