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La Natura Delle Cose Virgilio Sieni
Irish Premiere. Dublin Dance Festival in partnership with the Abbey Theatre.
Delight and sorrow coexist in this enigmatic journey through dance, philosophy and poetry.
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.↓ Read more
€13 - €40
Concession rates available
on the Abbey Stage
60 mins approx. (no interval)
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From the show
The universe of the choreographer Virgilio Sieni could be that of David Lynch in cinema. Magical and enigmatic.
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.
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.
- Choreography & Direction Virgilio Sieni
- Performers Ramona Caia, Jari Boldrini, 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.