Art news: MIRRORS, a Contemporary Dance and Video Art Performance, to feature at Italian Cultural Institute in Addis Abeba


Addis Abeba, May 24/2019 – Mirrors, a multidisciplinary artistic performance in which dance, video and music weave a discourse that connects Italy with the African continent with the aim of celebrating the encounter between identities, roots, and cultures, is to stage its performance at Italian Cultural Institute next week on May 28.

“Looking in a mirror
(an object or a person) means recognizing yourself in an image that goes beyond
your body, but that is your body at the same time. It’s an image that speaks
and listens, that seems to move away to then come back, that seeks and finds
its own space in a continuous dialogue that oscillates between chaos and
stillness in search of balance” says Johanne Affricot, the creator and artistic
director of Mirrors, and a Roman of Haitian and Ghanaian origins.

The performance is
punctuated by four narrative chapters: Birth, Discovery, Origin, Contamination.
Each of these moments offers heterogeneous landscapes, both visually and
musically, upon which different identities inhabit the original disorientation
and discover inner aspirations and a sense of belonging that gradually develops
thanks to the unique contributions of the young performers.

The young
performers: Afro-Italian ballet dancer of Brazilian origin, Roberto Lazzari,
Italian-Nigerian dancer and afro-caribbean dance specialist Ofelya Omoyele
Balogun, Italian- Tunisian dancer and electro-dance, hip-hop and bone-breaking
specialist Andrea Bouothmane, and the Italian choreographer and performer Irene
Russolillo embody the spirit of Mirrors, which will be amplified by
the presence of 10 additional performers on stage at each site.

Echoes and
references to Italian and African music traditions feature in the original
soundtrack created by the London-based Italian-Ivorian producer EHUA. From the
Sicilian mouth harp and ancestral songs of Salento folklore in which guttural
sounds and vocal noises recall percussive elements, to the grafting of talking
drums and djembes and the reinterpretation of electronic genres such as South
African gqom, these sonic elements evoke, exalt and crystallise fragments of
traditions, cultures and ideas that are part of Italy and Africa.

The video
installation by the Italian artist and theater director Luca Brinchi, sees the
human at its center, reverberating in different forms in order to amplify and
support the aesthetics of the dramaturgy and the choreography.

Developed by roman
light designer Daniele Davino, the light design includes technical
experimentation, rarefied atmospheres, geometry and spatial dynamics mediated
by luminous elements to produce a lively environment that enhances the
storytelling and the intensity of the performance.

GRIOT and the Italian Cultural Institutes of Addis Abeba, Pretoria and Dakar are also collaborating with resident dance companies such as the Destino Dance Company (Addis Abeba), UJ Arts and Culture and Moving Into Dance Mopathong company (Johannesburg) and the company at the Theater National Daniel Sorano (Dakar) to integrate other techniques and spontaneous movements of their dancers and students within the show. All the dancers and students will participate to a workshop led by choreographer Irene Russolillo.

The show, held in
Italian, is subtitled in 5 languages: Amharic, Wolof, Zulu, English, French.

Mirrors is created and produced by GRIOTmag and the cultural association LIT in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Cooperation and the Italian Cultural Institutes of Addis Abeba (Ethiopia), Pretoria (South Africa) and Dakar (Senegal) for the 2019 “Italia, Culture, Africa” (Italy, Cultures, Africa) program promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The show starts at 7:00 PM local time.

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