Faced with Lucinda Childs’ early works, our attention is captured by the essentiality with which the bodies constitute a three-dimensional and concrete space, which seems to respond to the principles of architecture and solid geometry. Our gaze is enraptured by a brilliant solidity, like the consistency and mineral qualities of marble. A stone that, due to its special composition and brightness, has been considered the sculptural material par excellence, giving shape and colour to that idea of classicism that took shape during the Renaissance. Lucinda Childs’ spatial and rhythmic design recalls the articulated and symbolic space of a marble quarry, a place where the human imprint infuses rigorous and indelible geometries into the spontaneous morphology of the landscape.
In response to the three early works by the American choreographer, Marmo investigates the mine as the place of a community engaged in a measuring project. It is a journey that follows the transformation of the stone from the initial phase of extraction to the sculptor’s workshop where it is carved. An evolutionary line that sees the transformation of the raw material up to the plastic definition of an ideal form. In this path, the figures are the actual workers and absolute architects of the space, deciding its proportions, its size and light. While at the same time they assimilate those rules and conditions, becoming themselves malleable matter, sculpture.
This work is performed in the evening “Dancing Replies” with the three early works by Lucinda Childs, but can be presented singularly.
choreography: Ginevra Panzetti / Enrico Ticconi; with: Anna Herrmann, Emma Lewis, Gesine Moog, Omagbitse Omagbemi, Lia Witjes-Poole; light design: Annegret Schalke; sound design: Demetrio Castellucci; costume design: Ginevra Panzetti / Enrico Ticconi, Werkstattkollektiv; technical direction: Annegret Schalke; sound: Mattef Kuhlmey; production assistant: Pauline Stöhr; production: Dance On / DIEHL+RITTER; co-production: Kampnagel (Hamburg); with the support of: Lavanderia a Vapore, Centro di residenza per la danza; supported by: NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance; which is funded by: Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.