SHALL WE DANCE?

(Staged Concert)

In the history of Western dance, the 16th century is doubtlessly the time when the most heated discussion on the value of dancing took place. During the same years, some praise it as a refined art shaping the virtue of both noblemen and noblewomen. Others despise it and ban it as the mother of all vices. The contrast is clear and provokes many explanations and interrogations.

Is it maybe the opposition between two souls perpetually in conflict: the Puritan moral against the Epicurean spirit? Or is it another perpetual rivalry between generations? Or is it a misunderstanding and beyond the curtain of polemics, it will become clear that dances made by and for the elite are always praised whereas popular dancing is always blamed?

In fact dance brings forward a series of pressing questions for theorists, moralists and theologians:

 

  • what is the relationship between reason and body?

  • what are the rules?

  • when does emotion become the master of reason and why?

  • is dance an act of god or of the devil?

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Lets now have a look at “Balliamo”, a creation that will be premiered in July 2014 with the support of Estival, festival in Pigna, Corsica, directed by Toni Casalonga, director of our spectacle. Dance and choreography are realized by the Compagnie Maître Guillaume.

“Balliamo” narrates the dance. Theorists, masters, philosophers, doctors, theologians, and poets alternate on the stage to give life to its various issues, its delights as well as its pains, with the voice of Josep Cabré, actor and singer for this occasion. A dancer will show its seductions, its charms, its dangers.

David is on one side, the paladin of dance “that pleases God”; Salomé is on the other side, maid of Satan and goddess of sin; in the center there is a universe that has never been told. Daedalus invites you to discover it with us.