Giacomo della Marina takes a turning point in dance history, Nijinksi's famous solo L'apres midi d'un Faun from 1912, as the starting point for an original and sensory reflection on contemporary themes such as inclusivity and the general sense of transition and disorientation. The Faun as a symbol for the non-conformist individual that we are always intrigued by, and that we recognize deep within ourselves. Giacomo della Marina's visual manifesto is a little gem you won't soon forget.
Society struggles to accept bodies that choose different paths, whether they concern choices around gender and sex, shape, work, role, ethnicity, beliefs, age, the list goes on. Bodies and personalities that don't abide by the rules are demonised by society. They become like mythological creatures that live on the border of existence and non-existence.
In Roman mythology a Faun is a creature that is part human and part goat. It is a character that is not easily accepted but is a source of attraction. It’s a character who seeks different spaces and who represents all those who seek opportunities for self-expression and inclusivity.
Everyone inhabiting their singular and unique body, can be seen as a mythological character. And myths provide a blueprint for comprehending the natural and social world of a society and the universe, guiding values and behaviours.
Mythology comes from uniqueness, from non-conformity and liminality because it comes from the singular essence of each body which is not similar to anyone else's. Myths are therefore tangible and are the embodiment of irregular souls. Souls and bodies of this society desire the freedom to follow their own instincts and inclinations and consequently be an example for others.
About Giacomo della Marina
Giacomo Della Marina (IT) finished his MA studies in Foreign Languages and Literatures in 2004 at the University of Padua (IT). In 2008 he obtained a BA in Contemporary Dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy. Between 2007 and 2008 he was awarded the prestigious scholarship of the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation (CH). After graduating he worked for two years for De Stilte Dance Company (NL).
Looking for different experiences and inspiration, he decided to start working as a freelance dancer. In his career he had the opportunity to dance in a wide range of choreographies. In 2020 he joined the cast of Cyrano by director Joe Wright with choreographies by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, released in early 2022.
Concept Giacomo Della Marina
Choreography Giacomo Della Marina in collaboration with Sau-Ching Wong (Sau-Ching Wong Dance)
Technical Development Alec Gordon
Video Carles Castaño
Costume Asti Kuru
Music Alessio CYB Gioffredi
Light Design Samon Presland
ArtWork Viola Della Marina, Carles C
PHOTOGRAPHY Alwin Poiana
TRAILER Fynn Roovers