Composed of six movements, with an introduction and an epilogue that form a frame and at the same time mark its origin and projection Suite Zero unfolds like a collection of events, an anthology of excerpts punctuated by the dialogue between the human body and the cello.

While respecting the classical form of the suite: prelude, allemande, courante, sarabande minuet, gigue, the fabric of the choreography and music aims to construct an entirely new landscape of references and interactions that disrupt the boundaries of a pre-established order while affecting the rhythmic and temporal perception of the actions. A dialogue between incisions and incidents. From flashes of stubborn being to evanescent moments where time appears to be suspended, from the most distinct, individual features to the attempt to lose oneself in the crowd, to step into the unpredictable, Suite Zero, asserts its nature in the burst of dialogue between the human body and the violin, towards polyphony, towards a proliferation of presences, while disseminating sound sculptures and corporal symmetries.

project
Simona Bertozzi
Claudio Pasceri

choreography and dance
Simona Bertozzi

cello
Claudio Pasceri

musical programme
F.J. Haydn
Ivan Fedele
Tak Cheung Hui
J.S. Bach
E. Dadone
Toshio Hosokawa
G. Mahler

light design
Giuseppe Filipponio

production
Nexus 2021
Associazione Est Ovest Festival

with the support of
MiC
Regione Emilia-Romagna
City of Bologna

creative residence at
AtelierSì – Artists in ResidenSì, Lavanderia a Vapore–Centro di Residenza Coreografica

Antechamber
F.J. Haydn, Minuet from String Quartet Op. 76 No. 2

Prelude
Ivan Fedele, Prelude and Chaconne for violin solo
Tak Cheung Hui, The Mist Inside – Prologue

Allemande
J.S. Bach, Allemande from Suite BWV 1007

Corrente
E. Dadone, Recitativi da remoto

Sarabande
Toshio Hosokawa, Small Chant (and Sarabande from Suite BWV 1011 background)

Minuets
Improvisations on Minuets from J.S. Bach’s Suite BWV 1007

Gigue
J.S. Bach, BWV 1007, Gigue

Farewell
G. Mahler, Symphony No. 1, third movement

Simona Bertozzi is a choreographer, dancer and performer. She lives in Bologna where she graduated from the DAMS with a dissertation on Loïe Fuller. After studying artistic gymnastics and classical dance, Simona Bertozzi continued her training in contemporary dance in Italy, France, Spain, Belgium and England where her teachers included Tomas Aragay (cia Societat Doctor Alonso-Spagna) and from 2005 to 2010 Virgilio Sieni. Since 2005 she has pursued her pathway as an author of choreographies creating works with various dancers and performers including: adult and professional performers but also children, teenagers and amateurs, asylum seekers and young second generation immigrants. In Simona Bertozzi’s work choreography appears like a territory of events, an architectural system in which the language of the body is affected by the combined influences of practices, thoughts and disciplines that turn the creative act into a multi-formed system intended to come to terms with the contemporary world. In 2007 she won the choreography competition GD’A (Giovani Danzautori dell’Emilia Romagna) and in 2008 she founded the Compagnia Simona Bertozzi | Associazione Culturale Nexus.
Over the years her projects have obtained the support and hospitality of important regional, Italian and European circuits, through co-productions and choreographic residences on national and international circuits. In 2008 she was the Italian choreographer selected for the Aerowaves festival, The Place Theatre (London) and the same year with the solo Terrestre she took part in the international project Choreoroam, supported by the British Council/The Place, Dansateliers/Rotterdam and the Bassano Opera Festival. With the collective Gemelli Kessler (Simona Bertozzi, Marcello Briguglio, Celeste Taliani) she won the Il Coreografo Elettronico 2009 for best independent production for a work of video dance: Terrestre-movement in still life. In 2012 the collective worked on the creation of I was wondering, a dance video made to mark the centenary of the birth of Michelangelo Antonioni.
Over the years she has established working relationships with artists and scholars including: Francesco Giomi artistic director of Tempo Reale, Enrico Pitozzi and Cristiana Natali professors at the University of Bologna, Egle Sommacal musician and guitarist with Massimo Volume, Angela Baraldi actress and singer and Tabea Martin choreographer and dancer with whom she co-created This is my last dance, a work which had a successful European tour that included the Swiss Dance Days.

One of the most highly regarded Italian cellists of his generation, Pasceri has a busy concert schedule. His solo repertory ranges from Vivaldi concertos to the works of Schnittke, in performances with orchestras like the Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse, the Camerata Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Arpeggione Kammerorchester. One of his interpretations of the Schuman[FS1] Cello Concerto was recorded by the Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich. In the domain of chamber music he has played with famous musicians like Salvatore Accardo, Pavel Gililov, Ilya Grubert, Dora Schwarzberg, Bruno Giuranna, Rohan De Saram, Rocco Filippini, Gilles Apap. Since 2012 he has been the cellist in NEXT- New Ensemble Xenia Turin, a string quartet specialized in the contemporary repertory. He regularly conducts master classes and workshops for European institutions like Musicalta in Rouffach, Università del Liceu in Barcelona, Leopold Mozart University in Augsburg. He taught cello for several years at the Accademia di Musica di Pinerolo. He is artistic director of the contemporary music festival EstOvest and co-director of the Asiagofestival, along with Julius Berger.

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