"Esercitazioni Ritmiche di Lima" by Claudia Castellucci


10-day Seminar, intended for local dancers, directed by Claudia Castellucci and with Sissj Bassani, assistant. The seminar comes to a close with the performance All’inizio della città di Roma.

The seminar attempts to transmit the sense and meaning of rhythm. This is done as of the daily chronological structure of the work itself, in which specific studies etc. characterise the various moments.
Rhythm lies at the base of the conception of dance proposed here. From a theoretical point of view, the main topic discussed will be the part of time that defines the passage from one moment to the next, within the continuity of duration. This is a dance that “passes across”, that treats the interval and the musical rest in a specific way, as essential moments in the rhythmic structure of movement.
Within a situation so strongly anchored to the temporal side of dance, music truly is the foundation, both in terms of a precise relation with the steps and the actions, and in terms of contrast.

The study proposed in this theoretical and practical seminar includes:

  • Choreogymnastics, movements that are carried out in a circle, following music created for this purpose.
  • Circular metronomic dance.
  • Rhythmic movement, in relation to music.
  • Exercises in the psychology of duration (causing the action to be carried out to happen then and there, so as to meditate on its duration), following which more thought will be given to the specific concept of “interpretation” that pertains to dance, combining real physicality and imitation.
  • Construction of the dance All’inizio della città di Roma, which lasts 50 minutes and will be performed in public.
from 04/03/2020 to 05/03/2020 hour 20.30

This choreography refers to the beginning of Roman civilisation, one of the vastest ever seen in Europe. The accent is placed on the dawn of a social way of life, when forced to conceive an organisation in which many could live together. The fundamental decisions that underlie basic kinds of action, above all those that mark the initial forms of shared life, appear here thanks to the rhythmic and schematic patterns of a dance with strong ties to the sort of collective movement found in folk dance. Rome gave its name to the first forms of law, and the rules of Roman law are an early reference to the collection of behaviour we have accumulated over time, and that covers the legal side of affection. The primitive experience that underlies these legal abstractions also accounts for that which marks human individuals: the instinct of conservation, the sense of property as an inner habit, the concept of justice, a reasoning involving solidarity; and, not least, the relation between these laws and time, which remains in the background, in all its immensity.

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