with Francesco Collavino & Michela Cotterchio
artistic collaborator Giulia Tosi
scientific collaborator Mario Benassai
supported by CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del Friuli Venezia Giulia
This choreographic research project was inspired by my meeting with the scientist and astrophysicist Mario Benassai / https://www.altecspace.it/persona/mario-benassai
The aim is to experience first hand the kind of training that astronauts undergo as they prepare to travel into space and live in orbit.
The project investigates the elements that can be translated into the language of choreography, drawing on all the rich aesthetic and poetic imagery related to the exploration of the cosmos.
According to the academic Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, the definition of an experimental system is one that combines local, technical, instrumental, institutional, social and epistemic aspects. In order for this to be effective, it should be both stable and reproducible, but also variable and unpredictable, so that it is able to produce useful and sometimes unexpected results.
How can Rheinberger’s theory guide our approach to artistic research? How can our commitment to experimentation expand our artistic values and generate new knowledge?
The first tasks will be based on the study of the challenges that astronauts must face, such as gravity and weightlessness, orbital dynamics, vibrations, the absence of oxygen, acceleration, etc. We must then carefully examine the meaning of exploration, discovery, and detachment, and the meaning of the search for the other and for ourselves.
In choreographic terms I plan to work with two performers. The only relationship between them will be that which is created between their bodies suspended in a common space. I would like to try to set up the work as if they were two distinct solos, but through movement they can become part of a single artwork.
The title is a phrase said at the moment of separation, it is an expression of protection, it is a declaration of love that accompanies us throughout the journey. The unknown lies between us, a space open to the coldest questions. There is a fear of loss and an enthusiasm for discovery in the simple desire for infinity.