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by Nicolò Abbattista and Christian Consalvo

“POPoff” describes human most ancient traditions and rituals, showing a tribe that moves at the frantic rhythms of pizzica and taranta, where the people explore on their own the environment and the others.

Food plays a central role in the pièce, being a double metaphor of the ground and the social ritual of the meal. Food marks our days and introduces us to the daily life relationships, as the  wheat, ancient symbol of rebirth and fertility, becomes the common thread which weaves the relationships between the characters and Nature and, at the same time, represents a death trap for the man who goes into.

"An elegy where movement replaces words and where, all of a sudden, everything becomes confused: dead and life, past and present. An elegy consisting of a swirling graft of images and suggestions, where a cry of pain against violence turns into a hymn to freedom and life, which rises, with its enthusiasms and love, on the "pizzica" notes, ancient ritual of the tarantella family."

Michele Olivieri ballet and dance critic

A “matriarchal” history is outlined on these coordinates. The woman assumes, overturning the initial situation, a prevailing position with respect to the man, immersed in a sort of family rite in which the “females” find themselves recalling but also reproaching the events related to their personal history.

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OTHER PERFORMANCES:
  • October 3rd, 2021 @ Piazza San Carlo (Milano Dancing City) – Milan
  • March 12th, 2017 @ Teatro Paolo Giacometti – Novi Ligure (AL)
  • June 1st, 2016 @ Teatro dell’Orologio – Rome
  • April 22th, 2016 @ Teatro Auditorium – Rho (MI)
  • December 15th, 2015 @ Auditorium I Maggio – Crevalcore (BO) (estratto)
  • September 15th, 2015 @ Fabbrica San Domenico – Molfetta (BA)
  • July 30th, 2015 @ Palco All’Aperto di Villa Tigullio – Rapallo (GE)

YEAR
2015

DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER
NICOLÒ ABBATTISTA

MUSIC
Faraualla, Ludovico Einaudi

LIGHTS
NICOLÒ ABBATTISTA

DURATION 50” for 8 DANCERS

ORIGINAL CAST
Samuele Arisci, Mirta Boschetti,
Susanna Pieri, Giorgia Varano,
Eleonora Mongitore, Carmen Perfetto,
Christian Consalvo

PREMIERE
June 21st, 2015 @ Teatro Auditorium – Rho (MI)