Virgilio Sieni – “Satyrs”

Dance | Festival
Friday 10 February 2023
h. 20:30
Virgilio Sieni – “Satyrs”

Satiri is a new production by Compagnia Virgilio Sieni featuring the two dancers Jari Boldrini and Maurizio Giunti accompanied by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach performed live on cello by Naomi Berrill.

The Satyr, as Nietzsche tells us in The Birth of Tragedy (1872) and by sapiential appeal Giorgio Colli in The Birth of Philosophy (1975), could be the one who casts his gaze into the abyss saying yes to life.

The two dancers are infected from within, invested by contemplation directed at the similar, adjacent, symmetrical gesture that opens to a musical arrangement. Dances mark the space of intoxicating matter that speaks to the body. Dances on the threshold mark the space, forms of understanding and empathy that explode between Dionysian and Apollonian. The gesture subtracts from the everyday those postures that then return in the form of another language, of a body that transcends and, like an auratic nebula, blurs between distance and proximity and operates according to an attention directed to the spatial tactility that understands us.


Virgilio Sieni is an internationally active dancer and choreographer for top theatrical and musical institutions, art foundations and museums. She is trained in art disciplines and architecture, devoting herself in parallel to research on body languages and dance. He is one of the founders of the Butterfly Park Company and in 1992 created the Virgilio Sieni Company, establishing himself as one of the leading figures on the international contemporary scene. Since 2003, he has directed CANGO Cantieri Goldonetta, a Dance Production Center in Florence for research and transmission on body languages, a space for hospitality and artist residencies. In 2007 he founded the Academy on the Art of Gesture, an unprecedented context for training and creation involving people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, on the idea of a gesture community.

He has been awarded the UBU Prize three times (2000, 2003, 2011), in 2011 the Lo Straniero Prize, and in 2013 he was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et de Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.

He was Director of the Venice Dance Biennale from 2013 to 2016, developing a four-year plan on the concept of inhabiting the world between polis and democracy, conceiving the city through its metaphysics. His research is based on an idea of the body as a place to welcome diversity and as a space to develop the archaeological complexity of gesture.
He creates his language from the concept of transmission and tactility, with an interest in the haptic and multisensory dimensions of gesture and the individual, delving into the themes of resonance, gravity and the poetic, political, scientific and archaeological multitude of the body.


Virgilio Sieni choreography and space
interpretation Maurizio Giunti, Jari Boldrini
cello Naomi Berrill
music Naomi Berrill (Dance Suite - Prelude; Journey, Silent Woods Suite - Oak and Sister Spring), Johann Sebastian Bach (Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009; Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010)
lights Virgilio Sieni and Marco Cassini
staging Michele Redaelli
animal masks Chiara Occhini
production Centro di Produzione della Danza Virgilio Sieni

in collaboration with AMAT & Civitanova Danza, Galleria Nazionale delle Marche
with the support of MIC Ministry of Culture, Region of Tuscany, City of Florence, Fondazione CR Firenze


Presented by

ORBITA- Spellbound/ National Dance Production Center
As part of Focus on Virgilio Sieni.