project: Marco Valerio Amico, Rhuena Bracci, Marco Maretti
choreography: Marco Valerio Amico, Rhuena Bracci
set and colors: Marco Valerio Amico, Daniele Torcellini
lights: Fabio Sajiz, Marco Valerio Amico
sound: Roberto Rettura
drumming: Bruno Dorella
with: Carolina Amoretti, Marina Bertoni, Rhuena Bracci, Marco Maretti

production: Ravenna Festival, Nanou Associazione Culturale
with the support of: La MaMa Umbria International,Città di Ebla/Ipercorpo, E Production, Ravenna Ballet Studio
with the contribution of: MIBAC, Regione Emilia-Romagna, Comune di Ravenna

We want Miles: Nanou approaches Miles Davis’ work looking for the method to rewrite his language: Miles, already in Kind of Blue, wanted to express the ancestral relationship between music and dance, therefore between time and space, mind and body. To confront Davis, we proceed in a silent way, eliminating the trumpet and subtracting his music to apply his implicit methodology and generate dance.

If I want the saxophone to play [di particolare] something, I just [mie] change the supporting notes, so that he plays around those.
(M. Davis)

The studio creation for Davis was for “cut and sew”: long recorded improvisations were cut and stitched up in post-production.
Live he performed, such as leaving the stage to listen remotely to the sound and returning determining a change, a real “deterritorialization” of the sound action in progress, dictated by his presence or absence.
Thus our choreography, which analyzes body, space, time, relationship, rethought as instruments, is based on jazz improvisations subsequently cut and re-sewn. Every bodily, spatial, temporal or relational action determines a change by developing the dialogue between the instruments.

I keep trying to advance the music, changing the colors. It’s my nature.
(M. Davis)

Outside of the mind and conscience of those who look at color, it does not exist: it depends on the reference context – spatial, historical, social and cultural – on what we have seen before, on our expectations and on our emotional state, and it depends on the light it illuminates.
Flanked by Daniele Torcellini (professor of chromatology for the Academies of Fine Arts of Genoa and Verona), we face light and color as instruments to articulate a three-dimensional space in musical dialogue with dance. The color takes up space by rediscovering its drama.

we want miles, in a silent way – Premiere: April 26, > 28, 2019, La MaMa – New York City

we want miles, in a silent way – Italian first: 26 June 2019, Ravenna Festival – Ravenna


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