A travel to Africa postponed due to the pandemic. Five artists between Italy and Senegal who began by sharing practices online to get to know each other, albeit remotely.
And finally the departure and the encounter with new bodies and landscapes. Dakar, its geometries, its dazzling light. Rap meets contemporary dance; the fluidity of movement meets rigid postures. If there is no sun speaks of community and is a project signed by choreographer and dancer Irene Russolillo and by video-artist Luca Brinchi, created in 2020 within the framework of CRISOL – creative processes, a project financed by the Boarding Pass Plus programme of the Italian Ministry of Culture.
If there is no sun is an imagined community, which fulfils the need to voice controversial issues: speaking of Africa and Europe, with different bodies, different postures, different languages. Holding it all together is sometimes a journey, sometimes a discourse, sometimes a struggle.
The first time I saw Irene Russolillo, I was fascinated by her biting, exuberant, somewhat instinctive dance.
Creation Luca Brinchi, Karima DueG, Irene Russolillo
Performers Antoine Danfa, Karima DueG, Irene Russolillo, Mapathe Sakho, Ilyes Triki
Music Drexciya, Kawabate, Karima DueG
Lyrics Sun Ra, Ladan Osman, Felwine Sarr, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Karima DueG
Spatial Luca Brinchi
Moviment Irene Russolillo
Sound Edoardo Sansonne / Kawabate
Costume Design Marta Genovese
Conceived as part of CRISOL - creative processes
Production Fondazione Fabbrica Europa per le arti contemporanee, Gruppo Nanou, Spellbound Associazione
Supported by Teatro di Roma – Teatro Nazionale Danza Urbana, Menhir Dance Company / Talos Festival – Ruvo di Puglia
Residences Centre Culturel Blaise Senghor, Dakar Compagnie 5me Dimension, Dakar MADA Théâtre, Tataouine PARC Performing Arts Research Centre, Firenze
Collaboration Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Dakar, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Tunisi
CRISOL - creative processes is realised by a network of Italian and foreign organisations. The Italian partners are: Fondazione Fabbrica Europa - Florence (project leader), CapoTrave / Kilowatt - Sansepolcro, Danza Urbana - Bologna, LIS LAB Performing Arts / CROSS Festival - Verbania, Tersicorea / Med'Arte / Cortoindanza - Cagliari, Muxarte / ConFormazioni Festival - Palermo, Menhir - Ruvo di Puglia.
The international partners involved in this section of the project are Cie 5ème Dimension - Dakar (Senegal) and MADA Théâtre - Tataouine (Tunisia)
Duration 50 min
Project realised in collaboration with Mart - Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto