One of the hottest summer ever, one day to the première In Memoriam – after the end, almost 100 dancers and 300 choristers gathered together for one of the last rehearsal. It’s Sharon Fridman latest project for Bassano Operaestate festival, a site specific production made for the Great War Centenary and that takes place in three symbolic places of the First World War: Piazza Libertà, Bassano del Grappa (23 July), and the War Memorial at Monte Grappa (24 July) and Asiago (25 July).
The project takes its origin from RIZOMA, a module that Sharon Fridman uses to connect people, souls and bodies, in order to always tell a new story. In botany, a rhizome is a modified subterranean stem of a plant, usually found underground, and often sending out roots and shoots from its nodes. This is how Fridman works, putting together masses of people that build connections born far beneath their consciousness, following an invisible path until they fill all gaps and empty spaces. And he creates all this with the precise technique of contact improvisation.
Watch the Photo Gallery to discover how much work lies behind this impressive project: from the first rehearsal at Garage Nardini with the dancers and the artistic coordinator Mey-Ling Bisogno, to the arrival of the Israeli choreographer Sharon Fridman and the Spaniard playwright Antonio Ramírez-Stabivo, up to the final dress rehearsal in Piazza della Libertà together with the choir.
by Lara Crippa
Bassano, July 21