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Sylphidarium

Ballet for amplified violin, drums and electronics (2016) 

Duration: 90 min.
Instrumentation: Amplified Violin, Drum Set, Pre-recorded tracks.
Commission: MiTo Settembre Musica 2018

Choreography by Francesca Pennini. Collettivo Cinetico
Awarded the UBU Prize 2017 as best dance show
Francesco Antonioni nominated for Best original music.

World Premiere: 13 September 2016 [WP]
Torino Danza 2016. Torino, Teatro Carignano.
Marléne Prodigo, violin; Flavio Tanzi, drums; Francesco Antonioni, electronics.

Recording: Continuo Records

In a white limbo. Like a Fashion Show. Like a collection of insects. Like a ballet. Romanticism that goes beyond the ‘contemporary’ and its conceptualisms, simultaneously cooled and made incandescent by a look of lacerating and distant citation, dedication and oxymoron. A journey through the body that exposes itself in the most extreme, aseptic and ascetic nudity, carrier of wonderful clothes in which to hide and celebrate its darkness, exalting and projecting itself in a mythological horizon. Sylphidarium evokes the choreography that was the origin of the romantic ballet, La Sylphide, featuring Maria Taglioni in 1832, the affirming act of the pointe shoes and the tutu. It evolves in Les Sylphides, abstract evocation of its moon-like fumisterie of 1909, mutating now towards entomology with the sylphs, beetles that feed on carrion and are used by scientists to trace the time of death of a body.
An autopsy of classical ballet, transformed and hybridized by gymnastics, acrobatics and bodybuilding, presenting an aerobic finale, modeled on Jane Fonda’s keep-fit videos, with spatial silver outfits, in the midst of a white scene that wants to repeat the dazzling effect of twirling tutus. The fantasy connects with the ironic dismantling of balletic scenarios, of the story of Adolphe Nourrit, as the upward leaps fight against the disarticulation of the erect posture or freeze in tableaux that seem to stop time in a hybrid frame between the past, today and the future.
A glowing work, supported by the highly mobile music composed by Francesco Antonioni and the iridescent, real, slightly crepuscular and imaginative lighting by Fabio Sajiz. A reflection on the forms of tradition in order to draw a mutant body, surpassing stereotypes typical of the "contemporary" genre, to venture into uncharted territories that go beyond the etiquette of predefined shapes and also that of contamination, in search of its generative urgency for expression.

© Collettivo Cinetico

13 September 2016 [WP]
Torino Danza 2016. Torino, Teatro Carignano.
Marléne Prodigo, violin; Flavio Tanzi, drums; Francesco Antonioni, electronics. 

22 September 2016. Le vie dei festival 2016. Roma, Teatro Vascello.
14 October 2016. Vie Festival 2016. Bologna, Arena del Sole.
29 October 2016. Firenze, CanGo Studio.
10 December 2016. Ferrara, Teatro Comunale Claudio Abbado.
12 May 2017. Ascoli, Teatro Ventidio Basso.
16 June 2017. Theaterformen. Hannover, Schauspielhannover-Grosses Haus. [DE P]
17 June 2017. Theaterformen. Hannover, Schauspielhannover-Grosses Haus.
28 July 2017. Festival Drodesera. Dro, Centrale Fies
19 October 2017. NID Platform.  Gorizia, Teatro Verdi.
14 November 2017. Triennale di Milano. Milano, Teatro dell'arte.
15 November 2017. Triennale di Milano. Milano, Teatro dell'arte.
31 January 2018. Festival Pays de Danses. Liege, Centre culturale Seraing. [BE P]
05 May 2018. Parma, Teatro delle Briciole. 
07 August 2018. Roma, Palazzo Venezia
01 October 2018. Festival MESS. Sarajevo War Theatre [HR P]
22 June 2019. Walk on water. Mestre, Museo M9
23 June 2019. Walk on water. Mestre, Museo M9
13 October 2019. Dimitria Festival. Thessaloniki [GR P]

With inventive genius, the choreographer from Ferrara starts the show with an extravagant and colourful catwalk, […] The liberated body explodes in a triumph of movement that seems to have no end, bringing to the close a show full of intelligent humour, rigorous dramatic and aesthetic language, revealing Francesca Pennini’s new compositional maturity..

[ Giuseppe Distefano - Artribune - 17/10/2016 ]


[…] the adrenalinic result that bursts forth from CollettivO CineticO’s latest work, lead by the constantly talented Francesca Pennini. The mechanisms and the aesthetics of the scenes are an infinite collection of Tartan, candid costumes, balaclavas, zoomorphic extremes opposed to the myth of the ballet pointe shoe, nude sequences, cannibalism that decline the liquid pulsations of lightness. In short, really a vibrant map that makes a clean sweep of the sublime.

[ Rodolfo Di Giammarco - La Repubblica - 02/10/2016 ]


On stage there is no respite: dynamic power, physical presence and strength, contagious and pulsating vehemence, sensuality applied with style to a sophisticated technique for dancers. An amazing Francesca Pennini conquers audiences with a flawless performance, choreography, technical skills and the ability to create interchangeable energy flows between spectators and what happens on stage. Sylphidarium is a show that looks at the future of dance.

[ Lavinia Morisco - LSD Magazine - 18/10/2016 ]


The creative genius of Francesca Pennini finds the solution: modernising the image of the ballet dancer, the sylph ‘par excellence’. […] The Sylphs then become human beings in all respects, naked in their flesh and instincts, gasping for Love without discrimination, substantiated by the dance to the last breath. Just like the one that, in the dark, ends the show.

[ Marco Argentina - Il Giornale della Danza - 17/10/2016 ]


The dancers are a cross between Conan the Barbarian and someone from Throne of Swords, in freak sideshows and a metropolitan desert recycled by the imagination, memories of tutus and suitcase-women, flying spirits, entangled kissing, muscular performances and pointe shoe steps. A glowing work, supported by the highly mobile music composed by Francesco Antonioni and the imaginative lights designed by Fabio Sajiz, an evocation of human suffering and the exaltation of the body. An open-eyed dream of a tale told by the kids of today, grownup, disenchanted, but still eager to set the breath of fantasy into motion

[ Massimo Marino - Il Corriere di Bologna - 16/10/2016 ]


With Sylphidarium, Francesca Pennini lingers over the corpse of the dance – and of society: she tears it into pieces, disassembles it, builds it again, intersects and finally revives it in a very personal rewriting which, however, leaves its essence unaffected. […] Moving between tradition and transgression, CollettivO CineticO broadens the horizons of contemporary dance by designing new possible scenarios through a choreography that combines the entomologist’s scientific accuracy with the artist's madness.

[ Sara Curati - Paper Street - 22/09/2016 ]


Instead of returning to tell the updated story, Pennini dissects the parts with the attention of an entomologist; she deconstructs and then reassembles them using a conceptual process, proposing the individual elements in a package full of humour. Not to mention the skill of the eight dancers including Pennini.

[ Seregio Trombetta - La Stampa - 14/09/2016 ]

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