Figaro on his toes

Art March 28, 2018 12:03

By The Nation

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Contemporary dance group Artemis Danza are back in Bangkok this weekend, staging “The Barber of Seville” at the Thailand Cultural Centre’s small hall on Saturday (March 31) in honour of the 150th anniversary of the death of Gioachino Rossini and as part of the 2018 edition of the Italian festival.

Choreographer Monica Casadei defines this play as a futuristic “action ballet”, which involves all the creative body of Artemis, composed not only by the dancers and the choreographer, but also by all the visual artists and the musicians, who have already become one with the dancing ensemble.

Casadei’s interprets Figaro as the prototype of a successful man in today’s world. Clad in rigorous managerial clothes, the Rossinian hero becomes the emblem of all those who are able to satisfy with strength, vivacity and savoir faire, the expectations of a society that requires a daily achievement of personal goals by optimising time and energy.

On the choreographic level, Figaro’s character duplicates in the bodies of the entire company, where, without distinction of gender, the performers act with the determination, energy and precision of a special team: vigorous, gritty and hyper focused. Their dance manipulates time and space, continuously weaving and unravelling an endless web made of changes of direction, intersections of trajectories and inlays of movements. As if they were chasing the routes of overcrowded and noisy highways, the dancers extricate themselves with lucidity and martial energy, wise gears of the deranged mechanism of the social living.

The show starts 7.30pm. Tickets are available at Admission is free but online registration is required.