After nine months of planning — a major part of it taking place during the nationwide lockdown in France — the artistic development of the first stage performance piece began in September 2020 at Orsolina28, an highly regarded international hub for dance training and creative development in Italy.
“We are extremely grateful for the support from Orsolina28. Nestled in the hills of Monferrato, a UNESCO world heritage site, one can feel the love and the passion of its creator, Simony Monteiro, just by looking at how a small flower is arranged. The stunning views of the Monferrato valley, the vineyards and the gardens where all the ingredients from the kitchen come from. You are brought back to the power of being connected to nature, to yourself and to each other.” said Patsy, founder of sml Dance.
This first of a series of artistic stage dance piece was commissioned to Graham for Europe. The piece includes four beautiful contemporary artists who share the same dance language, one created by modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, who opened the pathway to self-discovery, and connecting emotion to motion. The four artists — Guilia D’Antoni, Jean-Baptiste Ferreira, Gildas Lemonnier and Rafael Molina — will use the same physical sources and in-depth discoveries to speak to this time, their time. They will develop their own voice forged in the rich history of modern dance that is to be rediscovered and to be born to the instant.
The Graham technique was chosen not just because Patsy has been trained in the discipline. More importantly, she chose it because of its fundamental technique is based on reaching deep inside to the power of the body — the power of the pelvic, the spine and the breath. These are the keys components of our natural self.
Giulia D'Antoni, Jean Baptiste Ferreira, Gildas Lemonnier, Rafael Molina (dance artists)
Tommaso Giuntini (photographer)
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