12 / 13 June at 8:00 p.m.
Sala delle Colonne – Ca’ Giustinian
CRISTIANA MORGANTI (Italy)
Moving with Pina
a dancing lecture on poetics, technique, and the creativity of Pina Bausch
by and with Cristiana Morganti
production Centro Culturale il Funaro – Pistoia
Moving with Pina was created in 2010 as a tribute conceived by Leonetta Bentivoglio, a long-time dance critic and devoted expert on Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater. Cristiana Morganti – a dancer in the historic company from Wuppertal – who is the author and performer of the solo, tells this story: “For the occasion she asked me to create a performance lasting about one hour. I remembered the expressionist dance lessons I had prepared with Pina in which, in addition to technique, she had recommended that I use a generous amount of explanatory examples and phrases of movement. This was the source of my production and the intent to explain all the work behind theatre and dance”. Following its debut, and the enthusiastic reception by the public, the Biennale di Venezia, which had consecrated this high priestess of dance with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2007, joins the many theatres that have chosen to honour her memory by presenting Moving with Pina in Venice as well.
This portrait of Pina Bausch, cloaked in affectionate nostalgia, is above all an evocation in dance – featuring narration and pieces from her repertory, starting with the famous Sacre – of her creative universe, her working method, the genesis of a gesture and a production, the ways and the times as well as the life of an entire company. Cristiana Morganti does this by knotting together the threads of memory, of all the life moments she experienced herself, of her artistic and personal career within the company in Wuppertal. Her disclosure of how you build a solo, what the relationship is between emotion and movement, when the gesture becomes dance, how you create that mysterious and magical bond between the artist and the public, is a singular lesson about dancing but also about life.
Cristiana Morganti, who earned her diploma in classical ballet at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome and then at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, became a solo dancer of the Tanztheater in Wuppertal in 1993, and still works there today. In addition to her steady commitment in Pina Bausch’s company, Cristiana Morganti has also worked with Susanne Linke, Urs Dietrich, Joachim Schlomer, Felix Ruckert and in Wanda Golonka’s company, Neuer Tanz. She teaches at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris.