Alessandro Schiattarella | Tell me where it is?
Where:Polski Theatre - Świebodzki Stage, Orląt Lwowskich Square 20c
He is an Italian-Swiss dancer and choreographer suffering from a neuromuscular disease who transforms his personal drama into a stage essay about otherness and a search for one’s own formula for existence.
Is there any place in the world of dance, governed by perfect bodies and obsessive control of every move, for someone who fails to meet these criteria? This question is asked in the work of Alessandro Schiattarella – contemporary dancer born in Naples in 1982, graduate of the Rudra Béjart School, currently living and working in Switzerland. In his work he focuses on the subject of “less-visible disability”.
When he was 15 he was diagnosed with the neuromuscular disorder Hirayama disease (a type of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), which gradually weakened his arms. This, however, did not stop him from developing his dancing career in renowned international groups, such as the Béjart Ballet in Lausanne, the Ballet du Grand Théâtre, the East West Theater Company in Sarajevo or the Scapino Ballet in Rotterdam. In 2015 he was awarded a prize at the Choreographic Captures Competition for his video choreography entitled Mani-Cure.
The performance Tell me where it is is a further development and continuation of his solo project Altrove, in which he investigated the topic of being a professional dancer and, at the same time, a man suffering from a rare type of myopathy.
The fact that I do not fit into any category made me find myself in a space “in between” – says Schiattarella. – There I was able to explore new aesthetics and moves, and at the same time find new strategies for artistic expression. How can one change limitations into possibilities and weakness into strength? By trying to answer these questions, I debate and challenge the issue of “less-visible disability”.
The perfromance was co-produced with ROXY Birsfelden.
Alessandro Schiattarelli’s performance at Brave Festival is possible thanks to the support of Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung.