Orfee sitting

Wee/Francesco Scavetta & Batagraf/Jon Balke
Choreography: Francesco Scavetta. Original version created in collaboration with the dancers: Juan Dante Murillo Bobadilla, Gry Kipperberg, Kristina Søetorp/Ingrid Berger Myhre, Meri Pajunpää, Arnulfo Pardo Ravagli/Sudesh Adhana, Orfee Schuijt, Soile Voima.
Music: Jon Balke. Played live by: Jon Balke & Batagraf (Jon Balke, Snorre Bjerck, Ingar Zach/Helge Norbakken)
Light Design: Stefano Stacchini. Costumes: Gjøril Bjercke Sæther. Production leader: Gry Kipperberg. Photos: Edith Zehentmayer, Patrick Beelaert, Bjørn-Eivind Årtun and Wee
Production: Wee. Co-producer: Dansens Hus – National Scene for Dance/Oslo. Supported by: Arts Council Norway, Fund for Performing Artists, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, UD –Norwegian Foreign Affairs/DTS, Italian Institute of Culture of Buenos Aires, Italian Institute of Culture of New Delhi, Nordic-Baltic mobility program, Dansmakers Amsterdam. in collaboration with: SEAD/ Salzburg, Festival Buenos Aires Danza Contemporanea/ Buenos Aires, Bienal Internacional de Dança do Ceará / Fortaleza (Brazil)

The Surprised body project is a dance piece that focus on choreographical and compositional issues and sees the body and the movement as its central element.
The project has been developing, as an ongoing creative process, by creating several new versions of the work while touring in different countries, sometimes also involving guest dancers and new composers to participate in the performance.
Since its premiere in Buenos Aires, in October 2010, the Surprised body project has been successfully presented in 25 countries in Europe, Asia and South America.

Orfee sitting Gry turning Soile b Orfee fallin Soile from the back Dante Jump Soile puppet 2

Already as a title, Surprised body project defines a metaphorical space. The image of a body in a constant alert, escaping from a habitual daily body and from any kind of routine. The sense of “surprise” is intended as the inner state that allows to be constantly ready to “react” and respond, as individual and as a group. To affect each other, by any physical decision, also throughout structured improvisations and instant composition.

“When you “affect” something, you are at the same time opening yourself up to being affected in turn." (Brian Massumi)
We challenged and intensified the body awareness, by approaching the movement avoiding tactics and routines. The goal, or better, a sort of utopia, has been the scornful athleticism, the absurd acrobatics of a body in balance, that state of precariousness, not only physical, in which one might fall at any moment, even if this will not happen. A constant tension between falling and regaining balance.
A movement which does not show itself, but which happens.
A disjointed body manipulation, a concentrate of fluidity and deformation, humour and folly.