Pre-performance: “La Scala” (the staircase), on music of Alberto Novello…
The LED light is directly moved by the sound and and natural elements (rocks, water, sand) are used for constructing all the textures of sounds thaf feed into the drone-like composition.
Elisa Battistuta and Miguel Hernandez performed live. The sound has been cured by Michael Dotolo.
La Scala (the staircase) from Umbra SOlis on Vimeo.
Rooting-Sotto la radice
By Federico Bonelli e Benedetta Mazzotti, performed by Eleonora Cantarini, Benedetta Mazzotti and Giovanna Rovedo. Voice (in italian version) Valeria Bianchi, (the dutch version) Mareille Labohm. Maraille also made the very poetic translation of the text in dutch.
In this first fragment we see the girl, Kore, interpreted by Giovanna Rovedo.
The second fragment illustrates the inner position of the prisoner of Ades, the king of the underword. She has been abducted, segregated, and she mutates from Kore to Persephone.
Rooting – Sequence 02: Proserpina from Umbra SOlis on Vimeo.
Benedetta Mazzotti dances her own choreography for “Sotto la Radice” and awakes into the underworld.
The footage comes from the actual performances in Amsterdam Melkweg theater, and from the character forming and movement research sessions done together with Benedetta in the previous periods.
In particular some of the sounds, like the bells, come from Sardinia and have been recorded in Orroli (SS) during the residencie with Claudia Castellucci by Benedetta.
The final small sequence in this clip, were the titles flow, is a hint to another finale for the performance. I have added it to wish that to every trip as such, no matter why you find yourself in need to pass through the underworld, you will get to to a perfect exit to the other side. In the honey dripping sunset of our real life.
Benedetta Mazzotti dances Proserpina.
Choreography by Benedetta
Direction Federico Bonelli
Video by Federico Bonelli, Francesco Cavaliere and Victor Nieuwenhuis
TRIVIA: This version of the clip came out by chance exactly 6’22″ seconds and 11 frames, the exact measure of maximum length that i magically computed for Cinema Solubile in 2004.
A third fragment includes the solo of Eleonora Canterini, as Ecate, the iron queen of the underworld…
Images shot by Francesco Cavaliere and Victor Nieuwenhuis,
Editing and extra video Federico Bonelli,
Live Sound recording by Michael Dotolo