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Set and Reset/Reset | ph. Camilla Greenwell
An unusual triptych between dance and disability

Openness to diversity, artistic research, dance and innovation merge in the work of three great national and international companies, in Triple Bill, an original triptych presented at the Teatro Carcano as part of the wider programme of PRESENTI ACCESSIBILI, the Italian event organized by Oriente Occidente within the EBA Europe Beyond Access, the largest project worldwide on the accessibility of art and culture.

The evening opens with two Mixed Doubles duets involving able-bodied artists and artists with disabilities: Feeling Good by Diego Tortelli, a co-production of Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto and Oriente Occidente: a poetic duet on the ability “to be” and “to feel”.

Tortelli defeats canonical beauty in the flow of movement, in the fragility of non-symmetry, to achieve the sublime. The second duet on stage, by choreographer Roser López Espinosa for the Swedish company Skånes Dansteater, features another couple, two delicate yet powerful female figures meet and expose the boundaries of relationships: what brings us together and what divides us? In Fine Lines, a refined poetics and strong physical element join in a vibrant, playful and at times ironic universe. Then the Candoco Dance Company, a pioneer in the integration of able-bodied and disabled dancers at professional level, takes us into the contemporary repertoire with a seminal work, Set and Reset, created by the great Trisha Brown in 1983.

Abigail Yager, a former dancer with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, has passed on to the Candoco performers the precise sequences of the original choreography and has guided them in a complex improvisation with the same instructions that Brown used with the company in 1983: keep it simple, act on instinct, work between visibility and invisibility.