INTERVIEWS

Carlo Massari // Les miserables

Have you been to Gorizia before?
Yes, and I look forward to coming back… To me, it’s like going back home, since I am a quarter Friulian.

What do you look forward to doing again?
Eating a good and earthy “frico”, chatting with local people over a nice glass of wine.

What awaits you after Visavì?
Right after the festival, I will start rehearsing the Carmen at Teatro Regio in Parma as a choreogra-pher. The debut is on 12th January, so I will spend the Christmas Holidays thinking about actions and movements.

You have the power to do one thing to change the world of dance: what is it?
In Art – real Art – I think it is important to grant everyone complete freedom of action and thought, and the possibility of “making mistakes”. I therefore believe that I would give all Artists the funds and time to make mistakes and grow, moving away a little from the hyper-production that has bent Art to consumerism in recent years.

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a child, what would it be?
“Make mistakes, stumble, fall and get back up stronger”

And to a new dance company moving its first steps?
Be honest with your Art, because it’s your greatest gift. Use it for something urgent, something that you need.

Three words to describe what dance is to you.
Communication, language, message

Tell me briefly what your show is about. Now convince me to come and see it :)
Les Miserables is a little theatre of “human misery”, where irony is used to describe our society in all its fragility. Four rickety acrobats at the service of the scene use body and voice to give life to a decadent show with a tragicomic epilogue.
If irony doesn’t suit you, don’t come! Otherwise, you are all welcome!!

Pablo Girolami // T.R.I.P.O.F.O.B.I.A.

Have you been to Gorizia before?
Yes.

What do you look forward to doing again?
Sharing my art with the audience.

What awaits you after Visavì?
I don’t like the idea of having prospects, I live in the moment. What comes next is none of our busi-ness…

You have the power to do one thing to change the world of dance: what is it?
Cage in fraudsters …

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a child, what would it be?
Accept your sexual orientation sooner!

And to a new dance company moving its first steps?
Calls, tenders and grants!

Three words to describe what dance is to you.
Instinct, seduction, dance

Tell me briefly what your show is about. Now convince me to come and see it :)
T.R.I.P.O.F.O.B.I.A. focuses on the fear of holes, or rather, of all those small geometric figures that create small holes when placed close together.
Challenging a fear is no easy game. On the contrary, it seems that playing that game implies the ac-ceptation of not playing at all.
With T.R.I.P.O.F.O.B.I.A we deliberately choose to accept the challenge and make fun of it, turn-ing into real parasites that creep into its tunnels.

Giovanni Leonarduzzi // Aganis

Have you been to Gorizia before?
Yes, we were lucky enough to receive an invitation and perform Profumo d'Acacia at the first edi-tion of Visavì Gorizia Dance Festival.

What do you look forward to doing again?
We can’t wait for a city like Gorizia to come alive with a dance festival. One of the few times we can experience this thrill “at home”, and we are not forced to go out of our region or country to find it.

What awaits you after Visavì?
The Bilbao Act festival in November, where I’ll perform my solo project, a short piece called Sono Solo Tuo Padre.

You have the power to do one thing to change the world of dance: what is it?
I don’t know. I focus on my own path, on my artistic growth and on staying true to my visions. I think about my own little sphere, and I always try to do and to give my best, I don’t think I can be the one telling what has to change in this world. Let alone dance!

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a child, what would it be?
Always try your best. What you can do today, just do it! Don’t procrastinate and don’t spare your-self, whatever the field. Find your goal and go straight ahead, don’t let dead weights slow you down, and learn everything you can from everyone, because there is always something to learn.

And to a new dance company moving its first steps?
I wouldn’t know, I am that very company!

Three words to describe what dance is to you.
Relinquishment, pain, passion


Tell me briefly what your show is about. Now convince me to come and see it :)
"Aganis" is about a Friulian legend, which we try to show in a contemporary key. It tells the story of women-like nymphs and warriors, of mythological figures that have always existed, but no-one has ever really seen them.

Giovanni Napoli // Narciso

Have you been to Gorizia before?
Yes, I’ve been to Gorizia more than once. The first time was in 2009, for a show that premiered at Mittelfest. In the following years, I danced at the Gorizia City Theatre.

What do you look forward to doing again?
I can’t wait to roam the streets of Gorizia again.

What awaits you after Visavì?
A lot of work, both as a dancer and as a choreographer. It will be a busy season.

You have the power to do one thing to change the world of dance: what is it?
Probably only one thing wouldn’t be enough. For sure, I would stand up for a swift generational turnover.

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a child, what would it be?
To follow my dreams and to not give a thing about those who want to stop me.

And to a new dance company moving its first steps?
To focus on quality and innovation.

Three words to describe what dance is to you.
A dialogue with my own soul.

Tell me briefly about your show.
My performance is freely inspired by the myth of Narcissus, a metaphor for our times, where hedon-ism and individualism are predominant. My Narcissus is a quest, a journey to find a way to free our-selves from this social imposition.

