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Biennale College Teatro / Gaetano Palermo - Swan

Length / Year:40’, 2023 (World premiere)
By:Gaetano Palermo
With:Rita Di Leo
Sound design:Luca Gallio
Artistic support:Michele Petrosino
Prosthetics:Crea FX
With the support from:Casa della Cultura Italo Calvino; h(abita)t – Rete di spazi per la danza; Associazione QB Quanto Basta
Produced by:La Biennale di Venezia
Note:Winner of the Biennale College Teatro Performance Site-specific (2023) call


Swan is a site-specific performance inspired by The Dying Swan, the solo piece that Michel Fokine choreographed in 1901 for Anna Pavlova, the prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Ballet. This provides the starting point for a piece that goes beyond traditional definitions of dance and theatre, employing sport as its theme both formally and conceptually. In Swan, reality and fiction combine, bringing about a disturbing displacement of the everyday in the urban environment. The audience, whether willing spectators or casual passers-by, are invited to stumble upon this vision of overflowing humanity which questions, in a public space, their role as agents and observers of reality. The street becomes the stage for an impersonal drama, for a crisis as universal as it is solitary.

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