Ad vitam | performance / La normalità impossibile | pensieri

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Ad vitam performance by Carlotta Sagna on the date of 7 september il followed by the talk La normalità impossibile led by the sociologist Chiara Saraceno.

Piccolo Teatro Grassi

The evening of 7 september is organised in two movements; the performance Ad vitam by the choreographer Carlotta Sagna and the discussion La normalità impossibile led by the sociologist Chiara Saraceno. The evening of 8 September includes only the show Ad vitam.

“I read a slogan for a product that said, “For men who know how to live”. I asked myself: “what about all the others?” So I started to read the stories of those who don’t feel so comfortable with their lives. I came across a definition that I really like; the people who have difficulty in living in contemporary society are artists and psychos. When you tell an artist that they are crazy, you can be certain that this is a compliment”.
This is how the French-Italian choreographer Carlotta Sagna explains the reasons for her work, Ad vitam, a performance with words and movement that explores individual vulnerability and fragility, examining the fine line between the normal and the pathological and questioning the confines between the two, because “we are all close to the abyss, life regularly pushes us to the edge; taking that extra step and falling in is nothing more than a moment of weakness”.

The event is part of the series ENDLING E ALTRE COSE PERDUTE, by lacasadargilla. ENDLING E ALTRE COSE PERDUTE is an exploration of themes regarding the concept of “end”, viewed in its broad sense as extinction of species and society, but also of memory, time and relations. Extinction is not related exclusively to the classic idea of the extinction of species, of all those delicate and complex organisms that make up our planet, but also the “dead ends” of our lives, failed relationships and alliances, of our past and of a future that we can only catch a glimpse of. The Earth is our field of action, the only concrete place to experience life as we know it, the first field of study of the complex systems that provide the foundations of relationships, imagination, anthropologies and ecosystems that resist - barely surviving - geological, biological and human mutations.

Carlotta Sagna began learning from her mother, Anna Sagna, a choreographer and educator from Turin, at the Montecarlo Classic Dance Academy and at Mudra in Brussels, the school run by Maurice Béjart. She has worked with Micha van Hoecke, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Cesare Ronconi, Jan Lauwers, Caterina Sagna, Dan Jemmett, Sylvie Reteuna, Maxence Rey, Jean-Christophe Bleton. She has been performing the works of Geroges Appaix since 2017. She has founded her own company, for which she has written and choreographed a dozen performances, all examining the interaction between dance and words.

Chiara Saraceno, honorary fellow at the Collegio Carlo Alberto of Turin, was a family sociology professor, first at the University of Trento and then Turin and, for five years, a research professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung. Between 1998 and 2001 she served as the president of the Commission to investigate poverty and social exclusion in Italy. Her recent books include il Welfare, il Mulino 2021; Poverty in Italy (with D. Benassi and E. Morlicchio), Policy Press 2020; L’equivoco della famiglia, Laterza 2017; Mamme e papà. il Mulino 2016; “Il Lavoro non basta. La povertà in Europa negli anni della crisi, Feltrinelli 2015; Coppie e famiglie. Non è questione di natura, Feltrinelli 2016.  In 2005 she was nominated by President Ciampi as Grande Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana. In 2011 the British Academy elected her corresponding fellow. She is the president of the Rete Italiana di Cultura Popolare and co-coordinator of Alleanza per l’Infanzia. She collaborates with the newspapers la Repubblica and La Stampa.

Duration: 65 minutes

The Playbill

Ad vitam
by and with Carlotta Sagna
text Anna Sagna and Carlotta Sagna
lighting Philippe Gladieux
costumes Alexandra Bertaut
Creative partner (2009): coproduzione Arcadi / Torinodanza Festival / L’Espal, scène conventionnée Le Mans. With the support of Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles d’Ile-de-France- Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication with the support of La Ménagerie de Verre as part of Studiolab creative residency programmes Ferme du Buisson, Scène nationale de Marne La Vallée (FR) / L’Espal, scène conventionnée, Le Mans (FR)
recording production Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d’Europa

La normalità impossibile
with Chiara Saraceno

Single seat € 12

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