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Alessandro Sciarroni

April 1st 2021 / 20h

Theater Atelje 212

Due to Coronavirus and closing of theaters in Serbia, the show of Alessandro Sciarroni Company from Ancona that was scheduled for 5th April 2020. at Theater Atelje 212 is rescheduled for 30th September 2020 at Opera Madlenianum. All tickets are valid for the new term.


choreography: Alessandro Sciarroni
music: Yes Soeur!
lighting design: Sébastien Lefèvre
movement, dramaturgical collaboration: Elena Giannotti
costume, outfit: Ettore Lombardi
dramaturgical consultants: Chiara Bersani, Peggy Olislaegers, Sergio Lo Gatto
laughter, yoga coaching: Monica Gentile
artistic collaboration: Erna Ómarsdóttir, Valdimar Jóhannsson
vocal coaching: Sandra Soncini
technical director: Valeria Foti
tour technician: Cosimo Maggini
assistance, research: Damien Modolo
curator, promotion, consulting: Lisa Gilardino

duration: 60’
premiere: Lyon Dance Biennale, 2018

dancers: Massimiliano Balduzzi, Gianmaria Borzillo, Marta Ciappina, Jordan Deschamps, Pere Jou, Benjamin Kahn, Leon Maric, Francesco Marilungo, Cian Mc Conn, Roberta Racis, Matteo Ramponi

produced by: MARCHE TEATRO Teatro di Rilevante Interesse Culturale, corpoceleste_C.C.00#, European Creative Hub – French Minister of Culture / The Dance House grant for Lyon Dance Biennale 2018, Festival GREC Barcelona, Théâtre de Liège, Porto Municipal Theater, CENTQUATRE-PARIS, apap - Performing Europe 2020, a project co-founded by the Creative Europe Program of the EU, Snaporazverein, Theaterfestival Boulevard, Theater Freiburg.
coproduced by: Tanzfabrik Berlin, Centrale Fies, L'arboreto - Teatro Dimora di Mondaino.

Alessandro Sciarroni is associated artist at CENTQUATRE-PARIS and is supported as focus-artist by apap - Performing Europe 2020 “Augusto” is a show about the need to feel loved, unconditionally, and about pain. The physical and vocal practice through which the interpreters are allowed to express themselves is exclusively made of laughter to the bitter end. In this way, the performers of the piece laugh to represent joy, euphoria, emotion, as well as suffering, anger and fear. The title of the show is a tribute to the figure of the August: the clown, the fool, the idiot who always makes trouble and pisses himself, always drunk, with a red nose, and who laughs at everything. But “august” also means imperial, royal, distinguished, and is the name of the first Roman emperor. Here they are then, the interpreters of “Augusto”, while laughing continuously, without giving to the audience and to themselves the opportunity to understand the reason. Here they are, as they walk, run, they reach and embrace each other laughing. Here they are again, while they play and laugh as teenagers. While they are obliged by a mysterious force to organize their laughter rhythmically and loudly… One laughs as the children laugh in “Augusto”, until they realize that they are seriously hurt. Alessandro Sciarroni is an Italian artist active in the field of Performing Arts with several years of experience in visual arts and theater research. His works are featured in contemporary dance and theater festivals, museums and art galleries, as well as in unconventional spaces and involve professionals from different disciplines. In 2019 he was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Dance by the Venice Biennial. His work goes beyond the traditional definitions of gender. He starts from a conceptual Duchamp-like matrix, makes use of a theatrical framework, and he can use some techniques and experiences from dance, as well as circus or sports. In addition to the rigor, coherence and clarity of each creation, his work tries to uncover obsessions, fears and fragilities of the act of performing, through the repetition of a practice to the limits of the physical endurance of the interpreters, looking at a different dimension of time, and to an empathic relationship between the audience and the performers. His works have been performed worldwide: Europe, South and North America, Middle East and Asia. Among the main events he took part: the Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Impulstanz Festival in Wien, the Venice Biennale, the Festival d’Automne and the Festival Séquence Danse at 104 in Paris, Centrale Fies, Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Crossing The Line in New York, Hong Kong Art Festval, Juli Dans Festival in Amsterdam, TBA Festival Portland, Festival Panorama Rio de Janeiro and he exhibited his work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Walker Art Center Minneapolis, Punta della Dogana-Palazzo Grassi in Venice and the MAXXI Museum in Rome. His shows are produced by Marche Teatro in collaboration with various national and international coproduction partners. For his work, he has received important awards.

Alessandro Sciarroni, a multifaceted talent whose Augusto seems like a waking dream.
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After a moment of extraordinary candor, little by little, laughter here becomes an absolute norm and a common destiny...
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