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Marco
Berrettini

Photo: Christian Lutz

Sorry, do the tour. Again!

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May 30 to June 2, Arsenic – Lausanne, Switzerland

Cast & Credits

Artistic director: Marco Berrettini
Choreography and performers: Marco Berrettini, Jean-Paul Bourel, Bryan Campbell, Ruth Childs, Simon Crettol, Marion Duval, Bruno Faucher, Chiara Gallerani, Milena Keller
And 9 little girls from a classical ballet school of each city where we’ll perform
Music: Sylvester, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer et d’autres…
Lights, set-design, technical director: Bruno Faucher
Production: *MELK PROD. / Tanzplantation
Coproduction: CND – Centre National de la Danse Pantin (FR), Arsenic Lausanne (CH),   Comédie de Genève (CH), Festival d’Automne à Paris (FR), Pôle Sud CDC-Strasbourg (FR)
Supports: Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – (DRAC Ile-de- France)

Photos: © *Melk Prod.

Who has not dreamed one day of becoming the king or queen of an evening, dressing up the light clothes of the musical, or even dancing like Travolta in Saturday night fever? A student of the Folkwangschulen of Essen and the London school of contemporary dance, Marco Berrettini is not waiting to realize this dream. German champion of disco at the age of fifteen, he bifurcates to France and for several years becomes one of the interpreters, polyglot narrator, of the swing choreographer, Georges Appaix. Alongside his work as a dancer, the choreographer already works on multiple projects and creations. About forty untold documents have emerged since its beginnings in 1986. Sorry, do the tour!, a piece created in 2001, features the actors of his new company *Melk Prod. A primer of record titles, hit discos of the 70s and 80s, is the dramaturgy of the show created collectively by the ten performers participating in the particular spirit of this work.This unusual disco dance contest, nimbed with a sweet pink candy light is a true precise self-mockery. The incessant parade of the numbered interpreters, endowing, in turn, with a remarkable plasticity of body all kinds of sexy postures linked to collective myths, draws us little by little behind the scenes of the exploit.

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My soul is my Visa

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Creation 2018

Idea and choreography: Marco Berrettini
Dancers:  Nathalie Broizat, Sébastien Chatellier, Ruth Childs, Anne Delahaye en alternance avec Caroline Breton, Samuel Pajand
Set design and lights: Bruno Faucher
Costumes: Olivier Mulin
Egg: Claire Mayet
Technical director: Bruno Faucher
Music: Piano live – Tom Johnson, Nils Frahm, Meredith Monk, Olafur Arnalds, Bill Fay, Nina Simone, Erik Satie, Beth Gibbons, Curtis Mayfield
Management and touring: Tutu Production – Pauline Coppée
Production: *Melk Prod. (CH) / Tanzplantation (F)
Coproduction: Charleroi Danse, Centre Chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles ;Arsenic, centre d’art scénique contemporain – Lausanne ;  ICI-CCN de Montpellier, Pôle Sud-CDCN à Strasbourg
Supports: Ville de Genève, Loterie romande, Pro Helvetia,  Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, Fondation Ernst Goehner, Charleroi Danse – Centre Chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles, Fondation Suisse des Artistes Interprètes, Direction Régionale  des Affaires Culturelles  d’Ile-de-France– Ministère de la culture et de la communication.

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Photos: © Elisa Murcia Artengo

The choreographer signs a sublime and aberrant hedonist manifesto where dancers vibrate as one extra sensitive body.

Soma, from ancient Greek: the body. Soma, also called like this synthetic drug presented as a simple medicine to the citizens of the Brave New World, the dystopia of Aldous Huxley, but that actually plunges them into a heavenly sleep, the kind to defuse any form of political insubordination. Thinking of this scary and wonderful substance can help to imagine the atmosphere that emerges from the plateau of Marco Berrettini, one of the most complex, Baroque, which we have been given to see choreographed: that of a sect of ecstatic dancers, sort of vibrating bodies inexorably moved by the aberrant community they form, which seems straight out of the retro-futuristic rubble of an SF movie of 70s (cream carpet, silver jumpsuits, black piano).
In the audience exclamations fuse, half-laugh half-fear as the dancers penetrate our eyes with their enamored eyes, since hedonism is here monstrously colored, the joy by melancholy – don’t they seem to be giving all their energy for a last dance? – without the piece ever abandoning its cardinal value: that of the pure pleasure to commune as one body, as well on funk as on music by Meredith Monk.
The comparison with Huxley’s drug does not last long however. Except for considering these bodies tragically stupid, and by so interpreting this piece as the satire of a depoliticized generation, for example. We might prefer to see it as a very political tantric farce, in what it says about the freedom of bodies to be able to harmonize, their ability to make themselves extra sensitive to others, as much as to the smallest vibrations of air, plants and sounds. Her way of claiming the right to be ecstatic about it, with this irreducible strangeness, makes her a masterpiece that we would like to see touring after its creation at the Rencontres choréographiques de Seine-Saint-Denis.

