Bitter Sweet Dance
Bitter Sweet Dance creates highly physical and slightly absurd performances that penetrate every fibre of the body.
During Gioia Fiorito's two manias her biggest dreams and darkest nightmares became reality. At full speed she became an unstoppable force of nature with a unique perception of the world around her. Now, ten years later, she lives a regular life, but not without the magnificence of her imagination.
In Gioia Live, together with dancer Mara Hulspas, she honours the power of fantasy, dreams of the future and reflects on the past. With dance, video and text, a game unfolds between delusion and reality. Not everything is what it seems. The warm, elusive and powerful movements of Mara and the poetic, humorous and striking reflections of Gioia flow together in an intense performance that celebrates the autonomy of the individual.
Gioia Live builds on the film documentary Gioia that Liat Waysbort made with Laura Stek in 2019 and that was nominated for the Gouden Kalf for short documentaries.
co-creation & performance
Gioia Norina Melody Fiorito & Mara Hulspas
artistic associate & dramaturgy
Annette van Zwoll
coaching & text advice
lighting design & technical production
Maarten van Dorp
Laura Stek, Witfilm, NTR, BAU Amsterdam
financially supported by
Performing Arts Fund NL, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Fonds21, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and BNG Cultuurfonds