Spellbound Contemporary Ballet (IT)
Guangdong Cantonese Opera Arts CenterPa/Ethos - Spellbound Contemporary Ballet (IT)
Choreography: SANG Ji-jia
Lighting: Marco POLICASTRO
Video: Luca BRINCHI, Roberta ZANARDO
Music: Dickson Dee @Noise Asia Production
Costume: Hiuseppina MAURIZI
Dancers: Maria COSSU, Mario LATERZA, Giuliana MELE, Giacomo TODESCHI, Giovanni LA ROCCA, Fabio CAVALLO, Violeta WULFF MENA, Claudia MEZZOLLA, Serena ZACCAGNINI
Venue: Guangdong Cantonese Opera Arts Center
Duration: 70 min
Choreographer: SANG Ji-jia
Ticket Price: ￥680/ ￥350/ ￥240/ ￥120
Pa|Ethos is made up of two words, Pathos and Ethos, borrowed from Aristotle's Art of Rhetoric. The choreographer SANG Ji-jia uses them to signify two approaches to the subject discussed. Ethos underlines precision, Pathos evokes passion and feeling. The work is based on Italian plastic art of the classical era and is divided into two parts. The first looks at the rules of social life where interpersonal relations are rigidly distributed. Each movement in space is well measured and carefully executed. In the second, emotions are translated into the physicality of the dancers; taking stage action to its most extreme, they achieve complete transparency of body through which the soul is revealed in its entirety. The poetic art of SANG Ji-jia, who comes from Tibet, rests on the profundity of Eastern thought and is enriched by the most important experiences of European research in dance and contemporary theatre. The international project conceived by Fabbrica Europa with the choreographer SANG Ji-jia is a challenge that calls into play a new way of coproduction on contemporary creation. The work was premiered at Fabbrica Europa in 2015. The collaborating organizations include: the Fondazione Milano Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi (whose dancers interpret the first part of the premiere performances), Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, Marche Teatro - Danza alle Muse, Bejing Dance Festival, Guangdong Dance Festival.
About the Choreographer:
An ethnic Tibetan born in Gansu, SANG Ji-jia studied at Beijing Central University for Nationalities and has been acclaimed as "the most perfect dancer". He was a dancer with Guangdong Modern Dance Company (GMDC) from 1993 to 1998. He won the Gold Medal in the Modern Dance section of the Paris International Dance Competition in 1996 and was hailed as "Star of the Century" by the Guangdong Provincial Government in 1997. He was a dancer of City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, SANG was chosen by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts as assistant choreographer and dancer. SANG returned to China in 2006 and, since then, has created a number of full-length works for dance companies – CCDC, Beijing's LDTX and GMDC. These works include Unspeakable (2007), Sticks (2007), As If To Nothing (2009), Standing Before Darkness (2010), Layer Code (2013) and Fragile Beauty (2016). Recognised for his powerful technique and performing to rave reviews in Asia and the West, SANG has collaborated with leading choreographers around the globe. He created Reflection of Others for Frankfurt Ballett in 2004. In 2013, he was commissioned by the Norwegian dance company Carte Blanche to create Not Here, Not Ever. His latest choreographic work is Pa/Ethos for Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, joining Fabbrica Europa Festival for the second time.
About the Company:
Spellbound Contemporary Ballet was established in 1994 on the initiative of the choreographer Mauro Astolfi who shares the project with Valentina Marini with whom the Company began a process of intense internationalization and cross-collaborations. The rich artistic project, together with a dynamic and constantly evolving concept, has facilitated the broad dissemination of the creations at national and international level.
Acclaimed for the excellence of its performers and the versatility of the choreographic language, Spellbound have performed in international major theaters and festivals (Serbia, Germany, Francia, Panama, USA, Israele, Cipro, Thailandia, Corea, Luxemburg, Svitzerland, Sweden, England, Spain, Canada, Croatia and soon in Mexico, Taiwan, Japan and China as well) .
Thanks to the modernity of its programs and the wide repertoire, the company has become a leader in terms of the international cultural offer and it’s always active in exchange projects and networking in connection with the most fertile European art scene.