Surprised Body Project
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Surprised Body Project

Francesco Scavetta, Wee company Oslo

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  • Client:

    Francesco Scavetta

CHOREOGRAPHY
Francesco Scavetta

DANCERS
Ana Vnučec, Dina Ekštajn,
Martina Tomić, Petra Hrašćanec,
Orfee Schujit, Gree Kipperberg,
Branko Banković, Bruno Isaković

MUSIC
Nenad Sinkauz / Nenad Kovačić

COSTUMES
Gjoril Bjercke Saether

LIGHT DESIGN
Stefano Stacchini

LIGHT TECHNICIAN
Marinko Maričić

SOUND TECHNICIAN
Branko Puceković-Puc

GRAPHIC DESIGN
Tina Ivezić

PHOTOGRAPHY
Danko Stjepanović

TRANSLATION
Mirna Herman

PRODUCTION
Studio Contemporary Dance Company / Wee company Oslo

IN COLLABORATION WITH
Vitlycke Performing Art Centrum and Museum of Contemporary Art-Zagreb

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Bosiljka Vujović-Mažuran

PRODUCER
Branko Banković

PRODUCTION SUPPORT
Koraljka Begović

PUBLIC RELATIONS
Ana Kovačević

PREMIÈRE
October 4, 2013 – Museum for contemporary art – Zagreb

SPECIAL THANKS TO
ZeKaeM, Damir Šimunović, Teatar &td, Miljenko Bengez, Aleksandar Čavlek, Saša Bogojević, Alen Marin, Nebojša Vujović, ZPA, Vesna Mimica, Milorad Stranić

The performance is funded by the Zagreb Office for Education, Culture and Sport and Ministry of Culture of Republic Croatia

 

ABOUT PERFORMANCE

The Surprised body project is a dance piece that focuses on choreographic and compositional issues and sees the body and the movement as its central element. Already as a title, Surprised body project defines a metaphorical space. The image of a body in a constant alert, escaping from a habitual daily body and from any kind of routine. The sense of “surprise” is intended as the inner state that allow to be constantly ready to “react” and respond, as individual and as a group. To affect each other, by any physical decision, also throughout structured improvisations and instant composition. “When you “affect” something, you are at the same time opening yourself up to being affected in turn.” – Brian Massumi

The piece has been continuously changing, as an ongoing creative process. Wee company Oslo constantly presented new versions of the work in different countries, always involving local dancers invited to join in the process and new composers for the musical score. Wee constantly presented new versions of the work in different countries, involving new dancers invited to join in the process and new composers for the musical score. We considered “meeting” and “affect” as ones of the key words identifying the process of creation of production that aimed to be in a continuous transformation. “Meeting” is a metaphor of the personalisation of the work in involving new dancers, but also of the flexibility of having to face new conditions, geographies and tasks in the creation. Creating a new version of the piece, and sharing the references of the work, means questioning again the structure, resetting and re-starting the creating process itself, using structured improvisation and instant composition as a creative tool. read more...

The collaboration with Studio Contemporary Dance Company on the Surprised body project-Zagreb started with a residency at the Vitlycke – Centre for performing arts in Tanumshede/Sweden, where we had the first period of rehearsals to ground the principles of the work and share the starting point of the process. To work in Vitlycke means to complete concentrate on the creation, detached from the personal daily life everyone had at home, in a total concentration. The Croatian version of the Surprised body project benefits of the individual artistically contribution of the dancers of Studio CDC, that, confronted with the backbone of the original structure, re-created their own version of the performance. The performance flows with choreographed parts and structured improvisations, so it’s affected by the decisions of the group and constantly changing, also from day to day.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Wee company Oslo was established in Oslo (Norway) in the 1999, by choreographer and dancer Francesco Scavetta (Italy) and dancer Gry Kipperberg (Norway). In the last years, Wee has been touring in more than 30 countries in Europe, South/North America and Asia, becoming one of the leading companies of the Norwegian scene.

Francesco Scavetta’s theatricality have often been associated with the atmosphere of a weird dream or to a playful world of a child: strange, funny, poetic and, at the same time, surprising. Since its formation in 1999, Wee’s creations have changed in format and aesthetic, transforming along a constant curiosity for physical investigations. Yet they have continuously tried to explore what theatre and performance can mean in contemporary life and what kind of dialogues they can open with the audience. From the delicate early work “Daddy always wanted me to grow a pair of wings”, with its “circus like” atmosphere and look of an old black and white movie found in the loft, to the complex use of technology for performances like ”Live*”, co-produced by the Biennale of Venice. The core of the research has always been to deal with fragility and paradox, epiphany and dream, empathy and surprise, avoiding narrative and physical cliché, questioning reality and identity with humorous disbelief. Wee intends its commitment to art, as the challenge of a post-modern allegory, where nothing is obvious and yet it is all so seemingly simple. read more...

Vitlycke – Centre for performing arts
Vitlycke – Centre for performing arts is a newly established residency place for performing arts. It’s a place for investigation and creation, for research, training and education. A platform where artists can meet, work and discuss. A place where national and international companies are able to concentrate on their creations, in a calm environment in the middle of nature, detached from the rhythm of the city.

Vitlycke – Centre for performing arts aims to be a place where rehearse and create, but also where to present both informal showings and finished works, open to an audience. Vitlcyke is based in Tanumshede (Sweden). The location is quite ideal, being almost right in the middle between Oslo and Goteborg, in the country side, just beside the Vitlycke Museum, in a UNESCO protected area, visited for it’s famous Bronze Age stone carvings.

 

SURPRISED BODY PROJECT   ✧   FRANCESCO SCAVETTA   ✧   photo© : DANKO STJEPANOVIĆ

SURPRISED BODY PROJECT   ✧   FRANCESCO SCAVETTA   ✧   photo© : DANKO STJEPANOVIĆ

SURPRISED BODY PROJECT   ✧   FRANCESCO SCAVETTA   ✧   photo© : DANKO STJEPANOVIĆ

SURPRISED BODY PROJECT   ✧   FRANCESCO SCAVETTA   ✧   photo© : DANKO STJEPANOVIĆ

SURPRISED BODY PROJECT   ✧   FRANCESCO SCAVETTA   ✧   photo© : DANKO STJEPANOVIĆ