MATTEO LEVAGGI | mdi ensemble | SAMANTHA STELLA
CRISES new work 2018
Crises comes from a vision of the staging of contemporary dance which embraces the visual theater, as already done with two important productions (Primo Toccare I II III and Le Vergini) conceived by Matteo Levaggi and visual artist duo Corpicrudi (Samantha Stella and Sergio Frazzingaro).
This project is conceived by Levaggi (resident choreographer at Teatro Massimo in Palermo for 2017 and guest choreographer at Les Italiens de l’Opera de Paris) and Samantha Stella (visual artist and performer), featuring a new important partnership with mdi ensemble (contemporary music ensemble in residence at Festival di Milano Musica and awarded with the “Una vita nella Musica” prize by Teatro La Fenice, Venice).
Crises, which takes the name from the famous creation conceived in 1960 by Merce Cunningham, features music by some of the most innovative and experimental composers of today, such as Francesco Filidei and Simon Steen-Andersen, but also by composers who have given a key contribution to the musical revolution of the twentieth century, such as Claude Debussy, John Cage, Sylvano Bussotti and Helmut Lachenmann.
The theatrical and gestural nature of avant-garde music becomes a precious ally for a common re ection.
Crises is a free spirit production that blossoms through dierent languages: post - ballet, dance, music, theater. In an apparent play of
roles, spectator - musician / performer - dancer / performer, the pièce molds itself around an engaging live musical performance. The audience observes
itself on stage, in a stream now soft, now impetuous, of bodies, instruments, notes, gestures, passages. Contemporaneity that uses a possible vocabulary to look forward again.
“Levaggi, as his co-generational choreographers Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne MacGregor, and before them Angelin
Preljocaj, brings the inheritance from these important teachers in his DNA. His work is a combination of Balanchine and Cunningham’s theoretical and aesthetic solidity, with the addition of an artful
Elisa Guzzo Vaccarino - dance critic, about Matteo Levaggi
“The main interest of his work is the choreography for itself, the search for new forms of dance, in tune with his inte-
rest in the analogous developments of music and visual arts (and now also of cinema) without any prejudice in the relationship between given material and contemporary inspiration.”
Alﬁo Agostini - dance critic, director of Ballet2000 magazine, about Matteo Levaggi
“Once again it is Samantha Stella’s stylistic and visual elegance that emerges, thanks to her focus on detail, which, in
a streamlined, linear process, opts for fascinated representation of a dierent vision as a counterculture, for a decadent romanticism, for the charm of subtraction and sobriety.”
Francesca Alfano Miglietti - art critic, about Samantha Stella
“As testied by the precise synchronisations and the limpidity of the nuances, the musicians are de-nitely involved and magnicently
express this repertoire which has to be discovered”
Jacques Amblard - Le Monde de la Musique, about mdi ensemble
Study for Crises - 2018