by/with MARCO CHENEVIER
light design ANDREA SANGIORGI
production ALDES e TIDA (2015, con i l sostegno di Mibact e Regione
Autonoma Val le d'Aosta)
support in residency C.A.O.S. Centro Arti Opificio Siri, Festival Mirabilia di
with the support of MIBACT/Direzione Generale Spettacolo dal vivo,
Trapped in the task of having to create a performance on Meister Eckhart, he realizes the complexity of the operat ion when the assignment has already been accepted.
The research of the inner self, according to XIV-century Dominican mystic Meister Eckhart, must be pursued through the dissolut ion of the ego, searching the interior solitude, by detaching oneself from will, memory, the senses and judgement. Initially adopting an intellectual and analytical approach, Marco Chenevier recalls the fundamentals of Eckhart's mysticism, making numerous attempts to translate at least one of them into a dance performance. But, as these attempts are progressively self-censored, the analysis gets lost in the empty research of a dramaturgical idea, that seems to constantly fail. The unrest and the considerations are then shared with the audience, light ly and playfully, in a partial rift of the code. The fruit less reasoning brings him to finally wonder whether the error lied in the process itself. The keystone could be to pose a question about the meaning of creating a work on Meister Eckhart today, and whether the accusation of heresy levelled at him seven centuries ago could evidence an ancient conflict between power and spirituality.
Andrea Porcheddu - Gli stati generali – 28/05/2017
“[…] Chenevier is a smar t and sly f laneur, with an internat ional f lavour, who travels through different wor lds with f lavour ful empathy and intelligence. […] the dancer is except ional at keeping the
at tent ion alive, opening to always dif ferent emot ional and conceptual plans. The show becomes soon a bit ter statement about human condit ion, a tangible and relevant fact-checking of the heret ical visions of the medieval myst ic: it is a self- ref lect ion, giving suggest ions and scopes that are ample, capt ivat ing, at times dramat ic. Marco Chenevier, with his solitary stance on stage, breaks the mechanism of the show, he unveils the abyss that 's behind the game. And we – dreary, bor ing, t ir ing as we are – we f ind ourselves suspended into the void of life, amused and laughing.”
Silvia Guidi - L'Osservatore Romano – 27/05/2017
“[…] Marco Chenevier plays a cont inuous, self- ironic of f-air performance, he shares with the audience doubts and uncertaint ies about method and matter, he plays impressions of himself falling prey to
anxiety dur ing rehearsals, when nothing seems to be working. […] Chenevier deconst ructs and reconst ructs, he cut s and reassembles, he shows with displayed humil ity the draf t of the text , full of second thoughts and cor rect ions, torn out pages and highlighted excerpts, knight in a not-so-shiny armour of contemporary theat re. But all of a sudden, when we let out guard down, he throws a ser ies af Eckhar t ian pear ls of rare beauty, a sequence of power ful and accurate shots, with energy and grace […] The audience is knocked out by surpr ise – but perfect ly able to clap (for a long time) – while the radically, out rageously outdated words of the German myst ic are st ill f loat ing in the air.”
Giulia Sanzone - Repubblica Roma – 26/05/2017
“[…] While constantly attempting to embrace something pure and continually shifiting, Chenevier treads a deep and complex path with a delicate touch, leading us, barefoot, to the border between dance and theatre.”