Now convince me to come and see it:)
You can't miss it, it’s a work that combines bespoke electronic music by David Nigro and Claudio Borgianni; classical music by Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti; a video installation by Cristina Spelti with images by Nicola Stasi; and, last but not least, an excellent dancer.

Marta Bevilacqua // Visavì meets art

Have you been to Gorizia before?
Yes, it’s a very charming city, both for its history and architecture.

What do you look forward to doing again?
Strolling at a brisk pace along the border of Transalpina Square, drinking a good coffee in St. An-thony Square, eating a huge “lubianska” only to regret it when it’s bedtime.

What awaits you after Visavì?
Good things await me, I will have busy a season of repeat performances, the start of higher educa-tion projects in which I believe a lot, the study for my new work. And new adventures in life.

You have the power to do one thing to change the world of dance: what is it?
I would give right value to all men and women working in the performing arts, I wouldn’t support only the big organizations, but I would also make sure that dance artists could survive better and study more.

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a child, what would it be?
I would advise her to have more confidence in her talent and to travel more. To be more lighthearted.

And to a new dance company moving its first steps?
To believe in the power of the group, whatever it takes.

Three words to describe what dance is to you.
Symbol, detail, togetherness.

Tell me briefly what your show is about. Now convince me to come and see it :)
It is a special walk in a beautiful museum, the encounter of three women with spaces and master-pieces. It is a work that focuses both on the static image and the moving image. It is an unusual op-portunity to see figurative art and listen to good music. A chance to get lost in a labyrinth of bodies.

Roberto Castello // Inferno

Have you been to Gorizia before?
Yes, well, actually no: to be fair I’ve been to Nova Gorica, but I basically lived inside the theatre.

What’s the first thing you want to see or do?
I’d like to take advantage of this opportunity to realize where I really am, to live like a local.

What awaits you after Visavì?
We are presenting Inferno at Romaeuropa Festival a couple of days later, on 12th November, after which we’ll head to Montpellier.

You have the power to do one thing to change the world of dance: what is it?
I’d remove the word “dance” from the vocabulary! Not to destroy it, but to make it thrive: the sim-ple fact that dance is perceived as something different from the theatre is detrimental. Dance is a form of theatre, a theatre without words.

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a child, what would it be?
I don’t know, I’ve always tried to live at my best.

And to a new dance company moving its first steps?
Think about it a zillion times. When I started, this work placed itself in a cultural context that was extremely different from the one we are experiencing today. Now, I have the feeling that the artists’ urge to dance is stronger than the audience’s need to watch it. I don't think it’s about educating the audience; it is more the relationship between supply and demand. And unfortunately, in this very moment, the ratio is unfavourable to dance.

Three words to describe what dance is to you.
There is no such thing as dance to me, only being in front of an audience and do things.

Tell me briefly what your show is about. Now convince me to come and see it :)
It’s a show where artists dance like crazy from beginning to end. On stage there are six unusual dancers, a company made up of people with different backgrounds and training, who all share a taste for dancing, not for ballet, but for being in the music, for the sake of moving. It is a show that, unlike my other works, wants to be very gratifying for the audience, who can enjoy it, smile and gain energy from it. And maybe it will even give them some food for thought.

Davide Valrosso // Cinque danze per il futuro

Have you been to Gorizia before?
Yes, I have been to Gorizia several times, it is a city that has welcomed me and where I’ve had the opportunity to develop my works. The first time I was there was about ten years ago, I was very young and I played the role of a local poet.

What do you look forward to doing again?
My latest production will make its debut at Visavì and I am looking forward to sharing the outcome of this year’s work.

What awaits you after Visavì?
The work has already stirred a lot of interest. After its debut, the tour of Cinque danze per il futuro will continue.

You have the power to do one thing to change the world of dance: what is it?
Rather than changing the world of dance, I would imagine a world with more dance, dance as a means of destroying barriers and creating bridges, dance to better welcome ourselves and others. As the famous Russian anarchist Pyotr Alexeyevich put it: “If we were able to put ourselves in the oth-er person's shoes, to the extent that we could feel the other person as if he or she were us, we would no longer need rules, because we would be acting according to the common feeling...”.

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a child, what would it be?
To keep dancing in the rain, even if you may get a cold.

And to a new dance company moving its first steps?
I think it is very important to try define the nature of your identity, a crucial element that allows you to establish a clearer relationship with your audience, and helps you to better cope with the practical difficulties that are part of this job.

Three words to describe what dance is to you.
Language, medium, possibility.

Tell me briefly what your show is about. Now convince me to come and see it :)
This last work focuses on the possibility of communicating on different levels. I tried to hit back at the last period by imagining five choreographic pictures projected on the five elements that I wouldn’t want to lose in the future: freedom, play, sharing, imagination, possession. On stage with me, a very good musician who plays the electric guitar with a bow, as if it were a double bass. You should really come and see it.

Collettivo MINE // Esercizi per un manifesto poetico

Have you been to Gorizia before?
Yes, this will be our fourth time in Gorizia.

