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Spain – Aterballetto in Madrid with “MicroDanze”

On May 17, a programme specially designed for the spaces of Palacio de Abrantes. Within the “In Scena a Palazzo" series.

MicroDanze (MicroDances) is a project that goes beyond the 'classical' stage dynamic and cancels the distance between audience and performer, designed not for the theatre but for museum, exhibition or emblematic spaces. A unique experience that offers spectators the opportunity to discover and rediscover places through dance.

On May 17, thanks to the support and invitation of the Italian Cultural Institute in Madrid, Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto presents a programme specially designed for the spaces of Palacio de Abrantes: MicroDanzas. Una exposición danzada entre real y virtual (MicroDanze. A dancing exhibition between live and virtual reality).

At the centre of the Salón de Actos the two dancers Vittoria Franchina and Edoardo Brovardi perform Yes, Yes..., the duet by Diego Tortelli created for Brescia Capitale Italiana della Cultura 2023. The choreography in a few minutes tries to capture the atmosphere of the "Silver Factory" conceived by Andy Warhol in 1962.

In another hall, FND/Aterballetto offers the audience a curious and intriguing possibility: two MicroDances in virtual reality. An immersive experience that catapults the spectator to the centre of the stage: this is Virtual Dance for Real People, a project that explores the relationship between dance and virtual reality and wants to answer this question: can the emotion of the performance exist without the dancer being present?

With Diego Tortelli's MicroDanza Meridiana the spectator, through oculus VR visors, finds himself in the 18th-century Historical Pharmacy of the former Sant'Agostino Hospital in Modena and will be right at the centre of a play between science and nature, between human and divine interpreted by two hypnotic dancers.

On the other hand, with the virtual MicroDanza È pericoloso non sporgersi by Francesca Lattuada the audience is transported to a cell in the Lombroso Pavilion of the former San Lazzaro psychiatric hospital in Reggio Emilia and meets an extraordinary contortionist. Her metamorphoses are incessant and lead to the blurring of ordinary temporality, to the loss of the most concrete notions of spatiality (high-low, large-small, visible-invisible...). The spectator experiences an immersion in a world in which all habitual references have vanished.

The event is part of the “In Scena a Palazzo” series organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in Madrid, and includes two performances, at 7:30 pm and at 8:30 pm.


Italian Cultural Institute in Madrid

Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto

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