Sommerszene 2023

Alessandro Sciarroni (ITA)

Save the last dance for me

  • SZENE Salzburg
Claudia Borgia, Chiara Bruschini
Claudia Borgia, Chiara Bruschini

For more than ten years, the Italian Alessandro Sciarroni has been delighting international audiences with his pieces. His oeuvre is characterised by an exact choreographic handwriting, a profound examination of space and a consistent handling of time. At this year’s Sommerszene, he turns the magnificent conference room in DomQuartier into a dance floor with Save the last dance for me. In this extraordinary project Ales­sandro Sciarroni works together with the dancers Gi­anmaria Borzillo and Giovanfrancesco Giannini on the steps of a Bolognese dance called Polka Chinata. It is a courtship dance originally performed by men only and dating back to the early 1900s: physically demanding, almost acrobatic, it requires that the dancers embrace each other, whirl as they bend to their knees, almost to the ground. In 2018, only five people were left who still practiced the Polka Chinata. Together with Giancarlo Stagni, Alessandro Sciarroni revived the tradition that had fallen into oblivion. A wonderful reminiscence of Italian folk culture.
Alessandro Sciarroni is one of the most innovative cho­reographers in Europe. The Italian artist with several years of experience in visual arts and theatre research, is mainly active in the field of performing arts. His works are featured in contemporary dance and theater festivals, museums and art galleries, as well as in uncon­ventional spaces. In 2019 he was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Dance by the Venice Biennial.

Workshop: Save the last dance for me
Wed 21. Juni, 19:15 to 21:15
tanz_house Studio /ARGEkultur (Ulrike-Gschwandtner-Straße 5)
After the performance on Wed 21 June, the two dancers will give a workshop where you can learn the choreography of the Polka Chinata.
No previous experience necessary
Admission free
Registration required:

With special thanks to DomQuartier Salzburg.

Idea & concept: Alessandro Sciarroni
With: Gianmaria Borzillo & Giovanfrancesco Giannini Artistic collaboration: Giancarlo Stagni
Music: Aurora Bauzà & Pere Jou (Telemann Rec. )
Styling: Ettore Lombardi
Technical direction: Valeria Foti
Tour technique: Cosimo Maggini
Curator, promotion & consulting: Lisa Gilardino Administration, production management: Chiara Fava Communication: Damien Modolo
Production: corpoceleste_C.C.00 #, MARCHE TEATRO Teatro di Rilevante Interesse Culturale
A coproduction of Santarcangelo Festival, B.Motion, Festival Danza Urbana • Alessandro Sciarroni is an associated artist of CENTQUATRE Paris and Triennale Milano Teatro 2022-2024
In cooperation with DomQuartier Salzburg.


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