BLASPHEMY RHAPSODY was created during the Corona crisis. From home, the dancers worked on a solo based on the infectious footwork of the Charleston and the ecstatic dance of the South Italian Pizzica. In online connection with Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten they moved relentlessly along their couches and under their tables at home. Using the power of dance, they moved walls and pushed boundaries. BLASPHEMY RHAPSODY turned into a danced ritual in which the mobility of life is embraced.
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Like a virus needs a body
As soft tissue feeds on blood
Someday I'll find you, the urge is here
(Bjork, Like a virus)
The South Italian dance Pizzica, originally a wild dance to expel the deadly poison of a spider bite from the body, became the remedy against depression in times of poverty. The Charleston arose during the interwar period as a reaction to the strict pre-war etiquette and marked the liberation from the constant fear of death caused by the First World War.
Dance and society are closely intertwined. Or even better, the power of dance acts as a motor for change. What to do to curb impermanence? Touching the divine or devouring the earthly, keeping a distance or rather hugging each other to death?
BLASPHEMY RHAPSODY was created during the corona crisis, at an appropriate distance and from a pressing need for continuation. This time, not in a studio, but in their "sacred" home space, the dancers worked on a solo based on the swinging structured footwork of the Charleston and the ecstatic dance of the South Italian Pizzica. In online connection with Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten they laboured their way ruthlessly, along benches and under tables, to measure the strength of the walls and to push their boundaries with the power of dance.
The silence before the storm
We spread our wings. The pop song Around the World by Daft Punk can be heard from the speakers. The first hesitant gust of wind sets us in motion. We are carried up, but our feet remain anchored to the ground. Blasphemy Rhapsody then emerges as a danced ritual in which certainties are offered. A call to embrace the mobility of life. A ceremony in which the down to earth reality is embedded in holiness.
Concept & Choreography: Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten
Dance: Beatrice Cardone, Denis Bruno, Edward Lloyd, Hiroki Nunogaki, Isaiah Wilson, Maria Ribas, Victor Callens
Light: Henk Danner
Costumes: Clifford Portier
Video: Robin Coops
Sound design: Pieter C. Scholten