Libération, Eve Beauvallet, the 24th of May 2018

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iFeel4

Cast & Credits

Creation 2017

Choreography and dance: Marco Berrettini
Music: Summer Music / Marco Berrettini and Samuel Pajand
Piano and voice: Samuel Pajand
Scenography and lights: Victor Roy
Costumes and accessories: Séverine Besson
Technical director: Pierre Montessuit
Administration and diffusion:Tutu Production – Pauline Coppée
Production: *MELK PROD. (CH) / Tanzplantation (F)
Coproduction: Association pour la Danse Contemporaine Genève – adc, BIT Teatergarasjen – Norvège / House on fire – Programme Culture de la Commission Européenne, Centre national de la danse, Pantin
Supports: Ville de Genève, Pro Helvetia, Loterie Romande, Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles  d’Ile-de-France – Ministère de la culture et de la communication, Fonds SSA

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Photos: © Christian Lutz

iFeel4 opens with a solo trance that revives with the disco roots of Marco Berrettini, German disco dance champion in 1979, and a children-choir slowly detaching from the audience. On serial and lyrical pop music with a metaphysical and philosophical content, composed on piano by Samuel Pajand, the children’s choir begins, spins, regroups, sings and punctually covers masks recalling the Greek tragedy bathed in the cult of primitive mysteries and translated in the form of facebook-emoticons declined in the tints of the human aura. By successive steps, the figure of the child is here a source of energy which invites to dream, to create, to think.
From Victor Hugo (calling to the barrier of the Miserables by a people of children too often betrayed and repressed) to Rilke (“You must change your life” to meet the sublime), passing through Hesse (“Universe”), there are many influences. And it’s of great intelligence, for the one’s who remember Sorry, do the Tour! (2002), inspired by the “Opening Night” by Cassavettes, exploring aging, time passing, desire for dance and the envy of others.

Mystical and Sufi Asceticism
After a duet in side steps and bare busts iFeel2 and reinterpreted diagonals iFeel3, here is a solitary icon slipping a side step, turning 360 °. The pelvis is delicately fevered with funky groovy swaying, arms bring back the space to the performer like a throbbing heart, his look in the form of a plea addressed to the public to dance together. Its form and its subversion derive from the mystical asceticism and sufism. The movements vary at each turn their rhythm and amplitude, tending towards a frenzied desperation that is racing on itself, repatriating in a decelerated way the lines of body of Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. An invitation to the other that proceeds in small psychological and physical steps.

Bertrand Tappolet – Le Courrier, 5th April 2017

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iFeel3

Cast & Credits

Creation 2016

Choreography: Marco Berrettini en collaboration avec les interprètes
Interprètes: Christine Bombal, Nathalie Broizat, Sébastien Chatellier, Marion Duval
Music: Summer Music – Marco Berrettini et Samuel Pajand
Set design and light: Victor Roy
Costumes: Severine Besson
Sound: Nadan Rojnić
Set up fabrication: Victor Roy et Atelier La Chignole
Artistic consultant: Anne Delahaye
Administration and diffusion: Tutu Production – Pauline Coppée
Production: *MELK PROD. (CH) / Tanzplantation (F)
Coproduction: Association pour la Danse Contemporaine Genève – adc, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, TLH Sierre
Supports: un projet de coopération entre l’adc – Genève, Théâtre de Vidy Lausanne, FIT – Festival Internazionale del Teatro, Gessnerallee Zürich, Theater Roxy Birsfelden, TLH Sierre, dans le cadre du Fonds des programmateurs / Reso – Réseau Danse Suisse. Pro Helvetia – Pro Helvetia – Fondation Suisse pour la Culture, Ville de Genève, Loterie Romande, Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Ile-de-France – Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication

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Photos: © Dorothée Thébert

Inspired by Atlas shrugged, the bookby Ayn Rand, I wanted to create a choreographic piece which questions our abilities to socialize, our ability to project ourselves into the future, near or far, our selfishness when it comes to protect ourselves and hide the fears that inhabit us.
As in previous pieces, like iFeel2 or Cry, iFeel3 is in line with a choreography in one movement, one breath, without a structure in several scenes or chapters. The idea is to truly live the choreography as a personal “ experience”, an action to complete, an exercise on oneself. And even if I do not share the idea of total surrender of state power in favour of the individual, as advocated by Ayn Rand, I find myself quite heartened by the concept that the individual must first act by and for himself. An invitation to get our own backs, to grasp the challenges of modern slavery, which are within us, above all. For us to rise, before lifting up the others.
iFeel3 is also the story of a rock band  : Summer Music, which signs its second musical creation for stage. Music is played live and tells, alongside the choreography, its own story; songs about the state of the world, citing many activists such as Noam Chomsky or Abby Martin.

