Focus On Creation

Jul 22, 2023
Saturday, July 22, 7.30 pm

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And if This is It

Julian Nicosia

The carefree spirit of childhood is one of the most precious assets of the human being. It is defined as an inner state of being in which thoughts are in no way disturbing and which allow us to be carried from moment to moment by the flow of life as it presents itself to us.

"it is perhaps childhood that comes closest to 'real life'" advocated the surrealist André Breton.

Dancers: Ève-Marie Dalcourt, Toon Lobach

Choreography: Julian Nicosia

Music: Jonsi & Alex Somers

Costumes: Patrizia Pepe & Martine Douna

Julian Nicosia was born and raised in Saint-Étienne, France and grew up in a family of dancers. It is therefore in a very art-oriented environment that he first developed his skills as an acrobatic rock dancer from 1999 to 2005. A year later, Julian joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon.

In 2010 he made his professional career debut in the Lyon Opera Ballet directed by Yorgos Loukos. For five years, Julian had the pleasure of performing and working with renowned choreographers, including William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Trisha Brown, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Maguy Marin,Benjamin Millepied, Catherine Diverrès, Jérome Bel, Christian Rizzo among others.Julian decided to leave the Lyon Opéra Ballet, to work in 2015 with the world-renowned choreographer Jacopo Godani at the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company. Two years later, he became his choreographic assistant/ballet master.

In 2019, Julian chose to move towards a career as a freelance choreographer. His work process is innovative.
Julian chooses to adapt to the dancers and the style of the companies that invite him in order to stimulate and bring out the best in each person involved in a creation. His choreographic style is broadening and becoming more eclectic.

TERRANOVA | body maps

Diego Tortelli

The internet connects more than half of the world's population through an invisible network of servers,computers and devices. But humans are not the only organisms on the planet connected by an invisible network. While plants seem like isolated, solitary individuals, their special relationships with mycelia enable them to communicate with each other, sometimes over considerable distances. Nearly all plant species have a mutually beneficial relationship with these mycelia, which are the usually hidden under soil parts of whatscience calls "real" fungi, and which form a network of small, branching tubes and thus connect with each other.

Fascinated by non-verbal communication in general, the choreographer Diego Tortelli explores in his new creation “TERRANOVA I body maps” together with his dramaturg Miria Wurm this type of organic interaction, considering mycelia as a vital interface that connects all different kinds of life and also has the power tochange our environment but also our inner body system.

He deliberately places the dancers' bodies directly in this natural environment during the development of the piece in order to then contrast the final product, the choreography, with the industrially created stage space. The space that people today usually refer to as their natural environment. The stage space chosen to surround the dancers emphasizes proportionately more the antibiosis or symbiosis with it at that moment.

Dancers: Minouche van de Ven & Benoît Couchot

Artistic direction & choreography: Diego Tortelli

Concept & dramaturgy: Miria Wurm

Costume tailoring: Nuvia Valestri

A production of Diego Tortelli & Miria Wurm GbR Funded by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR Germany. And by the Cultural Foundation of Stadtsparkasse München.

Co-produced and supported by Orsolina28 Art Foundation

With the kind support of Tanztendenz München e.V. and HochX Theater.

Diego Tortelli was born in 1987 and studied at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala. His career started with the Ballet de Teatres in Valencia, followed by an invitation from Gustavo Ramirez to join the Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. In 2012 he became a member of the Ballet National de Marseille under the artistic direction of Frédéric Flamand.

He has been a freelancer since 2015, working with the Bavarian State Ballet, Richard Siegal’s The Bakery and Ballet of Difference, Korzo Theatre and La Veronal, among others. Since 2015 he has also been concentrating on his own choreographic practice, creating pieces for INTRODANS and CND Madrid, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, MILANoLTRE Festival and Palcoscenico Danza Torino.

In 2017, he presented his first full-length piece "Sleeping Beauty" for Nuovo Balletto di Toscana. The following year, he created "Lorca sono tutti" and "Domus Aurea", part of the Bach Project, for the Fondazione Nazionaledella Danza/Aterballetto.

In 2019 his first collaboration with dramaturg Miria Wurm named "Shifting Perspective" premiered at theMuffathalle in Munich. Their second piece "SNOW CRASH" followed in 2020, then "HOLE IN SPACE" in 2021,"Fo:No" for the Biennale of Venice and "GOD's FORMULA" in 2022.

In 2019, Diego was appointed choreographer in residence at the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto in Italy, where he has created multiple works for the company in form of stage production like "PRELUDIO" and "SHOOT ME", site-specifics like "STANZE\ROOMS" and "POETRY ABSTRACTION", movies like "1 METER CLOSER" for Rai TV and "CAPODANNO RAI" in Venice.

In 2021 he was the winner of the first call for Italian artists launched by La Biennale di Venezia with the Dance Department, directed by Wayne McGregor.

In 2023 he follows these two sides of his career, dividing his time between creating works for companies across Europe and working on film projects such as "PARADE" for and for his Munich based collective together with dramaturg Miria Wurm on "GOD's FORMULA - the movie"; and a short film as an hommage to
Raimund Hoghe named “H – Schritte in schwarzen Räumen”.

The choreographer Diego Tortelli and the dramaturg Miria Wurm, both members of Munich’s independent dance scene, have been developing projects together since 2018. Their artistic language and aesthetics are characterized by clarity and complexity, both in terms of choreographic style and the subject matter of their works. Drawing on cutting-edge technologies and theoretical concepts, they create contemporary dance pieces that reflect on current issues from a personal perspective.

Pivotal to each piece is Tortelli’s very own choreographic idiom, which splits the body into its various limbs and joints and then reassembles them over and over again like a game of Tetris. The torso remains the fixed point around which everything revolves, as if calculated by geometric formulas – at times playful and surreal, at others architectural and rigid. The body is revealed in all its beauty and artistry, but also its fragility and brokenness. Traces of bodily memories are brought to light through a process of poetic abstraction.