La Natura Delle Cose Virgilio Sieni

Irish Premiere. Dublin Dance Festival in partnership with the Abbey Theatre.

Italy

La Natura Delle Cose
Photo © Dario Lasagni
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14—15 May 2019

In this performance of overwhelming beauty, Virgilio Sieni draws inspiration from the great poem De Rerum Natura by Roman philosopher Lucretius to explore “The Nature of Things”, portraying a character moving through the entire cycle of life in one hour.

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Admission

€13 - €40

Location

Abbey Theatre,
on the Abbey Stage

Duration

60 mins approx. (no interval)

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Performances

Tue 14 May

Wed 15 May

From the show

Photo © Dario Lasagni
Photo © Dario Lasagni
Photo © Paulo Porto
Photo © Paulo Porto
Photo © Paulo Porto
Photo © Paulo Porto
Photo © Paulo Porto
Photo © Paulo Porto
Photo © Paulo Porto
Photo © Paulo Porto
Photo © Paulo Porto
Photo © Paulo Porto

Watch

The universe of the choreographer Virgilio Sieni could be that of David Lynch in cinema. Magical and enigmatic.

Liberazione

Carried by the four male dancers, the female figure seems to float in the air, suspended, without ever touching the ground during the first part of the show. A delicate and unforgettable image, like a dream.

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About

Virgilio Sieni draws inspiration from the great poem De Rerum Natura by Roman philosopher Lucretius to explore “The Nature of Things”, portraying a character moving through the entire cycle of life in one hour.

In a performance of overwhelming beauty, five dancers offer a counterpoint to what Lucretius believed to be the chief cause of unhappiness: the fear of death. Moving as a single body, they create a rich visual poem that presents the masked character of Venus at three stages of life. First, as a young girl, she moves with graceful fluidity, borne aloft by the four male dancers. Later she explores the world as an infant and finally, she is an old woman, her descent complete.

Director of the Venice Biennale’s Dance Department (2013-2016), Sieni created this definitive work in 2008. Representing the essence of his singular style, the memory of this lyrical and hypnotic piece will linger long after the performance.

Credits

  • Choreography & Direction Virgilio Sieni
  • Performers Ramona Caia, Jari Bodlrini, Maurizio Giunti, Andrea Palumbo, Nicola Cisternino
  • Dramaturgical Writing & Translations Giorgio Agamben
  • Original Music Francesco Giomi
  • Vocals Nada Malanima
  • Lighting & Set Design Virgilio Sieni, Mattia Bagnoli

Produced by Teatro Metastasio - Stabile della Toscana and Compagnia Virgilio Sieni in collaboration with Torinodanza and CANGO Cantieri Goldonetta Firenze.

  • Abbey
  • Istituto Italiano
  • Ministero