Performative speech: study on the Faun

year 2022 duration 30'

An idea by Roberto Zappalà and Nello Calabrò

Choreography Roberto Zappalà

Text Nello Calabrò

Music Claude Debussy ‘Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune’ (for piano solo), Giuni Russo/Franco Battiato, The Beatles, Miklós Rózsa

Dancer Filippo Domini

Speech Roberto Zappalà

A production by Scenario Pubblico /Compagnia Zappalà Danza Centro Nazionale di Produzione della Danza

in coproduction with  Milanoltre Festival

with the support of  MIC Ministero della Cultura and Regione Siciliana Ass.to del Turismo, dello Sport e dello Spettacolo


This moment of research is conceived for alternative spaces and anticipates a larger project that will see its conclusion in 2024 with the staging of a single creative project that will combine the Aprés midi d’un faune with Ravel’s Bolero and Stravinsky’s Sacre du printemps

Just as the story of Mallarmé’s poem passes from sleep to memory, in a “mental place” where reality, dream and desire are confused, in the same way the space where the dance takes place – the inner world of the faun – is another world where exclusion, courtship and eroticism find their own expressive space.

It is a carpet.

Spreading a carpet continues to be a gesture of considerable symbolic and practical importance for many populations.

It is equivalent to bringing heaven to hell;

The carpet separates two worlds, one real and another made up of dreams and desires.

The carpet at the same time separates and unites the dance from what it is not dance.

Just as Debussy’s musical structure, defined by the musician himself as “undulating, rocking, full of curved lines” is like a carpet, with a sinuous line that recalls floral decorations.