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by Nicolò Abbattista and Christian Consalvo

supported by OPLAS/Centro Regionale Danza Umbria and “theWorkRoom”, a project by Fattoria Vittadini and Fondazione Milano

"You couldn't know, you couldn't understand, you couldn't appreciate. I had no right to expect it of you at all."

Oscar Wilde poet

“O” tells about a match, unique and similar to each other at the same time. Two men who fight, come closer, pull away, develop a relationship that grows through play, erotism, aggressiveness; that crosses all the tears and imbalances common of every human relationship, and that ends in a vortex of intimacies, while the space between the two bodies is redefined.

The piece takes place in a football pitch, a place where conventionally homosexuality is must be denied. Slowly, the aggressive and manly movements become a dance and a dialogue between bodies.

The two men start to reveal and lose themselves into each other, redefining mutual balances and creating a vortex in which they remain linked by a common center of gravity. But then the point of stability fades away and they find themselves dealing with the difficulty of accepting the other.

In the explosion of a frenetic cha cha, the two men dive into an erotic dance in which narcissism and selfishness become the causes and consequences of the relationship failure. “O” is a representation of love, the search for one’s own identity, the discovery of sexuality; an anthem against homophobia.

PRESS RELEASE:
OTHER PERFORMANCES:
  • May 20th, 2022 @ Auditorium di Piazza Libertà (Festival Up To You) – Bergamo
  • October 18th, 2021 @ Laboratorio Urbano Rigenera (A Maglie Larghe 2021) – Palo del Colle (BA)
  • October 9th, 2021 @ CineTeatro San Filippo Neri (Vuoti d’Aria 2021) – San Benedetto del Tronto (AP)
  • September 23rd, 2021 @ Teatro degli Atti (Festival Sopravvissuti 2021) – Rimini
  • July 31st, 2021 @ Polo Museale Santo Spirito (FLIC Festival 2021) – Lanciano (CH)
  • February 22nd, 2020 @ Klub Żak (Gdansk Dance Festival / Winter) – Gdansk, Poland
  • September 29th, 2019 @ Spazio Diamante (Premio inDivenire) – Rome
  • July 25th, 2019 @ Largo Giacomo Leopardi – Matera
  • April 5th, 2019 @ Nuovo Teatro delle Commedie – Livorno
  • February 27th, 2019 @ Teatro Abeliano – Bari

YEAR
2018

CHOREOGRAPHER
NICOLÒ ABBATTISTA

DRAMATURG
CHRISTIAN CONSALVO

MUSIC
Goldmund, Yma Sumak

DURATION 17” 

ORIGINAL CAST
Samuele Arisci and Salvatore Sciancalepore

WITH
Michele Scappa and Andreas Alexandrou

PREMIERE
November 18th, 2018 @ MAT Laboratorio Urbano – Terlizzi (BA)