Production Details / Press Releases
As slipping out of the cloth of constantly fluttering flags, heraldic symbols take form and weight. Chimerical beings and oneiric figures appear, like leafing through an armorial or medieval bestiary. They seem to tell us stories of conflicts which took place in the well delimited perimeter of an emblematic battlefield.
In ancient times, graphic marks and color combinations showed up on the armors in response to the military need to identify opposite factions during fights. Thus arose coats of arms, systems of signs, shapes and colors organized in a form, often that of a shield. They were used to reveal, according to a precise sign alphabet, the identity of a person, a family, a whole community. In the form of vivid colors and fantastic beasts, those emblems hint at political tensions, expressions of belonging, dominance and power.
ARA! ARA! is the designation of a symbol. The symbol of a rising power that chooses a bird to represent itself. Not a majestic and fearsome raptor like the eagle, an animal often used as a heraldic symbol of power. On the contrary, a bird that communicates fun and quietness by becoming, according to a popular western look, an exotic icon: the parrot ARA. It was introduced to the circus for its acrobatic abilities which, together with the bright colours of its plumage and the ability to repeat sounds and words by imitation, made it a perfect animal for entertainment in captivity.
ARA! ARA! represents a seductive power for its friendly and festive appearance that, like the bird, imitates and repeats, bringing back patterns from the past, ignoring contents and effects.
Second part of a diptych started with AeReA, ARA! ARA! continues to investigate the symbolic power of the flag, drawing on the folkloristic tradition of flag waving.
Present in both titles, the word ARA reveals a second meaning that alludes to the ancient place of sacrifice, here meant as a mechanism generating death, inflicted as a gift to those who were recognized the highest power.
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Cast & Credits
Choreography, performance, visual conception: Ginevra Panzetti / Enrico Ticconi
Sound design, composition: Demetrio Castellucci
Snare, percussions, recording: Michele Scotti
Light design: Annegret Schalke
Set design realization: Laila Rosato
Flag design: Ginevra Panzetti
Costume realization: Julia Didier
Flag-waving coach: Carlo Lobina / Flag-wavers of Arezzo
Technical care: Paolo Tizianel
Touring / distribution: Aurélie Martin
Italian production management: VAN (Federica Giuliano, Eleonora Cavallo)
German production management: Monica Ferrari
Production: Ginevra Panzetti / Enrico Ticconi; Associazione Culturale VAN
Funded by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds (German Cultural Capital Fund)
Supported by: the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings Program
Co-produced by: PACT Zollverein; La Briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne within the framework of accueil-studio funded by the Ministry of culture / DRAC IDF; KLAP Maison pour la Danse (Residency 2021); Théâtre de Vanves / Scène conventionnée d’intérêt national « Art et création » pour la danse et les écritures contemporaines à travers les arts; Triennale Milano Teatro.
Supported through: Programme Etape Danse, sustained by Institut français d’Allemagne – Bureau du Théâtre et de la Danse, in partnership with Maison CDCN Uzès Gard Occitanie, théâtre de Nîmes-scène conventionnée d’intérêt national – Art et Création – danse contemporaine, Fabrik Potsdam, with the help of DGCA – ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, and the city of Potsdam, Mosaico Danza / Interplay Festival of Turin in partnership with Lavanderia a Vapore of Collegno; Radialstiftung.
Artistic residency program: NAOcrea – Ariella Vidach AiEP; Teatro Félix Guattari – Masque Teatro; CSC Bassano del Grappa; PACT Zollverein; Armunia; Schaubühne Lindenfels; Sosta Palmizi.
Thanks to: Teatro Comandini – Societas; Anghiari Dance Hub.
Ginevra Panzetti / Enrico Ticconi are supported by DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):