year 2017 duration 65'


Production for 8 dancers

choreography and direction Roberto Zappalà
music 24 preludes by Frederic Chopin
dancers Eli Cohen, Maud de la Purification, Sonia Mingo, Fernando Roldan Ferrer, Ariane Roustan, Blanca Tolsà Rovira, Valeria Zampardi stagières Michela Cotterchio, Camilla Montesi

“24 préludes” closed the project “Corpi Incompiuti” in 2006 and marked a new path dedicated to pure dance, which still continues to interest the choreographer. Today with “24 Preludi” the choreographers gives a follow-up to his project “Antologia” started one year ago with the resumption of Romeo e Giulietta.
With this creation for 8 dancers, which originates from the choreography “Foulplay” – created in 2005 and inspired by “Play” by Samuel Beckett– Zappalà deals with topics like love and madness, with the varied strings of his dance.
A territory of madness where the senses are in peace with themselves because they have achieved their climax.

And if madmen (some, all?) dance their madness then maybe only pure dance can “represent” their world, their peace of the senses.

Today in the creation 2017 there won’t be substantial changes, there is the choreographer pleasure to get again a work he loved, and he will try to leave it pure and authentic, bare and sharp, as it was when it has been created.

10 years ago they wrote:

“…in 24 préludes Zappalà attacks the aphorisms of Chopin’s music for the need to return to pure dance and he invites to concentrate the attention on the body of his dancers in a bare space and on the psychophysical anomalies – that is, of the gesture – in an everlasting dance. On stage a chaotic, lively, brilliant dance blazes up, full of stiff lines contaminated by tics and out of balance. 24 preludes is a sharp project : it doesn’t renounce at all to correlate its “diseased” dance, which gets attractive with the shake of the bodies, in their awkward and beastly movements, to the music, moony and furious, sensual and frigid, joyful and tragic…” Marinella Guatterini, Il Sole 24 Ore

“. Nothing more classical than the 24 Preludes of Chopin.. for this reason, what Roberto Zappalà made and unmade of the 24 preludes is amazing, disarming, incontestable. He takes those lyrics in black and white, those “golden dreams” as Liszt liked to say, and he sows them on the Land of madness and in the bodies of seven overpowering dancers, who make ripped stories from them, without time and end … Rivers of applauses and ovation, at the end. To desecrate is easy, to consecrate in “another” way is of artist” Carmelita Celi, La Sicilia