BAROKTHEGREAT is a performative, musical and choreographic project founded by Sonia Brunelli and Leila Gharib. Since its formation in 2008, the imaginary of the group arises in the intimate and ancient relationship between dance and music. Based in Verona.
Director: Simon Vincenzi
With: Sonia Brunelli
Original music: Leila Gharib
Costume: Federica Forni in collaborazione con Atelier Bagatto
Co-production: SACD/Festival d’Avignon
In collaboratio with: centrale FIES, Area Sismica, Artsadmin
Barok (The Origin) is a site-specific work conceived for Sujets à Vif/Festival d'Avignon, an artistic creation in collaboration between authors and interpreters, created by Sonia Brunelli (performer) and Leila Gharib (musician) in collaboration with Londoner director Simon Vincenzi. Presented exclusively outdoors in the Jardin de la Vierge du Lycèe Saint Joseph in Avignon, then replicated inside the Hall of Honor of Palazzo Massari in Ferrara, and again in the ballroom of the Villa Revedin Bolasco of Castelfranco Veneto and on the ground floor of the fifteenth-century Palazzo Albertini in Forlì. The action comes from a sound closed inside a room and from its endless replication. The figure is an interpreter who translates the dictation of his thought into a physical writing. Proceed oblique, it loses its centrality until it crosses out of the scene. Barok (The Origin) is a figure movement that never stops, propelled by the pulsating repetition of a static minor chord. The progression of the sound, produced by the overdubbing of a metallic and crackling timbre, intensifies and distorts with the advancement of the figure, as if guided by an obstinate knock and controlled by a continuous bass of whistles. The figure consequently changes form, opening up a dialogue between inside and outside, between what acts and what is perceived.
Winner of Mondo Prize 2010 curated by GAI/Young Italian artists