Oriente Occidente

Augusth 30th - September 11th


A body filling a space; a body representing its era, an intimate and collective bewilderment, migration processes, the eternal struggles of culture and beliefs, the eradication of globalization. A body that, by changing location, creates new territories and ever changing boundaries: geographical, political, symbolic.
Corpi e confini is the topic of a new project by Oriente Occidente 2016, which continues its traditional connection between dance and social phenomena. Driven by curiosity, Corpi e confini searches for new stories that take shape and breathe life in remote lands or in everyday situations, through contact with other people or through Shakespeare and Tasso's timeless storytelling, through Pablo Picasso's ordeals and through Afro-American issues in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and the ghettoes of Johannesburg.
Experiencing the shows of the 2016 edition is like going on a journey of knowledge about life, its finite nature and its genesis.
One of the most important contemporary and eclectic artists will be opening the event: Jan Fabre. In Attends, attends, attends... (pour mon père), he skilfully addresses the worldly limit par excellence, the death, represented by the act of waiting, that makes life more intense.
Several international eastern and western companies will be alternating, along with emerging Italian artists promoted by the CID Cantieri project, aimed at giving support to the new generations.
By crossing geographic borders, free bodies are visible while freeing universally recognizable emotions, directed by Ohad Naharin from the Batsheva Dance Company; these bodies seek social affirmation, as told by Jessica Nupen in Romeo & Juliet / Rebellion & Johannesburg with Moving Into Dance Mophatong, and as portrayed by the American Kyle Abraham in Pavement, a powerful representation of street life, between rival gangs and solidarity within Afro-American ghettoes in Pittsburgh. OPUS 14, a worldwide success by Kader Attou, also talks of street dance and hip hop as something that goes beyond individual talents and is in tune with the community.
Roberto Zappalà recreates "his" Sicily with the quintessential tools of tradition, and redefining the geographic boundaries of male bodies, rustled by the sound of a Jewish harp. Emio Greco, a frequent guest artist at Oriente Occidente, is back as director of the Ballet National de Marseille to play a show in which body boundaries are lost when in contact with someone else (Two) and with music (Boléro).
Undeniable master of the female butoh and an artist dear to our festival, Carlotta Ikeda has recently passed away. Her artistic work has not gone, however, it has crossed the limits of time and arose again in the body of a young dancer of her Ariadone company. With Maï Ishiwata, UTT is back to life, a timeless portrait of a woman's various moments in life, those of all women in the world.
Once the physical boundaries of a theatre are forgotten, dancing moves to the streets, on the facades of buildings, in the squares and in the halls of the Mart. There are four site specific projects included in the program: an absolute novelty created in close collaboration with Luca Veggetti, an Italian dancer and choreographer who has been established for years in the United States. With Scenario, he will touch on the connections and boundaries between contemporary dance and visual arts inside the museum rooms; the acrobatic and breath-taking  dance/circus of British NoFit State/ Motionhouse, bringing together their unique styles in BLOCK a story of life in the city; the challenge set to gravity by Antoine Le Menestrel, who plays a young Romeo determined to find his Juliet on the building's facades in the old town; a tribute to dance and drama by Marcos Morau in the Mart square, dedicated to one of the greatest artists ever: Pablo Picasso.

Paolo Baldessari

Artistic directors
Lanfranco Cis and Paolo Manfrini