"In the sky that more of its light takes
Was I, and I saw things that laughing
Neither knows nor can who from thence descends;"
Dante, Divine Comedy, Paradiso, Canto I
Paradiso is a place, a meeting, a chance for discussion and an opportunity for community, even before it is a show.
Paradiso is inhabited by the intervention of artist Alfredo Pirri, the choreographic activity of gruppo nanou, with 8 dancers, music by Bruno Dorella and a bar.
The choreography is a succession of actions and images that follow one another without a linear narrative: the visions, the characters inspired by Dante's cantica, act the space welcoming the spectators; the reflective materials chosen by Pirri, the floating lights by Marco Valerio Amico, sounds by Dorella, immerse the observer in a dreamy place.
The space, open for at least three hours a day, is designed as an active place in which to immerse oneself, creating an impromptu community that enters Paradiso as in a museum exhibition, and freely chooses how to move, how long to stay and what to observe.
The guest is immersed in a scenic space in which the interaction between light and mirror surfaces, and proximity to bodies create a sensation of loss of contact with the ground, amplifying the impression of moving in a perception of reality. which acts as a springboard to the void.
While acting the space with other people, each guest experiences a unique and unrepeatable event, building their own point of view: each Paradise is necessarily different because it relates to the space and every day the choreography is enriched with different details and alliances. The memory of the performance is therefore unique for each spectator, in the same place the events are composed and broken down through an imagined principle to continuously create a unique experience. Difficult to tell.
Born following a reflection by the authors on a series of key issues related to the possibilities of live entertainment in post-pandemic times, the project re-discusses the relationship with the space of the stage and the relationship with the viewer.
In more than a year and through a series of appointments, residencies and sketches - intended as the progressive deepening and development of research and experimentation - the collective work of the nanou, Pirri and Dorella group has led to the construction of a performative process that removes the concept of the beginning and end of a performance, as well as its fruition
With Paradiso, the authors respond to the need for new formulas for cultural participation that identify the need to become a live community again. From these premises comes the research of Paradiso, which aspires to the construction not only of a "show" but of a real "other" place, artistically connoted, capable of returning an idea and a possibility of cultural aggregation: a live work that is first of all a meeting place.