Residency 11 - Francesco Collavino


Residency 3
Villa Manin, Spazio Residenze
4 - 25 February 2019
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Residency Team
Francesco Collavino
, performer e choreographer, Michela Cotterchio, performer, Giulia Tosi, musician, Mario Benassai, scientific consultant

This choreographic research project was inspired by my meeting with the scientist and astrophysicist Mario Benassai / https://www.altecspace.it/persona/mario-benassai
The aim is to experience first hand the kind of training that astronauts undergo as they prepare to travel into space and live in orbit.
The project investigates the elements that can be translated into the language of choreography, drawing on the rich aesthetic and poetic imagery related to the exploration of the cosmos.

According to the academic Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, the definition of an experimental system is one that combines local, technical, instrumental, institutional, social and epistemic aspects. In order for this to be effective, it should be both stable and reproducible, but also variable and unpredictable, so that it is able to produce useful and sometimes unexpected results.
How can Rheinberger's theory guide our approach to artistic research? How can our commitment to experimentation expand our artistic values and generate new knowledge?

The first tasks will be based on the study of the challenges that astronauts must face, such as gravity and weightlessness, orbital dynamics, vibrations, the absence of oxygen, acceleration, etc. We must then carefully examine the meaning of exploration, discovery, and detachment, and the meaning of the search for the other and for ourselves.
In choreographic terms I plan to work with two performers. The only relationship between them will be that which is created between their bodies suspended in a common space. I would like to try to set up the work as if they were two distinct solos, but through movement they can become part of a single artwork.

The title is a phrase said at the moment of separation, it is an expression of protection, it is a declaration of love that accompanies us throughout the journey. The unknown lies between us, a space open to the coldest questions. There is a fear of loss and an enthusiasm for discovery in the simple desire for infinity.
Francesco Collavino

Francesco Collavino was born in Udine in 1987. In 2006 he graduated in Photography Film and Television at the Art School in Udine. In 2007 he won a place on the course for student actors at the Nico Pepe Academy for the Dramatic Arts. In 2011 he achieved the Diplôme d'Etudes Chorégraphiques and the Prix all’unanimità at the Paris Conservatory in Contemporary Dance, concluding his professional training the following year.
In 2012 he founded Ba.Bau.Corp. www.babaucorp.com
Over the years he has trained with Hofesh Shechter Company, Ultima Vez, Jasmin Vardimon Company, Iztok Kovac, Carolyn Carlson, Peeping Tom, Christine Gouzelis, Mate Meszaros, Germán Jauregui, and Rakesh Sukesh. Among others, he has collaborated with Iris Erez, Arkadi Zaides, Abbondanza/Bertoni, Bruce Myers and with Giovanni di Cicco at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa.
In 2017 he was selected as resident choreographer at Workspace Ricerca X at the Lavanderie a Vapore in Turin with "Catastrofe", this project was supported by CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del Friuli Venezia Giulia and by KOMM TANZ of Compagnia Abbondanza / Bertoni. He was the winner of MOVIN'UP SPETTACOLO 2017 - PERFORMING ARTS and was invited to the Carreau du Temple in Paris, and in October 2018 to the Fragment Festival. In December he debuted with his national premiere at Teatro Contatto in Udine.
Last year he presented the first part of "JEI": a contemporary dance performance for 5 basketball players, as part of the project Dialoghi / performing arts residency project at Villa Manin, curated by CSS.

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