Gentle Unicorn and Before at Sala Hiroshima, Feb 2019.
The 4th season of Sala Hiroshima’s innovative dance and performance agenda continues with two very special performances in February. Both pieces reflect Hiroshima’s cultural orientation towards supporting exciting contemporary creative proposals. Gentle Unicorn by Chiara Bersani Sat
The 4th season of Sala Hiroshima’s innovative dance and performance agenda continues with two very special performances in February. Both pieces reflect Hiroshima’s cultural orientation towards supporting exciting contemporary creative proposals.
Gentle Unicorn by Chiara Bersani
Sat 2nd Feb – 20:30. Sat 3rd Feb – 19:00.
Chiara Bersani, who has just received the UBU award for best performer under 35 in Milan, declares: “I, Chiara Bersani, 98 cm tall, declare myself flesh, muscles and bones of the Unicorn. Without knowing his heart, I will try to give him my breath, my eyes. I will pick up his image. In the dialogue between my acting form and its form, we will discover our movements; kisses, greetings, yawns.”
Gentle Unicorn is a solo of surprising beauty and intelligence. Bersani approaches the figure and the imaginary realm of the unicorn from its own physicality. The artist presents a simple movement score; the unicorn moves in space while displaying small gestures that are amplified thanks to the subtlety of its interpretive quality. His transit is absolutely captivating; the choreographer knows how to place the right accents and directs our gaze with genius. Playing with the tension that his body creates in different perspectives, on a minimalist stage space, Bersani embodies this fantastic creature that becomes terribly human.
Chiara Besana has worked as an interpreter for renowned contemporary companies such as La Tristura, Alessandro Sciarroni, Babilonia Teatri, Jérôme Bel and Marco in August and has just received the UBU award for best performer under 35 in Milan.
Before by Teatro Praga
Thur 14th Feb – 20:30, Fri 15th Feb – 20:30
Before is a magnificent rarity of Hiroshima programming and a little gem by the Portuguese company Teatro Praga. This very small but exquisite piece of theatre was recently presented at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. Written by Pedro Penim, it tackles the feeling of saudade, a longing for the past, with irony and humour. It is about the desire to return to a past time which is perceived as glorious and desirable in comparison with a painful present. This ailment shared by many civilizations throughout history always diagnoses the end of an era. The staging presents a simple and surreal situation, in which a dinosaur shares its reflections and anguish with a kind of therapist who listens condescendingly.
Teatro Praga is a collective of artists born in 1995 in Lisbon. It has become a benchmark of contemporary Portuguese creation worldwide.