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“Do you want me to dance, or do you want me to talk?”
In Jessica and Me, the long-standing soloist of the iconic Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal does both with irresistible charm, talent and comic flair. With a shock of black curls, an infectious laugh and a pair of oversize red stilettos, Cristiana Morganti offers us a tantalising glimpse into her career, from her classical ballet training to her fateful meeting with Pina.
This solo show is a self-portrait in two voices: her inner self (Cristiana) and her alter-ego (Jessica). A fascinating exposé on the life of a star dancer.
"Dancer and actress of irresistible talent and comic vitality, Cristiana Morganti merges the fury of a Mediterranean virago with the wide-eyed innocence of a clown.
In this performance, she sets herself to play with the theatrical concept of "Inside" and "Outside", at times losing herself in the sheer whirlwind of movement, and at times stepping out of the spectacle to observe herself with fierce and unrelenting humor.
The challenge is to recreate, along the axis of this moving and poetic confession, the thread of memory, starting from her complex relationship with her classical dance education, and winding up with the fateful meeting with Pina Baush. All this in a mixture of video punctuations, costumes reminiscent of the world of traditional ballet, and musical pieces which interweave high and low culture, classic and pop.
This is an irreverent fairytale of Cristiana through the Looking-glass." Leonetta Bentivoglio (il Venerdì di Repubblica)
Stay after the show for a discussion with Cristiana hosted by Amy Bell.
Concept and Choreography Cristiana Morganti
Performer Cristiana Morganti
Artistic collaboration Gloria Paris
Light Design Laurent P.Berger
Video - Connie Prantera
Music Consultancy - Kenji Takagi
Music Editor - Bernd Kirchhoefer
Technical Director - Jacopo Pantani
Audio/Video Technician- Simone Mancini
Executive Production - Lisa Cantini
International Management - Aldo Grompone
Produced by il Funaro - Pistoia in collaboration with Fondazione I Teatri - Reggio Emilia (Italy). Supported by Italian Cultural Institute – London.
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Summer 2017