by Nicolò Abbattista and Christian Consalvo

"Stood the mournful Mother weeping, close to her Son to the last."

Jacopone da Todi poet

This opening verse of the liturgical chant “Stabat Mater” contains the sense of loss and dignity of all the famous prayer. A heartbreaking verse for the strong crudeness, full of suggestions and evocative words, which have given way to the creation of the choreographic solo.

The choice of the initial verb, which opens the long martyrdom of this woman, is singular and significant: “Stay”.

And it is precisely on the concept of “standing” that the authors’ research focuses. A stasis that slowly breaks the body and the soul, while trying to resist the collapse, this rampant emptiness that invades and drags her more and more down.

The music, composed specifically for the performance, is a rewriting of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in which only the echo of the original classicism remains, while being guided on stage by screeching sounds and obsessive beats.

The live music composition, unlike the recorded one, makes the relationship between dancer and musician more elastic, placing both on the same level. The possibility of interpolation widens, and the shades become more fibrous and richer. The gesture is no longer managed exclusively by the dancer, but a close synergy is created with the musician, who can intervene on the movements on stage.

Together with the dancer there is a moment of suspension and disorientation: a pressing speed, a pain that remains, an unattainable mourning process, an unexpected relapse.

YEAR
2021

CHOREOGRAPHER
NICOLÒ ABBATTISTA

DRAMATURG
CHRISTIAN CONSALVO

MUSIC
FILIPPO RIPAMONTI

DURATION 12” 

WITH
Arianna Cunsolo

ORIGINAL CAST
Laura Volpe

PREMIERE
July 3rd 2021 @ Estate Sforzesca, Castello Sforzesco – Milan

OTHER PERFORMANCES:
  • September 7th, 2023, Klub Żak (Gdansk Dance Festival) – Gdansk, Poland
  • March 26th, 2022 @ Chiesa della Madonna della Pace (Festival Inflammatus) – Molfetta (BA)
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