What do you look forward to doing again?
To admire Gorizia’s Collio and Gianni’s supersize cutlets and lubianskas.

What awaits you after Visavì?
Our paths will part, but not for long. We’ll meet again in Rome, where we’ll dance the same show at RomaEuropa Festival.

You have the power to do one thing to change the world of dance: what is it?
Reducing the gap between “A-rank” and “B-rank” dance, and scarce funding for new dance lan-guages, research and creation in particular.

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a child, what would it be?
We would tell them to learn from others without losing their individuality in an attempt to fulfil the models that are transmitted to us; that being creative is a great virtue; that even fantasy implies an act of revolution.

And to a new dance company moving its first steps?
Same advice.

Three words to describe what dance is to you.
Memory, body, desire.

Tell me briefly what your show is about. Now convince me to come and see it :)
The performance is an act of resistance, a mutual choice, a scenic action capable of giving life to a single body. The show is worth seeing because it can be enjoyed in its energy and physicality, as well as in its evanescence and delicacy. Each person in the audience is captured by different nuanc-es and intimately gathers what is offered on stage.

Milan Tomášik // Indefinite frequency

Have you been to Gorizia before?
I was, but only as a tourist. Now it is going to be for the first time as artist - performing.

What awaits you after Visavì?
Hmm, Visavi festival is actually the last one during our October tour of Indefinite Frequency pièce. Until the end of the year I have a few residencies (Croatia and Slovakia) where I work together with Charlie Brittain on a new solo and I am teaching at the University of dance in Vilnius, Lithua-nia.

You have the power to do one thing to change the world of dance: what is it?
To make the conditions for dance artists better. Build an institution that supports dancers, choreog-raphers, dance makers on a daily bases.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new dance company moving its first steps?
Focus on the work, work hard, the results comes later.

Three words to describe what dance is to you.
Life, meaning of life, love.

Tell me what your show is about in a simple way.
Endless possibilities of different encounters with (non) action.

Now, convince me to come and see it!
Great (live!) music of four percussionists, three great dancers and fantastic choreography:-)

MN Dance Company // Icarus

Have you been to Gorizia before?
We live and create in Nova Gorica, so we are closely connected to Gorizia. We are very much look-ing forward to Nova Gorica together with Gorizia becoming the European Capital of Culture in 2025 and looking forward to more cultural events that would connect our cities even more. The dance performances are great examples since there is no language barrier.

What awaits you after Visavì?
After Visavi we are touring with the performance DE-SET that is a joint effort between us and mu-sic duo Silence. We are also looking forward to our performance of Icarus in Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana. And of course, always creating and inventing new body movements.

You have the power to do one thing to change the world of dance: what is it?
To erase the boundaries and borders and lift up the best in people.

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a child, what would it be?
Michal: Fly high and if you fall low it is all fine, pick yourself up and do it again.
Nastja: Just follow your instinct and dreams. Dance every second.. :)

And to a new dance company moving its first steps?
It's not easy as it seems, but it's the best feeling you can get, to dance and to tell your own stories through movement.

Three words to describe what dance is to you.
Life. Communication. Freedom.

Tell me what your show is about in a simple way.
The concept for our performance is inspired by the Greek myth Icarus and we are placing it in now-adays life. Icarus's story fills us with the question: is Icarus a hero or a reckless one? Opinions on this have always been divided. The struggle between mind and heart is beating inside us. Some have seen above all the fall, while others mainly flight - depending on the view. From an early age, we learn to stick to certain rules that contribute to our survival and the existence of the social system. No, we should stand out and not fall below the average. Icarus, however, is the embodiment of hu-man aspiration, he would cross the boundaries of the possible, discover new possibilities, venture in-to the unknown, discover new dimensions. Creative souls easily identify with the inspiring character of Icarus.
In the performance, there are involved ten dancers coming from Slovenia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, and Romania. The movement vocabulary is complex and we are always searching for new ways in which the bodies can move.

Now, convince me to come and see it!
New ways of expression that connect the past, present and the future and you may see or even find an answer for your questions about your place in nowadays society, besides you can just enjoy the light projection and of course the group of International dancers moving the borders of gravity to bring to you the message through the beauty and roughness of movement in the world that we are living in and the world that we imagine. You really don't wanna miss your place at the premiere on 28th of October at 18.30 at Visavì Gorizia Dance Festival.

A project by:

With the support of:
Ministero della Cultura / Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia / Io sono FVG
Comune di Gorizia / Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Gorizia

In collaboration with:
GO! 2025 / Comune di Cormons / Comune di Gradisca d’Isonzo / ERPAC / APT / Ente Regionale Teatrale del FVG
SNG Teatro Nazionale Sloveno di Nova Gorica / Kulturni dom di Gorizia / Kulturni Center Lojze Bratuž
Palazzo del Cinema-Hiša Filma di Gorizia / PAN ADRIA network / TIARE Shopping

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