Ambra Senatore / National Choreographic Center
choreography: Ambra Senatore
music: Brian Bellot, Andrea Gattico, William Shatmet, Anamor, Bedrich Smetana
lighting design: Fausto Bonvini
sound design: Andrea Gattico, Ambra Senatore
premiere: Festival Equilibrio Roma, 2010 (First Prize)
production: ALDES, Fondazione Musica per Roma, Château Rouge-Annemasse, Espace Malraux Scène Nationale de Chambéry et de la Savoie – Carta Bianca programme Alcotra– coopération France/Italie, Le Polaris de Corbas, EDA,Festival Delle Colline Torinesi, Festival Interplay – Torino. With the support from Indisciplinarte, Fondazione Teatro Piemonte Europa, Reiss Arti Performative, Teatro Cucinelli, L’Arboreto Teatro Dimora di Mondaino
touring production: National Choreographic Center, Nantes
dancers: Caterina Basso, Claudia Catarzi, Matteo Ceccarelli, Tommaso Monza, Ambra Senatore
I set forth with very concrete elements: space, repetition, hiding, confusion of parts of the real and plastic bodies, a replica of gestures and actions conducted by different people. Dynamics in space alternate with simple actions that have a subtle irony to them. I work on a dynamic dance, which is dressed with break-downs and breakups. I hope to establish something and then call it into question, hence revealing a new element which demonstrates its falsity or negates any singular interpretation, with a subtle irony that is at the same time playful and hopefully sharp and effective.
“Passo” works on the confusion between reality and fiction, between what is real and what is fake/ constructed; it plays with the unveiling of theatrical magic and with the transformation of meaning: one thing initially appears in some way to then reveal itself as something else. It also deals with relationships among persons, with the necessity to return to a shared dimension of community, in that we are essentially related beings.
Choreographer and performer, Ambra Senatore was born in Turin in 1976. She trained with different choreographers. She then worked with Jean-Claude Gallotta, Giorgio Rossi, Raffaella Giordano, Roberto Castello, Antonio Tagliarini… Alongside her work as a performer, she began to create pieces in collaboration with other authors from 1998. Following her PhD on contemporary dance (2004), she teaches dance history at the University of Milan. She’s author of a book on the Italian contemporary dance (UTET editions, Torino, 2007). Between 2004 and 2009, Senatore continued her choreographic research and performed her solos, while also started to perform regularly in France, including the Festival of Avignon. Later, she created ensemble pieces “Passo“ (2010), “A Posto“ (2011) and “John“ (2012). In 2012, she founded EDA company based in Besançon. In 2013, she choreographed and directed “Nos amours bêtes“, a piece for young audiences. Her latest creations are “Aringa Rossa“ (2014), the solo “In Piccolo“ (2014) and the series of performances “Petites Briques“ (2015), “Pièces“ (2016), “Scena madre“ (2017). Between dance, theater and visual art, her work explores the boundaries between fiction and reality, on what belongs to the stage and what is outside. Senatore works on the dynamics of movement based on actions and daily gestures, exploring the construction of a drama that requires action and the presence of bodies. Since 2016, Ambra Senatore is the new director of the Choreographic Centre in Nantes.
A blend of Pina Bausch and Buster Keaton…
An unusual trip in the kingdom of the photocopy.
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