Marco Berrettini

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iFeel2

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Creation 2012

Artistic direction and conception: Marco Berrettini
Choreography: Marco Berrettini in collaboration with Marie-Caroline Hominal
Performance: Marco Berrettini, Marie-Caroline Hominal, Samuel Pajand
Music: Summer Music – Marco Berrettini et Samuel Pajand
Scenography and lighting: Victor Roy
Technical director: Thierry Court
Administration and diffusion: Tutu Production – Pauline Coppée
Production:  *MELK PROD. /Tanzplantation
Coproduction: adc Genève
Supports: Ville de Genève, Pro Helvetia, Loterie romande,Direction Régionale  des Affaires Culturelles  d’Ile-de-France– Ministère de la culture et de la communication, Ernst Göhner Stiftung

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Photos: © Marie Jeanson

Marie-Caroline Hominal is Raymonda, Marco Berrettini is Taylor. A dance begins…

After iFeel (2009) and its angers inside our modern societies, and Si,Viaggiare (2010) which was attempting to reset a communion between beings, iFeel2 displays the mutations, the evolutions, the metamorphosis that the individual and the social « bubbles » practice in real life. There is a real emerging need to once again ask the question : Why are we here, on this earth? And what value can we assign to the birth of life? I’ve been working with some texts and books from the German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk for many years. For iFeel2, I’ve selected «  You have to change your life » (« Du mußt dein Leben ändern« ), published in 2010. With this latest creation, I am coming back on stage and I reconnect with the movement, in collaboration with Marie-Caroline Hominal. The current dance extends from a certain desire of acrobatic virtuosity to some more spiritual streams flirting with psychoanalysis, religion and the search of inner consciousness, the Jungian shadow. Our performance is a mix of this multitrack life.
Finally, the music for iFeel2 has been created beforehand, by the more or less pop band, Summer Music, formed by Samuel Pajand and myself. We wanted to compose our own libretto, to choreograph from the music and not the opposite.

« iFeel2 draws its strenghts from our shadows with the certainty that this introspection will make us brighter… » Marco Berrettini

« Man deserves to care about himself for he bears in his soul the seeds of his own future.» Carl Gustav Jung

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Biography

Italian dancer and choreographer Marco Berrettini was born in 1963 in Aschaffenburg, Germany. His interest in dance begins in a discotheque. In 1978, he won the German Disco Dance Championship. With this experience, he attended classes in jazz, modern ballet and classical ballet. At the age of 17, he began his professional training as a dancer; first at the London School of Contemporary Dance, then graduate at the Folkwangschulen Essen, under the direction of Hans Züllig and Pina Bausch. There, he developed his interest in the Tanztheater and started as a choreographer. As a result of his training, he tries to set up his own company in Wiesbaden. To accompany his attempts to make a name for himself as a choreographer, he studied for two years European Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology and Theatrical Sciences at the University of Frankfurt. In 1988, he moved to France to work with choreographer Georges Appaix and created his own pieces in parallel. In 1999 the Kampnagel Hamburg produced his show MULTI(S)ME. Since then, Marco Berrettini has produced about 30 shows with his company. With Emil Sturmwetter prepars the year 2000, he won the ZKB Prize at the Theaterspektakel Zürich. Since 2004 he createt among others No Paraderan,*Melk Prod. goes to New Orleans(2007), iFeel (2009), iFeel2 (2012), iFeel3 (2016), iFeel4 (2017) and My soul is my Visa (2018). Marco Berrettini’s activity ranges from performance in a museum to collaborations with filmmakers, installations with visual artists at dinners with famous people who do not know him.

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Calendar
2019

 

Sorry, do the tour. Again!

30-31/05 – Arsenic, Lausanne (CH)

01-01/06 – Arsenic , Lausanne (CH)

03-05/10 – Festival d’Automne à Paris /CND, Paris(FR)

décembre – Comédie de Genève, Geneva (CH)

My soul is my Visa

12/01 – Charleroi Danse, Brussels (BE)

06-07/02 – Journées de danse contemporaine, Arsenic, Lausanne (CH)

 

iFeel4

10/02 – Festival escenas do cambio, Saint Jacques de Compostelle (SP)

 

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