NID New Italian Dance Platform
Reggio Emilia 10-13 October 2019

NID Platform

Annotazioni per un Faust/ Evocazioni – Open Studios

Fonderia - Via della Costituzione 39, Reggio Emilia - Friday 11 October and Saturday 12 October, from 9.45 am

Duration: 20 minutes

Choreography by: Tommaso Monza e Claudia Rossi Valli – Natiscalzi DT

Other credits:

Cast and preliminary Credits: with Samuele Arisci, Marco Bissoli, Ludovica Messina, Laura Lorenzi, Claudia Rossi Valli , Original music: Giorgio Mirto, Light designer: Tommaso Monza, Costumes: Natiscalzi DT, Partner/Co-productors/Residences: Anghiari DanceHub, Teatro Cilea of Reggio Calabria Compagnia Scena Nuda, Teatro di Terranova Bracciolini, Kanterstrasse Company and Festival Diffusioni, Teatro la Cartiera di Rovereto, Abbondanza/ Bertoni Company, Festival OrienteOccidente of Rovereto, Diary Archive of Pieve Santo Stefano, Tendance Festival Latina, Contemporary Myths Festival of Reggio Calabria.


Notes for a Faust/Evocations is a creative process that starts from Goethe’s opera and subsequent visions by Mann and Pessoa around the Faust figure to create its own vision inspired by the themes of the Sabbah and Evocation.  Faust is a symbol of personal crisis and revolution. Plural in nature, he represents the plurality of contemporary society, brimming over with signs and symbols. He is the multiplicity described by Calvino in “Lezioni Americane”. The EVOCAZIONI Project aims at creating relationships. Our encounter with diary archive operatives showed us the importance of recovering the stories of people who lived in the past. Asking ourselves what we wished to evoke in our Faust’s witches dance and what would be most important to evoke today, we replied: stories, people, memories. Through EVOCAZIONI processes of construction and sharing, we hope to place minorities into dialogue with the rest of the community. Through research in the territory’s many stories linked to the roots of the community, we hope to unite the old generations with the young. Through the process of staging, we want to mix the language of experimental dance with storytelling, with everything in the dreamlike atmosphere.

The project has started on November 2017 during a residence in Anghiari DanceHub and it has grown up thanks to different residences in Teatro di Terranova Bracciolini (Kanterstrasse), Teatro Cilea of Reggio Calabria (Compagnia Scena Nuda) and Teatro la cartiera of Rovereto (Compagnia Abbondanza/ Bertoni), where a first presentation of the choreographic score took place during the OrienteOccidente Festival. The project will come back to residence context in Teatro Cilea di Reggio Calabria (Scena Nuda) and Cartiera of Rovereto on November 2019. Other partner are going to be selected in order to debut in 2020.


Natiscalzi Dance Theater is the creative journey Tommaso Monza (dancer and artistic collaborator of Compagnia Abbondanza/Bertoni since 2005 and Compagnia Ambra Senatore since 2010) and Claudia Rossi Valli (dancer for Compagnia Zappalà Danza since 2015 and Compagnia Abbondanza/Bertoni since 2016) share.
Natiscalzi DT signed: “Mary's Bath”, winner of Palio Poetico ErmoColle 2015; “Lo Schiaccianoci”, winner of Residenze Coreografiche Lavanderia a Vapore 2016-Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo, and selected by CID Cantieri OrienteOccidente 2017; “Black Lights” winner of Festival Miti Contemporanei 2015, and Cura 2017; “Gabriel” selected by Teatri del Sacro 2017; “Le Ragazze” produced by Scenario Pubblico; “Tutto il Sole di Oggi”, finalist in Direction Under30 2019-Teatro Sociale Gualtieri.
Natiscalzi DT is supported by: Compagnia Abbondanza/Bertoni, Lavanderia a Vapore, Scenario Pubblico, Scena Nuda, Anghiari Dance Hub, CID Cantieri, Teatri di Vita, Residenze IDRA, Stalker Teatro.


Michele Abbondanza and Antonella Bertoni. Following their experience in the Alwin Nikolais School in New York, their studies with Domonique Dupuy and poetic improvisations by Carolyn Carlson in France and their study and practice of Zen, Michele Abbondanza (co-founder of the Sosta Palmizi group and teacher at the "Piccolo di Milano" Drama school) and Antonella Bertoni founded their "Compagnia Abbondanza/Bertoni". This company is renowned as one of the most prolific dance theatre companies within the Italian scene for their productions, teaching and pedagogical work as well as for the diffusion of contemporary Dance Theatre.

"Theirs is a kind of private dance, which mirrors alterations found within a couple. So much belongs to their being together on stage: a certain quality in their movement as though in conversation in which you can feel a tangible cosiness within the bodies of one and the other, there's a consenting awareness in their movements, you experience a dialogue of encounters and clashes within thoughts and physicality not only in their artistic work". (Francesca Pedroni)