Compagnia zappalà danza _ ODISSEO

choreography and direction: Roberto Zappalà
dramaturgy:  Nello Calabrò, Roberto Zappalà
music: G.Bryars, P.Castrogiovanni, G.Mahler, A.Meeropol, C.Porter, M.Herbert, G. Prokofieff,E.Satie, W.A.Mozart, G.Rossini, C.Chaplin, G&I Gershwin, J.Dowland
musical sketches, collages and decoupages: Puccio Castrogiovanni
digital brushes and paste:  Salvo Noto
dancers: Adriano Coletta, Lorenza Di Calogero, Samantha Franchini, Rumiko Otsuka, Roberto Provenzano, Fernando Roldan Ferrer, Salvatore Romania, Antoine Roux-Briffaud
voice: Paride Acacia
voice of  Franco Battiato do tekstów/ for the texts of Lucrezio, Plutarco
set and lights:  Roberto Zappalà
costumes:  Debora Privitera i Roberto Zappalà
masks:  Istvan Zimmermann/Plastikart
choreographer’s assistant:  Daniela Bendini
a coproduction by:  compagnia zappalà danza – Scenario Pubblico performing arts in collaboration with   Teatro Stabile of Catania, ArtEZ Arnhem (NL) and AME Associazione Musicale Etnea
duration:  80 min


A step further in Zappalà’s project Re-mapping Sicily, “ODISSEO” focuses on the theme of migration and the relation between us Westerners and the migrants. Similarly to Odysseus’s journeys, many of today’s tragic odysseys are set across the Mediterranean Sea, with Sicily at its very centre. Throughout much of its history since the 1800s, Sicily has experienced major waves of emigration.

Was Odysseus/Ulysses a migrant? Is today’s migrant a new Ulysses? Differences notwithstanding, Ulysses was undoubtedly a foreigner who, in his long nostos, had to face the ethics of inclusion. The encounter/clash with the Other is the true challenge of the 21st century; as Ryszard Kapuscinski says, “The Other is a mirror in which we can see ourselves reflected or in which others can see ourselves reflected: a mirror that unmasks and exposes us, something we would prefer to avoid”; and furthermore, “all of us, inhabitants of our planet, are Other for Others”.

The entire evening performance “Odisseo” will be premièred january 2010, and has been developed by the choreographer through several laboratorial steps called “pre-testi”, with the collaboration of those structures that will be actively involved in the project.

The first step “pre-testo 1. naufragio con spettatore” [pre-text 1. Shipwreck with spectator] , has been proposed in the frame of the uva grapes Catania contemporary dance festival in august 2010, while “pre-testo 2. accoglienza” [pre-text 2. welcoming] has been elaborated between september and october 2010 in The Netherlands in collaboration with ArtEZ of Arnhem and has been presented at the Auditorium ArtEZ di Arnhem early October 2010